Community Star Joey D., Heartland

September 14, 2020

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Get to know Joey

Q. How long have you been with Republic?
A. 6 Years

Q. Can you share a little more on your personal connection or passion for the Arkabutla Lake Rehabilitation Nature Center (ARK)?
A. I have always been an avid outdoorsman. When I was selected to the Leadership Desoto program, we were given a choice of five organizations to learn about and help. I knew right away the ARK was where I wanted to spend my time and resources to help them achieve their goal. I have been working closely with them ever since to get an education pavilion built, which is now 100% complete in phase 1. We are now shifting focus to phase 2, which includes a 5,000 square foot Bald Eagle enclosure ─ the only facility of its kind in the U.S., modeled from one in Sweden. This will allow rehabilitation for Bald Eagles in our area and will be a state-of-the-art educational resource. The ARK is very special as it is accessible to all via walking trails, bike trails, etc. They provide education programs to children and adults. It’s a place the entire community can enjoy with their families, all while preserving wildlife conservation.

Q. What is something people may not know about you?
A. I guess we can have a little fun with this one….my right ear sits a little lower than my left.

Q. Tell us about some of your hobbies or interests?
A. I enjoy spending time with my family doing anything outdoors, mainly traveling looking for new mountains to explore in our UTV.

Q. I am my best self at work and outside work when ___________.
A. … I know that everything I am putting effort into is getting 100% effort and will positively benefit others.

Q. Anything else you would like to share?
A. Married to my beautiful wife Alicia, and proud father of 3 boys under 3 ─ Bryce, 3, Toby, 2, and Lincoln, 4 months, and our Yellow Lab Moriah.