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Board of Directors

ECOLOGY ACTION IS EXPANDING - BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

Are you interested in serving on our Board of Directors? We're adding several new positions, as well as Associate Board Membership opportunities (serving on a specific committee without full Board responsibilities). Please fill out this form if you're interested in working with us!

Karen Blaney, Vice President Karen is a sustainability professional with over 15 years of project management experience in operations, partnerships, and grants administration. She is Texan by birth and moved to Austin in 2007, where she first worked at the University of Texas at Austin. In July 2016, she joined regional energy efficiency partnership organization SPEER to launch a 2030 District for Austin. 2030 Districts focus on reducing energy and water consumption and transportation emissions in a city's urban business core. Karen has a MA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Karen Blaney, Vice President

Karen is a sustainability professional with over 15 years of project management experience in operations, partnerships, and grants administration. She is Texan by birth and moved to Austin in 2007, where she first worked at the University of Texas at Austin. In July 2016, she joined regional energy efficiency partnership organization SPEER to launch a 2030 District for Austin. 2030 Districts focus on reducing energy and water consumption and transportation emissions in a city's urban business core. Karen has a MA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Noel Radley, Secretary Noel joined the board in 2015 and focuses primarily on board governance and communications. While she works in Austin as a communications project manager, for 10 years she had a previous life as a college educator, during which time she taught courses about sustainability and writing. In particular, her research focused on the way that language impacts the preservation or destruction of the ecology. Noel has a PhD in English and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin (her alma mater) and at Santa Clara University. Her interests include permaculture and eco-feminism. Noel loves hiking and camping with her young daughter and her partner in Texas, and beyond.

Noel Radley, Secretary

Noel joined the board in 2015 and focuses primarily on board governance and communications. While she works in Austin as a communications project manager, for 10 years she had a previous life as a college educator, during which time she taught courses about sustainability and writing. In particular, her research focused on the way that language impacts the preservation or destruction of the ecology. Noel has a PhD in English and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin (her alma mater) and at Santa Clara University. Her interests include permaculture and eco-feminism. Noel loves hiking and camping with her young daughter and her partner in Texas, and beyond.

Karly Jo Dixon, Treasurer Before Joining the Ecology Action Board of Directors in 2013, Karly Jo served as a Co-Director of Ecology Action and Financial Manager for seven years.  She is a co-founder of the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance and Treasure City Thrift in Austin Texas.  Karly Jo has a JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Texas Fair Defense Project.  

Karly Jo Dixon, Treasurer

Before Joining the Ecology Action Board of Directors in 2013, Karly Jo served as a Co-Director of Ecology Action and Financial Manager for seven years.  She is a co-founder of the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance and Treasure City Thrift in Austin Texas.  Karly Jo has a JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Texas Fair Defense Project.  

 
Suzanne Baker, Board Member Before joining Ecology Action in 2017, Suzanne organized the successful initiative to expand the Austin Community College district into Del Valle and Pflugerville, providing a savings of over 50% on college tuition to over 300 students per semester in those areas. She is a long time community advocate, activist and organizer who has spent her career supporting at-risk youth, low-income families, and veterans. For the last 18 years, Suzanne has worked collaboratively to create opportunities and to develop targeted career pathways for central Texans through support networks and recruitment pipelines. Suzanne earned a B.S. in Applied Science from Texas State University. She is a Certified Public Manager and is a member of The National Career Development Association. She has also served as Co-chair to the Community Advisory Committee of ACC Riverside and Round Rock campuses. Her interests include organic farming and enjoying being a new grandmother. 

Suzanne Baker, Board Member

Before joining Ecology Action in 2017, Suzanne organized the successful initiative to expand the Austin Community College district into Del Valle and Pflugerville, providing a savings of over 50% on college tuition to over 300 students per semester in those areas. She is a long time community advocate, activist and organizer who has spent her career supporting at-risk youth, low-income families, and veterans. For the last 18 years, Suzanne has worked collaboratively to create opportunities and to develop targeted career pathways for central Texans through support networks and recruitment pipelines. Suzanne earned a B.S. in Applied Science from Texas State University. She is a Certified Public Manager and is a member of The National Career Development Association. She has also served as Co-chair to the Community Advisory Committee of ACC Riverside and Round Rock campuses. Her interests include organic farming and enjoying being a new grandmother. 

 
Neocha Campbell, Board Member Neocha has devoted much of her career to cultivating community awareness and cooperation, while promoting strategic partnerships to support programs in the nonprofit and public sectors. In 2015, she collaborated on Goodwill Central Texas’ successful initiative leading to the first adult charter high school for students aged 19-50. She brings over 20 years of experience in public policy and administration, business development, and operations management, with specific focus on veterans, seniors, and low-income communities. Neocha earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward’s University and currently is working toward her MBA. Her lifelong interests include social justice reforms, animal advocacy, and food sustainability and security.


Neocha Campbell, Board Member

Neocha has devoted much of her career to cultivating community awareness and cooperation, while promoting strategic partnerships to support programs in the nonprofit and public sectors. In 2015, she collaborated on Goodwill Central Texas’ successful initiative leading to the first adult charter high school for students aged 19-50. She brings over 20 years of experience in public policy and administration, business development, and operations management, with specific focus on veterans, seniors, and low-income communities. Neocha earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward’s University and currently is working toward her MBA. Her lifelong interests include social justice reforms, animal advocacy, and food sustainability and security.

Alex Canalini, Board Member Alex began his life in the rich, earth-reverent heritage of his native Peru.  His personal mission is the pursuit and implementation of reconnecting humans with nature, and assisting in programs that seek to restore balance to the human experience and Earth through sustainable living, biophilic designs, and symbiotic harmony.  Currently based in Austin, Texas, he continues to infuse his life’s work with these intentions, beginning on the local level with his own construction company, Southstone Development Group, and tirelessly building resources toward assisting global harmony.  His deep indigenous roots nourish his passion, and he is honored to be part of the structural system guiding the new frontier of Ecology Action.

Alex Canalini, Board Member

Alex began his life in the rich, earth-reverent heritage of his native Peru.  His personal mission is the pursuit and implementation of reconnecting humans with nature, and assisting in programs that seek to restore balance to the human experience and Earth through sustainable living, biophilic designs, and symbiotic harmony.  Currently based in Austin, Texas, he continues to infuse his life’s work with these intentions, beginning on the local level with his own construction company, Southstone Development Group, and tirelessly building resources toward assisting global harmony.  His deep indigenous roots nourish his passion, and he is honored to be part of the structural system guiding the new frontier of Ecology Action.

Christopher Brown, Board Member Chris is a writer and lawyer who has been actively involved in conservation and ecology efforts along the Lower Colorado River for the past decade. Since 2009, he has been restoring a former petroleum transmission pipeline site near Circle Acres where he and his wife and son built their green roof home known as Edgeland House. Chris writes widely about American ecology, including in his novel, Tropic of Kansas, which is slated to be released July 2017. His law practice focuses on working with mission-based financial services technology companies. Chris previously served as General Counsel of NetSpend Corporation and was a partner in the Austin law office of Baker Botts, LLP, where he ran the corporate department. 

Christopher Brown, Board Member

Chris is a writer and lawyer who has been actively involved in conservation and ecology efforts along the Lower Colorado River for the past decade. Since 2009, he has been restoring a former petroleum transmission pipeline site near Circle Acres where he and his wife and son built their green roof home known as Edgeland House. Chris writes widely about American ecology, including in his novel, Tropic of Kansas, which is slated to be released July 2017. His law practice focuses on working with mission-based financial services technology companies. Chris previously served as General Counsel of NetSpend Corporation and was a partner in the Austin law office of Baker Botts, LLP, where he ran the corporate department.