The National Park Service (NPS) selected a new superintendent for the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Park officials stated that the National Park Service selected Kathy Faz Garcia to succeed outgoing superintendent Lisa Baldwin.
Faz Garcia has served as a community planner with the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, focusing on the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park in Brownsville, Texas, before moving on to the Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos, New Mexico, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, in Mosca Colorado, and then the Petroglyph National Monument, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I am thrilled to work at a captivating National Monument that is rich in archeological, historical, natural, and paleontological resources,” said Faz Garcia. “I look forward to continuing to work with the staff to share this rich and complex story.” Locally, Faz Garcia was among the NPS staff that shared the recent annular eclipse with the Mountainair community at Monte Vista Plaza on October 14, 2023. Park service officials stated that her term as superintendent is not limited to a particular duration.