County Open Lands, Trails and Parks Advisory Committee (COLTPAC)

Resolution 2011-4 Creating the County Open Lands, Trails, and Parks Advisory Committee (COLTPAC)

The purpose of the Committee is to advise the BCC, acting through and with the assistance of the Open Space and Trails staff, on matters related to open space, trails, and parks.
The duties and responsibilities of the Committee are:
• Assist with County-wide and site-specific open space, trails and parks planning
• Evaluate applications by property owners and to recommend to the BCC property to be acquired for open space, trails, and parks
• Advise on the funding for the Open Space and Trails Program
• Examine and make changes to the criteria for property selection when necessary
• Establish volunteer subcommittees to address specific concerns for open space and trails and parks
• Work with County staff to provide public outreach

The Committee is made up of nine (9) members appointed by the BCC. All Committee members shall reside within Santa Fe County. One member shall be appointed by each Commissioner from residents of their Commission District; the remaining members shall be at- large and may reside in any area of the County and be nominated by any Commissioner.
Member and Term
Dave Dannenberg, Chair, District 4 Representative, term expires December 2016
John Parker, Vice Chair, District 5 Representative, term expires February 2019
Jeannie Dodson-Edgars, District 1 Representative term expires April 2019
Susan Murphy, District 2 Representative term expires June 2019
Rubén Cedeño, District 3 Representative, term expires December 2019
Ernesto Ortega, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2019
Patricia Conoway, At-Large Representative, term expires December 2016
Judy Kowalski, At-Large Representative, term expires December 2016 (Second Term)
Greg Betts, At-Large Representative, term expires December 2019

Member Biographies

Dave Dannenberg is founder and CTO of software startup Audible Logic. Audible Logic provides software for news media outlets that enables them to deliver news to the billions and growing market of mobile smart phones and tablets. Audible Logic has provided software and services to media companies such as The Economist and Sony, among others. Before moving to New Mexico, Dave worked at Intel Corporation in Phoenix as CTO of their networking business. He has also held roles as General Manager of Intel’s processor businesses. Dave has an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and was honored on the Most Distinguished Alumni Roles of 2001. He began his career designing semiconductor devices and high performance microprocessor chips used in in a variety of everyday devices such as printers, cars and cash registers. Dave has lived in New Mexico for the past 13 years. He is an enthusiast for all things outdoors and regularly hikes and bikes the area's spectacular trails. Dave lives in Santa Fe County with his wife Mary Ellen, 4 kids and 1 dog.

John Parker was born in New Jersey, but came to New Mexico at the age of seven when his family moved to Los Alamos, NM where his father had taken an engineering job with Los Alamos National Laboratory. John enjoyed skiing and hiking in the mountains of northern New Mexico and Colorado. Soon other outdoor activities like river-running, rock-climbing, and cycling became favorite pastimes. (We won’t talk about motorcycles and sports cars.) John has a B.S. in Biology from UNM and an M.A. in Biology from the University of Nebraska. He is retired from the New Mexico Environment Department, where he worked beginning in 1984. John began as an environmental health specialist in Grants, and later worked in Santa Fe for the Radiation Protection Bureau, Ground Water Bureau, and Hazardous and Radioactive Materials Bureau. John was the Bureau Chief of the DOE Oversight Bureau, and the Radiation Control Bureau. John lives in Santa Fe with his wife Laurie. Their two grown children, Jessica and Ayla also live in the area. His hobbies include hiking, skiing, mountain biking and home renovation (he built most of the solar adobe where his family lives.) Newest pastime is trail building and maintenance. John volunteers with the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, Trails Alliance and Eldorado Community Improvement Association.

Jeanine Dodson-Edgars has enjoyed some of the most beautiful places on earth as a daughter of a military family. “I remember the coral reefs surrounding Oahu and their cacophony of colors. I remember the abundant fishing in the Chesapeake Bay that provided my family with flounder and crab. I remember the spring rains and blooms in New Mexico. As I was born in El Paso and frequently returned to visit my grandparents, I felt at home in New Mexico. I remember a time when nature was in full bloom.” As an adult, she applied her energy to conservation issues in the Pacific Northwest. She wants her grandchildren to have the opportunity to live in a culture that values the natural environment. Today, living in Santa Fe for past 11 years, she wants apply her energy to keep our open spaces and trails accessible and available for people of all ages. Jeannie hikes trails, manages her permaculture gardens and orchard and enjoys watching the clouds saunter across the sky.

Susan Murphy: Sue is a retired banking executive spending her working life in San Diego and New York City. Having spent 30 years in the concrete jungle of NYC, Sue and her husband Ron, longed to retire to a place out west that would provide the outdoor opportunities they missed. Santa Fe won out over all other locations for its diverse community, spectacular open lands and scenery; they moved here 10 years ago. Activities include hiking, mushrooming, horseback riding, skiing and golf.
Her appreciation for our natural environments and open spaces grew from being raised in a family immersed in the Boy Scouts of America which meant that Sue spent many summer weeks at Camp with family including Piedmont in New Mexico. Living in New York City provided a stark contrast for someone that grew up in Southern California in the 1950s and 60s.
Sue participates in trail work days at Galisteo Basin. She also organizes single day and multi-day horseback trips for groups including spouses that ride only occasionally, and organized mushroom hikes led by Mycologist Art Judd, who recently passed. Eight years ago, she initiated the Bluebird Trail in Las Campanas installing birdhouses throughout the community to support bird nesting while raising money that is donated to local not-for-profits. This program continues to grow each year. Sue is a member of the Santa Fe County Horse Coalition and the Northern New Mexico Horsemen’s Association.

Rubén Cedeño has been coming to Colorado/New Mexico since 1969. During this time, he was an instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School and the Youth Conservation Corps. Before moving to New Mexico, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the National Education Association (NEA). He has experience in executive level management, organizational development, including budget management, descriptive program analysis, and process evaluations. He has directed and assisted in program development, including policy/program design, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement practices. He was born in NYC and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He is bilingual in Spanish and English. He served as the director for the CSAP sponsored Hispanic-Latino Leadership Institute. He served as a Senior Executive Officer and Technical Director for Macro International and faculty at Tuskegee University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado Denver, a Master’s Degree specializing in comprehensive health administration, public finance and received a Ph.D. in policy, planning, administration and applied research from Atlanta University. Currently, Rubén lives in Cerrillos New Mexico (site of the Cerrillos State Park). He has served and participated in the Santa Fe County Land Use Community Planning Committee. He is an avid hiker, cyclist and loves to explore New Mexico’s open lands, parks and wilderness areas.

Ernesto W. Ortega: A native New Mexican was born and raised in La Madera, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. He is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM (B.A. 1967 History major and English/Speech minor and M.A. 1970 in History with an emphasis in the Spanish Colonial Period). Ortega taught English at East Las Vegas Junior High School (1967-1970) and English/Speech at Pojoaque High School (1970-1974). Ortega joined the National Park Service in 1974 and had assignments in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Dakota and Washington D.C. He served as chief ranger, superintendent and Associate Regional Director Park Operations during his career. Ortega was active in the National Park Service/Department of the Interior International Affairs program and served as a consultant in park management, environmental protection and heritage preservation in Costa Rica, Venezuela, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Spain. After his retirement from the National Park Service (1974) he served as deputy director and director of the Division of State Monuments in the NM Department of Cultural Affairs from October 1975 to March 1, 2010. Ortega has served as one of two advisors for New Mexico in the Board of Advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the past 8 years and is a long-time member of the NM Heritage Preservation Alliance.

Patricia Conoway arrived in Santa Fe in October 1993 with a used GMC Jimmy and five suitcases from Sheridan Wyoming, where she worked for Eaton’s Guest Ranch the prior summer. Before that, she’d lived almost four years in Sydney, Australia, working with DDB Needham Worldwide, a multinational ad agency as Vice President, Senior Account Director on Microsoft, Wrigley and new business. This followed ten years in Manhattan. She chose Santa Fe to start life over because it was unlike any other place she’d lived i.e., a small town, with no high rises, a vast, clear blue sky, easy access to the outdoors, and cultural diversity. She established an advertising and PR consulting business, managed rental properties, and realized her life-long dream of owning a horse. She is a member of Back Country Horsemen and has developed a deep appreciation of the spectacular beauty that is unique to New Mexico. Patricia is an advocate for balancing development, conservation, and public access to Santa Fe County’s open spaces and grateful for the opportunity to help in moving forward with open space planning and management.

Judy Kowalski is a New Mexico licensed landscape architect and avid outdoorswoman who has lived in New Mexico for more than 20 years. As the current landscape architect for New Mexico State Parks, she has the opportunity to travel to some of New Mexico’s most beautiful places on a regular basis. State Park projects have included designing the landscapes for the new visitor center at Eagle Nest Lake State Park and the new education building at Rio Grande Nature Center, as well as salt cedar eradication and native plant restoration at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, and trail designs for Heron Lake and Elephant Butte Lake State Parks. As a cultural landscape architect intern for the National Park Service in Santa Fe, Judy developed a great appreciation for historic landscapes and their preservation—she completed a cultural landscape report on the Santa Fe Plaza as an employee of MRWM, Ltd., Landscape Architects, in 2006. Prior to becoming a landscape architect, Judy obtained diverse experience in the natural resources fields of mining, forestry, pollution prevention, and waste management. Previous public service work includes two years as a commissioner on the Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission and a year as a volunteer to the Santa Fe County Open Space Program designing the San Ysidro River Park river restoration for her Master’s Thesis. Favorite outdoor activities include hiking, cross country and downhill skiing, and motorcycling. Judy has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Greg Betts served seven years as the director of the City of Palo Alto (CA) Community Services, which includes recreation, parks, open space, arts, museums and human services. For eleven years prior he managed the City’s parks and open space division and was responsible for land acquisition, conservation and management programs. Greg has a special interest in access to trails and parks, and was instrumental in the planning and construction of an innovative universally-accessible playground that fosters play between children of all abilities. Greg is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, with Bachelor degrees in both Animal Science and Wildlife & Fisheries Biology. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. Greg is an avid hiker, equestrian and biker, and enjoys exploring the parks, trails and historic sites of the southwest. He currently volunteers for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and is training to be a docent at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Greg lives in Santa Fe, near the trailhead to Atalaya Mountain, with his husband, Glen. Greg is an active member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and the New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association.

Committee Liaison
Maria Lohmann, Senior Planner – Open Space and Trails
Phone (505) 995-2774

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