November 20, 2017

Angel Fire Chamber Board Of Directors 2018-2020

Help us welcome the four new board members you elected as they take the Oath Office to serve on the Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors 2018-2020.


Dr. Jennifer Fitch – Angel Fire Chiropractic
(Re-elected 2nd term)

Dr. Jen Fitch is a chiropractor and owner of Angel Fire Chiropractic. She practices in Angel Fire and Red River. She has been a business owner for almost 3 years, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for about as long. She’s currently served on the board for 3 years.

Dr. Jen is an Army Veteran who served for 6 years in the United States Army. She attended chiropractic school at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. She added post doctorate work by completing her Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician degree in 2015. She’s an active member of the United Church of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest PTA, and volunteers time to the Garden Club.

In her personal life, Dr. Jen is married to Officer Mark Fitch, who serves on our Angel Fire Police Department. They have two children Kaelyn, who’s 12 years old, and Jackson, who’s 7 years old. As a family, they love being a part of this community!


Wende Woolley – Wende Woolley Photography
(Re-elected 3rd term)

Wende is the sole proprietor of Wende Woolley Photography, a multi-faceted photo business she has owned since 1981. Wende specializes in portraits for families and individuals. With a great love for the scenic beauty of the mountains, she creates and sells images of the area. She also enjoys architectural photography and is able to do simple layout and designs for ads, brochures and books in Photoshop. And she spends her winter seasons as a ski instructor at the Angel Fire Resort Ski & Snowboard School.

She has been a pro-active member of the Chamber of Commerce serving two prior terms. Having sat out the mandatory one year time limit, she decided to run again. Wende also serves the community as a Director on the Board of Art Up Northern New Mexico and is a part of the worship team at Faith Mountain Church.

She and her husband Mike have lived in the Moreno Valley for sixteen years.


Cindy Ward – FNB New Mexico
(1st term)

Cindy Ward was born and raised in Northwest Oklahoma. She has lived in Angel Fire for the past 7 years. Her first 6 years in the Valley, she worked at Sunset Grille and now she is the head teller at FNB New Mexico.

Cindy has two children, Bailey and Emily. She is engaged to Benjamin Gulley, who works for the Village of Angel Fire.

She loves spending her free time outdoors hiking and camping!


Joe Kendall – Angel Fire Resort
(1st term)

Joe began his travel and hospitality career with American Express, over 20 years ago. He moved to New Mexico in the summer of 2005 to enjoy the Land of Enchantment. In May 2010, he joined the Angel Fire Resort team where he has overseen various hospitality departments and is now a member of the Property Management & Real Estate team as the Owner/Member Relationship Manger.

Joe is a Nebraska native and now enjoys the mountains of New Mexico. During his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with family & friends and being out in his yard, where he has learned a lot about northern New Mexico landscapes.

Continuing members of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:

All three are term 2017-2019:

  • Daniel Serna
  • Catherine Moon
  • Johnese Turri

John Hail, Jr. – Past Chairman 2018
Chuck Howe – Director Ex-Officio

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Enjoy a cup of coffee and a free breakfast burrito from Hail’s Holy Smoked Barbecue. Help us welcome the four new board members you elected as they take the Oath Office to serve on the Angel Fire Chamber Board of Directors 2018-2020.

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

3407 Mountain View Boulevard
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Attention Chamber Membership

Thank you to the 75%+ of you who have already cast your vote for the Board of Directors candidates you would like to seat on the Chamber board and have returned your ballots! For those of you who have not yet done so, you have until November 9, 2017 to return your ballot in the self addressed stamped envelope provided when the ballot was mailed to you. It is your privilege as a member to vote!

Thank you!

12 Days Of Christmas Chamber Raffle

In keeping with the holidays this year, we are again sponsoring the Twelve Days of Christmas Chamber Raffle and will be accepting donations from businesses and business people. We need a total of 78 prizes.

To begin the first day, which will be called Day Twelve of the Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle, 12 prizes will be given away to twelve winners. On Day eleven… 11 prizes will be given away. Day ten… 10 prizes given away, and so forth, until the last day (called day one) when there will be one grand prize, which will be $500.00 cash!

We will sell tickets for $10 each, or 3 for $20. We will advertise all business donations plus on each day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle drawings, we will post the names of the winners as well as advertising the names of the donors on Facebook, the email blast, on our website and in any other form of advertising we use.

We ask that you donate a gift in the form of a gift basket, a gas card, retail card, or restaurant gift card, a certificate for a service performed, merchandise or cash. (Please SHOP LOCAL, when possible!) We ask that each donation have a minimum $50.00 value. Be creative with the prizes you donate. For some of the cash donations, we will purchase gifts for the drawings.

We will start selling tickets November 1, 2017 and will continue to sell through December 1, 2017. We would like to have five local businesses to help us sell the tickets as well as the Chamber Board of Directors, the Ambassadors and the Chamber office. The actual drawing will start on December 4, 2017 which will be the 12th Day and go until December 15, 2017 the 1st Day when the Grand Prize will be awarded.

*All prizes are valued at $50.00 or more*
*GRAND PRIZE $500.00*
Sponsored by Mike Woolley – ReMax Mountain Realty

1 for $10.00 ** 3 for $20.00

Drawings will be held daily to award great prizes beginning Monday December 4, 2017. 78 winners will be awarded prizes worth at least $50.00 each!

Here is how it will work:

On December 4, 2017, at 10:30 am, 12 tickets will be drawn.
Each of the 12 ticket holders will receive a prize that is worth at least $50.00.

On December 5, 2017, at 10:30 am, 11 tickets will be drawn.
Each of the 11 ticket holders will receive a prize that is worth at least $50.00.

On December 6, 2017, at 10:30 am, 10 tickets will be drawn.
Each of the 10 ticket holders will receive a prize that is worth at least $50.00.

And so on and so on each day as we count down to One Grand Prize of $500.00 cash that will be drawn on December 15, 2017. All drawings will be held live on the 12 Days of Christmas Facebook Event page.

Purchase your tickets at the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM or online at

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to ask. Please call 575-377-6353 or email

Thank you!

A sample of what you can win:

12 Days of Christmas Chamber Raffle Prizes and Sponsors

$50.00 gift Certificate to The Bump Coffee donated by The Bump Coffee/Lisa Sutton

$50.00 Gift Certificate to Ojo Caliente & 2 Luxury Angel Fire Hot Tub Towels
Value = $80.00 donated by Angel Fire Hot Tub/ Matt & Corrina Hodge

(2) $50.00 Visa gift cards donated by Washington Federal Bank/Russ Coyle

Original Artwork Value = $90.00 donated by Jacqui Binford-Bell (Artist)

3 days of Demo Ski Rentals Value =$150.00 donated by Wheeler Peak Ski Shop/Kyle & Barbara Eby

3 packages: 1 exam & 3 adjustments Value = $150.00 each donated by Angel Fire Chiropractic/ Dr. Jennifer Fitch

(2) $50.00 Visa gift card & coin set Value = $80.00 each donated by FNB New Mexico Bank

Handmade Wood Cutting Board Value =$55.00 made & donated by Michael Gilcrease

Basket of Books Value = $80.00 donated by Shuter Library

Computer Virus Cleaning Certificate & 16 gb Flash Drive Value = $80.00
donated by Angel Fire Computer Guy/ Kevin Robnett

3 Night Stay in Family Cabin & Lots of Girl Scout Cookies Value = $250.00
donated by Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails

2 Full Ski or Snowboard tunes Value = $90.00 donated by Ski Tech/Mary Harms

Oakley Ski/Snowboard Goggles Value =$200.00 donated by Mountains Sports of Angel Fire/ Brent & Tammy Dunn

Tea & Scones Gift Basket Value =$85.00 donated by The Leaf & Bean/ Donna Goss

(2) Snowplows Value = $65.00 each donated by Canyon City Landscaping/ Phil Bustos

(2) Snowplows Value = $65.00 each donated by SS Rocks Y Mas/ Robert Serna

(2) Snowplows Value =$65.00 each donated by Land & Home Services/ Daniel Serna

(2) Snowplows value =$65.00 each donated by Moore Excavation/ Kyle & Cindy Moore

Oil Change & Tire Rotation Value =$75.00 donated by Affordable Auto/ Phil Brooks

Gift Certificate(s) to Mini Mart Value =$50.00 donated by Angel Fire Mini Mart

Impact Wrench Kit with batteries Value = $210.00 donated by Alpine Lumber/ A.J. Farmer

Dance Class for 2, Bottle of Champaign & 2 wine glasses Value = $60.00 donated by Shall We Dance/ Diane Peterson

In house Gift Certificate(s) Value = $50.00 donated by Pizza Stop/ Larry & Trini Bradley

(2) $50.00 Gift Cards to Lowe’s Valley Market donated by Lowe’s Valley Market

1 Smoked Turkey Value =$50.00 donated by Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More/ John & Wendy Hail

1 Smoked Ham Value =$50.00 donated by Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More/ John & Wendy Hail

Handmade Origami Jewelry by Melody Costa Value =$50.00+ donated by Monte Verde RV Park/Joe & Melody Costa

Handmade Beaded Vase by Melody Costa Value = $50.00+ donated by Monte Verde RV Park/Joe & Melody Costa

Handmade Christmas Wreath Value = $50.00 donated by Everything Pinecone/Lone Krarup & Johnese Turri (Artists)

Two Handmade Knit Christmas Stockings Value =$60.00 donated by Carla Callahan (Artist)

2 Person Ski or Snowboard Rental at The Trailhead and 2 lunches at the Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire Value =$80.00+ donated by Stan Samuels

$50.00 Visa gift card donated by Lost Eagle RV Park/ Mary Sanger

(2) $50.00 Gift Certificates to Zebs Restaurant & Bar donated by Angel Fire Appraisers/ Jeff & Samantha Weeks

Middle Box Rafting Trip on the Rio Grande for 2 people Value =$300.00 donated by Far Flung Adventures

8 x 10 Portrait Sitting Value =$120.00 donated by Wende Woolley Photography

Two Gift Certificates for 30 minutes each of Recreational Oxygen bar Value = $60.00
donated by Creating My Choices/ Denise Janelle

1 hour Swedish Massage Value =$80.00 donated by Kathy Dunbar’s Body Mechanics

3 Watercolor Print Set “The Millenial Series” Value = $75.00 donated by Chris Love (Artist)

Wooden Stead Mount with Mosaic inlay Value =$120.00 donated by Cheyenne & Ray Renfroe (Artist)

Gift Certificate(s) at Jeanette’s Food Cart Value =$50.00 donated by Jeanette Sanchez

Gift Certificate(s) at Eagle Feather Trading Post Value =$50.00 donated by Eagle Feather Trading Post/ Troy & Penny Schroeder

(2) Hair Cut with Deep Conditioning Value =$50.00 each donated by Studio 434/ Annie Lindsey

(2) Oil Change, Labor & Inspection Value =$50.00 each donated by 24/7 Automotive Performance/ Chris Chase

2 hour Snowmobile Ride for 2 Value =$ 180.00 donated by Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures

Gift Certificate(s) to Pork Belly Deli Value = $50.00 donated by Enchanted Circle Brewery/ Steve & Shelley Larson

Basket of Gardening Value = $60.00 donated by Angel Fire Garden Club

$100.00 Amazon Gift Card donated by Catherine Moon Real Estate

Free labor on a Service Call up to a $150.00 Value donated by Bob & Brenda Koester

1st Vist Consult & Treatment Value = $80.00 donated by Tripoints Acupunture/ Susan Tripodi

Native American Jewelry Value = $50.00 + donated by Golden Eagle RV Park and Store/ Bruce & Bridget Manakas

“One Hope” Gift Box of Wine & Coffee Value = $75.00 donated by Chisum Realty Group: Keller Williams of Angel Fire/ Tara Chisum

$50.00’s Worth of In-House Certificates donated by The Shack Cafe/ Roy & Stephanie Cogswell

Collection of Candles Value =$55.00 donated by Pine Cone Candle Company/ Susan Schwindt

Gift Certificate(s) to Angel Fired Pizza Value = $50.00 donated by Angel Fired Pizza/ Cat Adams

Chamber President & CEO: Jo Mixon

Chairman of the Board of Directors

John Hail Jr – Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More
Vice-Chairman: Dr. Jennifer Fitch – Angel Fire Chiropractic
Treasurer: Nita Jones – FNB New Mexico
Secretary: Brenda Johnson – Brenda Johnson Property Management
Past Chair: Wende Woolley – Wende Woolley Photography
Director: Cathe Moon – CR Moon Real Estate
Director: Daniel Serna – Land and Home Services
Director: Johnese Turri – Shuter Library
Director Ex-Officio: Chuck Howe – National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center Angel Fire, Mayor Pro-Tem Village of Angel Fire

Jo Mixon Named As Finalist For State Ethics In Business Award

Angel Fire, N.M. – October 12, 2017 – Jo Mixon, President and CEO of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce has been named a finalist in Samaritan Counseling Center’s 19th Annual Ethics in Business Awards. She was nominated for the PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice. The awards were created to honor noteworthy organizations and individuals who practice and promote ethical business conduct in day-to-day operations and management, as well as in their response to crises and challenges.

“I cannot think of any other award I would rather be named as a finalists, than one that recognizes honesty, integrity and ethical actions.” said Jo Mixon, “I am extremely honored!”

Businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals were nominated by a customer, client, employee, vendor or others who felt the company or individual exhibited superb ethical practices. The nominees were evaluated according to how they demonstrate the five principles in their interaction with staff, customers, vendors, donors and the community. The five principles include integrity, fairness and justice, stewardship, life-enhancing, and transparency.

The PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice is named as a tribute to John Ackerman.

The winners of the awards will be announced at Samaritan Counseling Center’s New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards event on April 25, 2018 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Quarterly Chamber Membership Breakfast Meeting

New Board Members will be seated at this meeting.

When: November 14, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: 3407 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM 87710

In the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce in Centro Plaza.

Board Of Directors Declaration

Declaration to Run for Board of Directors (2018-2020 Term)

There are four Director positions available for election on the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. These positions will serve a three year term and will be seated November 14, 2017. The nominating committee has secured five candidates to date.

Would you like to become a member of the board of directors? This email is being sent, according to the by-laws, to give any member in good standing the opportunity to also declare candidacy and be placed on the ballot.

You have 10 working days from the date of this email to contact Jo Mixon, President and CEO. Email Jo at for information and directions on how to run.

At the end of the 10 day period, the candidates will be named and ballots will be mailed to all Chamber members to cast your votes. Thank you!

Ethics Award Finalists Announced

By Albuquerque Journal Staff Report – Monday, September 25th, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Samaritan Counseling Center has announced the finalists for the 19th Annual Ethics in Business Award. This prestigious award honors organizations and individuals who promote ethical business conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the larger community, according to a Samaritan news release. The award recipients will be announced in early 2018.

The finalists are as follows:

* Jack & Donna Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business: Esparaza Advertising Inc.; Glass-Rite Windows & Doors; and NAI Maestas & Ward

* Paul and LaDonna Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-profit Organization: Cornucopia Adult & Family Services; New Mexico Foundation for Dental Health, Research & Education; NMSU Foundation; Reading Works; Special Olympics of NM and the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico.

* PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice, in Honor of John Ackerman: Carl Harper; Dr. Elba Saavedra; Jo Mixon, Ralph Baldwin and Sheri Milone.

* Ethical Young Leadership Award: Andrew Melendez; Jasper Riddle; Kathleen Larese and Sterling Brown.

An independent volunteer screening committee evaluated all nominations to select the finalists. Award Recipients will be honored at the 19th Annual Ethics in Business Award Celebration on Wednesday, April 25 at Sandia Resort.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now by calling 505-814-2626 or by emailing Tickets will be available in late January. The Better Business Bureau of New Mexico and Southwest Colorado will again be the title sponsor.

Angel Fire Community Fall Cleanup Day

Together we can keep Angel Fire beautiful! Meet at Village Hall for cleaning supplies, including gloves, bags and t-shirts.

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Where: Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Who: Neighbors, business volunteers, community organizations, anyone, everyone!

Volunteers are welcome to enjoy a morning snack of coffee and donuts while signing in and picking up supplies.

Lunch: After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to enjoy a free “thank you lunch” at the Village Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. Food and beverage donations from area businesses are welcome.

The Village of Angel Fire hosts the Clean Up Day. The Angel Fire Proud Committee is responsible for putting on the event for the Village. The event is made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Clean & Beautiful campaign. For up-to-date information see


About Angel Fire Proud

AFP’s mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for our community’s beautification. It was established in 2013 by the Angel Fire Mayor, as a committee of the Village of Angel Fire. It consists of members from the Angel Fire community, businesses & local organizations. Work performed by each member is done on a voluntary basis. The committee promotes the quality of life in Angel Fire by creating, participating in, and supporting activities that improve the physical & aesthetic environment of our community by:

  • Serving as a resource for residents, businesses, community organizations, the Moreno Valley High School, Village government & visitors.
  • Advocating a high standard of community cleanliness, maintenance & attractiveness.
  • Encouraging and promoting partnerships and participation of residents in improving our community.
  • Addressing a variety of issues including seasonal & holiday decorations, village cleanups, recycling & household waste program, various public education events & other projects.

The Angel Fire Proud Committee meets monthly at the Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend. Contact Terry Cordova, Village Clerk at 575-377-3232

Media Advisory

Media, if you’d like more information, please contact Linda Hughes at or 410-703-8352 (mobile).

ACI Focus Tour Breakfast

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a breakfast on September 7, 2017 on the ACI Focus Tour (times and locations TBA).

The New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry will be conducting a statewide tour, in partnership with local chambers, to meet with business and community leaders across New Mexico during its two-week Fall 2017 FOCUS Tour.

ACI wants to meet and hear from the business community about what most concerns you individually and collectively. Your input and feedback will contribute to ACI’s policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Our goal is to listen to business owners and learn more about the most pressing business issues that they are facing.

We, The Board Of Directors Of The Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Know Jo

Written By

John Hail, Dr. Jennifer Fitch, Wende Woolley, Brenda Johnson, Johnese Turri, Daniel Serna, Nita Jones, Chuck Howe & Cathe Moon

This Chamber Board would like for you to know Jo the way we know Jo. We recently honored her (it was a surprise that we had a hard time keeping from her!)
at our quarterly membership breakfast meeting by giving her a plaque, a bonus and a raise. Plus we have listed her accomplishments as President and CEO of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

  • In 6 years time she has brought the Chamber from a $20,000 deficit to this amount in the black.
  • She has grown the membership from 53 members to 200 and introduced new levels of membership to expand the member base.
  • She started “I Know Jo” articles in 2011 as an effort to get to know the membership. These articles have been featured in publications nationwide including the US Chamber Newsletter. She has been published more than 642 times.
  • She started the Monday e-blasts to help advertise Angel Fire in 2012 with 38 subscribers and now has over 8000 subscribers from all over the US and some in France, Chile, Canada, Mexico & Italy.
  • 2012 – She and Karen Kelly, created and wrote a grant for the Village of Angel Fire entitled “Get your Wild on in Angel Fire” to the State Tourism Department. The village was award the highest amount ever given for a tourism campaign of $40,000. This campaign was awarded the Tourism Tiara Award for “Collaboration of the Year” in 2013.
  • As a member of Northern NM Tourism Region Board of Directors, with permission from the Chamber Board, she worked with the State Tourism Secretary to have Angel Fire moved into the Central Tourism Region with the other alpine areas instead of the non-alpine ski communities tourism district.
  • She sat on the Enchanted Circle Marketing Co-op board from 2011-2014. She helped to change the membership levels allowing more than chambers, visitors centers and villages to be members.
  • 2012-2015 She sat on the Village Sustainability Committee. She was a part of the team who successfully started the original recycle center, brought plastic recycle in and purchased the glass crusher. She ran the community wide spring & fall clean-ups until Angel Fire Proud took them over.
  • In 2012 she held the first “Thank you Dinner” for Chamber members – free of charge. She always has a theme at Chamber events with interactive board and audience participation guaranteed for fun evenings
  • She started Business after Hours in 2011 with record attendances of 167 people in the summer of 2014
  • She ran the Community-wide Flea Market from 2011-2015
  • She hosted Crash the course walk/run at the golf course 2013-2014
  • She helped sponsor the Angel Fire Summerfest Balloon Rally 2010-2012
  • She started the Chamber Cash Mob in 2014 designed to bring money into local businesses.
  • She hosted holiday decorating contests to encourage businesses to light up for the holidays 2012-2015 and is now joining with the Resort, Garden Club, and the Village to encourage businesses to “light up for the holidays” in 2017
  • She conceived the idea for Habla Tamale Cook-off & Festival. The first festival year she expected to sell 250 tickets and sold 1200, this year’s event saw record numbers and sold 1675 tickets.
  • She was key, with Anna Phillips, in working toward Colfax County Chamber of Commerce Coalition initiative to unite and join rural chambers together as one voice
  • She started the 12 Days of Christmas raffle that got the entire village involved. We gave away 78 gifts worth at least $50.00 a piece with a Grand prize of $500.
  • She is current chair of Art Up Northern New Mexico, formerly known as Moreno Valley Arts Council. Teamed with the Angel Fire Resort, she is in charge the non-food vendors at the Art & Farmers Market and has started the first Angel Fire Studio Tour in 2017.
  • 2011 to present – She is a member of New Mexico Chamber Executive Association. In 2016 she was elected to the Board of Directors – 2016 Secretary, 2017 Vice President and is incoming President. She represents Angel Fire heavily during legislation in Santa Fe.
  • She has been attending school for 4 years and will graduate in January 2018 with her IOM, equivalent to a Master’s in non-profit organizational management.
  • This year she is promoting a fun new project to push people into businesses #AngelFireRocks and is currently organizing a huge volunteer appreciation event called “I AM ANGEL FIRE”.
  • She worked tirelessly to help bring a pharmacy to Angel Fire and continues to work towards a high altitude training center coming to our village.
  • Plus she has been nominated for the New Mexico state “Ethics in Business Award” 2017

Jo is always coming up with new ideas and projects to help the Angel Fire businesses and the surrounding areas. She refuses to bend issues of integrity and will stand for her membership, no matter the consequences. Her actions prove how much she cares about Angel Fire and she does it without wanting or needing recognition. We believe she is a true asset to Angel Fire, NM. and we stand behind her 100%.