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Clayton Bass

Chief Executive Officer

Fran Cole

Public Affairs Director

Scott Canning

Horticulture and Special Projects Director

George Jones

Finance Director

Mollie Parsons

Education Director

Cristina Salvador

Collections Manager

Jeri Chenelle

Visitor Services Coordinator

Cynthia Melugin

Development Coordinator

Valerie Rangel

Membership Coordinator

Welcome new staff!

We welcome Cynthia Melugin and Valerie Rangel to our team!

Cynthia Melugin grew up in Sherman, Texas.  She has a doctorate in political science from Duke University and worked as a foreign policy consultant in Washington, DC before moving to Santa Fe in 1999.  For most of her time here in Santa Fe, she taught political science at UNM and the College of Santa Fe.  More recently, she worked as a tax accountant and a volunteer at the Con Alma Health Foundation.  She’s currently board president for CASA, a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children in northern New Mexico.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, playing piano, and hanging out with her husband Ned and her daughter Alexandra.  Cynthia is excited to join the SFBG as its new development coordinator!

Valerie Rangel has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and master’s degree in Community Regional Planning that carries a major in Natural Resources & Environmental Management. Currently, Valerie facilitates Earth Science classes at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and is a board member of the Santa Fe Indian Center. Her interests include paper crafting, history of the Southwest, and community gardening. Valerie is extremely happy to be part of the SFBG team and facilitate community involvement through membership coordination.

Summer Intern 2014

Meredith Yue, from Deephaven, Minnesota, is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato pursuing a major in environmental science. Meredith is interested in both plants and animals and studying how they are interconnected with their environments. While in school, her focus has been mainly vertebrate studies, but she is looking forward to expand her knowledge into botany. Meredith’s interest in environmental science stems from growing up on a lake and being outdoors.  She enjoys traveling, reading and relaxing in her spare time. She is excited to extend her knowledge and experience at the garden!

Previous interns >

Teaching Team

Our work would not be possible without the dedicated core of volunteers who serve as docents at our preserves, lecture speakers, educators for school programs, horticulturalists, contributing authors of articles and research, photographers, artists, graphic designers, and so much more.


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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am