updated May 1, 2017
Edward Adcock, a NYC native, and his wife Lori recently retired to Santa Fe after a long legal career. Ed graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. His career as a litigator spanned across Los Angeles, General Counsel to Mobil Oil in Denver, Colorado, and General Counsel to Independent Oil Company in Midland, Texas. Ed has served on several Boards through the years such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters in Midland, Texas; Member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association; President of the Midland Community Health Care Services; Served on various committees of the State and National American Diabetes Association. His hobbies include gardening, painting, golf, hiking, and biking.
Elva Busch, an Ohio native, retired to Santa Fe eleven years ago after a long career in health care. She graduated from nursing school in Cleveland and was an operating room scrub nurse on an open heart team. She then graduated from nurse anesthesia school and received a degree in Health Care Education from Ottawa University. She practiced nurse anesthesia in a variety of settings in Connecticut and New Jersey for thirty-one years, founded a school of nurse anesthesia, served on the national Board of Directors of her professional organization, and testified before the U.S. Senate on nursing and nurse anesthesia issues on many occasions. Since coming to Santa Fe, she has served on the New Mexico Centennial Celebration Committee and the Committee for the Gala Opening of the New Mexico History Museum. She is a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club where she has served several terms as Conservation Chairman. A volunteer cook for Kitchen Angels, Elva is currently the President of its Board of Directors. Her hobbies include gardening, golf, skiing, book club, travel, cooking, and entertaining. Elva has served for many years on the Development Committee for the botanical garden and is now a member of the Sustainability Committee. She and her husband Bob have an Abyssinian cat named Max and a German Shepherd named Steffi.
Fletcher R. Catron practices law with the firm of Catron, Catron, Pottow & Glassman, P.A., in Santa Fe. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law and has been in the general practice of law since 1973. Fletcher’s largest single area of practice is in estate planning, trusts and probate. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Board member of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. He has been both a Board member and chairman of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, of the Bar Association of the First Judicial District, and of the Estate Planning Council of Santa Fe. Fletcher was active in the Legislature’s adoption of the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act and Uniform Trust Code. He frequently represents the position of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section at the New Mexico Legislature with respect to proposals for probate and trust legislation.
Dr. Letitia Chambers recently retired after a long career leading public and private sector organizations. In the private sector, she founded a consulting firm, which she built over 20 years to achieve a national reputation and then sold to a large international consulting business, where she became a Managing Director. She also was CEO of a major museum. In government, she headed up the system of higher education for the state of New Mexico, was US Representative (Ambassador) to the United Nations General Assembly, and was Staff Director of two US Senate Committees. She also has served on corporate boards, particularly in the financial sector, and on numerous educational and philanthropic boards. As a long time gardener, she is delighted to serve on the SFBG Board. She first lived in Santa Fe almost 40 years ago, and she and her husband are very happy now to make Santa Fe their home. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University, and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Hamilton College.
Linda Donnels recently retired from a long and satisfying career in higher education administration. She and her husband moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2010 from Washington, DC after living there 37 years. Until 2010, Linda was the Associate Vice President of Student and Academic Support Services and Dean of Students for The George Washington University, a 20,000 student urban university where she had overall responsibility for the management of a comprehensive student services and housing portfolio with $55 million in operating revenue. In addition to her role in University administration, Linda has provided consultation and training on disability access, affirmative action, legislative issues and adult learners to corporate and education clients. Throughout her career, Linda has been active in national and regional professional organizations. She has served on the Boards of Directors for diverse organizations such as the Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, The Sheridan School and the Metropolitan Washington Project with Industry of the Electronic Industries Foundation. In Santa Fe, she helped establish the Mentor to Market Program of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and serves on the Founders Committee at the Acequia Madre House. A native of New Orleans, Linda holds a BS in English Education from Ohio State University and an MA in Counseling from Gallaudet University.
Kevin Flores is Assistant Vice President and a Commercial Banker at First National Bank of Santa Fe. He and his wife, Lauren are both originally from California and they moved to New Mexico in 2003. After living in Providence, RI for 2-years, they decided to move back to Santa Fe in 2011 to start a family and now consider Santa Fe home. Kevin has a BS in Microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. He and his wife enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking with their two dogs. Kevin also enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding.
Edward Gale was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He graduated from Mesa State College in 1976 with a B.A. in English. Edward settled in Minnesota in 1981 and farmed in Minnetrista, Minnesota, for 19 years. During this time he served in appointed and elected positions, including Chair of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission from 1993-99 and as mayor of Minnetrista 1996-98. Since 1995, Edward has been involved in the mining business serving as an officer or Managing Partner of four mining companies. In 2000 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, earned his M.A. from Southwestern College, and has since 2004 been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Santa Fe.
John R. Hendricksen was born in Chicago, IL. He spent his first 10 years on a ranch outside Choteau, Montana, after which he moved back to Chicago, received a BS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (1969), and a Masters of Management from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He founded Hendricksen Tree Experts with his brother in 1964, while in high school, growing the business from two employees in 1964 to over 500 employees with offices in seven states, coast to coast. John semi-retired to Santa Fe in 2006 and married Robin Edelstein in 2008. John is a private pilot, scuba diver, hiker, skier, biker, tennis player, and motorcyclist. John has held board, officer and president positions with The Illinois Arborist Association (700 members), the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (700 members), the National Arborist Association (2,500 members), The MidAm Trade Show (5 members), and the International Society of Arboriculture (19,000 members). John currently serves on the board of the Las Campanas Owners Association and Aqua-Hot, a manufacturing firm in Firestone, CO.
Nora Hillier was an interior designer who owned and operated hhhdesigns for over 20 years. Currently, she serves on the Board of Cornerstones, a Santa Fe nonprofit, and is actively serving on the SFBG Capital Campaign Steering and Membership committees. Nora previously served on the Boards of Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Beacon Hill Garden Club, Pass Christian Garden Club, and the Pass Christian Historical Society. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and Child Development as well as Interior Design. Volunteerism and fundraising have always been a part of her life.
Rae Hoffacker moved to Santa Fe in 2008 with her longtime partner, Peter Pappas. She earned her bachelors in education from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma and Masters in Mid-Management at University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. She has 35 years of professional experience in education. Most of those years were spent in Midland, Texas. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has worked with Santa Fe Public Schools initially as an employee and subsequently as a consultant. She continued to advise faculty and administrators on technical matters both in Santa Fe Public Schools and Central Consolidated School District. She has been successful in writing grants and in helping to launch those grants when funded. She has traveled extensively during the last five years of “retirement” with the latest trip to Cambodia, Hong Kong and Vietnam with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Photography is a serious hobby and the photos of her travels create memories. She is a member of the New Mexico Museum Foundation and supports the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Gardening is a passion and the fruits of that passion often end up on the plates at her home. She enjoys entertaining, creating new menus for friends and family and hiking in the mountains.
Ken Kirk is a New York City native with a BA from New York University, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a LLM in Environmental Law from George Washington University. Early in his career, he worked at the Environmental Protection Agency helping get the Clean Water Act off the ground. Between 1990 and 2015, Ken served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, a trade association that represented clean water utilities from across the Nation. He was also instrumental in founding the US Water Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of water and moving in the direction of “one water.” Ken retired to Santa Fe in 2015 and serves on the Las Campanas Water and Sewer Cooperative Board and is a member of the City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Committee. He enjoys travelling with his wife Aurora, playing golf, and continues to take an interest in water issues at the national level.
Christine Metteer Lorillard is a native Californian, with a BA, MA, and Ph.D from UCLA. Before retiring to Santa Fe in 2013, she was a Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles for 34 years, where she is now Professor of Law Emerita. While at Southwestern, she was instrumental in the development of and new faculty training for the law school’s comprehensive legal writing program. She also directed Southwestern’s PLEAS Program, a unique part-time program for students with child or elder care responsibilities. Outside Southwestern, she served on the Board of Directors of the American Legal Writing Institute and the Board of Editors for the Institute’s journal. During her career, Professor Lorillard pursued a strong interest in both Native American and Children’s Rights. Retirement has allowed her to pursue other passions, and she enjoys being a docent at the Museum Hill Garden; cooking, especially with home-grown herbs and vegetables; reading; and hiking with husband, Pierre, and dog, Napa.
Scott McIntyre grew up in Orange County, CA, when there were actually oranges there. He attended Stanford University, majoring in Communications, before heading east to begin a career in financial services in Boston. He returned to the Los Angeles area in 1989, where he managed the Communications department at American Funds; he then moved to the Sacramento area in 2004 to join Washington Mutual, just in time to witness the mortgage meltdown up close. In 2008, when Washington Mutual sold his division to Principal Financial, Scott joined a small financial planning firm in Folsom, CA, where he continues to work. In 2016, he and his family moved to Santa Fe full-time and are loving it. Scott also serves as President of the Board of EarthShare California, an environmental charity.
Andrea Meditch is an Emmy-award winning producer whose films have won Oscars; premiered at such major festivals as Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto; and enjoyed successful theatrical and broadcast runs. She regularly conducts master classes on story development, pitching a story or brand, and strategic planning for creative startups. Before founding her own production company ten years ago, Andrea was instrumental in launching Discovery.com and Discovery Films; a multimedia atlas for National Geographic; and a center for creative non-fiction storytelling at Michigan State University. Andrea is film expert for the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and has served as a juror for numerous festivals. In addition to the Botanical Garden board, where she is head of the Communications committee, she has a Mayoral appointment to the Santa Fe Film and Digital Media Commission, which is working to create a sustainable media economy in Northern New Mexico. She holds a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in communications from Northwestern University. She lives on an airplane when not at home in Santa Fe or Washington, DC.
Liz Rees is a recent transplant to Santa Fe; although she has spent a lot of time here over the past 25 years. A native New Yorker, Liz most recently ran upscale holiday markets and gourmet food festivals in New York City parks and public spaces for 10 years, including the highly popular Union Square Holiday Market. Liz believes in Smart Growth, and the reciprocal arrangement of public spaces and communities serving, teaching, enriching, and respecting each other. A graduate of New York University, Liz also serves on the U.S. Board of Amref Health Africa, the largest African-based nonprofit that delivers health services to over 30 countries there. Closer to home, Liz has recently joined Hestia Santa Fe, and is active in other community organizations
Stephen M. Reilly (Steve) is a retired Administrative Law Judge with the United States Department of Labor. Prior to that he was an Appellate Litigator with the United States Department of Agriculture. Returning to school in his late 30’s, Steve received his BS in Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his JD from the University of North Carolina. Before that he primarily worked in sales and marketing with a short stint as a dealer in an Atlantic City casino. Steve served over four years in the United States Army flying helicopters in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and four awards of the Air Medal. He is the Founding President of a veterans organization, the Combat Helicopter Pilots Association. After retiring in April 2014, he and his wife, Larri Short, moved to Santa Fe full-time having split their time between Santa Fe and Washington, DC for three years. Steve does all the cooking at home but gets out of the kitchen when he and Larri are on one of their frequent travels.
Linda Saurage A native of Louisiana, Linda has lived in Montana, Houston, and Colorado before settling full-time in Santa Fe in 2007. She attended both LSU in Baton Rouge and the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette. Her family has had a long-standing coffee company in Louisiana where Linda served as a food consultant for the mail order side of the company. She is also a former restaurant owner in Montana. The art world here attracted Linda to Santa Fe. Her hobbies include following sports, learning about opera and art, her pets – 2 cats and 2 dogs – and is a self-professed “foodie.” She loves the mixture of people she meets in Santa Fe and is happy to have been a member of the botanical garden since 2011.
Alex Speyer (Alexander Speyer III) is a Chemical Engineer who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a lifetime trustee of the Chicago Museum of Art. Alex is on the boards of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden. He is Chairman of the committee of WPC that oversees Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed iconic home in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hobbies for Alex include hiking, skiing, art and wine.
Michael Violante moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1990 from Minneapolis, MN. Michael has a history and design major from Murray State University. During the course of his twenty one years in Santa Fe he was positioned as Vice President in charge of design for the company ACC. In 2009, Michael began his own design firm, Violante & Rochford Interiors, along with partner Paul Rochford. Michael has worked on many projects throughout the U.S. and is considered one of the premiere designers in Santa Fe.