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.
Ashley Lovell joined the TLC staff in September, 2014. Her outreach experience includes organizing and facilitating workshops for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service and working for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as a program manager and naturalist. Ashley recently earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Environmental Sociology. She specializes in using social science techniques to promote collaborative approaches to land management. In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking with her dog Dakota, running along Lady Bird Lake, and practicing yoga all around Austin.