Our Team


V_Atencio.jpgVictoria Atencio - Earth Care Lead Organizer.

Victoria is from Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico. Victoria was a previous Youth Allies member for Earth Care while attending Santa Fe Indian School and is a graduate of Earth Care's Cadre Program through which she served as one of our Sustainability Educators at El Camino Real. She graduated from New Mexico State University with her BS in Wildlife Science and minors in Biology and Rangeland Science and is currently enrolled in graduate school for natural resource management. Through her educational experiences and professional opportunities, she has grew a passion for developing sustainable education/outreach for youth and adults that focus on the natural environment and wildlife. Working with Earth Care as a Lead Organizer now has been a tremendous opportunity for her to express her passion for sustainability and conservation. 

IMG_20160707_201901915-169x300.jpgEmily Ewings - Sustainability Educator

Emily Ewings is from New Orleans but came to Santa Fe over a year ago to serve as Earth Care's Cadre Member at Cooking with Kids. She is an avid storyteller, artist, and activist with deep roots in the Mississippi River Region. Emily brings years of experience working with young people and working as a community advocate and organizer. Her hopes for the future of the human race are restored after every awkward, frank conversation during Karaoke. She wants to color the world one line at a time.

Nicole Jaramillo – Earth Care Co-Director: nicole@earthcarenm.org

Nicole joinenicole2-150x150.jpgd the Earth Care team in the summer of 2014 to run our Food Justice and Environmental Stewardship AmeriCorps Service Program. Born and raised in New Mexico, Nicole completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of New Mexico in 2012 and went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. While completing her Master’s degree, Nicole managed, implemented and coordinated a large grant on San Diego State’s Campus that provided outreach and education regarding student’s options under the Affordable Care Act. Nicole has also worked developing, implementing and coordinating multiple projects and programs for both large and small non-profits in California and New Mexico. She brings a passion for sustainability, social justice and food security to the Earth Care team.

IMG_20160926_113132559_HDR-169x300.jpgRuby Lopez - Earth Care Educator

Ruby Lopez is Earth Care's Cadre Member working our Sustainable Schools Program. She is a recent graduate of Santa Fe High School who has been working with community improvement programs since 2013. She is currently working as a sustainability educator and will be beginning college classes in January.

Bianca Madrid - Lead Organizer, bmadrid@earthcarenm.org


Bianca discovered her passion for helping improve her community when she joined Youth Allies in 2006.  She was inspired the first year after working with numerous organizations across the state about social and environmental issues. With the support of Earth Care she collaborated with Somos Un Pueblo Unido in making Civil Rights Presentations in High Schools in Santa Fe and conventions across the state.  She later became staff of Earth Care as a Youth Organizer and assisted with The Sustainable Santa Fe Guide. She took a few years off to focus on her family. She is excited to be back at Earth Care and continue her work on social and environmental issues.

maryann-300x227.jpgMary Ann Maestas - Program Coordinator

Mary Ann graduated from Earth Care's Cadre Program where she completed her service working with the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute for two years. She was born and raised in Santa Fe. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Smith College. After graduating she headed to Jordan on a Critical Language Scholarship to continue her Arabic language studies. Prior to joining the Earth Care’s Food Justice Cadre, she worked as a Program Assistant at an environmental studies institute in the Middle East. After a few years away, she is excited to rejoin her community supporting local food and food access in Santa Fe.


Karen Rencountre – Senior Trainer: karen@earthcarenm.org


Karen worked for Earth Care as an AmeriCorps Vista in 2011 & has been an adult ally & Youth Allies training team member for the program ever since. She joined Earth Care as staff to take over the management of the program in January 2015. Karen was born in Rapid City South Dakota. She comes from a large family with a rich history with the land, culture, Native American activism, and change makers. She was inspired by her family’s story of surviving the Indian Boarding School Movement and the challenges they faced decolonizing and undoing internalized oppression. Karen is a queer Lakota Womyn, a youth advocate, and a working class gal. Karen is  a socially engaged citizen with a fierce commitment to being a supportive adult ally to LGBTQI youth, youth of color, youth empowerment, social justice, and environmental justice. Karen is a student, a facilitator of change and brings a wealth of knowledge in activating youth and adults to move towards their vision of a healthy and just community.  Karen developed a passion for social justice as a teenager. As a young adult she began her professional development in creating change when she took on a year of service as an Americorps VISTA working with Earth Care as a Youth Coordinator.  Karen has worked with the Santa Fe Mountain Centers NM Gay Straight Alliance Network as well as being on the steering committee for the National GSA Network. Karen has had the privilege to work with grassroots movements across the country working to stop the School To Prison Pipeline. She has presented Decolonizing the Diet workshop for the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality for Native communities across New Mexico and nationally. She has worked with youth for over five years. When she is not rocking it in the community or keeping her grades up at school  she enjoys busting a move on the dance floor and hitting all the wrong notes at karaoke night.


Bianca Sopoci-Belknap – Co-Director: bianca@earthcarenm.org, 505-699-1025

Bianca joined Earth Care in 2006 to develop and launch its youth leadership and organizing program, Youth Allies for Sustainability, when she was just 24 years old. Over many years she built out the Youth Allies program model and also co-founded and directed Earth Care’s Food Justice and Environmental Stewardship AmeriCorps Service program. After eight years of running Earth Care’s programs, she assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. Born and raised in New Mexico, Bianca has been organizing around issues of social justice and sustainability in her community since she was a teen at Santa Fe High School. Before joining Earth Care, Bianca worked as an educator and community advocate for a number of organizations across the country including Global Exchange, the Border Network for Human Rights, and Del Pueblo Inc., Local Energy, and Antioch College. She served as the Mayor appointed Chair of the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission for 3 years and was also an appointed member of the Santa Fe Policy Council. She currently splits her time between Earth Care - where her primary focus is mentoring the organization's leadership team in the development and execution of its mission and New Energy Economy where she implements climate justice campaigns and programs.

Ashley Zappe – Sustainability Education Program Manager

Ashley-300x225.jpegAshley Zappe leads Earth Care's educational programming in the schools and in the Earth Care Youth & Community Garden. She assumed her post after completing two terms as an Earth Care AmeriCorps Member working with the City of Santa Fe's Sustainability Programs and completing the Santa Fe Scorecard Benchmark Report. Ashley Zappe loves Santa Fe monsoon season so much, she’s doing everything she can to prevent climate change! Originally an environmental educator from California, Ashley was educated at St. John’s College and has been a Santa Fean ever since. She loves dancing, hiking, and writing, and is especially passionate about connecting people with the natural world.


Autumn Billie, Board Member

Autumn is a graduate of Earth Care's Youth Allies Program. She is a brilliant writer and community advocate. She has worked with Tewa Women United. She is a graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School where she helped lead the Spoken Word Team. She is currently a student at the Santa Fe Community College.

Nohemy Boroquez-Flores, Board Member

Nohemy is a graduate of Earth Care's AmeriCorps Program - where she was placed with La Familia. She currently works as a lead organizer with Chainbreaker. She has worked extensively in community advocacy and sustainable community development with the Southside Quality of Life Initiative and One Santa Fe. 

Katya Franzgen, Board Member

Jorge Gonzales, President: Jorge@earthcarenm.org

jorge-300x210.jpgJorge was part of the original training team that helped to develop Earth Care’s Youth Allies curriculum when he worked for the Santa Fe Mountain Center’s Native American Emergence Program. He has over 20 years experience working in youth development and community advocacy. He is currently completing his masters in community planning.

Sergio Gonzáles, Board Secretary: Sergio@earthcarenm.org

sergio-217x300.jpgSergio was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sergio was a Youth Allies participant and organizer with the program from 2008-2011. Sergio currently attends the University of New Mexico where he is enrolled in a combined BA/MD Program. He is an advisory board member of the Bernalillo County Place Matters project which seeks to address public health and environmental justice issues in Bernalillo county. In 2012, Sergio took a year off of school to do full-time union organizing on college campuses in California. He is excited to serve on the Board of Earth Care and support an organization that was instrumental in his development as a community leader and activist.

 Carol Madley, Board Member



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