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2014 Updates

Updates received after February 3, 2014.


Jerry Robbins will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in Education from the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas in May 2014.  Robbins received his M.Ed. and Ed.D. from that institution.  Jerry's experience has included K-12 teacher, high school principal, professor, department chair, central administrator, and 25 years experience (at three institutions) as dean of a university college of education.  He retired from Eastern Michigan University in 2005.


Anne Keightley Moskow will be presenting a juried paper, "Sara Paretsky's V.I., Gabriella, Lotty: Narrating the Holocaust," at the Queens of Crimes Conference at the University of London.  She has been appointed to serve as chair of the Education and Skill Development Institute for Somali Family Services, located in the Twin Cities, Minn., and in Garowe, Somalia, where she led a human rights training in 2012. 

Warren Pearce has retired after 20 years in the Air Force satellite community and 22 years as a contractor supporting the AF Satellite community.


Johnny Carter is retiring from Highland School District after forty-six years of teaching English and serving as an administrator.

Richard Meek retired from the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium where he served as Curator of Education and for the last 25 years, zoo keeper specializing in exotic hoofstock, especially his beloved giraffe. He and his wife, fellow retired zoo keeper Kathy Fay, plan on spending their retirement walking dogs and reading books.


Roger Armstrong has been elected the Corporate Secretary of the National Storytelling Network. He has also been elected as President of Arkansas's Diamond State Chorus, the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Barbershop Harmony Society. In retirement, Roger serves as the part-time pastor of the Amboy United Methodist Church in North Little Rock.


Dr. Blake Robertson  has been selected as President of  Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale, AR.


Mark Denman was re-elected Mayor of the City of Nassau Bay, Texas (Houston suburb) in May for a second two-year term. He ran unopposed.

Larry Morse, CEO of Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville, recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of the Arkansas Hospital Association. 


Nancy Shilling finished her first year at Perkins School of Theology at SMU.  She will graduate in May 2015 with a Masters of Theological Studies as she works on her ordination process for becoming a deacon. 


David Guthrie will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in September 2014.

Chris Palmer has been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe as Circuit Judge in the Third Division of the 6th Judicial District replacing Jay Moody, which expires Dec. 31, 2014. 


Dr. Michael Crowder will lead the University of Washington Health System’s Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Gayle Roller Hall is retiring in May 2014 from Hartford Schools as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Teacher K-12.  Gayle has been teaching for more than thirty years.

Doug Hopper will be riding 4,200 miles on his bicycle across the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans.  The ride will raise funds for the Oregon Health & Science University Parkinson Center in Portland.


Joe Simpson is retiring from the practice of anesthesia at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.  In July he will begin a one year fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Sheri Bylander is editing Season 2 of Alpha House, and was the editor for a special event series on Fox: Gracepoint.  Gracepoint begins Oct. 2 and will run for ten weeks.


Tad Bohannon is the Chief Legal Counsel of Central Arkansas Water in Little Rock, Arkansas; formerly a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP.


Dr. Don Hertzog recently co-chaired the 2014 National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium of the American Chemical Society.  He is employed as the Site Head for the Molecular Discovery Research Department of Medicinal Chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina where he leads a team of researchers attempting to identify novel starting points for developing medicines for diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis.

Dr. Audrey Kane completed her PhD in May 2013. She will be joining the Department of Occupational Faculty at Duquesne University beginning in August.


Karen Kennedy Seifert is the new President of the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Jason Terk was recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press as a 2014 Healthcare Hero and was named a 2014 Top Doc by Fort Worth Texas Magazine.   Jason will begin his service as President of the Texas Pediatric Society in the fall of 2014. 


Scott Caldwell has joined Catapult Marketing as Senior Vice President, Shopper Marketing in Bentonville.  Catapult is ranked as the #1 Shopper Marketing Agency in the US, and works with clients such as Quaker, ConAgra, J&J, Mars, Wrigley, and Sony.

Joanna Crump earned a Master of Library and Information Studies from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa in December 2013.

John Glassford has been elected the new President and CEO of HMO Partners, Health Advantage.  John will oversee sales and marketing, medical management, risk management and provider services. 

Tim Zimmerman was promoted in the United States Army to the rank of Colonel.  He is currently serving as the Deputy G-1/Adjutant General for the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL.


Tim McDaniel has joined Benchmark Human Services in Marietta, GA as a Certified Peer Specialist in the Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team.


Kelly Aaron is a RN at at FirstLight Home Care where they provide non-medical care for seniors, post-surgical patients, and postpartum moms. 

Renee Holmes Cole is co-editor for two recently published books: "Mom the Chemistry Professor" and "Tools of Chemistry Education Research".

John Krueger, M.D. graduated May 2014 with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.  He is the Associate Chief of Staff, Primary Care at the Veterans Health Systems of the Ozarks and a IHI Fellow and faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. 


Marcia Beauchamp is the Program Director for The Pachamama Alliance in San Francisco, CA.

Jeremy Brumbelow, a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., received the U.S. Secret Service Director's Recognition Award in August 2014 for his successful defense of two Secret Service Agents in Wood v. Moss, a federal lawsuit that challenged under  the First Amendment the Agents' efforts to protect President George W. Bush during a public appearance in October 2004.  Brumbelow represented the Agents in federal district court and was on the briefs when the case reached the U.S. Supreme  Court.  In May 2014, the Supreme Court ruled for the Agents in a unanimous decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  For his work on that case, Brumbelow was recognized by the Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson for his "exemplary accomplishments," his "many contributions in support of the Secret Service mission," and his "selfless commitment to the ideals and principles of law enforcement."

Dan Clanton was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Doane College in Crete, NE.  He was also elected by his colleagues as the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities at Doane College.

Amy Young Evrard has recently published a book, The Moroccan Women's Rights Movement.  


Jason Browning has been featured in a book title "Pinstripe Defection."  It is a story about Jason's five year legal battle with the New York Yankees.  Jason, an attorney in Little Rock, AR, uncovered evidence of other under-the-table dealings.

Meredith Embry Fisherman entered her first photography contest and placed in two categories in the City of Richardson Photography contest.  Her picture of the Trellis at University of Texas at Dallas placed third in the Architecture/Black & white category. "Annie Leafs" placed first in the Children/Color category and is a picture of her youngest daughter, Annie.  


Angela Wilder Kyzer published her first journal article as first author, "Environmental Risk Factors and Custody Status in Children of Substance Abusers," Children and Youth Services Review.


Whitney Bauman has completed a book, Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic.  His other works include Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics; Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology; Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology; and Voices of Feminist Liberation: Writings in Celebration of Rosemary Radford Ruether.

Jamey Campbell is the Director of Development for the Volunteer State Community College Foundation.

Lindsey Claire Smith is the incoming Editor of American Indian Quarterly, published by University of Nebraska Press.


Melissa Prycer, longtime Director of Education at Dallas Heritage Village, was recently named President & Executive Director.  During her decade at the Village, she has launched a lecture series, hands-on classes for children, a preschool storytime, numerous collaborative events, and increased school tours.  As Executive Director, Prycer looks forward to continuing to build partnerships with the community, particularly in the burgeoning Cedars Neighborhood and Farmer’s Market neighborhood, improving the visitor experience through reimagined exhibit buildings, preserving local history, and providing a place for curious learners of all ages to discover history.   


Davis Clement earned M.Ed. in Education Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William & Mary, and is starting his Ph.D. at William & Mary in the fall of 2014.  His research focus is alternative methods of educating at-risk urban students.

Sarita Riley Sanford graduated with a M.A. from UALR in Public History and a M.S. from UCA in Speech Language Pathology, and is currently working as a Speech Pathologist with Ascent Children's Health Services in North Little Rock. 


Jessica Duke Alexander, Ph.D. will begin a tenure-track position in the psychology department at Centenary College in Fall 2014.

Jessica Gallagher has accepted a two-year Teaching Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center to begin in the Fall of 2014.  She will be teaching in the Georgetown Law Street Law Clinic.

Michael Chappell, M.D. has joined Arkansas Ophthalmology Associates in Little Rock.  He has completed specialty training in reconstructive and cosmetic oculofacial plastic surgery, whcih will expand the scope of the practice to include evalutation and treatment of a variety of periocular, orbital, facial, and lacrimal diseases and disorders.


Laura Sessoms Grimes is the Merchandsier for Arkansas based content and commerce website Bourbon & Boots.

Dr. Erin Alexander Large joined the obstetrics and gynecology practice Central Clinic for Women in Little Rock during August 2013.

Valencia Moses received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Teaching and Educational Policy from Michigan State University.

Jera Houghtaling Stiles is an Attorney Specialist with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and is an adjunct professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Anna Patterson Strong has joined Arkansas Children's Hospital as the Executive Director of Child Advocacy and Public Health.


Darcy Baskin Pumphrey won the 2014 Lucille Westbrook Award for best article manuscript on an aspect of local Arkansas history. Her article, “Too Little, Too Late: Why Little Rock’s Freeway Resistance Movement Failed to Stop the Construction of Interstate 630,” will be published in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.


Daniel Feild earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas' Law School.  Daniel was elected by his class as student speaker.

Lauren French opened the Pie Hole Food truck in Little Rock and surrounding areas.

Scott Large, Ph.D. accepted a position as a Professional Officer at the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) in Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES is an intergovernmental organization whose main objective is to increase the scientific knowledge of the marine environment and its living resources and to use this knowledge to provide management advice to member countries.

Mindy Eggert Loveless finished PM&R residency at the University of Washington and began a one year Sports Medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Hospital.


Rebecca Revoal earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.


Jennifer Tate Becker received her Ph.D. in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis in August, 2014.  Will be teaching at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA this fall.

Samuel Kauffman has been appointed to the Commission on Diversity of the Arkansas Bar Association by 2014-2015 President Brian H. Ratcliff '85.  The appointment will be effective July 1, 2014.

Ash McLain received her Master's degree in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Oklahoma in May 2011. She has been working in the Office of Housing and Dining at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK since July 2011. Ash served as the Residence Director for Fisher South Hall until February 2012, and was then promoted to Apartment Community Director of Mayo, Lorton and Brown Villages. She is currently finishing her second year in this position in the on-campus apartments. 

Elizabeth Hood Stout was the first to earn a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is excited to begin working as a psychologist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in August. 


Erica Siebrasse completed a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis.  While in grad school, she received multiple national research fellowships, published several peer-reviewed articles and was awarded several volunteer service awards.  She is now the Science Policy Fellow at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Chelsea Cupp Sullivan is a first author on a paper that recently appeared in Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC).  The paper is titled The adaptor protein GULP promotes Jedi-1–mediated phagocytosis through a clathrin-dependent mechanism.


Jake Eddington has been promoted to the Institutional Finance division at the Department of Higher Education in Little Rock.

Allen Groue has received a David E. Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program. In his fellowship, he will spend a year studying Bahasa Indonesia at Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia while concurrently writing his M.A. thesis on the impact of Indonesian credit card fraud on the U.S. export sector.  Allen will graduate with an International MBA from the University of Denver in June 2014 and has completed coursework on an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

David Hagan was awarded the 2013 William Cunningham Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for winning the 2013 Student National Design Competition.  In Fall 2014, he will begin studying for his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Environmental Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lucas Harder is the Model Policy Service Assistant Director with the Arkansas School Boards Association in Little Rock.

Meghan Joiner Wright attends the UALR Bowen School of Law, where she is research editor of the Law Review and a clerk at the Arkansas Attorney General's Office.


Kyle Bradbury joined the Child and Family Research Partnership research center at the University of Texas at Austin.  The team will be evaluating the implementation of a large home visiting program in Texas.

Hailey Hundley competed at the National Healthcare Case Competition sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Hailey is a senior Master's in Health Services Administration at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences'Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.


Ian Evans has signed with Swedish football (soccer) club Friska Viljor F.C. in Division III Norrland (league). Season begins May 3.  He has also accepted the offer of admission at American University School of International Service for the International Development Program. Ian will defer until a January 2015 start date in order to play the season with Friska Viljor.

Chris Goodman has been named an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of the Ozarks.

Jennifer Smith accepted a job as a member of the Social Work team at Arkansas Children's Hospital.


Elana Harrison accepted a position as a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.


Sara Hales was selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Italy.

Collin Radack was drafted in the twentieth round to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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