Meet the Staff


Founder and Chairman Emeritus

J. David Bamberger was born into poverty in rural Massillon, Ohio in 1928. The circumstances of growing up in poverty partly shaped Mr. Bamberger’s outlook on life and introduced him to relying on nature and the world around him.

Though the larger part in shaping Mr. Bamberger’s love for the natural world comes from his mother, Hester. She introduced him to a love for nature and for...


Chairman of the Board of Directors

Rusty has always had a passion for land stewardship, open space preservation and education. After moving to the hill country, he befriended a neighbor that happened to be our founder J. David Bamberger. Soon thereafter, he was asked to join the Board of Directors, and in 2018 was elected as our Chairman.

As a University of Texas Austin alumn, Rusty has both a B.A. in Economics...


Executive Director

April holds a PhD in Environment and Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. April’s dissertation focused on the intersection of community-based conservation and rural development and how these disciplines can be combined to empower local people to be stewards of their own landscape.

April holds a M.S. in Conservation Biology...


Ranch Manager

Steven grew up on a 150-acre vegetable farm in Falls County, Texas where he learned many life lessons and the value of a long day’s work. He graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.S. in Biology.

Steven brought a background in all aspects of ranching, field biology, and land surveying with him. His former position as a biologist for the Nature Conservancy included mapping...


Director of Education, Zoologist

Jared grew up exploring nature at an early age due to his father being a biologist with a passion for the outdoors, especially reptiles and amphibians. Jared attended Texas A&M University to further pursue his studies in zoology focusing on snakes and lizards.

Jared first visited the ranch in 2004 to assist with research on frogs and later in 2006 he connected with Mr....



Christina has a B.S. in Geography and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology both from Texas State University. Christina discovered her passion for birds while earning her M.S. and pursuing her thesis research on Black-crested Titmice.

Christina first visited the BRP in 2015 and became a volunteer thereafter helping to pin insects for the museum collection. Christina worked part-time for the BRP as a Biodiversity...


Administrative Assistant

Lois has always had a passion for the beauty of nature and first came to the ranch for the Fall Color’s Hike, where Mr. Bamberger hinted at hiring her on. Though she had only visited the hill country a few times, after some contemplation she decided to make the move from Pennsylvania to Central Texas and join the BRP team.

Lois has a B.S. in Business Administration from Robert Morris...


Land Steward

Francisco grew up in San Luis Potosi state. He worked as a construction worker in Mexico City and initially made the move to the U.S. to work in the orange groves of Florida.

In 1986 Francisco’s friend told him about an opportunity for seasonal work at a ranch out in Texas, when he was 24 Pancho first came out to the BRP as a seasonal ranch hand hire. In 2005 Francisco was hired on as a full-time...


Ranch Engineer

Born in Blanco and now living near Johnson City (in the same house since he was two years of age — the log cabin his grandparents lived in), Leroy Petri has been with the Bamberger Ranch since 1970.

In 1965, he was drafted into the service and served two years in Vietnam as a Teletype engineer; then returned to Blanco County after service.

If you have ever been on the roads of Bamberger...