Anthony was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Webster University. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, was a Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Fellow and completed Syracuse University’s Project Management Course. Anthony is a retired U.S. Army Officer with 24 years of service and specialized in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) operations, Emergency Management, Anti-Terrorism, and Operations Security. He served as a Battalion and Brigade Chemical Officer, Platoon Leader, Senior Logistics Officer, Company Commander, Senior Operations Officer, Division Chemical Officer, Corps Deputy CBRN Officer, and Senior Program Director of Emergency Management and Protection Programs. His deployments include Bosnia as a medic, and Kuwait to support Operation Iraqi Freedom IV as a Chemical Platoon Leader and Quick/Area Reaction Force Commander. Anthony certified through FEMA and the Department of Defense Firefighter Certification System in Hazardous Material Management and planned disaster response exercises in the United States, Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific region. In 2016, he participated in >span class="NormalTextRun SCXW89682854 BCX0"> Homeland Security Working Group at the U.S. Army War College as a CBRN advisor. He volunteered at the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, Mountain T.O.P. Youth Camp in Tennessee, participated in an archaeological excavation project in Niles, Michigan and was a Special Olympics Washington State project planner. Anthony is an El Paso Chamber of Commerce member. In 2021, Anthony became Corps Director of Conservation Corps New Mexico.
Lee joined CCNM after spending 20+ years with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Regional Supervisor, Program Director, and Director of Partnerships. He grew up in North Carolina but headed west to attend college in Colorado. He started his outdoor career leading wilderness programs with adjudicated youth in New Mexico. He spent 7 years with the Colorado Outward Bound School interspersed with times as a counselor at a community college, a high school teacher, and perpetual graduate student. He returned home and worked with the North Carolina Outward Bound School for 3 years before coming back out west and discovering the world of national service and conservation corps. Lee is married and he and his wife, Teresa have a daughter, Sadie.
Lee joined the CCNM team in 2018. He now is excited to take on the role focusing on partnerships for both Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Corps New Mexico.
Michelle grew up in California and moved to Arizona in 2009 to attend NAU for a B.S in Forestry. She joined Arizona Conservation Corps in the summer of 2012 as a Corpsmember and loved the experience so much that she decided to come back and serve on six more crews. Working her way from Corpsmember to Program Coordinator, Michelle enjoyed working with crews throughout Arizona for 6 years. With Conservation Corps New Mexico as a new program for Conservation Legacy, Michelle saw the opportunity for growth in herself and the organization and moved to Las Cruces in 2018 to begin a new adventure.
Allie grew up in Washington state where she graduated with her B.S. in Environmental Science & Resource Management from the University of Washington in Seattle. Allie has worked with Conservation Legacy since 2019, where she spent three years with the Stewards Individual Placements program supporting over 150 members in the field. Allie has been working with CCNM since January 2022 and is excited to explore the beautiful state of New Mexico.
She/Her/Hers joined AZCC/CCNM in 2019 as an individual placement intern, working with the BLM New Mexico State Office in development and outreach programming. The opportunities in her internships gave her the privilege to travel all over the state. Fostering relationships between federal agencies and local communities throughout NM was the foundation of her servitude for public lands. The chance to become a part of the staff for CCNM became available in 2021, currently she is an IP Program Coordinator for CCNM. Originally raised in the hill country of central Texas. She now calls The Chihuahuan desert home. As an artist herself, she has always found a way to incorporate the arts into her passion for land stewardship and reconnecting peoples with the natural world. Much like the medley of colors in a southwest sunset, it takes us all to see the big picture.
Valerie Herrera (she/her) is the Administrative Specialist with the Las Cruces office. She is very excited to join the team and to be a part of this organization! Her professional background is in Non-medical homecare for the elderly. A little about Valerie, she was born in Phoenix and raised in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Las Cruces permanently in 2014. Valerie and her husband have three kiddos and two very rumbustious golden retrievers. Her family loves the outdoors, they do a lot of camping. Her other hobbies are canning (food preserving), gardening and of course spending time with her family.
Nina was raised in France and Belgium and traveled quite extensively with her family. One of her favorite memories is rolling down fields hiking down the mountains in Switzerland with her brother. She participated in the Girl Scouts of France a long, long time ago. Both of these experiences gave her a love for nature and the outdoors. Nina returned to the United States where she spent most of her career as a legal/litigation secretary for several high-powered law firms in Los Angeles, California. Now that her son is all grown up and her husband passed away, her financial obligations to her family are gone, she decided to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with CCNM!