Volunteer Leadership

LISA LIN 

Chair

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 fiancé, 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

JONATHAN LOK

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

RONDA RISLEY

Treasurer

Ronda has returned to reprise her role as Treasurer of Bayou Land Conservancy, a role she held from 2010-2012.  She is a CPA who is passionate about protecting Houston's environment, and is excited to be working on the BLC team once again!

RONDA RISLEY

Treasurer

Ronda has returned to reprise her role as Treasurer of Bayou Land Conservancy, a role she held from 2010-2012.  She is a CPA who is passionate about protecting Houston's environment, and is excited to be working on the BLC team once again!

 

Watershed - Ronda lives in the Cypress Creek  watershed

JACQUELINE SMOLIK

Secretary

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

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

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 DAILEY

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

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.

 

Watershed - Kelly  lives in the Spring Creek watershed

MICHAEL NELSON

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

GEOFF NEWTON

Originally from Michigan, Geoff is a retired exploration geologist, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and has lectured at Harvard University. He’s a grandfather; a lifelong naturalist, with an emphasis on the preservation and conservation of our natural environment; and has travelled to 100 countries and counting. 

 

Geoff is strongly committed to the mission of BLC that nature should be treasured by all of us as part of our collective heritage; something green for all of us.

Watershed - Geoff  lives in the Cypress Creek  watershed

RYAN ROBOL

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  

ERIC SCHINSING

Eric is a hydrogeologist, with professional interests in groundwater protection and site reclamation.  He eats lots of kale and enjoys cycling, hiking and paddling with his wife Lori.  He is excited to support the Bayou Land Conservancy’s mission and educate others about the organization, because he believes protecting open space in its natural state provides those special places where we go to reflect, play, learn and live. 

 

Watershed - Eric lives in the Spring Creek watershed  

BRANDON TUCK

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 - Johnny  lives in the White Oak Bayou  watershed

Lisa Graiff

Ex Officio, Past Chair

BILL TURNER

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

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.

Baseline Crew

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

Conservation Crew

BOB GOODE

PETER JENSEN | Texas Certified Master Naturalist

STEVE MILLS

STEVE MURRAY | Texas Certified Master Naturalist

JOHN STACY | Texas Certified Master Naturalist

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