Deneane is currently a senior studying at the University of Houston-Downtown campus. She was born and raised in Houston. She is pursuing a degree in finance, and will graduate with her bachelors degree in summer 2021.
Before becoming a student at UHD, Deneane attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. While pursuing her education part time and changing career goals and majors, Deneane worked full time and gained extensive experience in customer service.
She re-enrolled June 2020, and feels it’s been the best decision she’s made for herself the past seven years!
In her spare time , Deneane likes to walk or ride her bike with her dog Lola, gardening, and she absolutely loves to watch horror/mystery films/documentaries/series! She also spends time with family and friends whenever possible, because they bring great vibes and positive energy. As an intern at CEC she would love to know more about what CEC does for the environment and community and how she can contribute.
Emma is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a Forestry major/Recreation Management minor graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University.
While serving in the Peace Corps, Paraguay, the heart of South America and home of the pineapple, was Emma’s home for two years. She connected local, regional, and international environmental organizations to communities and schools in rural and semi-urban neighborhoods. While not working in a classroom, she fostered kittens, used baking to break down cultural barriers, and chatted in Spanish and Jopara with friends and neighbors over a glass of tereré, or Paraguayan iced tea.
As a native Houstonian, Emma has found camping and hiking to be a welcome balance to city life and was always intrigued by little discoveries of wildness in her backyard. She also seeks to unite her artistic talents with her passion for protecting the natural world. Because of that, she is excited to join CEC in spreading that joy to others in the community and future generations of outdoor explorers. Her internship is part of the Americorps program, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association.
Emma also loves drawing, craft projects, and snuggling with her two Paraguayan kitties. Her tastes in music are eclectic and she hates when people ask about her favorite book because there are just too many good choices. If you don’t see her behind the scenes at our Virtually Wild! programs, you might catch her biking along the White Oak Bayou trail.
Check out one of the Virtually Wild! videos she has produced:
Octavio Olvera is a senior at University of Houston-Downtown majoring in Marketing. He is set to graduate in the fall of 2021 and plans on working towards a master degree after graduation. He is very passionate and eager about growing his skills in digital media and is actively seeking to learn new skills to apply them in his future endeavors.
Octavio is focused on gaining hands on experience to get a taste of what its like to work at an organization like CEC. He believes this experience will help him contribute to his community and make a positive impact in this world. In his spare time, Octavio enjoys watching social media influencer videos, drawing, reading comics and working out at the gym.