Jill manages the day-to-day operations of BLC and oversees the implementation of board-directed strategic initiatives. Her background in communications and marketing drives her work on fundraising and raising awareness of BLC's work in the community. She has a bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer. Growing up in a small, Nebraska farming community gave her a love and appreciation for open spaces. When she's not in the office, Jill enjoys hiking, reading and indulging her creative side by trying new recipes.
Jill lives in the Greens Bayou watershed
Becky oversees land project management and strategic planning for land conservation at BLC. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries from Texas A&M University. Her previous experience was focused on environmental regulatory compliance, wetlands permitting and mitigation banking. Becky’s goal is to increase and maintain BLC’s preserved lands and reconnect people to the area’s natural beauty. In addition to her love of the local outdoors, she enjoys traveling, working with her hands and playing/coaching/watching soccer.
Becky lives in the White Oak watershed
Community Conservation Manager
Karastin provides leadership in connecting diverse groups to BLC’s mission and creating a safe space to recreate responsibly. With her prior experience in outdoor education and recreation, she wants people to develop a deeper connection and understanding of our earth. Karastin has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Akron and a M.S. in Geology from the University of Florida, where she studied large scale plate tectonics and paleomagnetism. Karastin is a former Harris County Master Gardener and is currently pursuing her Texas Master Naturalist certification. When she is not digging in her garden or exploring state and national parks, she enjoys bouldering, painting, natural dyes and quilting.
Karastin lives in the Panther Branch-Spring Creek Watershed
Kevin provides leadership in BLC’s conservation fieldwork and stewardship projects that help enhance the environmental health of the lands protected by BLC. He has a B.S. in Biology with a focus in Environmental Science from the University of Houston – Downtown, and a background focusing on conservation and stewardship work in the greater Houston Area. Kevin’s previous work experience as a conservation technician took him outdoors to focus on protecting riparian buffer zones in order to mitigate against flooding events in Houston. He’s a passionate conservationist dedicated to protecting Houston's natural resources and green spaces, as well as being an advocate of public outreach to encourage locals and vulnerable communities to engage with their natural surroundings. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys hiking throughout the great state of Texas, landscape photography, indoor rock-climbing, attending concerts, and appreciating art in all its forms.
Kevin lives in the Halls Bayou Watershed.
Land Stewardship Manager
Claire de Blanc
Communication & Development Associate
Claire develops strong relationships with BLC’s supporters by overseeing membership and donor programs, volunteer programs, and other campaigns and initiatives. She has a B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Houston, and a background in marketing and public relations. Claire is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy and has prior experience working with a land trust to create a public relations campaign about how land conservation helps mitigate the effects of climate change in the region. In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, biking, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Claire lives in the Buffalo Bayou Watershed.