Greetings Fellow Tree Lovers!!!
It’s been a busy year at Tree New Mexico (TNM). And, we look forward to getting caught up with you.
Staff changes - We’ve had some big changes at Tree New Mexico in the last 6 months
Sue Probart has decided to step out of the Executive Director role after co-founding the organization and running it since day one. In April, she began the process of handing her role over to Shannon Horst. Sue will continue serving on the Board of TNM as the Founding Director and, when her health is better (soon, we hope) will begin doing some work here again on a part-time basis. We know Sue would love to hear from you, so give her a call or send her an email to Sprobart@Treenm.com
New Executive Director:
Shannon Horst has known Sue and TNM for more than 20 years and worked with Sue on a number of projects. Shannon’s career background is in nonprofit management, agriculture, and conservation. She was also born and raised in New Mexico and has lived here all but about 15 years of her life. Already, she is loving TNM’s role in working with neighborhoods and communities and interfacing with the many great partners and other volunteers to get trees in the ground and educate people on their value and why it’s crucial that we plant and care for them.
Lastly, because our ABQ NeighborWoods program is growing and we are preparing to broaden more of our efforts to the rest of New Mexico and to re-build some youth educational programs, and do many other things, we have another individual who will soon join our TNM staff. Kelly White is coming to TNM after spending the last 3 years as the state-wide coordinator for the Master Gardner program under NMSU Extension. In latter October, she’ll begin her work supporting the ABQ NeighborWoods program and building TNM’s educational programs.
TNM has also recently moved its offices. After occupying a corner of Sue’s house for a number of years, we are now located at 3535 Princeton Dr., NE. Feel free to stop by some afternoon and see our new digs and say “hi”. We would love to see you.
Volunteers Needed OCT 27!
We have two ABQ NeighborWoods
planting events this fall:
- 8am for trucks and loaders at 3230 Camillo Lane NW
9am for planters at Duranes Elementary School on Zickert Rd NW
- 8am for trucks and loaders, 9:30 for planters.
All meet at 1215 Summer Ave NW
Board Member Profile
As we grow, it’s important for us to appreciate the board members who currently serve TNM and encourage others to consider working with this group to govern and grow our organization. So, we will run a clip on each of our current board members over the next few newsletters beginning with our longest serving member, Jim Maddox.
Jim and his wife supporting the pumpkin patch event in Moriarty
Jim’s a great, even tempered, “get it done” kind of guy. He’s the founder and owner of Jim’s Automotive, one of Albuquerque’s best-known auto repair shops. Jim grew up in rural New Mexico and attended trade school after high school to continue is life-long love with how to keep automobiles running. He opened the original Jim’s Automotive, Inc. site/shop in Albuquerque in 1986 after working for the electric authority here for five years during the day and continuing to repair cars on the side. In 1998 he was able to design and build a dream repair shop next door to his original shop. His shop specializes in foreign auto repairs and Jim, himself, holds many of the needed certifications.
Jim believes his business’ success has been built on hiring good people, staying abreast of the trends in automobiles and making sure his customers get the highest quality repairs through a relationship of honesty and trust. Word of mouth has been his best advertising.
Jim is currently the Automotive Service Association of Central NM President and past Vice President of the NAPA AutoCare of NM group and active in the community. In 2017 he received the highest honor by being awarded and recognized as the national “ASE Technician of the year”.
Thank you, Jim, for bringing the same qualities and relationships to your role as a board member for TNM for so many years!