Staff

  • Mark Allison
    Executive Director

    Mark Allison water for webMark 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.

  • nmwa-tisha-broskaTisha Broska
    Associate Director

    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 13 years with NM Wild. E-mail Tisha.

  • Judy Calman resizedJudy Calman
    Staff Attorney

    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.

  • Tina Deines
    Communications Coordinator

    Tina Deines grew up in the Midwest and has degrees in journalism and Spanish from Kansas State University. She also has a graduate degree in mass communications research, and focused her coursework in environmental and international communications. Drawn to the West, she moved to Idaho in 2008, and soon found her way to New Mexico to work for NM Wild. Deines manages member communications including eNews, website and social media, action alerts, and publications including the Wild Guide and newsletter. She also manages membership and fundraising communications. E-mail Tina.
  • Alicia Johnson webAlicia Johnson
    Development Director

    The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is pleased to introduce our new development director, Alicia Johnson. 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 Newcomer for webNathan Newcomer
    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.

  • nmwa-john-olivasJohn Olivas
    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.

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAngel Peña
    Cultural Resources Specialist and Hispanic Organizer

    Peña has lived in the Land of Enchantment since 2006. He has adegree in anthropology and is currently finalizing a graduate degree in archaeology from New Mexico
    State University. With a commit ment to preserving the history, culture and spirit of the south west, Angel works to connect local youth, as well as the Hispanic community, to environmental and cultural heritage studies and recreation opportunities of the area. E-mail Angel.

  • roxanne_sandiasRoxanne Pacheco
    Finance Manager

    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
    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.

  • nmwa-jeff-steinbornJeff Steinborn
    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.

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    Emma Tomingas-Hatch
    Administrative Assistant

    Emma earned her Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and her Masters degree in Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Though she fell in love with the culture in Louisiana, she was eager to return to the landscape of New Mexico. She has experience in environmental activism and preservation, and loves hiking and camping in many of New Mexico’s wilderness areas. E-mail Emma.