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.

History

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.

Leadership

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
Michael Cooper - AT&T
Paul Eads – Community Volunteer
Jerry FloydRiver Spirit Casino
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
Chuck KelleyONEOK, Inc.
Lloyd Landreth – Landreth Law Firm
Lynda Burris LinscottOf Counsel
Blake Messer - Grant Thornton, LLP
Christen Meyer – Bank of Oklahoma
Keith Montgomery - The Williams Companies, Inc.
Lisa Nichols - Community Volunteer
Shawn Orth – Zeeco, Inc.
Marco Placencia - Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC 
Don Pettus – Guardian Industries
Mike Pregler – Community Volunteer
Dr. P.R. Ramey – Chair Emeritus
Marellie Robinson – TX-OK Kiwanis
Joshua Roby – Firstar Bank
Harvie Roe – AmeriTrust Corporation
David Sartin - AEP-PSO
Jennifer Shoulders - Community Volunteer
John Sieler - Aquarium Volunteer
Jan Skinner Aquarium Volunteer
Derek Smithee – Oklahoma Water Resource Board
Linda Stoesser - Aquarium Volunteer
Stephen Sutton – SpiritBank
Tiny Tomsen – NatureWorks , Inc.
James White - Arvest Bank
Fred Wightman - Community Volunteer
 
 
Jenks Aquarium Authority
 
Sally Bisel – Trustee
Teri Bowers – Chief Operating Officer
Greg Bowman — Trustee
Keith Montgomery – Trustee 
Kevin Rowland - Vice-Chairman
Joshua D. Roby – Trustee
Harvie Roe – Trustee
Lonnie Sims – Chairman
Mike Tinker – General Manager
 
Jenks City Council
 
Sally Bisel – Councilwoman
Greg Bowman – Councilman
Kelly Dunkerley – Councilman
Kevin Rowland – Vice-Mayor
Mike Sharp - Councilman
Lonnie Sims – Mayor
Joshua Wedman – Councilman 
 
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