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Dr. Morriss Henry and his wife Ann are the 2017 Wes Gordon "Golden Deed" recipients. The Wes Gordon Golden Deeds Award recipients are people who have gone above and beyond to make Fayetteville, AR a better place to work and live.


Pat McGill Lile was named a Community Champion in the 2017 Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame.


Ann Manasco Averitt has written a children's book, Suzie Belle and the Dress Dilemma.  It was illustrated by Les Galusha '96 and published by Infinity Publishing Company.

Anne Keightley Moskow presented a paper "Educating for Peace" at the Peace in Africa Conference May 7-10, 2017, at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Also, she was part of a delegation to Oaxaca, Mexico, with Witness for Peace June 18-27, to participate in meetings with social justice programs and with migrants making their way from Central America to the U.S. border and discuss issues that dealt with education, migration and mineral extraction.

Jonathan Wolfe retired from faculty of UAMS College of Pharmacy as Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice and received Bowl of Hygeia Award from the American Pharmacy Association in the summer of 2016. 


David Fayad retired from his teaching career and lives in Pinehurst, NC.

Joe Purvis has been named by peers as Best Lawyers in America as well as Super Lawyers of the Mid South in area of workers compensation.


Jay Critz retired as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. 


Dr. Linda Gannaway recently published her first book, The Power of Life Lessons: How to Learn Your Lessons and Create the Life You Want.  After retiring from a thirty-year career as a counselor, instructor, and administrator at several universities, she is now starting a new adventure as an author, consultant, and motivational speaker.


M. Jane Case Hawkins wrote a picture book, A Truck Named Tony

Dr. Richard Livingston is working part-time as Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UAMS and living in Little Rock.


Mike Mills has been inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame for 44 years of impact by starting/expanding the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca.


Charles Feild, M.D. is retiring from UAMS, Department of Pediatrics, and Arkansas Children's Hospital medical staff. He will continue as an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital.  

Ann Laux Turney is the Development Director at Blackbird Academy of Arts in Conway.


Michael Henze retired from Lake Regional Health System after serving as Chief Executive Officer for 27 years.  


Scott Lewis is Senior Legal Counsel at Ensono, LP, a Chicago based IT managed services provider with offices in Downers Grove, IL, Conway, AR, and London.


Tony Hilliard was sworn in as president of the Arkansas Bar Association.


Theo Bunting announced his retirement as group president of Entergy's utility operations.

Chuck Harder of Benton has been appointed to deputy attorney general for the Public Protection Department.

Michael Stigall is the Vice President of Compliance and Quality Assurance at OmniComm Systems, Inc.


Paulette Luker has been named CFO of the Year for Large Non-Profits by the Memphis Business Journal. 


David Clemmons won the 2017 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament and the $100,000 prize. He has qualified to participate in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions at a future date.


Carrie Moore Bourdow was appointed to the board of directors of Nabriva Therapeutics.

Dr. David Scurlock recently opened his own private Family Practice office, Piedmont Medical Associates, in Brookhaven, GA.


Dr. John Branch, EdD, received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. 

Pam Hackbart-Dean will be inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.  

Connie Hickman Tanner has been announced Chief Progam Officer, Child Welfare and Juvenile Law, by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Roderick Terry had photographs featured in a new exhibition, More Than A Picture, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Dr. Mary Nell Ford joined Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic and will practice internal medicine.


Dr. Jerry Bridges is the new owner of Town & Country Animal Hospital in Little Rock.


J.R. Andrews has been named the Director of Planned Giving for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dr. Regan S. Gallaher has joined the medical staff of Conway Regional Health System and has begun practicing at the Conway Regional Neuroscience Center.


Phillip Reid received his PhD in history from Memorial University, Newfoundland Canada. 


Melody Hurdle Eagan has been named the new managing partner for Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC. Eagan will be the first woman to lead the prominent Birmingham litigation firm.

Dr. Beth Gage Maris was named the Little Rock School District's 2017 Teacher of the Year/Dr. Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year. 

Becky Jenkins Nowell, M.D. was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS/Arkansas Children's Hospital. 


Allison Cornwell has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)


Wendy Anderson joined SparkCognition at the General Manager, Defense & National Security.

Cynthia Eckley-Schuch was the first alumna to be inducted into the Hendrix chapter of Psi Chi. 

Dr. Jason Burke Murphy was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy at Elms College in Western Massachusetts. He published "Plato, Habermas, and the Demonic Cobb" in a recent book, The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan, and had poetry published in the Dead Mule Literary Review. He also had photographs published in THAT Literary Review, Meat for Tea, Freeze Ray, and Blinders Literary Journal


Tim Hicks has been named chief administrative officer and executive director of investor relations at Bank of the Ozarks of Little Rock.


Rob O'Connor has been promoted to Vice President for Marketing Communications at Hendrix College.


Brian Delavan won First Place in the Young Scientists Excellence Award competition at the 2017 MCBios annual conference for his presentation “Drug Repurposing for LEOPARD Syndrome by Integrating Chemical Structure and Genomics Based Approaches”.  He will also present at the Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in June 2017.

Stephanie Doss-Robertson is Director of Clinical Services at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham, Mass.  She oversees the Department of Mental Health community based services. 

Daniel Ellis is the revival stage director for the European debut of Sir David McVicar's opera production of Berg's Wozzeck at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Genève, Switzerland from March 2 - 14, 2017. 

Amy Meredith Forbus joined the Office of Marketing Communications at Hendrix as Communications Director.

Amy Ruple Jordan is the new principal of Bob and Betty Courtway Middle School.


Jennifer Wethington Merritt is now Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Arkansas Office of the Attorney General. 


John W. Ahlen IV has been named deputy bank commissioner for the Arkansas State Bank Department.

Stephanie Bisulco is a scientist at Pfizer.

Erin Gibbs was named Chief of Operations for the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Michael Hargis was named Interim Provost at the University of Central Arkansas.


Dr. Kate Helms was honored with the 2017 University Recreation Outstanding Alumna Award during the NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Annual Conference. 


Brian Bowen has been named deputy attorney general for the Arkansas State Agencies Department.

Laura Hanlon is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Hendrix. 

Rob Mays is a full principal at the the Van Winkle Law Firm.

Dr. Lauren Turnbow was inducted into Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame in Lawrence County, AR.  Lauren played basketball at Walnut Ridge High School and Hendrix College.


Laura Keech Allen is the new executive director of the South Arkansas Arts Center. 

W. Richard Counts accepted a new position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academics at Arkansas State University-Beebe.

Amanda C. Dupree accepted a new position as the Associate General Counsel of ePlus.

Ben Goodwin is the new director of Our House in Little Rock. 

Dr. Maureen McClung was awarded the Judy and Randy Wilbourn Odyssey Professorship at Hendrix College.

Jonea Rima has been named new head coach for the Midway University volleyball program.


Brandon Bates is the new Director of Youth Ministries at First Church in Little Rock. 

Elizabeth Fite was re-elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

Tanya Corbin Holmes was promoted to Senior Director, Legal for ALSAC the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and was named to Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 list. 


Jessica Duke Alexander had a press article published regarding one of her research projects "What is Vocal Fry?"

Laura Legih Hampton Oyler has accepted a new role with RAI Innovations leading the group's advocacy and outread efforts.

Stephanie Smittle performed in Dr. Karen Griebling's latest recording, Fractal Heart.


Jeremy D. Dickerson is the new Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admission at Hendrix College.

Dr. Stephen Routon joined Radiology Consultants in Little Rock.


Hamilton Mitchell was appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees for Eastern District of Arkansas.

Barrett Moore is now an equity partner in the Blair & Stroud law firm in Batesville. 


Kim Barrett is the new Chief of Staff for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development at District of Columbia Public Schools. 

Erin Walker is now the Director of Development and Communications for Innocence Project Northwest, the only nonprofit organization that frees innocent prisoners in Washington State.


Amanda Brooks recently accepted a position in communications at ESPN, managing PR for ESPN's College Networks. 

Jamie Jennings Feldman joined The Toro Company as a Senior Embedded Software Engineer.

Laura Hutchison, a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University, will attend the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, as a regular member with the Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship this 2017-2018 academic school year.  

Ash McLain accepted a new position as the Traditions East Community Coordinator at The University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Ash completed her Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education at OU in 2011 and is excited to be back at OU in her new role.


Claire Allison is the new Assistant Director for the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Laura Broederdorf MacDonald was the awarded the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship at Hendrix College. 

Dr. Erica Siebrasse accepted a new position as the Postdoctoral Affairs Specialist at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August 2017


Amy Hicks DeVooght is the new Circulation Manager for Bailey Library at Hendrix.

Matthew Malecha started a game company called Trailhead Games with four partners.

Thomas E. Robins has joined the Saxton & Stump law firm in Harrisburg, PA as an associate attorney, with a focus on labor and employment, construction litigation and health care litigation. 

Meredith Strong Moore has been hired as an associate attorney at Rainwater Holt & Sexton in Little Rock. 


Jake Brooks graduated in 2014 from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR, with a certificate in environmental and natural resource law. He is an environmental and land use attorney with the law firm Bricklin & Newman in Spokane, WA.      

Taylor Kidd is Director of Development - Major Gifts at Southwestern University.

Steve Weingold graduated from Cornell Law School in 2014 and joined the New York office of  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He become an amateur wedding officiant, performing weddings for fellow 2011 alums, Jake Brooks and Nicole Seager. 

Darcy Wilkins is a Production Assistant for the National Geographic Channel in Washington, DC. She currently is helping a producer gather stock footage and b-roll for an upcoming show called "Making a Dictator."

Evan Zimmerman returned to work at American Bridge 21st Century in Washington D.C., with fellow Hendrix alums, Elizabeth Price '07 and Mitch Harle '16.  


Colin Bagby was ordained as an Elder by the United Methodist Church Arkansas Conference.

Kent Dunson is the Associate Director of Development for the Olin Business School at Washington University.

Meredith Miles Jennings received her PhD in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami in August 2017 and recently began a science policy fellowship with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Gulf Research Program at host office Harris County Public Health in Houston Texas.

Kyle Raskin has been named the Director of Finance for the Kannapolis Intimidators.


Chad Binns was awarded a second year of a research fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and is working at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Maggie DesPain Dunson teaches 7th grade English and is the field hockey and girls’ lacrosse coach at the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School.

William Haden-Chomphosy is a Visiting Instructor of Economics at Hendrix. 

Allison Helm graduated from Spalding University with a masters in Teacher Leadership and Technology Integration and is beginning her second masters in Mild and Moderate Learning Disabilities at Georgetown College.

Trey Kalbaugh graduated with a doctorate degree in dental surgery from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.


Emily Brown has been named one of the 2017 McLarty Scholar recipients. 

Daniel Durbin received his graduate degree from the University of Denver in May and is working at Our House as Grants Coordinator.

Colton Primm is the Director of Development for the University of Central Arkansas Athletics Department.

Kallie Simmons accepted a Fellowship with Arkansas Teacher Corps and will be teaching in the Delta starting this fall.

Joseph Stepina joined the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service class of 2019. He also is pursuing a degree at the UALR Bowen School of Law. 

Blake Tierney earned the Trinity Fellowship to attend Marquette University where he will work towards a Master of Arts in Public Service with a specialization in Nonprofit Sector Administration. He will serve as a Fellow, Coordinator of Special Projects, at United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) during the school year.

Allison Tschiemer joined the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service class of 2019. She also is pursuing a degree at the UALR Bowen School of Law.  

Emily Williams graduated with a M.Ed in Higher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jeremy Williams is an analyst in public finance at Citi in New York. 


Austin Nelson graduated in May 2017 from Baylor University with an M.P.P.A. degree, and he won the Department of Political Science's Richard D. Huff Award for a distinguished master's student. In August 2017, he entered the Law and Government Program (J.D./Ph.D.) at the University of Texas at Austin with a teaching assistantship in the Department of Government and a Dean's Presidential Scholarship in the School of Law. 

Jasmine Welch-Beardsley graduated in May 2017 from the University of Arkansas with a M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis. She will be working as a consultant at Arkansas Support Network, providing intensive early intervention for preschoolers with autism.


Sean Alexander is a Research Fellow at the National Constitution Center.  

Jared Carver has been named a financial analyst for Stone Bank in Little Rock. 

Emily Nichols graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Science and plans on teaching science in Northwest Arkansas.

Travis Rabun has been hired as the assistant lacrosse coach and offensive coordinator for the Creighton University Bluejays.


Ashley Baker joined the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club in the Southeast Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League. 

Symone Bennett joined the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club in the Southeast Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League. 

Barrett Goodwin is working at Apptegy in Little Rock as a Researcher and Content Producer for their Marketing team, writing about trends in education policy for education administrators and the general public. 

Anushah Jiwani is the Content Specialist for the Hendrix College Office of Marketing Communications.

Troy Koser is working at the University of Georgia-Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study.

Sydney Ozersky has been named to the Jewish Sports Review's Softball All-America Team.

Seth Peters, has led Finnish football team, the Steelers, to thier first league championship since 2009 and earned MVP honors as the team quarterback. 

Sami Sexton published Getting the Best Teachers Where They Are Needed Most through the Arkansas Policy Program (APP). 

Samantha Stockdale joined the Hendrix College Office of Admission as a new Counselor.

Mattie Thacker is working at Our House as Children's Program VISTA.

Dayton Winn  is a running back and special teams player for the Copenhagen Towers, a professional team in the Danish American Football League.  

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