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. Moved to Raton in 2016 from Amarillo Texas to be closer to family who reside in Northern NM. Dee loves to fly fish and loves our beautiful Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park.As an Author, Dee has assisted over 150 authors in writing their own story. She has been working in publishing more than 25 years and owned a publishing company in Texas for ten years that specialized in personal development and business books.

Dee has worked with authors such as Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, Mark Victor Hanson, David Oreck, John Maxwell and many others. Dee is a #1 bestselling author.

Dee’s qualifications include a sound educational foundation in business, extensive experience working for the city of Amarillo in positions of high responsibility, experience with grants and government funding, personal business acumen.

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, a quilt shop 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 to Raton.

Diane Tripp –


 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.

Andrew Carroll-


Andrew was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Graduated from Auburn University and moved to Amarillo, Texas in 2004. Andy opened his Ameriprise Financial Raton branch office in 2018, continuing the 28 year legacy of Raton local John R. Martin. His multi-state financial planning practice serves New Mexico, Texas and Colorado clients with offices and advisors across New Mexico and Texas. He enjoys serving his church family, spending time outdoors and traveling with his Wife Rachel and 2 boys, Jackson and Benjamin. He serves as Treasurer for the Raton Chamber and serves as a board member for Faith Student Outreach Center at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas.

Donna Klassen

Member at Large

Donna has been with FNB New Mexico since April, 2009 and worked in the Raton office until September, 2011 when she was promoted to Branch Manager of the Angel Fire Office. Donna is currently the Senior Vice President of FNB and has an office in the Raton location at 1104 South 2nd Street. Before transferring to Angel Fire, she held the office of Treasurer for the Raton Chamber Ambassador’s during 2010 – 2011.