Kelly Snook, PLA, LI
Kelly Snook has a BS in Landscape Architecture and Masters degree in City and Regional Planning. She is a former parks and recreation director for Missouri City and Galveston County and has 20 years of public parks service in Texas. As a registered landscape architect, licensed irrigator in the state of Texas, and former president of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; she has been involved in the design and development of many parks, flood retention, and facility developments.
As Executive Director, Kelly is responsible for carrying out the direction set by the Coalition’s twenty-five member board of directors. Kelly resides within the Greens Bayou watershed and is an active artist who has received a trophy for her Art Car, and has commissioned works in/on the Galveston Seawall, Deep Ellum and is currently working on a large mosaic commission at Smither Park in Houston.
As the Program Manager, her responsibilities include; projects and programs within the North Reach, East Reach, and Public Policy. Mandy leads our Annual Meeting event and serves as our naturalist for our environmental education programming; Kayaking for Kids. Mandy has been with the Coalition since September 2014.
Mandy worked in the education sector for many years, before coming to The Coalition, and led many student organizations including S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Shattered Dreams; an educational program that teaches teens the dangers of drinking and driving.
Mandy has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management from American Public University System. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Anthropology from the University of North Texas. Mandy’s research focus is affordable homes and renters located in the floodway.
Mandy and her family live south of Houston and spend their available time assisting at various archaeological sites around Texas, volunteering, and camping.
Colleen began working as a programs manager for The Coalition in September 2017. She maintains projects and programs for the West and South Reaches of Greens Bayou including assisting with Paddle Trail development.
She has an M.S. in natural resources and a B.S. in conservation biology from the University of Arizona. Her graduate research focused on human dimensions of wildlife habitat management – specifically the attitudes of southern Arizona’s ranching community toward endangered species conservation and large landscape conservation in general. She previously worked as a technician for numerous federal agencies including the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service in Willcox, AZ and the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter in Bigfork, MT.
She and her husband reside in League City and enjoy weekends kayaking on Galveston Bay, fishing in the bayous, or running their two dogs at one of the numerous local parks.