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Meet the Staff

Audubon New Mexico's staff works closely to provide social and environmental solutions for our birds, wildlife and you.

Jonathan (Jon) Hayes, Executive Director
​Jon has strong conservation expertise through his professional experience at multiple levels in public service. Over the last decade, Jon has built strong partnerships between public and private organizations to provide scalable conservation outcomes across multiple types of ecosystems. He has specifically focused on meaningful programs that conserve native bird species and the habitats they rely on.

Jon served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative where he was responsible for guiding multi-organizational development and implementation of applied research projects. In this capacity, he coordinated landscape-level cooperative projects in a six-state region amongst federal agencies, state wildlife agencies, and multiple non-profit organizations focused on improving conservation effectiveness in western grassland and riparian ecosystems. Additionally, he has served with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV), working at a programmatic level to implement regional conservation efforts aimed at restoring declining grassland bird populations. Among his achievements in this role was the development of the OPJV Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, which was responsible for the improvement of grassland habitat quality on over 60,000 acres of private working lands in Texas.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. 

Carl Beal, Center Manager, Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Carl has held several positions with Audubon New Mexico since 2009, and has been in the role of Center Manager of the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary since 2015. In this role, he has an incredible array of responsibilities. Carl is responsible for managing the beautiful grounds and trails surrounded by protected open space, tending to the Historic Randall Davey house and art studio including the historic art and furniture collection, maintaining the several buildings onsite to include the state office and education center, and being the friendly face for local visitors as well as those who visit from around the world. He feels very fortunate to be a steward of this piece of Santa Fe and New Mexico legacy. 

Desiree Loggins, Network Action Manager
Desiree Loggins is based in Albuquerque New Mexico where she is Network Action Manager for the western United States including New Mexico. For the NM operation, Desiree will contribute to our western water strategies through work with chapters, volunteers, and partner organizations focused primarily on conservation of the middle Rio Grande.

Before New Mexico, Desiree lived in California and worked as Chapter Network Manager for Audubon California for three years. Her focus was on building relationships, organizing mutually beneficial conservation projects in the Working Lands program, and developing capacity throughout Audubon’s Chapter Network. Desiree worked for the UC Natural Reserve System and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History before Audubon and received her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she focused on where ecology and social issues intersect. Desiree is an avid reader, slow-paced backpacker, and is excitedly growing her home yoga practice.

Sally Maxwell, Education Specialist
Sally Maxwell recently moved to Santa Fe from Montreal, Canada where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Environment & Geography at McGill University. Over the last few years, Sally has cultivated a passion for community-based knowledge sharing while travelling through Central and South America. After spending time in classrooms and leading her students on jungle adventures and down ski slopes, she recognized her love for that moment when a kid’s mind is blown by nature. At the Randall Davey Audubon Centre, Sally shares those moments often as Education Specialist. She leads field trips and presents creative environmental programs to local schools and the Santa Fe community. Besides loping through the forest, Sally loves cooking, fermentation, and the mysterious world of plant medicine. 

Stella Reed, Development & Administrative Assistant
Stella Reed has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for more than thirty years. She has extensive experience with non-profits ranging from volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cairns, Australia to management positions in healthcare. Much of her work has centered on education, development and outreach. Stella holds an MFA in creative writing from New England College. Examples of her writing can be found in The Bellingham Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art among other literary publications. Her poetry collection We Are Meant to Carry Water, a collaborative work with two New Mexican poets, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press in early 2019.

 A life-long admirer and student of birds, Stella is committed to the preservation of their habitats. She is an honorary member of her twelve-year old granddaughter’s Nature Trackers club.

Suzy Santaella, Development Manager
Suzy comes to Audubon with a decade of high-end art sales and more than three years as the lead fundraiser at the New Mexico School for the Arts-Art Institute, the non-profit partner of New Mexico School for the Arts. Suzy sits on the boards of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and Friends of the Library. She is excited to join the organization and learn all about birds.

Paul Tashjian, Freshwater Associate Director
Paul a long-time resident of New Mexico, leads Audubon New Mexico’s multi-faceted Freshwater Conservation Program. Prior to Audubon, he worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwestern Region for 26 years. His expertise includes water management and water protection for wildlife, river restoration, water law, and wetland workshop coordination. Paul was the founder and coordinator of the Bosque Hydrology Group, an inter-agency, inter-university think tank that focused on the physical restoration of the Middle Rio Grande. His recent work includes quantifying and protecting National Wildlife Refuge water rights, conducting studies and workshops to improve wetland management, and coordinating river restoration projects associated with Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Tashjian earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a minor in geology from Colorado College, and a Master’s of Science in Geology from Temple University. He also has completed numerous advanced educational courses and professional trainings associated with water law, environmental law, geomorphology, climatology, geochemistry, and hydrology. Paul is a member of the board for the New Mexico Water Dialogue and the President of the Albuquerque Bosque Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Paul enjoys his work greatly and loves finding creative and collaborative solutions to vexing water challenges. When he’s not stomping around on a National Wildlife Refuge, you might find him fly fishing in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, photographing Sandhill Cranes near Bernardo, New Mexico, or enjoying a burrito with his family at a local Albuquerque restaurant.

Katie Weeks, Director of Community Education
Katie Weeks is a self proclaimed nature nerd. Her love was born in the mountains and oceans of Oahu, Hawaii, and was nurtured by Girl Scout camps and family National Park trips. This passion eventually led her to Kalamazoo College for her B.A. in Environmental Studies, and later to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she earned her M.S. in Environmental Studies and Education.

With over a decade of experience in teaching, environmental, and informal science education, she is a strong proponent for hands-on learning both inside the classroom and out in the natural world. Along the way, she has also worked at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology, and even taught preschool for a few years.  Before moving out West, Katie managed a large summer camp program at the Museum of Life and Science in North Carolina. When she's not leading groups of kids around the Randall Davey Audubon Center, Katie loves to hike and make puns, much to the chagrin of her husband and dog.

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