Robin Schneider started her activist career in high school as a 17-year-old canvasser for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) raising funds door-to-door to assist pro-ERA candidates. During college she led a campaign that stopped a plan to drill for oil on the UCLA campus, which would have displaced the university’s childcare center. She also led a delegation of 18 college students that traveled to Florida in early 1982 to work for passage of the ERA.Read more
Karen Hoffman Blizzard, Writer, is a free-lance musician, political activist, and conservationist. Previously she worked in communications and management for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other state agencies. While at TPWD, she served on the public-use plan implementation teams for Big Bend Ranch State Park and Devils River State Natural Area, and served as the statewide coordinator for First Day Hikes in Texas State Parks. A native Austinite, she has served on the the boards of Save Our Springs Alliance and Friends of Barton Springs Pool, and participated in the Barton Springs master plan process. She and her husband, Mike Blizzard, are longtime supporters of TCE, and Karen served on the planning committee for Trash Makeover Challenge in 2018.
Rosanne Barone was taught an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the environment at a young age while growing up in the rolling hills of Nashville, TN. After graduating from the University of North Texas where she actively enjoyed the rich arts and music scene of Denton, she moved to New York City where she began her career in advocacy as a community organizer with the New York Public Interest Research Group in 2013. She has led campaigns for the development of renewable energy and has trained college students in civic engagement. Rosanne relocated to Houston to join TCE in 2017 and is motivated by the challenges facing Texans in the fight to protect public health, clean air, and clean water.
Carol Burrus, Religious Educator & Volunteer Coordinator, has been a community leader of our local Zero Waste Houston campaign since 2016 after she testified at City Hall in favor of saving curbside recycling. She serves as the Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, where she leads the church’s Climate Action/Protection Team. Carol is particularly skilled at organizing volunteers to participate in community events, and has helped to create a local Interfaith Green Coalition with members of other religious faiths and congregations in Houston. Carol also has taught Music Education to elementary school students and loves to share her musical talent to support non-profit causes by holding benefit concerts with her band, Traveler. Carol holds a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Corey Troiani is a native Texan who started his activist career in late 2011 at the University of North Texas fighting hydraulic fracturing in Denton neighborhoods. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, he co-founded a direct action campaign with activists and landowners to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas. He joined TCE in early 2013, and has worked non-stop as a community organizer, field manager, and now Program Director in the DFW office. Corey enjoys hiking, rock climbing, soap-making, and geeky stuff like graphic and print design.
Carol Mendoza Fisher, Aquifer & Groundwater Expert, is originally from El Salvador and moved to the United States as a child. Carol has a BS in Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University San Marcos. Carol has worked as a federal contractor specializing in hazardous waste management and for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she specialized in air, water and waste rules, permitting and compliance.
Carol is now the Technical Director for the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, advocating for one of the largest aquifers in the United States. She lives in San Antonio.
Gil Saenz, Attorney, grew up in the South Texas town of Freer. He clerked and then worked as an attorney for the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He also served as U.S. Naval Officer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps for 14 years (active and reserve). He owns and operates his own law practice and is the Freer City Attorney. In 2014, he was elected to the Freer ISD School Board to a four-year term. In his spare time, he gardens, hunts, and raises sheep on his ranch in Duval County.
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.
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.
Christine Holley, 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.
Zac Trahan grew up in the idyllic hill country and studied Biology (Evolution and Ecology) at the University of Texas at Austin. His deep connection with and respect for the natural world has only strengthened since joining TCE in the fall of 2002. Zac has worked in all three TCE offices; he was the Houston Program Director from 2008-2011 and the DFW Program Director from 2012-2015. He believes our common problems call for collaborative solutions and that protecting our future means protecting our shared surroundings.
Andrew Dobbs has been involved in Texas politics since reaching the University of Texas in 2002. He was with TCE briefly in 2006 and continuously since 2010. Known as “Dobbs” to his friends, he is a passionate advocate for the people’s voice in the public policy process and has helped with electoral campaigns ranging from student government to Presidential candidates. He is now committed to non-partisan efforts to organize grassroots pressure on all elected officials. Dobbs lives in Southeast Austin where he spends his free time reading and listening to the radio.
Jeffrey Jacoby began his career with TCE in 2004 and directed our D/FW office from 2005-2011 before taking on the Central Texas office in 2012. After obtaining a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland and living in Washington, D.C. for three years, Jeff found TCE when he returned to his native Texas. Jeff believes that change begins at home, one person at a time. His commitment to grassroots democracy and environmental advocacy stems from a strong desire to transform the mindset of a culture bent on harming the very source of its sustenance.
Todd Main, policy and political consultant, 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 Washington, D.C. with his wife Theresa Amato and daughters Isabella and Vittoria.
- Robin Schneider
Executive Director (Austin)
- Betty Verbeke
Administrative Director (Austin)
- Jeffrey Jacoby
Statewide Outreach Director (Austin)
- Andrew Dobbs
Program & Legislative Director (Austin)
- Zac Trahan
Development Director (Austin)
- Rebecca Bateman
Staff Director (DFW)
- Corey Troiani
Program Director (DFW)
- Rosanne Barone
Program Director (Houston)
- Jordan Duncan
Staff Director (Houston)