David Yeomans is a three-time Emmy Award-winning Meteorologist and is the Chief Meteorologist at KXAN in Austin. He is a registered storm spotter and has kept climate records for the National Weather Service office. David has also researched hurricane formation for his Master’s thesis and was a guest scientist aboard an NOAA Hurricane Hunter flight. Currently, David serves on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Advisory Council. During his down time, he enjoys wake surfing on Lake Austin and mountain biking in the greenbelt. David also volunteers with Meals on Wheels in Austin.
Lawrence Fulton earned his Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems as well as his M.S. Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin. A professor in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University, Dr. Fulton’s research areas are sustainability and healthcare. The sustainable construction of his residence (once the highest scoring sustainable residence as verified by the National Association of Homebuilders) was featured on KSAT News in San Antonio.
Jaz Burgess is the Founder and Executive Director of Hustle Meets Grace, an online Wellness Consulting Company specializing in integrating yoga, meditation and mindfulness-based practices. After attaining her professional counseling license, Jaz is looking forward to expanding the offerings at Hustle Meets Grace to include a counseling private practice and yoga studio to help clients find healing through mindful movement and relaxation. In addition, Jaz is a life coach for first generation college students at UTSA, where she facilitates leadership experiences focusing on personal development, financial literacy and emotional intelligence.
Jayairus Bryant is a free-spirited 2nd grader at Cooper Elementary in Houston who possesses a unique combination of grit and wit. He enjoys reading, playing video games, and learning about space. He will be discussing mistakes that adults have made regarding environmental issues and how those mistakes have impacted children. Hold onto your seat! He may just prove to you that when it comes to preserving the Earth; you may not be smarter than a Second Grader!"
Wren Vogel is a graduate student pursuing an MS in Sustainability Studies at Texas State University and works as a research assistant for the Ingram School of Engineering under the guidance of environmental engineering professor, Dr. Sangchul Hwang. Wren is a member of the Hwang Eco-friendly Development for Green Environment (HEDGE) research team and is actively researching upcycling applications of invasive flora found in the San Marcos area.
Ian McKenna, 17 years old, is from Austin, TX. Ian is a youth hunger advocate who has grown and donated over 20,000 lbs of organic produce to help reduce food insecurity in his community. In addition to developing Ian’s Giving Garden, he works with No Kid Hungry as a youth ambassador and Katie’s Krops where he serves on their Board of Directors. He is also a Travis County Master Gardener. Most recently, he was named as a Top 5 Finalist for Time’s Kid of the Year. Ian is currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering.