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Staff

The Quivira staff is a dedicated team of creative individuals working to fulfill our mission. As a small group, we only represent a fraction of our community, which includes sponsors, partners, contractors, friends, family, and others.
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher

Sarah Wentzel-Fisher

Executive Director
Sarah has worked in food and agriculture planning for the past seven years with a focus on supporting young and beginning farmers and ranchers. She was the editor of Edible New Mexico from 2011 to 2017. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for the National Young Farmers Coalition as an organizer and is currently the lead organizer of the New Mexico affiliate chapter of NYFC. She is the board president of the Rio Grande Ag Land Trust and is a board member of the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden. In her free time she enjoys visiting farms and ranches, experiments in her kitchen, and keeps chickens in her backyard.


E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 7#

Mollie Walton

Land and Water Program Director
Mollie, who has a PhD in Biology from the University of Dayton in Ohio, was a volunteer with Quivira for many years before she joined our staff in 2012 as the new Land and Water Program Director. She is a restoration ecologist with a Texas ranching background and has worked in Northern New Mexico since 2006 doing riparian restoration, monitoring, consulting and research. She brings experience in hands-on restoration work as well as collaborative land management projects on public and private lands.


E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 6#

Monica Pless

Monica Pless

New Agrarian Program
Monica joins Quivira to lead the New Agrarian Program. She has worked on farms since 2004, when she apprenticed on a small CSA in rural Massachusetts, raising produce, tree fruit, beef, pork, and eggs. More recently, she has worked on dairies, orchards, and lots of produce operations, and for the last three years she managed the farm at EarthDance Organic Farm School near St. Louis, Missouri. There she taught apprentices about vegetable CSA production, poultry, key line swales, pawpaws and persimmons, bench top greenhouse heating, and cover cropping. In her free time she's exploring the mountains, making salves, or attempting to grow her sixty favorite vegetables in a backyard garden instead of on a farm.


E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 5#

Nick Mendoza

Nick Mendoza

Conference
Nick comes from a diverse background that includes biology, conservation, aquaculture, and a lifetime of summers spent working the land on his grandparents' cattle ranch in the Gila Wilderness. After studying Biology/ Environmental and Marine Resources and getting a graduate degree in Sustainable Aquaculture, Nick worked as a scientist in Scotland, Honduras, Mexico, and Monterey, California, but always made it back to brand and mend fences at the ranch. He is excited to have landed back in the Southwest.



E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 2#

Lynne Whitbeck

Lynne Whitbeck

Communications
Lynne has worked in food and farming since 2005. She started off as a farm apprentice on an organic farm in Washington State and went on to manage farms in Oregon and Hawaii. After getting a degree in Anthropology, she did some world traveling with the intent to better understand how people connect to their natural environments. Lynne moved to New Mexico in 2010 and pursued another passion, horses. Since then, she and her horse Helios have been working at the challenging and rewarding task of interspecies communication. In addition to her work at Quivira, she currently instructs kids and adults in the art of horsemanship and in personal development. She is inspired by good food, community, time spent in nature, and independent films.

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Alyson Gilman

Alyson Gilman

Business Management
Born and raised in Iowa and with a degree in public relations, Alyson Gilman launched her career in Chicago working in media relations and sales training. In 1996, she relocated to Abiquiu, New Mexico to live and learn farming and ranching. Her consulting business, Real Communication, has served a variety of industries, including restaurants, ranches, homebuilders, healthcare, artists, authors, animal trainers, caterers, and coffee roasters. Since 2007, Alyson and her husband Henry Gilman have operated a family farm near Cerrillos, New Mexico, raising chickens, goats, and pigs to produce eggs, cheese, milk, and meat for their family and their neighborhood cooperative.


E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 4#

Kit Brewer

Kit Brewer

Development Assistant and Office Administrator
To her role at Quivira, Kit brings decades of experience in program and development direction for nonprofit environmental and educational organizations. She supports the executive and director with development activities and provides assistance to the business director and other staff. Her responsibilities include managing fundraising campaigns and membership drives, maintaining databases, and overseeing daily office operations.


E-mail

505.820.2544, Ext. 0#