Save Our Bosque Task Force Board

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Jerry Wheeler, Chair

Jerry Wheeler began serving as a board member in January 2019, representing Socorro County who has been a strong partner to SOBTF for years.

Jeff Havlena, Vice Chair

Bio coming soon!


Gina Dello Russo, Treasurer

As a riparian ecologist, Gina has been building  regional interest in and capacity for addressing river ecosystem restoration opportunities and its long term health for the last twenty years.  She is from a farming family of the Socorro valley, New Mexico.  She worked with the federal government for 27 years, retiring from Bosque del Apache NWR, and now runs a consulting business. She is on the board of the Save Our Bosque Task Force that partners with many entities including the federal, state, and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to protect and restore riparian lands.

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Matt Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell is a native New Mexican who holds a bachelors of science in biology. He has a lifetime passion for training, hunting, and captive breeding of raptors. With his wife Stephanie he has run a successful southwestern jewelry manufacturing business since 1975. Matthew has volunteered with the Save Our Bosque Task Force since 2003 and has served on the board of directors for fifteen years.

Christie Smith

Bio coming soon!

Ron Thomas

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Save Our Bosque Task Force Staff


Danielle Hensley, Program Director

Danielle joined the Save Our Bosque Task Force in November of 2021. She has lived in Minnesota, Colorado, and Iowa. After careers in theater and sustainable farm management, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Conservation & Resource Management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Before joining the Save Our Bosque Task Force, she worked as a natural resource specialist, park manager, and horticulturalist with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, supervised a Scientific and Natural Area for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and managed the Urban Forestry Outreach & Research Nursery & Laboratory at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Her work interests involve trees and plants, ecological restoration, climate change adaptation, and ways to connect people to the natural world around them. Outside of work, she enjoy hiking, geology, archaeology, travelling, cooking, and sewing. She is very excited to have the opportunity to live in beautiful New Mexico and contribute to conserving the Bosque in Socorro County.