Email: lisacrawford (at) tlltemple.foundation
Lisa Crawford, Program Assistant for the foundation, provides support for the Program Officers. She grew up in East Texas and attended the Art Institute of Dallas. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and never misses an opportunity to sing and dance. She finds passion leading her non-profit animal rescue sanctuary.
Lisa is honored to have the opportunity to work for the T.L.L. Temple Foundation which feeds her drive to change lives in her community. She strongly believes that serving others can make a difference.
North Lufkin Community Office Assistant
Email: kfollie (at) tlltemple.foundation
Kelly Follie, Community Office Assistant in the foundation’s North Lufkin facility, grew up in Silsbee, Texas. A mother of two, she is active in her church. She has plans to attend Angelina College to pursue a degree in human services. Ultimately, she would like to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.
Kellie said she enjoys working for the Foundation. She actually discovered her passion for helping and serving others while working as a medical assistant. She began volunteering at Impact Lufkin in March 2016 and that lead to her joining the organization.
Email: egay (at) tlltf.org
Emily has a master’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received several awards including the Social Work Leadership Award in undergraduate and graduate school at SFASU and the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program scholarship. She also was placed in Quito, Ecuador for her senior year of high school.
Emily has been involved with nonprofits, volunteering, and service to others. She is very involved in international volunteer work and travel and she thrives on using her second language, Spanish.
Emily found her passion for community development and education by working in a rural, impoverished area in Quito, Ecuador. That profound moment led her into her career as a Master Level Social Worker. By working for the non-profit sector, she has the opportunity to continue to fulfill her passion by serving and helping others obtain his/her well-being through macro-level practice.
Steve Jack, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Boggy Slough Conservation Area
Email: stevejack (at) tlltemple.foundation
Steve Jack is the founding executive director of the Boggy Slough Conservation Area. He came to East Texas after working over two decades at the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in Newton, Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree from Erskine College in Due West SC, a master’s degree from University of Florida, and a doctoral degree from Utah State University.
Dr. Jack leads the foundation’s mission of establishing and using Boggy Slough as a touchstone of excellence in East Texas through three programs – research, conservation, and outreach – to promote the conservation and stewardship of natural resources in the region. The Foundation’s long-term impact on the environment in East Texas will be maximized through the nexus of these programs, positively affecting land management, ecosystem conservation, and environmentally sustainable policies in the future.
Steve has more than 25 years of experience in conservation and natural resource management. At the Jones Center from 1997-2019, his primary position was conservation ecologist where he worked to integrate the center’s research and resource management activities. Steve’s research and management interests include forest stand dynamics, silvicultural manipulations to achieve multiple objectives, and developing a better understanding for the ecological basis of uneven-aged silvicultural practices. He co-edited a book on the management and restoration of longleaf pine forests, served as a primary instructor for multiple workshops and short courses, and advised agencies and landowners in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Prior to working at the Jones Center, Steve was an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Science at Texas A&M University.
Steve enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and working on projects around the house. He is active in multiple community organizations and his church.
Sylvia A. Leal, Ed.D.
Senior Program Officer–Education & Economic Development
email: sylvialeal (at) tlltemple.foundation
Sylvia A. Leal is a Senior Program Officer responsible for leading the Foundation’s Education and Economic Development initiatives. She received an Associate in Arts Degree from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Texas Pan American, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.
Sylvia’s career spans more than 30 years with experience in K-12 education as a bilingual teacher and as a curriculum specialist at Region One Education Service Center. At Region One, she assisted educators across 38 school districts improve the teaching and learning capacity of students across South Texas as an Inclusion Specialist, a Science Specialist, and a GEAR UP Coordinator. She has administrative experience at the university level where she served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and as Vice President of Enrollment at the University of Texas Brownsville and as Associate Vice President for Student Educational Outreach at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In that capacity she supervised various P-16 pre-college initiatives, federal grants, testing, and other student support services that supported first generation minority students to enter and succeed in higher education.
Dr. Leal has served on a number of boards and in community leadership positions. She strongly believes that equitable quality education can transform the lives of students, their families, and their communities especially for diverse unrepresented students. Sylvia continues her lifetime work to seek and develop innovative initiatives that increase the number of first generation students that obtain postsecondary credentials with labor market value.
Sylvia enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Email: tmusick (at) tlltf.org
Tami Musick works with the grants for the Foundation. Originally from Indiana, Tami enjoys water sports, gardening, and many other outdoor activities.
Tami said she loves working at the Foundation because it’s a job in which she can see she is making a difference in the lives of the people in the community. From funding education/scholarships to feeding the hungry, the Foundation is making a huge impact for all of us in East Texas.
Email: kathyparish(at) tlltemple.foundation
Wynn Rosser, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Email: wynnrosser (at) tlltemple.foundation
Wynn Rosser is President & CEO of the Foundation. Wynn earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University as well as an associate degree from Kilgore College.
Wynn’s awards and recognition include the H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Alumni Relations and Educational Advancement and the Distinguished Former Student of Texas A&M University’s Department of Agriculture Leadership Education and Communications. He also was awarded an honorary associate of arts degree from El Paso Community College.
He and his wife, Dr. Manda Rosser, are raising three children on a farm with more than 40 animals including alpaca, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and cats. He enjoys reading, running, and cycling, and he is active in his church.
Wynn is committed to system-level changes – especially for low income and rural residents as well as to a regional approach to grant making and philanthropic leadership.
He is past chair of the Grantmakers for Education Board of Directors and is chair of the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC). He is also a lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.
Boggy Slough Conservation Area
Director of Forest & Wildlife Management
Email: rsanders (at) tlltf.org
Robert Sanders is the Director of Forest & Wildlife Management – Boggy Slough Conservation Area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest/Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Robert has received numerous awards, including the Eagle Scout – 1989; Lone Star Land Steward Award – Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2007; Leopold Conservation Award – Sand County Foundation and Texas Parks & Wildlife – 2011; Texas Big Game Awards – Statewide Landowner of the Year – Texas Wildlife Association – 2012; Land Steward Award – Texas Chapter – The Wildlife Society – 2014-2015; and the Statewide Friend of Conservation Award – Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts – 2014
Robert enjoys all aspects of being outside, whether hunting, fishing, training Labrador retrievers, searching for shed antlers, exercising, or spending time with his two sons and wife Jenny. The family is very adventurous and loves the piney woods of East Texas as well as traveling together and experiencing God’s creations throughout our incredible state, country and beyond.
He said growing up and having deep roots in East Texas has allowed him to realize how fortunate we all are to live in such a diverse ecological area of the U.S. Because he spent the majority of his time outdoors growing up, he believes his life was transformed and molded into the person he is today through the outdoor experiences he was introduced to by his family and close mentors.
Robert said having the opportunity to work for the T.L.L. Temple Foundation allows him to manage the valuable forest, wildlife, and water resources while at the same time introducing a wide range of East Texans to the importance of conserving our natural resources through proven, up-to-date management strategies. Giving back to the people of his hometown area and helping them to experience what he has been so fortunate to have learned over the years is very rewarding.
Laura L. Squiers
Senior Program Officer
Health, Human Services, & Arts and Culture
Email: lsquiers (at) tlltf.org
Laura L. Squiers is a Senior Program Officer responsible for the Foundation’s health, human services, & arts and culture portfolio. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a Concentration in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
Serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires Laura. She believes strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders. Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.
She has served on the boards of many different nonprofits and managed one as Executive Director. Serving and helping others is what motivates and inspires her. She believes strongly in the work of nonprofits and the benefits they provide to all societal stakeholders. Working in the field of philanthropy allows Laura to assist in the support of organizations whose mission it is to change lives.
Laura enjoys reading, cross-stitching and traveling with her family.