Colleen Gardner

Executive Director

Colleen Gardner has been on staff since 1999. She has a Masters of Arts in Geography with a focus in Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Prior to employment at the ranch, she served over two years in the United States Peace Corps in Niger, Africa as a nutritionist. Colleen’s current responsibilities with the preserve are designing and implementing educational programs, as well as office managerial duties that include budgets, accounts payable/receivable and all public communications. When she is not managing the office, she also spends a lot of the time out on the ranch as the staff beekeeper!

J. David Bamberger named Colleen Executive Director in March of 2008. In 2011 she welcomed an invitation to serve on Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Private Lands Advisory Committee and continues to serve through today.

During visits to the ranch, you may meet her husband, Scott Gardner wearing his favorite seasonal Houston Astros gear and their viszla Ivan who loves to chase cows. Scott volunteers at the ranch in an educational capacity with the stewardship workshops and is himself a rangeland ecologist on the C.L. Browning Ranch.