Andy Otto, Executive Director
Andy Otto has been the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed since 2014. Andy holds a degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona and has spent 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. He concedes that he will never be an Olympic Ice Skater.
Keely Kennemore, Volunteer 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, Administrative Director and Program 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; 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. Raquel will be celebrating 10 years of employment with SFWA in May 2016.
Janie Miller, Co-Director of Education
Janie Miller has lived in Santa Fe for over 35 years working as an environmental educator with both children and adults. She has a M.S. degree in Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University. She directed the education program at the Randall Davey Audubon Center during its formative years. She founded and co-directed the Community Partnerships: Kids Learning through Community Service program, and most recently worked with the School for Advanced Research directing its member’s travel program and implementing a public lecture series about New Mexico history, archaeology, arts and culture.
Esha Chiocchio, Co-Director of Education
Esha Chiocchio is an educator and sustainability consultant who works with organizations to increase resilience in the face of climate change. She is the author of Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for the Santa Fe Watershed and teaches both adults and kids about a range of sustainability issues. She co-founded Renewable Energy Day, is a former Sustainable Santa Fe Commissioner and is currently on the board of the Global Warming Express. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and French and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Communities. Before settling in Santa Fe to raise her two kids, she traveled the world as a documentary photographer for numerous organizations and magazines, including National Geographic and Newsweek and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. In her free time, she can be found hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rebecca Johnson, Arroyo Assessment Intern
Rebecca grew up in Kansas and received her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She studied Anthropology and French. After working jobs that were challenging, yet unfulfilling, Rebecca volunteered her way into doing what she loves most, working with kids and being in nature! Her mission is to be a part of a team that protects not only natural resources and wilderness, but allows children to experience the joy and mysteries of the natural world. She has worked as a Park Interpreter in Colorado, leading pond studies, writing puppet shows, and crafting nature programs for children and the public. She also has worked with kids as a Montessori teacher assistant. She left Colorado for New Mexico, as it offers not only a bounty of nature, but also great food, art, and friendly people!
Julia Abbiss, Development Assistant
Julia is an East Coast transplant who packed up her car and road-tripped to the Southwest after obtaining her B.S. in Travel-Tourism & Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Julia’s roles at SFWA include establishing a millennial membership base, developing a legacy giving program, and assisting with the Green Lodging Initiative. When she’s not at SFWA, she’s guiding hiking and culture tours through Northern New Mexico and getting her M.S. in Nonprofit Management.