Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee

David Coss, chair,
Shane Woolbright, vice chair, (405) 323-2569,
Laurence Gibson, secretary, (915) 309-5419,
Ray Shortridge, treasurer, (505) 604-3908,
John Buchser, (505) 820-0201,
Susan Martin, (505) 988-5206,
Patrick Madden, (505)
Eric Patterson, (575) 776-2833,
Jody Benson, Pajarito Group representative, (505) 662-4782,
Tom Gorman, Northern New Mexico Group representative, (505) 438-3932,
Southern New Mexico Group representative: Open
Fred Houdek, Central New Mexico Group representative, (630) 809-4234,
El Paso Group representative: Open

Offices and Staff


Albuquerque office

Office: 2215 Lead Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, (505) 243-7767
Camilla Feibelman, Rio Grande Chapter Director, (505) 715-8388,
Miya King-Flaherty, Rio Grande Chapter Public Lands Fellow, (505) 243-7767,

Northern New Mexico office

Office: 1807 Second Street, Unit 45, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 983-2703
Brintha Nathan, bookkeeper, (505-310-0595),
Claire McKnight, PAC treasurer, (646) 864-0209,

Southern New Mexico Office

Dan Lorimier, conservation coordinator (Southern and El Paso Groups) and chapter lobbyist, (575)

Western New Mexico Office

Robert Tohe, Our Wild America - Dirty Fuels Organizer, (928) 774-6103,

Sierra Club National 

Office: 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 977-5500
Roger Singer, Western New Mexico Senior field organizing manager (NM, CO, UT), mobile: (303) 884-0064, office: (303) 449-5595 x103,

Local Groups

Central New Mexico Group

P.O. Box 25342, Albuquerque NM 87125
Co chairs: Fred Houdek (630) and Peter Kelling
Outings: Odile de la Beaujardiere, (505)

El Paso Group

P.O. Box 9191, El Paso TX 79995
Chair: Laurence Gibson, (915)
Outings: John Walton, (915)

Northern New Mexico Group

1807 Second Street, Unit 45, Santa Fe NM 87505, (505) 983-2703
Chair: Teresa Seamster, (505)
Outings: Tobin Oruch, and Alan Shapiro,

Pajarito Group

P.O. Box 945, Los Alamos NM, 87544
Chair: Jody Benson, (505)

Southern New Mexico Group

P.O. Box 735, Mesilla NM, 88046
Chair: Open
Outings: Howie Dash, (575)

Local Conservation Action Teams

Bosque Action Team: Richard Barish, (505)
Bag Ban Action Team: Jody Benson, (505)
Otero Mesa Action Team: Jerry Kurtyka, (915) 526-6297,
Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Action Team: Christine Newtson, (575)

Conservation Issues

Conservation Chair: Karl Braithwaite,
Energy/Climate Change: Chair: Denise Fort, (505); Members: Verne Loose (natural gas), (505); Elliot Stern,; Shane Woolbright, (405),  Ken Hughes,  (505)
Dairy: Dan Lorimier, (575)
Four Corners: Robert Tohe, (928)
Methane: Camilla Feibelman,
Mining, Sand & Gravel: Open
Public Lands Team: Tom Gorman,; Teresa Seamster,; Mary Katherine Ray,; Fred Houdek,
Zero Waste: Open
Water: Chair: John Buchser, (505) Members: Allyson Siwik,; Eric Patterson,; Paul Paryski; Ray Shortridge,; Kurt Anderson,; Linda Burchfiel,
Wildlife: Chair: Mary Katherine Ray (575) 772-5655,

Activism Team

Communications Team: Chair: Patrick Madden, Members: John Buchser, Laurence Gibson, Benton Howell, David Coss, Jim Klukkert
Rio Grande Sierran Editorial Board: Members: Laurence Gibson, Ken Hughes, Mary Katherine Ray, Jody Benson, David Coss
Sierran Editor: Mona Blaber, (505) 660-5905,
Web Editor: Ellen Loehman,
Elections: Fred Houdek,
Finance: Chair: Ray Shortridge. Members: Brintha Nathan, Jim Baker, Claire McKnight
Fundraising: Chair: John Buchser. Members: David Coss, Jim Baker
Legal: Richard Barish, (505)
Legislative: Co-chairs: Melinda Smith, and Patricia Cardona.  Members: John Buchser, Judy Williams, Elliot Stern, Mary Katherine Ray, Jim Klukkert, Tom Gorman
Membership: Open
Nominating: Ken Hughes
Personnel: Chair: John Buchser. Members: David Coss, Laurence Gibson, Ken Hughes, Fred Houdek
Political Team: Chair: Susan Martin, Members: Richard Barish, David Coss, Jody Benson, Patricia Cardona, Glen Landers
Political Compliance Officer: Richard Barish, (505)
Sierra Student Coalition: Neysa Hardin,


Outings Chair: Odile de la Beaujardiere, (505)
Inspiring Connections Outdoors: Ted Mertig, (915) 852-3011,
Central New Mexico: Odile de la Beaujardiere, (505)
El Paso: John Walton, (915)
Northern New Mexico: Tobin Oruch, and Alan Shapiro,
Southern New Mexico: Howie Dash, (575)

Coalitions/Working Groups

America Votes: Susan Martin
Chaco Coalition: Miya King-Flaherty, Robert Tohe, Teresa Seamster
Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy: Camilla Feibelman,
Doña Ana County Coalition: Dan Lorimier
Friends of the Rio Grande del Norte: Eric Patterson. Alternate: Tom Gorman
Environmental Alliance of New Mexico: Dan Lorimier
Otero Mesa Coalition: Jerry Kurtyka
Rio Puerco Management Committee: Tom Gorman
Valles Caldera: Teresa Seamster

National, Regional Representatives

Council of Club Leaders Delegate: Susan Martin,  (505)
Sierra Club Board of Directors member: Liz Walsh, (915) 342-7630
Building Healthy Communities Team Facilitator: Ken Hughes
BLM Subcommittee of the Wildlands Committee: Tom Gorman
Rio Grande Water Fund: Teresa Seamster

Rio Grande image from Wikimedia Commons.