Board of Directors
Bernard Ewell is a lifelong naturalist and committed environmentalist who served in leadership roles in Colorado for many years. As the President of the Colorado Open Space Council (later Colorado Environmental Council) he lead (with the help of a great many people) many campaigns which transferred 4.5 million acres into the US Wilderness System; expanded the organization, staff and budget several times over; forged links with ranchers and farmers; passed water legislation and opposed oil shale development; fought James Watt; made the organization truly state-wide and supported a superb staff.
As President and Board Member of The Nature Conservancy Colorado Chapter, he played a key role in purchasing the 13,000 Mueller Ranch and developing it into a State Park with a complete environmental inventory and restrictive plan. He owns the private Westerness Wildlife Preserve on the west side of Pikes Peak and has a daughter who is the (PhD) Wildlife Ecologist for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.
For over forty years Bernard has been an Accredited Senior Appraiser of fine art with an international practice and a reputation as the international expert on the art of Salvador Dalí. He is a widely-recognized art detective who specializes in finding fakes and forgeries and testifying in federal court. He is a published author and public speaker known as the ART PRO-ON-THE-GO. He lives within Pecos National Historic Park Cañoncito Unit with his wife Melinda and a tribe of cats and dogs.
Oriana Sandoval, Vice President
Oriana Sandoval is the chief executive officer at the Center for Civic Policy, a nonpartisan organization that strives to involve everyday New Mexicans in the public policy decisions that affect their lives, with the goal of achieving positive and lasting change. A native of New Mexico, Oriana received her Bachelor of Arts in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College; a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California — Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; and a Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is currently a member of the New Mexico Bar Association.
Oriana has worked on economic development, environmental justice, conservation and civil rights issues for more than a decade. Oriana worked with the UC Berkeley Labor Center to provide leadership development trainings to Latino immigrant grassroots organizers in California’s Central Valley. She clerked at the Center on Race Poverty and the Environment where she conducted research for litigation on climate change issues and cases involving the violation of air quality standards in California’s Central Valley. Oriana also clerked at the Oakland, CA, Centro Legal de la Raza where she provided legal services to low-income community members in the areas of housing, employment and immigration.
In 2011, Oriana served as the founding executive director of New Mexico Vote Matters, a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment and participation of historically disenfranchised communities in New Mexico. At the Center for Civic Policy, Oriana leads the organization’s policy and civic engagement campaigns.
Charles de Saillan, Treasurer
Charles de Saillan is an environmental attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He moved to New Mexico in 1993 to work for then Attorney General Tom Udall. He currently works for the Interstate Stream Commission.
Before moving to New Mexico, Charlie worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., handling enforcement litigation under federal hazardous waste laws, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. At the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, Charlie helped develop the state’s natural resource damage program. He also led a national attorney general work group on amendment of the Superfund law, urging Congress to retain strong liability and cleanup provisions. In 1999, Charlie moved to the Environment Department where he handled enforcement and permitting actions involving air quality, water quality, hazardous wastes and site remediation. He successfully took on hard rock mines, petroleum refineries, electric power plants and national nuclear weapons laboratories. He negotiated a settlement agreement for comprehensive investigation and cleanup of pollution at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. He has numerous publications in the field of environmental law.
Charlie enjoys cycling, hiking and backpacking, skiing and photography (he still shoots film!). For several years he was a volunteer with St. John’s College and Atalaya search and rescue teams. He is a certified scuba diver.
Theresa Pasqual, Secretary
Theresa Pasqual is the former Director of Acoma’s Historic Preservation Office. Her work over 8 years concentrated on protecting the cultural, archaeological and historical resources of the Pueblo. She successfully led a three-year, multi-tribal effort in the nomination and designation of Mt. Taylor to the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties as a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) which was affirmed by the NM State Supreme Court in February 2014. The designation gives tribes a voice in all proposed development that has the potential to affect the TCP. Ms. Pasqual is active in advocating for the protection of all cultural resources, including languages of Pueblo people in the Southwest. She serves as advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was honored in 2011 to receive a Heritage Preservation Award by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee for her work in preservation with Tribes.
Currently Theresa is a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing an Archaeology degree. In her off time she can be found with her dog Dexter hiking the mountains and mesas of NM, searching for the next adventure.
Cristina Mormorunni, Director
Beginning when she was a wee one, Cristina Mormorunni dedicated her life to the conservation of wild nature and the advancement of social justice and equity. At its core, Cristina’s work is about supporting, connecting, and deepening the relationships that link culture, environment, and economy—and connect us as humans.
Cristina currently serves as TERRAMAR consulting group’s Founder and Managing Director. She has worked in the non-profit arena for over 20 years and has developed and led numerous conservation campaigns for international non-governmental organizations. She also has extensive experience designing and evaluating investment strategies for philanthropic organizations and family foundations.
Previously, Cristina directed the development of an emerging Asian family foundation interested in global bio-cultural conservation. She served as a director of an international land trust, focused on large-scale land conservation in Chile and Argentina and worked for numerous conservation organizations in the United States and abroad including as a former executive director of Conservation Voters New Mexico.
Cristina received her academic training at Connecticut College and the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Marine Affairs, and recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute for American Indian Arts.