Featured Stewards

Bob Hopper

Bob Hopper–Low Key, High Impact- Featured Steward

Zeros and ones, the language of all things digital, are the foundation of Bob Hopper’s career, and he shares those technological talents and skills to great affect for us. 

Bob is the “go to” guy for technology used in the White Tank Mountains Conservancy.  He designed and maintains the website and makes recommendations to the executive director and board about which technology and software to use and when to implement it to best further the WTMC mission.

In addition, Hopper installed and provided training for Volgistics, the volunteer management system used to track steward hours.  He also designs flyers and brochures and does much of the printing for the marketing team.  You often see him at Conservancy activities taking photographs.

As a high school electronics teacher, Bob was building computers in the classroom with his students as Bill Gates was building a fortune in his garage.  After 15 years in the classroom, he accepted the position of Director of Technology at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, where he and his team brought the university on board with the latest in technology for both the administrative and education sides of the campus. 

He spent the last 11 years of his career at Tri-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana, and brought the district into the digital age as its IT Director.  He was admired by the administrative team and teaching staff as an effective leader and patient master teacher.  He regularly advised other school districts on technology solutions and served as a consultant on technology plans.

Bob loves the outdoors and has climbed to the summit of five of the Fourteeners in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  He has descended the Grand Canyon via the south Kaibab and ascended via the Bright Angel Trail.  In addition, Bob has traveled to every state and most national parks as well as several countries in Europe and the British Isles.  New Zealand and Australia are on deck for 2019 after he and his wife, Alice Neal, take two of their grandchildren to France and Germany next summer.  He loves his Honda Goldwing which he and Alice ride frequently with friends who share that interest. 

Thank you, Bob Hopper, a low-key guy delivering high impact results for WTMC!

Jane Fricke

 Jane Fricke, Volunteer Coordinator for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy was recognized by the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service at its annual “Buckeye Rocks” awards dinner on Friday, June 23.

Fricke, a resident of Verrado, has spent countless hours–she says about 20 per week, but it is probably more–supporting the Conservancy.  Her role as Volunteer 

Coordinator requires maintaining the database of Conservancy members as well as recruiting new members, scheduling stewards, planning events, writing training manuals, and organizing training programs.  You name it, and she will get it done.

Jane has a passion for the White Tank Mountains and its parks.  In addition to her commitments to the Conservancy, she also heads up the Friends of White Tank Park as its president and volunteers in the White Tank Mountain Park Nature Center weekly.   She is also active in the Liberty Methodist Church in Buckeye. 

Executive Director Les Meyers praised Fricke’s service as “critical to the launch of the Conservancy which has grown to 80 plus members in less than two years due largely to her efforts.” 

Congratulations, Jane.  The staff and stewards recognize and appreciate your substantial contributions as does the greater community.