Families in Nature Board of Directors
Merila Walker Thorne-Thomsen – FIN Board Chair, Consultant specializing at the intersection of healthcare, government, and technology.
Rae Ann Allong – FIN Board Secretary, graduate of both 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, Manager of customer development at ONE Gas. Erin has spent her career in business development, finance, and program management
Molly Stevens – Previous FiN Board Chair, Executive Director of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Dr. Gary Morris – Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics, St. Edward’s University
Brandi Clark-Burton – Senior Policy Advisor at the City of Austin, Office of Mayor Steve Adler
Rich LeGrand – Rich is a tech entrepreneur and FiN parent. He loves to “unplug” and
experience nature with his wife and two boys.
Linda Amala Puckett – Copywriter and Marketing Consultant – Linda is a senior-level copywriter with a broad background including nonprofit, B2B, healthcare, tourism, real estate, banking, and retail. She has expertise in creating successful campaigns across all media, including print, broadcast, email and web content.
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.
Susan Lo – IT project manager and longtime FiN Parent. With little outdoor space at her home, Susan and her family are always looking forward to leaving their urban living behind for some activities in nature with other FiN families.
Martha Stockton – new to FIN board in May 2017 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Architect
Cesar Chavez Navarrete, Ph.D. – As Navy Seal, Cesar was communication specialist, photographer, and field translator. He was a Space Suit technician at Johnson Space Center working in astronaut training from the first STS launch in 1981 to 1984. As a dedicated educator, he has taught students from Kindergarten to Graduate level for more than 20 years. As an academic, he has published and present many research studies on educational technology. An avid outdoorsman, he engages in outdoors activities from backpacking to skydiving. He is an avid skydiver and Tai Chi martial artist.