The Who of the Foundation
Specialists and Board
Gerald Azulay, of Gerald Azulay Construction, Inc., Santa Fe, NM, has 53 years experience in all phases of building and renovation/redesign. As a project manager he holds both the big picture plan, while watching the detail orientated nuts and bolts. Gifted in the areas of constructions, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, human relations and collaboration.
Client list includes companies such as: General Mills, McDonald’s Corporation, Del Rey High School, Merrell Lynch, Voit, Washington D.C. Hyatt; and individuals: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pillar Wayne, Jackie Gleason as example. Currently, he is on-site contractor for the Santa Fe Community Farm, an organization producing organic food that is distributed by the Santa Fe Food Depot to surrounding New Mexico low income families.
Gerald has accumulated wisdom that comes with over a half century of devotion to the planet, its inhabitants, and his profession. He is a true pleasure to know and work with.
Harvey Monroe, architecture, planning, design, specialties; master planning, recreation and park, multi-unit residential, light industrial, green construction
Owner Terraplen Architects + Planners, Santa Fe, NM, Harvey has been associated with the firm since 2009, is a licensed General Contractor in the State of New Mexico since 1980, his design work noted for its regional character and solar orientation. He has a great deal of experience as primary contact for work with the City of Santa Fe as project leader on many projects including 2 fire stations, a library, Santa Fe Trails bus maintenance facility, residential developments, several recreational facilities, home greenhouse additions, and master plan, city of Santa Fe.
Experience highlights: City wide Facilities Evaluation and Master Plan and several smaller projects for the City of Santa Fe. Mr. Monroe's projects have been the recipients of Green Builder Awards from the Home Builders Association for 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Past-President of Santa Fe AIA, member of Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Green Council
Harvey's role within the foundation is as collaborative planner/designer facilitator; master and site planner, construction documents, contract administration, field supervision.
Ingrid Bond, founder, steward, and board member, facilitator, business consultant, entrepreneur, fine art dealer, whole-systems strategist, fundraiser, writer, natural alchemist
It feels very good to be among this exceptionally fine group of people who are technically, ethically, and humanly, among the best assets the world has to offer. They are the front line of this endeavor’s conception, providing invaluable support and encouragement. I am most grateful for their contribution.
My role is to gather and compile resources, information and other assets, for the purpose of facilitating optimum potential outcome in a mission that seeks to improve the sustainability and self-reliance factor of a people and planet falling apart. I believe that all the assets we need to become so, currently exist. Time to collect, sort and connect, like a puzzle, the pieces to bring about a beautiful beneficial outcome for those who want and are ready.
Related business history: see The Story. Further professional background information may be provided upon request.
Michael Coca, owner of San Miguel Sun Dwellings a Santa Fe, NM solar architectural design and construction company, has 34 years experience in solar energy and greenhouse systems design and construction. Ancestrally a native New Mexican landowner, he is a dedicated cultural and resource community activist who plays instrumental roles in the production of cultural community events and garden production for the city of Las Vegas, NM; as an active advocate for area river’s health having ushered successful legal action against polluters; and for the decentralization of food production.
As over 90% of the food eaten in New Mexico is imported* in the event of a food distribution breakdown the results would be cataclysmic. It is this thought that drives Michael to do what he can to reconnect the families of New Mexico to their agricultural heritage and self-reliant roots through sustainable and collaborative practices.
Current board service; President, Amigos Bravos, who's mission is to protect and restore the waters of New Mexico; Casa De Cultura, of Las Vegas; and Northern New Mexico Educational Opportunity Center. Development Director, of Santa Fe’s KSK Buddhist Center, and affiliated with; Gallinas Watershed Partnership, Acequia de los Cuarteles de Santo Domingo de Cundiyo land grant, Rio Gallinas Acequia Association; and long time member of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association.
Experience highlights: greenhouse technology instructor, New Mexico Highlands University, solar training educational consultant for the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, and director of the Santa Fe Community Solar Cooperative.
Michael, with the funded assistance of Sandia Laboratories, is in development of a patent pending 'solar pond greenhouse' technology. The prototype of this alternate energy fueled greenhouse is part of the Santa Fe sustainable hub currently in planning. His native New Mexican and Buddhist perspectives drive and guide his principles, projects and relations.
* Dreaming New Mexico: Prospects for Food Localization in New Mexico, by Michael Shuman
Reference: Santa Fe New Mexican, December 7, 2013: Michael Coca: A Man with a Mission
Michael Martin Meléndrez, owns three New Mexican agri-businesses based in Los Lunas; Trees that Please – a tree farm and nursery, Soil Secrets llc, a manufacturer of biological soil management products, and Soil Secrets Worldwide llc – a global soil management company. Michael is also the curator of a private botanical garden called the Arboretum Tomé, a toxic soil site rehabilitated and optimized through his science. Today the arboretum has a large collection the world’s oaks and many species of redwood, giant timber bamboo and maple, etc., happily growing in the Sonoran Desert of southern New Mexico.
Raised as a natural and ancestral taught northern New Mexico landowner and farmer, and university trained, scientist of biology, physiology and chemistry, Michael prefers to be known as the son of his father, Sam l. Meléndrez, a well known farmer, retired John Deere implement man, and descendent of Pablo Jose Meléndres, the founder of the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He will say he's learned more from his dad about soil chemistry and fertilizers than he did in college. Soil Secrets' technology produces optimized organic soil that is a major player in not only optimized production and produce; ALSO in water conservation. Usage of this compound decreases the required amount of water by 2/3rds, with significant difference in quality and quantity of yield. This product is used in agriculture and toxic site reclamation such a mining and brownfield.
For research he produced the first definitive sub-atomic molecular analysis on humic acids, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos Laboratories. This study resulted in the needed identifications and information that ,developed a soil optimization process and product that excels all other such products on today's global market.
Michael taught me these basic truths among others: soil optimization is water conservation and hydroponic technology produces nutritionally 'empty bags'.
Nate Downey, principal of Santa Fe Permaculture, Inc. and PermaDesign Inc., ecological landscape and rain catchment system design firms. He is an award-winning book author, Harvest the Rain, (Sunstone Press, 2010) and Roof-Reliant Landscaping (New Mexico’s Office of the State Engineer). He’s written numerous columns, guides, and publications on the importance of reviving permaculture practices. His monthly column, Permaculture in Practice, has been published by the Santa Fe New Mexican since 1998. Nate teaches and speaks regularly about water harvesting, soil building, wastewater reuse, watershed management, edible landscaping, landscape design, community planning, and political organizing. Sample topics; water harvesting cisterns, radical conservation, harvest the rain: how to enrich your life by seeing every storm as a resource.
Nate has served on the boards of: Permaculture Drylands Institute, Permaculture Credit Union, and Camino de Paz School and Farm. Most recently, he developed a free rainwater harvesting potential estimator for any address in the continental united states: www.permadesign.com
Nate brings to the table a national network of industry related connections, including organizations looking to expand current or establish new sus ag microenterprises.
most recent authored articles:
Santa Fe New Mexican, September 7, 2014, Get Active. Think Passive.
Santa Fe New Mexican, May 5, 2014, Water Conservation: A Practical Guide
Scott Christensen, Tucson, AZ: Currently, BWF IT and marketing consultant. Formerly, CIO of Weiss, Stagliano Partners ad agency in NYC with branded clients like Armani/Guinness/Grant Thornton/Guerlain, IT consultant at American Express, tech and marketing strategist, director of photography for narrative films/commercials/large corporate events, chef for corporate/fine dining events, editor of translated Russian science journals, itinerant explorer, and avid bicycler.
Diverse experience and decades of solving problems with technology give Scott a unique perspective on the struggles organizations have implementing timely solutions to logistical, communication, and management issues. The years of marketing and advertising experience ranging from the backend server side -- to implementing a marketing teams' decisions in a real world campaign through film -- while negotiating amongst, and cooperating with, the numerous parties involved -- gives Scott a distinct frame of reference for approaching an organization's questions and conundrums.
San Miguel Sun Dwellings a Santa Fe, NM
Casa De Cultura, of Las Vegas, NM
Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Small Business Assistance, Albuquerque, NM
Soil Secrets llc, Los Lunas, NM
Hillside, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund, Albuquerque, NM
El Milagro Herbs, Santa Fe County, NM
Green Papillon Alliance, Sedona AZ
Green Papillon World Community Project, Sedona AZ
Imagine a Permaculture World, Oak Harbor, WA
Sierra Vista Insurance Agency, Inc., Sierra Vista, AZ
Pizzeria Mimosa, LLC, Sierra Vista AZ
The People: Collaborators In Sustainable Action
Ingrid Bond, Sedona AZ, Santa Fe, NM, Olympia WA
Gerald Azulay, Santa Fe, NM
Diana James, Santa Fe, NM
Michael Coca, Santa Fe, NM
Michael Melendrez, Los Lunas, NM
Nate Downey, Santa Fe, NM
Steven Shafer, Longmont, CO
Laura Belanger, Braintree, MA
Tim Cosgrove, Durango, CO
F. Leroy Pacheco, Santa Fe, NM
Troy Azulay, Sherman Oaks, CA
L'iv, Sedona, AZ
Debra Emmanuelle, Sedona AZ
Netsah Zylinsky, Oak Harbor, WA
Wendell Gilbert, Sierra Vista, AZ
Madonna Edgar, Portland, OR
Carolyn Bateman, Santa Fe, NM
Cid Isbell, Santa Fe, NM
Johnathan Smith, Santa Fe, NM
Keith Ward, Arvada, CO
Amarushka, Santa Fe, NM
Arnold Trujillo, Albuquerque, NM
Sedef Onder, NY, NY