Historic Santa Fe Foundation's mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic properties and diverse cultural heritage of the Santa Fe area, and to educate the public about Santa Fe's history and the importance of preservation.
Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers
Alan "Mac" Watson, Chair Mac Watson, a Santa Fe native, received an AB in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA and a PhD from the University of New Mexico. He taught English and directed the graduate program in English at Montana State University for several years before the lure of returning to Santa Fe became too strong to resist. Since 1975 he has worked in architectural conservation as a licensed contractor and principal of Watson Conserves, LLC. The firm was de-commissioned in 2016, and Mac is now a full-time volunteer. He has volunteered for Cornerstones Community Partnerships for many years and was on the Cornerstones staff as program manager for northern New Mexico from 1998-2002. He is a former Chair of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation Board and has been a Director of the Old Santa Fe Association and of Santa Fe New Music. He was appointed by Governor Richardson to the state's Cultural Properties Review Committee and served for two years as Chairman.
Ken Stilwell, Vice Chair
Ken Stilwell was born into a third generation Durango, Colorado banking family. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a triple major of English, Communications, and Spanish. Ken retired in 1996 following eighteen years working in military defense subcontracting, specializing in business systems trend analysis with information technology applications. After retirement Ken devoted his life to civil rights with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in New England, Lambda Legal Defense in New York, Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC, and most recently with the 5,000 member ACLU of Georgia, serving as board treasurer and president from 1998-2011.
With his move to Santa Fe in 2011, he re-established his Southwestern roots and began volunteer work at SAR, School for Advanced Research, where he serves as Chair of the President's Council. Ken also volunteered his time at HSFF on the Development Committee and now brings his business acumen and development expertise to the Board.
Tim Maxwell, Secretary Tim Maxwell has most recently received the City of Santa Fe Historic Preservation Award, 2013, for establishing the city's archeological protection ordinance. Tim received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and served as Director of the Office of Archeological Studies at the Museum of New Mexico until 2005. He is a former president of the Old Santa Fe Association as well as a former president of the New Mexico Archeological Council. Tim helped establish an educational outreach program with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation that was the recipient of a national award. He has also authored over sixty professional publications and articles and brings to the Foundation not only professional expertise but a firm commitment to the community.
Mark French, Treasurer Mark French is originally from Flint, Michigan and is a Vietnam Veteran. He has been in banking since 1973. He moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where he worked out of the Delgado House for the next 26 years, managing Custom Banking for First National Bank of Santa Fe. French left for four years to join another local financial institution and rejoined First National Santa Fe in February 2016. He is married with three children and one grandson. French serves on the boards of Up With Kids (SFPD D.A.R.E program) and NM Veterans Helping Homeless Veterans.
Michael Dale has provided his leadership and fundraising talents to health organizations in the Houston, Texas area including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, D'Feet Breast Cancer/Galveston County (Advisory Board), Alzheimer's Association (Development Committee) and Houston Committee of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). He has also served as a Director of the Pink Ribbon Project. He is a native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston. Michael retired from an international Interior Design career after being at the helm of Michael Dale interiors for 25 years. He has also played an active role on the Decorative Arts Subcommittee at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for over 30 years and has served as President of the museum's Collectors Group several times. He now has become active in his family's business — McRee Ford, established in 1947.
Michael has been a neighbor at El Zaguán as a part time resident for 30 years and has assisted us greatly with the Stewards Group. He serves currently as a volunteer on the Development Committee of HSFF.
Nancy Owen Lewis, PhD is scholar-in- residence and former director of scholar programs at the School for Advanced Research. She is the author of A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR, written with Kay Hagan, and the award-winning Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health (Museum of New Mexico Press 2016). She has published five articles on this topic, one of which was awarded the 2013 Gilberto Espinosa Prize by the New Mexico Historical Review. Having family roots in New Mexico, she previously served as chair of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and is currently first vice president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and a member of the city’s Public Safety Committee. A fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, she published the first peer-reviewed article on drive-up liquor windows and chaired the society’s 2017 annual conference in Santa Fe. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and previously taught anthropology at the University of Arkansas and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Linda Tigges, PhD is a retired land planner. While working the City of Santa Fe in the 1980s and 1990s, she assisted in drafting the City's Archaeological Review Committee (ARC) ordinance, amendments to the Historic District Ordinance and staffing both groups. She also prepared City publications on architectural history, the plaza, acequias and neighborhoods. In addition, she worked with development review for master plans and annexation applications Relevant private sector land planner in the 1980s and 1900s work includes preparing archival reports for the ARC, neighborhood planning, and submittals or City and County commercial and residential projects. Published materials are articles on the Santa Fe presidio, the 1912 Santa Fe plan, 1880s City land development, data on County business licenses and taxes, and the book, Spanish Colonial Lives, consisting of documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of NM. Linda brings a variety of experience to our work at HSFF.
Graciela Tomé was born in Argentina. Graciela received a degree in Architecture from the University of Rosario in Argentina and a MA from McGill University in Canada. She has worked as a researcher at the Research Council Rosario University and as an independent architect. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1996 she she became involved with historic preservation. She has previously served as chair of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.
Ra Patterson has been a local business owner for the past 26 years. He moved to New Mexico in 1988 after completing his Construction Management courses from Richland College in Texas. Ra has been in the construction industry for 35 years and is a 2nd generation contractor. He has been an active board member of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation since 2011, as well as a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1988. Ra currently serves as a member on the Santa Fe Historic Green Task Force for the city of Santa Fe and has been a member of the National Home Builders Association since 1990. He won the AGC's Subcontractor of the Year award in 2008. His company has been a part of the construction team that won the Heritage Preservation Award for the Fort Stanton project as well as at Palace of the Governors.
Honorary Member, John Pen La Farge, President, Old Santa Fe Association
Long-Range Planning Committee
Margo Cutler moved to Santa Fe in 1973 and has had her real estate firm since 1983 that specializes in the sale of historic properties in the Santa Fe area, significant single family homes, and ranches in a four state area. Margo holds broker licenses in Montana and Colorado as well as New Mexico and has sold ranches in each of these states.
Her experience as one of the original board members of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust has given her a familiarity with the uses and benefits of conservation easements. She has also served on the boards of directors of the Santa Fe Community foundation, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and the Wind River Ranch Foundation and as the President of both the Rio de Tesuque Acequia Association and the Tesuque Planning Committee.
In the early 1980's Margo worked with Filmore Rose, undertaking an extensive renovation and restoration of the historic Eugenie Shonnard House, a property of the Foundation's register. This impressive project earned for Margo Cutler and Filmore Rose the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation.
Barbara Felix AIA has practiced architecture for more than twenty-five years in Michigan, Virginia, Chicago, and New Mexico. She has owned her -firm, Barbara Felix Architecture + Design, for more than 17 years in Santa Fe and is known for her work around the state including with some of the Pueblos (Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum), commercial and hospitality work (including the recent renovation of La Fonda on the Plaza), and her expertise with historic structures. She is -past-president of AIA Santa Fe. Barbara is passionate about history, and specifically about how different cultures, as well as the impact of the desert climate, have impacted and informed the architecture that surrounds us. She brings much wisdom to our Board.
Pete Warzel, HSFF Executive Director
Jacqueline Hill, Office Manager
Melanie McWhorter, Development Associate
Mara Saxer, Preservation Specialist
Bobby Wilson, Preservation Specialist
Volunteers and individual partnerships
Natalie Bokum and Becky Touchett, Research Committee
Linda Churchill, Garden Manager
Susan Horn, Stewards Committee
Deborah and Jon Lawrence, eZine/Newsletter Writers
William Mee, Agua Fria Village Association
Bettina Raphael, Coordinator, Annual Watercolor Exhibition
Gregory Sherrow, Technology Advisor
Kristin Watson, Development Committee
Santa Fe Master Gardeners, Garden Volunteers