Anne Beckett, Chair
Anne Beckett is retired and lives in Youngsville, NM in Rio Arriba County. She spent 27 years working for various financial institutions in all facets of residential lending. In addition, during a self-directed eight-year hiatus, she worked in the area of not-for-profits, including with an archaeological research and education center and the Pueblo of Zuni. Anne has been a resident of New Mexico for 23 years. In addition to serving on Audubon New Mexico’s Board of Directors, she is a volunteer for The Food Depot and Ghost Ranch
Chris Graeser, Vice Chair
Chris Graeser is an attorney in Santa Fe focused on land use, real estate, property tax, and occasional cases of interest. In his law practice, Chris represents individuals and organizations concerned with disproportionate or inadequately planned development and its associated habitat loss. In this role, he supports efforts to defend conservation easements, prevent large-scale mining, and focus growth in suitable areas. His efforts through groups like the Community Development Commission, Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, and Neighborhood Law Center promote a combination of land use policy, regulation, and infrastructure improvement to foster a vibrant human environment that complements the natural ecosystem. From western Massachusetts, Chris made Santa Fe his home over twenty years ago. He enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring New Mexico’s hidden treasures with his family.
Selena Connealy, Secretary
Selena Connealy is an independent science educator. She holds a BA in English from Rice University and an MAT in Museum Education from The George Washington University. She has over 15 years experience with project management in educational and cultural organizations, and expertise in public programming and education in both formal and informal settings. Selena began her educational career as a middle school teacher and coach in San Antonio, TX and served as a Project Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Washington, DC, working on authentic assessment projects. Formerly at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, she spent three years as a program manager, then five years as the Chief of Education. Her current projects span science inquiry, teacher professional development, environmental education and data literacy. In her spare time, Selena plays volleyball, bakes pies and entertains her dogs. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband Randall and three-year-old daughter Cate.
Linda Mowbray, Treasurer
An active volunteer, knowledgeable conservationist, and enthusiastic birder, Linda Mowbray has been a resident of Santa Fe since 1991, after moving to New Mexico from Topeka, Kansas. In addition to being on the Board of Directors for Audubon New Mexico, Ms. Mowbray is currently the Field Trips Chair of the Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society and has served as the President of this Audubon chapter in the past. In the 1990’s, Ms. Mowbray was the President of the New Mexico Audubon Council (an organization representing all the Audubon chapters in New Mexico) and led the push for conservation recognition of the Lesser Prairie-chicken and helped move the Council into a leadership role in conservation in New Mexico. She volunteers a significant amount of her time as a Board member to organizations such as the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Friends of Archaeology, and Cornerstones. Ms. Mowbray is also a member of the Santa Fe Women’s Club. Previously in Kansas, she was an adjunct English instructor at Washburn University and formerly the director of the Topeka Blood Bank. Ms. Mowbray holds a BA in Chemistry and English, a master’s degree in English, and a master’s degree in Business Administration, all from the University of Kansas. She has 2 married children and 4 grandchildren. Ms. Mowbray understands New Mexico and is ready to meet its conservation challenges.
Stephen “Steve” E. Thompson
An attorney and an experienced director of conservation land transactions, Mr. Thompson has a JD from the University of Denver School Of Law and a BA in Economics from Washington & Lee University. He has pursued a life-long interest in environmental protection through land and energy conservation in Colorado and New Mexico. As Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), Mr. Thompson oversaw and directed complex land protection transactions in the southwest and nationally. He negotiated diverse acquisitions from working rail yards to riverfront brownfields and pristine coastal forests. Before his 25-year career at TPL, Mr. Thompson managed a law practice in Denver, forming alternative energy associations and developing financial instruments to support energy efficient investments for which he received recognition and awards from the American Banking Association and the U.S. Department of Energy. To promote the conservation activities of TPL, he developed tax-exempt financing mechanisms, conducted numerous training programs, including sponsorship from the Western Governors Association, and created a nationwide program with the Resolution Trust Corporation to leverage land conservation opportunities from struggling Savings and Loan institutions. Currently, Mr. Thompson consults with a variety of environmental and land conservation organizations. He is past member of the Board of United Way of Santa Fe County and serves on the Board of Commonweal Conservancy.
Sara Boyett has taken a varied and interesting path to Silver City, to where she moved in 2011. She has worked or studied from Chile to Alaska and many points in between. Sara has roots in Montana but New Mexico has also played a significant part in her life since the late ‘60s when she served as a VISTA Volunteer in San Jon and Tijeras. She has been an environmental activist, historian, teacher and writer among other things. For many years, Sara’s been an active member of the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society Chapter—she currently serves as their President—and works closely with Audubon New Mexico staff and local chapter and coalition members to protect the Gila River, New Mexico’s last free-flowing river. She has been an active and outspoken advocate in Audubon’s New Mexico and federal legislative activities for several years, and has raised her voice regionally and nationally about the importance of the Gila Wilderness to prevent a Gila River diversion. Sara is currently an antiques business owner and writer. In her work with Audubon, she is striving to make everyone care about the Gila River and the greater mission of Audubon.
Tom Jervis is a retired educator and research scientist having worked at the Los Alamos National Lab for over twenty years. He has taught physical science and environmental studies at the university level and spent many years doing research in materials science at Los Alamos. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Colorado College and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. As an avid birder, he has long been associated with the Audubon Society, serving in many positions at the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Jervis works with the Audubon Society on statewide conservation issues and is an active member and former President of the New Mexico Audubon Council. Additionally, he serves on the U.S. Forest Service’s advisory group for the Collaborative Forestry Restoration Program and serves on the New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s advisory committee called Share with Wildlife. He is working on documenting the life of William Gambel, a naturalist who passed through Santa Fe in the mid-1800s.
Cece is the Director of Development at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. For over 30 years, Cece has worked in community based for-profit and nonprofit organizations specializing in resource development and capital campaigns. Cece has held the positions of Director of the New Mexico School for the Arts-Art Institute and Chief Investment Officer of Homewise. Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Cece lived for 26 years in Hawaii and worked with ABC-TV as the national marketing manager, taught in a private high school and served as a board member and project manager for several nonprofit organizations in Honolulu. Cece graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire with a BS/Ed. and MEd and the Community Development and Leadership and Non-Profit Management program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Cece has been a resident of Santa Fe since 2003 and enjoys cycling, opera, chamber music and jazz and her home and garden.