board members

Peter Hoffman

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

Peter Hoffman is the Ward 2 Councilman and current mayor of the City of Nichols Hills. His deep seeded roots in his community and a love for the city have led Peter to become an active civic leader.

In addition to being Mayor of Nichols Hills and a successful businessman, he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Board of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), and is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Wilderness Matters. 

Peter enthusiastically supports the arts and education and has a passion for physical fitness as well as the out of doors. He is an accomplished spin instructor and an avid fly fisherman.

Tricia L. Everest

Board Vice-Chairman

Tricia Everest’s illustrious legal background coupled with her passion for the community make her an excellent advocate for Wilderness Matters.

Tricia is a former Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Oklahoma as well as past general counsel to state agencies and commissions. She has a vast experience as a litigator in tort, procedural and employment law cases. In 2010, she served as general counsel for Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson’s gubernatorial campaign.

Tricia now spends her time serving on various non-profit boards and commissions.  She is currently the Chair Elect of the Allied Arts Board of Directors; Advisory Board Chairman of the Inasmuch Foundation; President of the Family Justice Center of Oklahoma City; Board member of Access 2 Justice Commission; Director of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children; Chair Elect of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City Board of Directors; Trustee of Oklahoma City University; member of the Board of Visitors for Casady High School, the OU College of Law and OU International Studies;  Director of the Annie Oakley Society for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Council member of the State of Oklahoma Arts Council; and Director of Oklahoma Contemporary.   She has previously served organizations including:  Positive Tomorrows, Community Hospice, Juliette Low Society, Committee of 100, Calm Waters, Special Care, Heart Association, Infant Crisis Services, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Oklahoma Outreach, and A Chance to Change.  In 1997, Tricia co-founded the Oklahoma Cancer Care Foundation, an organization that provided patients with transportation to and from cancer treatments.

Tricia has been honored by many organizations for her distinguished community service, including: 2016 Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled Compassionate Citizen of the Year, 2015 Festival of Hope Honoree, 2013 Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma Legacy Award, 2012 YMCA and YWCA Volunteer of the Year, 2012 Oklahoma City University Distinguished Philanthropist Award, 2011 Journal Record Woman of the Year, and 2009 Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Citizen Academy Graduate.



Martha J. Ferretti, P.T., M.P.H.

Board Secretary

Martha J. Ferretti is David Ross Boyd Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, holds the Elam-Plowman Chair in Physical Therapy, and chairs the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Allied Health.

Long an advocate for providing excellent services to those with disabilities, she has led her department in collaborating with organizations and agencies for the disabled to improve practices and policies and to promote educational and community inclusion.

In 1989, Ferretti was appointed to by the Governor the Oklahoma Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Development, Oklahoma’s program for addressing the needs of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and their families, a role she has served in until recently. In 1995, her department’s Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities became a Center of Excellence.

Ferretti has served as a site reviewer for physical therapy program accreditation for more than 25 years and as a member of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for 12 years. She served on a task force to develop the Educational Leadership Institute of the American Physical Therapy Association and now serves on its inaugural advisory board.

Ferretti has been active in community activities that range from serving on school boards to coaching middle school girls’ basketball. She recently collaborated on launching a pilot reading and mentoring program for second-graders in the Oklahoma City Public School System with friend Janet Price and in collaboration with United Way of Oklahoma City.

She has served on an number of Oklahoma health related boards and presently is a member of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department Leadership Board.  Her long standing commitments are to education and improving the health of all Oklahomans, with an emphasis on improving the health in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area.


Nancy W. Herzel, CPA

Board Treasurer

Nancy Herzel works in the oil and gas industry as Vice-President of Shawver Energy, Inc. and Manager of ATS Energy, LLC.  She also spends her time as a community volunteer.

She is currently an Elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Chairman of the Nichols Hills Environment, Health, & Sustainability Commission, and Treasurer of Nichols Hills Parks, Inc.  She is a member of Class XIX Leadership Oklahoma City and a sustaining member of the Oklahoma City Junior League.  She has volunteered for other community organizations, including:  A Chance to Change, Payne Education Center, Impact Oklahoma, Parent Teacher Organizations, the Arts Festival, and the March of Dimes.