Executive Director (Albuquerque)
KNMB Board of Directors KNMB Board of Directors
Member at Large
Marla Castner is a senior tax manager at Moss Adams LLP in Albuquerque. Marla has 28 years of experience in public accounting. She provides consultative services to assist clients in resolving tax-related issues and helps them achieve their business objectives. Marla holds CPA licenses in New Mexico and New York. She has also been involved with various community programs such as the Albuquerque Reads Program and Make a Difference Day. Marla was born and educated in Oklahoma, but considers New Mexico her home. She and her husband lived in New York for fifteen years and made the decision to return to New Mexico, hopefully for what will be a permanent basis.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Immediate Past President
Richelle Ponder is native New Mexican and a life member of KNMB who joined our organization in 1995. Over the years she has served on a number of committees and positions. Richelle currently lives in Las Cruces with her daughter Katelin who plans on attending NMSU in the fall. Richelle owns and operates AAMCO Transmissions of Las Cruces, a business she bought from her father who established it in 1968. Richelle was born and raised in Las Cruces, went to New Mexico State University majoring in Journalism. After completing her degree she worked in the radio and television business for 15 years. She moved to Florida in 1999 and back to NM in 2000 when her father asked her to come home and help him run the family business. She stays very active in her local community as a member of Las Cruces Rotary Club, Amador Hotel foundation and her church.
Parliamentarian / Historian
Evelyn Prentice has been an active member of Keep New Mexico Beautiful since 1980. Since 1965 she has served in a number of volunteer organizations on boards and committees that encourage and participate in programs of litter control and beautification in New Mexico. Evelyn has made a lifetime career of serving her community. Understanding the importance of advocating at the legislative level, she has devoted years to help ensure that legislation was passed to improve the lives of children and encourage beautification and litter control in New Mexico and nationwide. Much effort was put into advocacy of House Bill 198 as amended in 1985 which established a Keep America Beautiful program in New Mexico and states that KNMB is the official clearinghouse for beautification and litter control in NM. She was honored for these efforts by Keep America Beautiful with the Lady Bird Johnson Award in 1986. Currently, Evelyn is Keep New Mexico Beautiful’s representative to the New Mexico Litter Control and Beautification Council and also serves on the Cosmopolitan Women’s Club.
This year (2009) Evelyn and her husband Glenn are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They have three sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Cliff Richardson became a Life Member of KNMB in 1977. A professional engineer with a P.E. license in civil engineering, an MBA from NM Highland University plus several certifications, including Facilities Manager, Cliff is currently the Energy Engineer for KAFB. In the 1970's, while serving as an AF officer on Kirtland AFB, and with the guidance of Mary Olin Harrell, Cliff developed an award-winning recycling program for the federal government which received national recognition. Then, in conjunction with UNM , while still in active duty, he started a one-man KNMB’s Speakers’ Bureau, promoting KNMB, as well as Keep America Beautiful’s ("KAB"’s) Clean Cities Initiative throughout NM. His 40 year commitment to KNMB includes serving as Board member and on the Executive Committee, including President in the ‘80’s and Treasurer from 1988 to 2003. During that time, he reported for both the NM State Grant and the KNMB Corporate accounts and successfully participated in all state audits as well as prepared the annual grant and corporate budgets. Throughout his KNMB affiliation, Cliff has volunteered with other related organizations, serving for almost 30 years as the VC of Keep ABQ Beautiful. As VC, he represented Albuquerque at the KAB Annual Meeting. Additionally, on behalf of KAB, as a former Boy Scout, Cliff developed the Boy Scouts of America merit badge criteria for its Community Conservation Service program. Locally, he was a founding member and president of the NM Association Energy Engineers. Currently Cliff serves as an advisor for ABQ’s Energy Council and has served on various City initiatives, including the on-going Climate Action Task Force.
Sandra P. Richardson
Member at Large
Sandra P. Richardson, NBCT, is a Director of KNMB. In January 1971, when KNMB’s Mary Olin Harrell recruited Cliff and Sandra for the pilot KNMB glass recycling program, Sandra was hooked. Together with Cliff, she made KNMB the “lynch-pin” of her life, and Sandra and her husband Cliff became active Life Members of KNMB in 1977.
Sandra has held various positions on KNMB’s Executive Committee, including: Treasurer, VP for Programs & Board Meetings, Historian, Awards’ Chair, Secretary, Nominating Committee, Grants Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and frequently By-Laws Committee. Since the ‘80’s, Sandra has served on KNMB’s Education Committee, most often as the Chair.
In May 1990, she became a NM elementary educator with a dual Master’s in Education and Reading and received her Secondary Certification in Science. As a KNMB educator, Sandra has taught “make & take” recycled and reused art for the Talking Talons’ summer Wildfest, as well as the September Museum Circle Teachers’ Training. She also authored a 4th grade play on pollution, trained teachers in KAB’s “Waste in Place” curriculum, and has provided academic guidance related to NM State Standards for the recent revision of KNMB’s 3rd & 5th grade Dusty Booklets. She is currently working on a KNMB Emerging Reader Dusty Booklet for new and reluctant readers, ESL and Early Childhood students.
Sandra Richardson has been a contributing member and leader of various Albuquerque civic organizations including the Cherry Hills Civic Association, ABQ’s Metropolitan Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and Friends for the Public Library Board. Currently, Sandra is a member of the Mayor’s recent Climate Action Task Force, serving the Working Groups: Recycling & Zero Waste; Complete, Livable Neighborhoods; and, Transit & Transportation.
Mark J. Schechter
Member at Large