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

Board of Directors

Introducing Our Board of Directors

Name Background
President  Dee Burks, Author and Nature Enthusiast
Paul Jenkins – Vice President Born and raised in southern California; Served in US Air Force 1966-1972. Graduated class valedictorian from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1975 with dual majors in Human Resources and Community Services. Left seminary to go into the business world. Operations supervisor and retired mortgage banker. In 1999, married to Marlene Weseloh, a retired Licensed Vocational Nurse. Moved to Raton in 2005 and immediately became active as founding Board member of a new and revitalized Raton MainStreet program. Co-founder of GrowRaton! with Kathy Harris in 2010 and currently serve as its President. Also serve on the Executive Committee of the North East Economic Development Organization, Inc. dba NEEDO-NM and served as its first founding President 2012-2014.  Also a member of the Raton Basin Economic Development Advisory Committee.  Loves to watch movies and TV dramas!
Jim Hunter – Treasurer Born & raised in Colfax County – Miami, NM – graduated from Springer High School  in 1981 & attended college at NMSU – Associates Degree in Business.  Started career with Dominos Pizza in 1983, working Corporate & Franchise stores for 19 years, worked for Pizza Hut for 9 years, & Circle K for 3.  I returned to Raton, NM in 2010, starting a career with Wells Fargo for 6 years, becoming the Chamber Board Treasurer and now back with a growing Dominos franchise , which I helped train in Alamogordo, NM in 1984.  Back to my main roots, I plan to help him grow his company in Northern NM and Southern Colorado from now 53 stores to 100 stores within the next 5 years as well as help Raton grow business opportunities. I look forward to serving our community in the best manner possible as well as helping its growth by providing jobs and structure for future opportunity with a growing company.
Sofia Ortiz – Director Member of Executive Committee along with the other officers and Volunteer Coordinator.
Laura Brewer – Director 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.
Mary Gansz – Director We’ve been living in Raton since January of 1989.  Director of the Colfax County DWI Program since 1998.  Vice-Chair of the State Compliance Accreditation Council for four years. Executive Committee member of the State DWI Coordinators Affiliate for seven years.  Husband, Rick, and I opened CrossFit PFM in June of 2014.  CrossFit is a fitness regimen that we have followed for nearly five years, and we’re thrilled to share our passion for CrossFit with the Raton community and the surrounding communities as well.  
Paul Headley – Director
To be published.
Anita Moffett – Secretary
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.
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.
Steven Gutierrez – Director