Alumni

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Find your old friends through the Hendrix Alumni Directory!

2015 - 2016

Updates received after February 10, 2015.

1952

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.

1954

Dr. Joe Bates was inducted into the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hall of Fame.

1955

Ed Milburn received the Golden Eagle Award from the Westark Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

1958

Pat Couch Laster has published a sequel to her debut novel, A Journey of Choice. The new title is Her Face in the Glass.

1959

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 Rock.

1960

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.  

1962

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.

1963

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.

1966 

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.

1967

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.

1969

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. 

1970

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.

1971

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.  

1972

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 2016.

1973

Dr. Robin Rumph was honored for career contributions to the field of behavior analysis by the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.

1974

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).  

1975

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.

1976

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, TN.

1977

Danny Grace and his band The Frontier Circus recently released a new album, Made in Japan.

1978

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.

1979

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.

1980

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. 

1981

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.

1982

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.

1983

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.

1984

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.

1985

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 now.

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.

1986

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 Toesocks.

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.

1987

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.

1988

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 of Arkansas.

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 Little Rock.

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.

1989

Melissa Parodi 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.

1990

Joanna Crump is the Corporate Librarian at FamilyCare Health in Portland, OR.

1991

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.

1992

Michele Simmons Allgood was selected to participate in Leadership Arkansas, Class X.

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.

1993

Cliff Keheley was promoted to the City Manager for the City of Mesquite Texas.

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. 

 

1994

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.

1995

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 policy development.

Rob O'Connor has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Marketing Communications.

1996

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 Medical Sciences.

Joanna Bryant 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 UAMS Library.

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.

1997

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 Manager.

Caroline West Nail is the new principal at Cowsert Elementary School.

1998

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.

1999

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. 

2000

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 School District.

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 photo archive.

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 40 award.

2001

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 Review.  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 2015.

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 Press.

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 Springs, AR.

Jennifer Oyler-Olson was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in February 2016. 

Laura Beth Corless York joined the law office of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton as their workers' compensation attorney.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2004

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.

2005

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.

2006

Eric Bell was hired as Director of Corporate Development at Gannett, Co. Inc. to oversee M&A and strategic investments.

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.

2007

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.

2008

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.

2009

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.

2010

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, Ltd., L.L.C.

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 Park, MD.

2011

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.

2012

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 College.

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.

2013

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 August 2015.

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 Corps Officer.

Rev. Lauren DeLano has accepted a position as Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Kasey Hodges was named to the Arkansas 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.

2014

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 Shreveport, LA.

Will VanScoy finished his first year of law school at Columbia University School of Law in New York City, NY.

2015

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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