Tree New Mexico Board of Directors
James A. Maddox, Treasurer and Acting President
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 the owner of Jim’s Automotive, an Auto mechanic and Repair Shop and has been active with Tree New Mexico and a member of the Board of Directors for over 15 years.
Elizabeth Shurter, Member
Elizabeth is a native New Mexican and grew up riding horseback in the bosque along the Rio Grande. She is a retired production engineer from Intel Corp. and now works with local non-profits through her job with United Way. She has long been a champion of the environment organizing environmental fairs and raising composting worms. She enjoys being outdoors in her Corrales neighborhood with her dogs and horses and working in her garden.
Ray Benton, Member
Owner: Benton Co.
Ray has owned is owned his own accounting business for 30 years. He is a graduate of Andrews University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Organization and completed studies in the Master of Business Administration graduate program.
Suzanne Probart, Executive Director (Non-Voting Member)
Suzanne serves as the executive director of Tree New Mexico and has guided Tree New Mexico into a nationally recognized and commended environmental tree planting and education organization. She currently serves on the New Mexico Tree Planting Advisory Committee, and the New Mexico Urban Forest Council. Suzanne also helped Navajo agencies and government officials establish Navajo Nation Arbor Day, and assist other communities in earning their Tree City USA designations.
Board Members Emeritus
Robert and Patricia Gooch (Retired)
Pat Gooch is a founding member of Tree New Mexico. She also served as the Volunteer and Seedling Program Coordinator for Tree New Mexico for eleven years. Longtime interests in sciences, environment & spirituality. Bob Gooch was employed for 38 years in semi-conductor industry and retired from Intel Corp. He also served in the U.S. Army for three years and continues to serve as Tree New Mexico volunteer when possible.