Upper White River Basin Foundation, Ozarks Water Watch
Formally incorporated in late 2001 as the Upper White River Basin Foundation and later adopting the name Ozarks Water Watch, the organization’s origins are much earlier in the experience and commitment of key individuals whose roots run deep in the Ozarks region. Ben and Todd Parnell, father and son, are natives of Branson and have had a love for the Ozarks and its waters all their lives. Their concerns about the pressures of development and the need to preserve the clarity, purity and utility of the water prompted them to begin a conversation with others of like mind. John L. Morris, Peter Herschend, Leon Combs, Joe White, John Moore, Martin MacDonald, the late John Lewis and others joined in supporting the creation of a water quality organization dedicated to preserving water quality in the lakes, rivers and streams of the upper White River watershed.
Chairman of the Board
Rob Johns is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. He graduated from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration in 1995 and graduate of the South West Graduate School of Banking in Dallas, Texas.
Rob and his wife, Perilyn, have two sons: Christian and Luke. He is an active member of the Taney County Regional Sewer District, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and also the Ozarks Technical Community College’s Advisory Board. In addition, he is an assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 226. He has lived in Branson since 1995 and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and gardening.
Patrick Cox is Co-owner and President of Starboard Corporation of Branson, MO. He manages a growing multi-faceted marine company with 3 marinas on Table Rock Lake. He is also Partner/Co-owner of Alterface S.A., an interactive technology company based in Brussels, Belgium, specializing in large-scale media-based attractions. Born and raised in Columbia, MO, Patrick graduated from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism in 1991. He then earned an M.B.A at the University of Kansas, School of Business in 1993. He has been a resident of Branson, MO for 22 years with wife, Holly. They have 3 sons, Patrick (21), Andrew (19), and James (17).Area Involvement:Central Bank of Branson, Board of Directors, Member 2011-PresentBranson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce: Board Member 1999-2005, Board Chair 2003-2004, Marketing Council 2009-2018Table Rock Marina Association, Past President, Current TreasurerOur Lady of Lake Church, Finance CommitteeOzark Rivers Heritage Foundation, Board Member
Secretary, founding member
Martin is the Director of Corporate Public Relations, Conservation, and Youth Development for Bass Pro Shops. He coordinates Bass Pro Shops’ conservation and outdoor skill programs, youth conservation education, corporate giving, government and legislative affairs, community relations and public relations.MacDonald serves on the board of the James River Basin Partnership and is a board member of Wonders of Wildlife National Fish & Wildlife Museum. He works with the National Association of Fish and Wildlife on The Conservation and Reinvestment Act (C.A.R.A.) and is active with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, participating in the Team ‘N Training program and serving as a S.W. Missouri advisory board member.
Lane Crider P.E.
Crider is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee with a B. S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. From 1989 to 2018, he worked for McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, Inc., and MWY, a division of Olsson Associates. Crider is suceeding Alan Fortenberry as CEO of the Beaver Water District in 2019 follwoing Fortenberry’s retirement.He began his career with McGoodwin while still a student at the University of Arkansas in the role of intern. His nearly 30 years of experience with MWY includes water and wastewater treatment plant design; water transmission, distribution, and storage; wastewater collection and transmission; sludge application and industrial pre-treatment; street, paving, and storm sewer design; sanitary sewer rehabilitation; municipal utility relocation and reconstruction; and many other areas of design and construction for private and municipal projects.
Trustee, Founding Member
Peter Herschend is a co-owner and co-founder of Herschend Family Entertainment Inc., which hosts millions of guests yearly at travel attractions in Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Washington.Herschend is a member of the Missouri State Board of Education, a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, a committee member of the Travel Industry Association of America, a trustee for Gordon College and a top fundraiser for the MS-150.He was a founding member and served as the Chairman of the Board through 2019.
Kevin J. Igli
Kevin J. Igli is the Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Officer for Tyson Foods, Inc. He leads a team of more than 180 EHS professionals. In sum, Mr. Igli oversees the company’s sustainability initiatives and EHS compliance and risk management processes to assess, prioritize and effectively manage all aspects of the company’s EHS stewardship efforts. He coordinates activities with all business operating units as well as with, food safety and quality assurance, engineering, legal and other professionals throughout the company.Mr. Igli has served in the past as the Vice President for Environmental Affairs for Willamette Industries, Inc., a leading forest and paper company based in Portland, Oregon. In addition, Mr. Igli was Director of Environment, Health and Safety for Packaging Corporation of America and served as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for Chemical Waste Management, Inc. He is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio, with a BA degree in Biological Sciences.
Tim Maupin is Vice President of Agriculture Operations, Cargill Value Added Meats – Retail. The CVAM-Retail business unit is comprised of vertically integrated turkey production, primary and further processing, multi-species cooked production and distribution of a complete offering of value-added meat products in 9 plant locations.Prior to his current role, Tim was Director of Environmental Affairs for Rocco and Cargill Turkey Products in Springdale, AR. Tim joined the CVAM-Retail team as part of the Rocco acquisition in 2001 and has numerous years of production experience with both chicken and turkeys.Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the West Virginia University in 1984, and later went on to earn an MBA from California State University-Dominguez Hills in 2002.Tim has been married to his wife, Mary Anne, for 29 years. Mary Ann in an English teacher and tennis coach at Andover Central High School in Andover, Kansas. Tim and Mary Ann have three children, Ryan (23), Erin (21) and Sarah (14). Tim’s hobbies include golf, history, college football, real estate and farming.
Heather Thomas is Vice President of International Real Estate Development for Wal-Mart Corporation. She is from the UK and moved to Bentonville, AR in the summer of 2016. Heather, her husband Hue and their children are enjoying their new life in The States and learning a lot about the Arkansas Razorbacks. She is pleased to serve on our Board of Directors and share her talents and financial experience and expertise.
Eric Alms is Director of Purchasing for Kanakuk Kamps. Kanakuk hosts thousands of kids each summer at their 6 campuses located near Table Rock Lake in Lampe, MO as well as Lake Taneycomo in Branson. Eric is a lifelong resident of southwest Missouri and graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO in 1997 with a Bachelor ofScience degree in Sport Management. He has been married to his wife, Stacy, for 17 years and they have 3 wonderful children Kye, Kloey, and Kaylor. Eric is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, and boating in his free time.
John Twitty is Executive Director of the TAPS. He began his utility career in 1983 at Rolla (MO) Municipal Utilities and after serving as General Manager moved to City Utilities of Springfield (MO) in 1991. He retired as General Manager and CEO of City Utilities in 2011. He served as Chair of the Board of the American Public Power Association and of The Energy Authority. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Missouri and received a Professional Degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2006.John serves on the Board of Directors of Central Bank of the Ozarks and Jordan Valley Community Health Center and as Chair of the Missouri State Lottery Commission. He serves as Chair of the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.
Tim O’Reilly, the Chief Executive Officer of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC (OHM), has practiced law in Springfield, Missouri since 1995. Mr. O’Reilly additionally continues in his capacity as partner in the Law Firm of O’Reilly, Jensen & Preston, LLC, which he helped form in 1999.Tim is also a hotel and restaurant executive and owner who has been charged with complete oversight and control of OHM properties under the Hilton, Marriott, Choice, IHG, and Wyndham flags, the Yellowstone Valley Lodge in Livingston, Montana, Houlihan’s Restaurants in Springfield and Columbia, Missouri along with several exciting new-build projects such as LEED certified Cambria Suites in Plano, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona, and a LEED certified TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Springfield, Missouri. O’Reilly and the OHM team have won multiple awards in the industry, and they strive for excellence in guest service in all properties under their management.Tim graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and also graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994. His most important time is spent with his wife Brooke and four wonderful children Alec, Charlie, Liam and Grace.