As a project coordinator for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Jay specializes in educational programming and provides technical assistance to landowners and others seeking to reduce expanding populations of wild pigs. Prior to joining the institute, he served as a park ranger and public hunting coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at the Guadalupe River and Lake Somerville State Parks.
Jay has a wealth of knowledge and experiences derived from 10 years of military service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served two tours overseas, one combat tour to Afghanistan and one tour in support of operations in Libya, earning the rank of Sergeant and holding several billets within the Infantry community. Towards the end of his military career, Jay served at the Wounded Warriors detachment in San Antonio as an Operations Chief assisting wounded Marines with their transition and care.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from American Public University System in 2017 with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management. Currently, he is a graduate student at Texas A&M University, pursuing a master's degree in wildlife science in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management.
In his free time, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. As an avid outdoorsman, he also enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, and introducing his daughters to the world of hunting and conservation.