Board of Directors Election 2016 – Results

A special thanks to all of our members who voted for board candidates. We had a great turnout at PEECnic this year, where attendees aided in choosing the new board officers. PEECnic photos are posted on Flickr.

Welcome to the following new and returning board members!

 New officers:

Bob WBoard President: Bob 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. Bob’s retirement interests include watching and photographing birds, and other outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, and traveling. He has been involved for many years as a youth and high school soccer referee and was an avid tennis player. He is a member of the Los Alamos Photography Club, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners, and recently completed a 5-year term on the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board, serving as its Chairman for two years. PEEC Board member since fall 2013.

Board Vice President: Dan 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. Board member since October 2015.

RickBoard Secretary: Rick Wallace, new to the Board

Wallace has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from U.C. Santa Cruz (Lick Observatory), with a concentration in numerical calculations of stellar explosions (Novae, Supernovae, X-Ray Bursts), and nuclear fusion. He has worked at LANL for 30 years, including physics simulations, security of Russian nuclear material, technical management, and international safeguards. He was awarded a shared Nobel Peace Prize for work he did to improve non­proliferation of nuclear weaponry. Board member since fall 2016.

nancyBoard Treasurer: Nancy Arendt

Nancy served as PEEC’s volunteer bookkeeper 2010-2012, and she joined the board as treasurer in fall 2012.

 Board members continuing to serve:


Michele Altherr

JeremyJeremy Campbell

Craig Martin

Becky O

Becky Oertel


Karla Sartor


Ann Shafer

Hari Viswanathan