Linda Wofford – FIN Board Chair – Associate Director of Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Erin Obering – FiN Board Treasurer, Director of Sustainability at ONE Gas. Erin has spent her career in business development, finance, and program management.
Maria Fabiola Rodrîguez – FIN Board Secretary – Fabiola started out volunteering with FIN as a Biology and Environmental Sciences student at the University of Texas at Austin. She fell in love with FiN’s mission to get people of all backgrounds and ages outside. She has experience in conservation research and environmental consulting, and is working to learn finance. In her spare time, she does Latin dance and catches reptiles (not usually at the same time).
Brad Price – FIN Board Vice Chair – 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.
Rae Ann Allong – FIN Board Outgoing Chair – 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.”
Brad Bourland – President, and Chief Executive Officer of Diesslin Group, Inc. He is the managing principal of the firm and oversees DG’s business operations. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Brad served as Senior Director of Procurement and Technology for the Houston Astros Baseball Club, managing the Club’s procurement process, leading contract negotiations, and analyzing and initiating directives to improve the Club’s business processes and increase efficiency. Brad has also worked as the Director of Information Technology at the Houston Astros Baseball Club and as Systems Consultant and Project Manager at MicroConnect, LLC. Brad received an M.B.A. from Rice University and B.B.A. degrees in Management and Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University. Brad is currently a Board Member and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the University of North Texas Foundation, President of the BRIT Foundation and serves on the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation of North Texas.
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.
Nicholas Fazzini – Account Executive for Blackbaud.
Dr. Gary Morris | Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics, St. Edward’s University.
Cesar Chavez Navarrete, Ph.D. –Dr. Navarrete is a 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 – Visual Art and Computer Teacher at Dearborn Academy – Robert has been instrumental in engaging Latino families in our programming thanks to his previous involvement with El Buen Samaritano.
Linda Amala Puckett –Linda is a 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.”