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Board of Directors

bod_groupportraitBoard of Directors at the annual picnic, pictured left to right: Teri Matelson (Webmaster), Allison Boyd (Membership), Jackie Blurton (Field Trip coordinator), Dennis Lane (Council representative), Nancy Kaminski (Conservation), Terry Timme (Treasurer), Patricia Taber (Newsletter editor), Sonnie Sussillo (Education Co-Chair), Lisa Fields (Vice-president), Karen Beckenbach (Programs), Sara Boyett (President). Not pictured: Elroy Limmer (Member-at-Large), Jarrod Swackhamer (Education Co-chair.)

bod_sboyett President, Co-chair Field trip committee - Sara Boyett - saraboyett48@gmail.com, 575-654-4892
Sara has taken a varied and interesting path to Silver City, where she moved to in 2011. She has 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. Sara is currently a small business owner, writer and passionate proponent for protection of the Gila River. Upon publishing an essay of hers, the editor of the Desert Exposure stated, "Her elegant writing and distinctive voice made us care." In her work with Audubon, she is striving to make everyone care about the Gila River.

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_ttimmeTreasurer - Terry Timme - swnmaudubon@gmail.com, 575-912-1303
Terry 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 currently works for the Town of Silver City in the Office of Sustainability.


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_aboydMembership- 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.

Field Trips Chair - Jarrod Swackhamer - swackhamerj@gmail.com, 480-939-4100

Jarrod grew up near the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona and has had a passion for the natural world since he saw his first lizard. For the past three years he has been doing seasonal bird surveys and mapping desert and riparian species of the Lower Colorado River and detection surveys of Willow Flycatchers and Yellow-billed Cuckoos here on the Gila River.

bod_jblurtonField Trips Co-Chair, 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.

bod_nkaminskiConservation - Nancy Kaminski - artemis19492014@gmail.com
Originally from Wisconsin, Nancy has lived in New Mexico since 2000 and been actively involved in conservation issues the entire time. Her other passions include dancing and gardening. Nancy lives in the Mimbres valley with her 31 year old horse, Valerian.


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.
Education, Co-chair

bod_ssussilloAt-Large-Member, Education Committee Chair, Sonnie Sussillo - sonnie.sussillo@gmail.com, 575-388-1771
Sonnie grew up and lived most of her life in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. Her career over 25 years, focused on training and development of adults and teams in federal agencies. Topics included leadership, management, communication and teamwork. In 2008, Sonnie and husband Nick moved to Silver City to take advantage of the recreation opportunities Gila National Forest while she continued to telework for the Federal Communications Commission. She retired from the federal government in December 2013.

bod_elimmerAt-Large-Member, 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.


bod_neveyRavens 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.

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