For the first 26 years of her career she worked for the NM Department of Game and Fish, where she became their first female regional supervisor and first female division chief. From 2003 to 2009, Joanna served as Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource under New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. She led the state’s initiatives in environmental protection, land conservation, state park enhancements, restoring healthy forests, energy conservation programs and renewable energy development. Her top priorities included strengthening environmental protection, compliance and enforcement while supporting continued development of fossil fuels and other minerals; conserving natural lands and protecting critical wildlife habitats, and addressing climate change issues. Her key initiatives included promoting a clean energy economy, environmentally compatible electrical transmission development, green building measures, and energy efficiency.
In January 2010, Joanna left her Cabinet position to become a senior executive with the conservation organization Freedom To Roam, launched in 2009 by Patagonia Clothing Company. In October 2010, Joanna implemented an 18-24 month sabbatical plan. Joanna currently serves as one of two women appointed in July of 2010 to the Obama Administration’s new 18-member Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. She is also on the National Conservation Leadership Institute Board of Directors, a life time member of the Mule Deer Foundation, and a member of The Wildlife Society, the Wilderness Society, and the Boone & Crockett Club.
Joanna has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Texas A&M University (summa cum laude) and a Master’s of Science degree in Wildlife Science from Colorado State University.
Nancy Cook, Vice Chair
Nancy joins the Board with an extensive background in the television business in syndication sales and marketing. She recently created a new company, Bright-Line Distribution, LLC, located here in Santa Fe. She and her business partner are representing produced television shows and hoping to produce new ones of their own. Her experience includes executive sales positions with the Associated Press, NBC Radio, Multimedia Entertainment, Pearson Entertainment and with each of the three networks, ABC, CBS and principally with NBC Universal Television Syndication. In her various positions, Nancy traveled extensively throughout the US.
She received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Iowa State University and later completed an Advanced Broadcast Business Seminar from the Wharton School of Business. Nancy’s other interests are widespread and include having served as a past Vice President of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Board and as Chair of the Advisory Board for the former College of Santa Fe. Her many outdoor interests include photography, hiking, fishing, skiing, hunting and horseback riding. She currently volunteers at the SF Animal Shelter.
George Strickland, Treasurer
George was the former managing director for Thornburg Investment Management and co-portfolio manager of the Thornburg Strategic Income Fund. George joined Thornburg as an associate portfolio manager in 1991, and was elected managing director in 1996. Until 2010, he managed the Thornburg Municipal Bond Funds. Prior to joining Thornburg, George began his financial career with the Calvert Group. He received his BA in Economics from Davidson College and his MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland.
Sandra brings with her a wealth of environmental experience and expertise. She has extensive experience with the State of New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department as both a consultant and as a planner director, as a personal management specialist for the Natural Resources Department, as a park ranger and as a co-op student and student aid for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Massengill has also worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in both Burley, Idaho and throughout New Mexico. She attended Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas, received a BA in Social Welfare/Psychology from New Mexico State University and her Teacher Certification Western New Mexico University. She has also studied Range Science at New Mexico State University.
Don DeVito specializes in complex residential and ranch transactions, utilizing his expertise in land use, water rights, and conservation easements. Don is often called upon as an expert advisor to counsel and guide complex transactions through his extensive technical knowledge and established network of attorneys, CPAs, and trust advisors.
Don joined Santa Fe Properties in 2002 after a 20 year international business career holding executive positions ranging from start-up technology companies to mature diversified manufacturing companies, such as TRW and Philips Electronics – Netherlands. Don utilizes his extensive cross-cultural experience to provide expert counsel to his clients transitioning to New Mexico, and maintains his network attending conferences in Europe, and leveraging brokerage relationships in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Community involvement is very important to Don, where he is most currently serving on the board for the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and has served on the boards of St. John’s College, EarthCare International.
Don is a broker with Santa Fe Properties, formerly with Christie’s Great Estates, and now affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International. Don holds B.S. in Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and an M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.
Kent Little, At-Large
Kent Little moved to Santa Fe to create a life in the mountains and to pursue a passionate lust for climbing and back country skiing. A passionate skier, climber, paddler and fisherman, Little has skied and climbed all over North America, including the summit of Mt. Rainier; Aconcogua, the highest mountain in the Americas; and 4000 foot back country ski runs in the Canadian Rockies. Kent graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and The College of Wooster along with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.
Jackson Blagden is a native Santa Fean who has returned home after an impressive education and work career that has taken him not only across the country, but around the world. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, both with an international focus, and has worked in the field of real estate since 2005. Jackson has held real estate licenses in the states of Missouri and Arizona and currently holds his Broker’s License in his home state of New Mexico.
Jackson’s background working with large public projects and the wide variety of properties and interests those projects impact have helped him to develop an incredible base of knowledge regarding real estate that provides the perfect background for the special properties and people with whom he now works as an Associate Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty. His consulting work and background has also provided him with innumerable opportunities to hone his negotiation and communication skills.
Since Santa Fe is Jackson’s hometown, he knows the city inside and out and he is happy to be back with his family, both immediate and extended, and his friends. Jackson speaks three languages and is very well traveled, having lived abroad in Mexico, Spain and, most recently, Peru. His calm demeanor and very competent approach is apparent in all that he does for his many clients and customers.
David is a businessman and lawyer who served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry from 2003 to 2008. Fleischaker has served as the President and CEO of Jolen Operating Company, a privately held independent oil and gas exploration and production company, since 1982. Fleischaker received his B.A. in 1966 from Brandeis University and his LLM in 1971 from the University of Texas. Fleischaker served as a member of the United States Air Force Reserve.
Fleischaker’s wife Pam, is a noted journalist and author. They have two children, a son Joey and daughter Emily.
Brant Goodman was born in Albuquerque, but has called Santa Fe his home for the past 35 years. He graduated from St. Michael’s High School and attended San Antonio’s Trinity University where he received a BS in Finance with minors in Economics and Spanish. Brant currently serves as the CEO for Kokopelli Property Management, a family owned business for more than 30 years. He has served the Santa Fe community as an Eagle Scout, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful Board Member and Rotary Member, where he previously served on the board as the International Grants Director. He has a passion for the outdoors and can regularly be found kayaking, hiking, skiing, or biking in and around Northern New Mexico. He shares a commitment for conserving those places that make New Mexico truly special.
Kathleen Holian has served as a County Commissioner of Santa Fe County, NM since January, 2009. During her tenure in office, the County adopted a new Sustainable Growth Management Plan (SGMP) to reduce sprawl development, ensure sufficient future water resources, and protect the natural environment. The County also completely rewrote land use code, implementing the goals of the SGMP while establishing zoning for the first time in Sante Fe County.
In her role as Commissioner, she has personally championed initiatives to further sustainability in the County, promoting renewable energy development, encouraging more local agriculture to promote food security, increasing recycling, and advancing land restoration activities to promote land health and reduce wildfire danger. Kathy has organized numerous community meetings on the topics of fire safety, water use and public safety to foster greater understanding of these issues. She has also served on a number of regional boards and committees including the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWaMA); the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Board; the North Central Regional Transit District Board; the North Central New Mexico Economic Development Board; the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities; and the County Development Review Committee.
Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in Physics. Her career prior to public service included positions with both the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a computational physicist.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kathy and her husband are implementing a restoration plan for the 800 acres they own on the Glorieta Mesa in the Santa Fe area. They have addressed soil erosion and water runoff, created stock ponds for wildlife, and are continuing to thin out the piñon juniper and ponderosa forests overgrown from years of fire suppression.
Richard Hughes is a partner in the Santa Fe office of the Rothstein Law Firm. As a specialist in federal Indian law, he represents several Indian tribes in New Mexico. Together with a group of friends who share an affinity for the Pecos River Canyon, Richard has helped acquire and place under conservation easement several tracts along the Pecos River near the town of Ilfeld, and has become a true believer in the power of such devices as a means of protecting what little open space we have left.
Clayton Jernigan is the Chief Compliance Officer at Cimarron Group, a Chicago-based investment firm. He earned his B.A. from Williams College (Honors) and his J.D. from Duke University (High Honors, Order of the Coif), where he received the faculty award in property law and was an Articles Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. He also received an M.A. From Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Before joining Cimarron, Clayton served as an Attorney Advisor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Counsel. During his time at NOAA, Clayton received a Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary award granted by the NOAA Administrator. Prior to NOAA, Clayton worked as a litigator, representing clients in complex civil litigation related to energy development in the Alaskan Arctic. Following law school, Clayton completed a clerkship with Justice William Leaphart of the Supreme Court of Montana. In his spare time, Clayton enjoys sharing his love of the outdoors with his wife and two daughters.
A native Santa Fean, Al grew up on Canyon Road when it was dirt and an active acequia ran down it. He began his education at Acequia Madre Elementary school and completed a Masters of Liberal Education at St. John’s College. Most recently, he served as the higher education director for Innovate+Educate, a local non-profit focused on education/business partnerships around the country. Prior to that he worked at Santa Fe Community College for 21 years, ten of those as the dean of business and applied technologies. Al and his wife, Debra, built their home on 40 acres southeast of Santa Fe that his father purchased in the late 1940s. In 2014 they put the property in a conservation easement. While still involved with educational reform, he is also committed to helping preserve our area’s unique and diverse environment and ensuring greater access to connected trails and open space.
Quinn Scott Simons
Quinn was born and raised in Santa Fe and is a fourth generation New Mexican. After attending undergraduate school at Colorado College (B.A. 1997), Quinn, an avid mountain climber, attempted an unclimbed route on a remote, 25,245’ peak in the Tibetan Himalayas. Due to an unexpected storm and highly technical climbing conditions at high altitude, Quinn suffered severe frostbite, costing him his fingers and feet. Undaunted by the challenges and adversity that ensued, Quinn started and ran a successful construction company in Santa Fe for several years, before moving to Kentucky to train horses.
After years in the horse business, Quinn reunited with his high school girlfriend, Veree, and chose to settle down and raise his family in Santa Fe. Quinn attended the University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D. 2013), and now maintains a successful law practice focused on construction and real estate law and litigation, general business law and litigation, insurance law and DUI/DWI Defense. He is licensed to practice in both New Mexico State and Federal courts with an emphasis on trial practice.
Quinn still spends his free time with Veree and their three children, riding horses and enjoying the mountains.
Ben is President of Patriot Resources as well as Delaware Basin Resources in Midland, Texas. He has 35 years of experience in petroleum engineering and management. He was a founding member and owner in Baytech, Inc., Patriot Resources, Patriot Resources Partners, Delaware Basin Partners, First Permian LLC, and MidMar Gas Partners. Ben’s Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering is from Texas Tech University (1979).
In 2013, Ben was voted “One of the Best CEOs” in the 2013 Texas Top Producers Program by the Publishers of Texas Monthly Magazine and the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association. In addition to his career and success in the oil and natural gas industry, Ben is owner and manager of Wolf Bone Ranch Partners in Texas and Strickling Ranch Partners in New Mexico. Upon purchasing the Pecos River Ranch near Santa Fe in 2013, he engaged the services of numerous experts as he embarked on extensive restoration projects throughout the property, including but not limited to watershed, river, habitat and forest restoration.
Ben served on the board of directors at the Midland Petroleum Club from 2010-2013, and was President of the Mid-Cities Little League from 2001-2003. Through his church in Midland, he has also dedicated his time to join Mission trips to Juarez, Mexico, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Ben is an avid hunter and angler and is a life member of Safari Club International.
Stephen is currently the Chief Compliance Officer at Thornburg Investment Management, following six years as Vice President and Legal Compliance Officer for Thornburg Mortgage. Velie has also served as an associate at Levi and Berlin in Norwalk, CT, with
emphasis on securities and corporate law. Velie received his A.B. in International Affairs from Occidental College, his J.D. from Vermont Law School and an his L.L.M. in Financial and Banking Law from Boston University School of Law. He has served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation since 2007.
Community Committee Members
Margaret Alexander – Trails Committee
Harlan M. Flint – Finance Committee
Brad Holian – Land Review Committee
Jan-Willem Jansens – Land Review Committee
Frank Katz – Governance & Nominating Committee
Stephen Post – Land Review Committee
Christopher Thomson – Land Review Committee
Steve Washburn – Trails Committee
Janie has served in many capacities for the Trust; staff member under Dale Ball; board member 1990-2000; Executive Director 2001-2003; board member 2004 to the present including tours as Chair and Vice Chair. Her love of Santa Fe is deeply tied to the mission of the Trust and the wonderful community it touches. She is currently on the board of KSFR public radio; she also loves to sing with the Sangre de Cristo Chorale and tend to her lovely husband George.
Bill Cowles joined the Board in the fall of 2001. Raised in Connecticut, London, and New York, he graduated from Yale (BA) and MIT (B. Arch) and practiced architecture from his firm in Shelburne, VT. He has also served as Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, Chairman of the Vermont Environmental Board, Chairman of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and founding Director of Sugarbush Valley Ski Area.
In 1975, Bill bought Pine Cay and the Meridian Club in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he planned, built, developed and managed the island as an environmentally and socially responsible resort until 1983. In Santa Fe since 1984, Bill owns Los Trigos Ranch in Rowe, NM.
Former board participation includes the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and the Santa Fe Mountain Center. Current boards include the School of Advanced Research, and a founding director and chair of EGIS (Elders Getting Information and Services).
Jill Cooper came to Santa Fe from New York City in 1974 with her daughter Amanda in search of adventure. One of the first 100 women lawyers in the state, she had a varied and interesting law career from which she retired in 1999 to follow her husband, Senator (formerly Congressman) Tom Udall, to Washington where she is currently under contract to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She continues to be active on the boards of several educational and cultural institutions in Santa Fe.