Texas Campaign for the Environment: Board of Directors

Texas Campaign for the Environment is overseen by our Board of Directors. They make sure that TCE is on course in our campaigns, organizational development and operating in a fiscally responsible way. They volunteer their time to make sure that TCE is carrying out its mission to protect the public health and environment for Texans now and for future generations.

Christine Banks, e-Cycling Pioneer, is retired after 26 years with Goodwill Central Texas. In her role as Vice President of Environmental Business she developed innovative computer recycling operations for four Goodwill organizations in Texas, consulted with non-profits on combining similar operations with workforce development and was one of the creators of the award-winning pilot project that became Dell’s Reconnect recycling program.

Christine is involved in a variety of volunteer activities concerning both the environment and issues facing people who are homeless. She has served on various boards and councils including STAR Electronics Resource Recovery Council, the TCEQ Pollution Prevention Advisory Council, ECHO, the Foundation for the Homeless and the Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless. She is a resource for Zero Waste consultants and an experienced volunteer ombudsman.

Karin Cagle, Attorney, is a partner in a small litigation firm in Fort Worth, representing small businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. Her practice covers a wide variety of legal areas; she has special interests in civil rights and constitutional law. Before becoming an attorney Karin worked as a chemist and taught middle school science. Her teaching included developing and organizing an after-school environmental program that brought together her traditional program students with magnet school students for hands-on learning, focusing on application of the scientific method and conducting water analysis.

Karin is a native Texan raised in San Antonio and New Braunfels and has lived in Fort Worth for most of her life. She enjoys Texas’ great outdoors—from the Piney Woods to the high desert—and hopes to do her part to preserve its sanctity and beauty for future generations.

Bret Howrey, PhD, Health Services Research, works for the UT system in Galveston. Bret was the recycling coordinator for Duke University. A recently appointed fellow at the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging, he grew up in Houston and now lives in Galveston with his wife and their three small children.

Ilan Levin, Environmental Attorney, is counsel for the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit dedicated to stronger enforcement of anti-pollution laws, and to the prevention of political interference with those laws. Prior to joining EIP, he practiced environmental law with the Austin firm Henry & Levin, where he represented landowners and conservation groups in administrative, legal, and legislative battles. Before entering private practice, Ilan worked as a policy analyst and staff attorney for the Texas Sunset Commission.

Todd Main (Board Chair), Senior Policy Advisor for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, began working for environmental non-profits as a door-to-door canvasser. He rose up the ranks to become a Field Manager, Canvass Staff Director and State Director. For three years, Todd served as the Executive Director of TCE. He founded Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, TCE's sister research organization. He is currently on assignment in Chicago with his wife Theresa Amato and daughters Isabella and Vittoria.

Claudia Meyer, Neighborhood Advocate, is a former Assisted Living director and medical social worker who has become well-known as a board member of both the Fox Hollow Homeowners Association and Mountain Creek Neighborhood Alliance in the City of Dallas. She has a long history of volunteer public service on behalf of the community including membership on the boards of the Friends of Mountain Creek Library, Friends of Fox Hollow Park, and the Dallas Municipal Library Board. Other boards have included the Advisory Board of the Greater Dallas Maternal Health and Family Planning Project, Southwestern Medical School; Board of Trustees, Adaptive Learning Center, Arlington, TX; and the Advisory Board, Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas.

Claudia attended the University of Connecticut and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Sociology and M.S.S.W in Social Work with a Health Specialization.