Terry Owen has been a member of the Sierra Club for over seven years. He has served as the Rio Grande Chapter Outings Chairman for over two years and currently serves on the Central Group Executive Committee. Additionally, he is chairman of the chapter Military Outdoors Program which he started over five years ago after attending training in Leadville, Colorado with 30 other military veterans.
He recently retired from Sandia National Laboratories following a rewarding 18-year career and now has his own consulting business. Prior to that he served for 20-years in both the enlisted and officer ranks in the United States Navy. During his tenure with the Navy he earned the Enlisted Submarine Warfare device, the Surface Warfare Officer device and qualified as a pilot of manned untethered submersibles to 20,000 feet. His time spent in the military service was predominantly around the Pacific rim including Japan, Guam and Hawaii. He subsequently attended New Mexico State University on the GI Bill where he was award Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting.
As chapter outings chairman, he’s provided outings leader training to students, both, in New Mexico and across the U.S. He gains the most enjoyment in leading outings, particularly when they include participants who’ve never experienced the wilderness in the Land of Enchantment. He leads numerous outings each year including hikes, bike rides, backpacking trips and snowshoe hikes in New Mexico and Colorado. Giving outings participants the opportunity to connect with nature and experience awe in a safe environment are his highest priority.
Terry currently resides in the Northeast heights of Albuquerque with his wife of over 30 years, Kathe, and their rescue dog, Ursa. You’ll often see them together on one of the many trails in the Sandia mountains experiencing nature on their own.