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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adeline Fox – President
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
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.
Jeanine Bishop – Treasurer
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 – Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Amber Harrison joins Big Bend Conservation Alliance with over 10 years of experience in bio-archaeology and cultural resource management. Amber has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She has been a Park Ranger/Interpreter at Big Bend Ranch State Park since 2013 where she conducts outreach and educational programs at the park and in communities of the Big Bend with a focus on dark sky preservation and resource management. She resides in Terlingua, Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
Andy is a sustainability and business development leader from Austin. He brings years of business development and leadership experience gained from the tech start-up world. Andy has a diverse academic background which aligns well with the mission of BBCA, including a MS in Sustainability Studies and graduate work in Professional Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is an avid outdoors person and professional nature and travel photographer. Andy hopes to inspire and mobilize the urban population of Texas, to take action towards the conservation of the big bend, through outdoor recreation and nature therapy.