Staff

Joni Carswell

CEO and President

Austin, TX

Joni Carswell is the CEO and President of Texan by Nature where she is responsible for leading the mission to bring business and conservation together. As a proud, fourth generation Texan, Joni pairs her business strategy, engineering and technology background with her passion for Texas and the outdoors to realize Texan by Nature’s vision of bringing business and conservation together for long term, sustainable impact. ... Read More

Prior to Texan by Nature, Joni was the President and CEO of LivingTree where she grew the company from 1000 to 73 million interactions and 1M+ users. Under Joni’s tenure, LivingTree was recognized with the Stevie Women in Business Gold Award for Community Involvement Program of the Year and Silver Award for Mobile App of the Year. The National School Board Association also named LivingTree to the Innovation Showcase in 2017. Before LivingTree, Joni held leadership roles in planning and strategy at Polycom and Dell where she managed three-year planning for multi-billion dollar product portfolios.

As a top graduate of the Kellogg School of Management (Masters, Business Administration) and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering (Masters, Engineering Management), Joni is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and served on the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Women’s Business Association. Joni holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University #GoAggies! She and her husband Scott reside in Austin with their two boys, Dixon and Rigby.

Taylor Keys

Program Manager

Austin, TX

Taylor received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University. She has been with Texan by Nature since May of 2016 and enjoys strategic and creative planning to positively impact and amplify TxN’s programs. Also, Taylor is a member of Stewards of the Wild – Austin with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. On the weekends she enjoys spending time with her dog Sanford and traveling to State and National Parks.

Jenny Burden

Program Manager

Leander, TX

Jenny received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA from Texas State University in Public History. She joined Texan by Nature in February of 2018 and is thrilled to be working to spread a sense of conservation as integral to Texan identity with others. She has been working in the nonprofit field since 2011 as a project coordinator and fundraiser and has also worked as a Park Ranger at both the federal and municipal level. She is a volunteer board member for the Austin Ridge Riders, a Central Texas trail building, and advocacy organization. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, bow hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, trail running with her Blue Heeler, Hammer, or finding any other way to be outdoors!

Matt Wagner, Ph.D.

Project Development

Austin, TX

Recently retired from state service after 33 years, Matt was the deputy director for the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He supervised the administrative functions of the division including over 300 employees, a $30 M budget, and multiple federal grants, contracts, and wildlife research projects. His 28-year tenure with the department included four years as program director for nongame and endangered species science and policy, and eight years as a technical guidance biologist working with private landowners. Matt received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M in Regional Planning in 2005. He teaches Wildlife Law at Texas State University, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M. Matt is a certified wildlife biologist, a certified professional in rangeland management, and is past president of both the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management.

Amy Snelgrove

Data and Project Management

San Antonio, TX

Amy is project coordinator for the South-Central Monarch Butterfly Project at Texan by Nature.  She works with partners throughout Texas and Oklahoma to accomplish the project goals and outcomes as part of a larger tri-national effort to recover the species. Amy has over 20 years of experience working on natural resource and endangered species issues.  Before joining Texan by Nature, she was manager of the geospatial and information technology resources team within the Natural Resource Institute at Texas A&M University. Amy has a B.S. in Urban Forestry and an M.S. in Forestry with a Geographic Information Systems emphasis from Texas A&M University.

Meagan Doyle

Social Media & Marketing Intern

Austin, TX

Meagan is a junior Marketing major at the University of Texas. In the Fall of 2018, she completed the McCombs BBA Exchange Program in Milan, Italy and developed a growing interest in environmental impact due to its prevalence in the country’s culture. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, she has an instilled appreciation for its unique wildlife and scenery – a quality that goes with her to see the beauties of other places. Because of this, she values traveling in every sense, whether it’s a night at Pace Bend or on an airplane hundreds of miles away. In other spare time, she enjoys river tubing, photography, and window shopping.

Cat Hickox

Social Media & Marketing Intern

Austin, TX

Cat is in her third year at the University of Texas, studying Advertising and French. Born in Austin and raised in Dallas, she grew up enjoying all of Texas and its nature, whether by hunting with her dad, hiking with her mom or camping with her friends. On weekends she can be found at one of the capital city’s many outdoor hotspots or playing her guitar at a local music venue. Her other passions include travel, cooking, and dogs.

Missy Almgren

Programs Intern

College Station, TX

Missy is a junior Environmental Science major at Texas A&M University and plans to graduate with a B.S. degree in 2021. In the Spring of 2018, she was offered the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua on a mission trip where she discovered her interest in water conservation. She was born and raised in Austin, TX but hopes to travel to other countries helping with the issues of water scarcity and conservation after graduating college. In her free time, she loves to be on the lake, try new restaurants and walk her dog around town lake.

Abby Rodgers

Programs Intern

Austin, TX

Abby received her BA in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and a certificate in Professional Event Management from Texas A&M University. She has been freelancing with events for two years, with an interest in event sustainability. She is the volunteer Vice President for Friends of McKinney Falls State Park and is one of Austin’s Zero Waste Block Leaders. In her free time, she enjoys visiting State and National Parks and biking and hiking around Austin.

Austin Sankey

Program Intern

Denver, CO

Austin is a junior at Regis University and is hopeful to receive a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Environmental Science. As a native Texan, he is no stranger to the great outdoors; spending the duration of the summer of 2018 deep within the Colorado conifers, he surveyed the endangered species of the Rockies as a Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Forest Service. With a fierce passion for conservation ecology, Texan by Nature provided the perfect opportunity for him to broaden his horizons and benefit the beautiful Texas landscape that we call home. Outside of the working world, he is progressing through flight school in pursuit of a commercial license and is an avid bird watcher.