Betsy Wilcox, President
Betsy retired from CISD after 24 years as a homebound teacher. She and husband Bruce have two grown, married daughters, both teachers. Betsy is an organizing member of Peters Colony, DAR, and Coppell Panhellenic. She attends First United Methodist where she is an active member of the Allcomer's class. In her spare time, Betsy plays bridge and the piano.
Bill Sundermann, Executive Director
Bill is a 25-year resident of Coppell active in school and scout volunteer groups. His main interests are in elementary level science education and re-connecting children with nature. He also works to promote the Coppell Nature Park in the community. A graduate of Vanderbilt and SMU, Bill is a project manager with FIS Global.
Kathy Martin, President-Elect
Kathy Martin loves to be outdoors walking and enjoying nature. She is a math teacher at North Lake College. In her free time she loves to cook and work with wood.
Vonita White, Secretary
Vonita has lived in Coppell since 1971. She is a retired educator from Coppell ISD. Since retirement she has worked as an educational consultant and a Senior Monitor for American Institute of Research. She enjoys southern gospel music and her Bible Study Fellowship classes.
Jane Kleid, Treasurer
Jane Kleid has lived in Coppell for 28 years with her husband, Keith. They have 3 children - Sarah Jane, Robert and Adam. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Coppell. Professionally, she is a CPA with over 30 years of experience in accounting and tax services. She has served as treasurer for various organizations in the Coppell community over the years. Jane feels strongly about giving back to our community. Working with the Friends of Coppell Nature Park is a great way to be outdoors and make a difference.
As a relatively new resident of Coppell, I am so excited to live here when so many great things are happening in our community. We moved here from NY 4 years ago after my husband got a job at UTSW. We have 4 sons who attend Town Center Elementary. I am very interested in environmental education, sustainability, gardening, and I also teach water aerobics. I currently have a plot at the Helping Hands community garden and I serve on the Friends of the Nature Park Education Committee as well as the Keep Coppell Beautiful Environmental Education Committee. I look forward to teaching lots of classes for youth at the new Biodiversity Center. Finally, I am currently working with the Coppell Independent School District to develop their 5 year sustainability plan.
Bob Timmerman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, Louisiana; Spring Hill College, Mobile Alabama; and Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His field of studies was in Civil Engineering. His work background was in the area of Seismic Exploration for oil and gas using the surveying tools of Syledis and GPS. He worked for GSI -- Geophysical Service, Inc. the parent company of Texas Instruments. Halliburton Geophysical was the next company working on land and sea in the USA and many other countries. He continued his work experience by working for GTE which, in 2000, became Verizon. His work experience was in the area of Fleet operations and Logistics. While working with Verizon he started working for the Coppell Farmers Market as it's coordinator. He has completed the training of the Coppell Police Academy and the Coppell Citizens Fire Academy. Presently he is retired and is assisting the Friends of Coppell Nature Park in their endeavors to perfect the presents of the nature trails and the Bio-Diversity Building.
Avid sports fan all his life, Bruce also enjoys volunteering in his church and community. After retiring from the computer service industry, he became involved in FCNP so the community and his older daughter's children (grandchildren) can enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature and the environment close to home.
I love teaching Graphic Design and Animation as well as sponsoring one chapter of the Business Professionals of America club at Coppell High School. Being involved with Coppell Nature Park has given me the opportunity to use my skills and my students' skills to support one of the few remaining wild areas in Coppell.
Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of Wisconsin. Master of Science, Geology, University of Minnesota. PhD Pending, Micropaleontology, University of Texas, Dallas. Worked as Micro-paleontologist, Exploration Geologist and Executive during a 26-year career with Mobil Oil, retiring as Vice President of Mobil Oil Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Mobil career highlights include Exploration Supervisor in Stavanger, Norway; establishing Mobil Oil in Russia with a new operations office in Moscow; and founding Mobil Oil, Kazakhstan. Later served two years as President of Texaco International Petroleum, Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Coppell resident since 1990 and currently volunteer in the Coppell school district as a guest lecturer in Geology and Earth Science. Married with 3 children, and 4 1/2 grandchildren. A Green Bay, Wisconsin native and an Owner of the Green Bay Packers.
A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Ed is a third generation electrical contractor in the Dallas area and has owned Contract Electrical Service since 1992. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children: Ted and Tara- both graduates of CHS. Tara was part of the original student committee who researched potential locations for the Nature Park, and is an Honorary Board member. She is finishing up her studies at Stephen F. Austin. Ed has been on the FCNP Board of Directors since 2007.
Ms. Anderson is a science teacher at Coppell High School. She has fostered the efforts of student environmental clubs for the development of resource conservation and green space. She is currently mentoring her students as they restore Black Land Prairie within the Nature Park.
Is a Landscape Architect at Schrickel, Rollins & Associates where she is involved in the design large-scaled public projects. She has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture, both from Texas Tech University. Her work has lead design efforts for projects that help set precedents, in North Central Texas, on managing storm water with green infrastructure. One of her recent projects on the University of Texas Arlington Campus, The Green at College Park, was chosen as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative and was one of three in the nation to first receive this distinguished rating. In her free time she is a metal sculptor and uses nature as an inspiration for her art. Janna and her husband Tim are happy to be Coppell residents. They are raising two boys, Slade and Mason who attend Town Center Elementary and are excited about the legacy Coppell Nature Center is building for children.
Jo Ann has over twenty years of career experience in the I/T industry. In her current role as a Technology Executive at IBM Corporation, she is responsible for working with business partners in the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry, managing their adoption of IBM technologies. She holds an M.S. in Software Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science.
Judy Parsons previously owned a land development an home building company in Coppell and, as such, is one of the principals responsible for the residential development of more than 1,000 acres of land within the city. She is a state certified Master Naturalist and is currently serving as President of the North Texas Chapter of Master Naturalists. Also a certified teacher in Texas, she works privately with students.
As professor of Biology and Physical Science, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Dr. Griffin has instructed college biology and geology courses. He has co-authored a biology lab manual, and two student study guides in geology for McGraw-Hill. Twice nominated for the Tarrant County College Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award by peers.
Laronna Doggett attended college at Texas A&M University at Galveston and has a BS with a double major in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries. Laronna worked at Moody Gardens in their Education department while attending college in Galveston, Texas. She then went on to work at the Dallas Zoo in their Education department. Laronna went back to school to get her teaching certificate and been teaching since 2002. She taught in Aledo for two years and has taught at Coppell High School since 2004.
Director of Science for Coppell ISD. Previously worked as a middle school science teacher for Coppell ISD. BS Degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Teacher Certification in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, and Composite Science. Masters Degree in Science Teaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently enrolled in a PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education through Texas Tech University. Expected Graduation: 2016.
Lloyd Mauch has been employed by City of Coppell Parks and Recreation Dept since Feb 1992. He is Parks Operations Supervisor in charge of grounds maintenance at the parks to include city medians and areas around city facilities. He has a B.S. degree from UNT in Recreation and Leisure Studies. He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, a Texas Department of Agriculture licensed chemical applicator, a member of Texas Parks and Recreation Society, and a Member of Texas Turf Grass Association. Married with three children, he is a native Texan, born in Dallas.
Lou Duggan is a former Mayor of Coppell. An owner of several companies, he has a significant background in local government, construction, marketing, and event planning. He is a former board member of the Texoma Private Industry Council, the Texoma Quality Work Force Planning Committee, the Texoma Council of Government's Economic Development Committee, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Dallas Chapter of Business and Professional Advertising Association. He has published numerous articles. He served as Executive Director for the Friends of Coppell Nature Park Board for 10 years.
Matthew Dempsey is the coordinator of science programs at North Lake College. He also serves as the chair of the sustainability committee, the co-director of the Hawaiian Field Studies program, the native garden committee, and an adjunct instructor in biology. He received his BA from UCLA in English Literature, a Masters in biology from UNT with emphasis in botany. He is currently pursuing a doctorate from Texas Tech in higher education administration with an emphasis on science education.
Midge Parish is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Marketing. Her professional background includes marketing, strategic planning and public relations at The University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics and The University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 15 years experience in advertising, direct mail, special event planning, market research, and graphic design. Midge currently works as a free lance designer and special events planner. As a member of the FCNP board, Midge is responsible for brochure development and design, special events, and fund raising activities. A mother of two, Midge was introduced to the Coppell Nature Park by her husband and sons who volunteer at the park with the Boy Scouts. Along with her volunteer work with the Friends of Coppell Nature Park, she is active with committee work at her sons' schools, her church and the Boy Scouts.
Michael Martin enjoys outdoor activities, especially walking. He coached youth basketball and soccer for many years. Michael works in the insurance industry. He and his wife Kathryn have three children, and have lived in Coppell since 1993.
Monica graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She worked in accounting for an Oil and Gas Company and in international banking. Then she moved to South Texas for several years where she worked for the County Court House, as well as in her sons' elementary school. She returned to North Texas and has lived in Coppell since 2003. Monica is currently involved in various volunteer groups, such as the Women's Auxiliary of Nexus, the North Texas Master Naturalist and the Friends of Coppell Nature Park.
Employed by Southwest Airlines 35+ years working in numerous capacities from selling airline tickets at the airport to currently working on special internal and international ticketing projects at their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Pam is active in her church and community. In addition to her volunteer time with the Coppell Nature Park, she has worked with the local Master Composters in their Community Garden. Pam and her husband, Jim Vandehaar spend much of their free time volunteering with a local organization dedicated to finding caring and responsible homes for retired racing and rescued greyhounds.
Pam Hooper works as a Digital Optimization Analyst with Southwest Airlines. Since moving to Coppell in 2011, she has become very active in environmental education in the area. She is a North Texas Master Naturalist, has joined the Coppell Community Gardens and done many other volunteer activities in the area. She is especially interested in promoting environmental education with the youth of Coppell.
Dr. Paul Kelemen is currently Vice President of Workforce at North Lake College where he has served in several capacities for the past thirty-three years. Prior to this current assignment, he served as a Faculty Counselor and Professor of Human Development, Dean of the Business and Technology Division, Interim Vice President of Student Services, Interim Vice President of Instruction, and Executive Dean and Director of the North Lake College -- West Campus (formerly the DFW Education Center) and Vice President of Community and Economic Development. He holds an Associates of Arts from North Lake College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Behavioral Science/Psychology from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City: and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling from the University of North Texas. He has published nationally and internationally, and presented programs at a variety of conferences across the country in the areas of Career Planning and Student Success and Retention. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved supervisor in the State of Texas. He currently is a member of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Coppell Nature Park.
Upon graduation from Northeastern University, Pete served 12 years in the Army and was decorated with the Bronze Star for a tour in Vietnam. In 1980, he joined Blue Cross Blue Shield and retired in 2007, still participating part time. Pete is active in his church as well as many local charities like Habitat for Humanity and Labors for Neighbors.
Pete Parish has been board member of the Friends of Coppell Nature Park since 2008. He is a member of the Executive Board and serves as the liaison with the local Scouting units to help coordinate Scouting service work within the park. A 26-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, he has a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and has completed the University of Southern California's Advanced Management Program in Telecommunications. He and his wife, Midge, have two children, Patrick and Danny, and have lived in Coppell since 1998. He is an Eagle Scout and active youth leader with the Boy Scouts of America.
Roger has been Director of Horticulture for the Texas Discovery Gardens for almost 2 years and was the Director of Botanical Gardens / Wildlife Biologist at the Heard Natural Science Museum for the prior 11 years. Usually known as "the Snake Man" by local youths, he has been doing snake programs for Boy Scouts for almost 25 years and teaches the Reptile Study Merit Badge at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Virginia. His huge live, native Texas snake collection is one of the best in the state and was used to create the Heard's widely acclaimed Rat Snakes to Rattlers exhibit and the following exhibit Venomous Snakes of Texas. Both Roger and his wife are active birders, traveling widely to view new or unusual species. In 2007 and 2008 they were selected to be part of the Cornell University search team for the Ivory Bill Woodpecker in Arkansas. Roger is on the board of our local Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society and past-president of the Texas Herpetological Society. He and his wife are also active members of the Dallas Paleontology Society. Insects, too, are a favorite subject! He has been collecting butterflies and moths since the third grade and did research on gall insects at Texas A & M. Despite his vast background in animals, Roger's greatest expertise is in plants. From 1976 to 1982 he was Assistant Director at Texas Discovery Gardens until forming his own landscape company which he still operates part time. Roger had a weekly column for several years in the Dallas Morning News on plants and gardening and continues to write articles about nature in several publications. Roger did his undergraduate work at U.T. Austin majoring in Zoology with a minor in Botany and did his graduate work at Texas A & M in Horticulture. These diverse institutions gave him a unique perspective on nature -- as well as a heck-of-a sense of humor!
Scott has been a resident of Coppell since 1985. He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters. Scott is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University Tech. He is employed by the City of Coppell in the Engineering department.