Candidates nominated to serve on the executive board of Native Plant Society of Texas were announced on July 15. Members will be able to vote on candidates in September and the new board members will begin their two-year terms starting in November.
Kim Conrow was nominated to be president-elect. Kim is currently president of the North Central Chapter in Fort Worth and has served in various other positions with the chapter. She is a moderator of the Texas Flora Facebook page and an admin at our own Facebook page.
Kim released the following statement about herself:
Born a Texan, left as a baby, as military families do, to Spain, to Ajo, Arizona, Fort Knox, Kentucky and then back, as a ten year old girl, to settle in Fort Worth.
In the Arizona desert, building rock structures and Cowboys and Indians were play. In Kentucky, swinging on vines across big ditches in the woods and launching sticks into streams were play. In Texas the big grassy field in the backyard, boring. Indoor reading became play. I didn’t know then that that field was a remnant prairie and that over the next fifty years I would grow to love and cherish this particular ecosystem even more than the childhood ones.
Loving nature, in its place, is what the mission of the Society is all about. The people involved in the Society are among the finest I have ever met. In this volunteer work I hope to make valuable contributions that endure.
Michael Eason was nominated to be vice president chapter liaison. Michael lives in Alpine where he is a member of the Big Bend Chapter and runs the Texas Flora page on Facebook.
Michael contributed the following information about himself:
I am currently on staff at San Antonio Botanical Garden where I head their plant conservation program. Additionally, I work in the private field performing rare plant and wetland surveys as well as botanical inventories for a variety of clients.. Prior to branching off in the private sector I worked at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (2003-2012). During my time there I headed the Millennium Seed Bank Project (2003-2010), and was lead botanist/program manager for several projects such as the vegetation survey of Big Bend National Park (2011-2012), Ferns of the Trans-Pecos (2011) and aquatic invasive species (2010). Additionally, I have just completed a field guide Wildflowers of Texas (Timber Press publishing), which covers 1170 species of herbaceous flowering plants and vines, and started a second work, The Native and Naturalized Fabaceae of Texas. In 2012 I started a Facebook group and organization page, named after his consulting business, Texas Flora. Currently there are over 6000 members on the group page and over 4000 followers on the organization page. Since leaving LBJWC, I have continued to collect and supply seed to the nursery staff at LBJWC as well as many other native plant growers throughout the state.
In addition three current board members were nominated for additional terms on the ten-member executive board. Martha Peet of Denton was elected to the board in October 2015 and was nominated for a second term as vice president finance. Heidi Gigler of Austin was appointed in April to fill a vacant position as vice-president communications and she has now been nominated for a full term. Susan Gregory of Dallas was appointed in April to fill the vacant position of vice president advocacy and has been nominated for a full term.
Candidates were nominated by the Nominations Committee, headed by former president Bill Hopkins. The Nominations Committee will also organize an election to be held online for members only. Members will receive instructions for voting by email and in the state magazine. Results will be announced during the annual fall symposium on November 4.