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 New Mexico 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 the organization’s Grassroots Organizer for the Gila. E-mail Nathan>>.
Traditional Community Organizer
Before joining New Mexico Wild, John served on the Mora County Commission and 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 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. John organizes community support for the Rio Grande del Norte, Columbine Hondo and Pecos Campaigns. E-mail John>>.
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. He leads organizing efforts in southern New Mexico from our Las Cruces office. E-mail Nathan>>.
Southern NM Director
Jeff 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. Jeff leads our land conservation efforts in southern New Mexico. E-mail Jeff>>.
Membership & Grants Manager
Santa Fe Community Organizer
Evan joined NM Wild in 2017 and is responsible for our office management. He has non-profit experience and has his certificate for Professional in Human Resources®. As a Colorado native, Evan has a natural affinity for wilderness and outdoor adventures. E-mail Evan>>.
As a resident since 1979, Kerry has developed a love for the mountains and deserts of New Mexico. She has been to every corner of the state, and particularly likes to visit the Gila Wilderness, Ojito Wilderness and the Jemez area. As a former public school teacher, she brings her organizational skills to the task of protecting and enhancing New Mexico’s wilderness areas. E-mail Kerry>>.
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 traveled 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.
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.