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EEO - Civil Rights - New Mexico Committee Members

Resource Officers and all of the Special Emphasis Program Managers serve as advisors to the Civil Rights Committee. 


Committee Members

Fax Number:  (855) 538-6003

Name

Office

Phone

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Matthew Mauzy
Chair & Member-at-Large

T or C

(575)
894-2212 x102

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Erica Dillard
South Area Representative

Roswell (575)
622-3312
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Lucas Montaño
North Area Representative

Santa Rosa

(575)
472-5401

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Morgan Pettit
Member-at-Large

Tucumcari 

(575)
461-3612

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Olusegun Popoola
State office Representative

State Office

(505)
761-4414

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Special Emphasis Program Managers

Fax Number:(855) 538-6003

Name

Program

Office

Phone

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Keith White

American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis

Los Lunas

(505)
761-4430

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Fawnna Lee

Asian American/ Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Emphasis

Los Lunas

(505)
865-4643 x3

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Ayana Brown

Black Emphasis

State Office

(505)
761-4452

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Kellie Johnson

Disability Emphasis and Veterans Emphasis

State Office

(505)
761-4434

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Jasmine Wilson

Federal Women's Emphasis

Las Cruces

(575)
522-8775
​x114

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Mauro Herrera

Hispanic Emphasis

Lordsburg

(575)
542-9141

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Gabriella Coughlin

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and
Transgender, Queer+ Emphasis

Albuquerque

(505)
761-4499

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Advisors

Fax Number:  (855) 538-6003

Name

Program

Office

Phone

Alicia Rodriguez

ASTC for Partnerships

State Office

(505)
761-4421

Chrishelle Jackson

Recorder

State Office

(505)
761-4402


 

Photo Civil Rights Committee Biographies

Photo of Matthew Mauzy Member-at Large, Committee Member for the New Mexico Civil Rights Committee.

Matthew Mauzy

Matthew Mauzy is a Soil Conservation Technician for Team 9 in Truth or Consequences. He Serves as Chair and Member at Large.

Matthew was born and raised in Missouri just south of Jefferson City the Capitol. Matthew has worked for the NRCS since 2016, prior to this he was a Corrections Officer for the State Penitentiary in Missouri. Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, making his three kids and wife laugh and doing a lot of different things together. Not being from an agricultural back ground, but loving to eat, he has grown to love helping producers to save time and money through better infrastructure, there-by allowing them to stay in business and be more productive with less effort.

Photo of Erica Dillard the South Area Representative for the New Mexico Civil Rights CommitteeErica Dillard

Erica graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Land Management. After college she worked on a large cattle ranch in South Dakota and a whitetail deer genetics and breeding facility in East Texas before joining the NRCS in 2019. Erica currently works as a Rangeland Management Specialist for Team 10 in Roswell and serves at the South Area Representative for the New Mexico Civil Rights Committee. Erica has always enjoyed being out on her family’s ranch in West Texas helping work cattle and train pack mules. In her spare time, she can be found at the archery shop and weather permitting on the water may that be fishing, scuba diving or just floating.

Photo of Lucas Montano, Rangeland Management Specialist, North Area Representative on the NMCRAC

 

Lucas Montaño

Lucas Montaño is currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for Team 5 in Santa Rosa. He Currently serves as the NMCRAC North Area Representative.

Lucas was born in Showlow, Arizona, but was raised in Edgewood, New Mexico.  He graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2018, with a Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Science.  Lucas spends most of his free time on his family’s ranch.  Being raised around ranching, Lucas joined NRCS because he wanted to be able to contribute to the livestock industry, while also becoming an advocate for sustainable agricultural practices.

Photo of Morgan Pettit Member At Large RepresentativeMorgan Pettit

Morgan Pettit is a soil conservationist for Team 6, servicing the Tucumcari field office, and also serves as a Member at Large on the Civil Rights Committee. Morgan joined NRCS NM in 2020. Before this position, she was a Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service in Duchesne, UT and Granby, CO. She also served as a Ranger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Coldfoot, Alaska. She got her degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also served as the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s student President and mentored students apart of the Farm and Industry Short Course there. She is also a member of the USDA group, Women in Agriculture (WIA). Morgan hopes to discover and implement creative ideas that allow NRCS NM to continue recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce. Furthermore, she wants to be a resource for employees wanting to share their experiences and guidance with NMCRAC.

Morgan is originally from Northcentral Wisconsin where she was raised working on her grandparents (and now parents) 200 acre hobby farm, 100 acres of which is in a Conservation Easement. She quickly learned that different types of management are required according to the land use and landowner objectives on a piece of property. She also raised and showed swine, beef, and dairy through the local FFA. When not in the field or office with a producer, you can find Morgan backpacking and climbing in New Mexico’s Wildernesses with her pup, Rio.

Photo of Olusegun Popoola, Financial Resources Specialist, serving as Civil Rights Advisory Committee as the State Office Representative

Olusegun Popoola

Popoola, Olusegun is the Financial Resources Specialist at NRCS State Office Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to his present position at NRCS, he served in the US Armed Forces – US ARMY and later joined US Forest Services as an Accountant in 2012. He holds Master’s degree in Accounting from Liberty University, Virginia; Finance Management Certification from American Society of Military Comptrollers and Risk Management Certification from Management and Strategy Institute.

Popoola, a family man, is a new member to the Civil Rights Advisory Committee as the State Office Representative. The most rewarding part of working for NRCS is professional development and personal growth while financing the Projects and Programs of Farmers and Non-farmers partners with the aim of achieving operational, strategic, compliance and financial objectives of Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Photo of Keith White, NM American Indian/Alaska Native SEPM

Keith White

Keith White is the Biological Science Technician at the Los Lunas NM Plant Material Center (PMC).  Originally from Georgia, he joined the PMC team in 2004 and became the American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager in 2018.  In Georgia, he served as the CRAC Area 4 Representative for 4 years and as the CRAC Chairperson for 3 years.

For Keith, one of the most rewarding parts of working at the PMC is helping to structure innovative farming technology which helps farmers and ranchers improve their bottom line, knowledge, and farming capabilities. This desire to help farmers succeed is because, as a retired farmer/entrepreneur, he and his wife Jacquelyn once owned a 400-acre farming operation where they raised cows, hogs, various row crops and vegetables for 20 years and understands what it takes to make the land exceed normal expectations.

Now that he understands that the pursuit of happiness, for him, is not money or resources; but spending quality time with his 4 grandchildren, family, friends and helping others – that’s what living is truly about. 

Photo of Fawnaa Lee serves as the Asian American/Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Emphasis Program ManagerFawnna Lee

Fawnna N. Lee is the Rangeland Management Specialist for the Los Lunas Field Office. She serves as the Asian American/Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. Prior to this position Fawnna was a Pathways Intern for NRCS New Mexico and interned summers at the Hernandez Field Office, Las Cruces Field Office and the Clovis Field Office. She graduated with her A.A. in Liberal Arts and A.S. in Natural Resources from Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM and then obtained her Range Science Degree from New Mexico State University. Upon graduation she started working full time with the agency in her current position.

Fawnna is originally from Red Rock, NM (South of Gallup, NM) and grew up on the Navajo Reservation. At a young age she and her siblings herd sheep and helped plant/water/harvest the family’s summer crops. In college Fawnna learned about NRCS through outreach on her university campus and she wanted to make a difference and help advocate for the small farmer/ranchers in New Mexico. She enjoys working and getting to know the diverse people in her area and is persistent on helping everyone she can in her new position. 

Photo of Ayana Brown, NM NRCS Black Emphasis Program ManagerAyana Brown

Ayana Brown is an Assistant State Conservation Engineer in the Albuquerque State Office.  She serves as the Black Emphasis Program Manager on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.

Ayana started her career with NRCS as a student intern several decades ago and has been working for the agency continuously ever since.  She has worked for NRCS, as an engineer, in several different states and enjoys the variety of water resource challenges and opportunities in all of them.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.  Born and raised on the east coast, she is continuously fascinated by New Mexico’s desert mountain precipitation patterns and landscape.  Also, she has fallen in love with green chile.

The most rewarding part of working for NRCS is in helping rural communities thrive and grow through agriculture as a business, a lifestyle and great conservation partner.  The more time she spends in rural America the greater appreciation she has for the diverse people and personalities needed to keep our great country inclusive and fair, since people from all different backgrounds have made it great and continue to make remarkable contributions to the betterment of mankind.

Photo of Kellie Johnson Disability and Veterans SEPMKellie Johnson

Kellie Johnson is an Administrative Assistant in the Albuquerque State Office.  She serves as the Disability and Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.

Kellie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She left the state in 2006 spent 11 years in Texas, 1 year in Arkansas, and 2 years in Colorado before moving back home to be closer to family.  She has an almost 2-year-old son that truly makes her world go round.  She started her career with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) in August 2020 as an Administrative Assistant.  She has her bachelor’s in business management with a concentration in health services.  She continues to serve in the Army Reserves for 11 years as a 68R Food Inspector.  Prior to working at the NRCS she worked as a Communications Officer for Black Hawk Police Department and as a manager of CSL Plasma.   

Photo of Jasmine Wilson, Federal Women's Program Manager

Jasmine Wilson


Jasmine Wilson is the District Conservationist for Team 9, servicing Alamogordo, Las Cruces, & T or C field offices.  Prior to this position, she was a Soil Conservationist for the Los Lunas NM Field Office, and a Soil Conservationist in Garden City, KS and Great Bend, KS.  Jasmine joined NRCS New Mexico in 2016 and became the Federal Women’s Program Manager in 2019.  She was born in Los Angeles, CA, and was raised in Las Vegas, NV.  Jasmine graduated from Langston University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-business. While completing her degree, she was a part of the S.C.E.P. internship program where she completed two summer internships in Kansas. 
 

Being that Jasmine is from an urban background, she had very little knowledge of agriculture production.  If you can imagine, Las Vegas, NV doesn’t have much of an agriculture curriculum.  Therefore, a lot of Jasmine’s passion for this job comes from learning from the local producers she works with. She also has a passion for conserving any and everything (some may call her frugal) so conserving natural resources and helping others as a career is a perfect fit. Lastly, interaction with furry critters (cows and goats being her favorite) is one of her most enjoyable aspects of the job, which is also how she became interested in the agriculture career field. 

Photo of Mauro Herrera, Soil Conservationist, the Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager

Mauro Herrera

Mauro Herrera is Soil Conservationist in the Lordsburg Service Center and the Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee.  Prior to this position, he was Farm Bill Irrigation Specialist in Deming Field Office, providing technical assistance in drip irrigation to farmers, including the installation, maintenance and designing, covering the entire state of NM in 2008. A Soil Conservationist for NRCS in Truth or Consequences Field Office in 2010.  Then in 2013 a District Conservationist in the Lordsburg Field Office.

Mauro is originally from Oaxaca state, Mexico. He grew up farming and ranching at a small scale. In 1985, received his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy (Ing. Agrónomo) at the University of Chapingo. As this university is well known worldwide and participates in the rangeland contest every year in the United States. 

Mauro enjoys soccer and was a soccer youth coach in Deming (U-8 & U-10) from 1996-2005 and a soccer referee from 2007-2017 for youth and high school. 

Picture of Gabriella Coughlin serves as the LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program ManagerGabriella Coughlin

Gabriella Coughlin is a soil conservationist and soil health specialist for Team 2 in Albuquerque, NM, and serves as the LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program Manager. In these roles, she delivers technical and financial assistance to diverse groups of private, public, and tribal landowners along the Middle Rio Grande Valley to support watershed-scale conservation planning.

Originally from Nevada, where she grew up ranching and rodeoing, Gabriella started her NRCS career in Oregon as a student intern while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Science from Oregon State University. After graduation, she went on to work in Central and Eastern Oregon as a Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) soil scientist for NRCS, mapping soils and ecological sites for private landowners and federal partners on a 4-million-acre initial soil survey across Oregon's high desert forests, rangelands, and river valleys. 

When she's not in the field, you can find her working on her fleet of old carbureted vehicles, coordinating trash cleanups in the backcountry and local communities, or volunteering with organizations that support indigenous food sovereignty, LGBTQ+ farmers, ranchers, and youth in science, agriculture, natural resources.