Staff

Roberta Salazar

Executive Director

Passion for her cultural roots and natural heritage here in New Mexico, combined with a professional understanding of nature, inspired her to found Rivers & Birds after a former 17-year career as a federal government wildlife biologist. “Celebrating Earth with others through outdoor experiences in nature, we honor life in a way that is joyful and, meaningful and connects to the spirit of all life. Teaching the interconnection of all life is key to sustainability.”

James Porter

Mapping and Technical support

With a B.S. in Geology, and a GIS certificate, James in pursuing a MS degree in Geographic Information Systems. Every spare moment he can take, James takes off into nature with his son Jasper and wife Becca. James is the GIS Specialist for Taos Ski Valley. "I apply GIS to support natural systems to conserve, protect, preserve, and educate. Rivers & Birds is a powerful organization that's had great successes and I am pleased use my skill to support their efforts to honor our Earth."

Susan Benton

Education Instructor

Suzie has an associate’s degree in early childhood education. In the warm months, she is a professional river guide and works at Taos Ski Valley all year. She lives on a farm with her husband and sons and can be found outdoors on most days. “I believe that education about our watersheds, our planet and ourselves and how all life interacts is one of the most important gifts that we can give to future generations.”

Becca Porter

Education Instructor

Becca graduated from Western State Colorado University with a BS in Geology. She has taught with Rivers & Birds since 2005. "When I learn how my actions impact the world around me, I am better able to make choices that serve and reflect my values of interconnectedness and compassion. It’s wonderful too to be planting the seeds of compassion and interconnectedness through the watershed program."

Raena Garcia

Americorps VISTA Intern

Raena is a recent University of New Mexico graduate with a BS in Biology and BA in Psychology.  She is passionate about environmental sustainability. 
As a Native New Mexican and a Native American, she understands the importance of protecting our  New Mexico environment and community. "Rivers & Birds is an essential component to the community.  I look forward to expanding my knowledge of environmental and conservation work while promoting education that is both substantial and enjoyable."

Jesse Furr

Americorps VISTA Intern

As a lifelong lover of nature, Jesse is thrilled to be working towards environmental sustainability by helping show the community all of the great work Rivers & Birds does through graphic design and film-making. As and illustrator and print-maker with a degree from UNM, he is helping to enhance our class workbooks learning materials as a way to ensure that Rivers & Birds continues to teach the next generation of Earth Stewards for years to come.