Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Lorie Talamantez, a lifelong San Antonio resident, has watched the impacts of urban sprawl from a front row seat. Twelve years ago, she and her family moved to the far west portion of Loop 1604.
“We chose that location because our new home backed up to a greenbelt and a private ranch,” said Talamantez, who serves as office manager and executive assistance to TALT’s CEO. “Although we were relatively close to town, we had wildlife for neighbors.”
In the beginning, her children regularly saw white-tailed deer, feral hogs, and all manner of smaller wildlife and birds. Then, over time, widespread business and residential development occurred.
“Today, the wildlife is almost gone—and the greenspace is rare,” Talamantez said. “We saw what happens when convenience trumps conservation.”
In fact, the change has been so drastic that she and her children, now 20 and 12, have taken a series of photographs through the years to mark the disappearance of green space.
“I wanted my children to remember the area how it was,” Talamantez said.
After honing her administrative skills with positions in banking and a small boutique law firm, Talamantez, who regularly volunteers for health causes, was looking for an organization where she could make a difference for the community at large. TALT’s efforts to conserve land, which in turn conserves water and wildlife habitat, was a good match.
“In the office, I’m often the first to field phone calls from people who are exploring the options of conservation easements,” Talamantez said. “It’s an honor to help educate them about the tools and the process. With good information, they can make the best decision for their families—which if it’s conserving the land, conserving the wildlife and conserving the water, is good for my children, their children and future generations of Texans.”