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

Our Board is changing! We are working with a consultant to develop our Board of Directors into a dedicated powerhouse of folks ready to take on the challenges of ensuring PPLT's existence now and in perpetuity. While we recently had several members retire and our list is now short, we are excited about the opportunities to continue to grow our Board!


Maria Alonso, Travis County.  Maria's expertise includes sustainable resources, recycling, green building and water conservation.  Maria is expert in social media, volunteer coordination and web design. She works for SXSW. She and her partner, Zac, have a new baby.  BA, Geography, University of Texas.

Vice-President - interim Treasurer

L. David Vogel, Fayette County.  David is a retired Licensed Real Estate Broker.  He owns land southwest of La Grange in Fayette County, where he has been restoring the native vegetation for wildlife habitat for many years.   He is a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and has served on the PPLT board since 2007.  BBA, Marketing, University of Texas.

Interim Secretary

Bill Brooks, Bastrop County. After 26 years, Bill retired from the staff of the University of Texas in the Biopsychology Dept.  Bill is a life-long biologist and has served on the board of the Bastrop County Audubon Society, The Lost Pines Master Naturalists and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.  Bill currently works as a Naturalist for McKinney Roughs LCRA Park, is a fishing instructor for Buescher State Park, and teaches Nature Classes for PPLT.

Board Member

Arlene Kalmbach, Lee County. Arlene is our newest Board member and works for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a private lands biologist. She and her husband own and live on their land in Lee County with their twin sons. Besides Texas land and wildlife management skills, Arlene brings with her experience in grant writing, agriculture, habitat restoration and program management skills.


Executive Director

Melanie Pavlas, Caldwell County.  Melanie is a Caldwell County landowner and has extensive experience in environmental biology and wildlife conservation, including bird surveys, endangered species permitting, monitoring and conservation, wildlife management and land management. Melanie 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. BS, Environmental Biology, University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Part-time contractor

Wilynn Formeller. Wilynn is a native Texan and grew up on a ranch in Bandera. She has broad experience in land and wildlife management, conducting biological censuses including bird surveys, territory mapping, vegetation surveys, etc. Wilynn also has experience as an event planner and marketer. She currently lives in Loveland, Colorado with her three boys and husband and also works for a startup company there offering community office space. MS, Wildlife Ecology, Texas State University.