Board and Staff
Steven Robinson is an architect and planning consultant with a wide range of experience working with private clients, public agencies and academic institutions. His award winning architectural designs embody and advance the aesthetics of regional architecture and community planning.
As the Principal in Steven Robinson Architects, he has designed private residences, art galleries, theaters, athletic facilities, multi-family housing, historic restorations, public parks and large scale mixed use master plans. Major projects in New Mexico include the Gerald Peters Gallery, Bartolome Sanchez Land Grant, Awakening Museum, Rio Chama Restaurant and award winning custom homes. The firm has expertise in the design of climatically responsive buildings and ecologically sustainable land use plans.
Mr. Robinson's architecture is featured in the documentary film "Energy from the Day Star". He is author of the pioneering book The Energy Efficient Home, a comprehensive guide for energy and water conservation and the use of solar, wind and wood power published by The New American Library. Mr. Robinson has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has served as a consultant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has presented his work at four National Passive Solar conferences and at the International Passive and Hybrid Cooling conference.
As a community leader, Mr. Robinson is the president of the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, the non-profit corporation developing the city-owned 50 acre downtown property. He was founding member of the Santa Fe Land Use Resource Center and the Neighborhood Coalition, and has served on the Board of Directors Advisory Council of 1000 Friends of New Mexico and the National Board of Advisors of Cornerstones Community Partnerships. He initiated, organized and conducted the "Forum on Growth Management" sponsored by the Thaw Charitable Trust in 1995. Mr. Robinson has been the featured public speaker at the National Preservation Conference of the National Trust Historic Preservation, the Forum on Ancient Futures for New Communities, Sustainable Communities of New Mexico and the Free Form of Santa Fe.
Mr. Robinson is a Registered Architect, certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Liberal Arts and received a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Founding Director Jacques Paisner received a BA degree in English-Philosophy in 2003 from the University of New Mexico. He was born in Minneapolis in 1980, grew up in Oregon, Navajo Nation and Santa Fe, and he is a 1998 graduate of Santa Fe High School. Jacques is the author of Albuquerque Blues 2007 and was writer and director of the 2009 feature film, Rejection.
Oscar Rodriguez is a public sector executive with a long career in New Mexico, elsewhere in the US, and abroad. His bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and masters from MIT prepared him for work as an international consultant, primarily in Latin America, in addition to service as Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin, and Executive Director of the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission. His appointments in New Mexico have included Town Manager for the Town of Taos followed as well as Finance Director for the City of Santa Fe. Mr. Rodriguez is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the New Mexico Finance Authority. He and his wife are proud parents of a child who happily attends Santa Fe Public Schools, and he is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe where he continues to serve as an ex officio member of the tribal council.
Ellen Bradbury is the Director/Founder of Recursos de Santa Fe, a non-profit designed to stimulate an active intellectual and artistic exchange of ideas and to bridge the gap between academe and popular audiences. Ms. Bradbury has also been involved with the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Consultant to Regis Collection of Contemporary 20th Century American Art in Minneapolis, Guest Curator with Manos de Mexico in St. Paul, Curator of Primitive Arts at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Registrar and Curator of Pre-Columbian Art in Minneapolis.
Ms. Bradbury received her B.A. from the University of New Mexico as well as her M.A. continuing with Advanced Graduate Study in the Ph. D. program in American Art at UNM. She also attended Yale from 1967-1968.
She grew up in Los Alamos where her father worked on the Manhattan Project.
Chris Calvert was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1948. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1966. He then attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Upon graduating he completed pilot training and became a C-141 pilot during the Vietnam War. Chris left the Air Force in 1975 and enrolled in the Conservation of Natural Resources Program at U.C. Berkeley. After receiving his second Bachelor’s degree, Chris went to Sacramento and worked as an intern for a California State assemblyman. Chris then returned to the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Public Policy, where he earned a master’s Degree in 1979. Chris worked for eight years for Blue Cross of California, followed by a career with the U.S. Postal service as a letter carrier. During this time Chris served in numerous civic capacities including planning commissioner, code enforcement commissioner, president of neighborhood associations, Democratic ward vice-chairperson, and a water conservation committee member. In 2006 Chris was elected to the Santa Fe City Council where he served for two terms until 2014. Chris also retired from the US Postal Service in 2014.
Michael has an extensive career working with nonprofit organizations. He has served in executive leadership positions with local organizations (10 years each as Co-Director of the Plaza Resolana Study and Conference Center and then COO of the NM Community Foundation), as well as ten years as CFOO of the Seven Hills School, an independent school in California. He holds undergraduate degrees in Business and Finance, and earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1982. As a practicing attorney, he currently serves as principal of the Non Profit Mediation and Consulting LLC, and also serves as Of Counsel to a California law firm that focuses on non-profit organization clients. Michael lives in Santa Fe with his spouse of 40+ years, Kathleen Jiménez, and hiking/fishing dogs Charlie and Blu.
Robert Dunn is the President and founder of Robert Dunn Real Estate, Inc. His experience in the Santa Fe real estate market spans over 25 years. He served as President of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors in 1995, and in 1999 was President of the Realtors Association of New Mexico. He was a member of The National Association of Realtors Land Use, Property Rights, and Environment Committee. In 1989 he was named Santa Fe Association's Realtor of the Year. On the state level, he is currently active on the Legislative and Budget Committees, and has previously served as Legal Affairs Committee chair and Strategic Planning chair.
Robert Dunn's community involvement includes seven years serving on the Board of La Nueva Vida, he was Realtor Liaison for United Way, sponsor for The Jimmy Huega Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis, and is a member of The Rotary Club of Santa Fe.
In 2003 he was appointed by Governor Richardson to the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. Mr. Dunn was appointed to the SFRCC Board in April 2002.
Ouida MacGregor ‘s career primarily focused on urban, regional and environmental planning. In the 1970’s , she was actively involved in the successful preservation of the Rio Grande Bosque and Sandia Mountains. Executive Director for Growth Policy Association, she coordinated Master Planning for City of Tacoma, WA, Pierce County and Port of Tacoma. As chairman of the Santa Fe Planning Commission and subsequent member of the City Council, she was instrumental in drafting the Original Trails and Escarpment Plans, the Master Plan of 1994, and creation of Tierra Contenta. Other experiences include teaching, construction management, 20 years as a business owner with husband Thom Allen. She has a BA from Carleton College, M Architecture –UNM, MA & PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Ron Pacheco has a total of twenty-one years of local government service working for the City of Santa Fe for seventeen years and four years of service for Santa Fe County. For the Past Three years he has been the Director-of the Santa Fe County Division of Senior Services. Prior to working at Santa Fe County, he was the Affordable Housing Administrator for the City of Santa Fe for two years and the Deputy Director of the Santa Fe County Public Housing Office for one year.
In the fifteen years prior to working as an affordable housing administrator at the City of Santa Fe he held three positions at the Division of Senior Services. He began his career in government in the summer of 1991 when he was hired as the Inventory Specialist for the Senior Nutrition Program. He was then promoted to the Safe-Kids Safe Seniors Program Coordinator where he was able to promote health and safety programs for seniors and children thereby working inter-generationally. His final five years in the City of Santa Fe Senior Program were in the capacity as the Senior Olympics Program Administrator.
For the past 30 years, Ms. Romero has designed and facilitated numerous public involvement projects, assessed the potential for neutral conflict resolution services in diverse cases, consulted with public and private organizations on the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, trained hundreds of persons in negotiation and mediation and public involvement skills and promoted the use of mediation and facilitation in the environmental field and other public policy arenas. She has facilitated controversial issues with various federal, state, local governments and nonprofit organizations and lead strategic planning efforts for numerous entities.
Ms. Romero is the former President of Western Network a non-profit organization that developed an extensive practice centered on conflict resolution specific to natural resource issues such as water planning and land use planning. She completed four years as an elected City of Santa Fe Councilor and is a former member of the Planning Commission. As a City Councilor, Ms. Romero served on several regional boards including the Chairmanship of the North Central Regional Transit District, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Authority, and Santa Fe Regional Planning Authority while also serving on key City of Santa Fe committees.
Patrick Varela is a native 5th generation Santa Fean. His mother is Antonia “Toni” Ortiz a 4th generation Santa Fean and his father was Celestino Varela Jr. a native from Pecos New Mexico a World War II veteran who passed away in 1998. Patrick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University and also belongs to the Sigma Beta Delta honors society in Business.
He has worked in both private and governmental sectors where he got the opportunity to master different skills and the opportunity to meet many people and got the interest to serve my community in a positive manner.
His roots are very deep in the city of Santa Fe and its history and he belongs to a family who is active in helping to preserve Santa Fe’s diverse culture. He recently served on the Santa Fe 400th Anniversary Board where he was active and responsible for bringing the Mayor from our sister city Santa Fe de la Vega Spain to Santa Fe New Mexico, where exact copies of the Capitulaciones (documents granting Columbus permission to find a new trade route to India) were presented to Santa Fe.
David Vlaming has been a Santa Fe resident for the past 40 years. Formerly the President and CEO of First Interstate Bank of New Mexico, Mr. Vlaming has over 35 years of banking experience. He is the former Director and President of United Way of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Economic Development, and has served as Director on two affordable housing projects for the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust and Tierra Contenta. Additional Santa Fe community involvement includes service with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and ATC Charter School. Mr. Vlaming was elected to the SFRCC Board in April 2002.
Devon Ross, Director Emeritus
Devon Ross has worked as an organizational development consultant since 1985, predominantly in the education and non-profit sectors. Prior to that he had served as executive director of several non-profit organizations and professional associations on both state and national levels. In the field of education, he has been a teacher, program director and adjunct lecturer. Devon holds an MA degree in arts administration from Ohio State University and an MBA degree from Central Michigan University.
With an undergraduate degree in architecture and studio arts, he has carried on an architectural avocation for the past thirty- five years including several years as the owner of a design/build firm in the residential and light commercial markets. Throughout that same period of time he has been involved in the fine arts as a sculptor, largely by commission although exhibiting on occasion, most recently in Santa Fe. Beginning in 2007 with the founding of Red Mountain Press, Devon and his wife Susan have operated a growing, literary publishing house producing as many as ten new titles each year. Devon and Susan have also worked together in building or renovating a dozen houses around Santa Fe, starting in the early 1990s. Mr. Ross was elected to the SFRCC Board in February 2004. He resigned from the Board in August of 2019 and was named a Director Emeritus.
Lleta Scoggins, Director Emeritus
Lleta Scoggins has been working in the field of commercial real estate since 1983. Before moving to Santa Fe in 2001, she was with Rosewood Corp. in Dallas. She joined the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp. in 2003 as their Executive Director and retired from the Railyard in 2005. Her real estate background includes asset management, development and construction in addition to work on environmentally compromised sites.
In Dallas Mrs. Scoggins served on the Board of Shared Housing, a non-profit organization whose mission was to provide housing for the homeless and near homeless. She was involved with the development of the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas and helped to bring the Orchestra of New Spain to Santa Fe. She served as President of the Santa Fe Rotary Club in 2008-2009 and continues her involvement in the community.
Christine Robertson joined the organization as Executive Director in September 2021 after a 20+ year career in Operations and Property Management. Christine’s work experience includes developments in Angel Fire and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vail, Colorado. Her non-profit experience includes Executive Committee/Treasurer for New Mexico Hospitality Association and Chapter President & Advisory Board Member of HSMAI. She is thrilled to join the Santa Fe Railyard team and contribute to the development of the Railyard and Baca Neighborhoods while supporting the community’s vision.
Events & Marketing Director
Sandra Brice joined the organization in 2008 prior to the Grand Opening of the Railyard project. After a 20 year career in the television production business, Ms. Brice joined the non-profit world. Her experience with multi-media projects as well as marketing, business and arts environments led to her position as Executive Director of the Culver City Downtown Business District, a revitalized historical downtown within the greater Los Angeles area. While there, she created the district’s marketing plan, represented local businesses with City government and produced and supported public events creating synergies between restaurants, theatres, and art galleries. She is thrilled to be able to provide similar services for the Santa Fe Railyard and to help facilitate its development into the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors.