Mark has over thirty years of professional experience working with social-profit nongovernmental organizations in leadership positions, including over twenty years as executive director. Before joining New Mexico Wild, Mark’s activities focused on anti-poverty and social justice work, with an emphasis on developing permanent affordable housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Mark’s projects earned national recognition for modeling award winning sustainable “green” design. Mark subsequently led a national project team providing technical assistance and training to communities on community development. He has served on numerous national, regional, and local boards of directors.
Mark has demonstrated success in strategic planning, organizational development, management, and fundraising and is adept at partnerships and coalition building. Since coming to New Mexico Wild in 2013, Mark has been proud to lead a team that has helped secure numerous new protections for New Mexico’s land, waters, and wildlife. Mark earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Illinois State University. Mark fell in love with New Mexico in 1977 and moved here permanently in 1993. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife, Jenny Metzler, and his two sons, Levin and Jack. He believes passionately that we have a responsibility to permanently protect land, not only for future generations to experience and enjoy, but for its own sake.
Digital Communications Coordinator
Sarai was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She was introduced to the Land of Enchantment for the first time 11 years ago as a foreign exchange student. In 2016, she came back to New Mexico after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design & Visual Communications at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.
With over 6 years of experience, she has worked for several magazines and newspaper publications like The Albuquerque Journal and Brewers Crew Magazine creating promotional and advertising content for numerous clients. Her work is guided by a strong belief in design as a problem-solving tool and as a way of forming relationships between ideas and reality.
She volunteers at Wildlife Rescue, loves to hike and spend time in Nature. Sarai is excited to contribute with her grain of sand towards protecting New Mexico’s lands, waters and wildlife. She believes that we were born to take care of the wildlife, not to destroy it. “Nacimos para cuidar la vida silvestre, no para destruirla.”
Brittany Fallon, Ph.D.
Brittany Fallon, Ph.D., leads the organization’s state policy and legislative efforts; wildlife issues; and policy research and analysis. Brittany previously worked at the Sierra Club, where she helped negotiate and pass state legislation on clean energy, lands, water, wildlife, and the regulation of oil and gas. Dr. Fallon was a research professor at The University of New Mexico funded by the American Association of University Women. Brittany has extensive experience in conservation as the former Assistant Director of the Budongo Conservation Field Station, a research station in Uganda's largest forest and home to an estimated 600 wild chimpanzees.
Northern New Mexico Grassroots Organizer
Rio Chama Community Science
Nancy Morton Wilderness Intern
Northern New Mexico Traditional Communities Communicator
Captain Muenzberg ( y Tinajero de Barreras y Lucero Godoy ) is a long time New Mexican, like numerous generations of American Miners, Muleteers, Merchants, Machinists, and Mariners before him. Darrin is proud of his Hispano, Chicano, and Coyote heritage in the region. While “following the work” as his forebears have for centuries, he has remained anchored in his ancestral village of La Bajada, where he lives with wife Eva, and son Baern Candelario.
The traditional lifeways of the Caja del Rio , La Majada, El Camino Real, and Santa Fe River acequia culture, have sustained the families of La Bajada since the 17th century. Stewardship, and respect for the revelation of nature, lie at the heart of those community beliefs. Darrin’s worldview was formed by his Great-Grandmother, and influenced by his interactions and relationships with people while trading in the ports of the Eastern Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf, Balochistan, South Asia, East Asia, Central America, and South America.
Darrin seeks to apply the lessons he has been taught in his travels, to his work toward sustaining traditional New Mexican culture as a model for survival through a challenging environmental future. He has served as Chairman of the La Bajada Traditional Village Committee since 2006. He was a founding member of the Santa Fe River Traditional Communities Collaborative in 2011, and was elected as a Commissioner of the La Bajada Community Ditch & Mutual Domestic Water Association in 2013. "La Lucha Sigue!"
Grassroots Organizer, Gila Region
Nathan is a fifth generation New Mexican with two decades of experience working on wilderness campaigns in the state of New Mexico. He has previously been the media director and associate director at New Mexico Wild, having first joined the organization in 2002. Nathan heads up the Silver City office as Grassroots Organizer for the Gila.
A lifelong visitor to New Mexico, Devon moved to Albuquerque with her husband Jason in the spring of 2021 to be closer to the wild beauty of this totally unique state. You can catch them zealously hiking, camping, and rafting their way around New Mexico.
Devon grew up in Dallas. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado, she lived in Denver and worked for the Harm Reduction Action Center in homeless outreach. She is thrilled to finally be “home” in New Mexico, and is so inspired by the work New Mexico Wild does to protect our state’s precious ecological and cultural heritage.
Gila Wilderness Ranger/Gila Grassroots Organizer
Vicente comes to New Mexico Wild after a 33-year career with the US Forest Service. He brings a wide range land management experience including wildlife biology, wildland firefighting, land management (timber/rangeland/recreation/fire management) expertise, wilderness management and trail maintenance experience, endangered species impact analysis in relation to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). The last eight years of his career he worked as the FS Liaison to the Mexican Wolf Recovery effort.
“My career with the FS has all been in the SW. The Gila Wilderness has always been my favorite place to work and recreate. I am thrilled to be able to focus my land management expertise, experience and passion in the Gila with New Mexico Wild”.
Sally fell in love with nature and all things wild at an early age. She moved to New Mexico with her family in 1989. Prior to law school, Sally studied biology at the University of New Mexico, where she focused on biodiversity, conservation, and ecology. Sally obtained a law degree in 2009 from the University of New Mexico, completing the Natural Resources Law Certificate Program and serving as editor-in-chief of the Natural Resources Journal. Prior to joining the staff at New Mexico Wild, Sally served in several capacities at the New Mexico Supreme Court, including law clerk to Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels, Senior Counsel, and Deputy Clerk of Court. She has also clerked in federal district court for Senior District Court Judge James A. Parker and has worked as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Fe, where she focused on land use and property law. Sally spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her husband Danny, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the beautiful landscapes and communities of our beautiful state and beyond.
Wilderness Stewardship and Outreach Manager
Fundraising and Marketing Advisor
Juan DeJesus Sanchez III
Northern Conservation Director
Northern New Mexico Organizer
Cibola Wilderness Ranger
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator