Meet the Board & Staff

Back row  from left to right: Jesse Franklin-Owens, Dutch Salmon, David Rose, Harry Browne, Michael Berman, Sally Smith.

Front row, left to right: Executive Director Allyson Siwik, Program Associate A.J. Sandoval


Sally Smith – President
Jesse Franklin – Owens, Vice-President
Harry Browne – Secretary/Treasurer
Michael Berman –
“GRIP Board Member Berman Awarded Guggenheim.” Read More
Michael Berman’s Book Gila: Radical Visions/The Enduring Silence Available For Sale Read More
David Rose
M.H. “Dutch” Salmon


allyson and gabriela

Allyson Siwik
Executive Director

In addition to GRIP executive director, Allyson Siwik also heads up our Healthy Rivers Program, serving as the director of the Gila Conservation Coalition. She holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University School of the Environment and worked 12 years for the U.S. EPA in North Carolina and Texas.

She served two years on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board that advises the President and Congress on border environment and infrastructure needs. She lives in Tyrone with her husband Dennis and daughter Gabriela.

GRIP Executive Director Appointed to Good Neighbor Environmental Board

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sally smith

Sally Smith
Board President

Sally Smith is our President and former director of our Responsible Mining Program. She has devoted her adult life to building community with those whom she lives with and protecting watersheds she lives within.

When not working on behalf of the environment, she enjoys gardening, dancing, writing, travelling, and spending time with her grandchildren. She lives in the Mimbres Valley.

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A.J. Sandoval
Program Associate

A.J. coordinates GRIP’s Silver City Watershed Keepers, working with Aldo Leopold Charter School, NM Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau, and WNMU on water quality monitoring and stewardship of Silver City’s water resources.  He also engages diverse communities in GRIP’s water quality protection efforts.

A.J. has a Master of Public Health from NMSU, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from WNMU.  He worked for GRIP and the Office of Sustainability as an Energy Specialist, conducting energy efficiency and water conservation audits and retrofits.  A.J. is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has extensive experience in youth substance abuse prevention. As a graduate student, A.J. also studied environmental health sciences at the University of Arizona researching the occupational hazards of mine employees and environmental pollutants produced by industrial processes.

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Richard Mahler

Richard Mahler
Get a GRIP Editor

Richard Mahler has edited the GRIP newsletter since July 2008. He is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and publisher based in Silver City, where he also enjoys hiking and wildlife monitoring in the Gila River watershed.

Richard is the author of 13 books on topics ranging from cooking to gardening, travel to natural history, creative aging to the rewards of solitude. His writing appears regionally in New Mexico Journey magazine and on the EarthNotes radio program. Learn more at

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