Stephen “Steve” E. Thompson, Chair
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.
Chris Graeser, Treasurer
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.
Anne Beckett is retired, but continues to provide consulting services to for profit and not-for-profit companies in the areas of operations, new initiative implementation, and acquisitions. Her consulting practice has included local organizations and national corporations. 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 16 years, currently living in Santa Fe. In addition to joining Audubon New Mexico’s Board of Directors, she is a volunteer at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and is a member of the Capital Campaign Committee for The Food Depot and the Governance Committee of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
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.
April E. Crosby
April E. Crosby is largely retired, following 40 years in academia, state government, and consulting with federal agencies and non-profit organizations. She has a BA from Colorado College, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University (1974) and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1990). She has taught at Colorado Women’s College, where she developed one of the first courses in the country in Environmental Ethics, and at Colby College in Maine and the University of Alaska. Life in Alaska began with backpacking in 1975, during which she succumbed to the magic of the northern wild and determined to stay. For a better understanding of environmental policy, she returned to school for a Master’s in Public Administration, studying natural resource economics and conflict resolution. She next served for three years as an investigator for the state of Alaska Ombudsman before returning to academia for four years as Assistant to the President of the University of Alaska Statewide System. Before retiring for part-time consulting, she spent a year in Barrow, on the far north coast of Alaska, as Dean of Instruction at Ilisagvik College. In about 2000, she and her husband became “snow birds” for half the year in SW New Mexico, where, concerned by threats of water impoundments on the Gila River, she continues decades of conservation activism as a board member of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance. For fun, she’s active outdoors: she hiked the Chilkoot Trail numerous times, has walked across England, much of northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, in Nepal, and one trek in the Andes. She has cycled across the United States and extensively in Europe. She can occasionally correctly identify a bird.
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.
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.
Charlie Sanchez, Jr.
Charlie Sanchez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science and a Master's degree in Fishery Biology. In addition to his work with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Mr. Sanchez has worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in a variety of programs over the past 30 years, most recently as Associate Regional Director for International Affairs, Research and Ecosystems. He has been a board member and chairman of the Valencia County Soil and Water Conservation District and in conjunction with them Mr. Sanchez is currently helping to pioneer wetlands and wildlife habitat restoration projects that are gaining recognition around the country, most notably the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area along the Rio Grande. He also serves on the Soil Conservation Commission for the state of New Mexico, a position appointed by Governor Richardson of New Mexico. Mr. Sanchez is a farmer, folk artist, avid sportsman, and is active in promoting a variety of conservation initiatives in New Mexico.
Gwen Perea Warniment
A native New Mexican with multigenerational roots, Gwen has worked for the LANL Foundation since 2013 as Program Director for the Inquiry Science Education Consortium. Gwen is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. She has taught in Oaxaca, MX, and has been a teacher, ESL Specialist, and Instructional Coach for the Santa Fe and Los Alamos Public Schools. Gwen also currently teaches graduate-level education classes for New Mexico Highlands University as adjunct faculty. Gwen presently serves as a member of the Math and Science Advisory Council for the New Mexico Public Education Department. She is a strong advocate for food justice, volunteering in several capacities at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and serving in a weekly capacity for Kitchen Angels. She has been asked to serve on the board of Communities in Schools New Mexico, an exceptional program that offers holistic support for students by strategically aligning needed services to the most marginalized populations in public schools. She is interested in sustainable agriculture and ranching as well as place-based education that acknowledges an ecology of knowledges. A teacher at heart, Gwen strives to integrate teaching and learning into a dynamic, creative process that serves to enrich both the individual and the community/ecosystem. She currently resides in Santa Fe and is constantly inspired by the Sangre de Cristo mountains and her two sons.