Families in Nature Advisory Board

Dr. Andrew Sansom – Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy. For his commitment to the management and protection of natural resources, Mr. Sansom is a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, The Chuck Yeager Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Pugsley Medal from the National Park Foundation, the Seton Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nature Conservancy. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Austin College and Texas Tech University. Andrew Sansom now serves as Research Professor of Geography and Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University where he coordinates university policy and research related to freshwater resources, manages the headwaters of the San Marcos River; administers the most extensive freshwater environmental education program in Texas; and supervises the training and coordination of more than 1000 volunteer water monitors in rivers and streams throughout the State. 

Peggy Winkler – Peggy Winkler is an Austin leader whose vision and commitment has made a significant impact on conserving the unique and precious natural resources in Central Texas. Her dedication to protecting the best of our area for current and future generations has been well-demonstrated by her actions and leadership, setting an example for others in our community. Peggy has a Master of Science degree in marine botany.

Philip Sansone – Executive Director of The Whole Planet Foundation – Philip Sansone’s diverse and far ranging background focuses on three distinct arenas in international development: entrepreneurship, subsistence agricultural cooperatives and microfinance in developing countries. He is also the founder of Book People, where he continues to serve on the Book People Board of Directors. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras where he worked with the Misquito Indians for almost three years on the Patuca River in La Mosquitia, and in Paraguay for four years helping to start agricultural cooperatives.

Dr. Wesley Glazener – Pediatrician, with a great appreciation for the need to get families outside together

Katy Densmore – Katy currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Conservation Projects at the Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature thrive.  Throughout her career, Katy has integrated her formal background in engineering with a passion for people, systems, and organizational effectiveness to create results.  Her combined expertise in leadership, energy, and the environment was built during her 16 years at ExxonMobil, where she held a broad variety of positions across operations, R&D, project management, regulatory advocacy, and planning. In her seven years at the Nature Conservancy, she has provided strategic leadership across public policy, corporate engagements, climate action, and conservation.   Katy also serves as the Chair of the Board for the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, a nonprofit sustaining abundant, thriving natural places in Virginia.

Bernadette Noll – Author of “Slow Family Living” and “Make Stuff Together” – Bernadette Noll is an author, speaker, community events organizer, workshop facilitator, artist, teacher, creative thinker and mother of four.

Angela Foster-Rice – Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines

Juli Berwald – Author of “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone,” scientist, professor and science communicator

Julie Hayon

Stephanie Joos-Independent Education Management Professional