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 – Retired, Broken Arrow Public Schools
Jeff Bonds –  Neuens, Mitchell, Freese, P.L.L.C.
William Cole – Helicomb International
Randy Ewing – Retired, City of Jenks
Jerry FloydRiver Spirit Casino
George FoldesyCommerce Bank
Darren Fuqua – HRB Consultants
Martin Garber Garber & Associates
Kevin Gore – BKD, LLP
Matthew Griffin – Taproot Properties
Dason Gwartney – Premier Consulting Partners, Inc.
Laura Hill – The Williams Companies, Inc.
Jeremy Johnson – Bank of Oklahoma
Carey JolinONEOK, Inc.
Paul ManessNORDAM
Galen Martens – First Oklahoma Bank
Steve McClellanCoffey, Senger, McDaniel
Keith Montgomery – Community Volunteer
Lisa Nichols – Community Volunteer
Shawn Orth – Zeeco, Inc.
Michael Osborne – Ernst & Young
Marco Placencia Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC 
Mike Pregler – M.A. Pregler Consulting
Dr. P.R. Ramey – Chair Emeritus
Harvie Roe – AmeriTrust Corporation
Kristal Sack Tulsa Technology Center
Dave Shirley – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Jennifer ShouldersCommunity Volunteers
John Sieler – Aquarium Volunteer
Jan Skinner Aquarium Volunteer
Derek Smithee – Oklahoma Water Resource Board
Stephen Sutton – Summit Financial Group
Tiny Tomsen – NatureWorks , Inc.
John VollbrechtFlyingTee
Craig Whitted – Community Volunteer
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
Chris Shrout – 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