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Houston Audubon Board Nominees 2022

The Nominating Committee of the Houston Audubon Board of Directors recommends the following slate for election to the Board of Directors. The election will be conducted online and in person in May 2022. Write-in candidates will be allowed.

New Board Member

Carol Price is a Native Texan and an active community volunteer.  She currently serves on the Hermann Park Conservancy Advisory Board and is a past member of Da Camera of Houston’s Board.  She has also been a member of the Garden Club of Houston since 2010, serving in various leadership positions, and is a master gardener. Professionally she worked at The Menil Collection from 1998-2015.  Carol received a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Art History from Rice University.  She enjoys spending time in nature and has participated in Houston Audubon’s Christmas bird counts for many years. Her newest venture is partnering in an online Louisiana Iris nursery, Standards & Falls Iris.

Carol is married to Dan Price, who is on the faculty of the Honors College at The University of Houston.  Together they have 2 children.

Renewing Board Members

Brad Moore, Director.  Brad is a native Houstonian and has a lifelong love for the American outdoors. Between his financial controllership positions with Mellon Bank, Accenture, and Hewlett-Packard, he embarked on summer-long cross-country camping trips to Alaska and Maine. For the past fifteen years, Brad has been a co-owner of Morgan Moore Custom Builders, which serves the residential custom home and renovation needs of west Houston’s Memorial/Energy Corridor communities. His academic studies include degrees from the University of Texas (BA Economics) and the University of Reading, United Kingdom (MA International Business History).

Birding is a natural extension of his appreciation of nature and wildlife. He values time outdoors with his wife and 2 daughters and looks forward to his family’s annual Birdathon team, the Edith Moore Eagles.

Glenn Olsen, Director.  Glenn leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and owns and manages a landscaping consulting company, GoNative Landscaping. His classes at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies encompass the identification of birds, gardening for birds, butterflies and pollinators, sustainable landscaping, native plants, and other nature-related subjects. At Houston Audubon, his classes focus on the identification of the many birds found in Texas and the U.S. Classes at the Women’s Institute of Houston focus on a broader range of the amazing aspects of nature. Glenn has completed the Master Naturalist course and gives classes for the program. He has served on the board of Houston Audubon as Vice President of Education and as President of both the Houston Chapter and the statewide organization of the Native Plant Society of Texas. He co-founded Wildscapes Workshops, an event that for twenty years has celebrated the importance of native plants, pollinators, and birds.

Pam Smolen, Director. Pam was raised as an army brat living in Alaska, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and finally settling in Texas. She grew up enjoying the outdoors, hiking and camping. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She discovered the wonderful world of birds over 20 years ago and has been hooked ever since.

Pam is a former Vice-Chair and Chair of the Houston Ornithology Group. She is an active volunteer for Houston Audubon. She has been Chair of the Birdathon committee.  Pam also contributes to Houston Audubon's Citizen Science Program as the leader of the Houston Chimney Swift Count. Pam is a long-time Featherfest Field Trip Leader.

Letha Slagle, Director.  Letha is geologist and naturalist.  She was educated in Environmental Science at University of Virginia and completed her M.S. degree in Geology at Stanford University, specializing in Stratigraphy and Sedimentology.

Her career at Shell started as an Exploration Geologist and also served as Discipline Chief of Exploration Geology, working on Skillpool Health, Staff development, Resourcing and Technical Assurance. She also served as a global Manager of Fluids and Basins in Subsurface Expertise, managing geoscience specialty teams in Europe and the U.S., deployed worldwide.  She retired after 31 years at Shell.  Her volunteer activities include educational outreach via the Houston Geological Society, chair of the Houston Audubon Education Outreach committee, Director of Municipal Utility District 355 for her neighborhood and is becoming a Texas Master Naturalist.

Letha is married to Grant Gist, a Rice Physics PhD, retired Exxon Mobil geophysicist and active musician.  They have one son who is a mechanical engineer in Houston.