About Us

Our Mission

Did you know more than 70% 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. Our mission is "to educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery."

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

History

The Oklahoma Aquarium opened its doors to the public on May 28, 2003, although the facility was a dream and a passion for founders Dr. P.R. Ramey and Doug Kemper in 1984. The Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation settled on a plot of land on the west bank of the Arkansas River in Jenks—now home to the Oklahoma Aquarium—thanks to the fundraising efforts led by Dr. Ramey and Trustee Harvey Roe, and the vision of Jenks city leaders Mayor Mike Tinker, Vice Mayor Vic Vreeland, and City Manager Randy Ewing. In June of 2000, Chief Operating Officer Kenny Alexopoulos and his team from Galveston, Texas, relocated to Jenks to design and construct the Oklahoma Aquarium’s exhibits and to build and maintain its world-renowned bull shark collection.

Leadership

Chief Operating Officer-Kenny Alexopoulos
Deputy Director-John Money
Curator-Christa Clawson
Chief Marketing Officer-Andrea Leitch
Director of Education and Research-Ann Money

Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors

  • Steve Baker-Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Diana Beaulieu-Retired, Broken Arrow Public Schools
  • Jeff Bonds-Neuens, Mitchell, Freese, P.L.L.C.
  • Jennifer Brittain-Brown and Brown Insurance
  • William Cole-Helicomb International
  • Randy Ewing-Retired, City of Jenks
  • Jerry Floyd-River Spirit Casino
  • George Foldesy-Commerce Bank
  • Darren Fuqua-HRB Consultants
  • 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 Jolin-ONEOK, Inc.
  • Paul Maness-Pregis Intellipack
  • Galen Martens-First Oklahoma Bank
  • Steve McClellan-Coffey, Senger, McDaniel
  • Keith Montgomery-Community Volunteer
  • Carolina Morris-Utica Park Clinic
  • Lisa Nichols-Community Volunteer
  • Shawn Orth-Zeeco, Inc.
  • Michael Osborne-Ernst and Young
  • Marco Placencia-Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC
  • Mike Pregler-M.A. Pregler Consulting
  • Dr. P.R. Ramey-Chair Emeritus
  • Brandon Robbins-Ross Group
  • Harvie Roe-AmeriTrust Corporation
  • Kristal Sack-Tulsa Technology Center
  • Brian Scott-Arvest Bank
  • Dave Shirley-Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Jennifer Shoulders-Community Volunteer
  • John Sieler-Aquarium Volunteer
  • January Skinner-Aquarium Volunteer
  • Derek Smithee-Retired, Oklahoma Water Resources Board
  • Stephen Sutton-Regent Bank
  • Dr. John Tulloch-Oklahoma Heart Institute
  • John Vollbrecht-FlyingTee Golf
  • Fred Wightman-Community Volunteer

Jenks Aquarium Authority

  • Jeff Bonds-Trustee
  • Cory Box-Councilor
  • Robert Lee-Mayor
  • Kaye Lynn-Vice-Mayor
  • Keith Montgomery-Trustee
  • Craig Murray-Councilor
  • Harvie Roe-Trustee
  • Chris Shrout-General Manager

Jenks City Council

  • Cory Box-Councilor
  • Gary Isbell- Councilor 
  • Robert Lee-Mayor
  • Kaye Lynn-Councilor
  • Craig Murray-Councilor
  • Donna Ogez-Councilor 
  • Chris Shrout-City Manager
  • Dr. Joshua Wedman-Vice Mayor