• Slider Image

Board of Directors

Back, l to r: Terry Timme–President, Lisa Fields–Vice President, Teri Matelson–Webmaster, Allison Boyd–Treasurer/Membership Chair, Nancy Evy–Newsletter distribution.

Front, l to r: Rachelle Bergman–Secretary, Elroy Limmer–Member at Large, Sara Boyett–Program Chair, Patricia Taber–Newsletter Editor. Not pictured: Nancy Kaminski–Conservation Chair, Jackie Blurton–Member at Large.




President, Terry Timme - swnmaudubon@gmail.com, 575-912-1303

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, Education Co-chair- lafields@powerc.net, 575-534-9284
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 - rachbergmann@yahoo.com
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.


bod_aboydTreasurer/Membership- Allison Boyd - boyd189@gmail.com, 602-206-2106
Allison and husband Jeff were drawn to the hiking, backpacking and wildlife opportunities found in the Gila Wilderness and moved to Silver City in 2009. When not bird watching and taking minutes, Allison can be found identifying animal tracks for the Sky Island Alliance, exploring hiking areas for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and practicing yoga. Born and raised in Arizona near the banks of a very dry Gila River, Allison is an advocate for protecting the remaining free and wild river.

Program Chair - Sara Boyett - saraboyett48@gmail.com, 575-654-4892
Sara has taken a varied and interesting path to Silver City, where she moved in 2011. She worked or studied from Chile to Alaska and many points in between. Sara has roots in Montana but New Mexico has also played a significant part in her life since the late 60s when she served as a VISTA volunteer in San Jon and Tijeras. She has been an environmental activist, historian, teacher and writer among other things. She is a passionate proponent for protection of the Gila River. Sara is past-president of the chapter and a board member of Audubon New Mexico. Sara and husband, Terry Timme, enjoy travel and antiquing.

Conservation - Position Available



bod_ptaberPublications, Ravens Editor - Patricia Taber - ptaber@live.com, 575-534-0879
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.

bod_elimmerMember at Large, Elroy Limmer - elroy.limmer@gmail.com, 575-538-5513
Elroy and his wife, Joan, moved to Silver City in 2003 from Peoria, IL, where Elroy was the city arborist. Elroy is a past president and still very active in the Gila Native Plant Society and chairman of the Silva Creek Botanical Garden located on Virginia Street. He is an ardent nature photographer. Elroy and Joan enjoy traveling near & far.


Member at Large, Jackie Blurton - jjblurton@outlook.com, 575-534-9400
Jackie and her husband Jim moved from Phoenix to Silver City in 1993 and owned and operated the Silver City KOA until selling it in 2014. Jim and Jackie enjoy travel in their camper as well as hiking and biking. Jackie is also an accomplished artist who illustrated the Silver City Daily Press nature series From Our Place to Yours with Roland Shook for nine years. She recently created and illustrated a children's activity book for SWNM Audubon.


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 - t@tmatelson.com
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.