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MLEIP Advisory Board

The Board promotes the mission and objectives of the internship program by guiding, mentoring, and supporting the success of college students who are selected to participate in paid, full-time summer internships with the MLEIP.

About the Board

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The Advisory Board for the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program consists of individuals from the private sector, public sector, and higher education.

To assist with growing the internship program, the MLEIP Advisory Board formed the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Corporation, a 501(c)(3), in 2018.

The specific objectives and purpose of this advisory board are:

  • a commitment to heighten the awareness and encourage the participation of minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged college/university students regarding environmental-related issues and policies;
  • to develop a diversified work force within Texas' environmental agencies and private corporations through paid internships for students exploring professional opportunities in the environmental fields;
  • to train and equip students for future careers as environmental professionals; and
  • to increase participation of interns in non-government entities.

Advisory board members:

  • Actively participate in advisory board meetings.
  • Contribute to discussions related to internship program services.
  • Serve on an ad hoc committee when needed.
  • Positively enhance the MLEIP by
    • sponsoring intern(s) based on available funding;
    • providing resource materials for interns and sponsors, as appropriate; and
    • arranging for student interns to tour their respective organization/facility.
  • Support college student recruitment and selection as MLEIP interns.
  • Promote MLEIP to prospective external intern sponsors.
  • Participate in planning and executing the annual intern conference.
  • Attend the annual conference to network with sponsors and interns.
  • Serve as positive role models for future leaders who are launching their careers through the MLEIP.

List of Advisory Board Members

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Alison Leland, J.D., MLEIP Advisory
Board Vice President

Director, The Honors College
University of Houston


Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR
MLEIP Education & Outreach Coordinator,
External Relations Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


Benjamin Rhem, MLEIP Advisory Board

Partner, Austin
Jackson Walker, L.L.P.


L’Oreal Stepney, P.E.
Board Member
Texas Water Development Board


Brandi N. Harrison Trotter, MLEIP
Advisory Board Secretary

Business Development Supervisor
North Central Texas Council of Governments


Maria Moon, MSHR
HR Director, College/Intern Program/D&I
TRC Companies


Darrell McCant, MPH, DABT
Senior Toxicologist
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


Melvin G. Wrenn
LCM Capital Markets Group
(Adapt Companies)


Deb Mamula
Sr. Policy Advisor-Natural Resources
Office of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
State Capitol


Sam Whitehead, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Environmental Science &
Concordia University Texas


Diana Rader, P.G., MLEIP Advisory Board

Braun Intertec

Rodney Ellis

The Honorable Rodney Ellis
Commissioner, Harris County,
Precinct One


Jerrell Cooper
Senior Field Environmental Specialist
Oncor Electric Delivery

Program Contacts

Avery Klein-Cloud
MLEIP Internship Coordinator,
Human Resources & Staff Services
512-239-5433 or
Yvette Rodriguez
MLEIP Internship Coordinator
Human Resources & Staff Services
(512) 239-0166 or
Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR
MLEIP Education and Outreach
Coordinator, External Relations
512-239-0105 or