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Board of Directors

President - Vacant

Vice President - Vacant

Secretary - 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.

Treasurer/Membership - 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.

Program & Events - 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 is involved in studies and survey efforts for many avian species of conservation concern. Megan is joined on this committee by biologist Emily Pollom, who serves as collaborator, host and support for events. Together they aim to continue with traditional programs, as well as incorporate other events and outings to reach a broader audience of those interested in our natural world. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the committee, even temporarily!

Conservation - Vacant

Education - Miyoshi Renard

Field Trips - Vynce Bourne

Gila Native Plant Society Liaison - Don Graves

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.

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.

 

Ravens Distribution - Russell Wiegman