Staff

Kelly Snook, PLA, LI
Executive Director

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. A registered landscape architect and 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 is a 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.

 


Jr Rodriguez
Manager of Programs and Development

Jr is a native Houstonian and grew up in the Greens Bayou watershed. He had his first taste of community development in high school, when he traveled to rural El Salvador to build dual-compost latrines, helped construct a youth center in Ghana, and worked on refugee assimilation in Houston. Jr continued his international development work after college with a year of teaching high school English in rural Thailand to over 300 students. Afterward, he was a bilingual legal assistant, helping people from various socioeconomic backgrounds settle personal injury claims in the Portland area.

Jr has a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, OR, his studies focused on international relations, the environment, and Spanish literature. His undergraduate thesis explored the implications of rare earth metals on U.S. national security. During college, he led groups of incoming freshman students on outdoor adventure and team-building trips.

Jr is fluent in Spanish and has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Costa Rica and Peru.

 


Mandy Jordan
Ecological Programs Manager

Mandy Jordan is the Ecological Programs Manager for the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Ms. Jordan’s responsibilities for The Coalition include creating and maintaining our conservation plans for each of our projects and properties. Ms. Jordan serves as our naturalist for our environmental education programming and has been working to create a wildlife and invasive species database for the Greens Bayou watershed.

Ms. Jordan 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.

Ms. Jordan is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science from American Public University System, where she is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is the President of the Anthropology Club. Ms. Jordan will graduate from APUS on May 13, 2017. She plans to continue her education with the pursuit of a Master of Science Degree in Ecological Anthropology from the University of North Texas in the fall of 2017.

Mandy and her two sons live south of Houston and spend their available time assisting at various archaeological sites around Texas, volunteering, and camping.

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