After earning degrees in anthropology, religious studies, and environmental conflict resolution, I moved to San Antonio to pursue a PhD in ecological anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. My most recent employment was with the Institute of Texan Cultures at HemisFair Park downtown and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center on the Southside. I have a unique background in cultural and natural resource interpretation and management that lends itself well to protecting and celebrating the rich heritage of the head of the San Antonio River. My academic interests include perceptions of nature, human-animal relations, and the intersection of spirituality and the environment. My personal interests include spending time with my companion animals and family, volunteering with the San Antonio Audubon Society, and learning every day.
I was raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I received a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. My professional career has been in product development and direct to consumer management for Roots Clothiers, Inc.; J Crew, Inc.; J. Peterman Catalog; Esprit de Corps; and USAA Merchandise Services, Inc. holding positions as product manager, divisional manager, general manager, and vice-president. I am a certified Texas Master Naturalist and a Board Member of the Alamo Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist since 2007. I am an avid international traveler and wildlife enthusiast. I have resided in San Antonio since 2002.
The San Antonio River has been crucial to the San Antonio area for hundreds of years. My goal is to protect, conserve, and restore the San Antonio River so many generations to come can continue to enjoy all the river has to offer. To reach my goal, I pursued an M.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio to expand my knowledge and skills from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I earned by B.S. in Biology. My volunteer experience includes Outdoor Classroom at Cibolo Nature Center, and science and engineering fairs in Texas and Georgia. I am thrilled to be part of the Headwaters at Incarnate Word, where I can help educate others about the importance of the San Antonio River.
I have been married to Mary for 45 years; two children; two grandchildren. We retired to San Antonio in 2008 and joined the Texas Master Naturalists volunteer program in 2009, which is how I discovered Headwaters Sanctuary. I fell in love with Headwaters’s vision of a restored native forest at the source of the San Antonio River. First, I volunteered, and then I started coordinating the volunteers, and now I’m on the Board. Phew. I want to help grow this teaching ministry about Earth care, which is well outside of my historical comfort zone. My B.S. is in Aerospace Engineering (worked for NASA in the early 70’s); my PhD is in Mechanical Engineering; my education and career was at Virginia Tech, Cornell University, Princeton University, and ExxonMobil doing research on fuels and lubricants, and on information and patent searching. Now, here I am, running chainsaws and the Headwaters volunteer database