Our board of directors are passionate about the mission of OYEA and are guiding the organization into a sustainable future.
At a young age Joe was introduced to outdoor sports, hunting and fishing. Over the years he became an accomplished athlete and outdoorsman. In 1980 Joe King became one of the original founding members of the Dirty Dozen Hunting and Fishing Club. In 1999, the Dirty Dozen Hunting & Fishing Club adopted Fall Creek to preserve the natural habitat and clean up the stream.
Eight years after he began the Dirty Dozen Hunting and Fishing club, it had become evident that a youth portion needed to be established In 1988 the Outdoor Youth Exploration Academy was created in an effort to introduce the appreciation and awareness for environmental issues and fishing to urban youth.
Marinelle is a 1980 graduate of IUPUI and a mother of five daughters and step mother of an additional three daughters. In recent years she has worked at Bread and Bowl with North United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association and Meridian Street Foundation on the Land Use Committee. She also serves on the board of the Meridian Kessler Home Tour.