Julie Wright, Board President: Julie’s enthusiasm for conservation and protecting wildlife began when she served as a design intern at the San Antonio Zoo. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a BFA in Communication Design, Julie worked as graphic designer both in-house and at creative agencies designing logos, websites, and large marketing campaigns. Currently, Julie owns and operates The Studio Zoom which offers brand strategy to startups and nonprofits throughout Texas. Serving as a member of the SFWS board is the perfect circumstance to merge her expertise in brand positioning with her passion for protecting wildlife.
Jane Besser: Fundraising Committee, Co-Chair: Jane is a New Yorker and knows how to get the job done! As a seasoned insurance professional, she created a significant network of fundraising insurance professionals that raise money for nonprofit organizations. Now she is bringing that know how to SFWS! Jane’s favorite person is her 2 year old grandson who keeps her young at heart!
Melissa Felty: Melissa graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Biology and from Miami University with M.A. in Teaching. She started volunteering as an animal keeper at a wildlife rehabilitation facility which progressed to teaching environmental education for over 17 years in the Great Lakes region. She has led programs for a variety of audiences; from toddlers to seniors and small groups to large auditoriums. Her passion is educating the public about wildlife and their habitats. As many of the stories that surround the life of Saint Francis, Melissa has a great love for animals and the environment. She and her husband adopt large-breed, geriatric dogs into their home and in turn the animals rescue us.
Stephen Levert: Stephen graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and minors in Psychology and Public Health. Having volunteered and completed multiple animal care internships over the past 8 years at the Houston Zoo, Stephen has continued his passion for animal welfare and is a currently attending Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, where he will graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. Stephen’s involvement with SFWS began in 2019, while he was serving as vice-president of the Texas A&M Zoological Society and the Society for Conservation Biology. He then served as an administrative intern, helping SFWS to recruit volunteers and interns. Within the veterinary school, Stephen currently serves as an officer within the Green Vets organization, the Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Club, the Behavior Club, and is a student worker at the Schubot Avian Health Center. After running and organizing the BioBlitz of Lick Creek Park, a public event open to the Brazos Valley community, Stephen was able to see firsthand the excitement that comes from teaching the people of the Central Texas region about the environment around them. He is looking forward to helping the SFWS continue to serve as a leader in wildlife education in the Central Texas region and provide the best possible care for the pack.”
Alisa Bailey: Bio coming soon