Leadership

Climbing Tendril by Trinity Arts Photo Club

Meet Our Team

The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is led by a full-time executive director and an active, hands-on board of directors. Meet the people who have devoted their time, talent, and energy to helping transform a grassroots group of nature enthusiasts into an award-winning professional organization that is perfectly positioned to champion the Nature Center well into the 21st century and beyond.

Executive Director

Haily Summerford, MBA

Executive Director

Board Emeritus

Marty Leonard

Board Member Emeritus

Community Leader & Philanthropist

Board of Directors

Pete McKone, CWB

President

Senior Project Director
Weaver Consultants Group

Linda Christie

President-Elect

Government Affairs Director
Tarrant Regional Water District

Lynda Gearheart

Past-President

Consultant

William O. Rodgers

Treasurer

President
Pegasus Resources

Dr. Ellen Browning

Secretary

Instructor, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences & Biology
Western Governors University

George Bristol

Director

Conservationist

Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE

Director

Executive Director, South Central
National MS Society

Greg Fitzgerald

Director

Attorney
Law Offices of Greg Fitzgerald, PC

Michael Fouraker

Director

Executive Director
Fort Worth Zoo

Joanna Gant

Director

Business Manager
Hill School of Fort Worth

Joe Gearheart

Director

Owner & General Contractor
Gearheart Construction

Kristy Odom

Director

Owner & Co-Founder
Sweet & Sassy Inc.

Bob O'Kennon

Director

Research Scientist
Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Vernon Rew

Director

Attorney
Whitaker Chalk

Mary Margaret Richter

Director

Board Member
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Lydia Saldaña

Director

Communications Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Robin Sanders

Director

Owner & Founder
Sanders Travel Centre

Chris Smith, MBA

Director

Director of Marketing and Communications
Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Laura Wood

Director

Development Consultant