Board & Staff

Join our Board of Directors

Big Bend Conservation Alliance seeks new board members to help protect the natural and cultural resources of the Big Bend. Are you passionate about the Big Bend? Do you want to help strengthen BBCA’s mission throughout the region?

If you live in the Big Bend region, we especially want to hear from you.

Contact us today at if you are interested in joining our board or learning more about the opportunity. Click here for more information on board member qualifications, duties, and expectations.

J.D. Newsom – Executive Director

J.D. Newsom joins Big Bend Conservation Alliance with over a decade of experience in all aspects of nonprofit management. J.D. has demonstrated success in leading company growth, strategic planning and implementation, streamlining processes, grant writing, leadership, and creating innovative programming. J.D. received a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of International Law from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. He resides in Alpine, Texas and can be reached at


Adeline Fox – Interim President

Adeline Fox headshot2

Adeline Fox is the Director of Communications for the Texas Water Conservation Association and the Texas Ground Water Association. She previously worked as project manager for WaterPR and as the education and outreach coordinator for several groundwater districts in the Texas Panhandle. Adeline has a bachelor of science in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University and a master of public service and administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A&M University.

Joselyn Fenstermacher- Vice President

jos beet farmers mkt

Joselyn is a field biologist and educator who has been rooted in the Big Bend for many years, living in Alpine and Terlingua.   She has traveled and worked in a variety of national and international locations but considers her experiences in the Big Bend—including being a Park Ranger and completing Master’s of Science degree research in Big Bend National Park– as fundamental to the person she is, and is constantly grateful for this place and what it provides.

Matthew Lara – Secretary


Matt Lara is an electrical engineer and musician living in Spicewood, Texas, who is connected to the Big Bend through his love of the region’s natural environment, and a personal connection to the people that inhabit it.

Margaret Shugart – Treasurer


Margaret Shugart grew up with one foot in the Big Bend, traveling from Dallas with her family every year for vacation. Her parents took jobs with Big Bend National Park and she soon followed to the region after graduating from the University of Texas. Of all the places she travels and lives, Big Bend is still the center of her family. She is now a Juris Doctorate candidate at Vermont Law School, focusing on environmental law.

Trey Gerfers

Trey bio pic

San Antonio native Trey Gerfers is fluent in German and Spanish and works as a translator of regulatory documents for the German and Swiss pharmaceutical and medical sciences industries. After spending almost 19 years outside Texas, living in Germany, South Africa, California, and Argentina, Mr. Gerfers returned to his home state in 2013, where he now lives in Marfa.

Jeff Bennett

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Jeff-Bennett.png

Jeff Bennett is a Conservation Delivery Specialist for the Rio Grande Joint Venture. He has a B.S. in Earth Science from Sul Ross State University and a M.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona. He came to the RGJV after 15 years as a physical scientist and hydrologist at Big Bend National Park where he coordinated binational river science and restoration projects. He serves on the expert science team for establishing environmental flows for the Rio Grande and on the Far West Texas Water Planning Group.

Jeanine Bishop

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Jeanine-Bishop-883x1024.jpg

Jeanine Bishop has 23 years of nonprofit experience ranging from volunteer, fundraiser, grant writer, executive administrator, and board member. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alpine Humane Society. Additionally, she has deep experience in management in the for-profit sector, most recently in retail, but also in sales, marketing, communications, and residential/commercial/ranch/conservation real estate. She lives on a ranch in Fort Davis with her significant other, five dogs, and an assortment of other animals.

Austin Dupree

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Austin-Dupree.jpg

Austin Dupree is a resident of Alpine, TX. Growing up in Dallas, Austin discovered the beauty of the Big Bend area as a teenager and has been drawn to the region ever since. After living in different parts of the country, she decided that she needed a change in both her career in event planning as well as her location. It did not take long to decide that a move to Alpine was in order. That was three years ago and she is finishing a Masters in Education and Counseling at Sul Ross while working in hospitality. The Big Bend Region stole her heart as a teenager and she is thrilled to be able to now live here full time.

Grier Brunson