Board & Honorary Council
TLTC Board of Directors
Jim Bradbury- Chair
Jim Bradbury is an attorney in private practice with offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas who advises landowner clients on environmental, water and regulatory matters, including the imminent water policy issues facing rural Texas. Mr. Bradbury is involved in permitting and enforcement matters before state authorities, EPA and the Department of Justice and handles civil litigation that arises out of environmental issues. Mr. Bradbury also has experience in the environmental aspects of hydraulic fracturing production, eminent domain and non-point source regulation; including TMDLs and associated best management practices. The firm's work also includes monitoring and participation in regulatory and legislative changes at the state and federal level. Mr. Bradbury received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and his J.D. degree from the University of Idaho
Allison Elder - Chair-Elect
Allison Elder is the Director of Legal Services at the San Antonio River Authority. Allison has extensive experience in conservation real estate matters, developed over the past sixteen years, through work in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Over the course of her career, Allison has served as Vice-President and General Counsel of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT), executive director of the Bexar Land Trust, now known as Green Spaces Alliance, and as a senior attorney at the law firm of Braun & Gresham, where her practice focused on conservation transactions serving Texas landowners. She has negotiated, drafted, and secured conservation easement sales and donations throughout the state of Texas, protecting wildlife habitat, water quality, scenic views, and working lands. Allison holds a law degree as well as a finance degree earned through the honors business program at the University of Texas at Austin. Allison and her husband Steve have been married 25 years and have four children.
Clayton Ripley – Treasurer
Clayton A. Ripley, CPA is a managing director of Town Lake Capital Management. His firm is an Austin-based registered investment advisor serving foundations and endowment funds that seek to implement the endowment model. The firm’s expertise lies in executing a low-cost, all-liquid endowment portfolio using the knowledge gleaned from more than a decade of experience working with some of the largest foundations and endowments in the nation. Mr. Ripley is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a member of the board of the Austin Chapter's Financial Literacy Task Force. Clayton is a native of West Texas and currently resides in Austin.
Travis Phillips - Secretary
Travis Phillips is an attorney with Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin, Texas. His legal practice focuses on transactional matters, primarily those involving commercial real estate or lending. Travis is a also a member of the board of directors of the Texas Land Conservancy, a statewide land trust responsible for conserving over 70,000 acres of land in Texas. A native Austinite, Travis is actively engaged in his community and is a graduate of several local leadership programs, including the Leadership Austin Essential Class (2013) and the Real Estate Council of Austin Leadership Development Council (2010). Travis is an honor's graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography, also from the University of Texas. As the proud parents of two young children, Travis and his wife, Ashley, are grateful for the efforts of local land trusts and other conservation leaders to ensure that Texas' heritage of wide-open landscapes, ecological diversity and healthy wildlife habitat is available for future generations to enjoy.
Kirby has worked with Ducks Unlimited as their Conservation Outreach Biologist for Texas since October of 2012. He came to DU from the Texas Wildlife Association, where he served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and as Executive President from 2002 to 2009. He also worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from 1977 to 2002 as manager of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area and as Program Director for private lands enhancement and public hunting. Kirby has extensive experience with wildlife management, working with private landowners throughout Texas, and the many aspects of conservation public policy and water issues in Texas. Brown holds degrees in political science and wildlife science from Texas A&M University.
Jordan Gossett is a commercial lender in Austin at Horizon Bank, a community bank that primarily deals in commercial lending across Central Texas. Jordan grew up in the Texas Panhandle, where he spent a considerable amount of time at his family’s farm/ranch located in Lipscomb County. It was at the ranch where Jordan became interested in hunting, fishing, and land conservation. Jordan graduated from Belmont University in 2013 and then returned to Texas to attend graduate school at the TCU Ranch Management Program, where he learned the intricacies of agricultural business. After graduation, Jordan and his wife Whitney moved from Fort Worth to Austin. Jordan is a member of numerous agriculuture and wildlife organizations such as the Hill Country Quail Coalition, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Stewards of the Wild, and the local CCA chapter. Whether it is hunting for trout in a Montana stream, or chasing quail across the plains of Texas, Jordan continues to pursue outdoor adventure.
Roel R. Lopez is the Director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, a research and extension unit of both Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and a Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. He has over 20 years of experience in natural resource and land management with academia, federal and private industry. As a faculty member, he has authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on various natural resource topics. He served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense-Installation and Environment and continues to work with the Department of Defense on various national and local natural resource and environmental issues. His research focuses on endangered and fragmented wildlife populations, sustainability of military lands, land fragmentation of working lands, and approaches to regional planning. Roel has forestry and wildlife science degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University.
Ross Melinchuk is the Deputy Executive Director for Natural Resources for Texas Parks and Wildlife, a position he has held since June 2009. Melinchuk oversees the department’s Wildlife, Coastal and Inland Fisheries Divisions. Melinchuk has more than three decades of experience in the natural resources field. Before accepting his current position, he was Director of Public Policy for Ducks Unlimited (DU), where he was responsible for providing strategic direction for public policy and state grant activities for a 15 state region in the South and Southeastern U.S. Prior to his 17 year career with DU, he served as NAWMP coordinator for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies from 1990-1992. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and earned a Master of Science degree in 1983 from Lakehead University.
John P. Schneider, Jr. recieved a BBA degree from Texas A&M University and is president of Schneider & Associates, Inc. specialzing in commercial, farm and ranch real estate in Central and South Texas. He is LCRA's former Natural Resource Manager and founding Executive Director of the Colorado River Land Trust. He is a member of the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals, past chairman of the Texas Real Estate Center Advisory Committee, and past chairman of the A&M College of Agriculture Development Council. Schneider is a former member of the State Executive Committee and Austin Chapter President of the Coastal Conservation Association. Schneider was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Board and served three years as Chairman. He is a current member, and one of the original trustees, of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
Julie K. Shackelford is the Texas Programs Director for The Conservation Fund. Ms. Shackelford joined the Fund in 2004. In 2007 she opened the East Texas office in Nacogdoches where she works on land protection projects up and down the Neches River. To date, Julie has assisted in over fifty land acquisition transactions for partners that have protected 90,000 acres of land throughout Texas, focusing primarily on the Neches River in eastern Texas. Previously, Ms. Shackelford was the Director of American Farmland Trust’s Texas office for five years and prior to that she was the state wetlands planner at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for five years. She is the recipient of the 2008 Native Plant Society of Texas' Nancy Benedict Memorial Award, the 2003-2004 Outstanding Technical Article for the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the 1998 National Wetlands Award. Julie holds a Masters of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Bob Stokes is the President of the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), a position he has held since 2004. GBF works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Galveston Bay and its tributaries, with programs in advocacy, conservation, education and research. Bob served on the board of the Foundation for five years, and served two years as the board's chair, prior to taking the helm as President. Before that, Bob had a distinguished legal career working at the firm of Blackburn and Carter, and environmental law firm in Houston, and with the Environmental Division of the Harris County Attorney's Office. Bob has also served on the Board of Directors of Restore Americas Estuaries since 2004 and on the Governing Board of EarthShare of Texas since 2007. He was awarded "Environmental Professional of the Year" in 2001 by the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals. He is a 1990 graduate of Yale University and a 1994 graduate of the university of Texas School of Law.