New Board Member Highlight

We are pleased to welcome a new board member, Jan Saunders, to our volunteer group that operates the building and programming of La Sala de San José. 


Ed Epping: When did you first come to New Mexico?


Jan Saunders: I fell under the spell of New Mexico when I moved to the Land of Enchantment in 1960.  I found a Santa Fe that had changed little since the 1940’s. It seemed that everyone knew everyone else, the plaza was the only place to shop, Santa Fe High was downtown, the only thing of interest on unpaved Rodeo Road was the Rodeo, the Santa Fe Ski Basin had only one main lift outfitted with icy cold World War II B-52 Bomber seats, Fiesta and Zozobra were safe and uncrowded, Tommy Macaione  painting in the park that now bears his name was a frequent sight, and the only take-out hamburger stand was a mom and pop operation on Cerrillos Road. 


EE: Galisteo has been your home for a number of years. What drew you to this community?


JS:  Over the years as I raised two daughters who grew up free to trail ride their horses anywhere, I watched Santa Fe grow and change.  Dreaming of once again living in a rural setting I purchased 5 acres in Ranchitos, built a house here in 1995, and am thrilled to call historic Galisteo my home and community. After several years of writing bird articles for El Puente, Lucy Lippard bound my stories together in the booklet, Bird Notes from The Galisteo Basin, which we sold to raise money for the Galisteo Volunteer Fire Department.


EE: I know you have had a life full of travels and rich adventures. Can you share some of those highlights?


JS: During my varied careers, I taught Spanish and Environmental Science, put in 10 years as a Foreign Language Department Chair at St. Michael’s High, was a fire fighter/EMT/first level Paramedic for Hondo Volunteer Fire Department, led tours for students and adults to Costa Rica and Belize, partnered in the development of El Gancho Tennis Club, taught Adaptive Skiing, back packed across the Grand Canyon, sea kayaked in Baja and Vancouver, volunteered for the Children’s Rainforest in Costa Rica, traveled to Kenya,  and served two years as an English/Spanish interpreter for Baby’s Breath Project in Guatemala. 


EE: Many thanks for joining us and we appreciate your expertise as we build our programming for the future.


If you are interested in becoming a governing part of La Sala de San José Galisteo Arts Center, please contact Ed Epping, eepping@williams.edu.




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