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Board Members

Charles D. Neel, President and Executive Director

 

Charles D. Neel serves as President of American Prairie Corridor and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.  Mr. Neel has been employed as a professional archaeologist for 40 years and has worked on archaeological projects in 14 states, Denmark, Virgin Islands, Diego Garcia, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Guam.  Mr. Neel was Vice President of Red River Archaeology, LLC from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Neel has long been interested in historic architecture and from 1995 to 1997 was the owner of Neel Building Salvage and Demolition Company of Granger, Texas.  Mr. Neel is a Life Member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, a member of the Dallas Architectural Forum, and has served as a member of the Central Business District/West End Historic District/Individual Sites Task Force to the City of Dallas Landmark Commission since 2008.



 

Tina M. Rust, Vice President and Treasurer

 

Tina M. Rust serves as Vice President and Treasurer of American Prairie Corridor and holds a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Auburn University.  Ms. Rust is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and has been employed as a professional archaeologist for 23 years and has worked in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Texas. Ms. Rust is also a registered GIS Professional (GISP) and has practiced professionally for 17 years.  Ms. Rust volunteers with the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) in Lewisville, Texas and is a member of the Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalist Chapter and will complete her certification as a Texas Master Naturalist in 2018.

 

 

Greg Tonian, Secretary

 

Greg Tonian serves as Secretary for American Prairie Corridor and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio and is a certified Texas Master Naturalist.  Mr. Tonian is active in natural history education and habitat restoration projects in North Texas. Mr. Tonian volunteers with the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), Lewisville, Texas, The Heard Museum,  McKinney, Texas, and is a member of the Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalist Chapter, Denton County, Texas. Greg lead a monthly guided nature tour of the restored prairie along the Shoreline Trail, The Colony, Texas and at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano, Texas.