Jonathan is an engineering professional focused on making Bayou Land Conservancy a more inclusive organization that helps everyone feel connected to nature and their community. He is an advocate of effective altruism, and eager to promote conservation through understanding the ripple effects of protecting natural spaces that may not be fully appreciated.
Jonathan feels most grounded when running and biking long distances in remote places with his family. He and his partner, Elizabeth, are raising their three young children to lead thoughtful, compassionate lives as invested citizens with an adventurous spirit and an irrational love of OU football. Jonathan holds a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
Watershed: Jonathan lives in the West Fork San Jacinto watershed
Carson is a 5th generation Texan whose ancestors originally homesteaded in Montgomery County in the 1830’s. He and his family have spent many enjoyable days camping, hiking and canoeing in the wilderness areas of Texas.
He is a trained Biologist but after receiving his MBA spent his career as a financial executive. However, he has always maintained his passion for the environment, volunteering for various conservation organizations throughout his life. He is a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and a BLC Ambassador.
Watershed: Carson lives in the West Fork San Jacinto River watershed
A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, Michael jumped at the chance to apply his accounting and risk management skills to help Bayou Land Conservancy achieve its mission. With a background in commodity and financial instrument trading, he was looking for a community organization that could benefit from his experience. At home just blocks from Cypress Creek, Michael loves to work in his garden. A Husker football fan, lover of fine wines, and former ballroom dance instructor, when he’s not in Houston you may find him on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State taking in some epic ocean views.
Watershed: Michael lives in the Cypress Creek watershed
Jacqueline is an environmental consultant for an environmental consulting firm in Houston, Texas. Her focus is on wetlands, threatened and endangered species, and natural resources protection and permitting. Jacqueline has a degree in Environmental Geosciences from Texas A&M University and is working towards her Professional Wetland Scientist certification. She enjoys working outdoors and giving back to her community however she can. She really likes trying new craft beers with her husband Mason and can often be found on a patio somewhere near nature with her dog Charlie. Jacqueline is most passionate about getting the community excited about protecting our wetland habitats and wildlife that come with it.
Watershed: Jacqueline lives in the Cypress Creek watershed
Bill Bass is a Geographer with experience in geospatial technologies, cartography, analytics, and web-based mapping technologies. Bill has a master’s degree in Geography from Texas State University, a bachelor’s degree in Management Systems from Arizona State University, and is a Certified GIS Professional.
Bill is a native Houstonian having grown up in the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay part of the region, and is an avid wildlife, landscape, and conservation photographer.
Watershed: Bill lives in the Spring Creek watershed
Mary is a native Houstonian and accounting professional. After graduating from Villanova University with bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance, she moved back to her hometown and is excited to expand her community involvement. Her passions include exploring the outdoors, traveling, trying new recipes, and spending time with her husband and pets. She works as a certified public accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and serves local energy and industrial products clients. Most weekends, she can be found walking or biking the nearby bayou trails or trying out the newest local restaurants. She is eager to share her financial background with BLC and spread the organization’s mission.
Watershed: Mary lives in the White Oak Bayou watershed.
DR. MATTHEW BERG
Dr. Matthew Berg is a widely-trained scientist with a passion for engaging communities in managing their natural resources. He earned a PhD at Texas A&M University through a U.S. Department of Agriculture leadership development program. His background includes a variety of water research, extensive public outreach and awards from several groups for policy work with federal and state governments. He loves exploring new places and foraging for whatever native plants are ripe for the picking!
Watershed: Matt lives in the Cypress Creek watershed
Johnny is a graduate of Baylor University, where he achieved a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. He has a vast background in marketing and business studies. Growing up within the walls of Arbor Care, he was destined to wind up in the family business one day. Being in the industry his whole life, he has developed a large understanding of Tree healthcare. With a constant mindset on the preservation of trees and the vast knowledge behind them, Johnny looks forward to contributing to the conservancy as best he can.
Watershed: Johnny lives in the San Jacinto River/Lake Houston watershed
Originally from Canada, Kelly earned an Urban and Regional Planning Degree from the University of Waterloo. She spent 17 years in the public parks and recreation industry and now working on the private side building parks, trails and other leisure amenities. When she is not working or volunteering, you’ll find her mountain biking, camping, hiking, playing soccer or traveling to new places to experience the outdoors with her husband and two daughters. Kelly is passionate about creating, preserving and protecting quality outdoor open space and recreational areas for current and future generations.
Watershed: Kelly lives in the Spring Creek watershed
Ken Fatur recently joined the BLC Board after he and his fiancé (Jordana) moved to Houston from Chicago. His appreciation for the outdoors was formed at a young age in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania which is a popular area for camping, hiking, biking, boating, trout fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. His Mom was a long time volunteer at the Laurel Hill State Park Visitor Center.
Ken is a banker for JPMorgan Chase, received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and an MBA from Pitt.
Watershed: Ken lives in the Buffalo Bayou Watershed
Peter A. Jensen represents the BLC as: Ambassador, Board Member, Conservation Crew, Trail Crew and Trail Steward. He is also a Certified Texas Master Naturalist. Peter received a B.S. in Oceanography from SUNY Maritime College (1978), and a M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland (1997). He retired as a Commander from the U.S. Coast Guard, and worked for Exxon Mobil Corporation for 20-years, retiring in 2017. Peter also Volunteers with the Montgomery County Food Bank and the Houston Maritime Museum.
Peter and his wife Carol are in their 40th year of marriage, and have 3 sons: Evan, Matthew and Alex.
Watershed: Peter lives in the Spring Creek Watershed
REBECCA KUO, EX-OFFICIO
Rebecca is serving with the Bayou Land Conservancy as part of the Rice MBA Board Fellow program. She is very excited to bring her passion for sustainability and the environment to BLC, and while she grew up a suburb-gal, she has really grown to love the outdoors and appreciate its beauty. Rebecca is a native Houstonian and has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and she currently works in energy procurement for BASF. At work she likes to get involved in different extracurriculars and has helped create several groups (one being the Houston Green Team!). In her spare time, she likes to cook, sit on patios outside, and go on bike rides with her dog and partner.
Watershed: Rebecca lives in the Buffalo Bayou Watershed
Lisa is a sustainability professional who has developed and managed environmental programs for the cities of Houston and San Antonio. Currently, she leads sustainable transportation initiatives at Rice University. Lisa is also a professional cellist and has performed national and internationally. In her spare time, she likes to go hiking and bicycling with her husband, Sam.
Lisa is excited to help raise the awareness of Bayou Land Conservancy's amazing people, projects, and preserves.
Watershed: Lisa lives in the White Oak Bayou/Buffalo Bayou watershed
Ryan, a native of North Carolina, is a college basketball enthusiast, career environmental consultant, bourbon aficionado, raw oyster enthusiast, and father of two. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Carolina and a graduate degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston, Ryan has devoted his career to natural resources management. Ryan’s interest with upholding BLC’s mission lies in his passion for spending time in the outdoors, wide open spaces, and the solitude that ensues. When he’s not fulfilling his professional duties, you can find him playing soccer with his kids, hiking in the Colorado Rockies, camping at one of Texas’ fine natural areas, or soaking up sun at a beach.
Watershed: Ryan lives in the White Oak Bayou-Buffalo Bayou watershed
Brandon began his career working in the public sector managing water resources in the Pacific Northwest. After nearly a decade, he finally succumbed to the allure of law school and relocated to Houston to practice environmental law. While working, Brandon focuses on water and natural resources, development and enforcement defense. While playing, though, Brandon enjoys indoctrinating his four children in the joys of backcountry hiking and camping.
Watershed: Brandon lives in the White Oak Bayou watershed
EX OFFICIO, PAST CHAIR
BRUCE BODSON | ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY
ROBERT COLLINS | ATTORNEY, CITY OF HOUSTON
JUSTIN FAUSEK | MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PCT. 3
FRED LeBLANC | HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION
TREY PRICE | MP2 ENERGY
JOE WONG | EXXONMOBIL
Bayou Land Conservancy is able to manage and permanently protect thousands of acres thanks in large part to the thousands of hours provided by expert volunteers. These volunteers are biologists, Master Naturalists and others with an interest in land preservation. We are also directly supported in our efforts by local, state and federal agency representatives.
DAMIEN CAREY | BIRDER, LAKE HOUSTON AREA NATURE CLUB
JULIAN ERCEG | BOTANIST
GEOFFREY NEWTON | GEOLOGIST, TEXAS CERTIFIED MASTER NATURALIST
MATT WEAVER | TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE
PETER JENSEN | TEXAS CERTIFIED MASTER NATURALIST
STEVE MURRAY | TEXAS CERTIFIED MASTER NATURALIST
JOHN STACY | TEXAS CERTIFIED MASTER NATURALIST
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