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>>.
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.
Membership & Grants Manager
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.