Board Bios

Before coming to TWRC, Mary was the Habitat and Stewardship Program Manager for the Artist Boat in Galveston, Texas. In that role, Mary managed projects for the 670-acre Coastal Heritage Preserve. She also worked on budgeting, grants, fundraising OSHA compliance and training, and developed safety procedures. Mary is a registered Vet Tech and was a critical care zookeeper at the Houston Zoo. Mary is also wildlife rehabilitator.

Mary holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science.

Sydney Free has 37 years’ experience in corporate, partnership, and individual taxation.  She began her career at the global accounting firm Deloitte and progressed to corporate tax departments in large corporations after ten years.   Sydney has extensive knowledge in all phases of energy, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries (income tax, sales tax, international tax, property tax, etc.).  Most recently she worked on extensive complex IRS audits and property tax appeals/litigation.

Since leaving the corporate tax world in 2017, Sydney began pursuing her passion of helping animals.  She began volunteering in the Animal Care Program at TWRC and is the Wise Owl on Tuesdays at TWRC.  Additionally, she occasionally assists in TWRC’s Education Outreach program as she feels educating people on the benefits and proper care of animals is increasingly important as our habitats continue to overlap.

She is a Certified Public Accountant, is Treasurer of Ashford United Methodist Church, and enjoys reading and chamber music.  Sydney holds a Master in Accounting from Rice University. She is eager to work with the Board and staff in promoting the TWRC mission with the Houston business community.

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.

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