Meet Our Boards

Officers

Jennifer Ogle

President

Jennifer is Collections Manager at the University of Arkansas Herbarium and has worked as a contract botanist and consultant for several government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations in Arkansas. Jennifer is co-author of the recently-published field guide, Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas, and co-editor of the 2013 Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas. She joined the FNHA in January 2015 and was elected to the position of Chair at the June 2016 board meeting. She also serves on the Arkansas Native Plant Society Board and the ANPS Education Committee. Jennifer lives near Fayetteville with her husband, Isaac, and enjoys gardening with native plants, hiking, and botanizing in her spare time.

Dorothy Neely

Vice President

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.

Craig Edmonston

Secretary

Craig has been employed by the University of Arkansas for 42 years. He is currently serving as an Instructor of Recreation and Sports Management in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. He previously served as an Assistant Dean for Administration in the College of Education and Health Professions and as the Director of University Recreation. He joined the FNHA Board in 2016. He has served on a variety of boards and committees over the years. Those include the American Heart Association, NWA Humane Society, Fayetteville Civitan, Richardson Center, Arkansas Recreation and Parks, Fayetteville Autumnfest, Hogeye Marathon, Razorback Run, and memberships on many professional associations. Craig is married to Connie Edmonston, the long-time Director of Fayetteville’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Bob Caulk

Treasurer

Bob and his wife, Sara, moved to Fayetteville in 2000 after retiring from the petroleum industry. Bob has been on the FNHA Board since 2004, and was elected to the Governing Board as Chairman in the Spring of 2008. He began his current position as Treasurer in 2014. In addition to organizing the first 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 projects, was on the construction crew that built the kiosks at both entrances to Mt. Sequoyah Woods, and helps with conservation easement monitoring. Bob was a founding member and served as board president of the Beaver Watershed Alliance and currently is on the board of directors. Sara has worked behind the scenes as FNHA's executive secretary, database manager, newsletter co-editor, and website administrator. Both Bob and Sara have worked on the Lake Fayetteville Prairie Restoration project since its beginning, and continue to be involved in on-going maintenance work.

Governing Board

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. When the 67-acre tract of woods extending down the east side of Mt. Sequoyah was put up for sale by the Methodist Assembly in 2003, Pete went to the City Council and pledged to raise $300,000 to help the City of Fayetteville purchase the property and build a pavilion there. The money was raised, the city purchased the land, and Mt. Sequoyah Pavilion was built. Mt. Sequoyah Woods is now a permanently protected, natural Fayetteville city park. Pete also arranged for interviews with local environmental experts to highlight special natural areas in Fayetteville like Callie’s Prairie at Lake Fayetteville, our trail system, riparian areas along our creeks and the environmental benefits of Mt. Sequoyah Woods, and these interviews were incorporated into the video “Green Infrastructure in Our Communities", available at our One-Stop Download Center.

Barbara Taylor

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 was an active participant in Fayetteville’s watershed education series and riparian zone protection activities. She served for nine years on the board of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, was its treasurer, a member of its executive committee and chaired its awareness and education committee. She received its Watershed Guardian Award in 2020. She is an officer or board member for several other not-for-profit organizations. Barbara serves as editor of the FNHA newsletter.

Tom Dureka

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 Smith

Dana was elected to the Board in 2014. She is originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania, but has called Arkansas home off and on for 16 years. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Central Arkansas and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from University of Virginia. She co-owns a small retail store in Downtown Rogers called Honeycomb Kitchen Shop where she works and teaches cooking classes. Dana previously worked for Fayetteville Public Schools from 2010-2018 as the Sustainability Coordinator and later as the Environmental Education Specialist for the school district where she connected students and teachers to the natural environment in meaningful ways. She helped establish the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom and Nature Center. Previously, she served as Sustainability Coordinator for the school district. Dana lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Scott.

Becky Roark

Becky was elected to the Board in the February 2016 Annual Meeting, and has been in the NWA region for over 30 years. Becky graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture. As an intern at the Community Design Center, she helped to develop the Low Impact Development Manual – A Design Manual for Urban Areas and has helped install hundreds of Low Impact landscapes in the region. She also helped to initiate two prairie restorations, one at Noland Wastewater Treatment Facility and the other at Unity Church, both in Fayetteville, AR. Becky has worked within the watershed conservation fields for over a decade, and now serves as the Executive Director for the Beaver Watershed Alliance, a local nonprofit working to protect water quality within the region. When not working in conservation, Becky is out with her children and dogs fishing for smallmouth in local streams.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth is a Fayetteville native. She got her degree at the University of Arkansas in Environmental, Soil and Water Science with a minor in Wildlife Habitat. She works for the Cooperative Extension Service as a MedVet Entomologist. Elizabeth has a passion for protecting natural area and improving water quality locally. You can usually find Elizabeth and her two little boys outside at the swimming hole, hiking, going to music shows or chasing chickens.