Immediate Past President
(Vacant for 2013)
Chairpersons of Standing Committees
Prairie Fest 2015
Jen Schultes and James Zametz
Kids on the Prairie
Anne Aldefer (assisted by Kathy Scott)
FOTHNA Board Member bios, 2013:
President: Don Young
Don is a native of Fort Worth and discovered Tandy Hills as a teenager. He and his wife Debora Young founded FOTHNA in 2004 as a way to increase public awareness of the park. The first Prairie Fest was held in their front yard across from the park in 2006. He enjoys writing the monthly FOTHNA newsletter, Prairie Notes, and hiking the hills with Debora and Olive the Prairie Dog. He and Debora work together in their art glass business founded in 1973.
Vice President: Greg Hughes
Greg has a B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Tennessee Tech and the University of Michigan respectively and an MBA from TCU. He was Chair of the University West Neighborhood Association and has led organizations dedicated to a high-quality urban environment in Fort Worth. He served on the Executive Committee of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) for four years, was elected Secretary, and also was The Tʼs representative on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Greg is the chairman of the Metroplex organizing committee of the Great Plains Restoration Council, working to preserve the Fort Worth Prairie Park in southwest Fort Worth. He chaired the initial Bylaws Committed for the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area and served as the Co-chair of Prairie Fest 2013. An Eagle Scout, Greg is deeply committed to preserving opportunities for everyone in Fort Worth to enjoy the outdoors.
Secretary: Jonathan Mills
Jonathan Mills graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a talented guitarist with a passion for teaching math and science and is currently employed by the Fort Worth ISD.
Treasurer: Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall grew up in Fort Worth where he graduated from Eastern Hills High School. After receiving a masterʼs degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Jim worked a short time for the California Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento. He returned to Fort Worth to operate Marshall Grain Company for 31 years. Since then he has served on the City of Fort Worth Parks Board, Fort Worth Botanical Society boards, founded Send a Scout to Camp and Project Bluebird, and assisted Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area.
Communications Director: Jen Schultes
Jen Schultes is a designer and visual artist. She has designed and built a lot of websites. Together with her husky mutt, she loves hiking the Tandy Hills.
Chairpersons of Standing Committees:
Prairie Fest 2015 Co-Director: Jen Schultes
(See bio above)
Prairie Fest 2015 Co-Director: James Zametz
James along with his wife, Haven, has been involved in the Fort Worth art and music scene for more than ten years. In 2012 they founded a “live local” initiative called, Keep Fort Worth Funky. James is also the owner of an eco-friendly home remodeling company focused on reusing, restoring and recycling. James, Haven and their two children spend many a day exploring Tandy Hills. According to James, “Prairie Fest is THE most important festival in the area. Teaching children the importance of having a relationship with nature, proving that a festival can and should be eco-friendly and the message that it gives is what drew me to want to be part of the Prairie Fest team.”
Kids on the Prairie: Anne Alderfer
Anne, B. A., University of Tulsa, is a decade long certified Texas Master Naturalist. Currently, she is director of Kids on the Prairie and volunteers at Prairie Fest for FOTHNA. She also leads naturalist tours for the River Legacy Foundation and arranges speakers for the Cross Timbers Master Naturalist chapter. Life is better on the prairie.
Brush Bash: Debora Young
Debora is an artist/illustrator and has enjoyed big skies and tall grasses all her life She works closely with husband, Don Young, on FOTHNA activities and their art glass business. She is the author of, Prairie Wildflowers Illustrated, 2014.
Events: Phil Hennen
As a neighborhood resident I early on learned the unique value of Tandy Hills Natural Area and have been involved with FOTHNA since its founding as a member of the Executive Board.
From an early age my parents instilled in me a deep appreciation for the natural world and I have been a lifelong learner of the its intricate wonders. Over my lifetime I have taken an active role in various environmental organizations that educate about and deal with various issues and problems concerning the natural world.
My greatest involvement with FOTHNA has been to help organize the entertainment component of Prairie Fest, our annual fundraising and public awareness event.