Board of Trustees

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s Board of Trustees is comprised of conservation leaders who share a commitment to safeguarding our state’s natural resources. Trustees support the mission of the foundation, raise awareness, and exercise fiduciary oversight.

Mike Greene
Chairman*

Fort Worth

Mark E. Bivins
Vice Chairman*

Amarillo

Kelly R. Thompson
Chairman Emeritus*

Fort Worth

John A. Cardwell
Austin

Dan Craine*
Fort Worth

Bruce Culpepper
Houston

Robert E. Fondren
Houston

L.R. (Robin) French, III
Houston

Russell Gordy
Houston

Will Harte
Fort Davis

Parker Johnson
Houston

Steve C. Lewis
San Antonio

Cadell Liedtke
Midland

Margaret Martin
Boerne

S. Reed Morian
Houston

Carman Mullins
Spring

Richard Nunley
Sabinal

Randy S. Risher
Houston

Corbin J. Robertson, III
Houston

Eric Stumberg
Austin

John Wagner
Dallas

*denotes Executive Committee members

Honorary Trustees

The Honorable Lee M. Bass
Chairman Emeritus
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Fort Worth

Perry Richardson Bass† (1914-2006)
Fort Worth

Will C. Beecherl
Dallas

Edwin L. “Ed” Cox, Jr.
Athens

George C. “Tim” Hixon† (1937-2018)
San Antonio

C. Patrick Oles, Jr.
Austin

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable James E. Abell
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Kilgore

The Honorable Oliver J. Bell
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Houston

The Honorable Travis “Blake” Rowling
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Dallas

Carter Smith
Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Austin

Staff Leadership

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation staff carry out the day-to-day business of the foundation. Led by Executive Director Susan Houston, TPWF team members are passionate about the work they do and the mission they support.

Merrill Chester Gregg, Director of Finance and Conservation Programs

Merrill Chester Gregg joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in March 2016 as Conservation Finance Director and in June 2020, became Associate Director. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Gregg was a Vice President of Marketing for Texas and the Southeast at Brigade Capital Management, a $16 billion dollar credit asset manager based in New York City. Ms. Gregg started her career at Goldman Sachs, where she worked in New York City and Hong Kong consulting hedge funds on capital raising.

Emily House, Marketing and Membership Director

Emily House joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in June 2018 as Marketing and Membership Director. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. House was Vice President of Olsen + Company where she helped non-profit and political organizations build membership audiences, raising more than $25 million through online and direct gifts. Ms. House also served seven years as an appointee with the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Phil Lamb, Philanthropy and Engagement Director

Phil Lamb joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in June 2021 as Director of Philanthropy and Engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Phil was Director of Development for the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, where he led a rebranding of the organization’s communications assets, recruited new board members and raised more than $8 million for research projects and capital improvements. Before entering the nonprofit space, Phil was a litigator and general counsel in Dallas for 15 years. Phil is also a longtime volunteer for the Foundation’s Stewards of the Wild program and serves on Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Upland Game Bird Advisory Committee.

Lydia Saldaña, Communications Director

Lydia Saldaña joined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation team as Communications Director in September 2014 after more than 23 years of state service with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For 17 of those years, she served as Communications Division Director and was responsible for agency communications, marketing, media relations, education and outreach. As TPWF communications director, Ms. Saldaña provides strategic input and guidance to the leadership team and implements annual integrated communication and marketing plans that support TPWF’s mission.

Julie Shaddox, Development and Marketing Director

Julie Shaddox rejoined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation team in 2019 as the Director of Partner Programs and in June 2020, became Director of Stewardship and Support. Her prior roles at TPWF include serving as Development/Grant Writer from 2014-2015 and Philanthropy Relationship Manager from 2015-2018. Ms. Shaddox holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She enjoys travel and previously lived in Ankara, Turkey, where she taught English at the Bilkent University School of English Language.

Zach Spector, Associate Director of Conservation Programs

Zach Spector joined TPWF as Associate Director of Conservation Programs in 2022. Prior to that, Zach worked for nearly a decade at Western Rivers Conservancy, a westwide conservation real estate group based in Portland, Oregon. While at Western Rivers, Zach was Government Affairs & Northwest Program Director. During his tenure, Zach was responsible for conserving over 20,000 acres in both fee simple and conservation easement and helping secure tens of millions of dollars in public funding. Zach has a joint MBA and MS from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a focus on conservation real estate and finance, and a BA from Vanderbilt University. Originally from San Antonio, Zach is excited to be back working on conservation issues across Texas..