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:
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
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 November 2020
Susan Murphy, District 2 Representative, term expires June 2022
Matt Picarello, District 4 Representative, term expires October 2022
Jan Cohen, District 5 Representative, term expires February 2022
Jean Pike, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2023
Morika Hensley, At-Large Representative, term expires February 2023
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: Ms. 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 COLPAC 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.
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.
Elise Apple Snider
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.
Maria Lohmann, Senior Planner – Open Space and Trails
Phone (505) 995-2774