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Deke Whitbeck


Deke and his family have deep roots in Arkansas.  He is an avid sportsman and has a passion for conservation education and its impact on Arkansas.


Deke’s wife, Sarah, is a first grade teacher in Little Rock. They have two beautiful daughters, Cate and Charley. Deke and Sarah love spending time with the girls exploring Arkansas’ outdoors!



Director of Operations

Ruth-Kathryn Kelly is a native Arkansan, originally from West Memphis. She has worked for the Foundation for over 4 years, ultimately becoming the Director of Operations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from The University of Alabama in 2009, and has worked in the nonprofit community in various forms since that time. Her passion for conservation education ties back to her time spent in adult education and literacy. She currently resides in Conway with her husband, Bobby M Kelly III and their two daughters; Sue Ellen and Gloria.

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Director of Events & Programming

Tyler was born and raised in Arkansas, spending most of his youth living in Pangburn near the Little Red River. He joins the foundation from The National Wild Turkey Federation, where he worked as a Regional Director for 3 years. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas, and has been involved in the nonprofit community for most of his life. Tyler is a long time hunter and fisherman, passing on that passion to his two sons Pierce and Beau and wife Jennifer. They currently reside in Greenbrier. 


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