Mark comes to NM Wild with 20 years of professional experience working with non-profit agencies in leadership positions, including 13 years as the executive director of the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. During his tenure there he led the organization to become an award winning, nationally recognized agency that in his last year was named New Mexico’s “Housing Developer of the Year.” Mark was named one of New Mexico’s “40 under 40 Top Young Professionals” in 2008 by the NM Business Weekly. Mark has demonstrated success in strategic planning, management, fundraising and media relations and is adept at partnerships and coalition building. He has experience working with elected officials at the local and national level.
Grassroots Organizer, Gila Region
Nathan is a fifth generation New Mexican with over a decade of experience working on wilderness campaigns in the state of New Mexico. He has previously been a grassroots organizer, media director, and associate director at NM Wild, having first joined the organization in 2002. After spending a year conducting wilderness inventories in the Cibola National Forest, he is now back as NM Wild’s Grassroots Organizer for the Gila. An avid backpacker and fly-fisherman, Nathan also enjoys spending his spare time painting. E-mail Nathan>>.
Traditional Community Organizer
John is the former Chairman of the Mora County Commission (2010-2014). During his time in office he championed the first county wide ban on oil and gas in the United States. He has worked in the federal sector with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a fisheries biologist with the Mora Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, and also has worked in the private sector as an engineer with Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho. He is a current board member for the Santa Getrudis de lo de Mora Land Grant and is very active in the statewide land grant efforts here in New Mexico. As an outdoor enthusiast he owns and operates JACO Outfitters a business that takes out individuals on fully guided hunting and fishing trips through out New Mexico. E-mail John>>.
Roxanne joined NM Wild in 2001 and is responsible for our accounting, reporting, and office administration. She has years of experience as an environmental activist and owns her own accounting and tax preparation business. E-mail Roxanne>>.
Wilderness Protection Organizer
Nathan Small was born and raised in New Mexico. His passion for the outdoors began early, fueled by hunting, woodcutting, horseback riding, and fishing trips with his grandfather in the Cibola National Forest near Grants, NM. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio where he earned dual degrees in Philosophy and English. Nathan loves taking friends and family into the wilderness, and he and his younger brother Douglas have spent their share of time in some of New Mexico’s most spectacular wild lands. E-mail Nathan>>.
Southern NM Director
Mr. Steinborn comes to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance with a wealth of experience in and out of government. He previously served as an advisor to both U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and then Congressman Bill Richardson. As Senator Bingaman’s former advisor to the Otero Mesa, Jeff was a strong proponent of protecting this key resource, and played a vital role in helping to guide strategy. He was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell for high school, graduating on the Dean’s academic list. E-mail Jeff>>.
Joelle Marier joined the staff of New Mexico Wild in July 2015. She began her commitment to wilderness in 1992 while studying Wilderness Management at the edge of Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota and has since pursued wilderness work as a Forest Service wilderness ranger and trails technician, private backcountry guide, USGS research technician, and outdoor educator in New Mexico and states across the west, including Alaska.
Joelle first moved to New Mexico in 1997, drawn to the open spaces, culture, and contrast of desert and high country found in this unique western state. After eight years in northern New Mexico she traveled north to further her education and explore the wild places of Alaska, Canada, and Montana where she completed a degree in Environmental Studies and Geographical Information Systems at the University of Montana. Most recently, she was selected as an Interagency Wilderness Fellow where she worked with the National Park Service in southern Colorado and Hawai’i to compile baseline wilderness character assessments, provide parks with guidance on wilderness issues, and contribute to interagency wilderness monitoring strategies. Now happily back in New Mexico, she joins us to engage the community and partner organizations on New Mexico public lands.
Santa Fe Community Organizer
Bernard Tibbetts is a New Mexico native. He was born in Albuquerque, grew up in Raton and now resides in Santa Fe, NM. He obtained his bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in information technology at the University of New Mexico. Over the years, Bernard has applied his technology expertise to systems analysis, design, and implementation in enterprise resource planning, marketing and education.
His connection to the outdoors and to wilderness is what keeps Bernard centered in a high-tech world. And it is what fuels his passion to help others seek this awareness. As an outdoor educator, he organizes, promotes and leads treks to inspiring wilderness places in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Bernard explains that a deep and profound connection to wilderness also strengthens connection to self and connection to others.
Evan joined NM Wild in 2017 and is responsible for our office management. He has non-profit experience and as his certificate for Professional in Human Resources® (PHR) . As a Colorado native, Evan has a natural affinity for wilderness and outdoor adventures. E-mail Evan>>.
Wilderness Narrative Coordinator
With a background in Conservation Biology and international experience in environmental education, Endion Schichtel loves to work as a "Creative Conservationist" utilizing the arts for effective environmental messaging and engagement. She believes that much like our dear Wildernesses..."Creativity remains the most uncontrollable of human forces: without it, the project of civilization is inconceivable, yet no part of life remains so untamed and undomesticated." Endion is euphoric to be writing wilderness character narratives and locating legislative documentation for the Apache Kid, Manzano Mountain, Sandia Mountain, and Withington Wildernesses of the Cibola National Forest.
Zack’s love for nature and the outdoors began on family camping trips as a young child and grew through monthly outings with the Boy Scouts. This culminated with attending college in the mountains of western North Carolina, graduating with a degree in Geography. After years in the GIS department of local government, Zack began volunteering with wilderness stewardship groups in North Carolina, building upon his knowledge and skills; something he has continued to do since moving to New Mexico. As a Wilderness Ranger for New Mexico Wild, Zack is now using these skills to help protect Wilderness and public lands here in the Land of Enchantment.
Hailey was first introduced to true wilderness in 2011 during a backpacking trip to the John Muir Wilderness. This experience propelled her to pursue a career focused around wildlife, wilderness, and the environment. Since then, she has worked in wildlife rehabilitation, pond and lake management, and customer service for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and has travelled throughout the USA and abroad in search of wild places. Hailey holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin—Parkside and is excited to share her passion for wilderness with others.
Jade has always loved wild and natural spaces, from exploring the Jemez mountains as a child and later as a counselor at Camp Shaver. She enjoys furthering her education in ecology and is passionate about the role of pollinators in our world. Jade’s college studies have thus far been devoted to rocks and soil – the foundation of our environment – but her scope of knowledge also expands to the larger natural world. One of her favorite experiences was raising arthropods and teaching the public about their vital role in our environment while working at the Albuquerque BioPark Bugarium exhibit.
Luciano is a man of the land with a deep passion for wildlife and wilderness. He hails from Santa Clara Pueblo and will be working as a Wilderness Ranger on the Santa Fe Ranger District, primarily in the Chama River Canyon and San Pedro Parks Wilderness areas. Luciano is a skilled outdoorsman with extensive knowledge of New Mexico’s wildlands and wildlife and a deep respect for all living things. He believes integration of cultural lifeways into modern technologies is an important aspect of keeping Native Traditions strong in an ever-changing modern world. When not working as a Ranger, Luciano works as a hunting guide and wildlife artist. He is very happy and proud to be a part of New Mexico Wild where he can to contribute to the greater good of our wilderness future.
Josh grew up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Truchas in northern New Mexico. It was there that he developed a deep and abiding love for nature and wildlife. Josh has worked a wide variety of jobs, mostly lifeguarding and ranch work. Working with cows and horses familiarized him with the various effects of livestock on vulnerable wilderness areas such as streams and other delicate riparian zones and has helped him understand the various ways of protecting these areas. He enjoys camping, hiking, and is a voracious reader. He is also currently pursuing a BA in Art Studio at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, but will be spending the summer as a wilderness ranger on the Carson National Forest.
Rhett graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry. He started down his path of stewardship and outdoor involvement with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) as a student intern at UNM, working to engage students in and monitor the health of the Middle Rio Grande bosque. Subsequently, he spent two years in the San Bernardino National Forest as an outdoor educator teaching physics, astronomy and geocaching. But really...he began his ‘outdoor involvement’ as a young person in Santa Fe, NM, spending his afternoons walking through arroyos. He joins us now to involve others in the outdoors and inspire connections to New Mexico’s wilderness.