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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

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.

Executive Committee Members


Mike Greene

Fort Worth

Vice Chairman*

Mark E. Bivins


Chairman Emeritus*

Kelly R. Thompson

Fort Worth

John A. Cardwell


Dan Craine*

Fort Worth

Bruce Culpepper


Robert E. Fondren


L.R. (Robin) French, III


Russell Gordy


Will Harte

Fort Davis

Stephen Howard

Fort Worth

Parker Johnson


Steve C. Lewis

San Antonio

Cadell Liedtke


Margaret Martin


Patrick D. Murray


Richard Nunley


Samantha A. Omey


Randy S. Risher


Corbin J. Robertson, III


Carter P. Smith


Eric Stumberg


John Wagner


Brad Wharton

Fort Worth

*Denotes Executive Committee Members

Honorary Trustees

Chairman Emeritus

The Honorable Lee. M. Bass

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission

Fort Worth

Perry Richardson Bass† (1914-2006)

Fort Worth

Will C. Beecherl


Edwin L. “Ed” Cox, Jr.


George C. “Tim” Hixon† (1937-2018)

San Antonio

S. Reed Morian† (1946-2024)


C. Patrick Oles, Jr.


Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable James E. Abell

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission


The Honorable Oliver J. Bell

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission


The Honorable Travis “Blake” Rowling

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission


Executive Director

David Yoskowitz, Ph.D.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Staff Leadership

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

Executive Director

Anne Brown

Ms. Brown joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation as Executive Director in June 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Brown was the Texas State Director and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for National Audubon Society. She has over 20 years’ experience in national nonprofit management across a wide range of disciplines. Her expertise includes being a member of the founding team for an internet technology start-up and managing various consulting projects with clients such as the Kennedy School of Government and American Diabetes Association. Ms. Brown also serves on the boards of The Peregrine Fund and The Horizon Foundation, and she serves as the president of the Gulf of Mexico Trust.

Director of Operations

Heather Brooks

Ms. Brooks joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation as Operations Director in May 2024, bringing with her a wealth of experience in strategic project management and operational leadership. She began her career in financial services, which led to a career in litigation support and later, real estate. Her expertise is marked by her successful management of complex, high-stakes settlements, and negotiations. Her commitment to operational excellence supports the Foundation’s mission to ensure the future of Texas’ wild things and wild places.

Director of Investments and Special Projects

Merrill Chester Gregg

Ms. Gregg joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in March 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Gregg was a Vice President of Marketing for Texas and the Southeast at Brigade Capital Management, a 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.

Director of Outreach

Emily House

Ms. House assumed the role of Director of Outreach for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in July 2022, after serving as Marketing and Membership Director since June 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. House was Vice President of Olsen + Company where she helped nonprofit and political organizations build membership audiences, raising more than $25 million through online and direct gifts. She 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.

Director of Philanthropy

Phil Lamb

Mr. Lamb joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in June 2021 as Director of Philanthropy. Prior to joining the Foundation, he 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, Mr. Lamb was a litigator and general counsel in Dallas for 15 years. He 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.

Director of Communications

Lydia Saldaña

Ms. Saldaña joined Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation team as Communications Director in 2014 after more than 23 years of state service with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), where she was Communications Division Director responsible for agency communications, marketing, media relations, education, and outreach. Prior to her TPWD career, she was a broadcast journalist in Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. A storyteller at heart, Ms. Saldaña delights in sharing the stories of conservation heroes from all walks of life.

Director of Development and Marketing

Julie Shaddox

Ms. 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 previously lived in Ankara, Turkey, where she taught English at the Bilkent University School of English Language.

Director of Conservation Programs

Zach Spector

Mr. Spector joined TPWF as Director of Conservation Programs in 2022. Prior to that, he was the Government Affairs & Northwest Program Director at Western Rivers Conservancy, a westwide conservation real estate group based in Oregon. During his tenure, he was responsible for conserving over 20,000 acres and helping secure tens of millions of dollars in public and private funding. Originally from San Antonio, Zach is excited to be back working on conservation issues across Texas.

Philanthropy and Stewardship Officer

Amy Allen

Office associate

Melina Bartolomei


Debra Brandon

Constituent Relationship Manager

Natalie Rosado Escalante

Foundation Relations Manager

Cristina Kenny


Vanessa Kramer

Land Conservation Manager

Corky Kuhlmann

Outreach & Communications Writer

Joy Laukoter

Office Manager

Kate Potts

Engagement Manager

Katie Spurgin

Program Manager, Gear Up for Game Wardens

Austin Taylor