BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Coop – Chair
Jennifer Jenkins – Vice Chair
Max Myers – Treasurer
Lynn Pitcher Komer – Secretary
Michael Coop (Chair) is an experienced fundraiser and owns Coop Consulting which specializes in health and education grant writing assessment. He is an avid art collector and is building a home adjoining the Railyard Park.
Jennifer Jenkins (Vice-Chair) Upon completion of her education in International Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer embarked on careers in mortgage finance and real estate development. Jennifer is a founding Principal of JenkinsGavin, Inc., a land use consulting and project management firm established in Santa Fe in 2006. In addition to her role with the Railyard Park Conservancy, Jennifer is on the Board of the Regional Development Corporation, a regional economic development nonprofit serving northern New Mexico.
Max Myers (Treasurer) is Executive Vice President of New Mexico Bank and Trust Santa Fe branch. He is a graduate of the UNM Anderson School of Management.
Lynn Komer is the principal and founder of PK Public Relations in Santa Fe. She is a graduate from UNM and has over 25 years’ experience in the public relations field. Lynn has extensive community involvement experience with outreach campaigns and public policy management; improving public relations for organizations such as the City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Lynn has served on the Partners in Education Board and NM History Museum of Art Friends of Contemporary Art Board.
David Barker is the President of Barker Realty, LLC, whose offices are in the Historic Gross Kelly Warehouse located in the Railyards. Over the last 30 years, he has been involved in a wide range of residential and commercial transactions, leasing, development and property management. A fourth generation Santa Fean, Mr. Barker collaborates with various charities and business associations that foster economic growth and promote all that our City Different has to offer.
Jeff Mahan has 30 years of executive-level experience in the hospitality industry, launching and operating award-winning luxury hotels. Jeff is also the General Manager and a partner in the locally owned Santa Fe Sage Inn. Mahan has served as President and Chair-Emeritus of the New Mexico Lodging Association, President of the Santa Fe Lodgers Association, the American Lodging Association Board of Directors, and currently sits on the Board of Advisors of New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. He received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with his wife Paula; they have two sons.
Anne Nelson is a Landscape Architect whose has practiced in New Mexico since 1980. For the last 20 years she has collaborated with early education communities around the country, working together to create outdoor play/learning environments that maximize children’s contact with nature. “Earthworks”, the outdoor component of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, was the project that shifted her focus in this direction.
Sarah Rivera is a yardmaster volunteer and board member since 2016. She is the mother of three and a writer.
Emeritus Board Members
Suby Bowden is an Architect and Urban Planner; she has been a leader in the Santa Fe Railyard project for 24 years. Her company Suby Bowden + Associates has designed over 200 constructed projects, receiving over 28 National and Local Awards in the last decade.
Faith Okuma is the Principal of Surroundings, a landscape architecture firm based in Santa Fe. She has many years of landscape design experience in New Mexico.
M. Carlota Baca has deep roots in New Mexico and has enjoyed a long career as a consultant specializing in philanthropic and non-profit organizations, including the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.
Ann Bitter is former Chief Operating Officer of Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she oversaw the construction of the $125 million expansion of this contemporary art center. She is currently a nonprofit consultant with a national practice focusing on strategic planning and board governance.
Peter Brill is the founder and owner of Sarcon Construction, which has provided construction services and consulting for many community-based institutions including St. Johns College and Warehouse 21 Teen Arts Center.
Anna Lucia Carlgren has a marketing management background and has been involved with numerous Santa Fe volunteer organizations.
Linda Churchill has actively participated in Santa Fe arts, community endeavors, and gardening for over twenty years. She is a docent and volunteer with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens and a member of the Semi-Arid Guild, and co-owns Green Forward LLC, a Santa Fe landscaping firm.
Ellyn Feldman is a co-founder of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and was a teacher for close to 20 years. She brings experience from several Santa Fe community programs and serves on several non-profit boards.
Debra Garcia y Griego has a seventeen year background in arts administration that includes experience with both visual and performing arts. Currently, she is the Senior Planner for the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission overseeing the grant-making program as well as the 2% for public art program. In this capacity, she works closely with a variety of nonprofit arts organizations as well as with numerous public artists, both locally and nationally.
Thomas M. Hnasko is an environmental attorney and a partner in the law firm of Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin.
Molly Mehaffy was a principle partner in a Santa Fe landscape design/build firm for many years, and active as a consultant in the railyard park’s design. She is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley in the landscape architecture program, MLA class of 2012.
Rowan Ogden is a communication specialist and graphic designer. He has served as the creative director for an ecological engineering firm for the past four years.
Carmella Padilla, a Santa Fe native, is an award-winning journalist and author who has written extensively about Hispano art, culture and history in New Mexico. Her work has been published across the West.
Jenny Parks is the President and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation. Prior to that, Jenny served as the New Mexico State Director for The Trust for Public Land (TPL). Before joining TPL, Jenny worked for six years as a real estate attorney and for three years as a commercial real estate developer in Austin, Texas.
Cara Scarola is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Interior Architecture (M.Iarc.) program and Lewis & Clark College (B.A.). Cara has worked for architecture and interior architecture firms in both the Northwest and Southwest. In December of 2009, Cara began Ore Studios, an interior design firm with offices in Santa Fe and Providence, Rhode Island. Ore Studios works on both residential and commercial projects from coast to coast, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design.
Susan Herrera has served as Chief Executive Officer of the LANL Foundation since 2008. Susan served in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant and was the director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus before relocating to New Mexico and transferring her fundraising and management skills, honed at the national level, to local initiatives and nonprofit organizations. Susan also served as president of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, a state-wide organization dedicated to improving philanthropy.
Gayla Bechtol is an architect in Santa Fe and principal of Gayla Bechtol Architects. She has been involved in the Railyard since 1996 when she spearheaded the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT ) of the American Institute of Architects for the Railyard.
Marc Beyeler is a conservation consultant in California and the western United States, and was formerly a senior executive with the Trust for Public Land.
Courtney Carswell was raised in Santa Fe and is the owner of La Choza (in the Railyard District) and The Shed Restaurants, popular eateries for locals and tourists alike.
Kyle S. Harwood is an attorney and water resources professional who represents private and public clients in the field of New Mexico land and water law, regulation and policy issues. He regularly lectures on land use and water law, and recently published a chapter on water conservation in the 2011 Resource for the Future series book titled ‘Water Policy in New Mexico’. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, an M.P.A. degree in water resources from the University of New Mexico, and his J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Eric Weiner is President of ESW Associates, a boutique corporate education consultancy. Eric advises corporations seeking executive training solutions, educational institutions that provide services, and subject matter experts who serve as program faculty. He holds an MBA from London Business School.