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

The purpose of the County Open Lands, Trails, and Parks Advisory Committee (COLTPAC) is to advise the Board of County Commissioners (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.

COLTAC Members

  • Rubén Cedeño, Chair, District 3 Representative, term expires February 2023
  • Linda Siegle, Vice Chair, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2023
  • Sandra Madrid-Massengill, District 1 Representative, term expires January 2024
  • Christopher Mann, District 2 Representative, term expires December 2024
  • Genna Waldvogel, District 4 Representative, term expires August 2025
  • Jan Cohen, District 5 Representative, term expires February 2024
  • Elise Apple Snider, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2024 
  • Jean Pike, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2023
  • Steven Forde, At-Large Representative, term expires August 2025 

Member Biographies

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.

Linda Siegle is president of Resources for Change, a consulting and government relations firm incorporated in New Mexico. She provides service for numerous health care, non-profit and education clients. Born in El Paso, Linda has lived in Madrid and now off of County Road 42 in Santa Fe County for thirty-six years. She is a publicly elected member of the Board of Trustees for Santa Fe Community College and currently serves as the Chair of the Board. An avid hiker, kayaker and rock and fossil hunter, Linda leads national Sierra Club trips in Southeast Utah in the Grand Gulch area. She also leads friends on an annual kayaking trip on the Green River in Utah. “I have long wanted to serve on COLTPAC to help with the ongoing process of creating access to our Santa Fe County public lands.” Linda lives with her spouse of 26 years, former County Commissioner and now State Senator Liz Stefanics.

Sandra Madrid-Massengill is a native New Mexican and lives in Pojoaque, New Mexico. She retired from New Mexico State Parks Division and worked a majority of her employment with the state as a Program Manager involved extensively with outdoor recreation, open space and trails planning and development. She partnered with the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration to ensure the statewide allocation and distribution of federal funds from the Land & Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Fund for outdoor recreation sites, trails and open space for the recreating public to enjoy. She also worked with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in southern New Mexico in fire, range and recreation projects, as well as the NM Department of Game & Fish Department in wildlife management projects. COLTPAC offers a familiar essence that provides a continued involvement with open space and trails in Santa Fe County. Sandra is an outdoors enthusiast and wants to stay in touch, learn from and contribute positively to COLTPAC’s mission and goals.

Genna Waldvogel has always had an interest in the outdoors as a hiker, biker, insect enthusiast, tree climber or just looking at cool rocks. This interest led to her studies at the University of Vermont and later Carnegie Mellon University in environmental science and environmental engineering. After her undergrad, she taught high school science to hopefully influence a new generation to go into the sciences and cares about climate change effecting our planet. She currently works as the Sustainability Program Lead at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

Jean Pike is an architectural designer, researcher and educator at Jean Pike AIA: architecture+landscape | research+design, based in Santa Fe, NM. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master’s degree in architecture from The Yale School of Architecture. Her design work has been widely published and exhibited and her proposal for the World Trade Center Memorial will be included in the forthcoming volume, One Hundred Years Downtown, a photographic history of Lower Manhattan. She has taught architectural design, history and theory at several universities including Pratt Institute, Pratt Rome, and The University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning where she continues to serve regularly as an invited design critic. In 2016 she was awarded a New Mexico History Scholar grant for her research on pre-contact Ancestral Puebloan architecture in the Galisteo Basin, NM. She has documented seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial mission architecture in NM for The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and serves as a Site Steward for NM SITEWATCH and as a member of the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Sites Protection Act (GBASPA) Working Group. She is an advocate for the conservation of New Mexico’s natural and cultural resources, and for low-impact watershed restoration practices that can benefit semiarid lands. Jean has called New Mexico home for the better part of thirty years and lives off the grid in the Galisteo Basin where she enjoys wandering with her two dogs, Teo and Taloula.

COLTPAC Staff Liaison

Adeline Murthy
Open Space & Trails Planning Team Leader

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