Our Mission

Our Mission

Our MissionDid you know more than 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered by water?  That means our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams are critically important to the overall health of our planet.   The Oklahoma Aquarium is dedicated to the mission, “To educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery." 

The Oklahoma Aquarium is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, so all money collected through admission, memberships and events goes directly to supporting our exhibits and educational programs.


The Oklahoma Aquarium opened its doors to the public on May 28, 2003, but the facility became a dream and a passion for founders Dr. P.R. Ramey and Doug Kemper in 1984.  From an idea literally drawn on a napkin, the Oklahoma Aquarium weathered many trials through building support and fundraising until the vision of Jenks city leaders led the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation to settle on a plot of land on the west bank of the Arkansas River.


Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors  
Diana Beaulieu – Broken Arrow Public Schools
Jeff Bonds –  Neuens, Mitchell, Freese, P.L.L.C.
Pattie Bowman – Community Volunteer
Brett Campbell – Tulsa Community College
William Cole – Helicomb International
Michael Cooper AT&T
Jerry FloydRiver Spirit Casino
Darren Fuqua – HRB Consultants
Martin Garber Garber & Associates
Kevin Gore – BKD, LLP
Matthew Griffin – Ronin Natural Resources
Dason Gwartney – Premier Consulting Partners, Inc.
Steven D. Hendrickson The Boeing Company
Laura Hill – The Williams Companies, Inc.
Jeremy Johnson – Bank of Oklahoma
Charlene Kaiser – Amgen
Chuck KelleyONEOK, Inc.
Lloyd Landreth – Landreth Law Firm
Lynda Burris LinscottOf Counsel
Galen Martens – First Oklahoma Bank
Christen Meyer – Bank of Oklahoma
Keith Montgomery – The Williams Companies, Inc.
Lisa Nichols – Community Volunteer
Shawn Orth – Zeeco, Inc.
Michael Osborne – Community Volunteer
Marco Placencia Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC 
Mike Pregler – Community Volunteer
Dr. P.R. Ramey – Chair Emeritus
Marellie Robinson – TX-OK Kiwanis
Harvie Roe – AmeriTrust Corporation
David Sartin AEP-PSO
Jennifer Shoulders – Community Volunteer
Dave Shirley – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
John Sieler – Aquarium Volunteer
Jan Skinner Aquarium Volunteer
Derek Smithee – Oklahoma Water Resource Board
Stephen Sutton – Summit Financial Group
Tiny Tomsen – NatureWorks , Inc.
James White – Arvest Bank
Craig Whitted – Samson Energy Company
Fred Wightman Community Volunteer
Jenks Aquarium Authority
Teri Bowers – Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Dunkerley – Chair
Martin Garber – Trustee
Keith Montgomery – Trustee 
Kevin Rowland – Trustee
Harvie Roe – Trustee
Mike Sharp – Vice-Chair
Bo Summers – Trustee
Mike Tinker – General Manager
Jenks City Council
        Greg Bowman – Councilman
Kelly Dunkerley – Mayor
Kevin Rowland – Councilman
Mike Sharp – Vice-Mayor
Lonnie Sims – Councilman
Bo Summers – Councilman
Joshua Wedman – Councilman