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Board of Directors

bod_lfieldsVice President / Conservation - Lisa Fields
Lisa has a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Empire State College and is a Certified Crop Adviser (retired). Lisa is currently a writer for the Cornell University Nutrient Management Spear Program. Lisa moved to Silver City with her husband, John Conway, and two dogs in 2012. Thanks to her passion for the Gila River and other conservation issues and a 2014 collaborative funding grant, Lisa co-developed and makes presentations to the community of a program titled "Conservation Conversations." Lisa is an avid hiker and active volunteer for the conservation organizations, NM Wilderness Alliance and Gila Conservation Coalition, and a community garden that supplies the Grant County Food Pantry.

bod_rbergmannSecretary - Rachelle Bergmann
Rachelle and her partner Kathi moved from central Illinois to Silver City in 2012. Originally a retirement destination, they couldn't wait, moved, and now work at their jobs remotely. Rachelle works for Wolfram Research, Inc, programming and testing software. When not absorbed by work, she enjoys birding at the house feeders and on the many hiking trails in the area.

Treasurer/Membership - Denise Smith

Denise Smith is a retired Wildlife Biologist who worked 23.5 years with four different Federal Agencies, specializing in riparian and stream restoration for the Fish and Wildlife Service for the last 12 of those years. After moving to Silver City in 2010, she worked for the Town in the Office of Sustainability 2010-2017, helping weatherize over 800 homes in Grant County and working on the Town of Silver City Sustainability Plan 2030, the Community Forestry Plan and the Town’s Water Conservation Plan.  She enjoys hiking and camping, and being an advocate for public lands.


Program Chair - Megan Ruehmann - megan.ruehmann@gmail.com

Megan is a wildlife biologist for the consulting group Eagle Environmental, Inc with degrees from College of Santa Fe and New Mexico State University. She has been involved in management and survey efforts for many species of conservation concern such as Greater Sage-grouse, Lesser Prairie-chicken, and Bald and Golden Eagles. She and her husband John enjoy backpacking in remote wilderness areas, traveling, and chasing rare birds and endemic plants.

bod_ptaberPublications, Ravens Editor - Patricia Taber
Patricia moved to Silver City from Vermont and has been a Board member since 2001 and The Ravens newsletter editor since 2004. Patricia is a free-lance graphic designer and a plein air painter. She camps out while creating her southwest landscape paintings and volunteers for the NM Wilderness Alliance. She is a licensed bird bander and enjoys birding both locally and in Central and South America.


Member at Large, Susan Slade

Susan and her husband Ken relocated to Silver City in 2010 after retirement from their employment in southern California, she from a K-12 school district  and he from construction. Susan became fascinated with birds early, when visiting a bird sanctuary while completing a girl scout badge. She has been a backyard birder ever since. In retirement she is happily learning more about the wonderful birds of southwest New Mexico. She admires the way local Audubon is helping students and the community learn more about birds and the environment that supports them. Susan also enjoys gardening and volunteers with local music and arts groups.

Member at Large, Vynce Bourne



Don Graves
Gila Native Plant Society Liaison

Don spent the better part of his adult life in education, both informal and formal. He taught Biology at the community level for over thirty years. In 2007, Mr. Graves was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Working with youth has always been a special focus and Mr. Graves has worked closely with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Student Conservation Association, where he led summer work projects in national parks across the Midwest. Don is currently on the Board of Directors of the SWNMAS and is the president of the Gila Native Plant Society, a chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.


Ravens Distribution - Nancy Evey
Nancy moved to Silver City from Santa Fe in 2012. She has led a varied career that included time in the Peace Corps, and work as a veterinary tech, respiratory therapist, and geriatric social worker. She also is a volunteer with several other local organizations.


bod_tmatelsonWebsite - Teri Matelson
Silver City resident since 2002, birds delivered me to my favorite endeavors: birds are central to my drawings; Epiphyte ecosystem studies with Nalini Nadkarni and years in the forest canopy with Quetzals and Howler Monkeys; a Master's in technical writing and editing coupled with art lead me into my WordPress Website business. I enjoy contributing to the growth of our SWNM Audubon Society.