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Board of Directors

On a Friday, September 6th, 38 SWNMA members gathered at the Little Walnut, Gomez Peak, Group use area for the annual meeting picnic. As always we were treated to a banquet of main dishes, interesting salads and scrumptious desserts. After the meal a business meeting was held to officially accept the Board of Directors nominations, and the proposed a slate of nominees was elected by acclimation.

A big thank you went to departing members Elroy Limmer, Jackie Blurton and Allison Boyd for their long service on the board. Other Board members are appointed by the Board and listed in the Ravens Newsletter.  All chapter members are encouraged to attend Board meetings, on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 at First Savings Bank at 11th and Hudson.

President, Terry Timme (through Dec 2019)
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Terry has been with SWNMA for a number of years, having served as member-at-large, membership chair and treasurer. He has written grants for the chapter and leads the Task Force for Gila River Protection. Originally from Colorado, he retired from Baylor College of Medicine in 2005 and moved to Silver City. He recently retired from a second career with the Town of Silver City Office of Sustainability. He and his wife Sara Boyett enjoy traveling and restoring their historic adobe house on Chihuahua Hill.


bod_lfieldsVice President - 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.


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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

 


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.


Conservation
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.


Conservation - Ken Sexton
B3 (Bee, Bird & Butterfly) Friendly - Coordinator
Ken Sexton and wife Anne moved to Silver City in 2016, from NC where he was a Research Professor in Environmental Sciences & Engineering at the University of NC. Ken fell in love with NM as a Boy Scout at Philmont Scout Ranch. Ken and Anne were drawn to this area for the outdoor experiences including the Gila National Forest and Wilderness areas. They are also followers of local arts and crafts. Ken is a gardener (including Shiitake mushrooms), beekeeper and very fond of cooking outdoors. His interests include monitoring of natural plants and animals including insects, as indicators of environmental health. 


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

 


Member at Large, Vynce Bourne

 


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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.