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.
Judy Calman, Director of Policy
Growing up in Washington, DC, Judy was always fascinated by the vast landscapes of the west, and New Mexico in particular. Halfway through college at the University of Maryland, she did a one-semester exchange program at the University of New Mexico, and never went back! Judy finished her degrees in Biology and Philosophy in Albuquerque, and after becoming involved in politics and activism in the early and mid-2000’s, she decided to go to law school. Judy holds a Juris Doctorate from UNM, as well as a Master’s in Environmental Policy from the Vermont Law School.
For the first ten years of her career she worked as the attorney for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, where she helped protect New Mexico’s public lands by opposing damaging projects in sensitive areas, working with agencies to improve project proposals, nominating special places for federal administrative designations, and through litigation when absolutely necessary. Judy was also the organization’s lobbyist and worked at the state legislature for better policies at the state level.
Judy is excited for the next chapter of her life with Audubon New Mexico, where she is focusing on improving state policies regarding wildlife, water, and renewable energy siting, as well as protection of sensitive bird habitat in southeast New Mexico which is heavily threatened by oil and gas.
When not working, she is either swimming, quilting, reading, or drinking good wine with good friends.
Amy Erickson, Avian Biologist
Amy Erickson spent her childhood playing in the prairies and wooded streams of southeast Kansas, where her parents fostered in her a great appreciation of the natural world. Her love of wildlife led her to Kansas State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s degree in Avian Ecology. Amy is particularly interested in learning how birds interact with their environment, and how making small changes to land management practices can have a positive impact on wildlife.
Amy spent three years as a private lands biologist in Portales, New Mexico, where she worked with landowners and partner agencies to improve habitat for Lesser Prairie-chickens and other grassland species. Later, she served as Program Director for the Save Our Bosque Task Force, a New Mexico nonprofit that works to restore and protect riparian habitat in the Middle Rio Grande. Amy has also worked with Loggerhead Shrikes in Illinois, Northern Bobwhites in Missouri, and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica.
Amy spends most of her free time hiking and backpacking with her husband, baking, photographing birds, reading, and playing with her two parrots, Rio and Malibu.
Mario Garcia, Center Assistant
Mario was born and raised in northern New Mexico. Growing up next to the Rio Grande, he formed a close relationship with this beautiful and important ecosystem. His passion for nature was fostered attending several summer camps at the Randall Davey Audubon Center. With a desire to work in conservation, Mario moved to Hilo Hawaii where he studied and worked on marine and terrestrial research, receiving a B.A. In Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaii. After six years he returned home and worked in agriculture and with native plants. An avid traveler, Mario has spent time in New Zealand, Nicaragua and South America where connecting with different cultures and ecosystems was a profound and inspiring experience. His studies, work and travel have motivated him on his return to New Mexico to contribute to the health of its habitats and the animals who rely on them. He is very excited to be the Center Assistant. Mario is eager to help maintain the beautiful space, as well as warmly greet visitors to RDAC.
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.
Quantina Martine, Water Resource Associate
Quantina (Quinn) Martine grew up on the Ramah Navajo Reservation in Western New Mexico. Her youth was spent with her grandparents during the summer learning the traditional Navajo language and oral history. Her favorite subjects in school were science and math and she found ways to balance traditional Navajo teachings with her love of the sciences. After high school, Quantina joined the United States Navy where she worked as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS Camden AOE-2 based out of Bremerton, Washington. It was always a dream of hers to travel the world and she felt a great way to do that was by joining the military!
After her military career she moved back to New Mexico and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and minor in Sustainability. She also has completed course work in Surveying Technology and Geographic Information Technology. Hydrology and climatology were her main interest in college and that led her to a job with US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS). With FWS she joined the Division of Water Resources (DWR) as a Hydrologist with the Monitoring Team. With DWR her duties were to collect water data, conduct flow measurements, and complete water analysis at gaging stations that are located on the Wildlife Refuge within the southwest region of FWS. She also worked on habitat restoration for several endangered species along the Rio Grande and in Northern New Mexico.
Quantina spends her free time fishing and hiking with her partner in Northern New Mexico, gardening, canning, listening to various podcasts, and playing with her dog murphy, a Boston terrier who loves to play in the water and likes to be constantly dirty.
Sally Maxwell, Education Specialist
Sally Maxwell (she/her) joined Audubon in 2018 and is based at the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. As an educator, Sally works with elementary students from the Santa Fe Public Schools, teaching about the climate, ecosystems, and wildlife of northern New Mexico. She also hosts public programs, including guided hikes, lectures, and workshops with local experts. When school is not in session, Sally runs a nature play summer camp for 5-12 year olds at the Randall Davey Audubon Center. Sally moved to Santa Fe in 2018 after living in Montreal, Canada. After spending time in classrooms and leading students on wilderness adventures and down ski slopes, she recognized her love for that moment when a kid’s mind is blown by nature. Sally completed her Bachelor of Science in Environment & Geography at McGill University. When she’s not loping through the forest, Sally is a full spectrum doula, loves cooking, fermentation, and crafting herbal medicines.
Stella Reed, Office & Outreach Manager
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, The Baltimore Review, 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, was published by 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 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 be a part of 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 O'ahu, 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. She joined Audubon in the Fall of 2017. Along the way, she has also worked at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Hawai'i Institute for Marine Biology, and taught preschool for several years. Before moving out West, Katie managed a large summer camp program at the Museum of Life and Science in North Carolina.
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. Katie also centers equity, diversity, and inclusion in her educational practice and strategy, informed by both her professional, academic, and personal experiences as a multi-racial, first-generation woman. She currently serves on the executive team of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network. When she's not leading groups of kids around the Randall Davey Audubon Center, Katie loves to play taiko drums, hike, and make puns, much to the chagrin of her husband and dog.