Our founder, Laura Bush, inspires our work. Since her earliest days in Midland, she has felt a deep connection with the diverse natural beauty of Texas and a desire to pass it on to future generations. Giving voice to Mrs. Bush’s love for our natural world, Texan by Nature strives to strengthen the conservation ethic in all Texans that will ensure Texas’ economic vitality and heritage by conserving our natural resources for generations to come. ... Read More The people and the land are what make Texas great. When they are working in harmony, everyone benefits.
One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern with a particular emphasis on education, health care, human rights and the preservation of our nation’s heritage. A hiking and outdoors enthusiast, Mrs. Bush inspires Americans to spend time in, and care for, our national parks.
As First Lady, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation, and visited more than 30 national parks and historic sites throughout the U.S., spotlighting the national treasures and natural wonders. In 2016, Mrs. Bush served as Honorary Co-Chair of the National Park Service Centennial with Mrs. Obama, and wrote a children’s book – Our Great Big Backyard – which encourages children to spend time exploring our national parks and the great outdoors.
As founder of Texan by Nature, Mrs. Bush is committed to native prairie restoration efforts and to teaching Texans the importance of conserving the state’s natural resources. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas features a 15-acre native prairie landscape, and the Bushes are currently working to restore the prairie at their ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she married George W. Bush. President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, son-in-law, Henry Hager, and proud grandparents of granddaughters Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.
Joe Crafton, Jr.
Following graduation from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration, Joe started his career in sales management career with Proctor and Gamble. Joe spent 26 years with Crossmark until his retirement in 2014 a CEO and partner. He is currently the owner of Wingshooter Investments, LLC. The firm’s investment focus is the purchase of land and improving it for recreation and the benefit of wildlife. His most recent project was the revitalization of the Dallas Hunting and Fishing Club. ... Read More The club is the oldest club in the Western U.S.. Joe is the founder and former president of the Quail Coalition responsible for raising over $25 million for wildlife conservation in Texas since 2007. He serves as president of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation and Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship. Joe is the former president of Circle Ten Council of the BSA and currently serves on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and the Upland Game Bird Advisory Board of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Joe is the father of three sons and lives in Dallas with his wife Amy Simmons Crafton.
Ray L. Ingle retired in 2017 after 47 years in the oil & gas industry, the last 28 years being with EOG Resources, Inc. Mr. Ingle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1970. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He began his career with Union Oil Company, working the Mid-Continent, Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain areas. He joined Pioneer Corporation in 1977, working as an operations engineer then Production Manager. In 1983, he moved to a small Tulsa-based oil and gas firm, where he was ultimately promoted to President. ... Read More He joined EOG in1989 as Operations Manager in Midland, Texas, and then served as Operations Manager in Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to Houston in 1998. He was promoted to Vice President and General Manager Midstream in 2007 and simultaneously took on the job of President for EOG’s two midstream subsidiaries, Pecan Pipeline (North Dakota), Inc. and Pecan Pipeline Company. He added the role of Senior Vice President of EOG’s Hawthorn Pipeline operations in Oklahoma and North Dakota in 2009, and in January 2014 was named Senior Vice President, Operations Support, of EOG Resources, Inc.
Roxann Neumann serves as Sr. Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Silver Eagle Beverages, one of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributors. Silver Eagle Beverages employs over 500 employees that serve 13 counties in southwest Texas through operations in San Antonio. ... Read More Neumann is responsible for strategy and direction of corporate programs in the areas of corporate social responsibility and education, corporate contributions, community involvement, public relations, internal and external communications, government affairs and media relations.
She volunteers her time to various community initiatives and non-profit organizations. Her current involvement includes Discovery Green Conservancy board of directors and former chairman of the board, Executive Committee board member of Theatre Under the Stars, American Leadership Forum board member, Greater Houston Community Foundation Philanthropic Impact Committee member and Vice Chairman of Associated Republicans of Texas. She serves on the Kinder Foundation Board and is on the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities and DePelchin Children’s Center. In addition, she is actively involved in local, state and federal political campaigns.
A native of south Texas, she received a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, Timothy J. Neumann and they are parents to an only daughter, Kara.
Tamara Trail is a landowner and conservation advocate. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and an MS in Rangeland Ecology and Agriculture Economics. Tamara’s work experience ranges from endangered species issues and hands-on range management to program development and ... Read More non-profit management. She gained her appreciation for conservation education while working for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She then joined the staff of the Texas Wildlife Association and coordinated the development of its Conservation Legacy program. As a firm believer in the power of partnerships, she enjoys serving on Boards and conservation working groups across the state. Currently she serves on the Migratory Gamebird Advisory Committee, the advisory Board of Texas Bighorn Society, and is a Director of Texas Wildlife Association. She is actively involved in Texas quail management and education initiatives, programs that engage youth in the outdoors, and also serves on her local Chamber Board and as Secretary of the Old Jail Art Museum. She and her husband love sharing the outdoors with others and hope their three daughters will grow up with a similar love of the land and a passion for passing on our outdoor heritage.
Marc L. Boom, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.H.E., is president and CEO of Houston Methodist, a hospital system in Houston with more than 1,900 beds and 19,000 employees. Its flagship, Houston Methodist Hospital, is consistently ranked among the country’s best by U.S News & World Report., and is the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist is affiliated with a number of academic institutions that support its teaching and research initiatives. These include Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Texas A&M University. ... Read More
Dr. Boom holds a B.S. in Biology with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.D. with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and fellowships in geriatric medicine and general medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Previously Dr. Boom was executive vice president of The Methodist Hospital, president and CEO of Methodist Diagnostic Hospital and president/CEO/medical director of Baylor-Methodist Primary Care Associates, a network of primary care physicians.
Dr. Boom is also an assistant professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, an adjunct professor of management, policy and community health at The University of Texas School of Public Health and previously an adjunct professor of Management at Rice University. Dr. Boom is a member of numerous professional and community organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, The Leadership Institute, the American College of Physician Executives, the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council; and, the American Heart Association where he is Past-President of the Board for the Houston Office. He represents Houston Methodist Hospital within the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards of the Texas Hospital Association. Dr. Boom has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2012. He served as moderator of the group’s Forum V in 2013-2014. Dr. Boom also serves on the board of Texans By Nature. He previously served as chair of the Health Care Advisory Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He maintains a part-time clinical practice where his special interests are preventive medicine, lipid disorders, and hypertension.
Dr. Boom was named CEO Communicator of the Year by the Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2014. He was finalist for the 2009 and 2010 Health Care Hero Award by the Houston Business Journal. In 1999, Modern Healthcare magazine named Dr. Boom one of healthcare’s newest leaders – the “Up and Comers.” In the 2007 Modern Healthcare “Up and Comers Yearbook” celebrating 20 years of the list, Dr. Boom was singled out as the “Star Student” of the “Up and Comers Class of 1999.” The American Heart Association awarded Dr. Boom the “2006 Distinguished Service Award” and in 2012, Dr. Boom and his wife Dr. Julie Boom received the “Good Samaritan Award” from Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers.
Dr. Julie Boom is a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Her special interests are in vaccine advocacy and research. Married for over 20 years, the Booms have three children, Kathryn (20), John (16), and Janie (10). They are active members of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boom enjoys travel, soccer, gardening, playing the piano, and gourmet cooking.
Tina Buford was the first female president of the Texas Wildlife Association in 2009 and is a past president of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. She works for the East Foundation as the Education Project manager to develop and deploy natural resource education in the underserved communities of South Texas. ... Read More In 2016, Tina was appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Women, helping them identify information and services best suited to their needs, as well as finding solutions to emerging issues facing them, including women’s and children’s health issues. Along with her sister, Francisca Wittenbach, Tina represents the sixth generation of the H. Yturria family to work the land, which now consists of commercial cattle and hunting operations. The family recently celebrated being in agriculture for more than 150 years. Buford is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Management and is a graduate of the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program. She also is a director of the Sand County Foundation whose sole focus is supporting voluntary conservation on working lands through ethics, science and incentives. She and her husband Trey have two boys ages 10 and 13.
Regan Gammon has been a community volunteer and a nonprofit fundraiser for the past 35 years. She currently serves on the board of Sailors for the Sea as well as the advisory boards for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the South Texas Natives project. She is a founder of Texan by Nature. ... Read More Regan has been a member of the National Park Foundation board and served as its citizen chair for two years. She is a founder of the Texas Book Festival and was chair of the board for three years. She has served as president of the Junior League of Austin and the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School board. Regan and her husband, William, have two grown children. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
Dallas Fort Worth, TX
Robert Horton is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the first airport in North America and the largest in the world to achieve carbon-neutral accreditation. Robert also serves as the Airport Board’s Environmental & Sustainability Officer and manages and directs DFW’s Noise Compatibility Program. ... Read More Through his many roles, Robert provides strategic and innovative leadership, problem-solving guidance, collaborates with diverse partners and stakeholders to identify and implement environmental best practices that benefit the Airport, its surrounding communities, partners, and those traveling through the Airport. His passion for clean resources and renewable energy began early in his life, igniting his continual drive to find new, efficient, and cost-beneficial ways to protect natural resources.
Prior to working at DFW Airport, Robert served in various key leadership roles with several engineering consulting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida. In December 2019, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida. This award is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a graduate of the university who has excelled in their chosen field.
Robert served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for eight years. During that time, as a Unit Dispatcher, he coordinated and managed resources for missions in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.
Robert has been married to his wife, Jessica, for 4 years. Outside of work, Robert and Jessica enjoy traveling, nature hikes, good food, and cheering for the Florida Gators.
El Paso, TX
A third generation El Pasoan, Adair Margo has lived on the US-Mexico border her entire life. She opened Adair Margo Gallery in 1985, which exhibited 400 artists from 12 countries over 25 years. She became especially devoted to Tom Lea, founding the Tom Lea Institute in 2009 and recording Tom Lea, an Oral History, which became an award-winning book. She also co-authored Jose Cisneros, Immigrant Artist and has written or contributed to five other books. ... Read More Adair chaired the Texas Commission on the Arts and served on the Texas Higher Education Board before being appointed Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by President George W. Bush in 2001, and to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. In her role, she worked beyond national boundaries to connect World Heritage Sites in Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. through arts and humanities programming. Adair was awarded the Aguila Azteca, the highest award given by the Mexican president to a non-Mexican, and the Presidential Citizen’s Award from George W. Bush. Adair earned her B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University; studied Renaissance art and Italian in Florence, Italy with Syracuse University; and completed her M.A. in Art History at New Mexico State University. She has taught art history at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University and writes on history and culture. Adair is married to Dee Margo, the former Mayor of El Paso, and they are the parents of two grown sons, Wake and Don, and their spouses, Francesca and Elizabeth. They are also the proud grandparents of Lilliana, Emma, and Dee, Ian, and Costa Margo.
Jayme Shy is a conservationist at heart. Whether she’s hiking with her husband through one of the nation’s national parks, camping locally in a Texas state park, or simply talking to private landowners, she’s thinking about the best use of the land and how people can simultaneously improve access and protect the environment. Jayme Shy is a bank regulatory attorney with over fifteen years of experience and is currently SVP & Associate General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs at Comerica Bank. ... Read More She manages Comerica’s Office of Regulatory Relations and oversees the institution’s regulatory engagements and interactions.With that regulatory experience, Jayme understands how to work within a regulatory framework like the Federal Reserve’s draft principles for managing exposures to climate-related financial risk . As part of her conservationist nature, Jayme is also devoted to smart use of natural resources and serves as Chair of the Texas Market Green Team with a focus on promoting sustainability awareness and implementing sustainable workplace solutions.
Jayme is licensed to practice law in Texas, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson is a fourth generation Houstonian. She is a practicing attorney with over 34 years of experience, primarily in oil and gas, real estate, manufacturing, construction, and business acquisitions and dispositions. Cynthia earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas and JD from South Texas College of Law. ... Read More She is a longtime board member and former chair of the Galveston Bay Foundation. She serves as a director and co-vice chair of the Lone Star Coastal Alliance Board focused on securing a Federal Congressional designation known as the Loan Star Coastal National Recreation Area (“LSCNRA”) for the upper Texas coastal counties. Cynthia is also director of the Center for Excellence in Education, established by the late Admiral Rickover and Joann DiGennaro, co-chair of the Methodist Hospital Foundation, Methodist DeBakey Heart Center Council, and senior cabinet member of the Houston Methodist President’s Leadership Council.
Neal Wilkins, Ph.D.
San Antonio, TX
Neal Wilkins is President and CEO of the East Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the Foundation’s mission of supporting wildlife conservation and other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship. With Headquarters in San Antonio, the East Foundation owns and operates about 218,000 acres of South Texas ranchland as a working laboratory for its research, education, and outreach programs. ... Read More Before joining the East Foundation in 2012, Neal was a Professor of Wildlife Science and served as the Director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute where he coordinated the programs of more than 45 scientists and professional staff.
Neal has more than 28 years of experience leading research and conservation efforts across private lands in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Washington, and Oregon. His primary focus has been habitat management and conservation of land, water, and wildlife resources on private lands. His work integrates science, policy and economics for developing wildlife conservation programs. Until 2006, Neal was statewide program leader for wildlife and fisheries with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1998, he directed wildlife and fisheries programs for Port Blakely Tree Farms, a 150,000-acre forest landholding in the Pacific Northwest.
Neal is a Director and former Vice-President of Texas Wildlife Association. He serves on the board of Texan-by-Nature, the Management Council for the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management, and is a Professional Member of the Boone & Crockett Club. He and his wife Sandra have two grown children, Ashley and Matt.
J. Purvis is a true West Texas native. He has lived in Midland for over 50 years, and his passion for land has been evident for at least that long. J.’s family has been involved in ranching as far back as 1890, and he inherited a deep love of the land. J. graduated from Texas Christian University with degrees in both the undergraduate program and a Certificate to the Ranch Management school. ... Read More
J. entered into his first ranching enterprise in 1988 as a recent college graduate and then began his career in the oil and gas business as an independent. He founded Reatta Energy in 1992. J. is a member of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Permian Basin Landman’s Association, the Wildcat Committee, and the Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. He has served on many local boards and has volunteered his time and resources on various civic, school and church related organizations throughout West Texas. He continues to push the limits in his ranching and oil and gas endeavors with new conservation and growth management practices. Purvis Land & Cattle was recently recognized as Outstanding Conservation Rancher and received (Area 2, 54 West Texas counties) Texas Conservation Award for 2023. J. and his wife, Mitzi, have been married for 32 years and enjoy sharing their love of the outdoors with their five children, two daughters in law and new granddaughter.