By Julie Thibodeaux.  Photos by Phillip Shinoda

A great group of greenies turned out for Green Source DFW’s pre-Earth Day mixer on Thursday, April 18. Business connections and new friends were made during the gathering at The People’s Last Stand in Dallas.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the multi-talented and eco-minded attendees:

Lisa Silguero is a freelance videographer and proprietor of Aqua Terra Ventus Productions. She has worked for various non-profits, including the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Public Citizen. 

Swetha Kannan is a Texas Instruments engineer who wants to eventually move into the sustainability field. She’s also very green in her personal lifestyle, a habit she got into growing up in India. “I’m working toward zero waste,” said Swetha. 

Stephanie M. Casey, the famed Dallas Frugal Foodie, also dropped in to join us. Stephanie, a veteran producer who’s worked in New York and LA, blogs about healthy affordable eating in her hometown of Dallas. She gave a thumbs up to our venue The People’s Last Stand.

Jeff Helfrich, cocreator of the Solecan, stopped by as he and his wife Liz (not pictured) prepare for the final push on their project at Earth Day Dallas.

Meanwhile Stephanie Samaniego, who recently received her masters degree in sustainable development and global leadership at a Hawaii university, says she is ready to launch her career as a sustainable professional.

Amy King, a marketing and sustainability consultant, is the former director for the USGBC Leadership Institute in Washington DC. One of her current clients is Jeff and LIz Helfrich, the inventors of the Solecan

Sharon Van Buskiek says she’s involved with many organizations, including her neighborhood group the Munger Place Historic District. Lately she said she’s been concerned about water quality in her neighborhood. 

Thad Davis of Recycle Revolution took time off from his busy schedule hauling recyclables to chat. 


Alex is a geology graduate who performs environmental assessments for a local company.

Judy Schaffer is a Dallas-based interior designer who specializes in sustainable and green options. She's also trained in Feng Shui.

Cover photo: Ken Campbell and Brandolon Barnett of the Memnosyne Institute. Green Source DFW assistant editor Julie Thibodeaux.



Julie Thibodeaux covers environmental issues, green topics and sustainable living for Green Source DFW. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Send your green bulletin items to [email protected]. Follow us at Facebook/