Fred Schott, PhD, President
Fred grew up in the Carolinas where his involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s inspired him to graduate studies in theology and social ethics. He served as a mission redeveloper for the Lutheran church in inner-city Philadelphia, and later in central New Jersey, working with congregations, community organizations and neighborhood renewal programs. After receiving further degrees in counseling psychology and family therapy, for several years he worked in mental/behavioral health facilities in New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia as a therapist and director of clinical services. After 40 years in Princeton, NJ, Fred and his wife Jan Westrick relocated to Santa Fe, where they had visited off and on for many years. They share five adult children (two of whom live in Northern NM) and three grandchildren. Fred has been active in Rotary for many years and has served as President of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe and with Rotary’s international youth exchange program. Through his whole life Fred has been an active camper, backpacker & hiker. He cherishes the outdoors and loves water so he is happy to support the work of the Santa Fe Watershed Association and serve on its board.
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.
Jeffrey A Thornton PhD, MBA, PH, Secretary
Jeff Thornton is a licensed Professional Hydrologist in the State of Wisconsin with more than 20-years’ experience in writing lake and watershed management plans, preparing and administering grant applications, and providing expert assistance to communities and governments at all levels worldwide. He obtained his academic degrees from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Zimbabwe, and the University of South Africa. He began his career with the Department of National Parks and Wild Life Management in Zimbabwe before moving to the South African National Institute for Water Research, where he developed an interest in the relationship between humans and their environment. Moving into environmental planning, he served as Head of Environmental Planning for the City of Cape Town and most recently as Principal Environmental Planner with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Among other achievements, he was instrumental in establishing the interstate Fox River Summit. Jeff also has worked with the United Nations in developing Strategic Action Plans for river basins and aquifers in Central and South America, East Africa and Central Asia. He has served as an advisor for the Global Environment Facility and continues to serve as a reviewer for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Australian Research Council. He regularly contributes to and provides peer review for international scientific journals. Jeff and his wife have recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico. They enjoy travel, nature and singing in the local choir.
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.
Lindsay Archuleta, MBA
Lindsay grew up in Taos, New Mexico and now lives in Santa Fe with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She was fortunate to grow up in Northern New Mexico and acquire a great appreciation for our scarce and precious resource, water, and the importance of protecting our watersheds and acequias systems. She graduated summa cum laude with her master of business administration from Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, after studying international development for a year abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She began her career working in international development and with indigenous cultures in Kenya and Brazil before settling back in New Mexico in 2011. She is now the manager of donor relations at the School of Advanced Research, and has worked in fundraising for non-profits in New Mexico for over six years including the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. In her spare time, Lindsay loves to be outside skiing, backpacking, and hiking with her dogs.
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.
Colleen Baker is the senior Project Manager for the Santa Fe County Open Space and Trails Program. She has been working on the restoration and revitalization of the Santa Fe River since she started with the program in October 2003. Colleen graduated in 1992 with her BA in Anthropology and Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. She received her Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico in 2004. She has worked in cultural and natural resource conservation and sustainable agriculture and food systems. Colleen enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, hiking, reading, art and music.
Pilar Law is a native of Santa Fe and spent her early years living on a farm in Truchas., NM. Her upbringing gave her a strong connection to the land, water and sky of New Mexico, While obtaining her BS in Environmental Design from UC Davis she became involved in supporting the sovereignty of the Diné at Big Mountain, AZ, which inspired life-long social and environmental activism. After a 30 year career that spanned from concert production and photographic technology and marketing, she returned to Santa Fe in 2015 to open Edition ONE Gallery, a contemporary fine-art photography gallery on Canyon Road. A photographer herself, her personal work has focused on people, both in her hometowns and travels to the Native American Southwest, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and India. It is her love of New Mexico and her desire to contribute to the future health and sustainability of her community that let her to be an ardent supporter of SFWA.
Anthony Ricketts, PhD
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.
Peter is a retired water quality hydrologist and lawyer new to the area. He started with the U.S. EPA in Boston, moved on to a local government water quality planning group in Boise, Idaho, served as a hydrologist for the Bureau of Land Management in Montana, before pursuing his M.S. in watershed sciences at Colorado State University. At the completion of his M.S. degree, he taught two senior/first year graduate level courses in wildland water quality. He worked for the Wyoming Land Quality Department as a coal mining regulatory hydrologist before attending law school at the University of Colorado.
Peter’s private law practice clients were primarily local governmental water and sewer service providers in the Denver metro area. He helped create the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority and served as its general counsel for over 10 years. After closing his private law practice, he finished his career with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in its Hearings Unit, ultimately retiring as its Acting Manager. He has served on numerous governmental advisory boards and several non-profit organization boards.
Peter has been a life-long outdoor recreationist, who has enjoyed hiking, back packing, whitewater and flat water kayaking, commercial whitewater rafting, cross country and telemark skiing, stand up paddle-boarding, bicycling, and golf. He continues to play ice hockey with the Santa Fe old timers hockey group. He has led trips, taught classes, and served on boards of a university outing club and the Colorado Mountain Club.
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.
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.
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