Andy Otto, Executive Director
We are delighted to welcome the Santa Fe Watershed Association’s new Executive Director, Andy Otto. Andy holds a degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona and has spent the last four years working with the Truckee River Watershed Council in California and Nevada. Andy’s experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders—from city and county governments to tribes to individual property owners—to improve the health of that watershed prepares him well for the challenges facing the Santa Fe Watershed. Andy spearheaded the successful campaign to fund and construct a Truckee River Legacy Trail through the length of the Town of Truckee. Along with life experiences that range from living on a Montana cattle ranch to managing a restaurant in Truckee, Andy brings longstanding connections to the Santa Fe community and a passion for working with communities to protect the environments that sustain them. In his free time, he enjoys cross country skiing and fly fishing.
Marty Peale, Adopt-the-River Coordinator
Marty (re)joined the staff at SFWA in mid-March 2013 after four years of land stewardship and hands-on educational work in landscapes blessed with more water — for example, above Truchas at 9400′ and on Orcas Island in Washington State. But she loves our climate and our community, so she is back to continue exploring our options for adapting creatively to the environmental and social challenges that are before us. Marty has an M.S. in Field Naturalism, training in riparian restoration and permaculture, decades of experience in environmental advocacy in New Mexico, Alaska and Washington, DC, as well as rewarding experience in fundraising for small-scale, locally initiated and value-added economic development. In her spare time, Marty is stewarding riparian land of her own in El Rito, NM, and otherwise spending as much time as possible in vegetable gardens and the backcountry.
Keely Kennemore, Adopt-the-River Steward Coordinator
Keely Jackson-Kennemore, is a transplant from the wet, insect-infested southeast to the dry upland deserts of New Mexico. Before moving to Santa Fe, she resided at the base of a mesa in Rowe, NM for 14 years where she worked for several years as a ceramic artist drawing on her previous career as a botanical illustrator for inspiration. Keely holds a BFA degree from Cornell University and has worked as a graphic designer and at a variety of organizations including USC, The Nature Conservancy, and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. She later put her work aside to raise two curious children to fall in love with the Pecos River and surrounding mountains and deserts. In her free time, Keely enjoys exploring the landscape with her dog or on horseback and capturing memories with her photographic eye.
Raquel Baca Tompson, Membership Coordinator
After working in corporate Human Resources for over nine years, Raquel put her career on hold to stay at home with her two young children before coming to work for the Santa Fe Watershed Association. In addition to a Human Resources background, Raquel worked as an assistant to the Director of Shidoni Foundry, Inc.; she has an Associate of Applied Science Degree; holds a certification in fitness training; and has volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico. As a native Santa Fean, Raquel remembers growing up with water in the Santa Fe River and holds fond memories of taking off her shoes to play in the river with friends.
Eileen Everett, Education Director
After working in the field of wildlife science, Eileen Everett changed directions and headed down the path of environmental education. Eileen began her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque after completing a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an M.S. in Wildlife Science. With her background researching the native Jemez Mountains salamander, her main focus was on Federally listed herpetological (reptiles and amphibians) species. After seeing the need for public outreach, Eileen made the switch to environmental education and began working for Audubon New Mexico in 2004. During her time with Audubon New Mexico, she was promoted to Education Manager and grew the education programs to reach over 4,000 New Mexican youth and created Audubon’s first “no waste camp.” In 2008, she opened up her own environmental education consulting business, Down to Earth Education, and worked for a variety of organizations including the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science developing climate change education programs. Eileen is enthusiastic to be working back in Santa Fe and enjoys providing opportunities for local youth and adults to explore the Santa Fe River and the ecosystems and humans that depend upon it. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the outdoors especially hiking, running, and gardening.
Juniper and Taco
Juniper has been a fixture in the SFWA office for over three years. She is our front desk security and often assists on river clean-ups as part of our Adopt-the-River program. In her spare time, she enjoys running through water and playing with her two kittens.
Taco is our newest addition who is working on building up her resume, but currently serves as comic relief for the staff. In her spare time, she enjoys searching for rabbits and licking her big sister.