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Executive Committee

Walter Stern


Walter Stern is a shareholder of Modrall Sperling law firm. He brings more than 35 years of experience providing representation, advice and counsel to businesses and individuals in their dealings…

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Robert Anderson

Vice Chair

Robert joined the board in December, 2019. A native of southeastern New Mexico, Robert graduated from Cornell University, served in the Peace Corps, and studied business at the University of…

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David Dunmar

Treasurer & Secretary

David Dunmar grew up in Santa Fe where he has resided for nearly 50 years. Currently, he is a Realtor with Barker Realty dealing in both commercial and residential real…

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Members at Large

Solomon Bitsie

Solomon is a fourth-generation rancher in Mexican Springs, NM, on the Navajo Reservation. His family has raised sheep and cattle on the same property since the early 1800s. Solomon has…

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Linda Brewer

Linda Brewer grew up on a farm in southern Ohio. Her life has been defined by land and animals since the beginning. She has had a long career as a…

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George Dennis

George Dennis recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after 20 years of public service including the last 10 years working with endangered species in New Mexico. He…

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Ed Kraft

Ed Kraft is a seasoned manager with over 40 years of business experience. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Zia Trust, Inc, an independent trust company operating…

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Gary Mendiola

Gary is a sixth-generation rancher of Bar Guitar Ranch in Picacho, NM in the beautiful Hondo Valley. His family raised sheep on the same property since the 1850s until 2002…

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DL Sanders

DL Sanders has practiced water law in the state and federal courts of New Mexico since 1990. He has been a member of bar for the United States 10th Circuit…

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Dr. John (Jack) Wright

Jack Wright is recently retired from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where he served as a professor within and Chair of Geography since 1990. Jack has consulted in…

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Board Advisors

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Benson

Tony is a founding member and former Chair of the Board of Directors.  He is a retired geologist and was formerly the Vice-President of Exploration for the Amoco Corporation. He…

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Sid Goodloe

For 55 years, Sid Goodloe has been owner-operator of the Carrizo Valley Ranch, 16 miles north of Capitan, New Mexico. But Mr. Goodloe’s interests range far beyond his own ranch.…

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Elizabeth Richardson

Elizabeth Richardson worked for Colorado Open Lands, a statewide land trust, for 10 years and served on the Board of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts for 12. In these…

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