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New members of the Honorary 100 inducted

June 7, 2023
Inductees to the ENR Honorary 100 (top L to R): Jon Gerken, John O'Meara (bottom L to R) Ric Queen and Dorothy Teater

Four champions of Ohio's environment were recognized at the Environmental Professionals Network breakfast and field-tour event.

Held on World Environment Day (June 5, 2023), the event recognized Jon Gerken, John O'Meara, Ric Queen, and Dorothy Teater, who were inducted into the ENR Honorary 100. The Honorary 100 recognizes individuals with a special interest in the school, its programs and activities. To date there have been 134 individuals inducted into the Honorary 100.

Meet the 2023 Inductees to the ENR Honorary 100

Jon Gerken: Jon dedicated 42 years to the soil science and natural resources profession for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service as assistant soil survey manager and state soil scientist. Throughout his career, John has provided unwavering support of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and helped the advance- ment of both academics and professions related to agronomy, soil science, and natural resources conservation.

John O’Meara: John has over 35 years of career accomplishments and outstanding contributions to his profession in natural resources and conser- vation, serving for 16 years as executive director of the Columbusand Franklin County Metro Parks. Under his leadership the Park District more than doubled in both size andattendance and became the largest metro park system in the state of Ohio.

Ric Queen: “Ranger Ric” began his long public service career in 1978 with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources before serving as senior environmental manager and scientist in OEPA’s Division of Surface Water and Wetland Mitigation Unit for 27 years. Ric’s passion to protect Ohio’s natural and cultural resources has led to a lifelong career and personal commitment toward educa- tion, conservation, and land preservation.

Dorothy Teater: Dorothy is an educator and outreach professional who served as Franklin County commissioner, becoming the first woman elected to that position. In 2015, Dorothy and her sons established the Dr. Robert W. Teater Endowment fund providing scholarships and program support for students and natural resource professionals. Dorothy Teater’s legacy in education and conservation has greatly enhanced the future of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and its students, alumni, faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

The full program of the event is available here.