Chris Graeser, 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.
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.
Christine Castro has 25 years of experience leading corporate communications, investor relations and marketing / brand functions for some of the world's most prominent brand-name companies in the entertainment, technology and health sciences industries. Previously she was Vice President, Corporate Communications for The Walt Disney Company; Chief Communications Officer, Yahoo! Inc.; Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Genentech, Inc.; and Senior Vice President, Communications for CBS Corp. She sits on the Boards of Creative Startups, Cancer Foundation of New Mexico, and the Upper Canyon Road Neighborhood Association. Chris also has significant experience interacting with an array of governmental and regulatory bodies, including local, state and federal government; state and federal lawmakers; and regulators.
Chris enjoys having the opportunity to contribute more consistently and directly with the conservation issues Audubon New Mexico is working on and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of bird species. She is a film geek who also loves cycling and hiking.
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.
Megan Ruehmann, Vice-chair
Megan is a wildlife biologist for the consulting group Eagle Environmental, Inc. She brings over 15 years of technical expertise and experience to the Audubon New Mexico Board, with the majority of that time focused on field ornithology. She received her B.S. in Conservation Science from the College of Santa Fe in 2000, where a professor sparked her interest in bird song identification, and then earned her M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University in 2008. Megan has worked for federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and consulting companies, enabling a broad understanding of species conservation and land management practices. She has been involved in management and survey efforts for many species of conservation concern such as Greater Sage-grouse, Lesser Prairie-chicken, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Mexican Spotted Owl and Peregrine Falcons. She and her husband John live in Silver City, where they are usually found chasing a rare bird or endemic plant, backpacking or planning their next adventure.