About Us

Our Mission

Did you know that 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."

History

The Oklahoma Aquarium opened its doors to the public on May 28, 2003, although the facility was a dream and 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 Harvie 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. Today, the biology team is recognized for its bull shark research and groundbreaking coral research. 

Leadership

Chief Operating Officer: Kenny Alexopoulos
Deputy Director: John Money
Curator: Christa Clawson
Director of Development and Research: Ann Money
Office and Guest Services Manager: Janis Davis

OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dave ShirleyPresident
Dave Shirley
Premier Consulting

Carolina Morris

Vice President
Carolina Morris
Utica Park Clinic
Shawn OrthTreasurer
Shawn Orth
Zeeco, Inc.
Todd BlackburnSecretary
Todd Blackburn
Techsico Group
Jeff BondsGeneral Counsel
Jeff Bonds
Mitchell, Bonds, PLLC
Matt GriffinMatt Griffin
Taproot Properties
Bill ColeWilliam Cole
Helicomb International
George FoldesyGeorge Foldesy
Commerce Bank
Kevin GoreKevin Gore
BKD, LLP
Stephen SuttonStephen Sutton
Regent Bank
Johnson_JeremyJeremy Johnson
Bank of Oklahoma
Carey JolinCarey Jolin
ONEOK
Galen MartensGalen Martens
First Oklahoma Bank
Steve McClellanSteve McClellan
Flying J Ranch
Keith MontgomeryKeith Montgomery
The Williams Companies, INC.
Matt NorfleetMatthew Norfleet
Bama Companies
Marco PlacenciaMarco Placencia
Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC
Brandon RobinsonBrandon Robbins
Ross Group
Harvie RoeHarvie Roe
AmeriTrust Corp.
Kristal SackKristal Sack
Tulsa Technology Center
John SielerJohn Sieler
Oklahoma Aquarium Volunteer
Jan SkinnerJan Skinner
Oklahoma Aquarium Volunteer
Derek SmitheeDerek Smithee
Oklahoma Water Resources Board


Jenks Aquarium Authority

Cory Box - Mayor_JAA

Mayor
Cory Box

Donna Ogez - Vice Mayor_JAAVice Mayor
Donna Ogez

Kaye Lynn - Ward 1

Councilor
Kaye Lynn

Councilor
Craig Murray

Harvie RoeTrustee
Harvey Roe

Keith MontgomeryTrustee
Keith Montgomery

Jeff BondsTrustee
Jeff Bonds

Chris Shrout - City Manager_JAA

City Manager
Chris Shrout