Director – Kelly H. Hull
Kelly Hull was born an animal lover and nature conservationist. He has been actively preserving endangered wildlife for over 25 years. In 2005, Hull incorporated his passion into a 501c3 organization dedicated to save species of turtles, tortoises, birds, and declining ecosystems.
In 2015, Hull established the GREEN Wildlife Center on 15-acres in South Texas. The unique property had been left untouched for over 10 years, and, hence, Hull realized that the immense wildlife and native plants and trees on the property aligned with his conservation initiatives
Since the start of his career as a construction superintendent in 2007, Hull oversees the construction of multi-million dollar high-rise condominiums, and corporate rental and retail properties. As a product of his construction experience, Hull has mastered replicating and constructing the natural habitats of the turtles, tortoises, and birds located at GREEN Nature Center. He designs and constructs their enclosures to mirror their natural habitats within the wild, securing the health and longevity of each species.
Hull consults professionals, as well as hobbyists, worldwide concerning his research and habitat expertise.
Secretary – Jenna Serrano
Jenna has always had a passion for nature, fitness, and the great outdoors! She grew up on a 150 acre ranch in east Texas where she rode horses and raised cattle and chickens. She learned how to water ski on Lake Sam Rayburn at the age of 3!
She graduated with a degree in Spanish and minor in Business Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in 2008.
Jenna is an avid adventurist! She loves water sports, fishing, camping, traveling, experiencing different cultures, and “roughing it.”
She has over 15 years experience in business administration and project management working with large financial corporations and construction companies. She remains involved in nature, fitness, and outdoors daily. She started “A Walk in the Park” for the LRGV in 2022 to help promote outdoor recreation in public parks. Jenna is also a co-owner of a VIP Off-Grid Solar company helping people with resource conservation and energy independence.
To date, Jenna has held the position of Secretary for GREEN since 2009. She does everything from bookkeeping to event planning and coordination, and project management with GREEN. She loves every minute of it!
Curator– Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN
Dr. Hull is the on-site curator for GREEN Wildlife Center. Dr. Hull holds degrees in International Geography, Environmental Science, Toxicology, and Holistic Nutrition. She is a university environmental science professor and author, and writes educational curriculum programs for GREEN.
Using her education experience and her ongoing research on current environmental changes and cultural patterns, she designs educational outreach programs to teach all ages about the current threats to the survival of endangered species, worldwide.
Technical Director & Marketing – Andrew Smith
Andy has been creating websites since the mid ’90s back in the day when computers were the size of a baby Aldabra tortoise. He is a master at digital marketing, and is a critical piece to GREEN’S ability to reach Internationally via the worldwide web.
All of our videos, fundraisers, and educational programs are viewable because of Andy.
Andy has a passion for the preservation of the native plants and trees found at GREEN Wildlife Center. He is our horticultural apprentice, and takes an active role with tech outreach opportunities.
Educational Outreach Advisor – Mallory Lindsay
For over a decade, Mallory has been sparking curiosity about wildlife, conservation, and local natural history while empowering others to do the same through public outreach, community conservation projects, and citizen scientist initiatives.
With a background in wildlife rehabilitation, animal husbandry, and media marketing, Mallory has been able to combine her skill sets to help grass root conservation organizations develop more awareness within their communities, and create successful education outreach programs.
Horticulture and Native Habitat Advisor – Alvin Dunn
Dunn’s expertise is the product of decades of meandering throughout the Central American rainforests and throughout Mexico where is started propagating a variety of native plant species. He is a walking encyclopedia for native flora and fauna.
In the 1980’s, he and his brother owned and operated one of the largest bird breeding operations in the United States. Housing confiscated birds from the USDA to animals given to them from zoos and wildlife centers, Dunn has vast experience with birds, native Texas wildlife and plants, and is an expert in micro habitats and ecosystem diversity.
Managing one of the largest palm tree farms in Texas and Southern United States, he brings a vast knowledge of diversity to our team. He continues to enrich our animal enclosures and over-all facility with plants from the Amazon Rainforest, Mexico, and native Texas. From palm trees to native turks cap, mallows, and verbena, our facility sits in the migratory pathway for the Monarch butterflies. Dunn is securing that GREEN helps to increase their population by planting what they eat on their migratory journey through the Rio Grande Valley.
Treasurer – Carmen Leyva
Carmen is a Rio Grande Valley native, and moved back to her home town of Harlingen, TX from California.
She studied psychology, secretarial and paraprofessional studies at TSTI, which is now TSTC.
Her work experience began as a Troop Organizer for the Girl Scouts. She managed a RV Park for 10 years where she was secretary and treasurer for the corporation that owned the RV Park.
She then began a carrier marketing petroleum into Mexico from the United States and as the first woman in this field, she went on to operate her own energy marketing company.
Carmen traveled extensively throughout Mexico throughout her carrier, but as a single mom, she started working for Home Depot to be at home with her only daughter. She spent 3yrs. as a Kitchen Designer, 3yrs. in Millworks, and 12 years as a PASA (Pro Assigned Sales Associate) working with contractors. Home Depot is where she met Kelly and Janet from GREEN after they first located GREEN Wildlife Center in San Benito.
She was asked to join GREEN’s Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2022.