A Hill Country Conservation Reunion

The Hill Country Leadership Summit is the Hill Country Alliance’s premiere annual gathering, and provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and being inspired among our region’s top community leaders, conservation practitioners, and natural resource managers. 

Featured Guest Speakers


 Katherine Romans

Hill Country Alliance

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Jonathan Ogren

Principal, Siglo Group

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Joni Carswell


Texan by Nature

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Carmen Llanes Pulido

Executive Director,

Go Austin/Vamos Austin!

Session Timing

Feel free to skip to the time listed below to view your desired session:

  1. 00:49:27 - Opening remarks – Jeffrey Stuffings, Co-Founder - Jester King Brewery

  2. 01:01:33 - The State of the Hill Country: Eight Key Metrics for a Region at a Crossroads - Jonathan Ogren, Principal - Siglo Group

  3. 01:33:45 - Lights Out Texas: Collaborative Conservation for Migratory Birds – Joni Carswell, CEO and President – Texan by Nature

  4. 02:35:15 - Implementing One Water in the Texas Hill Country: Connecting Communities with Projects and Professionals – Moderator: Sarah Faust, Environmental Attorney, Faust Law PLLC – Panelists: Robin Gary, Managing Director – WVWA; Troy Dorman, Ph.D, P.E., CFM, Director of Water Resources - Halff Associates; Stephanie Moore, P.G., Senior Hydrologists - Intera, Inc.

  5. 04:04:10 - Leading the Rural Hill Country: Young Leaders’ Perspectives – Moderator: Dana Williams, Director of Community Engagement – H. E. Butt Foundation. Panelists: Candace Morrison, Founder – Kimble County Farmers Market | Jeremy Walther, Founder – Pint and Plow

  6. 03:37:21 - Heart of the Hill Country Award – Presented by past recipients Sky Lewey and Christy Muse, honoring Annalisa Peace and Karen Ford

  7. 05:09:23 – KEYNOTE: Building Community Resilience by Investing in Local Leaders – Keynote & Moderator: Carmen Llanes Pulido, Executive Director – Go Austin/Vamos Austin! Panelists: Donna Klaeger, Executive Director – Community Resource Centers of Texas | Connie Barron, Blanco City Council

  8. 06:37:39 - Wanted Dead or Alive: Mountain Cedar – a Conversation with Author Elizabeth McGreevy

  9. 06:47:35 - Hill Country Runs on Water – Sarah Schlessinger, CEO, Texas Water Foundation

  10. 06:51:58 - Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape: A New Frontier in Public-Private Land Conservation and Stewardship - Daniel Oppenheimer, Hill Country Alliance

  11. 06:59:50 - Water and Equity in the Texas Hill Country - Angelica Lopez, Research Scientist – Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute​

  12. 07:06:30 - Creative Funding for Land and Water Conservation – Bill Moriarty, Retired Engineer

  13. 07:12:27 - Hill Country Night Sky Month and the Friends of the Night Sky – Dawn Davies, Hill Country Alliance

  14. 07:16:15 - Comal County Conservation Alliance Presentation – Elizabeth Bowerman, President – Comal County Conservation Alliance

  15. 07:24:58 - Texas Land Trends: Tracking Change and Tackling Challenges – Roel Lopez, Director, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Panelists: Commissioner Kevin Webb, Comal County; Mayor Tim Handren, Boerne

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