Meet Our Boards
Jennifer joined the FNHA in January 2015 and was elected to the position of chair at the June 2016 board meeting. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with an M.S. in Biology, and worked as Collections Manager at the University of Arkansas Herbarium from 2010 to 2015, during which time she co-edited Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas. She is the lead author of the forthcoming Ozark Society Foundation publication, Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas, serves on the board of the Arkansas Native Plant Society, and co-chairs the Fayetteville Monarch Project’s Habitat Committee. Jennifer lives near Fayetteville with her husband, Isaac, and enjoys gardening with native plants, hiking, and cycling.
Terri was elected to the vice-chair position at FNHA's July 2014 Board Meeting. She was raised on Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Environmental Soil and Water Science. A career in environmental education took Terri to North Carolina for several years where she worked as an outdoor science and adventure instructor, and ultimately Program Director for NC State University’s 4-H Environmental Education Program. In 2000, Terri returned to Fayetteville to serve as Education Director for the Ozark Natural Science Center, and later opened and operated an eco-friendly clothing and gift boutique in downtown Fayetteville for three years before starting a family. Today, Terri and her husband Alan live in east Fayetteville with their two young daughters, Eliza and Ivy. In 2012 Terri was elected to the FNHA board and became the Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. Avid about wildlife conservation and the role of green infrastructure in habitat preservation, she served on the City of Fayetteville’s Environmental Action Committee where she initiated and directed the Community Wildlife Habitat™. Terri currently serves on the board of the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council and is an Arkansas Master Naturalist.
Bob was elected to the position of treasurer at the July 2014 Board meeting. He and his wife, Sara, are both retired from the petroleum industry and moved to Fayetteville in 2000. In addition to serving on the governing board of FNHA for 10 years and organizing our fall supporters' party, he was part of the team that worked to preserve the Brooks-Hummel Nature Reserve (2007), Kessler Mountain Reserve (2014), heavily involved in both the Urban Forest Conservation Assessment and the Green Infrastructure Planning project, helps with conservation easement monitoring, and was on the construction crew that built the kiosks at both entrances to Mt. Sequoyah Woods. Bob was a founding member and served as Board President of the Beaver Watershed Alliance. Sara works behind the scene as FNHA's executive secretary, database manager, and website administrator. Bob and Sara are both working on the Lake Fayetteville Prairie Restoration project.
Dot was elected to the board in 2011. She and husband, Jami Lockhart, have resided in Fayetteville for the better part of the past forty years. Both graduated from Fayetteville High School in the mid-1970s and in the 1980s completed Geoscience degrees at the UA/Fayetteville. They have a great appreciation for the amenities of living in NW Arkansas and the natural environment, in which they spend spare moments exploring by canoe, mountain bikes, or on foot. In August 2008, Dot attended the first FNHA Green Infrastructure Planning Project (GIPP) Stakeholders Meeting. She signed on to serve as Scribe for the Project’s Leadership Group Resource Team and in a supportive role as a GIPP GIS Mapping process sounding board, as well as to assist with editing the final draft of the Project report (in progress). She has volunteered time and abilities to the selection of and layout for the 2010 FNHA Founders Fall Fund Raiser invitations, designing the FNHA Scholarship Gift Card for the Alternate Gift Market, and preparing Green Infrastructure signage for the Fayetteville Trail System. In May 2010, Dot accepted an invitation to attend monthly FNHA Board meetings and has been adding significant value to the team since that meeting.
Karen moved to Fayetteville in 1985 when she became Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas. She has helped FNHA procure several grants and has donated many hours as a landscape architect toward matching grant funds for FNHA. Most significantly, she oversaw an urban forestry grant that profiled and ranked Fayetteville land parcels on their value as greenspace. Karen is now retired from the U of A.
Peter Heinzelmann, M.D.
Pete co-founded FNHA and held the chairman position from inception in 2003 until February, 2008. He and his wife Margo came to Fayetteville in 1976 when he joined the Ozark Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic as an orthopaedic surgeon and she worked as a nurse. Margo serves in the unofficial capacity as FNHA archivist and assists with correspondence. Pete retired from practicing medicine in 2010.
Douglas James is FNHA's advisor on the biological characteristics of the natural environment in this area, and often writes about the flora and fauna for FNHA projects. Doug joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas after moving to Fayetteville in 1953. Having had a long and distinguished career teaching and mentoring countless students, he retired as a University Professor of Biological Sciences in 2016. He has published over 100 scientific publications and is the senior author of Arkansas Birds: Their Abundance and Distribution co-authored with Joe Neal.
Barbara has lived in Fayetteville since 1974. She retired from the University of Arkansas in 2010 where she held the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Barbara has become a professional volunteer in retirement; she is involved in a number of civic and charitable causes and has a special interest in environmental topics. Barbara served two terms on the Washington County Quorum Court; led public education projects on water resources for the Washington County League of Women Voters, the Arkansas League of Women Voters, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; and served on the first Fayetteville Citizens Advisory Committee on Waste Water Treatment. She has been an active participant in Fayetteville’s watershed education series and riparian zone protection activities. She chairs the Awareness and Education Committee of the Beaver Watershed Alliance and served as its Treasurer, and is an officer or on the board of another half-dozen not-for-profit organizations. Barbara serves as co-editor of the FNHA newsletter
Tom moved from Texas to Fayetteville in 2010 with his wife Ann. With a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, his field archeology career took him to nine states from 1978 -2003. During their 25 years in Central Texas, Tom and Ann helped launch the Bastrop County Environmental Network to resist toxic sprawl and help build a Habitat Conservation Plan for the endangered Houston toad. He co-founded the four-county Pines & Prairies Land Trust in 1999 and served as Executive Director for its first ten years during which he shepherded acquisition of 2200+ acres in six conservation easements and two preserves, and developed a thriving nature education program. Tom was elected to the Board at the 2015 Annual Meeting.
Dana was elected to the Board in 2014 Board meeting. She is originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania, but has called Arkansas home off and on for 11 years. She completed a B.S. in Environmental Science at University of Central Arkansas in 2005 and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from University of Virginia in 2010. She currently serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for Fayetteville Public Schools where she works with students, teachers, staff and community members on projects surrounding energy efficiency, wildlife habitats, school gardens and Farm to School, waste reduction, and indoor environmental quality. She helped create this position in 2011 as the first sustainability coordinator in a public school district in the state of Arkansas. Dana lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Scott. She is also a member of the City of Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee and Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition. Dana joined the board in spring 2013.
Becky was elected to the Board at the February 2016 Annual Meeting, and has been a community member of Fayetteville since 2001 graduating in 2010 with her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas. She helped to develop the Low Impact Development Manual – A Design Manual for Urban Areas while interning at the U of A Community Design Center, and has initiated two prairie restoration projects in Fayetteville: Noland Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Unity Church prairie project. She served as an Americorps Volunteer in 2011 with the U of A Office of Sustainability as a Program Coordinator for Ecological Communities, and currently works as a Resource Specialist with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, designing and installing conservation and restoration projects to improve water quality and increase Green Infrastructure within our communities. To date, she has designed and installed over 75 rain gardens in both the Beaver Lake and Illinois River Watershed, and has coordinated the planting of over 15,000 trees along riparian areas in Washington and Benton Counties. Becky is passionate about native plants, water and the preservation of natural areas, enjoys kayaking and bass fishing, and she, along with her two children Luke and Abby, treasures Fayetteville and the NWA surrounding area.