2019 Board of Directors
President: Alex Chua works at Ecolab Inc. as a Manager in Finance Planning and Analysis. Previously, he worked at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in a variety of accounting roles. Alex began his non-profit experience at various organizations including College Houses in Austin, Junior Achievement, The Woodlands Marathon, The Houston Rodeo, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston as a part of his MBA. As a kid, Alex developed a love of chess and became a chess master. He enjoys guitar, travel, and healthy eating. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Rice University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Alex is a certified public accountant in the state of Texas. His current interests include issues related to civil rights, independent journalism, and government oversight. Joined November 2016.
Vice President: Ms. Hilary Toma is the Director of Administration and University Partnerships at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. In this role, Hilary oversees all internal operations and manages cross-campus communications and partnerships. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, where she held multiple roles. Highlights include managing the organization’s government funding, including the Grants Service Network and all associated training, and serving as the Chief of Staff for the Chief Conservation Officer. Hilary has a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Treasurer: Mr. Maurilio “Mo” Flores Sanchez is an accountant with Apex CAES, LLC, a Texas-based company created to develop, construct, own and operate compressed air energy storage (CAES) plants. As an avid outdoors enthusiast and CPA, Moe is very excited to be using his professional skills while serving with the CEC to further environmental efforts in the local community. Moe lives in Montrose, has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House & Junior Achievement, commutes via an electric motorcycle (weather permitting), and has two rescues – Remy, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, and Luna, a Lab mix. Joined December 2014.
Secretary: Mary Kate Kunzinger is the Conservation Sustainability Coordinator at the Houston Zoo, where she guides sustainable operations through research, planning and development. Her passion for wildlife conservation led her to become more involved in environmental issues around Houston. She currently volunteers with the Recycling Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and enjoys traveling and spending time in nature.
Bruce Bodson is an attorney in private environmental practice. He has nearly 40 years of environmental experience as a scientist, consultant, attorney and academic. He has been involved in the protection of Houston area waters and riparian areas for over 20 years. Bruce has served on the boards of Bayou Land Conservancy, the Christmas Bay Foundation, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and the Bayou Preservation Association. He founded and directs Lower Brazos Riverwatch and the associated Columbia Bottomlands Conservancy, promoting clean water, riparian habitat protection, and recreational access to the Brazos River and tributaries. He is also adjunct faculty for Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he teaches Environmental Policy, and Environmental Impact Analysis for the Masters Program in Marine Resource Management. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Arizona at Tucson, in Fisheries Biology, his Masters is from the University of Texas at Dallas in Environmental Science, and his JD is from South Texas College of Law. He has also done post doc studies in environmental and energy law at University of Houston Law Center. Bruce usually spends any spare time on area waters, kayaking, kayak racing, birding and helping other people get out and gain an appreciation of this amazing resource.
Katie Donovan is a 10th grade Chemistry instructor with YES Prep Public Schools at the East End Campus, where she works to help bring a college-prep education to students in underserved communities. She created the career exposure program that connects 10th grade students with a variety of careers and professions to better prepare them for what they might want to do in college and beyond. Katie also worked with the UTHealth Medical School to develop the first-ever program that connects high school students interested in careers in medicine with current medical students. The program is a three year mentorship where high school students develop skills and connections within the medical field. Katie has also served on YES Prep East End’s High School Leadership Team as the 10th grade chair since 2013. Katie graduated from Rice University with a degree in Linguistics and English. Joined November 2016.
Alex Drummond is excited to have finally returned to his native Houston. Since arriving, he has worked passionately to cultivate a culture of outdoorsmanship and an appreciation of Nature’s fragile bounties–especially efforts to educate our youth and community newcomers. He brings a mixed skillset of graphic design, community outreach and policy analysis to bear on the issues of the day: including a primer on environmental economics with Houston Wilderness. He is always ready to geek-out over discussions of hyper-local food chains, sustainable landscaping practices and multi-modal transit. Alex recently completed his bachelor’s in Community, Urban & Regional Planning at Harvard University. Joined November 2016
Past President: Linda Foss is an active community volunteer and has been involved with the Wildlife Center of Texas, Transition Houston, Houston Food Policy Workgroup, Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston, Last Organic Outpost, Houston Urban Gardeners, and Urban Harvest. Her education and experience includes technical writing, business analysis, project management, software and database design, instructional design for children and adults, marketing, television, travel, science, and more. Linda has a Masters of Education in instructional technology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a B.S. in professional writing from the University of Houston.
Oscar Gil is a Project Manager at Hewlett Packard (HP) – a global technology company specialized in developing and manufacturing person computing as well as imaging and printing devices. Oscar’s career with HP has been as diverse as his background, supporting major systems deployment in the areas of marketing, supply chain, and finance. Oscar’s relentless passion to drive positive change attracted him to the Social Impact and Sustainability Group at HP, where he created a sustainability chapter in the Houston office where employees enjoy monthly environmental webinars, outdoor volunteer activities such as cleanups, gardening, and educational events a local elementary schools. Oscar’s achievements include the deployment of a ChargePoint stations for electric vehicles, elimination of foam-based products, and the annual Earth Day celebration and vendor fair at the campus, where thousands of employees learned about sustainable practices. Oscar was born in Bogotá, Columbia, ans has been living in the heart of the Heights in Houston since 1999. Oscar is also an avid photographer and Toastmaster practitioner.
Yvonne Harris, Diversity & Inclusion Executive at Capgemini NA
Bud Karachiwala, Environmental and public health professional
Carole Kernohan is an independent consultant, offering business development, sales and marketing services to the private sector. Her focus throughout her career has been in applying software and technology to solve business problems, and promote a more sustainable environment. She has extensive international work experience with large multi-nationals including Oracle, JD Edwards and Siebel Systems, as well as smaller technology companies focusing on creating and designing resource efficient, low carbon, sustainable buildings and communities. Her non-profit experience has included Board membership with Texchange Houston, and service as a Business Advisor to the Houston Technology Center (now Houston Exponential). Her B.A. degree is in French and Russian Studies, and she is passionate about the environment, travel, languages, tennis and sailing.
Sarah J. Morath is the Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Strategies at the University of Houston Law Center. Her research interests include environmental and natural resources law, food law policy, and legal writing pedagogy. Sarah’s first book, From Farm to Fork: Perspectives on Sustainable Food Systems in the Twenty-First Century, was published in 2016. She earned her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law, her M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her B.A. in Geology from Vassar College. She is a mom to two sweet girls and is an Ohioan native who loves to run in her free time.
Jessica Navas, Communications professional and community advocate
Brock Nedland holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University and a Master of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. He has worked for organizations such as Walking Mountains Science Center, Whiskeytown Environmental School, The Watershed Stewards Project, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mattole Salmon Group, US Fish and Wildlife and is currently working as a Naturalist for the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
Michael Walker teaches environmental systems and societies in the International Baccalaureate program at The Village School in Houston. He has also taught at Lee High School in Houston; has done extensive educational outreach at the elementary, high school, and college levels; and is a Teach for America Alum. In 2018, Michael completed his Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Kansas, where he also earned his B.S. degree. A native of Kansas, Michael has been in Houston since 2007.
Yingfei Wang, Green Building Architect with Gensler