Every community benefits from a strong Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce benefits from a team of dedicated volunteers that serve on the board of directors, committees, at the office, or with the many activities and events have helped this organization be a real community asset.
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Christina Boyce, Tourism Coordinator
Bio is soon to be posted.
Ty Clinesmith, President
Ty was born and raised in Pratt, Kansas and moved to Raton in November 2001 After serving 10 years in the US Air Force. Ty is married to Chris Clinesmith and they have five children and two grandchildren. Chris is the Raton Middle School Health Teacher and Ty is employed by Baker Hughes, a Service Company for the Oil and Gas Industry, as an Account Manager. Ty is also a partner owner of Pegasus Flight Services, LLC, a full service FBO serving the Raton Municipal Airport and surrounding area, a private pilot, and a volunteer pilot for the Civil Air Patrol and Angel Flight South Central.
Paul Jenkins, Interim Vice-President
Bio is soon to be posted.
Debbie Gabriele, Secretary
Having received her BS in Medical Technology in 1980, Debbie spent 15 years in hospital management until she made a career shift to Long Term Care in 1995. At that time, she received an MBA from Texas Woman's University, as well as the Texas License for Nursing Home Administration. Debbie moved to Raton in 2005 as an administrator for SunBridge Long Term Care. After seeing the need in the local community, she started Colfax Senior Care Assisted Living home. Debbie has truly filled a great need with that project and is in the planning stages of building a Retirement Community for this area. In the past, she has served on the boards of, or held membership in, Raton Chamber of Commerce, Raton Main Street, Alternatives to Violence, Professional Business Women, the Raton Planning and Zoning Commission, The Health Council, The Alzheimer's Association and the New Mexico Health Care Quality Committee. Debbie currently holds active Licenses in both Texas and New Mexico as a Nursing Facility Administrator.
HM Burleson, Board Member
After high school, HM attended T. C. U. in Ft. Worth, Texas and was employed in the Defense industry and communications industry for more than 30 yrs. After retirement, he spent 4 rewarding years driving a "special needs" school bus for Durham Transportation. On a visit to Raton/Cimarron area in the summer of 2011, HM was inspired to move to Raton in 2012. He is impressed by the friendliness of the people, the awesome views, fresh air, pure water, the fantastic climate and the lack of traffic. HM has become an amateur actor in the Shuler and has been appointed Treasurer at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Patty Romero, Board Member
Patty is our newest board member. Her bio is soon to be posted.
Raton Chamber of Commerce Says Thank you to Departing Board Member Joe Rodman
Joe Rodman, from Raton, served as Vice-President through February 2014. He has resigned in order to persue a new business venture in Raton: Hi-Bay Enterprises. We wish Joe the best of luck with this new project!
The Raton Chamber of Commerce mourns the passing of Steve Porter our immediate past President. Steve resigned in February to attend to serious health issues. We were deeply saddened to learn that his battle with a lung infection was lost on the evening of March 24th. Steve had a 30 year waste and recycling professional and returned to the Raton area three years ago. He was active in the Raton Rotary Club, was employed by the City of Raton as the Recycling Coordinator and had just taken a new job with New Mexico Rural Water Association. Steve brought five years of non-profit management experience to the Board of Directors and successfully implemented many programs and projects throughout his career. His past volunteer effors include serving as a Chapter President for the Boulder City, Nevada Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce. We will remember Steve as a man who gave more than he was asked and did so with grace and a positive attitude. Rest In Peace Steve~