Kristina Fisher, President
Kristina is a lifelong Santa Fean who has been passionate about advocating for the Santa Fe Watershed since she participated in water quality monitoring along the Santa Fe River as a high school student. Since 2002, Kristina has worked at Think New Mexico, a results-oriented think tank dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans, where she currently serves as Associate Director. In 2008, Kristina graduated first in her class from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources Journal. She is now an adjunct professor at the law school. Kristina is a recipient of the national Harry S. Truman Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service and the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies. She is active in land, water, and environmental justice issues throughout New Mexico, and participates in ecological restoration service projects with organizations including the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation and the Quivira Coalition.
Janet McVickar, M.S., Vice President
Janet is an avid hiker, rafter, and outdoors-woman. She has lived in the Santa Fe area most of her adult life, with shorter intervals in northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah. Her professional life as an archaeologist (and nine years as a river guide) have allowed her to pursue a life outdoors where she is most in her element. As an archaeologist, Janet worked for the National Park Service, private consulting companies, Department of Energy at Los Alamos, and the State of New Mexico, where she directed and participated in dozens of projects, some several years long, conducting archaeological surveys, excavations, and archaeological site documentation. As part of Janet’s Master’s research at Northern Arizona University, she studied past environments and climate to better understand why prehistoric populations occupied areas at certain times and places and not others. This enduring interest in the environment and climate (in association with human behavior) led Janet to the NM Climate Masters course sponsored by Santa Fe Watershed Association (SFWA) in 2012, and an active and ongoing interest in SFWA.
Anthony Ricketts, PhD, Secretary
Tony is a biologist who, until 2014, pursued a 30-year career in research with the world’s largest animal health company. He grew up in the Midlands of England where his fascination with animal life and ecology began at an early age. Three years reading Zoology at the University of Oxford fed that fascination and set him on the track of original research. After training as a Research Student at the University of Cambridge and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Texas Medical Center he joined Pfizer Inc. He directed a biology lab in Connecticut discovering new veterinary medicines, and later in Michigan joined the Leadership Team for the Research Division.
Free to retire anywhere, Tony and his wife Deb chose Santa Fe for its natural beauty, great climate and the city’s many other assets. What Santa Fe has to offer comes at a price: dedicated citizens working together to enrich the city and its infrastructure and surroundings. As the west faces challenges ahead, Tony is eager to join those who value our natural environment enough to work to preserve and enhance it.
Loretta Valencia, M.Acct., Treasurer
Loretta E. Valencia joins the Santa Fe Watershed Board as Treasurer after 10 years as the association’s accountant. She holds two degrees, a Masters and Bachelors of Accounting, from NMSU, a CPA license and has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors of accounting for many years. Loretta believes that Santa Fe is a special place because this community is committed to preservation on various levels, with water being on the top of this list. Loretta has lived in Santa Fe since childhood and is married to Harold R. Valencia. They have two sons, Phillip and Marcus.
Jesse Roach, PhD
Jesse Roach grew up in Santa Fe and after more than two decades away returned with his wife and two children in 2012 to make it home again. Jesse has Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. He works as a Hydrologist at the Santa Fe office of Tetra Tech Inc., an environmental consulting company, and is an expert on potential climate change impacts in the Rio Grande basin. He has particular interest in the interplay between spatially and temporally variable water resources and the demand for them by human and natural systems. He loves physical activity of most any sort, and given half a chance is likely to be found hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, or playing soccer somewhere in the Santa Fe River Watershed!
Stephen Wiman, PhD
Stephen is a geologist with an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has owned Good Water Company for 10 years. His former career was oil and gas exploration, both domestic and international. He writes a monthly column, OUR WATER QUALITY, for the Home Real Estate Guide in the Santa Fe New Mexican and he serves on the City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Committee.
His interests include water chemistry, the regional distribution of health-risk water contaminants and the application and development of water-conserving treatment solutions for which contaminant removal can be documented by independent lab testing. He has worked collaboratively with LANL water specialists on multiple water projects and participated in regional water testing programs with the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the NM Environment Department. Good Water Company provides treatment for clients on municipal water supplies and wells, residential and commercial, and specializes in treating problem well water with multiple contaminants. The company also supports numerous causes and events in the Santa Fe community. Stephen has a passion for water conservation and an ever-increasing concern about our water supply sources.
Steven Hamp, M.S.
Steven Hamp is a retired hydrologist with 35 years of experience in watershed hydrology, steamflow and water quality monitoring, contaminated land assessment and remediation, regional groundwater basin studies, environmental impact analysis, and regulatory compliance. He started his career with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Later he worked for the Department of Energy and in the private sector for Honeywell International. With a strong background in both project management and hydrology, Steven was responsible for directing cleanup and groundwater protection at multiple Uranium Mill Tailing Sites in several western states while he was with the Department of Energy. He has a Masters in Science degree in Watershed Hydrology from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University with under-graduate work in geology. He gained a certificate in Executive Leadership from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School. He holds a Professional Geologist Certification from the American Institute of Professional Geologists and a Registered Environmental Manager Certification from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals. Previously, Steven has been a Board Director and past President for the Open Space Alliance in Albuquerque, and on the Research Committee with the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. He participated in ecological restoration service projects with both organizations. Steven currently lives in Santa Fe and previously in Albuquerque. He has enjoyed the New Mexico outdoors for over 30 years and is an avid hiker and photographer.
Elisabeth Loya, M.A.
Elisabeth is a native New Mexican from Las Cruces currently living in Bernalillo with her husband and two dogs, minutes from the beautiful Rio Grande. She left the state in 2005 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she graduated with a BA in Classics and minors in Spanish and Music in 2009. At U of A, a lifetime love of museums and their valuable role in culture and society was cultivated through work at the Arizona State Museum and several months studying in Orvieto, Italy. In 2012, she received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver. Upon her return to the Land of Enchantment, she started volunteering at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where she was hired in 2013. Whether living in the deserts of southern New Mexico and Arizona, the high desert of Santa Fe, or the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Elisabeth has always been keenly aware of water as a precious resource, and of bodies of water as iconic points of pride and identity for every community that need to be protected for generations to come.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Charlie Gonzales is the Vice President of the Traditional Village of Agua Fria and Secretary of the village Acequia Association. He has worked at the City of Santa Fe Public Works and Land Use Departments as an Engineering Technician; Subdivision Infrastructure Inspector; Senior Engineering Technician; and Technical Review Coordinator. He has also served as Santa Fe County’s Building and Hydrology Division Director and its Permits and Enforcement Division Director. During his career with the City and County, Charlie issued, tracked and inspected permits for mining reclamation, bank stabilization, arroyo crossings, driveways and development within the Escarpment Overlay District of the City and the Mountain Special Review District of the County. He was also involved in the writing of the Rain Water Harvesting Ordinance at the City and County. Charlie was a member of the New Mexico Floodplain Manager Association and a certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) for over 20 years.
Since 2010, Charlie has been self-employed as an infrastructure inspector. He conducts Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Inspections and occasionally prepares grading, drainage, landscape and irrigation plans as well. Charlie was a bartender at the Bull Ring for about twelve years and managed a rock band called “ROZY” during his career with the City and County. His current hobbies include serving as is an ambassador for Gatos De Santa Fe, a trap neuter and return (TNR) program for feral cats, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, fishing, gardening, motorcycles, and riding his two horses, Diva and Lily. He also likes to hang out with his numerous cats and his deaf dog named Goshe.
Francois-Marie Patorni retired from the World Bank 2001, where he was managing the Water Policy Reform Program, helping countries build capacity and make policy choices for sustainable water resources management. His recent volunteer activities include: member of the Board of the Piedmont Environmental Council, dedicated to protecting the natural resources in nine counties of Virginia; co-founder of RappFLOW (Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of our Watershed), a non-profit to protect the Rappahannock river watershed in Virginia; member of the advisory Board of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education; Past-President of the International Network for Participatory Irrigation Management; member of the American Water Resources Association and of other professional networks promoting better environmental policies. He moved to the Santa Fe area in 2004.
Jerry is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Management at New Mexico Highlands University. He has worked for state and federal resource agenencies and is currently engaged in research projects with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, New Mexico Environment Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Trout Unlimited. His primary area of interest is in the use of aquatic macroinvertebrates as indicators of environmental quality, i.e., effects of prescribed burns, effects of fire and flooding, and effects of fish toxicants. Collaboration with his wife Donna and colleagues produced an index of biotic integrity for evaluating the conditions of surface waters of the state by NMED. His secondary research interest is on the distribution of Plecoptera (stoneflies) in the southwest. He is a member of the City of Santa Fe’s River Commission.