Trip Jennings, executive director
Trip Jennings is a life-long scribbler, which is the word one of his photographer buddies uses to describe newspaper reporters. His friend did not mean scribbler as a compliment. Trip co-opted it because he liked the sound of it.
Trip started his career in Georgia at his hometown newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle. But heeding the call of wanderlust, Trip left home, eventually working in California, Florida and Connecticut where he reported on many interesting stories, including the resignation and incarceration of Connecticut’s then-governor, John Rowland, and gang warfare in California. For the last seven years, Trip has covered politics and state government for the Albuquerque Journal, The New Mexico Independent and the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Trip likes to hang with his family, read widely, listen to copious amounts of music and engage in wide-ranging, preferably philosophical, conversations. Little known facts about Trip include that he earned a Master’s of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., and, in the early 1980s, he used to break-dance. Don’t ask him to show off any moves, though. His glory days are long past.
Heath Haussamen, deputy director
Heath Haussamen is an award-winning journalist who ran the nationally recognized political news website NMPolitics.net for almost seven years before helping start New Mexico In Depth. He has also worked at the Las Cruces Sun-News, Santa Fe New Mexican and New Mexico Independent. He’s a native New Mexican who grew up in Santa Fe and now lives in Las Cruces, and is a 2003 graduate of New Mexico State University.
Heath loves to spend time with his family and in nature and has many interests, including religion, politics and philosophy. He’s a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy books, movies and TV shows. He loves to learn, explore and find common ground with others. You can follow him on Twitter @haussamen, find him on Facebook by clicking here, or e-mail him at email@example.com. You can visit his homepage here.
Felicia McCracken, fundraising coordinator
Felicia McCracken is not a life-long scribbler or an award-winning journalist, just a 4-foot, 11-inch feisty female who wants to make a difference. Most recently she worked as a senior alumni relations officer at New Mexico State University. Prior to that, she served as a donor services and special events coordinator, an admissions recruitment coordinator, and director of presidential events, all at NMSU. Her background also includes experience with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, City of Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau, and service on the NMSU Board of Regents.
Felicia treasures spending time with her family, whether it is during neighborhood walks or camping trips. In spare moments she can be found attempting DIY projects and watercolor painting. You can find her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Pintrest.