100 Clayton Rd, Raton, NM United States (575) 445-3689 RatonChamber@RatonNM.US

Board of Directors

Introducing Our Board of Directors

Name Background
Dee Burks -President   Author and Nature Enthusiast.
Anita Moffett – Vice President
Born in a small town east of Perth Western Australia, Australia, I spent my first 17 years there.  In 1981 I met my future husband, who was in the US Navy 1978 – 1986, US Army 1986 –  1999.  Since then we have traveled extensively throughout Europe and the US, during that time I have worked in many different places both abroad and in the US in retail, non-profit and volunteer work. I have been able to adapt to almost any situation with aplomb and guide my family’s daily lives with minimal personal or familial disruption. I’ve learned over several long-term deployments of my husband to handle crisis, all facets of financial management and organization. The military life leaves little to chance and teaches the proactive values of planning and organization, instead of retroactive crisis management.   These values and skills are not something that can be learned in a classroom, but are hard-won lessons gleaned in the arena of daily life in a variety of cultures and venues.  My husband has been working in Raton for over 9 years.  We bought a home and plan on retiring here. During the time I have been in Raton, I have enjoyed the community and the people, volunteering at The Old Pass Gallery and The Visitors Information Center. I also am on several City boards and will do all I can to better the community.
Laura Brewer – Secretary  Moved to Raton in 1993 with her husband, Hal, who was employed as a Chief Technician for the Santa Fe Railroad, and two children, Andrea, and Harold E. Brewer. After Hal retired, they created and opened the Patchwork Phoenix, an ice cream parlor/quilt shop/gallery/gift shop/coffee and tea parlor on Historic First Street.  Laura also currently serves as President of the Raton Ambassadors, working in collaboration with the Chamber to welcome new businesses and residents.
Diane Tripp – Director  Born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and raised in Missoula,Montana. Graduated from the University of
Montana with majors in Psychology, Sociology and Education. I moved to Raton in the mid
nineties.Employed as the executive director of Alternatives to Violence for six years, then
coordinator of Raton CASA for six years. Served on !the Board of Directors of the New Mexico
State Boys School, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Raton Arts and
Humanities Council, the NMDV Legislative Committee, the NRA New Mexico Women’s Issues
Coordinator, Community Police Academy trainer, and President of BPW. An avid outdoorsman,
I enjoy shooting, hunting, fishing, canoeing, gardening and traveling. As a member of First
Baptist Church, I love God, family, community and country.
Sofia Ortiz – Director Member of Executive Committee along with the other officers and Volunteer Coordinator.