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Steering Committee

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Rick Scott

Rick Scott is Dean of the UCA Honors College. He was on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project; along with his colleagues, Dr. Scott helped devise the official index of food insecurity and hunger now used by the federal government. He is Vice President of the National Collegiate Honors Council and is Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Southern Regional Honors Council, having become a recognized leader in developing honors programs across the U.S. He lives in the Osage Terrace subdivision of Maumelle with his wife, Brenda, a civil engineer working in IT with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Jim Narey

Jim is the director of planning for the city of Maumelle and has more than 12 years of experience in floodplain management. He also serves as the city's floodplain manager and the MS-4 liaison with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Involved with AFMA since 1998, Jim has served the organization in a variety of capacities including central representative, vice-chairman, and in 2002 as chairman. A certified floodplain manager since 2000, Jim was among the first group to be certified in Arkansas. In 2006, AFMA presented its Floodplain Community of the Year award to the city of Maumelle. Under Jim's direction, the city of Maumelle received special recognition by AFMA for training excellence in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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Joeseph M. Gubanski

Interested and concerned White Oak Bayou watershed property owner Serving on the Committee in support of preserving White Oak Bayou watershed from further development, and maintaining its natural habitat

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Kent G. Vestal, Jr.


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Rick Scott

Retired; computer programmer, consulting Married w/ children w/ children; none at home Landowner: Palarm Creek & White Oak drainage areas Chm. Palestine Cemetery Assn.; NLR Sertoma Club; Gadfly

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Van McClendon, CFM

Van McClendon is a resident of Little Rock and has been the Planning Director of Pulaski County since 2007. He is a licensed real estate agent, a Certified Flood Manager and has over 30 years experience in city/county planning. Prior to working at Pulaski County, Van consulted in the city planning, real estate and mortgage business through his company, Due Diligence, LLC and worked as the Plans and Review Coordinator for the City of Little Rock. In addition, Van has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, a Master in Public Administration and has taught Urban Studies as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He enjoys nature and the great outdoors and likes to do his part in maintaining a healthy environment.

Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller, Ecologist, with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and a state coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), conducts Project WET workshops across the state of Arkansas for both formal and non-formal educators to promote interactive environmental education for all ages. Ms. Miller's undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies/Geography from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of North Texas in Applied Geography/Natural Resource Management with a minor in Biology. Her emphasis is wetland ecology and environmental education. Since her move to Arkansas in 2000, she has worked as a park interpreter for Arkansas State Parks for 3½ years and later as an information and education coordinator at Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas where she was responsible for program design and implementation for over three years. She accepted her current position at ADEQ, Planning Department, Water Division, Outreach and Education Section in December 2006. Prior to her move to Arkansas, Barbara was involved in environmental education and wetland/water issues in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas. She continues to further her passion for water issues, both quality and quantity, through her work with Project WET which emphasizes hands-on learning in a fun environment and through her other job responsibilities at ADEQ's Water Division. Contact Details:

Marion Scott

Since her retirement, Marion has become a "professional" volunteer for the City of Maumelle. She is a Counting on Each Other board member, volunteers in the kitchen, office, and classroom of the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, delivers Meals on Wheels, helps with the Hometown Thanksgiving event for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, as well as being active in the Maumelle Citizens' Association. She enjoys reading, writing and running, and will [hopefully] be completing her seventh Marathon this spring. You will occasionally see articles she writes for MauMag. The White Oak Bayou project is important to her from a balanced environment standpoint.

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John Turner

John Turner, a graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, works for the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in Little Rock, AR. He serves as the Program Coordinator for the Tax Credit Program for the Creation, Restoration, and Conservation of Private Wetland and Riparian Zones, and is charged with managing the State's Mitigation Bank Program. He also receives calls and handles Water Rights Investigations. His main focus is for promoting public outreach, and working towards a unified effort in preserving, restoring and conserving wetlands; and is why he is glad he was selected to serve on the White Oak Bayou Steering Committee. Additionally, he serves on several other Committees for the Commission. For his leisure John enjoys kayaking as depicted in this picture. He also enjoys hiking, canoeing, photography, bicycling and watching movies with specific themes of nature, adventure/survival, and drama. John also enjoys reading. As a writer of prose and poetry, he is currently working on a book of the collection of his writings over the course of his lifetime.

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Charles Cullen, E.I, C.F.M

Charles is the assistant city engineer for the city of North Little Rock. He is an Engineering Intern (E.I.) and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in December 2009. He started working for the city of North Little Rock three years ago and has become one of the city's Certified Floodplain Managers. In 2009 he was named the Pulaski Area GIS (PAgis) partner of the year for his work and contributions to the PAgis stormwater inventory. His knowledge and experience of GIS, CAD, and other hydrology software is a valuable asset when working with wetlands. He and his wife, Elyse, currently reside in North Little Rock.