About Beaver Watershed Alliance

The Beaver Watershed Alliance was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake Watershed. The Alliance represents a diverse stakeholder group from conservation, education, water utilities, technical and science, business, agriculture, recreation, and local government groups working together for the cause of clean water.

Who We Are:

Becky Roark

Becky Roark, Executive Director

Becky Roark joined the Beaver Watershed Alliance in December 2016. She holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas and has worked within the water quality and conservation fields in the Northwest Arkansas region since 2010. Becky has experience in directing and developing community programs for the non-profit sector and has a technical background to help communities with both watershed management and advancement of watershed protection initiatives. She is passionate about cultivating partnerships for watershed education and protection, as well as dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of Beaver Lake and its watershed, including its natural and cultural resources. Becky also serves on the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association Board, enjoys kayaking and smallmouth bass fishing, and spending time outdoors with her family. Becky can be reached at becky@beaverwatershedalliance.org or by phone at 479-750-8007.


Carrie Byron, Outreach Coordinator

Carrie Byron joined the Beaver Watershed Alliance team in January 2019 as the Outreach Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Biology and has conducted wildlife research in Africa, Yellowstone National Park, the Boundary Waters, and Ontario. For 13 years, she was the General Manager of Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters, guiding interpretive ecology tours in the remote Yellowstone backcountry on horseback. She lives on her Ozark farm, where she raises bison and trains horses. Carrie can be reached at 479-750-8007 or carrie@beaverwatershedalliance.org.

Melissa Welch

Nate Weston, Geospatial Ecologist

Nate joined the Alliance in July 2017. An exceptionally non-traditional student – he grew up on a semi-truck – he holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas and an A.A. from the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton. He worked as a Restoration Assistant for the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve during his undergraduate, later interning under Ecologist Theo Witsell with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. He was hired as Research Assistant after completing his internship, assisting in the herbarium and field surveys looking for rare plants. Nate lives in Fayetteville, enjoys camping, hiking, and gaming and is passionate about native plants, biogeography, and ecological restoration. Nate can be reached at nate@beaverwatershedalliance.org or by phone at 479-750-8007.

Alliance Board of Directors

  • Jeff Marley, President
    Madison County Landowner
  • Brent Dobler, Vice President
    Rogers Water Utilities
  • Patsy Christie, Treasurer
    City of Springdale
  • Bob Caulk, Secretary
    AR Natural Heritage Association, Retired
  • Billy Ammons, CH2M Hill
  • Alan Bland, Army Corps of Engineers, Retired
  • Richard Bowen, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
  • Steve Brannan, Madison County Landowner
  • Ray Eaton, Mt Olive Water Association
  • Lonnie Horn, Washington County Farm Bureau and Landowner
  • Larry Johnson, Real Estate Agent
  • Kirby McAllister, Senior Environmental Manager, Tyson Foods
  • James McCarty, Beaver Water District
  • Juliet Richey, Garver
  • Erin Scott, Ozarks Water Watch
  • Jim Ed Summers, SWK Financial Planning
  • Brian Teague, Secretary, Community by Design
  • Frank Weaver, Madison County Judge
  • Greg Wheeler, Madison County Landowner