Mike Mills
Mike Mills is the founder and CEO of the Buffalo Outdoor Center, Green Energy Products and Voices Entertainment, all headquartered in Ponca, Arkansas. He is a member of numerous boards and foundations, including the Arkansas Travel Council and the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969-1971. From 1974-1976, he managed Lost Valley Lodge in Ponca, Arkansas. In 2009 Mike became President of the America Outdoor Association. He was the Director of Tourism for the State of Arkansas from 1982-1986. He graduated with a B.S. from Hendrix College.
Timothy Jones, Vice President
Timothy T. Jones practices environmental law for Tyson Foods, Inc. in Northwest Arkansas. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Arkansas Attorney General's Office. Jones' family can be traced to the middle Buffalo in the late-1800s, and he became familiar with the river at a very early age. He frequently recreates in the watershed, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Timothy Jones has a B.A. from the University of Tulsa, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas, and an LL.M. from George Washington University.
Colene Gaston
Colene Gaston is the Staff Attorney for the Beaver Water District, the water supplier for much of Northwest Arkansas. Colene received her B.A. with honors in Biology from Austin College and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. She has over twenty-five years of experience with environmental issues. Colene has worked with legal services on the Navajo Reservation, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts, and in private practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association.
Alison Lee, President
Alison Lee is currently a felony criminal defense/appellate attorney at the law firm of Norwood & Norwood, P.A., in Northwest Arkansas. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a guide in Blanchard Springs Caverns, and as a law clerk in the real estate department for Walmart, Inc. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she received her J.D. and a B.A. in English. Alison grew up in Morning Star, Arkansas, just a few miles from South Maumee, where she learned to swim, canoe, hike, and camp at a very early age. The Buffalo River played an integral role in her childhood, and Alison is dedicated to helping preserve the beauty of the river for future generations.
Ben Milburn
Ben Milburn is the President and CEO of Buffalo River Outfitters and founder of RiverTrail Manufacturing, both located in Silver Hill, Arkansas. He is a member of several trade organizations associated with resort and livery services and tourism in Arkansas. He attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, studying biology and anthropology for 2 years before transferring to the University of Arkansas where he received his B.S. in Administrative Management. He is an Eagle Scout and proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Ross Noland, Secretary
Ross Noland is an Associate Attorney at the Little Rock law firm of McMath Woods P.A. His practice focuses on environmental law and general litigation. Ross attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate and legal studies, and received an LL.M. from George Washington University. He has worked in a large firm's environmental practice in Washington, DC, clerked for a Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge, and served as Legislative Counsel for the United States Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He is an avid whitewater canoeist who will gladly hit the trails when the water is low. Ross spent many weekends and summers on the Buffalo as a child, and is now dedicated to preserving the high quality of the river so that future Arkansans may experience the same.
Tammie Moore Roth
Tammie Moore Roth and her husband Danny Roth have owned United Country-Roth Realty in Harrison, Arkansas for over 30 years. Tammie is on numerous boards and foundations including Boone County Special Services, Harrison Public School Foundation, First Christian Church, Goblin Booster Club, Harrison Goblin Hall of Fame, and Harrison Area Razorback Club. Tammie grew up on the banks of the Buffalo River at Marshall and Gilbert. Her two sons are the fifth generation of her family to enjoy all that the Buffalo River has to offer.
Kenneth Smith
In cooperation with the National Park Service, Kenneth Smith is coordinating a multi-year project to build a 28- mile hiking trail along the Buffalo National River. He was formerly a civil engineer and park planner for the National Park Service from 1962-1974. Education Director/The Ozark Society 1974-1977. Freelance writer, photographer, and researcher 1977-2004. Books include two books, The Buffalo River Country (1967) and Buffalo River Handbook (2004). He co-authored the first master plan for development and use of the Buffalo National River. B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas , M.S. Natural Resources Administration, University of Michigan.
Jamie Claire Kiser, Treasurer
Jamie Claire Kiser is the Director of Merger & Acquisition Services at Zweig Group in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Buffalo River Foundation. Jamie Claire received her B.A. Cum Laude in History, her J.D., and her MBA, all from the University of Arkansas. Jamie Claire grew up in Northwest Arkansas and has enjoyed the Buffalo River since floating trips in elementary school.
Staci Rayne Davidson, Executive Director
Staci Rayne Davidson has been the Buffalo River Foundation's Executive Director since the foundation was incorporated in 2010. She is also Principal Broker of Arkansas Diamond Realty, with the Upper Buffalo River being her niche market. She loves kayaking the Buffalo River and hiking the trails. Staci considers herself fortunate to work for an organization that allows her to capitalize on her passion for conservation. Her goal as our Executive Director is to leave a legacy of environmental health and to promote preservation of the pristine beauty of the Buffalo River