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2015 - 2016
Updates received after February 10, 2015.
Dr. George Mitchell, former president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has been named to the 2016 class of inductees for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.
Dr. Joe Bates was inducted into the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Hall of Fame.
Ed Milburn received the Golden Eagle Award from the Westark Area Council
of the Boy Scouts.
Pat Couch Laster has published a
sequel to her debut novel, A Journey of Choice. The new title is Her Face in
Bob Nelson has been elected an Honorary Member of the Arkansas Academy
of Civil Engineers. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from
Columbia University, and retired as Senior Vice President at AFCO Steel in Little
Dr. Joe Hollyfield was a primary organizer of the 16th Symposium on Retinal
Degeneration that convened at the Asilomar Convention Center, Pacific Grove, CA
in July 2014. Initiated in 1984, each of these biennial meetings is accompanied
by a proceedings volume, which Joe co-edits. Collectively, these publications
chronicle the progress of retinal degenerations research over the last three decades.
Dr. Jerry Robbins, dean emeritus of the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, received recently from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP) the William Chandler Bagley Award for Leadership Excellence. The Bagley Award is made once every two years to a KDP member who has demonstrated sustained effort in leadership excellence in the education profession at the local and national levels. He was also inducted into the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt chapter of KDP.
Sid McCollum was recently elected president of the Association of Attorney-Mediators,
a national organization of licensed attorneys from 24 states who are
also experienced mediators.
Mike Smith is currently teaching at Memphis Northside High School on a
Fresh Start Team teaching economics, government, and AP human geography.
Dr. Dayne Hassell is in his second career in anesthesiology, completing
thirteenth year with Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Rev. David Moose was honored by the Crittenden County Christian Coalition
with their Martin Luther King, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Joe Besharse, the Marvin Wagner Professor, chair of the
department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, and research director of
the Eye Institute was honored by The Medical College of Wisconsin with a Distinguished Service Award, MCW’s highest faculty and
staff honor, at its annual convocation ceremony.
Dr. Aubrey Hough was named a University Professor by The University
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He is the first UAMS faculty member
to receive the honor.
Dr. Michal Anne Keightley Moskow presented a paper entitled “The Role
of Video, Movies and Fiction in Memorializing and Educating about Genocide” at the
International Conference on Bangladesh Genocide and Justice in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. J. Scott Darwin received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Preservation Advocacy from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas for championing
preservation of the 1936 V.C. Kays House, home of the ASU founder Victor C. Kays.
Dr. Justin Tull has just completed his six book, Vital Preaching: The
Art of Sharing God's Word. He has recently become a life coach with an ACC from
the International Coach Federation.
Dr. Cathy Christie has artwork displayed in an online registry sponsored
by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The
works of art will be featured on the company's website for the next two years.
Jan Dice is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Dallas,
TX specializing in career counseling/executive coaching who was featured in the
Dallas Morning News with retirement and life planning tips.
Dr. Doug Graydon has retired after practicing 42 years in family dentistry.
Alice Lynn Baker Greenwood has an exhibit of her artwork, titled "The
Beauty of Change," on display through April 10 in the P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery
inside the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts on the Cottey College campus.
Margaret Shelley Blohm was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club
of Dearborn. A Rotarian since 1994, she served as 2010-11 Club president and 2014-15
chair of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation. She currently serves as a trustee of
www.LaunchDetroit.org, a Rotary micro
loan finance program for entrepreneurs in Detroit.
Dr. Gordon Bolar, the General Manager of WMUK radio, will retire June 30.
Gary Ingram has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in Labor &
Employment Law for 2014 and awarded the 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" (Dallas) in Labor &
Employment Law Litigation by Best Lawyers in America ratings service based upon
peer recognition surveys.
Jim Barnett was awarded the Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award
for his vast contributions to the city of Natchez, MS.
Robert B. White, M.D. F.A.C.P. was recently appointed to the position
of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine by the New York Institute of Technology
College of Osteopathic Medicine, in anticipation of the opening of NYIT College
of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, scheduled for
Dr. Robin Rumph was honored for career contributions to the field of behavior analysis by the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Kent Chrisman is Co-Editor of the
SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education (2016). This is a three-volume reference work in both
print and digital formats.
Glenn Dalton will join Corizon Health as interim Chief Human Resources
Officer and remain a managing partner of the RKD Group.
Richard Petty, MBA will join the School of Social Work at Boston College
as Research Professor and Executive Director of the National Resource Center for
Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS).
David L Becton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS, and Chief of Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology at Arkansas Children's Hospital, was invested as the inaugural
recipient of the Lawerence Schmieding Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology Oncology
in a ceremony at Arkansas Children's Hospital on May 26, 2015.
Max McCalman, one of the country’s best-known cheese experts, has a cheese
and wine pairing app now available free on iTunes.
Marilyn Smith Rumph received her Ph.D. in school psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Janet Udouj retired from practicing medicine in December 2015.
Frank Cox has accepted a new role as CEO of Little Rock-based Crossbound
Interactive Marketing, which provides digital marketing and advertising services.
Mark Jacob was promoted to associate managing editor for metropolitan
news at the Chicago Tribune.
Karen Moore is directing Livin' Fat at TheatreWorks in Memphis,
Danny Grace and his band The Frontier Circus recently released a new album,
Made in Japan.
Scott Alley relocated to Perth, Australia in July 2014 as Director of
Sales and Marketing-Subsea Production Systems/Asia Pacific-Middle East with OneSubsea,
a Cameron Schlumberger Company.
Mark Robertson recently won a 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award for his contributions at ABC News for the production of the story Bruce Jenner: The Interview.
Kathy Waters Seal has retired from being an elementary music teacher.
Nancy Shilling graduated from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern
Methodist University with a Masters of Theological Studies.
Dean Watts was installed as Area 4 Representative of the Arkansas Pharmacists
Association (APA) at its 133rd Annual Convention. Deans is president of Dean’s
Pharmacies, Inc. in Stuttgart, DeWitt and Marianna.
Rev. Stephen Coburn is the District Superintendent of the Northwest District
of the Arkansas Annual Conference.
Bret Jones appeared on Britain's Got Talent with his all men's dance group,
Old Men Grooving.
Lee Puckett retired after a 30
year career as an electrical engineer at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville.
Jennifer Horne wrote an article,
"Sara Mayfield: A Woman of Her Times," based on a book that she is writing
about Mayfield, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Alabama Heritage
magazine, and her new book of poems, "Little Wanderer," will be published
in March 2016 by Salmon Poetry.
Jay Kutchka recently joined Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Redd
of Fort Smith.
Dr. Derek Lowe and his blog "In the Pipeline" were featured in an article by Forbe's Magazine.
Miah Frazer Michaelsen has been named deputy director of the Indiana
Arts Commission in Indianapolis, IN.
Rev. Wayne Clark has accepted the positions of Associate Vice President
for Development and Dean of the Chapel at Hendrix College.
Dr. Joe Thompson received the Outstanding Career Public Servant at the
State Level award by the American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis Awards
for Outstanding Government Service.
Rev. John Windsor recently obtained professional certifications in Project + (project management)
and CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator). He is the first person ever
to have passed the CWNA examination while still a student. He is currently working
on an associate's degree at Century College in the Saint Paul, Minnesota area.
Sheri Bylander was an editor on THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, which premieres
July 15. An episode she cut, Super Great Daddy Day, can be streamed on Hulu
Carrie Moore Bourdow has been appointed as senior vice president and chief
commercial officer for Trevena, Inc.
Natalie Canerday was inducted into the 2016 Annual Beaux Arts Academy.
Julie McCoy will be the head coach for the Women's Eagles Sevens Rugby
team leading them into the 2016 Olympic Games.
Holly Lodge Meyer was appointed to Arkansas’s 16th Judicial District,
2nd Division Circuit Court.
Aubrey Nixon recently joined
Enterprise Financial Group as a Regional Manager. EFG is headquartered in Little Rock and
provides customized financing and leasing solutions to clients throughout the
Southeastern and Southwestern United States.
Scott Schallhorn was elected to a two-year term as incoming
president of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.
Dr. Scott Stanley has accepted a new position as Associate Professor and Director of Psychiatric Medicine Residency at Unity Health, a satellite program of Kansas City University for Medicine in Searcy.
Tad Bohannon has been named CEO of Central Arkansas Water.
Jimbo Gill has recently signed a multi-year sponsorship with the HOKA
ONE ONE shoe company in addition to his other running sponsors, Clif Bar and Injinji
Dr. John Hyatt has joined Monitoring Analytics, the Independent Market Monitor for PJM.
Dr. Travis Langley was an invited speaker at the spring conference of
the Southwestern Psychological Association. He has two books out in 2015: The
Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Deadin summer and Star Wars
Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind in fall.
P. Luevonda Ross received the Woman of the Year Award by the Monticello/Drew
County Chamber of Commerce and the Monticello Economic Development Commission.
Rev. Scott Shafer is serving his 2nd
year as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, AR. He
also serves as a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he was recently
promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Jay Barth received a humanitarian award by Just Communities of Arkansas.
He was inducted into a council of Natural State illuminati.
Dr. John Byrd won the American
Association for Cancer Research Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research which recognizes outstanding
achievements in clinical cancer research. As the 21st Annual Award recipient, John delivered his award lecture titled “Targeting BTK in CLL: A New Treatment Paradigm” at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rev. Keith Coker has been appointed Pastor of First United Methodist Church
in England, Arkansas, and continues as Assistant Pastor at First United Methodist
Church in Conway, Arkansas.
Dr. Don Hertzog has been appointed Vice President, Early Lead Identification
with Abide Therapeutics.
Dr. Art Gillaspy is the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology and
Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas and was recently promoted to the
rank of Professor.
Karl Serbousek received his masters of Science Engineering from the University
Mike Steely has left the non-profit world after launching The Venture
Center, a non-profit entrepreneurial foundation in conjunction with the Little Rock
Technology Park, to co-found the digital marketing firm Sparkible Idea Company in
John Wyvill received the Charles Comp Award from the Nebraska Association
of the Deaf at its bi-annual meeting in June 2105 in recognition of outstanding
contribution to and promotion of the Nebraska Association of the Deaf.
Hawkins has accepted a
pharmacist position at UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy and is a bilingual spanish
pharmacist consultant for EDoc America.
Randy Peterson has joined the Academic Affairs staff at Hendrix College as the first
Director of Institutional Research.
Ronda Edmondson Spivey
began law school in August of 2015. She is
a member of the Nashville School of Law, class of 2019.
Joanna Crump is the Corporate Librarian at FamilyCare Health in Portland,
Bob Edwards is President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Glen Hooks is the chairman of the Sierra Club's Chapter Directors group, a post in which
he works to more effectively coordinate efforts between state directors across
the country and the national Sierra Club.
Veronica Thessing Rowe is receiving one of prestigious scholarships given by Texas Woman's University at the 14th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon. Veronica is currently pursuing a doctorate in occupational therapy from Texas Woman's University.
Michele Simmons Allgood was selected to participate in Leadership Arkansas,
Dr. Tony Caver was promoted to Vice President, Medical Affairs at Medivation, Inc. He is responsible for global field Medical staff which provides support of development and post-marketing trials related to oncology products without portfolio.
Dr. Renee Holmes Cole has been named as a 2015 American Chemical Society
Fellow, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the science and profession
and service to the ACS community.
John McGraw is director of the Faulkner County Library. He will oversee
the branches in Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Mount Vernon, Twin Groves and Vilonia.
Cliff Keheley was promoted to the City Manager for the City of Mesquite
Dr. Amanda Moore McBride has been appointed as dean to the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work.
Dr. Jason Murphy has published an essay in an anthology called Football
and the Boundaries of History Edited by Brenda Elsey and Stanislao Pugliese.
"Football" here refers to "soccer". The essay is titled "On Virtue, Irony
and Glory: the Pitch and the People". It is a philosophy of sport piece that seeks
to explain some of the power soccer can have over the viewer.
Lucien Parsons has accepted a position as the Head of Services for
Metaverse Mod Squad, which provides remote Community Moderation, Customer Service,
and Social Media services through a virtual network of Mods around the globe.
Mark Wilson is the Marketing Director at
the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club.
Jason Cornwell owns and runs a successful reality television casting company
with over 300 shows. He recently started a production company, Smartmonkey Productions,
and sold the first few televisions shows which will begin shooting in Sept. 2015.
Dr. Greg Eow has been named the new Associate Director for Collections
in the MIT Libraries. He will begin his appointment in August 2015.
Dr. Jay Pickering will be principal of the new west Little Rock middle school in the Little Rock School District.
Suzanne Sisson Alstadt received her doctorate in Public Administration
conferred from Capella University's School of Public Service Leadership.
Randy Jackson was promoted to Senior Director of Asset Management at BSR
Trust LLC, a multifamily real estate company. His primary responsibility for
this role is the analyses and grading of the financial and physical health of the
BSR portfolio. These analyses will be used for strategic planning, budgeting, and
Rob O'Connor has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Marketing
Stephen Coler has created a unique site, stephencoler.com, that offers
ikebana video lessons, the only site recognized by the Ohara School of Ikebana in
Japan. Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. He now holds the title
of 1st Term Associate Masters Degree of the Ohara School of Ikebana, which has over
one million students throughout the world. Stephen is part of a handful of foreigners
who have studied exclusively in Japan and have achieved this high level of mastery.
Brian Delavan completed a Masters
of Public Health, with an emphasis in Biostatistics, in December 2015, earning
the degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In January
2016, he will enter the Bioinformatics PhD program, a joint program with the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for
Delavan completed her Masters of Science in Information Science,
graduating from the University of North Texas, College of Information, in
December 2015. Joanna is employed by the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences Library, with 2016 marking her 20th anniversary of employment with the
Dr. Dionne B. Jackson will become the College’s
first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.
Amy Dunn Johnson received the Marie Interfaith Civic Leadership Award, which recognizes leaders who mobilize people of different faiths and different segments of the community to address important issues and challenges facing Arkansas.
Dr. Kristen Kennedy, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral
and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, was the primary investigator
on a study recently published in NeuroImage which confirms behavioral findings
that verbal ability — the accurate memory of words and vocabulary — remains intact
during a lifetime while reasoning ability decreases in older adults. The study
has shed new light on which cognitive processes tend to be preserved with age and
which ones decline.
Stacey Parker Schuerman just celebrated three successful years of business
owning of her yoga studio, SunSpark Yoga. As a leader in the community, she
spoke at Chapman University for the TEDxChapmanU conference in July 2014 about the
benefits of using just five minutes of breathwork a day to change your life.
Rev. J.J. Whitney has accepted the position of Chaplain to Hendrix College.
Toni Gocke Wyre was named one of the "Women to Watch 2015" by Little
Rock Soiree Magazine In February she joined Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock as a senior associate and senior interior designer.
Tracy McKay Dixon released her sixteenth novel published by Penguin Random House in March 2016. Writing as Chloe
Neill, Midnight Marked is the twelfth book in the Chicagoland Vampires.
Dr. Jennifer L. Green recently accepted a new position at CITGO Petroleum
in Houston, TX. She is serving as the company's Quality and Additive Programs
Caroline West Nail is the new principal at Cowsert Elementary School.
Angel Johnson Belsey is the Governance and Knowledge Lead at the Home
Office HQ in London, England. She has also taken on the role of Commissioning
Manager at the various Home Office Junior Talent schemes.
Chris Nail is the principal of Mount Vernon-Enola High School.
Erin Buford Puryear has been chosen as the 2016 United States Public
Health Service (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award recipient.
This national award was established by the Assistant Surgeon General RADM and
PharmPAC to honor those students who demonstrate a commitment to public health
and public health practice.
Tammy Stamps-Heise recently defended her
dissertation titled "Ghost Dance Religion and National Identity" and completed
her Ph.D. in Religion at Florida State University. She is a Visiting Assistant
Professor of American Religions at the University of Wyoming.
Mark Wilson has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President and
Chief Credit Officer at First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
Heather Register Zbinden owns The Yarn Mart located in the Heights of
Little Rock, AR.
David Curran has been
selected as Associate General Counsel of the University of Arkansas System.
Beau Wilcox formed a new partnership for his legal practice in Conway,
Arkansas, with his longtime boss Bill Adkisson. Adkisson & Wilcox, LLP still
operates out of its location in downtown Conway, and prides itself on providing
an array of legal services in the areas of probate, estate planning, civil litigation,
transactional and contract law, family law, and other general matters.
Elsie Morris Bolton earned a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology
in August of 2015 and began work as a school speech pathologist with the West Memphis
Dr. Aaron Christopher is currently Vice President of Administration and Finance at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated in May 2015 from Claremont Graduate University with Ph.D. in Higher Education.
Jeannette Balleza Collins is the co-founder of the DeadFred genealogy
Dawn McCoy was recently awarded the Step Up Women's Network Luminary Member
of The Month, and as a No Kid Hungry advocate, was flown to Arkansas to witness
the power of No Kid Hungry in person. She also just debuted the #Dear15Me philanthropic
social media movement, encouraging adults to share their struggles, strengths and
stories of their teen years to inspire teens everywhere.
Robby Vogel was selected as a recipient of Arkansas Business's 40 Under
Beth Baily Bloch had an article chosen for
publication in the Southern University Law Review. The title is Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. McDonnell Douglas Remains
the Boss for Pretext Retaliation Cases Post-Nassar. A Look
at Foster v. University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Additionally, I have
been elected as the 2016-2017 Executive Editor of Southern University Law
Additionally, she has been elected as the 2016-2017 Executive
Editor of Southern University Law Review.
Jeffrey Benson became a Senior Program Leader for Landmark Worldwide,
a global training and development company based in San Francisco, CA.
Bryan Borland is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press.
All published titles have been acquired by the Library of Congress for housing in
the Rare Book and Special Collections Vault in Washington, DC. Bryan and his husband
(and co-publisher) Seth Pennington were invited to the Library of Congress in June
to speak and to witness the induction of the titles into the vault. All future titles
will also reside in the vault. In addition, Bryan's Sibling Rivalry Press became
the first publishing house to win Lambda Literary Awards for both Gay Poetry and
Lesbian Poetry when an SRP author won the Lesbian Poetry Award in June in a ceremony
in New York. Bryan was also named one of 12 Lambda Literary Fellows in Poetry for
Chrissy Jennings Chatham is the new Chief Executive Office for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.
David Scott Cunningham is the senior editor at the University of Arkansas
Paige Wilson Marcantel is the Director of the Universal Parenting Place
at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, TN. This is a new program
grounded in the ACE study and neuropsychological research on adverse childhood experiences
and current parenting behaviors.
Sara Arnold Milford graduated with an M.Div. from The University of the
South: The School of Theology in May 2015 and was ordained to the priesthood in
The Episcopal Church in September. She now serves as curate at St. Luke's in Hot
Jennifer Oyler-Olson was certified as a Child
Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in
Laura Beth Corless York joined the law office of Rainwater, Holt &
Sexton as their workers' compensation attorney.
Dr. GerShun Avilez is a tenured professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the English and Comparative Literature department.
Dr. Keith Berner, a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction psychiatry,
recently joined the medical staff of Springwoods Behavioral Health. He was a psychiatrist
at the Northwest Medical Center Behavior Unit in Springdale.
Elizabeth Fite of King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta was re-elected to
serve on the Executive Committee of the 47,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June
20 during the organization’s Annual Meeting.
Vanessa Norton McKuin was named in AY Magazine's 2016 Powerful Women feature.
Jamie Stocker spoke at the J. William Fulbright in International Perspective:
Liberal Internationalism and U.S. Global Influence conference. Jamie presented
"Liberal Critic or Critical Realist? Fulbright and the 1962-3 SFRC Investigation
of the Activities of Non-Diplomatic Representatives of Foreign Principals" which
was built on his 2015 article "Fulbright's Middle East: A Senator's Influence on
American Foreign Policy, Digest of Middle East Studies" in DOMES. The piece
examines Fulbright's views of and impact on U.S. policy toward the Middle East,
particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict. It contributes to the literature on the
history of U.S.-Middle East relations and the role of Congress in foreign policy.
Taryn Whittington was ordained a transitional deacon in May 2015 at the
Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. He is
expected to be an ordained priest in May 2016.
Sarah Razer Carnahan was recently selected
as a monthly contributor to The Hub, a blog with the Young Adult Library
Services Association. Articles have
ranged from an analysis of Dystopian literature, gendered booklists and the
adolescent reader, curriculum taught through musicals, to collection studies
and library trends.
Jeremy Davis has been elected to be a shareholder and member of the Management
Committee with American Safeguard Insurance (ASI).
Dr. Kevin Hayes, of Texarkana Cardiology Associates, is director of the electrophysiology lab at Christus St. Michael Health System.
Dr. James Horey joined CirrusPath Inc., a software company in Knoxville,
TN, as Vice President of Analytics in October 2014. CirrusPath develops Cirrus Insight,
rated the #1 app for integrating Salesforce with your Inbox.
Emily Manes Kincke started a YouTube channel called "Meade Kincke." She writes, films and edits the skits.
Dixon Parnell is now a Licensed
Professional Counselor in the State of Texas and has accepted the
position of Primary Therapist for Intensive Outpatient Programming at EatinG
Recovery Center Austin.
Jennifer Burkett Pittman was recently published in The Social
History of the American Family. Pittman’s article, “Southern Families,” provided
insight into life in the south.
Paul Woody completed his PhD in
Public Affairs from the University of Nevada.
Jon Alford is CFO at Denton Regional Medical Center.
Wesley A. Alford, PhD accepted a position as HR Sr. Consultant in Organizational
Development at UAMS
Cory Barbot has been promoted to Director of Global Search Marketing with
HomeAway.com in Austin, TX.
Dr. Wesley Beal published his book
Networks of Modernism through the University of Iowa Press.
Meade Kincke started a YouTube channel called "Meade Kincke." He writes, films and edits the skits.
Mike Nance received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for political philosophy research at Goethe University.
Dr. Shelby Osborne will join Swan Mountain Women’s Center this July, adding
a female OB/GYN to the practice’s team, in Summit County, CO.
Elizabeth Dulong Scott was promoted to partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld LLP in Dallas, TX. Her practice focuses on civil litigation matters, with an emphasis
on defending lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) and
representing public companies and their officers and directors in
securities and privacy litigation, internal investigations, and
regulatory investigations, and enforcement proceedings.
Ashley English Vickers co-founded The Charmed Root, a lifestyle box full of hand-picked gift items
that change each month. The Charmed Root is a simple way to gift the
special women in your life while also supporting small businesses. These items are meant to encourage, inspire and treat
the women of your village.
Ateca Foreman Williams is the Director of Constituent Services with the
Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Kathy Woerner Caffrey is now the Assistant City Manager for the City
of Cedar Park, Texas.
Dr. Christina Barnes Cooley has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor
of Organic Chemistry position at Trinity University starting in the fall of 2015.
Walker Dyer completed a Masters Degree in Nursing at UAMS in May 2014
and accepted a position with Northwest Health Systems in Springdale as a Family
Nurse Practitioner in August 2015.
Douglas Hutchings was selected as a recipient of Arkansas Business's 40
Under 40 award.
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.
Jamie Ball Williams is the new girls basketball and volleyball coach at Conway Christian School.
Eric Bell was hired as Director of
Corporate Development at Gannett, Co. Inc. to oversee M&A and strategic
Dr. Cassie Jackson Dyer completed medical residency in Pediatrics at Arkansas
Children's Hospital in June 2015 and accepted a position with Mercy Hospital in
Northwest Arkansas as a general pediatrician beginning mid-September 2015.
Ryan Johns is leading a project verification and close out for the first
two segments of the Honolulu Rapid Transit project, which will ultimately provide
20 miles of urban light rail along the southern coast of Oahu.
Dr. Mindy Eggert Loveless
completed her sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago and Northwestern University in June. In August, she started with the
Sports & Spine group at the University of Washington in Seattle.
J. Brad Moore was selected as a Rising
Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the second year in a row. He is a managing partner
and at the Frederick S. Wetzel, III, P.A. law firm in Little Rock.
Michelle McKenzie Moore has been named Project Director of the new
Hendrix Youth Institute, a summer program that will help high school students discern a call to ministry.
Nikki Russell Parnell was hired as the
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration at the Little Rock
Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Danielle Whitehouse has become a shareholder of the Gill Ragon Owen law firm in Little Rock, AR.
Michael Barth joined Epoch Men’s Health in Conway as a physician assistant.
Heath DeJean graduated from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and recently
joined the international law firm of Baker Botts in Houston, TX, as an associate
with the firm's corporate group.
Chris Foster was promoted to Operations Officer for the U.S. Border Patrol
at Headquarters under CBP / DHS in Washington, D.C.
Dan Tracy graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Dec. 2015 with a masters of Accountancy. He began working as an Audit Associate for KPMG in St. Louis, MO in Jan. 2016.
Morgan Ford Butler opened a private consulting firm - Red Oar Writing, Inc. - in October 2014. Red Oar Writing, Inc. now serves an international client base and specializes in professional branding, marketing and editing. Morgan and her husband also own TRS, which is based in North Little Rock, AR. TRS provides training and equipment to first response teams - fire, military, police - in boat operations, tactical training, safety, etc. TRS is also a proud trainer of the Miami FEMA Task Force team in boat operations for flood and swift water.
Jessica Crenshaw was accepted as an
Amazon Associates Author of Poetry. Her community outreach organization, the
Spartan City Poetry Club, will celebrate 5 years this April.
Amy Elkins is a completion fellow
this year at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory. She will graduate from
Emory with a PhD in English in May 2016.
Rev. Andrew Fiser was ordained as an elder in the Tennessee Conference
of the United Methodist Church. Andrew serves as the Director of Site Church and
Community Development at Project Transformation - Greater Dallas.
Dr. Patrick Ford graduated from
Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN on May 9, 2015, with a
Doctorate of Pharmacy. He then began post-graduate training as a PGY-1 Pharmacy
Practice Resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Katie McGowan will be a contestant on Spike TV's season 6 of Ink Master,
premiering June 23.
Erin Nixon graduated with a MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American
University in Washington, DC.
Margaret Rountree Renneisen graduated on May 30, 2015, with an MD
from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
Maggie Russell has developed her own business, M. Russell Art. Her
work has been featured in Trouve Magazine.
Becca Mayeux Foster completed a masters degree in Education Administration
from Texas A&M International University.
Zach Hunter, Zac Hale '12, and Trent Whitehead '12 won Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase during their band's, The Uh Huhs, performance at the Rev Room.
Alex Graddy-Reed received her PhD from the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill and started as an assistant professor at the University of Southern
California Price School of Public Policy.
Adrian Parreiras-Horta has joined the Administrative Office of the Courts
as a Software Engineer in Little Rock, AR.
Natalie Telchi is Practice Group Coordinator at Financial Services at Dechert LLP.
Sarah E. Dunaway is Assistant
Law Librarian for Reference Services at the Public Law Library of King County.
Allen Groue has graduated with an Master of Arts in Global Finance, Trade,
and Economic Integration from the University of Denver and completed a David L.
Boren Fellowship for a year of study in Indonesia.
Janson Hightower, the head coach of the Southwestern University men's basketball program, was named to the Coaches 30-Under-30 Team.
Meghan Joiner graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law. She works in Oklahoma for Xcaliber International,
Nathan Thomas selected to participate in Leadership Arkansas, Class X.
Nathan is an Educational Programs Associate at the Clinton Foundation. He
develops and coordinates K-12 educational programs of the Clinton Presidential Center
in Little Rock, Arkansas, in partnership with the National Archives.
Lauren Van Zandt received a MA in Public History from Duquesne University
in Pittsburgh, PA and she has accepted a job at the National Archives in College
Andrew Chesser accepted a position of Articles Editor with the George
Washington Law Review. He is in his second year of law school at GW Law.
Alexander Jones and his band, Bombay Harambee, released a cassette and a full-length LP.
Natascha Morris joined Simon & Schuster as an editorial assistant
for the Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books imprints.
Elizabeth Whittington is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Cy and Bette Carney
Scholarship, awarded for excellence in the Masters of Public Administration
Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently a Project
Coordinator at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, working to improve healthcare
transparency efforts in the state.
Darcy Wilkins won Best First-time Director at the Honolulu Film Awards
for her film "The Telling Tide." Darcy is a research assistant for the LSU
Sea Grant, which works to address coastal and marine challenges.
Jane Derrick started a new job in the Communications Department at Casady
School. Jane will manage the social media and digital communications of the school.
Kent Dunson is now the Associate Director of Annual Giving at Hendrix
Erin Ferriman has obtained her Masters of Social Work Degree and is preparing
to start a job providing clinical counseling to children in public schools.
Zac Hale, Trent Whitehead, and Zach Hunter '09 won Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase during their band's, The Uh Huhs, performance at the Rev Room.
Torey Hayward is the 2017 Jefferson Parish Public School System's High School Teacher of the Year. Torey teaches at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High.
Mary Claire Hyatt has been named a postgraduate Equal Justice Works Fellow
for 2015-2017. Hyatt, one of only 61 fellows selected from a nationwide pool of
candidates, is the first Bowen graduate to earn the distinction.
Anna Ragni, is one of four new students accepted
this 2015-16 academic year into the American Museum of Natural History's prestigious Ph.D. program for comparative
biology in New York. Anna will conduct research on primate and
hominin skeletal morphology.
Allison Sauls received the Fellowship Seminarian Award, which is administered
by The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and presented to
the graduating student who displays outstanding leadership in worship arts.
Jennifer Smith Tierney started a new
position as a school-based children's therapist in Conway elementary schools.
Drew Ahlgrim passed his exams to become a Certified Public Accountant.
Isabel Anderson received an Arkansas Teacher Corps fellowship and will
begin her first year as a 4th grade teacher at Little Rock Preparatory Academy in
Jordan Breckenridge will appear as Tybalt and other
characters in the Conway Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare and Prokofiev.
Michael Cathey was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in U.S. Marine
Rev. Lauren DeLano has accepted a position as Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Conway.
Kasey Hodges was named to
Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council.
Jonathan Howard is participating in a summer internship with ACUHO at
Federation University in Australia where he will be working in their student housing
department. Jonathan is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Higher Educaiton/Student
Personnel at the University of Mississippi.
Kim Lane is the new director of digital and entrepreneurial programming for the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
Cayla Thompson graduated with a
Masters in May 2015 and started a new job as a Residence Hall Director at the
Culinary Institute of America in August 2015.
Julie Wagner has been awarded the Excellence in Library and Information
Sciences Scholarship from the University of North Texas. She has started classes
to receive her Master's in Library Science.
Amelia Robert has
been selected to join the 2016-17 cohort of Albert Schweitzer Fellows. Albert
Schweitzer Fellowship recipients develop and implement community-based public
health initiatives serving vulnerable populations, while continuing their
graduate studies. Amelia's project seeks to prevent eating disordered behaviors
in retired women over 60. She is currently pursing a Masters in Public Health
at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA.
Jo Claire Robertson is a Marketing Consultant for Townsquare Media in
Will VanScoy finished his first year of law school at Columbia University
School of Law in New York City, NY.
Hannah French is an event and marketing coordinator at Camp Aldersgate.
Shelby Massey, along with economics professor Dr. Tom
Stanley, recently published a paper titled, “Evidence of nicotine replacement’s
effectiveness dissolves when meta-regression accommodates multiple sources of
bias,” in the Journal of Clinical
Epidemiology, a high impact medical research journal.
Austin Nelson won the Arkansas Political Science Association (ArkPSA)
Conference's Best Undergraduate Paper.
Dakota Pouncey was one of 20 young scientists from colleges and universities
across the United States who met with senators and representatives on Capitol Hill
to talk about the value of biomedical research.
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