P. Michael Jung (President) - Mr. Jung as a partner in the Dallas law firm of Strasburger & Price, LLP, he received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School (1979) and degrees in mathematics and earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975). Before beginning law school, Mr. Jung worked on computer simulation of reentry guidance for the NASA Space Shuttle. Mr. Jung specializes in civil appellate litigation and governmental law; he has been named one of the 100 best lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly. He has worked on behalf of clients to save open space in Dallas; as a volunteer, he chaired the city's Tree Preservation Ordinance Subcommittee and has served on other committees and task forces, and as an officer of the White Rock Neighborhood Association.
Earl Matthew (President-Elect)- Dr. Matthew grew up on his family's ranch in Yoakam, Texas, and received his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from University of Texas-Austin, then attended Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He began his internal medicine residency at the University of Florida, followed by a two-year infectious disease fellowship at NIH (Bethesda, Md.); he finished his residency at San Antonio Health Science Center. Dr. Matthew worked for 22 years at Austin's Brackenridge Hospital, retiring as director of medical services and education. Dr. Matthew became involved with Texas Land Conservancy in 1987 as executor of the estate of Ms. Ivy Payne, who donated a 400-acre refuge to Texas Land Conservancy; he has since overseen the management of the property and its endowment. Pursuing his interest in wildlife conservation, Dr. Matthew joined the board of directors of the National Wildlife Federation, representing the south-central U.S., as well as the federation's state affiliate, Texas Committee on Natural Resources. He has recently become president of Aransas First, a land trust on the Texas Gulf coast.
Janell Morgan (Treasurer) - Ms. Morgan has been a partner in the CPA firm of Sheriff and Morgan, P.C., since 1984. Ms. Morgan grew up in the Texas Panhandle and obtained her accounting education at the University of North Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has served on several Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants committees at the local and state level. Her practice is in tax, accounting and auditing for small business owners and nonprofit organizations. In addition to serving as treasurer and finance chair for Texas Land Conservancy, Ms. Morgan is a financial partner for Someday Day Isle Investment Club and is active in her church.
Travis Phillips (Secretary) - Mr. Phillips joined the TLC board in 2010. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, he went on to earn a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs before earning a J.D. from the UT School of Law. He currently practices law at Brown McCarroll, LLP in Austin, working mostly in real estate transactions. Travis has also has legislative experience, having interned for the chair of the Texas House Natural Resources Committee. Deeply committed to his community, Travis currently serves on the board of Austin's Mainspring School, which provides high-quality early education and child-care to children of low-income families. Travis serves on the TLC board because he is, deeply interested in the use of conservation easements as a tool for protecting important habitat and ecosystems from development and degradation.
Robert J. O'Kennon (Past-president) - Mr. O'Kennon received his bachelor's degree in business from Duke University and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot, flying over 300 combat missions in Vietnam. Captain O'Kennon was an intelligence officer with the CIA after leaving the military. He became a commercial pilot in 1972, and recently retired after thirty years with American Airlines. He has been associated with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth since its inception in 1986, and has served as a trustee and research associate, currently serving as vice chair. An expert on North American flora, he has discovered and described more than 20 new plant species. Mr. O'Kennon has authored or co-authored four books on botany including The Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas and The Illustrated Flora of East Texas and has published dozens of scientific articles in international journals.
Russ Jewert - Mr. Jewert was born and raised on a dairy farm in western New York State. Served 3 years in the Army, stationed in Germany. Served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, worked in the War on Poverty programs for many years in Austin and Dallas regional offices, and was an Assistant Professor at UCONN for 2 years. Education includes BA from the University of South Carolina, MA in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky, one year undergraduate at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse. Community service includes former director and president, Love Field Citizens Action Committee; current Board Member, Friends of Big Bend National Park. His interests include woodworking and furniture making, camping and backpacking.
Adam Jochelson - Mr. Jochelson brings both depth and breath of knowledge to the Board, informed by his professional, educational, and extracurricular experiences. He is currently the senior environmental engineer for the City of Dallas Sanitation Services Department. Having to think daily about the planning, development, operations and design of a landfill means that Adam is keenly aware of land use issues and pressures affecting the environmental landscape of an urban area. Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in 1995 and became a licensed professional environmental engineer in Texas 10 years later after working in the education field teaching math and science. Adam has also donated his time to a variety of good causes in Dallas, including helping found the Green Dallas Initiatives. Through his work on the TLC board, Adam is fulfilling a lifelong desire to have a long-term positive impact on the environment in Texas. On a greater scale, he hopes that TLC’s work will help avoid the unknowable potential consequences for globally interconnected biological systems that arise from species extinctions and damaged ecology.
Eileen McKee - Ms. McKee has a degree in communications and public relations from Southern Methodist University and works as a fundraising and development consultant for arts and education organizations in Dallas. Currently with Voices of Change, a new music ensemble, she is responsible for public relations, marketing, and development. As a teenager, Eileen received a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet; she has performed with numerous national and regional dance companies. She currently teaches at Contemporary Ballet Dallas and serves on the Board of Dallas Dance Council. The daughter of Ned and Genie Fritz, Ms. McKee brings her nonprofit management skills and her desire to preserve natural areas to Texas Land Conservancy.
Sharon C. Reed - Ms. Reed grew up in rural north-central Texas near a bend of the Brazos River. As an adult, she volunteered at the Heard Museum and learned to be a trail guide in an urban setting, presenting information and stories about Texas' environment. Ms. Reed became a teacher at the Richardson Environmental Studies Center in 1978, which led to her becoming a board member in the Texas Association for Environmental Educators, Texas Land Conservancy, and the Richardson Environmental Action League.
Anne Rowe - Ms. Rowe joined the TLC board in 2010. A fourth-generation Texan, Anne brings extensive experience in real estate, law, and environmental organizations to the board. A UT graduate, she has worked in real estate for over 10 years, during which time, she attended law school and completed her J.D. at SMU in 2008. At SMU, she was President of the Environmental Law Society, and she currently practices civil litiation at the Law Office of Wendel A. Withrow. Anne has served as a Volunteer Outings Leader for the National Sierra Club Outings Department for many years, organizing and leading wilderness trips all over the West. She was also an executive committee member of the Dallas Sierra Club for six years. Anne brings a breadth and depth of experience in the conservation, legal, and nonprofit fields. She dedicates her time to TLC because she would like to continue to be a part of preserving and conserving land, water, and their wild inhabitants before it is lost to short-lived and often short-sighted development.
Pat Spillman - Mr. Spillman received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is currently a Senior Attorney for TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc. in Houston where he specializes in health, safety, and environmental regulationand enforcement matters, site remediation, and management of tort litigation for the company. He previously served on both the Dallas and Houston Advisory Boards of the Nature Conservancy of Texas.
Michael Grimes - Mr. Grimes is the Founding Partner of Imperium Public Affairs, a Texas-based and non-partisan public affairs consulting firm providing strategic public affairs communications and business development efforts on behalf of the firm’s select clientele. Before founding IPA, Michael spent over 5 years as a Partner and President of Capitol Alliance Public Affairs, a full service public affairs and political consulting firm representing clients at all levels of government. Michael is a native of Fort Worth, Texas who grew up roaming the land and waterways of Texas, and attended and graduated from TCU and UT Austin.
Wayne Graham - Mr. Graham has been employed at the accounting firm Bounds Chatelain & Pharr, PC in Austin since 1997 and currently serves as a senior audit manager. He has experience in tax, audit and non-profits with expertise in construction contractor accounting. Wayne was born in Midland, TX and obtained his accounting and information technology degree from the University of Texas, Permian Basin. As a landowner in east and southwest Texas, Wayne is very interested in helping preserve the natural habitats, waterways and lands of Texas.
Jason Hill - Mr. Hill is a partner in the Austin law firm of Lloyd Gosselink in the firm’s Water Practice Group. He received a B.A. in 1997 from Texas Tech University and a J.D. in 2004 from the Baylor University School of Law. The primary focus of his practice involves counseling clients on water resources management, water rights, public water utilities and other water supply planning issues. Today, Jason represents a wide spectrum of client interests across and beyond Texas, including commercial and industrial interests, landowners, municipalities, pubic water utilities, groundwater conservation districts, and other State political subdivisions. Before joining the Firm, Jason served as a policy advisor to Texas State Senator Robert L. Duncan on agricultural, water, natural resources and other environmental issues.
Merritt Westcott - Ms. Westcott is a partner in the Houston law firm of Winston and Strawn LLP. Her practice focuses in patent litigation, including analysis of infringement, validity, and enforceability of patents, as well as in intellectual property counseling. Her cases are in a variety of industries, with a concentration is those related to biotechnology, but also in litigation matters related to mass storage systems, computer software, and oil and gas exploration technology. She received a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Texas Christian University in 1995. She received an M.S., summa cum laude, in Microbiology from the University of Texas – Austin in 1997 and her J.D., cum laude, in 2000 from the University of Houston Law Center in 2000.