It is amazing what a group of smart, dedicated people can accomplish. I am so happy with PPLT and its good work building lasting legacies since 2001. PPLT will continue to thrive because of its board and volunteers who show up, learn the complexities of land trust work and make wise decisions to protect open space for the future.
— Joan Russell, previous Board Vice-President


Our Board meets every quarter, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Board members volunteer their time and resources to support and advance PPLT’s mission. If you are interested in serving on our Board, please consider attending a board meeting or two and review our Board Member Application.

Who we are

The mission to continue into perpetuity may sound tough to some. For our board members, it is a mission that is taken to heart and moved toward daily. This small but mighty team has come together to serve our community with dedication and knowledge. Read more about them below:



Luci Cook, Bastrop County. Luci brings with her experience in aquatic biology, education, grant management and outreach. She and her husband own a small business and farm, where they grow many of the ingredients they use at Stregare Cheesecake Company. Luci also works as an educator for the Bass Brigade and at the Texas Agriculture Commission. She also serves on the Mississippi River Basin Panel, holding a co-chair position on the Panel and chair of the education/outreach committee. Luci previously worked at TPWD as an expert on aquatic invasives. MS, Aquatic Biology, Texas State University.



Jaison Lee, Travis County.  Jaison is a recent transplant from Youngstown, Ohio who earned his BFA in fine art photography and design and minored in business management and art history.  His professional journey placed him within GIS technician roles within multiple energy companies, ultimately landing in Austin with Austin Energy where he currently works.  He is passionate about health and wellness and is a former personal and group trainer that has created wellness initiatives, extracurricular to his full time roles, to enrich corporate culture. In the communities in which he’s resided, he seeks volunteerism opportunities. He has coordinated charity events, publicly counseled for tax and health benefits, managed a community garden where he directed community meals, with experience in outreach, fundraising and coordination all during his year’s service term with AmeriCorps. BFA, Photography and Design, Youngstown State University.


Wilynn Formeller, Travis County. Wilynn is a Native Texan and grew up on a cattle ranch in Bandera. Although she currently resides in Colorado, she previously lived in Travis County and worked for PPLT as a part-time contractor, sharing her expertise in wildlife and land management, event planning, social media and marketing. Wilynn currently works as a freelance digital marketer and sits on two other boards, in between "managing" her three boys with her husband. MS, Wildlife Biology, Texas State University.

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Camille Wiseman, Bastrop and Travis Counties. Camille is an Austin native and has fostered a deep connection to the natural world from a young age that persisted into her career. She is a professional land management planner with expertise in GIS, upland and riparian habitat restoration, education, and outreach. Camille worked for TreeFolks to assist in the reforestation program which delivered restoration efforts to areas in Central Texas affected by natural disasters; flooding along the Blanco River and Bastrop County Complex fire. She continued to work in the area for the Bastrop County Soil and Water Conservation District. She is dedicated to the preservation of wildlands and natural spaces and has contributed to many restoration projects throughout Central Texas.


Executive Director

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Melanie Pavlas, Caldwell County.  Melanie is a Caldwell County landowner and has diverse experience in environmental biology and wildlife conservation, including bird surveys, endangered species permitting, monitoring and conservation, wildlife management and land management. Melanie also has an extensive background in technical and regulatory guidance with regard to project impacts on wildlife and protected resources and how to mitigate those impacts. She has been Executive Director of PPLT since 2012. BS, Environmental Biology, University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Director of Development, PCA

Nikki Krueger, Caldwell and Travis Counties. Nikki is a development consultant and business owner with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, technology implementation, leadership development, and nonprofit and corporate community relations. Her personal mission of facilitating, encouraging, and supporting people in maximizing their skills and power to make a difference in the world can be seen in everything she does. Nikki uses her unique blend of business knowledge along with a deep behavioral understanding to maximize the power of volunteerism and corporate engagement. Nikki is also founder and owner of Seeking Good Fortune, LLC. Here she customizes team building activities and service projects designed to give back to local nonprofits in Central Texas. Giving back to the community is in her blood. She also volunteers with Foundation Communities.  BBA,  Management, Texas State University.

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Courtney Young, Travis County. Courtney is a lifelong student and teacher of eco-systems and human-systems. Her passions include traveling, working with people, sharing the wonder of the outdoors, and details. She does a little bit of everything at Pines and Prairies including creating and growing the volunteer program, preserve stewardship, nature class organization, and teaching.  Courtney is also involved in land conservation in Travis County with the Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance. She received a degree in Environmental Studies, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, studied Sustainable Development in Stellenbosch South Africa, and was schooled in the human experience in India.