OUR LEADERS

Committed to the Cause

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ERIC HOLLOWAY

Board President

J. Eric Holloway is Principle Engineer of Holloway Engineering, Surveying and Civil Design. Growing up on the Bayou, Eric explored its many acres on horseback. Eric has seen tremendous urban development along the Bayou over the years and is passionate about preserving White Oak Bayou's resources for the benefit of all. He can frequently be seen walking his dog on the Bayou trails and photographing wildlife. The majority of wildlife photos on this website were taken by Eric.

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KELLY FRENCH

Executive Director

Kelly's first love is teaching. An educator for over 13 years, she has designed environmental education programs for C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp, Heifer International, The Native Way Wilderness School, and the Arkansas Children's Museum. She resides in Maumelle with her partner Webb Sanderson.

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BILL RICHARDSON

Board Member & Wetlands Consultant

Bill Richardson has been working in wetlands for over 40 years and is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist.  He is a member of the Association of State Wetland Managers and a lifetime member of the Society of Wetland Scientists.  He is a past-president of the South Central Chapter of the Society which encompasses eight states from Texas and Oklahoma to Kentucky and Alabama. Bill is a founding member of the White Oak Bayou conservation efforts. He has led numerous educational walks in the Bayou as well as given public lectures.

 
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CHAD GARDNER

Maumelle City Council Member

Chad has been a resident of Central Arkansas for over 20 years and has lived in Maumelle since 2013.  He is a 1999 graduate of Harding University in Searcy, AR where he received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Professional Sales. Chad owns and operates an insurance consulting firm, Benefit Concepts of Arkansas, where he manages employee benefit plans for business clients. Chad currently serves on the Maumelle City Council and was first elected in January of 2019.

RON HARRIS

North Little Rock City Council Member

Owner of Summerwood Inc. Custom Home Builders since 1997, Ron continues to be excited about Public Service and improving the quality of life for families. Ron has been a North Little Rock City Council Member since 2016.

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JACK STOWE

Former Special Projects Manager, City of Maumelle

Jack is a native Texan who has lived in Maumelle for 23 years and was Special Projects Manager for the City of Maumelle for 18 years. He was active in getting grants to build the wetland trails along the ball fields and other walking trails in Maumelle. He is a lifelong environmentalist married 40 years to his beautiful wife Linda.

 

ADVISORS

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GREG PHILLIPS

Principle Owner GBMc & Assoc. Inc.

Greg Phillips is a principal owner and Senior Scientist with the environmental consulting firm GBMc & Associates, Inc.  He is a certified watershed manager with over 20 years of experience in water resources projects including key interest areas such as watershed management, Wetland Science, stream protection and restoration, water quality modeling and aquatic community bioassessment. He has been the lead technical team member for his firm GBMc & Associates on the White Oak Bayou wetland management project.  His team has contributed rapid wetland assessment data, developed a wetland bioassessment screening tool, evaluated stream channel erosion affecting the wetlands and worked with the City of Maumelle and local stakeholders to complete the White Oak Bayou Wetlands Management Plan.  


BOB WENNER

President of BMG Inc.

Bob is the former Director of Real Estate and CFO of Wolf River Conservancy in Memphis, TN. He is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. He is a strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Busines Management from Harding University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University.

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JIM NAREY

FOUNDER

The late Jim Narey, was one of the key promoters and founders of the White Oak Bayou Management Program.  As the former Director of Planning with the City of Maumelle, he was there when the US Army Corps of Engineers approached the city in the mid 2000’s tasking them with protecting the wetlands.  I have heard him give the speech many times where he describes the tone from the Corps as something like this….”We want you to protect and manage the wetlands but we don’t have a plan to do it or any money to help you." In spite of not being given much direction, Jim found some technical experts (Wetland Consultant’s, Inc) to help him with the science and they set out to determine what needed to be done.  This began a process where Jim lead the City of Maumelle through procurement of several EPA Wetland Program Development Grants that he administered and that ultimately funded over a million dollars worth of education, assessment, planning and management efforts that culminated in a Wetland Management Plan in 2017.  During all these years Jim served on the Steering Committee and sat in on many Technical Advisory Committee meetings to ensure the important tasks were accomplished.  After the completion of the management plan, Jim was the catalyst that helped form the White Oak Bayou Wetlands Conservancy, a non-profit entity that now manages the efforts in White Oak Bayou.  Without Jim’s tenacity, resilience, and commitment, we would not be where we are today.  Thanks Jim!