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2020-2021

Updates received after June 1, 2020.


1964

Jack Blackshear has been presented the UAMS College of Medicine 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

1965

Steve Strange will retire after serving 38 years as the President and Chairman of the Board for American Management Corporation.

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.

1969

Tom Fomby has received the SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award.

1971

Gary L. Ingram has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Super Lawyers list and 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list.

Thomas Paulus recently retired.

1974 

Edna Morgan has been appointed District Superintendent, Southeast, by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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.

1977

Joseph Beck has received the Pulaski County Medical Society's 2020 President's Award for a lifetime of outstanding contributions.

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

James Phillip "Phil" Smith has retired from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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

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.

1979

Dennie Compton was invested Nov. 18 in the Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education.

Ken Pearson has been appointed Part-time Pastor at Levy United Methodist Church by the Arkansas Conference.

1981

Stephen Coburn has retired from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Elizabeth Small, primary instructor for the Real Estate program in UA Little Rock's School of Business, will take on an additional role with the university as director of business networks.

1982

Ellen Alston has been named Interim Chaplain at Hendrix College.

Leonard Higgins has retired from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Suzanne Westerman Landers has retired, closing her firm and no longer doing litigation. 

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

1983

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

Kip Welch started a new position at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

1984

Rex Dickey has been appointed Elder at Goshen First United Methodist Church by the Arkansas Conference.

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

1985

Mandy Hull has been announced as the new Managing Counsel for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus.

1985

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

William D. "Luke" Conway has retired from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Stephen Copley has been appointed Elder at DeQueen First United Methodist Church and Gillham United Methodist Church by the Arkansas Conference.

Milva McGhee has been hired as Early Childhood Community Coordinator by the McCook Economic Development Corporation. 

1987

Steven Barger was invested Nov. 18 in the Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care.

Lile Choate has joined Bank OZK of Little Rock as senior vice president and personal trust officer.

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

1988

Edie Ervin has become federal magistrate judge in Little Rock.

Will Kolb began a new position as Sales Specialist at J. Pacetti Precious Jewels.

John Mark McDonald has retired from the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

John Wyvill was elected President of National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

1989

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

1990

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

Burton Hayes has started a new position as Chief Medical Information Officer at University Clinical Health.

1991

David Collier-Tenison has started a new position as Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

Shannon Collier-Tenison has been named interim dean of the College of Business, Health and Human Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

1992

Hammett Evans has been appointed Elder at Asbury United Methodist Church by the Arkansas Conference.>yers 

Ruth Eyers has successfully defended her dissertation.

Matt Kendall has been named president and CEO of Arvest’s mortgage division and Arvest Central Mortgage Company.

Chris O'Dwyer has been hired as the new Director of Sales at QualChoice Health Insurance.

Jennifer Platt began a new position as Adjunct Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Philip Shell started a new position as Vice President/Mortgage Lender Supervisor at Arvest Bank.

Marty Castleberry Trieschmann has accepted a position with the UAMS Cancer Institute as Communications Manager.

1993

Dan Clanton co-edited a volume recently published by Oxford University Press. The fruit of five years' work and containing the work of thirty authors, The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and American Popular Culture is one of the most comprehensive resources in its field.

Pattie Magee Weed recently opened Gemini Fitness, an aerial arts studio, in Downtown Little Rock.

Mark Wilson started a new position as Wholesale Account Executive at CannAmerica Brands Corp.

1994

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

Keith Metz started a new position as Medicaid Communications Coordinator at Arkansas Department of Human Services.

1996

Valerie Thompson Bailey started a new position as Communications Legal Associate at Pulaski County Special School District.

Blake Bradford has been appointed District Superintendent, Northwest, by the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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

Brandi Moran started a position as Marketing Manager at MercuryGate International.

J.J. Whitney has returned to Hendrix College as Career Services Programs Coordinator.

1997

Allison Cox started a new position as Chief People Officer at Encore Bank.

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

Adam Mitchell has been named the new CEO of Citizens Bank.

Kelly Simon recently began a position with the LRSD as kindergarten teacher in the new Ignite Digital Academy, set up to cater specifically to stay-at-home students.

Jenny Daniels Taylor started a new position as Account Manager at Blue Ocean Ideas.

1998

Stephanie Bisulco started a new position as Manager in the Precision Medicine group at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. She will be managing relationships with external labs conducting biomarker testing for our clinical trials in immuno-oncology and inflammatory disease. 

Jamey Campbell has been hired as the Executive Director of Leadership Sumner.

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

Alan Tackett has been named deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Matthew Widick started a new position as Head of Data Management and Enterprise Architecture at Deliveroo.

1999

Angel Johnson Belsey's publishing imprint, Deixis Press, published its first book: Some Rise By Sin by Sion Scott-Wilson. The press’s second book, The Workshop of Filthy Creation by Richard Gadz, will be published on 25 October, with a further four books to follow in 2022. All Deixis Press titles can be ordered from your favorite bookstore worldwide.

Kristi Beatty Crum has been named CEO at Rock Dental Brands.

Sarah Malpica Erstine has been promoted to Director of Client Management at Acxiom.

Jay Kell started a new position as Account Manager - Adult Beverage at Legacy Retail.

Trisha Kendall started a new position as Director of Executive & Internal Communications at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Susan Todd Krafft started a new position as Executive Director of Career Services and the Babb Student Professional Development Center at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Neil Osam has begun a new position with First Orion as Director of Product Marketing.

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

Brian Bowen has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Jennifer Carman co-authored Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical, and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas through 1950.  The two volume, second edition is the culmination of Historic Arkansas Museum’s exhaustive investigations into the history of the state’s material culture. 

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

Jackie Wright has been named to the Arkansas State Juvenile Justice Coalition.

2001

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

Hunter Mack started a new position as Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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

Amanda Homan O'Neal recently opened Gemini Fitness, an aerial arts studio, in Downtown Little Rock.

2002

Jeremy Crosmer has been named a recipient of the 2021 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Elizabeth L. Fite has been installed as the 59th president of the State Bar of Georgia.

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

2003

Whitnie Hall Eason started a new position as Internal Auditor at Bank of England Mortgage.

Matt Price started a new position as Director of Client Services at Clix.

CJ Sentell has started a new position as CEO at The Nashville Food Project.

2004

Alexandra Chase has been announced as the 2021-22 President of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

Christopher Cook has been promoted to Director of Business Development and Sales at Sepio Technology, LLC at Sepio Technology.

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

Ateca Foreman has been named the Executive Director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission.

Ben Hollowell started a new position as Adjunct Professor at Hendrix College.

Paul Parnell has been named one of the 2021 Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" honorees.

Elizabeth Dulong Scott has been recognized in Dallas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Awards.

2005

Vanessa Cope graduated from Cornell University.

Ashley Ledesma started a new position at Genotox Laboratories.

Maradyth Hopper McKenzie will serve as President at Junior League of Little Rock.

Laura Zeis started a new position as IT Support Technician at Attentive.

2006

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

Thomas Christie has started a new position as Senior Director, Learning and Assessment Engineering at NWEA.

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

Andrea Newsom started a new position as Grant Staff Accountant at National Association of Counties.

Matt Sickbert started a new position as Technical Architect at Acumen Solutions.

Xochitl Delgado Solorzano was named assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion within the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Megan Rugg has joined Pulaski Heights staff as Chief Financial Officer.

2007

Thomas Henry started a new position as Store Manger for Louis Vuitton.

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

Upton Siddons recently joined Baptist Health Family Clinic - Greenwood.

Jeremy Young has been promote to Head of Affiliate Partnerships at Huntress.

2008

Brian S. Koss graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

2009

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

Case Hoogerhuis started a new position as Senior Solutions Consultant at Enable.

Timothy Pote started a new position as Director of Technology at Simple Modern.

Natalie Telchi has been promoted to Practice Group Manager, FRE at Dechert LLP.

2010

M.A. Keifer Buckingham has been promoted to Advocacy Director at Open Society Foundations.

Michael Kempton started a new position as Vice President Institutional Sales at Third.

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

David Kolovson has been named Senior Community Outreach Manager at Rifeline.

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.

Meredith Moore has been named one of the 2021 Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" honorees.

Timothy Nichols started a new position as Aerospace Engineer at Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.

Nate Thomas has starting a new position as Educational Programs Senior Manager at Clinton Foundation

2011

Hannah Sintek Carty started a new position as Area Operations Director, Social Determinants of Health at Eskenazi.

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

Alexandra Forgerson was among 100 St. Louis-area educators to receive Emerson’s Excellence in Teaching awards. The awards pay tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.

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

Winston Haynes started a new position as Senior Data Scientist at BigHat Biosciences.

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

Jared King has started a new position as Video Producer at Fidelity Investments.

Bernice McMillan Merlini began a new position as SVP, Global Marketing & eCommerce at Rose Inc. - Clean Beauty Collaborative.

Lydia Nash has been promoted to Senior Software Engineer at Handshake.

Heather Newell Oglesby started a new position as Resume Writer at TopStack Resume.

Rhonna Akama-Makia Wade has been promoted to Director of Engagement at Think Rubix.

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

Darcy Wilkins has started a new position as Associate Producer at National Geographic.

2012

Jordan Fletcher began a new position as Director of Development at Communities in Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg, Inc.

Mofan Gu graduated from the UAMS Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

Colin Hoy has completed his PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

Mary Claire Hyatt is the new general counsel for the Fayetteville School District.

William Shelton Hyatt graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine and the Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

Nicole Turnage has started a new position as Clinical Lab Assistant III at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Knox Shelton has been named the new executive director for the film organization Indie Memphis.

2013

Drew Ahlgrim has been hired as Senior Finance and Accounting Associate at Development Capital Resources.

Emily Ann Deitchler graduated from the UAMS College of Health Professions, Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Jack Parker Finney graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Ben Flotkin has started a new position as UX Interaction Designer at Advocado.

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.

Logan Rice has started a new position as Hospitalist at Freeman Health System.

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

Sloane Zimmerman has started a position as Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow Physician at Texas Children's Hospital.

2014

Ben Ault has accepted a new position as a special education teacher with Chelsea Public Schools.

Cara Brazeal has joined AgHeritage Farm Credit Services as assistant controller.

Emily Coffey has begun a new position as Director of College Guidance at The Gunston School.

Alyssa Jaksich has been announced as the first vice president of Environmental, Social and Governance of Bernhard Energy Company.

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.

Julia King has begun a new position as Naturalist at Weinberg Nature Center.

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

Ryan Christopher Marks graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Max Maurier started a new position as Director, Marketing Operations & Analytics at Druva.

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

Stephen Shrum graduated from the UAMS Graduate School, Doctor of Philosophy program.

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. 

Rachel Xu began a new position as Senior R&D Engineer at Johnson & Johnson.

2015

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

Reed Brewer started a new position in Marketing and Communications at Corner Alliance.

Haley Elizabeth Harvey graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Jill Nguyen started a new position in Impact Partnerships & Strategy at Helm.

Victor Albert Ventrano graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

2016

Sean Alexander has been promoted to Project Leader (engagement manager) at HKS Government Performance Lab.

Blair Causey graduated from John Hopkins University School of Education.

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

Mitch Harle has been promoted to Development Manager at Protect Our Care.

Joseph Korkames graduated from IESE Business School.

James Owen started a new position as Policy Analyst at City of Little Rock.  

Sehrish Sardar graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Evan Michael Stoll graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Wesley Russell White graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

2017

Mouad Abdulrahim graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Hank Aldous has joined Hendrix College Athletics as Assistant Basketball Coach.

Nicholas John Baltz graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Anna Claire Atkins Bell graduated from the UAMS College of Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology program.

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

Heather Moran Hirsh graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Michelle Lan Huynh graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Aditya Katke began a new position as Product Associate III at Walmart.

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

Ian Michael McVinney graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Seth Peters began a new position as Data Scientist at Futurice.

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

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

Pratheepa Ravikumar graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

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

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

Gray Stanton graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

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

Spencer Joseph Taylor graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Mattie Thacker has joined UAMS as their Volunteer Coordinator.

Deonna Thornton has been promoted to Systems Administrator at University of Central Arkansas. 

2018

Ethny Ashcraft has started a new position as Audit Associate at BKD CPAs & Advisors.

Andrew Fleming will begin teaching seventh grade social studies in St. Pete, Florida.

Ellen Gotelli started a new position as Minister of Youth and Their Families at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

Catherine Elizabeth Lee graduated from the UAMS Graduate School, Master of Science program.

Yasmin Newman has started a new position as Preschool Techer at Primrose Schools.

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

Delaney Wells has been selected as Dollarway District Teacher of the Year.

2019

Noah Adams started a new position as Program Manager at Goodman Campaigns.

Mohammad Ali started a new position as Software Engineer at Talkwalker.

Wilson Daily started a new position as Project Intern at The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc.

Everett Roddy started a new position as Proposal Manager/Coordinator at MindPoint Group.

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

Baylee Wells has begun a new position with the Fayetteville Public Library.

Garrett Wolf has started a new position as Complex Families Assessment and Treatment Program Intern at Children 4 Tomorrow.

2020

Bailey Brya started a new position as Research Intern at Pacific Forum.

Mason Doerr has started a new position as Assistant Football Coach & Video Coordinator at Hendrix College.

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

Ana Romero Flores began a position as Corps Member at Teach for America and started as a Secondary Spanish Teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academic Charter Schools.

Mary Nail started a new position as Video Editor at Istrico Productions.

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

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

Madeleine Scott started a new position as Graduate Research Assistant: Pechous Lab at UAMS.

Terri Tran has begun a position as Community Partnerships Coordinator with the Hendrix Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

2021

Amy Cabrera has accepted a position as Admission Counselor in the Hendrix College Office of Admission.

Matthew Haley is interning in the Northwest Arkansas Office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Jaydan Hunt has started a new position as Assistant Softball Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hendrix College.

Jeanette McGrath has started a new position as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Hendrix College.

John Phillips has started a new position as Defensive Line Coach at Hendrix College.

Aly Savage started a new position as Administrative Specialist at Arkansas Supreme Court.


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