About Us

Our Mission

Did you know that more than 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water? That means our oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams are critically important to the overall health of our planet. Our mission is to educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Upholding the Oklahoma Aquarium's mission is only possible with a solid foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Education is at the core of our mission, and the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation provides a scholarship fund for underrepresented students and schools with financial limitations. The aquarium team is committed to educating, protecting, and upholding biodiversity and sustainability; this includes human diversity. We are one planet full of diverse life, and the inclusion of all people is crucial to caring for the planet and its people. We work with several area partners to assure that all students within the community have the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium and share in our mission.


The Oklahoma Aquarium opened its doors to the public on May 28, 2003, although the facility was a dream and passion for founders Dr. P.R. Ramey and Doug Kemper in 1984. The Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation settled on a plot of land on the west bank of the Arkansas River in Jenks—now home to the Oklahoma Aquarium—thanks to the fundraising efforts led by Dr. Ramey, Trustee Harvie Roe, and the vision of Jenks city leaders Mayor Mike Tinker, Vice Mayor Vic Vreeland, and City Manager Randy Ewing. In June of 2000, Chief Operating Officer Kenny Alexopoulos and his team from Galveston, Texas, relocated to Jenks to design and construct the Oklahoma Aquarium’s exhibits and to build and maintain its world-renowned bull shark collection. Today, the biology team is recognized for its bull shark research and groundbreaking coral research. 


Chief Operating Officer: Kenny Alexopoulos
Deputy Director: John Money
Curator: Christa Clawson
Director of Development and Research: Dr. Ann Money
Office and Guest Services Manager: Janis Davis

Oklahoma Aquarium Staff

Chief Operating Officer
Kenny Alexopoulos

John MoneyDeputy Director
John Money

Christa ClawsonCurator
Dr. Ann MoneyDirector of Development and Research

Dr. Ann Money

Janis DavisOffice and Guest Services Manager
Janis Davis

Phil TateExhibits Supervisor
Phil Tate

Joel PritchardLSS and Building Maintenance Supervisor
Joel Pritchard

Justin LovelaceAssistant Curator
Justin Lovelace

Julie JenningsHusbandry Supervisor
Julie Jennings

Lollie MooreMarketing and Digital Strategist
Lollie Moore

Hallie MossEducation Specialist
Hallie Moss

Teagan SchmidtEducation Specialist
Teagan Schmidt


DR. ANN MONEY TEDX Opens in new windowClick above to watch Dr. Ann Money's TEDx talk on coral & biofluorescence.

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