Sybil moved to Harrison in September of 2008. Prior to coming to Arkansas, Sybil and her husband, Rick, lived in an historic district close to downtown Dallas, Texas. Sybil has a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Human Resource Development. She has been a public school teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey and Austin, Texas. She was a corporate trainer for Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas for 6 years and a trainer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas for 13 years. Sybil is also a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. Sybil and Rick now live in Fayetteville and they love the outdoor opportunities close by. Sybil is a history buff and both she and Rick enjoy traveling and have been to all but 4 states in the U.S. One of Sybil’s goals is to see as many national parks as possible in the U.S. during her lifetime
Rachael was born in Texas and raised in Missouri but is now proud to call Arkansas home. She completed her BA in English from Wheaton College, with a minor in Anthropology and a focus on environmental literature and rural cultures. She moved to Arkansas in 2010 to work for Heifer International and quickly fell in love with the Ozarks, the Buffalo River, and Arkansas’ natural resources (both environmental and human). In 2014, she completed her MA in English from the University of Arkansas with a thesis on Eco-criticism and local literacies. Currently, she does corporate communications and technical writing for sustainability initiatives across NWA. In addition to all the reading and writing in her life, Rachael loves long distance running, gardening, raising backyard chickens, traveling to National Parks, and canoeing, hiking, and camping in the Ozarks.
Jack & Pam are co-board members. In other words, they fill one board position. Pam holds degrees in Horticulture and an MST in Biology. Pam was Head naturalist Bergen County Park District, Bergen County N.J. She has taught kindergarten to grade 12 in international schools in Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia. Pam has published in Nature and Science, Plant Physiology, Phytomorphology, Photochemistry and Photobiology. Jack holds degrees in English, General Science, and an MS. in Environmental Science. He was the director of the Whitney Eastman Nature Center, Hennepin County Park Reserve District, MN and Ornithology Instructor for National Audubon Society. Jack has taught in International Schools in the Dominican Republic, Iran and Indonesia. Jack is the current President of the Arkansas Audubon Society. Jack and Pam live in an all solar electric home adjacent to the Buffalo National River at Erbie. The primary goal in construction of the house was to avoid impact on the land.
Rachael was born in Missouri and has fond memories of her family trips to Rush. Rachael received a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology before attending law school. She has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations and receieved a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2009. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Political Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Committed to community service, Rachael worked closely with Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt to establish C.O.R.E. of Harrison and is active in the Eureka Springs Rotary Club. Rachael works in the tourism industry, manages her own consulting business and resides with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs in Eureka Springs, AR. She and her family hike and float the Buffalo National River regularly. The park has played an integral part in making lifetime memories for the Moyer family.
Ginger grew up in northeast Arkansas at the point where the Ozarks meet the Delta in the small town of Black Rock. She attended college at what is now Williams Baptist College and completed a BSE and MA in history from the University of Central Arkansas. She taught history for 29 years with the last twenty-one years at Harrison High School. Her husband, Phil, is an artist and is the art teacher at Harrison High School. Ginger can usually be found outdoors. She loves to hike, canoe, swim, camp, bicycle, observe nature and garden. Her favorite indoor activities include reading, trying new recipes, and practicing yoga. She is happiest when with family and friends and while traveling.
I love the Buffalo!! A true Buffalo River rat, Evelyn spent her early years growing up on the banks of the Buffalo at Boxley. Ironically enough, in the mid-70’s after receiving an Associate’s Degree in Business Science at the University of Arkansas, she ended up only 5 miles away from her childhood home to start a cabin/canoe rental business in Ponca spending 23 years in this beautiful sanctuary! She is an avid paddler and equestrian and has both floated and ridden the entire length of the Buffalo (both trips being among her best of all her travels). Other interests include hiking, camping, swimming, fly-fishing, mission trips, traveling and, most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.”How fortunate and blessed we are to have such a jewel as the Buffalo National River in our backyard! And I am dedicated to keep her preserved and conserved!”
Terrie Martindale and her husband Barry moved to Harrison in 1993 to raise their two children, Jason and Lindsay, in an area where there were plenty of opportunities for them to enjoy nature. Playing on the Buffalo and hiking the trails became a favorite pastime and, consequently, both children continue to play and make their living in the outdoors. Terrie has a Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University and a Master of Education in counseling, and educated school children through the medium of music, about the beautiful Ozarks and the Buffalo River. She enjoys hiking, floating, gardening, and cooking and is interested in the history and culture of the Ozarks. Terrie looks forward to serving on the BNRP board to further awareness of our river and an understanding of its value.
Tom is a 22 year Navy submarine veteran. He and his wife, Peggy have been stationed on both coasts and Hawaii. After that he taught mathematics at colleges and universities in Florida and Arkansas for thirty years until 2012. Since then he’s been active in the North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists and FrogWatch USA. He is currently president of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Arkansas Frogs and Toads and national coordinator for SNOCAT – Saving Nature One Coupon At a Time. Tom and Peggy are active gardeners and genealogists. They live just up the road from Buffalo Point.
Erica is originally from northern and first came to Arkansas when she was 13 for a summer camp-style program at Heifer in Perryville. She came back to Heifer temporarily as a volunteer in 2011 and moved to Little Rock from Florida in 2014 when she was offered a position at The Nature Conservancy. She works in conservation now, with a special interest in coastal habitats and inland waterways. Erica has been working with the Buffalo River Foundation over the last year to fundraise for a land acquisition in the Buffalo River watershed, so ongoing protection efforts to benefit the Buffalo are of importance to her.
Jacque Alexander lives in Snowball, AR with 5 donkeys, 4 horses, 5 dogs, a cat and three chickens. In addition to her service on the BNRP board, she is a National Director for Back Country Horsemen of America and locally active in the Buffalo River Chapter of Arkansas Back Country Horsemen. She also participates in the Arkansas Trails Council. Jacque is a Leave No Trace Master Educator for Stock Use and, in her spare time (does she have any?), enjoys camping and horse-packing, canoeing and gardening.
Jim, now of Mountain Home, Arkansas, is a retired entrepreneur from the software distribution industry, becoming UPS’s largest international shipper in the five state area including Minnesota. Prior to those years he managed planning and administration for the Far East Operations of the world’s largest medical device manufacturer and prior to that performed as a commercial lender in the banking industry. He holds a BA in history and economics from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His community service activities have included North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, Chair of Vietnam Veterans of America Parade Color Guard, Adult Boy Scout Leader, Chair Of Elementary School Parent Strategic Planning Committee, School District Technology Committee Board Member, Subcommittee Chair for high school senior lock-in party, Emergency Room Volunteer at a Minnesota hospital, motorcycle rider and flag bearer in over 50% of the Minnesota Afghanistan and Iraq casualty funerals and numerous other volunteer projects. In the past fifteen months, as a member of the Buffalo National River Partners, he has assisted Ranger Mike Simpson at the annual Yellville Turkey Trot festival, helped collect trash on the famous Buffalo National River and for two full weekends, provided interpretation at Boxley Mill in the Buffalo River National Park. He is the father of two children, one practicing as a pediatric nurse practitioner and the other as an IT systems administrator.
Dwan, an Arkansan by birth, was raised on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta. She was a librarian in public and university libraries for 20 years before she discovered that teaching was a lot more fun. She spent the next 20 years teaching high school chemistry and physics in Texas and Arkansas. Dwan retired from teaching in 2008 and joined the fledging North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists in 2009. She served two years as chapter president and two years on the state AMN board including President in 2009-2010. She is an active member of the North Central chapter. She has worked with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to organize clean ups and cave searches in the natural areas; and with BNRP in clean ups at the Tyler Bend Visitors Center. Dwan is an organic gardener, keeps bees and chickens and loves Arkansas outdoors.
Born in Virginia, Lea moved to the Natural State at nine and has felt at home ever since. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in public relations. She currently lives in Little Rock and is communications director for Arkansas Community Foundation, an organization that promotes smart giving to improve communities.
Lea has a deep appreciation for the great outdoors and cherishes time spent on or near any body of water, especially the river. She finds time to attend as many live music shows possible and loves traveling, whether it’s to somewhere new or to see her family back east.