Interns

Anna-Kay Reeves

Programs Intern

Austin, TX

Anna-Kay Reeves joined the TxN team in August 2021. She will graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in International Relations, Spanish, and English in December 2021. Anna-Kay’s interest in conservation is rooted in its power to mobilize communities and people around the world to work for a better future. Along with her work at TxN, Anna-Kay produces podcasts and audio-journalism focused on resource conservation, and she previously wrote for Texas Highways Magazine. Anna-Kay is also a landscape and portrait artist, and enjoys painting outside.

Learn more about Anna-Kay, and what makes her Texan by Nature, in this blog post.

Blair Stewart

INTERN

San Antonio, TX

Blair Stewart joined the TxN team in January of 2023 as part of the United States Army’s Career Skills Program. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2015 with a degree in Human Geography focused on sustainable urban development. She has since served as a Military Intelligence Officer, using her academic background as a basis for better understanding the national security challenges posed by mounting competition for natural resources and a changing natural world. Blair’s military assignments and backpacking adventures have brought her on travels around the country and the world, but Texas is where she calls home. Blair’s love for and appreciation of nature began as a child spending summers in the unique ecosystem of the Indiana Dunes, and it has not only persisted but grown with time. On any given day, you can find Blair hiking, kayaking, or biking with her husband and two dogs, Ivey and Monet, at a Texas State Park or volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist.

Learn more about Blair, and what makes her Texan by Nature, in this blog post.

Kayla Gillen

Intern

Austin, TX

Kayla Gillen joined the Texan by Nature team in June of 2022. She is currently working towards a degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an emphasis on Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. A longtime lover of the outdoors and of wildlife, Kayla seeks to find the intersection between engineering, technology, and improving the impact of conservation efforts. She also works as a park technician for Austin lake parks, enjoys snorkeling and scuba, and is a certified florist. An Austin native, Kayla is excited to give back to the environment and share the beauty of her home.

Learn more about Kayla, and what makes her Texan by Nature, in this blog post.

Neema Mugofwa

Intern

Cedar Park, TX

Neema Mugofwa joined the TxN team in June 2022. She is a junior at George Washington University majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Science and minoring in Data Science. Though her interest in conservation is currently focused on the overlap between her major and minor, with topics like GIS, it began with an introduction to Aldo Leopold and plentiful outdoor experiences, from paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake to backpacking through Yosemite. Neema also loves playing soccer, working with kids, and going on walks with her sister’s dog, Sky.

Learn more about Neema, and what makes her Texan by Nature, in this blog post.

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