Staff Members

Carol Galvan

Executive Assistant


Garret Leopold

Program Coordinator,

Boonville Heritage Park


Maddy Herron

Education Associate


Dr. Deborah Cowman

Dr. Deborah Cowman has an academic background in environmental science, ecological conservation and natural history, climate change policy, and scientific research experience with USGS and Texas A&M University.  She also has experience in team building and management from Texas A&M University and expertise from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Rare Book and Special Collections Department at Stanford University, and as well as a degree in music performance and history. 

A member of several honorary societies and author of numerous publications, Dr. Cowman also has leadership training from the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Her background in formal science coupled with her multi-disciplinary experience in informal arts & science education makes her an ideal person to help the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History forge new partnerships with Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley Arts Community.  

She and her husband live on 34 acres of Post Oak Savannah that they have restored for wildlife by working with Texas Parks and Wildlife, USDA, various University faculty, and local county agents. As part of this effort, they maintain a tall grass prairie and have also opened their home as a place of study for University natural history classes.

Dr. Cowman’s personal interests include music, origami, Native American art and history, photography, and graphic design


Dr. Rebecca Ingram 

In her role as Curator, Dr. Rebecca Ingram manages collections and designs exhibits at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Working with museums, archaeological excavations, and research projects in Turkey, Israel, and the U.S., she has engaged in the hands-on study of such diverse materials as Ice Age fossils, Late Bronze Age glass, and 19th-century American steamboats.

Rebecca is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Research Associate with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at Texas A&M University, specializing in Nautical Archaeology. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted a detailed study of a 7th-century shipwreck from the Theodosian Harbor excavations in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to serving as curator at the Brazos Valley Museum, Rebecca continues to participate in archaeological research and publication, including work as an editorial assistant for the American Journal of Archaeology.


Maria Lazo

Maria Lazo is the Associate Director and Education Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and is certified in Texas Wild and Aquatic Wild (Texas Parks and Wildlife programs).  Maria is exceptionally skilled at curriculum design and has designed and implemented educational programs for 20 years at the Museum.  She has conducted teacher workshops, scout training, astronomy classes, implements and manages the Museum’s outstanding summer nature camp & mini camp programs, and is skilled in presentations and the management of staff.


Board of Trustees

Executive Committee


Parten Wakefield


Doug Pederson
Past President


Bowen Loftin

Carolyn Schroeder

Henry Mayo


Keith Arnold
Barbara Berry
Ann Broussard
Lee Ann Bryan
Tracy Corrier
Sabrina Rhodes
Rebecca Russell

Ellen Thornton

Advisory Trustees

Beverly Brown

Tim Bryan
Irma Cauley
Ed Fry

Sue Lee
Ruben Olague

Mervin Peters

Juliana Rangel-Posada
Kenneth Telg

Ron Schmidt

Lifetime Trustee

Keith Arnold