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2019-2020

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1956

Patricia Bleidt will receive the Heritage Award for distinguished service from Youngstown State University.  Pat was Director of Student Developmental Services when she retired from the University in 1995 where she was employed for 23 years. 

1962

Michael J. Smith finished his first novel.  It is available on Amazon, either as a paperback or ebook, under the name Michael Smith, or by title,  The Conscience of Lincoln Bobo.

1964

Ark Monroe recently retired.

1967

Justin Tull has published his ninth book, Reflections on the Christian Faith, and it is now available on Amazon and will be available in Kindle form soon.  It is the third and final book in the Faith Formation Series
(The first two of the series, Reflections on God 1, Reflections on Daily Living 2, were published last year.) The new book addresses the following subjects: What the Bible Is and Isn't, How to Use the Bible, The Meaning of Salvation, The Marks of Discipleship, The Efficacy of Prayer, the Nature of Worship, the Meaning of Communion, and Death and Resurrection.

1971

Thomas Paulus recently retired,

1973

Jim Beachboard was voted one of Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of commercial real estate by Little Rock Soiree.

Ben Hall retired March 31 after serving as a doctor for 40 years.

Twig Satterfield is a 2020 recipient of the Lloyd Westbrook Good Neighbor Award. Since 1973, this award has been given to an individual who exemplifies outstanding service to the Conway area, going above and beyond to help others.

1974

Carol Calliotte has been reappointed to the position of Administrative Law Judge, on the Industrial Accident Board at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). 

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

James Mark Lasater has been appointed Senior Pastor at Brightwater Memorial United Methodist Church, Rogers.

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

Edna Balenton Morgan has been appointed Senior Pastor at Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff.

1975

David Beckton received the Ruth Olive Beall Award, which is awarded by Arkansas Children's Hospital to the staff physician who consistently embodies the hospital's mission, vision, and core values of safety, teamwork, compassion, and excellence. Dr. Becton is Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital, where he also holds the Lawrence H. Schmieding Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He has been on staff at ACH since July, 1985.

1976

Mark Denman was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Greater Harris County 911 Emergency Network. The Harris County Mayor's and Councils nominated him to serve as their representative. GHC911 serves all of Harris and Ft. Bend Counties which includes Houston and 49 surrounding cities providing emergency call service to almost 6 million residents.

Tommy Frazier was invested on Dec. 19 in the UAMS inaugural G. Thomas Frazier, M.D. Chair in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Michael Henze has been appointed to the Health and Educational Facilities Authority of the State of Missouri.

1977

Eloise Bensberg started a new position as Director of Accounting and Finance at The Coordinating Center.

Rhonda Martin Dick recently retired.

Donna Duerr reached the summit of Aconcagua on December 17, 2019.  Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America at 22,841 feet.

Kim "Kiwi" Stevenson has been referenced and acknowledged in two books : "Though to the End" the history of Royal New Zealand Air Force 487 Squadron and "Jail Busters", about Operation 
Jericho a famous Air Raid on the Amiens Jail in February 1944 by the same Squadron.

1978

Paul Bowen was recognized by the Legal Services Corporation at the Clinton Presidential Center for pro bono work as VOCALS (Volunteer Lawyers for Central Arkansas Legal Services) attorney.

Sam Ledbetter has been recognized by Arkansas Business Publishing Group as one of the Arkansas 250, Legal.  He was also recently voted one of Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of environmental law by Little Rock Soiree.

Mark A. Smith is the author of a chapter titled "Nonionizing Radiation: Microwave Radiation, Infrared Radiation, and Pulsed Light" in the technical reference work "Block’s Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation, Sixth Edition" to be published in August 2020.

1980

Jeffrey Herrold recently retired.

J. David Kassos has been appointed Senior Pastor at Amity United Methodist Church.

Laura Beal Middlekauff recently retired from Acxiom in Conway, Arkansas.

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

1982

Ellen Alston has been named Interim Chaplain at Hendrix College.

Jill Jacob Hankins has accepted a position at FUMC Conway as Church Administrator.

William Horn has started a new position as Program Manger at HCL Technologies.

Annette Wright has started a position as Senior Associate at Abacus CPAs, LLC.

1983

Jeffery Jackson has been appointed Senior Pastor at Searcy First United Methodist Church.

Beth Beavers Prescott started a new position as Procurement Coordinator at University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Betsy Singleton Snyder has been appointed Senior Pastor at Winfield United Methodist Church, Little Rock.

1984

Michele Cox started a new position as Senior Technical Writer at Apple.

Judy Wills Rudd has been appointed Senior Pastor at Lakeside United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff.

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.

Roderick Calvin recently opened the Calvin Insurance Team Agency.

Peter Clay started a new position as Managing Partner at Confidential.

Stephen Copley has been appointed Senior Pastor at DeQueen First United Methodist Church and Gillham United Methodist Church. 

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

Becky Ward Rudlow has been selected as Principal of the Year for Stafford County Public Schools.

1986

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

Tom Daley has joined KoonsFuller Family Law in Plano,Texas.

Rosemary Fourt Klein earned a Master's degree from the University of Alabama's College of Human Sciences and will begin teaching a class there in the Fall of 2020.

1987

Jay Barth has been named the first Chief Education Officer for the city of Little Rock.

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

Kay Hilsher Chandler has been elected the 2020 president of the Pulaski County Medical Society in Little Rock.

Alan McClain has been appointed the state’s new insurance commissioner by Gov. Asa Hutchison.

1988

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

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.

Tamara McAlister Fusco has been honored with a Most Influential Woman 2020 award from the Springfield Business Journal.

Greg Joslin has been elected Little Rock Port Authority Board Chair.

Deanna McCormack has been appointed Senior Pastor at Gillett United Methodist Church and Deluce Prairie Union Church, Dewitt.

Paul Smith recently published his fourth and fifth books - The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell and Four Days with Kenny Tedford.  Paul is an author and speaker living in Ohio.

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.

Brian "Salty" Longing has been named the 2019 Lowell Manning Winner by the AAA & Arkansas High School Association as the outstanding coach of the year in all sports.

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

1991

Bruce Martin has started a new position as Director of Major Gifts at The George Washington University Law School.

1992

Mark Barr began a new position as Senior Consultant at Elyxor, Inc.

Sarah Beth Estes has been named Dean of UA Little Rock College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

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

Marty Castleberry Trieshman has joined the staff at Hendrix College as Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment.

1993

Jennifer Brittain Carlisle started a new position as Partner at Data Driven Philanthropy, LLC.

Nicole Nadeau Simmons started a new job with Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital in February, 2020 as PRN Speech-Language Pathologist.  She received her CYT-200 Yoga Instructor Certification in November 2019.

Kyle Smith has been promoted to Vice President, Product at Topgolf.

1994

Kristin Allbright has begun a position as Network Engineer at CACI International Inc.

Christopher Collins started a new position as Medical Director at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jennifer Sayles Medley graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate in Public Health. 

1996

Kimberly Bragg Bennett has begun a new position as Registered Nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Rachel Cornwell has been appointed lead pastor at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

Kiffany Pride Davis has been named the new assistant commissioner for learning services in the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Carolyn Lawrence-Dill of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology received a promotion to the rank of professor, effective with the 2019-20 academic year, per the State of Iowa Board of Regents. 

Brad Crain has been appointed new president, CEO of Arvest Benton County.

Tracey Thomas Kepler began a position as Business Project Lead Analyst at Cigna.

J.J. Whitney has been appointed Senior Pastor at Bentonville First United Methodist Church.

Patrick Wilson has been named to the board of directors for Economics Arkansas.

Toni Wyre was appointed to the Nourishment Concept Advisory by the International WELL Being Institute.

1997

David Kuperman has been added to the team of cancer experts at CARTI as a Medical Oncologist.

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

Kent Walker was voted one of Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of business litigation by Little Rock Soiree.

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

1998

Stephanie Bisulco started a new position as Manager at Precision Medicine at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jean Findley-Williams recently named head of the engineering department at Hammond High Magnet School and an Affiliate Partner for FIRST robotics in Louisiana. 

Jessica Conn McElreath has been added to the team of cancer experts at CARTI as a Breast Imaging Specialist.

1999

Mary Margaret Ratliff Gay has launched a technology company, MM Strategies, and app to support law firm business clients.

Todd Wooten started new position as Partner at Holland & Knight LLP.

2000

Tiffany Huitt received the Chancellor's Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

Ginger Stuart has begun a new position with the the city of Des Arc, Arkansas as City Attorney.

Johnny Taylor has been named the boys basketball coach for Farmington schools. 

Lisa Thurber has accepted a position with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas as Director of Communications and Marketing.

2001

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

Lea Ann Biggar was promoted to Budget Director at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Bryan Borland has joined Cross Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus P.C.  He will serve as marketing administrator and do paralegal work for the firm.

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

Richard Counts has been selected Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton.

Tina Hoffman started a new position with Zoom as Account Executive.

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

2002

Elizabeth Fite was installed as President-Elect of State Bar of Georgia.

Ryan Fuchs has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at Lockton Retirement Services.

Hope Gaither Geiger has a new position as first Director of the Office of Transfer Credits at The University of Tulsa.

Vanessa Norton McKuin has accepted a position as executive director of Historic Cane Hill in Northwest Arkansas.

2003

Brad Henry was chosen one of the 2019 Arkansas Business 40 under 40.

Julie Hall McCallister was chosen one of the 2019 Arkansas Business 40 under 40.

Laura Hampton Oyler began a new position Senior Director-New Product Integration at JUUL Labs.

C.J. Sentell has accepted a position as Vice President of Pathway Lending in Nashville, TN.  

2004

Taylor Fairley has begun a new position with Amazon as a Senior Program Manager for Talent Assessment.

Peter Horn has been promoted to Product Development Manager at Indeed.com.

Mike Lindquist recently accepted a position as a Scientific Review Officer with the National Cancer Institute.

Paul Parnell was voted one of Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of corporate law by Little Rock Soiree.

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

Jenny Holt Teeter was voted one of Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2019 in the area of labor and employment law by Little Rock Soiree.

2005

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

Vanessa Young Cope started a new position as Senior Director at Kind.

Dillon Farris has begun a new position as Transportation Manager at Walmart.

Marquita Little Numan was chosen one of the 2019 Arkansas Business 40 under 40.

Bret Pittenger started a new position with Neudesic as Delivery Coordinator.

2006

Joshua Blevins started a new position as Director of Development at Reed Community Partners.

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

Josh Davenport was chosen one of the 2019 Arkansas Business 40 under 40.

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

Rip Weaver has begun employment with the University of Arkansas System at the Cooperative Extension Service's state offices. Rip will serve as program assistant for several projects
dealing with food systems and food safety.

2007

Thomas Henry started a new position as Store Manager at Louis Vuitton.

Russ Montgomery has been named Director of Health Economics and Market Access at Ambu, Inc.

Adam Roush has started a new position as Head of Computer Science at St. Birinus School.

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

2008

Rachael Carnes started a new position as Managing Planner at Environmental Science Associates.

Jessica Crenshaw has accepted a position as Authorizations Pilot Specialist and Training Team Lead with American Home Shield.

2009

Nick Balee has begun a new position as Director of Sales at ITDATA, Inc.

Kelly Zalocusky recently began a position as Senior Data Scientist at Genetech.

2010

Taylor Adams has been recognized by the Delaware Division of the Arts for the high quality of his work in the artistic discipline of Literature: Fiction.   He has received the Established Professional Award for his work.

Trey Calvin started as Communications Director at Center for Applied Linguistics.

Charles Green has been appointed Senior Pastor at Primrose United Methodist Church, Little Rock and Keo United Methodist Church.

Megan Kennedy started a new position with Coldwell Banker Gosslee as a Licensed Realtor.

Mohammed Malik has joined the inpatient hospitalist team at Conway Regional.

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.

Katie Rice-Guter started a new position as Writer & Editor at Freelance.

Joy Stegall received her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health from UAMS.

2011

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

Almas Chughtai has joined the staff of physicians at Baxter Regional Medical Center. 

Jayce Hafner has completed coursework at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Alex Jones has joined Wright Lindsey Jennings as an associate attorney.

Sarah Spencer has accepted a new position as Salesforce Administrator at Cook Ross.

Kevin Watford has been promoted to Product Owner - Access Control Dashboard at Accenture.

2012

Jordan Fletcher has begun a position as Assistant Director, Advancement & Communications at Charlotte Catholic High School.

Kaylen Stevenson Welter received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from UAMS.

2013

Lauren DeLano has been appointed Senior Pastor at Vilonia First United Methodist Church.

Abigail DeLoach received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

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

Elana Harrison has accepted a position as Junior Brand Manager at Britax Romer Child Safety EMEA.

Erik Honkonen began a new position as Accounting Manager at Charlesbank Capital Partners.

Yiyi Liu has begun a new position as Human Resources Manager at Singtel.

Bradford Martins graduated from UAMS with his medical degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences.

Tresor Mukiza graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Adam Ratcliff received his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Todd Richard has begun a new position as Manager, Accounting Advising Services at KPMG.

Jeremey Rowe, a fourth-year medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, recently secured his medical residency.  He will specialize in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Spencer Sanson graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Grant Womack graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

2014

Tessa Caballero has begun a position as a Sr. Program Analyst with General Dynamics IT working on a contract with the Department of State in Springfield, Virginia.

Elizabeth Hutson received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Caroline Kelley has been honored with the YLS Award of Excellence for her outstanding work with the Young Lawyers Section from the Arkansas Bar Association.

Ruston Koonce graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Jessica LaVergne received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Ryan McCluskey started new position with IBM as Corporate Development Associate.

Weston Blake Mills received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from UAMS.

Eugene Nyamugenda graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and will begin postdoctoral research at Northwestern University. 

Colton Primm has been named to the "20 In Their 20's" list by Arkansas Business.

Kathryn Paige Spivey graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has accepted a position as a veterinarian at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Franklin, TN. 

2015

Zoë Barton started a new position with Walmart as Recruiting Lead.

Jonathan Bauer received his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Reed Brewer has begun a new position as Communication and Outreach Consultant at Corner Alliance.

Seana Corbin received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Joshua Hall received his Master of Health Administration from UAMS.

Erika Jasso received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Michaela Larabee will be working for the Washington Nationals as an Event Manager.

Hannah Smashey Lewis received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Lettie Odom received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Tamara Ragan started a new position as Community Response Coordinator at San Miguel Resource Center.

Victoria Resendez received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Rebecca Ruff started a new position as Legal Fellow at Center for Accessible Technology.

Allen Smith graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

2016

Jericka Battle has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor Position in the Psychology Department at Hendrix College. 

Felicia Beeman received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Taylor Bennett received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Blair Causey has begun a position at IDEA Public Schools as 6th and 7th grade math teacher.

Zachary Chastain has begun a position with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as Program Coordinator.

Ruthie Daniel started a new position as Graphic Designer at Collective Bias.

Marissa Earles has begun a new position as Insurance Consultant at Aflac.

Ashley Elser received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Katherine Emery received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Elizabeth Forester has been promoted to Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services.

Nancy Ghaleb received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Mitch Harle has been promoted to Deputy Press Secretary and Direcor of Operations at Protect Our Care.

Anne-Marie Hayre received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Felicia Headley received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Shameela Khimani received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Farai Musariri began a new position as Business Development Associate at InSight + Regroup Telepsychiatry.

Barbara Patterson graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

John Mark Pennington received his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Ty Spradley received his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Abraham Vierthaler graduated from UAMS with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

2017

Tyler Clifton has recently become the Football Graduate Assistant for The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Graduate Student in the Education Administration Program for Higher Education. 

Bria Guthridge has joined Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC as an associate.

Nicholas Horan received his Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences from the UAMS Graduate School.

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

Jared Lincoln has started a new position as Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual.

Elizabeth Phelps started new position as Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Bailey Pickens has started a new position at Pulaski Heights Middle School.

Robbi Riggs Rosenbaum has joined Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC as an associate.

Cameron Ryan received his Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences from the UAMS Graduate School.

Guneev Sharma has begun a new position at Thorn Run Partners as Legislative Associate.

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

Greer Veon has joined Hendrix College as an Area Coordinator.

2018

Iad Alhallak received his Master of Health Administration from UAMS.

Brandon Cathey received his Master of Health Administration from UAMS.

Yasmin Newman began a new position as a member of Americorps at City Year.

Erin Salter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UAMS College of Nursing.

Adam Turner has begun a new position as Wildland Urban Interface Specialist at Texas A&M Forest Service.

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

2019

Lindsey Barrett started a new position as Research Assistant at UAMS.

Sam Byrd, Jessica Campbell, Michaela Edwards and Brianna Hoyt participated in a research team headed by Hendrix College Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Duina.  The research resulted in an article recently published in the journal Transcription. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, involved studying DNA transcription, the first step in the gene expression process.

Nate McKenna recently accepted a position as Business Development Representative at ACL.  ACL has grown to become one of the industry's leading privately-held providers of first-party data solutions.

Everett Roddy has begun a new position as Proposal Specialist at METIS Solutions, LLC.

Rowe Stipe had his book "Storms, Fire, and Whispers" released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

2020

Grace Featherston has begun a new position as Accountant at Windstream.

Tristan Norman has started a position as Social Science Research Intern at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Chase Paladino graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UAMS College of Nursing.

Kate Sanders has been promoted to Forward Deployed Software Engineer at Palantir Technologies.


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