Mark is a native of Texas and joined the TLC staff in 2007. He previously worked at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he was a private lands wildlife biologist providing technical assistance to landowners in the Hill Country. Mark's land management experience also stems from his academic career and working on his family's farm in Washington County.Mark earned his bachelor's in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and master's in Rangeland Ecology and Management, both from Texas A&M University. His master's research focused on Texas landowners and their knowledge of conservation policy and land management techniques. Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana in Missoula from the College of Forestry and Conservation. His dissertation and post-doctoral work focused on land fragmentation in the Rocky Mountain region.
A native Texan with many years of experience in land and resource management, Daniel joined the TLC staff in 2009. He received his B.A. in Geography and Environmental Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center for five years as the Senior Land Steward of their Landscape Restoration Program, where he managed mid-grass savannas of central Texas.Daniel took a four-year hiatus from the South to live in the East, working as the stewardship manager of the Nature Conservancy's Vermont Chapter, where he supervised the easement monitoring program. After returning to his home state, Daniel worked for the City of Austin's Wildland Conservation Division, managing the volunteer program and contributing to other outreach and educational efforts.
Leigh Stuemke joined the TLC staff in July, 2011 with an extensive background in land management. Leigh earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota and is wrapping up a Master’s in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she is studying East Texas bats. Her professional experience includes three years as the refuge technician for the Fort Worth Nature Center, where she directed projects including prescribed burns, prairie and wetland restoration, trail maintenance, and invasive and exotic species control. She is also an experience volunteer coordinator and environmental educator, teaching everything from Master Naturalist courses to GPS skills to canoeing.
Rachael Garbowski joined the TLC staff in February 2013. Prior to moving to Texas, Rachael was the Programs Director of North Haven Arts & Enrichment, a non-profit community arts center located on North Haven Island, 12 miles off the Maine coast. She received her B.A. from Bates College in 2009, and originally hails from an 80-acre vegetable farm in Door County, Wisconsin. In addition to non-profit management, Rachael is a yoga instructor in the Austin area.
Other than a year-long adventure trying out life as a Northeasterner (in NY & NJ), Erin has always called Texas home. She joined Texas Land Conservancy in January 2014 as a part-time employee and works as a Personal Assistant the other half of the week. Erin graduated with a B.S. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin and, while her professional experience is somewhat varied, she likes that all of her positions have centered on communications and helping others. Her experience includes Marketing, Event Coordinating, Recruiting, and Personal Assisting/Business Management. In her free time, Erin volunteers with Green Corn Project, a local grassroots, volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping Central Texans in need grow their own organic vegetables.