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.
Childhood trips to Ghost Ranch near Abiquiú fostered a deep and abiding love and respect of wild places, the high desert, and New Mexico for Mark, which has led to hundreds of canoeing, camping and backpacking trips, including many solo ones. After obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from Illinois State University, Mark moved to New Mexico in 1993. He believes passionately that we have a responsibility to permanently protect and preserve land, not only for us and our children to experience and enjoy, but for its own sake.
Broska has a degree in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She has been with NM Wild since 1999, and has managed NM Wild’s membership program and newsletter “New Mexico Wild!” She currently is responsible for non-membership fundraising and reporting. Broska has served as associate director, development director and membership coordinator in her 15 years with NM Wild. E-mail Tisha.
Judy Calman moved to New Mexico towards the end of 2001, inspired by a life-long fascination with the West. After completing degrees in Biology and Philosophy and working on several political campaigns, she realized her true passion to be environmental policy. She completed her law degree at the University of New Mexico, as well as a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at the Vermont Law School. She has worked at the City of Albuquerque as an Energy and Wildlife Consultant, at WildEarth Guardians on endangered species litigation, and at an environmental law firm in Atlanta opposing new coal plants. Since 2010, she has been helping the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance ensure that federal agencies are complying with environmental laws, working to propose more federal lands for administrative protections, and appealing agency actions that are particularly damaging to public lands. E-mail Judy.
Alicia Johnson has a proven track record in multi-strategy fund raising for public and 501c3 organizations including major gifts, planned giving, endowment and non-endowment campaigns, annual giving, direct mail fund raising and recurring gifts procurement.
Johnson’s previous role was as executive director and development officer at CAC/Rohr Institute in Albuquerque, where she increased total fund-raising from $1.5 million in 2012, and $1 million in 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Rhetoric: Scientific & Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in English at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Prior to moving to New Mexico, Johnson was the director of Continuing Education and Alumni Relations for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where she worked on global donor relations with 4,000 alumni—this included scholarship campaigns, development of corporate sponsors, social media, direct mail, national and local events, student mentorship programs, and membership campaigns. She also worked as chief of staff for the university’s College of Liberal Arts and as executive administrator at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
New Mexico has been a part Johnson’s life since spending summers here as a teenager. As her permanent home for the past three years, she has come to further appreciate the role New Mexico plays in influencing our national psyche and our international reputation in a very positive way directly related to land and wildlife. New Mexico wilderness matters to the world and Johnson says she admires the foresight of this organization to do what it takes to keep it wild. “It is a privilege to focus on bringing vital resources to this organization at a time when it has the leadership and vision to make great things happen to protect and grow what could never be found again if it were lost.” E-mail Alicia.
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 currently the chairman of the Mora County Commission and is serving his first term in office. 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 past 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. E-mail John.
Ms. Pacheco 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.
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 just joined the staff of NMWild 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.
Laticia joins NM Wild with extensive nonprofit experience, having worked for over twenty years for Animal Protection of New Mexico in a variety of supportive and administrative roles. She moved to New Mexico from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 1993, where she fell in love with the open spaces and wildlife of the Southwest, particularly with the keynote species wolves, cougars and prairie dogs. She’s explored our beautiful state from El Malpais National Monument to Carlsbad Caverns, coming to deeply appreciate the variety and beauty of the wild lands in New Mexico.In addition to her passion for the lands and wildlife of New Mexico, Laticia enjoys writing short stories and received her B.A. in English, creative writing emphasis from the University of New Mexico in 2013. E-mail Laticia
Alma Castro was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She is a graduate of Santa Fe High School and Oberlin College, where she received her BA in Political Science and Comparative American Studies.
As a young professional, Alma has been helping organize marginalized immigrant workers to better protect their rights. In her pursuit to find the root of economic disparities, she traveled much of Latin America learning about traditional community models that are in harmony with the natural world. It was in learning about respectful land cultivation, that Alma found a need to conserve land in it natural and undtrammeld state.