My wife and I are new members of the Picacho Hills community, having moved here recently from Colorado. I served for 18 years as treasurer of the 731-member West Woods Ranch homeowners association in Arvada, CO and for 6 years on the Berrenda Creek Ranch Board near Lake Valley, NM. Both organizations were in their formative years and faced major challenges. I believe I was instrumental in their achievement of positive outcomes. Many life experiences inform my ideas and judgements. I designed high-performance aircraft for the U.S. Navy, taught aeronautical engineering classes at two universities, was a licensed general engineer and general contractor in California, was a senior researcher and project manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, operated several small businesses and built or remodeled many homes and offices. My interests are beautification of the community, increasing PHPOA membership, developing and maintaining a constructive and mutually beneficial relationship with the soon-to-be formed Picacho Hills Community Club.
My wife, Lynn, and I are transplants from Rockland County, New York. I spent most of my working career as an independent general insurance agent and broker. Since retiring, I have become involved in volunteer work, having been past president of PHPOA, current president of Coronado Ridge NA, president and board member of Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, as well as many volunteer roles resulting in recognition by Temple Beth-El as Volunteer of the Year. I spend much of my time as a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network, taking area veterans to their medical appointments in Las Cruces and El Paso.
I spent 38 wonderful years teaching English Language Arts to grades 5 – 12 in public schools, then became an instructor of pre-service teachers at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. As a Fellow in the National Writing Project, I taught writing skills to teachers of all disciplines and became a staff development trainer. In retirement, Dave and I chose to leave the snowy weather behind and moved to Las Cruces. I taught at DACC for a few semesters, subbed for LCPS, but now am truly retired. I take pleasure in golf and a wide variety of volunteer activities, most of which bring me right back to my real loves…reading and writing. My passion is creating clear communication in a world that truly needs it.
Mary Dohm and her husband Gerry moved from the southwest Chicago suburbs to Las Cruces in 2015. They share their home with a French bulldog named Beckham and a boxer named Harper. Prior to their move, Mary and her husband designed and built a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility on their property in Illinois. Mary operated the 5-star rated business for 12 years. Mary has always loved animals. She raised and showed their dogs in AKC-sanctioned dog shows across the US for over 28 years. Pet boarding offered an opportunity to work with people and provide care for a variety of pets, which was a dream come true. Preceding the pet boarding business, Mary was office manager for an electrical contractor and a plumbing contractor in Illinois. She was a supervisor for the Blend Center at Union Oil of California’s Chicago Refinery, as well as Quality Department Supervisor for California Medical Review in Ontario, CA. Mary is the current Treasurer of the GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces. She will be completing her 2nd year at the end of June and will continue for another 2 years, concluding her 4-year term. She is excited to be of service to the Picacho Hills Property Owners Association and looks forward to meeting everyone.
My wife, Anna and I moved here in April 2017, as I had accepted a job with the Sheriff’s Office. I am currently assigned as the Sheriff’s Office Community Liaison. I coordinate all community meetings/events & activities that the Sheriff’s Office is involved in throughout the County. I had retired after 35 years in Oklahoma Law Enforcement. I am also retired from the United States Navy Reserves after 28 years. Over the years I have volunteered with several community organizations and participated in many community projects. Some of my volunteering included Police Youth Explorer Sponsor, Police Sentinel Coordinator for Citizen Volunteers, and 28 years with the local Youth Rodeo Committee. I have served on several boards including the Lions Club, Local Chapter of the American Red Cross, County Jail Library Board, local Police Foundation, and County Sheriffs Foundation as Chair. I hope to make a difference serving the PHPOA.
An El Paso native, I spent most of my life in El Paso. I worked in advertising for over 25 years, which included 15 years co-owning and operating a Full-Service Advertising Agency and Trade Show Display company. In 2004, I changed my focus to Real Estate, which continues to this day with my licenses in New Mexico and Texas.
Throughout my life, I have been committed to community service. The most rewarding has been volunteering and serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA, Paso del Norte Region, volunteering for Animal Rescue League and Humane Society-El Paso, organizations that benefit women, children and animals. Since moving to Picacho Hills in 2018, we have met many wonderful people and enjoy golf among other activities. I look forward to serving on the PHPOA Board.
Dave and I, along with Sequoia, our dog, moved to Las Cruces from the suburbs of New York eleven years ago. Sequoia was the first to learn the true meaning of cacti. I had my own business in the stone industry, representing stone importers from around the world, as well as a direct sales business of products to the fabrication and restoration industry. By joining the LGA, I have met the best of friends and have enjoyed serving the organization as Treasurer and President. By serving on the PHTPA board, I hope to help expand the pickleball program to many of the residents. I look forward to the transition of PHCC to the Community Club of Picacho Hills and meeting new neighbors and enjoying additional activities and events in our neighborhood.
My husband, Phil, and I have owned a home in Picacho Hills since 2006. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in finance and accounting. During my 37 year banking career (33 years with US Bank) my focus was corporate banking and commercial real estate project lending and eventually management of various real estate banking offices in several states.
David Cristiani is interested in joining the Picacho Hills Property Owners Association Board, including chairing the Community Infrastructure Committee. His 3-decade career in landscape architecture and planning will inform his service, to help optimize our quality of life and property values. Living in Picacho Hills since 2016 and as a homeowner since 2018, he has enjoyed getting to know our friendly and unique community. Some interests of his include being physically active, travel, study, and arid-region horticulture.
Margie Herberger, Chair
Dave Zeemont, Chair
Tom Hennigh, Chair
Dave Zeemont, Chair
David Cristiani, Chair
Paul Maxwell – DA Water
Janis Paul, Chair
Tamera Ahner – N2 Publications
Lynn Zeemont, Chair
Mary Jo Mefford
Valerie Heller, Chair