Families in Nature Board of Directors

Rae Ann Allong | FIN Board Chair. Graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada and the University of Texas School of Law. Rae Ann recently started her new adventure as a retired criminal prosecutor.  “My earnest desire is that no matter what your background maybe, that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy and respect all that nature has to offer.”

Erin Obering | FIN Board Treasurer. Director, Customer Development at ONE Gas. Erin has spent her career in business development, finance, and program management.

Maria Fabiola Rodrîguez | FIN Board Secretary.

Michael “Tex” Duncan | Attorney at Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC in Austin, specializing in business law and other transactions, as well as estate planning. Before becoming an attorney, Tex had a 16-year career in non-profit association management. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.

Dr. Gary Morris | Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics, St. Edward’s University.

Cesar Chavez Navarrete, Ph.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury, New York. His research interests include mobile learning, creative thinking, digital literacies, and game construction learning. He has served as a US Navy SEAL; worked in astronaut crew training at NASA; developed training for the US Department of Labor; and has taught students from kindergarten to doctorate level. He’s a Tai Chi instructor and enjoys backpacking, running, bicycling, swimming and skydiving.

Robert Ochoa | Regional Manager at Coding with Kids. Robert has been instrumental in engaging Latino families in our programming thanks to his previous involvement with El Buen Samaritano.

Brad Price | Brad’s passion for non-profits and spending time outdoors with his family led him to doorstep of Families in Nature. Brad learned about Families in Nature through the active participation of his wife and children in a local Fin lab group focused on the FIN ecology school. Seeing first-hand the positive impact and immersive experiences Families in Nature was able to provide inspired him to contribute his time and energy to help achieve FiN’s annual and long-term plans.  Brad will call upon his past experiences with nonprofit administration and his current profession of providing technology solutions for nonprofits to help FIN do its best work in serving the community.

Linda Amala Puckett | Marketing consultant and writer who has created successful campaigns across all media for clients in the financial services, healthcare, real estate, tourism, education and nonprofit sectors. Her creative work has won numerous ADDY awards and recognition by The Art Directors Club of New York. She agrees wholeheartedly with Richard Louv’s assessment that “the work of connecting children to nature is essentially a hopeful proposition.”