About the Central New Mexico Group

The Central New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter covers the middle part of the state from east to west and includes Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Valencia County and Socorro. Our volunteer leaders are active in many areas, including protecting the Albuquerque Bosque and making sure Mayor Richard Berry’s “Rio Grande Vision” doesn’t disrupt the wild character of our natural urban escape.

We also advocate for better city energy policy and volunteer for pro-­environment candidates and recently returned a pro-­environment majority to the Albuquerque City Council. One example is our project related to the Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance.

One of our community efforts is to highlight the works of local artists in our First Friday Arts series. Join us or stop by the office gallery. You will also be supporting the chapter with your purchases.

P.O. Box 25342
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Central New Mexico Executive Committee

Chair:  Fred Houdek, fjhoudek@gmail.com, 630.809.4234
Vice Chair:  Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Treasurer:  David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com
Secretary:  Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Outings:  Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile@pitot.org, 505.433.469
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
Mark Rudd, mark@markrudd.com
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com

Other contacts

Political Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
First Friday Art: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Komnick, sierraclubriogrande@gmail.com, 315.272.7317
Tabling Scheduling: Patty Duncan, pgnm@comcast.com,
Volunteer Wednesdays
Wildlife: Leslie Chavez, chavezles99@gmail.com
Sierra Military Outings: Terry Owen, teowen@q.com, 504.301.4349
UNM Sierra Student Coalition Co-presidents: Tom Bottomly, tbottomly@unm.edu, Keely Scheffler, kscheffler99@unm.edu
Bosque Action Team Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

First Friday Arts – April 2018

First Friday Arts – April 2018
Join us for our every-other-month First Friday Arts, featuring selected black and white photos by member Peter Kelling ... Read More

César Chávez Day celebration

César Chávez Day celebration
Join us in honoring the life and legacy of César Chávez at the 25th annual César Chávez Day celebration in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 7 ... Read More

Bosquitos – April 2018

Bosquitos - April 2018
On April 14 we have an outing to learn about the Rio Grande and River Engineering with a civil/environmental engineer! This outing will be geared for ages 8 and up (although everybody is invited) ... Read More

Sierra Club & (Root) Beer – Friday March 2

Sierra Club & (Root) Beer – Friday March 2
Join us for the March Sierra Club & Root Beer. Mark Rudd will discuss The Relationship Between the Environmental Movement and Political Power. Friday, March 2, ... Read More