President: Chris Smith

Vice President: Lynda Gearheart

Past President: Marty Leonard

Treasurer: Pete McKone

Secretary: Kristy Odom



Tom Armstrong

George Bristol

Lon Burnam

Linda Christie

Wes Culwell

Joe Gearheart

Sally McCoy

Cathy Mueller

Bob O’Kennon

Katie Owens

Bill Richerson

Will Rodgers

Lydia Saldana

Rick Shepherd

Gabe Sustaita


Committee Chairs:

Chair, Special Events/Buffalo Boogie: Gabe Sustaita, Katie Owens

Chair, Development: George Bristol/William Rodgers

Chair, Finance: Pete McKone

Chair, Gift Shop: Sally McCoy

Chair, Governance: Marty Leonard

Chair, Membership: Katie Owens

Chair, Communications: Cathy Mueller

Chair, Programs: Rick Shepherd


Ex Officios:

Executive Director: Haily Summerford

FWNC&R Manager:  Rob Denkhaus



Spending time with people who love nature creates priceless experiences; sharing a mission with them generates exceptional satisfaction. Both are benefits of Friends membership. This award-winning organization is a strategic force in keeping the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge an exciting and innovative place to visit in our fair city.

To preserve, protect, and conserve in perpetuity the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

View a gallery of the photos our members have taken!