Meet The Southwest District Executives

Governor Alma Carson

“I Understand, Embrace, Endorse, Promote, and Live the K-Family Experience!”

About Alma
• Born and raised in Taos, New Mexico
• Degree in office management from Santa Fe Business College
• Former banker and Business owner (retired)
• A member of Kiwanis since 1998
• Married to Bob Carson for 52 years
• Raised two wonderful sons: Kevin who lives in Silver City, an Army Veteran who works in Retail Management; and Brian who lives in Peoria, AZ. He is a Pastor and Counselor, with his wife Cheresse, and their two children, Kaylee (16) and Andrew (13).

Governor Alma is passionate about kids. When she gets involved she stays involved. Governor Alma cares deeply and loves working with people, especially children! “Our future is K-Family Members working side by side! And we need to tell our story to everyone ”!

Governor Elect Mary Skalkoyannis

Time with Kiwanis

  • Governor Elect Mary has been in Kiwanis almost 9 years.
  • She was Division 13 Lieutenant Governor for 2 years from 2019-2021 during Covid and managed to transfer her Division to Zoom Meetings which is benefitting the Division to this day.
  • She served as Vice Governor from October 1, 2021 until September 30, 2022.
  • She has served as Governor Elect from October 1, 2022 until it ends September 30, 2023.

Favorite Service Projects

  • Helping the Kiwanis Club of Arrowhead prepare the Kiwanis Park in Peoria for the huge playground they received from Kiwanis International. 
  • Enjoyed repairing & cleaning up Yarnell’s Shrine Retreat Center’s newly built buildings and grounds after the fire burnt them down in 2013.
  • Going to Kamp Kiwanis in New Mexico and helping with SLP rally’s and clean up days.

Student Leadership Programs

  • She enjoys working with the students especially being a K-Kid Advisor and Key Club Advisor

Vice Governor Sheila Barnett

About Sheila Barnett

  • Born abroad in Frankfurt, Germany where her father was stationed at the time with the US Army.
  • Grew up in Cheektowaga, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, NY.  
  • Earned Associates degree in Dental Hygiene from Erie Community College in Williamsville NY, then worked full-time and attended Erie Community College to finish her pre-Chiropractic education.
  • Enrolled at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls NY.
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude after a 4 year intensive program as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Community Service History

  • Kiwanian since January 2017
  • President-Elect 2017-2018
  • President 2018-2019
  • Secretary 2021-2022
  • Lieutenant Governor for Division 15 2020-2022.
  • I am also on the planning and zoning commission for Bullhead City, a member of the Colorado River Women’s Council, On the Bullhead City School District Board, a current member of the Leadership Class of 2023, and Secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary at AMVETS post 19. 

Vice Governor Sheila’s experiences have given her a great opportunity to learn to care for a wide variety of ailments from which her patients may suffer. Her mission is to equip every patient with the spiritual, physical and emotional tools they need to live their lives to the fullest.

She is a mother of 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren. She loves the outdoors and try to take advantage of the wonderful weather here so she can enjoy her favorite pastimes. Her passion for true community and serving the community has flourished here in the Tri-State area. She is excited to continue to serve her community in her own practice, as well with community organizations.

Executive Director kenn garley

About kenn garley

  • Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM but have lived in Las Vegas, NM, Denver, CO, Boulder, CO, Arvada, CO, Albuquerque, NM, Seattle, WA, Champaign/Urbana, IL. I’m back home in Santa Fe. I love Santa Fe. To me it is the perfect place to live.
  • He earned a degree in communication and professional writing from UNM.
  • He took classes in arena management, casino operations, and gaming protection.

Kiwanis Volunteer History

  • He began volunteering for Santa Fe’s largest work project, “The Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra” in 1990. Little did he know this was one of Kiwanis International’s largest work projects and he is still volunteering with Kiwanis to this day. 
  • He officially joined Kiwanis in 2000. 
  • He has served in all officer positions in his home club. He feels that the Secretary position is the best, hardest and under-appreciated job in Kiwanis. However, he also feels that it is the most fun job in Kiwanis. 
  • He was selected as the Southwest District Secretary in 2015-16 under Governor Michael Iafrato.

Volunteer History

  • He currently heads the “Pancake Batter” mixing crew for Santa Fe’s “Pancakes on the Plaza” every July 4th with a crew of about 20, mostly Kiwanians, we prepare about 6,500 pounds of pancake batter to be served to about 25,000 guests on the plaza the morning of July 4th. He owns one of the original plaza pancake grills. 
  • He is also the MC for Santa Fe’s Fourth of July Fireworks spectacular, Santa Fe’s New Year’s Eve on the Plaza, and Zozobra.

Personal Info

  • His favorite band is currently the Dave Matthews Band. he says, “I’ve seen them more times than you would believe.”
  • His passion is live music and his sister tells him, “I’m not “old” but ‘old enough to have seen all the great cool bands.” He has seen a lot of live concerts. 

Service Leadership Programs Perspective

  • He says, “When I work with Key Club or CKI my faith in the future is restored. They are amazing leaders.”