WHERE WE BEGAN

EcoFest began in 2009 with community members working in partnership with the City of Conway to help residents better understand recycling and waste issues, and all their connections to health, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, economics, and more. The goal was to create an exciting, balanced (non-political), interactive, environmentally-focused educational event that allows visitors of all ages and interests to explore these connections, as well as the connections to their daily lives.

In 2011, Conway EcoFest became an official 501c3 nonprofit, and it continues to evolve and engage the public with its annual outdoor environmental festival where fun activities and environmental education meet!

Board members and other volunteers collaborate with individuals and organizations to bring together exhibitors, vendors, artists, and business owners who incorporate preservation, sustainability, and innovation practices that work to improve the environment. They also collaborate with municipalities, educators, STEAM groups, civic groups, museums, nonprofits, environmental professionals, and individuals to highlight their actions and connections in an interactive way that helps EcoFest visitors better understand how their daily lives and choices directly interact and impact the environment. 

 
 
 

WHERE WE ARE HEADED

We are in the early stages of planning a 3-5 year strategy that will increase our visibility within the community on a quarterly basis. To grow the Festival into a multiple day event, perhaps full weekend. To work with the City in a meaningful way to support its efforts to improve the healthy growth of Conway and Central Arkansas.  We are looking for supporters who are motivated and desire to be active with support of development and implementation of new initiatives as determined by the board.

 
 

Meet the Team

 
 

Executive Board

 
  Treci Buchanan   Executive Director

Treci Buchanan

Executive Director

  Dr. Latonya Jackson   Voting Member at Large

Dr. Latonya Jackson

Voting Member at Large

  Laura Traffanstedt   Second Assistant Director

Laura Traffanstedt

Second Assistant Director

  Tammy Vanaman   Voting Member at Large

Tammy Vanaman

Voting Member at Large

  Brandy Mullins   Secretary

Brandy Mullins

Secretary

  Dr. Duston Morris   Voting Member at Large

Dr. Duston Morris

Voting Member at Large

  Canton Ford   Treasurer

Canton Ford

Treasurer

  Emily Lane   Voting Member at Large

Emily Lane

Voting Member at Large

  John Lambert   Voting Member at Large

John Lambert

Voting Member at Large

 
 
 

Advisory Board

 
  Debbie Plopper   Founder and Advisor

Debbie Plopper

Founder and Advisor

  Allison Nicholas   Advisor

Allison Nicholas

Advisor

 
 
 

Student Advisory Board

 
  Vera Lambert   Student Advisory Board

Vera Lambert

Student Advisory Board

 
 
 

Event Planning and Marketing

 
  Audra Russell   Event Planner & Marketing with Oak Street Ventures

Audra Russell

Event Planner & Marketing with Oak Street Ventures