Meet Our Boards


Jennifer Ogle


Jennifer joined the FNHA in January 2015 and was elected to the position of Chair at the June 2016 board meeting. She works as a botanical consultant and is Coordinator of the Arkansas Native Seed Program for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. Jennifer 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 also serves on the board of the Arkansas Native Plant Society. Jennifer lives near Fayetteville with her husband, Isaac, and enjoys gardening with native plants, hiking, and cycling.

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 Edmondston


Craig is Instructor of Recreation and Sport Management in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation and Assistant Dean for Administration of the College of Education and Health Professions of the University of Arkansas. He was responsible for the administration and management of the University Recreation Program and now oversees the college’s Business and Operational Support Center. He serves on more than 15 university, community and national boards or committees and teaches graduate courses in sport management and recreation. Craig was elected to the FNHA Board in 2016.

Bob Caulk


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 works behind the scene 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.

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 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 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. She is also a member of the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Becky Roark

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.