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Ken Maldonado serves as Executive Director of Domus Pacis. Born and raised in New Mexico, he relocated to the East Coast to attend the University of Rochester (NY). He started his career in non-profit administration while in Rochester, serving as a development officer with Neighborhood Housing Services, Hillside Children’s Center and Community Health Network. In 1992, he moved to NYC to work in fundraising and special event production.
In 2001, he founded Zia Artists, a management and booking agency for dance artists, which expanded in 2003 to include Gotham Arts Exchange, a non-profit arts organization that provided administrative, management, fundraising, insurance, booking and fiscal sponsorship services for individual dance artists and dance companies. Through Gotham Arts Exchange he began producing and launched a number of annual dance festivals at various venues across NYC and the US. In 2014, after the untimely death of his brother and his mother nine weeks later, he decided to move back west to be closer to family.
First settling back here in the state in the San Luis Valley, he eventually ended up in Boise working for the first time in the for-profit world. Three years later, he knew that he needed to be back in the non-profit world, working for an organization that would feed his soul. Work that actually made a difference in people’s lives.
As luck would have it, he soon found himself halfway around the world, in Israel, having dinner in a hotel restaurant in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee, when a couple walked up, introduced themselves and sat down at the table. Their names were Duck and Vince White-Petteruti. The rest is history.
Marcia Ruderman has served as a Program Coordinator for Domus Pacis since 2019. She was born in upstate New York and as a young adult, travelled to the Midwest to Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri where she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Education. Marcia then dedicated herself to parenting two daughters. Prior to moving to Breckenridge in 1992, she worked at the International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 6-years. In Summit County, she was employed as a conference coordinator and a Nordic classic ski instructor.
An active community member, she volunteers for National Repertory Orchestra, Lake Dillion Theatre Company, Breck Music, Breck Film Festival, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, and the Summit Educational Foundation. Hence, her daughter enjoys calling her a professional volunteer! Marcia cannot imagine calling any place but Summit County her home. She organizes a monthly bridge group, women’s weekly social Nordic ski and an annual hut trip. Marcia is known to be a highly involved senior, who likes to travel, cross-country ski, hike, garden, etc.
Over the years Marcia was drawn to Domus Pacis and its mission to provide respite for families from her very personal connection to cancer. Her sister, Mary Jane, lost her battle with breast cancer when only 60 years old. Connie, a dear friend, also valiantly battled the disease – Domus Pacis was there for Connie and her many friends and family members providing an unforgettable peaceful respite week with Domus Pacis. And quite recently Marcia experienced the daily emotions of a caregiver, being with her "spirit sister" Sharon, during her last months before passing from liver cancer. While Marcia misses them all deeply, she has chosen to honor them by being totally dedicated to her Domus Pacis responsibilities, and her caring and compassionate manner of dealing with Domus Pacis families, volunteers, and staff ... are her true strengths.
Marylouise White-Petteruti (aka Duck) built and lead the Domus Pacis Family Respite team from it's inception and relishes her new role as an advisor. She has degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois and focused on marketing and quantitative analysis while earning an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to “retiring”, Marylouise honed her technical skill during short stints at Alberto-Culver and Motorola. A 25-year career at the Leo Burnett Company exposed Duck to the “best bar none” of professional colleagues and the constant challenge to reach higher and higher; culminating in achieving the position of Senior Vice President, with responsibility for Starcom’s global strategic information management.
Steeled by exceptional parents and influenced by a strong Dominican education, Duck knew deep within her soul the expertise and financial stability gained from a formidable corporate career needed to be applied to a significant corporal endeavor – the family respite program inspiration. Hence, she developed Domus Pacis Family Respite from an idea in 2001 - through strategic planning, incorporation, network creation, launch and continued outreach. With the constant support of Vince, her husband of 40-plus years, Duck feels the journey has truly been a blessed one.
Duck is one of six siblings, proud mom to two thirty-something blessings and Nana to four energetic grandsons plus a lovely new granddaughter. When her joints allow, she and Vince seek to canoe on lakes and rivers, and hike through forests that renew the soul, rest the mind and bring smiles to their tired faces.