Board of Directors
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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 continued working at their jobs remotely. Rachelle has since retired from her programming and software QA position at Wolfram Research, Inc, and now enjoys birding at the house feeders and on the many hiking trails in the area.
Programs, Events & Field Trips – Megan Ruehmann
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, and Vynce Bourne who helps with field trips. 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!
Communications – Susan Slade and Heidi Erstad
Conservation – Vacant
Education – Vacant
Publications, 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
Website Content – Heidi Erstad