Welcome our spring fellows and interns

Kristen Schlemmer | January 12, 2022

Join us in welcoming our fellows and interns for the spring semester!

Jenny Borski, Legal Intern

Jenny is a 3L at South Texas College of Law. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. During her time at A&M, she was spent a summer in Alaska conducting fieldwork and research on the ecosystem and its response to an oil spill. After that summer, she joined both the Ecological Systems Laboratory and the Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholars Program at A&M, where she conducted modeling research related to addressing relevant problems in the functioning of complex ecological systems. She contributed to several research projects, including publishing findings in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, and presenting the findings at a number of conferences, including the Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Her favorite internship in undergrad was at the Houston Zoo in the Collegiate Conservation Program where she found a passion for conservation and policy. Her studies and experience in conservation-based work led her to pursue a law degree. She hopes to use her background in ecology and environmental science to be a passionate and effective environmental advocate. Jenny looks forward to working at Bayou City Waterkeeper, because of its work in educating and advocating for a healthy environment, specifically by integrating science and policy.

Kelley McIntire, Legal Fellow

Kelley is a lawyer with experience working in governmental, nonprofit, and private sectors of the law. While she was an undergraduate student at Emory University, she studied abroad through wildlife field studies programs in Australia, Namibia, and Botswana. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Science. Most recently, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, where she studied environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. With Bayou City Waterkeeper, Kelley will pursue legal avenues to promote conservation. Kelley is continuing her fellowship from the Fall of 2021. 

Kelley is not admitted to practice law in Texas and is working directly under the supervision of Bayou City Waterkeeper’s Legal Director. 

 

 

Mai Ton, Water Justice Fellow

Mai Ton grew up in Sugar Land and attended college in Houston, forging her relationship to the greater city landscape. She began working within the Houston environmental advocacy scene through the Houston Flood Museum’s project on flooding and toxicity within the Pleasantville neighborhood. Her work centered on a humanistic and story-telling approach to the ways people build relationships with their environment. Under the guidance of Dr. Ballestero of the Rice Anthropology Department, she expanded her work into aquifer and underground water justice advocacy. She has a vested interest in water access, indigenous rights, and climate justice. She hopes to utilize creative and ethnographic methods to educate and fight for a better world.

In her free time, Mai enjoys upcycling old or thrifted clothes, making rugs, and painting. She earned a BA for Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Visual Arts from Rice University. Mai is continuing her fellowship from the Fall of 2021.

 

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Throughout the year Bayou City Waterkeeper hosts law, policy, and science fellows and interns to help with our research, investigation, and analysis of issues affecting water quality, wetlands, and resilience to flooding and climate change across the greater Houston-Galveston region. For job, fellowship and internship openings, please visit our career opportunities page.