ABOUT US

Mission Statement

Tree New Mexico is dedicated to helping communities plant and care for trees in urban areas — large and small — throughout The Land of Enchantment.

Welcome to Tree New Mexico

Organizational History and Goal

For over 30 years Tree New Mexico (TNM) has been planting trees in the Land of Enchantment and educating the public on the value and necessity of healthy urban forests. We continue to be the premier private, non-profit tree planting organization in NM (and the nation); planting thousands of trees each year and building a high level of understanding and advocacy for the expansion and maintenance of urban forests.

Tree New Mexico was initially formed out of concern for the environment by local high school students on the premise that tree planting is an important and worthwhile national and community goal. Since our founding in 1990, our partners and volunteers have helped plant over 1,250,000 trees in communities throughout New Mexico. Sue Probart, Founding Director and now Board Emeritus, ran TNM for the better part of 30 years. She is generally known in NM as “Ms. Tree” and as the reason we have urban forestry at all.

 

Our Objectives:

  • Build strong and effective partnerships with all levels of public and private organizations.
  • Increase the canopy of urban and community forests throughout New Mexico.
  • Provide environmental tree-based education for citizens of all ages.
  • Serve as an urban and community forestry advocate.
  • Mitigate and reverse urban heat island effect in urban areas of the state.
  • Build public awareness regarding trees and the environmental role they play in our communities and the nation.

Tree New Mexico
Board of Directors

Suzanne Probart

Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Suzanne is the founding director of Tree New Mexico.

Gary Benton

Treasurer

Gary retired as a process engineer in June 2016, after a 20-year career at the Intel Corporation.

James A. Maddox

Member of the Board

Jim has been active with Tree New Mexico and a member of the Board of Directors for over 17 years.

Chaitna Sinha

Member of the Board

Chaitna is an Environmental and natural resources, and Native peoples attorney.

Michael Payton

Member of the Board

Michael Payton is a Landscape Designer and ISA Certified Arborist.

Suzanne Probart

Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Suzanne is the founding director of Tree New Mexico. She has guided Tree New Mexico into a nationally recognized and commended environmental tree planting and education organization. For many years she served on the New Mexico Tree Planting Advisory Committee, and the New Mexico Urban Forest Council. During its formative years, Suzanne also helped Navajo agencies and government officials establish Navajo Nation Arbor Day, and assisted communities around the state in earning their Tree City USA designations.

Gary Benton

Treasurer

Tree NM board member since June 2017 Treasurer since 2018. Gary retired as a process engineer in June 2016, after a 20-year career at the Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho NM. He then spent the 2017 tax season working in a local accounting office. While there he took CNM accounting classes and honed his accounting skills at work. In 2018 Gary began his own bookkeeping company. Gary Benton LLC, dba The Benton Company. There he caters to the bookkeeping needs of small businesses and non-profits. Gary provides many services to Tree NM including payroll, limited accounting services and he often lends his truck to Tree NM planting events. Born in Ohio and raised in Michigan, Gary moved to New Mexico in April 1980 and has been a resident for 40 years now. He and his wife Gina have been exclusive for 31 years. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs and a cat.

James A. Maddox

Member of the Board

Jim was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in Bosque Farms, New Mexico. The 4H was a major part of his life as animals, plants and trees have always been of interest. Jim developed a rural area watering system to keep juvenile trees, shrubs and even gardens alive in remote areas without access to well water! He is known as the "Sourdough Mechanic" for his State Fair winning bread recipe and has been active with Tree New Mexico and a member of the Board of Directors for over 17 years.

Chaitna Sinha

Member of the Board

Chaitna is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on federal Indian law and natural resources law.  She received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, and also has an MBA from Gonzaga University. She has previously worked as a staff attorney for a wilderness advocacy group, and volunteered with several conservation organizations, including Tree Utah.

Michael Payton

Member of the Board

Michael Payton is a Landscape Designer and ISA Certified Arborist who has a passion for rewilding landscapes. Founder and Principal of Garden Wild New Mexico, Michael is a recent transplant from NYC with more than 15 years of experience in Green Infrastructure, Horticulture, Arboriculture and Planning in the public and private sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of South Florida and holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the City College of New York. Prior to his work in Landscape Architecture, Michael performed as trumpeter with several Broadway shows and orchestras in New York, Florida and Venezuela, as well as at Walt Disney World.

Tree New Mexico Staff   

Shannon

Shannon Horst

Executive Director

An avid fly fisher and published author with 25+ years’ experience in not for profit management
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Tamar Randall

Development Director

SHRM-CP is a Certified Grant Writer with American Grant Writers’ Association.
Kelly White

Kelly White

Program Development Director

A life long gardener and lover of all things green
Maria Padilla

Maria Padilla

Assistant Program Manager

Born and raised in the North Valley near the Bosque. YAY TREES !
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Betta Eisenberg

Program Manager

Betta is the ABQ NeighborWoods Program Manager and TNM’s first Encore Fellow
Luis Santiago

Luis Santiago

Program Coordinator

I am happy to join Tree New Mexico to create a greener Albuquerque.

Shannon Horst

Executive Director

Shannon Horst has spent her professional career weaving her love of agriculture, the environment and wildlife, languages and writing and an exploration of spirituality and health together into one intriguing, challenging and enriching tapestry. She took over as Executive Director from her dear friend and colleague Sue Probart in April of 2018. Together with TNM staff, partners, and volunteers she is focused on creating and building NM’s premier private, not for profit, flourishing urban forestry group.

Tamar Randall

Development Director

Tamar Randall, CGW, SHRM-CP is a Certified Grant Writer (CGW) with American Grant Writers’ Association and Certified Professional with SHRM. She enjoys words, science, and people and is excited to join the Tree New Mexico Team to plant trees across NM by writing grants and helping with HR. As a long-term volunteer, Tamar is looking forward to supporting Tree New Mexico’s amazing volunteers. Previously Tamar served as Director of HR for a therapy group and homeschooled her sons. She has a BS in Biology. Tamar and her husband Charles celebrated their 23 rd anniversary. They live with their two sons and three dogs in the East Mountains.

Kelly White

Program Development Director

Kelly began her love of plants many years ago in the state of New Mexico. And for over 30 years has lived in an intentional community on a 10-acre farm in Albuquerque’s South Valley at the foot of the Isleta’s sacred Black Mesa. Kelly is an educator by training and passion. Working internationally, she has designed curriculum, created and managed training programs and taught others to love and promote all things green and growing. In November of 2018 she was invited to become Tree New Mexico’s Program Development Director. It is the perfect job for Kelly and her background. She can be creative, utilize her years of education and experience and continue to encourage others who also love to learn about trees.

Maria Padilla

Assistant Program Manager

I was born and raised in the North Valley on a farm near the Bosque. I have worked in the DD field, working with people with Disabilities for the last 37 years. I worked as a direct care staff, coordinator, program manager, family living provider and a community access staff. I have been with Tree New Mexico since September 2019. I enjoy going out and meeting the communities and being a support to the people. I enjoy learning something new everyday either from my colleagues, the people we work with etc.  I especially enjoy watching the neighborhoods transform with their new trees and am hopeful for the canopy it will create. YAY TREES!

Betta Eisenberg

Program Manager

Betta’s experience includes a 30-year career at Intel before retiring and becoming TNM’s Encore fellow. She was a former board member many years ago, and for the past 3 years she has been the program manager for TNM’s ABQ NeighborWoods program. Her contributions include partnering with and training the community, interfacing with local government stakeholders, and mentoring TNM staff. She also provides database, website, and office support.

Luis Santiago

Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Luis graduated from UNM in 2018 with a degree in History/Political Science. He likes to travel New Mexico’s landscape, hike, and discover new natural wonders. “Every day, I am blessed to live and breathe trees, but it satisfies me more to talk and learn the stories of the people of Albuquerque. My dreams for Albuquerque through Tree New Mexico is to share the importance of trees. I truly believe and desire our city can gain world recognition through the foundation of our tree plantings.” Luis is very excited to increase the tree canopy on the Westside of Albuquerque and enjoys interfacing with the community outreach during ABQ NeighborWoods activities.

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We plant trees to keep New Mexico clean, beautiful & healthy.

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