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2019

Updates received after February 1, 2019.

1952

Richard "Dick" Farr has been honored by The Marquis Who’s Who in America Publications Board as a recipient of the Alfred Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  As an Honoree, Mr. Farr’s distinguished biography will be included in a forthcoming special edition recognizing the top 1 ½ percent of living Americans, based on exceptional lifetime career accomplishments and demonstrated unwavering excellence.

1958

Pat Couch Laster has published her fourth book, A Compendium of Journal Jottings: A Sourcebook for Writers, by Cahaba Press.  

1963

Mahlon Maris has been honored by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield for his for his nearly 50 years as a practicing primary care physician. A $1 million grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been made in his honor.  These funds will enable the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation to advance digital health statewide to provide patients better and more streamlined access to health care.

1972

Richard Livingston is lead author, “No Indians to Spare: Depression & Suicide in Indigenous American Youth,” Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics, July 2019. Retired from practice, April 1. Adjunct Professor, UAMS. Distinguished Life Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

1974

George Gleason has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Banking and Finance.

Mike Mills has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Quality of Life.

Bill Puddephatt has been named Arkansas Commercial Banker of the Year 2017 by The Risk Management Association (RMA) - Central Arkansas Chapter. 

1976

Jay Gandy has been named Associate Provost for the  Northwest Regional Campus by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

1978

Sam Ledbetter has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Legal.

1980

Keri Murphy Cauthron Cody has been appointed to The Arkansas Board of Pediatric Medicine by Governor Asa Hutchinson. She will serve until August 22, 2022.

Madison Murphy has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Quality of Life.

Jenifer K. Ward has been inaugurated as the 11th president of Luther College.  

Dean Watts was inducted as the 2019-2020 President of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association.

Bill Wisely recently retired from practicing law in Hot Springs where he has practiced since 1983.

1981

William Coutts II has been hired as Health and Wellness Coach at Healthy Choice Lifestyle.

Dee Davis Oberwetter received the 2019 Romance Writers of America Emma Merritt Service Award.

Karen Watson Reeves has received the 2019 Our Promise Community Service Award for her work with The Yoga Place.  This award is for her work to support the mission of Our Promise Cancer Resources in 
providing caring, professional support and education to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through social programs and educational services.

1983

Arlan "Andy" Andrews, Jr. retired from the United States Public Health Services after 30 years on Oct 31; then started working for Cherokee Nation doing the same thing on Nov 4.

Todd Conatser has completed his Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.

1984

Nancy Womack Mitchell received her Master of Nursing Science from UAMS College of Nursing.  She has has accepted a Psych-Mental Health APRN position at Chenal Family Therapy in Cabot.

Teri Thomas started a new position as National Account Manager at Interstate Batteries.

1985

Mandy Hull Abernathy has been named associate vice chancellor of human resources and human resources policy advisor to the chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Robin Dean started a new position as teaching faculty for at the Department of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Averie Nash has begun a new position as Unica Product Manager at HCL Technologies, HCL Software.

Aubrey Nixon completed two years of clinical pastoral education at UAMS and has been hired as the Chaplain for Good Shepherd Community.

1986

Tad Bohannon has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Industry Leaders.

Julia Busfield has begun a position as Coverage Counsel at EMC Insurance Companies.

Kim Cullum has been named the Bank CFO of the Year by Arkansas Business.

1987

Jay Barth was named the recipient of the Harold Jinks Democratic Man of the Year Award from the Democratic Party of Arkansas. 

Richard Bearden has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Government and Policy.

1988

Jaimie Alexander was selected to complete Leadership Texarkana, a year-long community leadership program and was recently honored by the organization at the year-end celebration.

Robert Coleman has joined SettlePou Law Practice and will be establishing offices based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mark Hamer has started a new position at TY Garments USA, LLC.

John Wyvill received a 2019 State of Nebraska Excellence in Leadership award for exceptional performance as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

1989

Shelley Henson Atkins began a new position as Regional Director at Onco360 Oncology Pharmacy.

Stephen Buck has started a new position as Solutions Architect at Selux Diagnostics, Inc.

Theresa Thrower Conley has been hired as medical director of Medical Center of South Arkansas Medical Withdrawal Management Program.

Susan Cosby Ronnenberg recently published Deadwood and Shakespeare: The Henriad in the Old West (McFarland, 2018) and A chapter in Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television (Emerald, 2019).

Bill Vickery has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Government and Policy.

1990

Karen Beller has been hired as Program Coordinator for Methodist Family Health in Batesville, Arkansas.

Michael Binz has joined Crypto Asset Rating as Corporate Adviser.

Eric Francis has been named as Interim Editor-in-Chief at Scout Magazine.

Jim Hudson has been named General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Kim Beard May started a new position as Clinical Supervisor at Healthy Living at Home.

Greg Thompson has announced the opening of a new art brokerage company:  Greg Thompson Fine Art, Inc. and Fine Art Investments, LLC.

Darrin Williams has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Banking and Finance.

Tim Zimmerman will serve as Deputy Director for the Army Review Board Agency.

1991

Catherine Huett Beckham has been named regional finalist for the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year honor.

Devon Cockrell started a new position as Plans Officer at U.S. Army Pacific.

Shannon Collier-Tenison has been named interim dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Joyce Holaway Fletcher received a promotion to Head of Delivery & Operations for Europe at Fidelity Information Services.

Tamara Havner received her graduate degree in Health Administration from the UAMS College of Public Health.

Kat Mangione-Swoape has earned a promotion to Associate Professor of Elementary Education and received tenure at Middle Tennessee State University.

Amy Olberding is a Presidential Professor of Philosophy at University of Oklahoma.  Her most recent book, The Wrong of Rudeness, appeared this year with Oxford University Press.  She also writes sometimes for online outlets such as Aeon, Chronicle of Higher Ed, and blogs.

Andrea Tompkins has been hired as an art outreach specialist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

1992

Ruth Eyres has begun a new position in the Teachers College at Henderson State University as Assistant Professor.

Mike Malone has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Quality of Life.

Mark Murphey Henry has made partner at Rose Law Firm.

Kimberly Miller recently assisted her firm, Halff Associates, develop a practice focused on making communities more resilient to the shocks and stresses of natural and manmade disasters.    She has spent the last twenty years in urban planning and is currently Principal Planner for Resilience with Halff Associates.

1993

Lesley Bingham has begun a new position as Information Security Analyst at Entergy.

Stephen Gillaspy has been named the new Senior Director for the Office of Health Care Finance, a joint office of APA and its companion organization APA Services, Inc. 

Jared Grigsby recently founded Peachtree Decision Analytics.

Gabriel Gullia started a new position as Global Account Executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mark Wilson started a new position as Sponsor and Exhibitor Coordinator at Imperious Expo, LLC.

1994

Brian Fitzpatrick started a new position as Community Engagement Coordinator with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Chris Morgan has been elected to the board of directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Michelle Pyle Paden, co-founder and President of Families Against Distractive Driving (FADD), received commendation by the State of Arkansas 92nd General Assembly for the work of the organization to end deadly distracted driving.

1995

Barkley Thompson won a silver medal IPPY Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in the Religion category for his book "In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God's Politics".  His work was recently awarded the Illumination Award gold medal in the Ministry category.

1996

Regina Lichti Binz has been recognized for her creation of the Holy Sews program.  The program provides layettes to more than 400 hospitals nationwide for stillborn premature infants or for premature babies in palliative care.

Mark Chambers has been promoted to Honorary Fellow at Durham University.

Joanna Bryant Delavan has been promoted to Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She continues to serve as Electronic Resources Librarian and Online Bookstore Administrator for UAMS and has recently added  Collections Librarian for Arkansas Children's Hospital to her duties.

Dionne Bennett Jackson has accepted a position as executive director for AR Kids Read.

Paul Nony has been promoted to Director of Toxicology and Occupational Health and Principal Toxicologist at CTEH Environmental Consulting.

1997

Tracy McKay Dixon has published her 21st book "The Beyond".  It is the fourth book in the NYT Bestselling New Orleans-based Devil’s Isle series.  

Jacob Hayward has been hired as the principal of Siloam Springs Middle School.

Jill Gieringer Lane has been promoted to Director of Finance and Administration at Krebs Brothers Restaurant Store.

Derrick Smith has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Legal.

Mark Ulmer has been promoted to Lead IT Process Analyst at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Kara Whatley was appointed the University Librarian at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  She started her new position in September 2019.

1998

Daniel Perrien has been made Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.

John Savage has begun a new position as Program Analyst at DC Department of Human Services.

1999

Mary Margaret Ratliff Gay has opened a new law office, Gay Jones & Kuhn law firm, in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Jessica Bartnik Saunders has begun a new position as Productions Operations Manager at Wiland.

2000

Jeanette Balleza Collins has been hired as Entrepreneurial Development Director by the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Chris Hansen was promoted to Senior Director Digital at TGI Fridays.

Dax McDonald started a new position as Director of Marketing at ATN International.

J. Alex Thompson received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The George Washington University in May 2019, and has accepted the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing with Marquette University.

Robert Wolfe has become a new partner at Little Rock accounting firm, FrostPLLC.

2001

John Beachboard has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Quality of Life.

Chrissy Jennings Chatham was recently promoted to Executive Director, Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation at Delta Dental of Arkansas.

Kendall Collier started a new position as Vice President of People at CognitiveScale.

Tina Hoffman started a new position as Account Executive with Minerals at Enverus.

Kate Matlock has been made Deputy Managing Director - Digital Innovation at BCW Global.

Brooke Augusta Ware has begun a position as attorney with Mann & Kemp, PLLC.

2002

Elizabeth Fite was installed as treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia on June 8, 2019 during the organization’s Annual Meeting.

Trent Kelly has been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for personal injury.  This honor is bestowed on less than 2.5% of all lawyers.

Faith Pippin started a new position as Senior Spanish Instructor at Fluent City and Spanish GED Instructor at Spanish Education Development Center.

2003

Jessica Duke Alexander received tenure, was promoted to Associate Professor, and was awarded the Bill and Sarah James Eminent Scholars Endowed Chair at Centenary College. 

K. Chad Clay was promoted to Associate Professor of International Affairs with tenure at the University of Georgia in Fall 2018.  Clay will take over as the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia in Summer 2019.

Paul Woody has been hired as the Vice President for Business Development by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Pittman Ware has been promoted to National Account Executive at Team SI.

2004

Wesley Beal served as a 2018 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. He is now an associate professor of English at Lyon College.

Ateca Williams Foreman has been named to the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 2019 class.

Kelly Robbins has begun a new position as Medical Research Editor at UAMS Science Communication Group.

Anna Patterson Strong has transitioned to a new position as Executive Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Jennifer Davis Stuart has begun a new position as Employee Benefits Consultant at Risk Services of Louisiana, Inc.

2005

Leighanne Hillman Alford has accepted a position in the Office of Development at the Colorado State University College of Liberal Arts.

Wesley Alford was named Assistant Director of Professional Development at Colorado State University Extension.

Dawn Branch has begun a new position as Coordinator, Technology Group at NBC Universal Media, LLC.

Patrick Brown began a new position as Assistant Professor, Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Vanessa Young Cope has been named Customer Vice President at Campbell Soup Company.

Douglas Hutchings has been named director of the Arkansas Research Alliance Academy of Scholars & Fellows.

Marquita Little Numan has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Quality of Life.

2006

Cara Boyd-Connors has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Legal.

Thomas Christie has begun a new position as Lead Learning Engineer at Edmentum.

Sebastien David was recently promoted to International Liaison and project Director at Clarion Events.

Julie Gunderson has collaborated with Dr. Robert Eoff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to receive a $1.2-million grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a study titled 
“Replication of G-quadruplex DNA by translesion polymerases.” The project is jointly funded by the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). 

Kalynn Hendrix-Estrada graduated with her PharmD in 2012 and began employment at CVS Pharmacy as pharmacy manager in September 2016.  She was named Paragon (highest award honored to managers), within first year with the company.

Nikki Parnell has been named the Nonprofit/Public Sector CFO of the Year by Arkansas Business.

2007

Ainsley Echeverria is attending Child, Family, and School Psychology (Ed.S.) program at University of Denver-Morgridge College of Education.

Hunter Gibbs has joined UAMS as Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Units at the Psychiatric Research Institute.

Samantha Magnuson Kish has completed her Master of Science in Library Science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

Lizzy Price has been promoted to Director of Restore Public Trust, a public interest group focused on exposing corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of government.

Terryn Weygandt Lawrence is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Mina.

Jeremy Young has started a position as Partner Manager at Huntress Labs.

2008

Maggie Hobbs Benson will chair the initial Public Service Academy, presented by the Arkansas Bar Association and University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Sam Freyaldenhoven presented his abstract Characterization of Whole Chromosome Alterations in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma at the 99th American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Annual Meeting. 

Stephen Jackson has begun a new position as chemist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Sam Kauffman has received the Jeffrey Ledbetter Young Democrat Award from the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

Alison McKeever has started a new position as Collection Development Assistant at Central Arkansas Library System.

Alexis Reddig has completed her Post-Doctoral Residency at Fulton State Hospital and has accepted a psychologist position with the hospital beginning Fall 2019.

2009

Elaine Frigon has started a new position as Law Clerk for the Court of Appeals of Arkansas.

Sara Hunter began a new position as Manager, Online Marketing at Veritas Technologies LLC.

Erin "Bee" Lyons started a new position as Capital Habeas Unite Paralegal at Federal Community Defender Office - Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

2010

Julie Champlin-Ligouri has been made Senior Coordinator, Global Programs at Monash University.

Janson Hightower was recently named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Sara Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Technical University Dortmund (Germany).  Her recent research has focused on synergies from geographic clustering of literary artists in historical UK and Ireland utilizing a unique, purpose-built dataset spanning 300 years of literary production.

Brendan Moore graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Natalie Ramm has been hired as an associate attorney at Dover Dixon Horne in Little Rock.

Katie Rice-Guter has begun a position as Instructor at Washington University in St. Louis.

2011

Sarah Beth Bell earned a PhD in Social Psychology in 2019.  She now works as a statistician at the University of Oklahoma.  

Jake Brooks began a new position as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General's Office. 

Andrew Chesser has started a new position as Attorney Advisor for the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals.

Anthony Lucio completed his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Florida A&M University and has relocated to Denton, TX for his wife, Colleen Mayo '11
to begin her PhD in English with a concentration in creative writing at the University of North Texas. 

Blake Whicker has been promoted to Senior Logistics Capabilities Manager at Microsoft.

Evan Zimmerman has been promoted to Information Technology Business Analyst and Administrator at National Council on Aging.

2012

Mary Kathryn Allison completed her Doctor of Philosophy, Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the UAMS College of Public Health.

Torey Hayward, Jr. has been selected as the inaugural vice principal of Young Audiences Charter High School in Gretna, Louisiana.

Billy Hyatt completed his Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences at the UAMS Graduate School.

Harrison Lowder graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Asif Patel has been promoted to Director at KPMG US accounting firm.

Anna Ragni started a new position as Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History.

Jacquelyn Tagariello has begun a position as Psychotherapist with Brooklyn Counseling Services Group and All About Kids.

Meredith Wallus started a new position at Chesnut Health Systems as Case Manager.

2013

Megan Beruldsen is a Humanities teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado.

Chad Binns graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Julia Cook started a new position as Digital Marketing Specialist, Digital Experience at Avalara.

Ben Flotken has started a new position as Product Designer at Eastman Chemical Company.

Kim Lane has begun a new position as Career Connections Consultant at Facebook.

2014

Jordan Akin graduated Seminary with a Masters of Divinity May 2019.

Kathryn Armstrong has been named the Jacksonville High School 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.

Reade Huddleston will become the head of production at Headfame Spirits in Butte, Montana.

Miriam Koesy received her Master of Nursing Science from UAMS College of Nursing.

Amelia Kinch earned a J.D.: Graduated early from University of Colorado Law, having been in the Environmental Law Review, Juvenile Delinquency Clinic, and helping with the formation of the Virtual Pro Bono Clinic. Worked under Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart. 

Rosie Mandel has begun a new position as Senior Specialist at Havas Media Group.

Max Maurier has started a new position as Director, Marketing Operations at Malwarebytes.

Ryan McCluskey has been named Senior Financial Analyst - Worldwide Hybrid Cloud Pricer at IBM.

Colton Primm recently joined the Razorback Foundation as Associate Director of Development. 

Adelia Shiffraw began a new position as Production Manager at Boomshot.

Blake Tierney has received his Master of Arts in Public Service from Marquette University.

Bailey Williams has begun a position as Pharmacist with Smith Family Pharmacy.

Jeremy Williams has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at Citi.

Christina Wilson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

2015

Meghan Ayers and Dimple Shah received their graduate degrees in Public Health from the UAMS College of Public Heath.

Zoë Barton has been promoted to a Tech Events Program Manager at Walmart Corporate.  Through her position, Zoë manages the relationship between Walmart and all of the 40+ tech universities 
used for recruiting nationwide.

Tony Cardillo, Dalton Hoose, Paige Johnson, Meet Modi, Samia Nawaz, Michael Occidental, Kristen O'Connell, and Ples Spradley graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Katie Cummins, Kacey Hight, John Pounds, and Jessalyn Tackett received their Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Brenna Lodge Cummings started a new position as Programs and Systems Operations Associate at A Glimmer of Hope.

Hanna French has been hired as Director of Programs and Communications by Ozark Mission Project.

Sami Kennedy began pediatric residency in June 2019 at Nemours Children't Hospital in Lake Nona, Florida.

Taylor Keplin graduated with her Masters of Public Heath from UNT Health Science Center in 2017 and is currently employed as an epidemiologist with the Denton County Department of Health.    
Her public health preparedness team was recently honored by Senator Jane Nelson for their hard work with Project Public Health Ready.

Jill Nguyen started a new position as Director of Partnerships at The Tuesday Company.

Bryan Urban accepted a new position at Box, a cloud content management company.

2016

Samuel Burke studied traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives in Guyana.

Elizabeth Dye recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with her Master of Science in Computer Science.

Elizabeth Forester has begun a position as Law Graduate at Brooklyn Defender Services.

Anna Green received her white coat from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine-Arkansas.  

Kendra Ide will join the Arkansas Teacher Corps as part of the Teacher Development Team.

Marissa Lee graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in May 2019 and was awarded a two-year fellowship working in-house counsel at Fifth Third Bancorp 
focusing on governmental regulations.

James Owen has recently become Southern Bancorp Ambassador for Southern Bancorp.

Robert Taylor has been promoted to Special Projects Advisor at Wild Fundraising.

Rachel Zweig has been awarded a $30,000 Rotary International Global Grant funded by The Rotary Foundation Mary Doyle Endowed Global Grant Scholarship Fund. 

2017

Brooks Billings has been named offensive line coach for the McMurry University War Hawks in Abilene, Texas.

Austin Davis has been accepted to the UALR Bowen School of Law, Fall 2019.

Barrett Goodwin has received the Emerging Leader Award from the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

Anushah Jiwani recently had a collection of poems published in an issue of Arts and Letters.

Ellen Martin has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Fall 2019.

Sydney Meyer has been accepted to the UALR Bowen School of Law, Fall 2019.

Eric Peterson will join The Anniston Star's newsroom as part of a year-long master's degree program in community journalism at the University of Alabama.

Pratheepa Ravikumar was named the Student Director of Community Outreach for the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center.

Guneev Sharma has accepted a Legislative Assistant position at Thorn Run Partners.

Michelle Stockwell has started a new position as Digital Strategist at Break Something.

Mattie Thacker began a new position as Volunteer Services Coordinator at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

2018

Thomas Adamo accepted a position as Audit Associate with BKD CPAs & Advisors.

Garrett Wolf started a new position as Athletics Assistant at The Village School.

Yahelle Yaccoby began a new position as Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

2019

Mohammad Ali has begun a new position as Junior Software Engineer at Reviewbox.

Cordell Campbell has started a new position as Deputy Clerk at the Supreme Court of Arkansas.

Garrett Sosbee has been accepted into City Year Seattle.

Emily Waller has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Fall 2019.


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