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Volunteer Leadership

Carson Stokes
Chair

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.

Committee Service: Development (chair), Finance, Lands

Watershed: West Fork San Jacinto River 

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Justin Hicks 

Vice Chair

Originally from McKinney, Texas, Justin has lived in Greater Houston since 2016. Justin, a public finance attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, and disclosure counsel in connection with tax-exempt financings for cities, counties, school districts, special purpose districts, and nonprofit corporations. Justin holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish from Southern Methodist University. Justin is passionate about sustainable flood resilience and equitable access to natural spaces, particularly in the Spring Creek and Greens Bayou watersheds, and looks forward to raising awareness of BLC’s mission throughout the diverse Houston community. In his free time, Justin enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and exploring Houston’s natural gems with his wife, Mónica. Justin is a BLC Ambassador, an Eagle Scout, and a Texas Master Naturalist.

Committee Service: Equitable Community Engagement

Watershed: Greens Bayou 

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Michael Nelson 
Treasurer

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. 

Committee Service: Finance (chair) & Lands

Watershed: Cypress Creek 

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Mary Bauer
Secretary

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.

Committee Service: Finance

Watershed: White Oak Bayou 

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Kelly Dietrich

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.

Committee Service: Equitable Community Engagement (Co-chair)

Watershed: Spring Creek 

Matt Genotte

Matt is a native Houstonian with a passion for the great outdoors, all things restoration, native plants, and rewilding Texas. He is an avid hiker and hunter, and wants everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy wild places.  Matt has worked as a professional ecologist and environmental scientist  for more than 20 years, specializing in wetland science, ecological restoration, and project management.  Matt currently oversees a team of more than a dozen restoration ecologists in Texas and Louisiana. He is excited to use his experience to help BLC preserve land, protect wildlife habitat, reduce flooding, and make natural areas more accessible to all people. When Matt is not working or volunteering, he can be found on the trails with his wife and three small children doing scavenger hunts to keep them excited about finding new things in nature.

Committee Service: Lands

Watershed: Oyster Creek 

Michael Jimenez

Hailing from San Antonio, Michael is currently a global advisor for Chevron, utilizing his Chemistry BA from University of Texas-Austin and his MBA in Finance from Our Lady of the Lake University. Growing up his best memories are of traveling to national parks, camping, and hiking and he enthusiastically shares those experiences with his daughters now, taking them to different BLC preserves whenever possible. Before joining the board Michael became engaged through BLC’s Finance Committee.

Committee Service: Finance & Equitable Community Engagement

Watershed: Cypress Creek 

Lisa Lin

Lisa is a sustainability professional who has developed and managed environmental programs for the cities of Houston and San Antonio. Currently, she leads Harris County's sustainability programs and initiatives. 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. 

Committee Service: Equitable Community Engagement (Co-chair)

Watershed: White Oak Bayou/Buffalo Bayou

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Alex Noll 

Alex Noll is a Texas transplant and an environmental lawyer at a large international law firm in Houston. Alex’s passion for environmental conservation dates back to her high school days, when she spent a semester attending Conserve School in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, a semester school focused on connecting teenagers to the natural environment. Alex became involved in Bayou Land Conservancy as a way to give back to her community and to become involved in the protection of natural spaces in Harris County. Alex is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and is eager to facilitate access to nature for all. Alex holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. In her free time, Alex enjoys exploring parks and trails around Houston with her husband, Alan, discovering new wine bars, and forcing her cats (Stella and Luna) to love her.

Committee Service: Finance & Equitable Community Engagement

Watershed: White Oak Bayou 

Glen Roscoe 

Glen Roscoe joined the BLC Board in 2023 after living in Houston with his wife Michelle for seven years. Growing up outside Seattle, Washington, he developed a deep passion for conservation and the outdoors from a young age, exploring the nearby mountains on regular hiking and mountaineering expeditions. His family includes multiple ranchers and retired Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service employees. Glen is an infrastructure private equity investor with Macquarie Asset Management and received an undergraduate degree in international affairs and economics from The George Washington University and a Master of Finance from INSEAD.

Committee Service: Development 

Watershed: White Oak Bayo

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Amanda Van Dusen

Originally from Indiana, Amanda has called Texas home for over 20 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from Purdue University, she joined her husband in Houston, Texas, where they now run a civil engineering consulting firm and raise their two teenage daughters. For Amanda, spending time in nature has been a constant source of restoration. A Texas Master Naturalist and BLC Ambassador alum, she has a passion for being an advocate for and an agent of learning about natural resources. Amanda is driven to expand support and further elevate awareness for BLC's mission in many ways including her involvement as a BLC Trail Docent. 

Committee Service: Lands (Chair), Equitable Community Engagement 

Watershed: Spring Creek 

Alejandro Arbelaez

Rice Board Fellow, Ex-Officio

Alejandro, also known as Ale, is a Colombian Petroleum Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has lived in more than 9 different countries with his family and is currently located in Houston, Texas, where, besides his regular work responsibilities, he is pursuing his Executive MBA at Rice University.

Ale has a great passion for his family, classic cars, and all types of activities that give back to the community. When he is not working or studying, he can be found volunteering, mountain biking, or working on his classic cars. Ale is excited to expand his community involvement and is eager to collaborate with BLC to support and spread the organization’s mission.

Committee Service: Finance

Watershed: Cypress Creek 

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.

Baseline Crew
Damien Carey | Birder, Lake Houston Area Nature Club
Geoffrey Newton
 | Geologist, Texas Certified Master Naturalist
Matt Weaver
 | Texas A&M Forest Service
Mickey Merritt
 | Texas A&M Forest Service

Conservation Crew

Jeff Hodges

Brian Beebe

Diana Philpot

Tom Philpot

Amisha Patel

Roy Cuellar

Jeff van Oonk

Ray Audas

Jim Pflugrath

Betsy Radtke

Aram Derewetzky

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