Volunteer Leadership



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


Vice Chair

Jonathan brings an analytical background and a desire to engage the community in land and water conservation.  He believes the connections and shared interests of a community can overcome the differences that divide.  He is interested in advancing conservation through reexamining our relationship with nature, "It was there for us as children and somewhere along the way it fell into the background of life."


Jonathan feels most grounded when running and biking in remote places with his family.  He is committed to raising their three young children to lead thoughtful and compassionate lives as invested citizens with an adventurous spirit.

Watershed: Jonathan lives in the West Fork San Jacinto 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  


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


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


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  


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


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

Lisa Graiff

Ex Officio, Past Chair


Chairman Emeritus

Advisory Council

BRUCE BODSON | Environmental Attorney

ROBERT COLLINS | Attorney, City of Houston

JUSTIN FAUSEK | Montgomery County Precinct 3

FRED LeBLANC | Howard Hughes Corporation


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.

Baseline Crew

DAMIEN CAREY | Birder, Lake Houston Area Nature Club


GEOFFREY NEWTON | Geologist, Texas Certified Master Naturalist

MATT WEAVER | Texas A&M Forest Service

Conservation Crew



PETER JENSEN | Texas Certified Master Naturalist


STEVE MURRAY | Texas Certified Master Naturalist

JOHN STACY | Texas Certified Master Naturalist


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

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