Lisette and I purchased our Picacho Hills home in August 2017, and like some of you, we have been in a perpetual state of remodeling. As a career engineer, I designed U.S. Navy aircraft, taught aeronautics at two universities, was a licensed general contractor in California, was a senior project manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, operated several small businesses and built or remodeled many homes and offices. My interests are in beautification of the community, increasing membership, and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with the Picacho Hills Country Club. I am pleased to have achieved my 2020 goals for the PHPOA, which were to reduce spending obligations, moderate the workload of Board members, and re-energize our landscape construction program. From serving many years on association Boards I know that without volunteers, nothing happens. That is why I am so grateful for the participation of my fellow Board and committee members.
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.
Originally from Delaware, Ohio my father was a career Army officer and as such we moved often. I have been married to Jim Creek (House, New Mexico) for 35 years. We have one daughter, Sarah (Lieutenant Colonel, Ft. Bragg, NC) and 4 grandchildren. Sarah’s husband is a Chaplain at Ft. Bragg. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1972 with a degree in Elementary Education and taught at several elementary schools in Ohio. In 1977 I received a commission in the US Army from which I retired in 2012 as Colonel. I consider my best assignment to have been as Battalion Commander, Fort Huachuca, AZ. A small (200 Soldiers) training battalion, I was responsible for sending mobilized and volunteer instructors to many locations in the US from 1999 to 2003. We maintained a strong family care group to help with the stress the mobilizations caused. I also retired from Ft. Huachuca where I served as the civilian editor for the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
My husband, Gerry and I moved from the southwest Chicago suburbs to Las Cruces in 2015. We share our home with a French bulldog named Beckham and a boxer named Harper. Prior to our move, we designed and built a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility on our property in Illinois. I operated the 5-star rated business for 12 years. I raised and showed our 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, I was office manager for an electrical contractor and a plumbing contractor in Illinois. I 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. I am the current Treasurer of the GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces. I completed my 2nd year at the end of June 2020 and will continue for another 2 years, concluding my 4-year term in June of 2022. I am excited to be of service to the Picacho Hills Property Owners Association and look forward to meeting everyone.
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. My husband, Paul Maxwell and I moved to Picacho Hills in 2017. We have met many wonderful people and enjoy golf among other activities. My husband is an artist and a member of The Artists of Picacho Hills.
Darlene and I lived many years in New Hampshire and moved to Deming NM to escape the harsh winters of New England. After 13 years in Deming, we sought a more vibrant community closer to a larger city, and moved to Picacho Hills. Having received my electronics training in the US Navy, I went on to service large main-frame computers as Eastern Regional Service Manager. After obtaining an MBA from Southern NH University, I served as director of HR for a renowned NH artisan chocolate company. Having taught graduate and undergraduate courses in VT, I currently teach online courses within the High School Equivalency program for Western NM University. My interest is helping young and older students see the value of an education and my off-hours hobby is repairing American antique clocks.
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. By serving on the PHTPA board I hope to help encourage new residents to get involved with many of our sponsored events as well as to look to explore the benefits of joint ventures with the New Picacho Hills Country Club.
Sterilla Smith, Chair
Dave Zeemont, Chair
Dave Zeemont, Chair
Paul Maxwell – DA Water
Janis Paul, Chair
Tamera Ahner – N2 Publications
Lynn Zeemont, Chair
Mary Jo Mefford
Bill Hladky, Chair