Staff

 

Gail Gallegos, Executive Director

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Gail Gallegos has thirteen years of experience in the Natural Areas creation, oversight and management.  She has a long, working history with the City’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, land conservation and restoration knowledge, and wide-ranging community involvement and volunteer management experience.  Gail has received the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration’s 2015 “Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award” for exemplary dedication to the conservation, management and restoration of the Texas natural resource base.  It is presented to a person who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field.  Gail is an ideal fit for Green Spaces Alliance.  She has worked extensively with the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, Alamo Area Master Naturalists, SAWS, the San Antonio River Authority, Land Heritage Institute, Bexar and San Antonio Audubon Societies, and many other organizations to preserve and manage San Antonio’s Natural Areas and connect people with nature.  She holds a B.S. in Ecology and a M.S. in Environmental Science, emphasis in Ecology, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She would love to spend every moment hiking, biking, planting, stargazing or somehow out in nature.

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Tyler Sanderson, 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.

Tia Moen, Community Outreach Manager

With a degree in Global Studies, Tia is interested in bringing communities together to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life for everyone through GSA’s programs. Through volunteering for many community-based causes and traveling experiences, Tia appreciates the incredible value of bringing people and ideas together to reach common goals that benefit the greater good.  As a part of greater community efforts towards creating environmental stability for future San Antonians, she is a volunteer member of the SAWS Community Conservation Committee.

Chris Babis, Sustainable Urban Landscape Manager

Chris Babis received a Master of Water Resources from the University of New Mexico in 2016. As a graduate student he worked as a Research Assistant for the Department of Economics, Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics (SILPE) and as an agricultural planning consultant for the Alamosa Land Institute. Chris has over 10 years of sustainable agriculture experience and earned a Certificate of Agroecological Design from UC Berkeley. In 2008 Chris and his wife Amy began Common Thread Community Farm, a 40 acre 300 member non-certified organic CSA in Upstate New York. Throughout his academic and entrepreneurial experiences Chris has come to learn the importance of the creation and maintenance of multifunctional rural, peri-urban and urban landscapes that integrate sustainable farming techniques to improve food and water security and enhance the ecological health and aesthetics of the urban environment.

Carra Garza, 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.

Tammy Andrews, Accounting and Finance Administrator

Tammy Andrews bleeds maroon and loves making numbers balance. Before coming to Green Spaces Alliance, she supported various non-profits through volunteer positions. The mother of 2 boys and wife to a handsome husband, they work as a family to reduce, recycle and reuse and make the world greener as they go. In her spare time, she runs a home bakery and loves to sit outside and read.