Sanders appoints three to Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Journey Fee


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Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced three appointments to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission on Thursday.

Eric Jackson was reappointed to the commission, while Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz were reappointed. Berry replaces John Gill and Lentz replaces Skot Covert.

Each of the appointments will expire on January 14, 2029.

“I am pleased to announce Eric Jackson, Dr. Trey Berry and Rebecca Lentz to the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission – three outstanding representatives of Arkansas who will continue to show the nation and the world the incredible beauty of nature. World-class outdoor recreation and great economic success for our state,” Sanders said in a press release. “I am ready to unleash our state’s potential to become a national leader in tourism and outdoor recreation with these talented individuals work together to attract visitors and businesses from across the nation to the great state of Arkansas.”

Jackson is Senior Vice President of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and a member of the Board of Directors. He helped oversee the development of Oaklawn into one of America’s premier racing and gaming centers and Arkansas’ premier commercial tourism attraction, with annual visitor numbers in excess of 2.5 million. Jackson also oversaw more than $100 million in construction work at Oaklawn and was awarded international historic/instant racing patents.

Berry is the 12th President of Southern Arkansas University. He joined the university in 2011 as Professor of History and Dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts and was promoted to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs a year later. Berry was named president in 2015, and during that time SAU completed its most ambitious fundraiser in university history, raising $29.7 million, far exceeding its goal of $22.275 million.

Lentz is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about motivating others to explore Arkansas and try new hobbies. Her social media platforms showcase Arkansas’ world-class outdoor recreation and natural beauty, and she serves as a mentor for the Mayfly Project, teaching foster children how to fly fish. When she’s not tideland fishing, hiking or archery, Lentz can be found at the gym, where she’s also a personal trainer.