Denton Drilling Awarness Group (DAG) is an incorporated non profit educational group recognized by the State of Texas. The DAG board members are all long time Denton residents.
Michael H. Hennen- President
Michael H. Hennen is a retired trial lawyer born in Sherman, Texas. He attended Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas and went on to earn a B.A in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. He was an exchange student at the University of Chile, Santiago. After college, Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela from 1967-1969 in the rural community development program. He earned his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Michael was a newspaper reporter in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota and an exchange journalist in Uruguay. He was a union organizer and local officer of The Newspaper Guild. Michael was an active volunteer in the campaign to ban fracking in Denton. He is married to Susan K. Vaughan, Ph. D and has three grown children and five grandchildren.
Ed Soph- Treasurer
Carol and Ed Soph have lived in Denton for 27 years. Ed is a professor of Jazz Studies in the UNT College of Music.
Carol was born and raised in Ohio. She received her BA degree in Music Education from Ohio University and a MA in french horn from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As a professional musician she was a member of the Louisville (KY) Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven (CT) Symphony Orchestra, and many chamber groups throughout the Northeast. Moving to Denton in 1987, Carol became volunteer co-director of Denton Meals on Wheels, and volunteered with the Denton Family Resource Center and Denton Friends of the Family Thrift Shop and shelter. She is currently a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for SPAN of Denton. Carol has been involved with Denton’s environmental issues since 1998 when she served on the board of directors of Citizens for Healthy Growth. As a board member of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, Carol continues to work for the health and safety of Denton’s residents and a robust clean energy program.
Rhonda Love- Secretary
Rhonda Love is a retired professor of public health with expertise in the determinants of health, and community development and health. She and her husband moved to Denton in 2009 to join other family members. Since that time she has been active in numerous community projects and, with two others, co-authored a paper on the public health effects of gas drilling.
Professor Fry is a geographer who analyzes resource and energy governance, socioeconomic and environmental impacts of resource production and consumption, and land-use change in Texas and Latin America. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals, including Environmental Science & Technology, Energy Policy, Environment and Planning A, Ecological Economics, Geoforum, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Tara Linn Hunter- Volunteer Coordinator and Acting Vice President
Tara Linn first came to Denton to study classical singing at UNT but quickly became interested in environmental work when she learned of the poor air quality in DFW. She served with the local group ‘Seeds of Change’ that provides free weekend meals to the community. She has been active in productions by Denton Music Theatre, Denton Community Theatre, and the Black Box Theater. She is a teacher at the Julio D. Perfecto School of Music, a non-profit that seeks to make quality music education accessible to students of all income levels. Tara Linn was active in the group ‘Denton OFF Fossil Fuels’ and was the volunteer coordinator for Frack Free Denton leading up to the vote. In her spare time, she enjoys combining her love of singing and the environment by writing songs and performing with ‘The Frackettes’. Please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.