Los Alamos Study Group
Directors and Staff
Ray Acheson is the Director of Reaching Critical Will (RCW), the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She monitors and analyzes many processes related to disarmament and the arms trade at the United Nations and other international fora. She is the editor of RCW’s analysis of UN meetings and of several publications on subjects such as nuclear weapon modernization, myths and risks of nuclear power, and challenges to nuclear disarmament. In her research and analysis, Ray also pursues questions related to the intersections of militarism, political economy, and gender. Ray has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and is pursuing an MA in Politics at the New School for Social Research.
Darwin BondGraham is a sociologist (UC Santa Barbara) and author. His research and writing focuses on poverty, race, militarism, and social movements. He lives and works variously in California, New Orleans, and New Mexico. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Darwin was instrumental in organizing resistance to militarism and nuclear weapons contracting on UC campuses. He has been a mainstay of the Study Group’s work for most of the past decade, including litigation, research, and community outreach.
Rosamund Evans is a long-time peace and disarmament activist and leader. She is active in numerous Albuquerque and state-wide organizations including the Gray Panthers, Grandmothers for Peace, Alliance of Retired Americans, the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center, the Rio Grande Tribune, and many others. She is a retired teacher and federal administrator.
Willem Malten is the owner and operator of the CloudCliff Bakery in Santa Fe, NM. He is also an accomplished filmmaker (“Cry at the End of the 20th Century,” which shed a penetrating light on Los Alamos National Laboratory; “Shipibo Konibo,” about an indigenous tribe in Peru). Willem has been a restaurateur and businessman in Santa Fe for three decades. He has been active in nonprofit and civic affairs and represented the City of Santa Fe at the 2005 NPT Review Conference. He was a long-time director of the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, where he remains active.
Greg Mello (Secretary and Executive Director) is a co-founder of the Study Group and has led its varied activities since 1989, which have included policy research, environmental analysis, congressional education and lobbying, community organizing, litigation, advertising, and the nuts and bolts of running a small nonprofit. From time to time Greg has served as a consulting analyst and writer for other nuclear policy organizations. Greg was originally educated as an engineer (Harvey Mudd College, 1971) and regional planner (Harvard, 1975). Greg led the first environmental enforcement at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a hydrogeologist for the New Mexico Environment Department and later a consultant to industry. In 2002 Greg was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security. Greg's research, analysis, and opinions have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Issues in Science and Technology, in the New Mexico press, and elsewhere.
Peter Neils (President) is an architectural woodworker, homebuilder, community leader and musician who has been seriously engaged for over thirty-five years in making participatory democracy work. Peter studied at the State University of New York at Albany and the Rochester Institute of Technology. After apprenticing with a contemporary furniture maker on Cape Cod for several years, Peter pursued a successful career in high-end architectural woodworking in Maine. He also built custom homes. Peter worked a small organic farm practicing low-impact sustainable forestry on the coast of Maine for twenty-eight years. In both Maine and in New Mexico Peter has been an active and respected leader in environmental and other issues, serving in local government (Maine) as well as citizen organizations (Maine and New Mexico). Peter is an accomplished songwriter who has performed his own music since his late teens.
Trish Williams-Mello (Operations Director) Prior to moving to New Mexico in 2000 Trish was the Operations and Development Director for Serious Texans against Nuclear Dumping (STAND) of Amarillo, TX for 10 years. During that time she co-founded the Panhandle Area Neighbors and Landowners (PANAL) and the Pantex Citizens Advisory Board, while raising her four children on their family farm across the road from the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Facility. She was an active on several other boards while living in Amarillo, such as the Panhandle Water Planning Group. Trish was an instructor and Director of Admissions for the Brush Ranch School in Terrero, NM. She has been the Study Group’s Operations Director since 2003.