Staff & Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Doug’s not-for-profit service covers more than 33 years, 22 of which have been as the Executive Director. For more than 27 years he worked for the Boy Scouts of America, facilitating membership development, volunteer training, fundraising and numerous property development and programming responsibilities. He served Councils in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and New Jersey. Doug comes to Green Spaces Alliance having just served as Executive Director of Wildlife Prairie Park, an 1800 acre zoological park in Peoria, IL. Throughout his career Doug has focused on excellence in program services and customer service. He is a strong believer in continuous improvement management practices and has extensive experience in not-for-profit administration, volunteer recruitment and development, fundraising, and camping and outdoor recreation programming. Land management and use has been a center piece of his professional career. He has experience in creating conservation easements, developing comprehensive long range plans, and habitat and natural resource management.
Land Conservation & Stewardship Manager
Tyler Sanderson received a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology and a Graduate Certificate in Stream and Watershed Science from the University of Kentucky. During his time away from school, Tyler developed strong interest in conservation and natural resource management as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and university research assistant. He understands the importance of protecting land and water resources, and is passionate about educating others about their significance. He believes the most important avenue of change is through effective public education, and the best way to do that is community involvement.
Picture Your World Program Manager
Carra is a professional photographer with a certificate in Photography from the Southwest School of Art and a B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in both solo and group shows. Ms. Garza’s current work consists of photographic transfer, collage and encaustic. She is an active member of the arts community serving as a docent with the McNay Art Museum since 2001, and as a former board member and current supporter of the Southwest School of Art, a member of the Texas Photographic Society and member of the Houston Center for Photography.
Community Conservation Coordinator
Zanel Pizarro has been a garden steward for El Dorado community garden since 2015, and is also a Spanish teacher. She directs her own daycare where she started a community garden so that kids can be shown STEAM activities in both Spanish and English. With her passion for nature and education, her goals are to unite, outreach, and collaborate.