Patrick Nolan

Executive Director

Patrick Nolan has called Las Cruces, New Mexico home for 13 years. He was born in Detroit MI and attended the University of Detroit Mercy. Growing up in Michigan offered Patrick lots of time to get outdoors. He enjoyed riding horses, canoeing down the Au Sable River and swimming the many great lakes. While the desert is certainly much different then where he grew up, time outdoors continues to be a favorite activity. He especially enjoys time outdoors with his daughter Eva and wife Johana. They enjoy hikes with their dogs Jackson and Santo and floating down the Rio Grande with family and friends. His favorite places in the monument changes often, but Achenbach and Valles Canyon will always be favorites of his. Patrick is firmly committed to maintaining and celebrating the public lands legacy we have in New Mexico. He believes that connecting our community to public lands is the most important thing we can do to both celebrate and protect them. Patrick is committed to a vision and work that ensures we all have equal access to our amazing desert landscapes.

Jessica Gomez

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jessica is a Las Cruces native, Gadsden High School and NMSU graduate. She loves exploring and being outside! She is a morning worm and loves romanticizing her life from her morning coffee to night time tea! The title of Community Engagement Coordinator is important to Jessica because she believes everyone needs to make getting outdoors more of a priority! Through her role she hopes to educate and spread awareness to take care of our public lands!

Kyla Navarro

Policy and Community Coordinator

Kyla was originally from the Philippines but has spent more than half of her life in Southern New Mexico. She believes that public lands have a role in making others understand the importance the environment is in their lives. Learning is one of her biggest motivators and spends her free time reading and listening to podcasts. Kyla graduated from New Mexico State University and is excited to be working with the community, and to connect more people with the outdoors.

Sarah Renteria

Youth Programming Coordinator

Sarah is a proud fronteriza from El Paso. She’s been a science teacher at El Paso High the last 8 years teaching Biology and Environmental Science. Her background and passion have led her to study, learn, and teach our local community about our unique desert ecosystem and how climate change is impacting our region.

Sarah’s loves spending her time outside with her friends and family hiking, climbing, biking, and eating snacks. She’s excited to share her passion of the outdoors and the natural world with our youth and community.