Volunteer Leadership

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JONATHAN LOK
Chair

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.

 

Committee Service: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEI&A)

Watershed: Jonathan lives in the West Fork San Jacinto watershed

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CARSON STOKES
Vice 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: DEI&A, Finance and Lands

Watershed: Carson lives in the West Fork San Jacinto River watershed

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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: Chair Finance, and Lands

Watershed: Michael  lives in the Cypress Creek watershed

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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, and DEI&A

Watershed: Mary lives in the White Oak Bayou watershed. 

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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!

Committee Service: Chair Lands, DEI&A, and Policy

 

Watershed: Matt lives in the Cypress Creek  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.

Committee Service: Chair, Public Policy, and DEI&A

Watershed: Kelly  lives in the Spring Creek watershed

KEN FATUR

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.

Committee Service: Finance and Lands

Watershed: Ken lives in the Buffalo Bayou Watershed

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PETER JENSEN

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.

Committee Service: Lands
 

Watershed: Peter lives in the Spring Creek Watershed

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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 Committee

Watershed: Michael lives in the Cypress Creek watershed

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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: Co-Chair DEI&A 

Watershed: Lisa lives in the White Oak Bayou/Buffalo Bayou  watershed

BRIAN STEELMAN

Brian grew up in Virginia before relocating to Houston 16 years ago with his wife Jenny. They are parents of 3 wonderful children and their yellow lab Duke.  Brian received his MBA from Millsap’s College in Jackson, Mississippi and has been working in Commercial Real Estate for 20 years. Brian’s hobbies include camping, fishing, and hiking, and he shares his passion for the outdoors as the leader of Cub Scout Pack 889.

Committee Service: Lands

Watershed: Brian lives in the Spring Creek Watershed.

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KACEY WILKINS

Native to the Houston area, Kacey is a communication and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She has proficiency in managing many projects, from strategic planning to community engagement, fundraising initiatives, and communication campaigns. In her professional life, Kacey helps organizations create effective messaging to increase their impact and is honored to join the Bayou Land Conservancy board.
An avid hiker and camper, she grew up camping in many Texas state parks. Today, Kacey, her husband Ben, and sons Isaiah and Jonah spend as much time as they can exploring the beautiful natural areas in our region.


Committee: Communications, Fundraising


Watershed: Spring Creek 

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NATALIE BURGES

Natalie is serving with the Bayou Land Conservancy as part of the Rice University MBA Board Fellows program. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and currently works in chemical manufacturing at BASF where she strives to promote sustainable solutions. Natalie grew up in Katy, Texas in a family that instilled the love of the outdoors and the passion to serve. When she’s not at work or studying for class, she enjoys exploring new places, eating good food, hiking, and photography. She is excited to foster her love for people and the environment within the diverse set of sub-committees. 

Committee Service: DEI&A Co-Chair

 

​Watershed: Natalie lives in the Brays Bayou Watershed

BILL TURNER

CHAIR EMERITUS

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

ARAM DEREWETZKY
PETER JENSEN | 
TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST
BRIAN MCCULLOCH
AMISHA PATEL
DIANA PHILPOT
TOM PHILPOT
RON WALTON