Board of Directors
Fletcher R. Catron
Dr. Letitia Chambers
Kenneth Alan Collins
John R. Hendricksen
updated July 30, 2013
Cathy Kalenian is an entrepreneur and for 30 years she started, ran and sold three businesses with her husband and business partner, Paul. In these companies, she was Chief Financial Officer and managed marketing and human resources. Cathy was also the Director of International Artists Series, a classical music concert series in Worcester, MA and she and Paul co-founded the Princeton Arts Society in Princeton, MA. She is the current Board President of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and Chairs the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. She is a current Trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Chair of its Stewardship Committee; Member of the Hestia Fund, a women’s giving circle for the benefit of middle school aged children at risk of dropout; Past Board Member of the Christmas Cove Improvement Association, a yacht club in Maine; and Past Board Member of the Santa Fe Concorso, a juried car event. She is a native New Englander, with a BS in Communications from Boston University, and still summers in Maine – but considers Santa Fe her fulltime residence and home. Cathy enjoys mentoring children, gardening, tennis, and driving back-roads of America with Paul and Rufus, their very special Wheaten Terrier.
Cathy Gronquist moved to Santa Fe in 2008 after twenty-seven years living and working in London, England. A Westerner by birth, she received a BA and MBA from the University of Denver before leaving Denver, CO for New York and ultimately, London. Cathy spent her time in London working for Morgan Stanley in Fixed Income and latterly, Research Management. Since joining the SFBG Board in 2009, Gronquist has enjoyed teaching children at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and serving on the Capital Campaign Steering, Nominating and Museum Hill Committees as well as Chairing the Development Committee.
Deborah Gaynor is First Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor of the Forte/Gaynor Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She earned a Masters in Education from Kent State University. As a former Estate Planning Specialist with Merrill Lynch, she assisted clients with philanthropy and estate tax strategies. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Eric Hoover, and their three cats. A runner since 1978, she also plays piano and travels to classic car shows. As for gardening, geraniums thrive under her care.
Ann Livingston and her husband Mark now call Santa Fe home after splitting their time between Allen, Texas and Santa Fe. Ann enjoyed a 15-year plus career in the cosmetics industry where she was an account executive for Elizabeth Arden in Hawaii and then in Texas. In 2005, she earned a graduate degree in Arts and Humanities – Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. While attending the University of Texas, she taught English classes at Richland Community College. She headed up the Community Action Committee of the American Society of São Paulo, Brazil from 2005 to 2007. While there she taught ESL in two different orphanages supported by that organization. After returning to Dallas she became President of the Friends of Allen Public Library from 2008 to 2010. Ann is a docent at the New Mexico History Museum and a trustee of the Museums of New Mexico Foundation. She is also currently secretary of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. She enjoys tutoring for the Helping One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) program through Santa Fe Public Schools at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.
Fletcher R. Catron practices law with the firm of Catron, Catron & Pottow, 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.
Kenneth Alan Collins (Ken) has lived in Santa Fe County, and now in downtown Santa Fe, for over 20 years. His love for gardening goes back as far as he can remember. This has included launching what became a community garden right in the heart of downtown San Francisco, being one of the first participants in another community garden in Washington, DC and finally being among the first plot-holders at the community garden in Frenchy’s Field, here in Santa Fe. In addition, he has worked on his own gardens, becoming entirely familiar with the harsh challenges of gardening in this area. He planted a garden in the Pojoaque Valley’s dry, windy, grasshopper-prone landscape and created a Resident Garden at El Castillo Retirement Residences in downtown Santa Fe. Ken has a Ph.D in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Now retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, he has been a volunteer for many years with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, particularly enjoying serving as a “plant expert” on the annual Garden Tours.
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.
Barcy Fox has been a long-time member, supporter and volunteer at the famed Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis before moving to Santa Fe in 2010. She has dedicated many years to working with arts and cultural organizations. In addition to working with a variety of non-profits, Barcy has had a robust career in management consulting, marketing/communications and training with Maritz Inc., Arthur D. Little Management Consulting and Russell Reynolds Associates. Her work in the not-for-profit world includes stints with the Saint Louis Symphony, St. Louis Art Museum, Maryville University and Saint Louis University. Board memberships include Mayor’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities (St. Louis), First Street Forum Gallery, grass/roots women’s’ spirituality center, Brainbank, Inc, Tangerine Wellness and other community organizations. She is a lifelong gardener and says she is particularly excited to be in at the start of building the Museum Hill garden to complete the environments offered by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. As a member of the SFBG Board, she chairs the Membership and Human Resources and Compensation Committees.
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. He completed high school at William H. Taft High School in 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. He merged as The Care of Trees with Davey Tree Expert Company (7,000 employees) in 2008. John semi-retired to Santa Fe in 2006 and married Robin Edelstein Hendricksen 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).
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.
George Jones, a native of the Hudson River Valley, has spent his life gradually moving farther west, recently settling full time in Santa Fe where he and his wife hope to remain forever. He received a BA in Mathematics from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and an MS in each of Mathematics and Computer Science from Ohio State. George began his career in Houston with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he was a partner for five years. He then held executive positions in several other consulting firms and technology startups. He currently is a business advisor at the Santa Fe Business Incubator and an executive with Brivea, an Albuquerque based technology startup. George’s prior board experience includes serving as treasurer of Planned Parenthood’s Houston affiliate for four years. He is a CPA in both New Mexico and Texas. George is also a writer and teacher. He developed a framework for teaching business and professional ethics and wrote a book on that subject which has been used at several universities. He developed and taught “Science Policy and Ethics” for Rice University. He and his wife enjoy the Santa Fe arts and music scenes and wrestle with the elements and wildlife to preserve their own backyard garden.
Bonnie Joseph received a BA in History from College Misericordia, Dallas, PA in 1964 and a MA in Art History from Temple University in 1991. She was an adjunct professor of Art History at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA from 1992-2002. Bonnie has combined her academic background with her love of gardening and garden history to originate the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s annual Winter Lecture Series.
Kathy Knorr and Nick Knorr moved to Santa Fe in the fall of 2011 after closing a 25 year chapter in Chicago. Before joining the Board in February 2012 Kathy worked with staff to expand the social media presence of SFBG. Kathy has a long history with computer technology training and multimedia presentations beginning with IBM and including her own personal computer training business. Kathy has been actively consulting in social media marketing and training in Santa Fe. She graduated from ASU in Tempe, Arizona and completed her MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Kathy relates that “We have found Santa Fe very welcoming. Aside from some old friends, we have met many new and friendly people.” Nick, now a retired banker, has met with the Finance Committee of the Board to assist with financing options and helps out with Santa Fe Prep Teen Action Program (TAP) on Museum Hill. He also takes classes at St. John’s College. Kathy and Nick share hobbies such as hiking and are refining their woodworking skills at Santa Fe Community College. Aside from these activities and working to complete a Master Gardener certification Kathy and Nick enjoy the local arts – museums, theater, and especially jazz – as well as the myriad of good restaurants and wonders of New Mexico. Children, Julie and Chris have enjoyed visits to Santa Fe. Julie is completing her architecture graduate studies abroad and Chris is an investment analyst in Chicago.
Jerry Richardson considers himself a “nearly native New Mexican”, having moved to Albuquerque when he was 14. Jerry received both his Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of New Mexico. He lived several years in El Rito while operating a small restaurant with his partner. There, he had a large garden and orchard, and worked as a gardener for Georgia O’Keeffe. Jerry moved to Santa Fe in 1978 to work in state government. He retired in 2002 after a career as an attorney and Chief Administrative Law Judge for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. In his time in Santa Fe, Jerry has served on the Boards of the Chorus of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, and remains an active trustee for the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.
Mike Spear and his wife Bonnie moved to Santa Fe in 2001 after he retired from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to 2001 he spent 17 of last 19 years as Regional Director in three western Regions headquartered in Albuquerque, Portland, and Sacramento. During those three tours he specialized in endangered species issues. From ’92-’94 he was Assistant Director in Washington D.C. responsible for the national endangered species program. He grew up in northern California on a small farm where he developed his interest in the natural environment and gardening. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent six years in nuclear submarines. After the Navy he received an MBA from Stanford University. He has been on the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Nature Conservancy since 2004 and currently serves as Board President. He enjoys skiing, windsurfing, wine collecting, gardening and travel with Bonnie to visit friends and family, especially to see two children and five grandchildren in Houston, Texas and Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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.