Board of Directors Election 2015 – Results

The PEEC board of directors held the annual election of board members at the PEECnic on Sunday October 18, 2015.

All new nominees and members up for re-election were voted onto the board at PEEEnic.

Welcome to the following new and returning board members!

New board members:

Craig Martin Craig Martin

Born in Philadelphia, Craig Martin migrated west in 1980 to work as a naturalist for the National Park Service at Saguaro National Park. He subsequently worked as an environmental educator at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and then taught middle school science with a hands-on emphasis in the South Tucson School District. Following his wife to Los Alamos, he re-invented himself as a freelance outdoor writer while working as the stay-at-home parent to his two children, writing 10 books and 200 magazine and newspaper pieces about Los Alamos and New Mexico outdoor recreation and history. The Cerro Grande fire turned his attention to restoration of trails and watersheds, and to that end for 15 years he worked as the Project Manager for the Volunteer Task Force and the Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist. For his engagement of local youth in restoration projects, in 2013 Martin was honored to be named the youngest Los Alamos Living Treasure. In retirement, Martin continues with trail design work as a volunteer for the Santa Fe National Forest, takes photographs of the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau, is working with Terry Foxx on a plant book for the Jemez Mountains, and plays jazz around town with his Craig Martin Experience jazz septet.


danDaniel Poretti

Dan is a Minnesota native, where he learned to love nature from his father. Dan’s formal education includes a BA in History, a master’s degree in Public Affairs, and a law degree, all from the University of Minnesota. Dan has always had a deep interest in environmental issues (his Master’s thesis, completed in 1983, was on climate change), and during his legal career he handled a number of environmental cases, and performed pro bono work for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Dan and his wife are avid scuba divers, and greatly enjoy hiking in and around Los Alamos, which has enabled them to develop a great appreciation for our local birds and wild flowers.


hari_picHari Viswanathan

Hari Viswanathan grew up in Los Alamos, NM moving here in 1978. After graduating high school and attending undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara, obtaining at PhD at the University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign, and spending 2 years as Visiting Professor in Germany, he returned to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001. He lives in Los Alamos with his wife Gowri Srinivasan and 6 year old son Aditya. He is the Subsurface Flow and Transport Team Leader in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he focuses on increasing energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and has authored over 80 publications in this research area. Hari enjoys nature and wildlife photography and living in New Mexico gives him many opportunities to pursue his hobby. He has also traveled all over the world and has had opportunities to visit and photograph many amazing places. For more pictures please see Hari has given numerous wildlife photography talks at PEEC and contributed photos to the new Nature Center. He has also participated in PEEC’s efforts to Certifiy Los Alamos as a Wildlife Community Habitat. Hari has also participated in numerous PEEC Earth Days and worked with his Mother Selvi Viswanathan, former board member, on numerous PEEC initiatives. Hari is now excited to apply his experience with securing funding opportunities, strategic planning, the natural world and general knowledge of Los Alamos to PEEC if asked to serve on the Board.


Re-elected board members:

Michele AltherrMichele Altherr

Michele grew up in the Maryland countryside and remembers playing in the woods and visiting the museums and monuments in D.C. She graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a BS degree in ecology. She met her future husband there, and eventually had two wonderful children. Once the children were in school, she became a certified elementary teacher and has taught for Los Alamos Public Schools since 1997. Currently she teaches sixth grade science at Mountain School and attends graduate school in the evenings. She is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos and has served on the Parks and Recreation Board. Founding Board member, 2000-2007 and 2011-2015.


BeckyORebecca Oertel

Becky has always had an insatiable curiosity about nature. Her parents fully encouraged her to play outside before she could walk, and when she was 15, let her camp alone in the canyons north of Los Alamos. Her curiosity soon expanded to the science of “why” and she obtained a degree in biochemistry. She conducted cancer research for a few years, but soon realized that environmental science and eventually ecology would be her career. So she became a biologist and ecologist for the National Park Service, the US Geological Survey, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Somewhere in the mix of all that, she was a wildland firefighter, a horse packer, a botanist, a birder, and a wilderness guide in Wyoming. Her curiosity is still insatiable. PEEC Board member since fall 2013.

karlaKarla Sartor

Karla learned to love nature growing up in Alaska, a passion that led to her career in Ecology and Conservation.  She joined the PEEC board in 2011, and serves on the finance, nominations, and landscaping committees.  She is interested in local trails and restoration projects, and is an expert in plant, soil, and fire ecology.  Karla works as an Environmental Professional with the LANL Environmental Protection Division.  Previously, she managed grassland restoration projects for The Nature Conservancy, and studied climate change impacts on Human Health at the Harvard Center for the Environment.  She and her husband enjoy mountain biking, hiking and bird watching at home on the Pajarito Plateau.Board member since fall 2011.


BobWalkerRobert Walker

Bob and his wife Laurie have been residents of White Rock, NM since 1976. Until he retired in January 2008, Bob was a member of the Theoretical Chemistry Group at Los Alamos. He has been involved for many years as a youth and high school soccer referee and was an avid tennis player. Bob recently completed a 5-year term on the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board, serving as its Chairman for two years.


Board members continuing to serve:

nancyNancy Arendt

JeremyJeremy Campbell

felicia_largeFelicia Orth

AnnShaferAnn Shafer