Board Bios

Anja Machado is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center, including administrative, financial, human resources, fundraising, legal, public relations and marketing.

Anja has multiple years of experience co-running a non-profit as a Director for United Way, as well as various years of management, communications, and event experience. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing as well as her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida.

Anja moved to Houston a few years ago with her Husband and Beagle, and thoroughly enjoys finding out what this wonderful city has to offer. Anja is an avid animal lover and feels right at home at TWRC. In her spare time, she fosters and rescues domestic animals, and is excited to add rehabbing wildlife to the mix.

Ms. Conley was educated in South Dakota and came to Texas in 1989.

Ms. Conley has been with TWRC for 7 years after serving as Vice President for Friends of Texas Wildlife.  Ms. Conley has had a lifelong passion for wildlife and wildlife education.  She is a Texas permitted wildlife rehabilitator, and has successfully rehabilitated and released numerous animals.

Ms. Conley has held several positions in Public Relations, Media Management, Marketing and Communications and currently owns and serves as President of KYBY Radio in Magnolia.

Ms. Conley is very active in her community and has been recognized by the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful organization for her activism. She actively campaigned to make the placement of bandit signs by companies along our roadways illegal and a State law was eventually passed. Additionally she played an important role in making bow-hunting illegal in certain subdivisions within Montgomery County.

Ms. Gresko graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Ms. Gresko began volunteering for TWRC in 2007 and is a State-permitted rehabilitator. Jeannie joined the TWRC Board in 2010 as Media Coordinator and served as Interim President for 3 years.

In Jeannie’s professional career, she was employed as a pre-school and kindergarten teacher, camp counselor, and YMCA Summer Day Camp Director. After completing licensing requirements and industry training courses, Jeannie spent 11 years in the Insurance business in Ohio, Virginia and Texas. She was also an active volunteer in the music ministry and youth ministry at her local parish churches for more than 30 years, serving in 3 countries.

Ms. Gresko was also involved in charity work and volunteerism in Jakarta, Indonesia.  In her 9 years there, she was involved in, and performed with, The American Women’s Association (AWA), AWA Singers and Jakarta Players Community Theater. Ms. Gresko served as a Board Member of Jakarta Players and volunteered as a teacher at a local Indonesian school.

Richard Dang joined the board of TWRC Wildlife Center as the Treasurer in 2018. He has had over 8 years of Accounting and Audit experience in the Energy and Software industry.  Mr. Dang graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Finance and a degree in Accounting. He has obtained the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certifications.

Terry Rooney spent her 35 year professional career as an Environmental Scientist in the oil and gas industry.  Her expertise was in assessing and managing environmental compliance, impacts and risks for offshore operations and new developments.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wyoming.

Since leaving the oil and gas industry she and her husband John Nash volunteered at state and federal refuges and historic sites in Wyoming, south Texas and New Jersey.  They led historic tours, conducted water fowl counts, assisted revegetation studies and interacted with the public in visitor centers.

She is a certified Texas Master Naturalist, an advanced beginner Spanish speaker and forever-beginner birder.  She is eager to work with the Board and staff to actively promote the TWCR mission with the dedicated membership and within the Houston business community.

Cynthia Nesser is the owner of C1 Create, a successful litigation support consultancy based in Houston and New Orleans. For almost 30 years, the firm has provided presentation assistance, media and evidence management services to both plaintiff and defense attorneys engaged in major commercial, industrial, consumer, and injury litigation. She also assists companies with business plans, pitch books, and proposals. As a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Cynthia serves on the Board of the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation, recently completing two-years’ service as Board President. She also served on the GreaterGood.org Board for nearly three years as part of the merger between GGO and Rescue Bank and completed a two-year term as Chair of the Board. She now serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition and the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. As a volunteer consultant, Cynthia consults with various charities on board development, fundraising, governance, strategic planning and other board management issues. Her love for animals and the environment drive most of her volunteer activities.