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Find your old friends through the Hendrix Alumni Directory!

2021-2022

Updates received after July 1, 2021.


1960

Joe G. Hollyfield was recently honored by BrightFocus Foundation, Clarksburg, MD, in naming one of thie research grants the "Joe G. Hollyfield New Investigator Award for Macular Degeneration Research." This tribute recognizes the more than 20-years Dr. Hollyfield served a s Chairman of their Macular Degeneration Scientific Review Panel.

Donna Nelson has retired from Foothill College.

1961

Anthony Kassos retired and owns and manages the “Rocking K Ranch”.

1963

Alice Henderson-Hooker is continuing to work as the current Executive Director for the Flying Physicians Association, Inc. She retired in 2007 as American Urological Association Office of Education Director.

1965

Carol Lindley Hampton has retired as Associate Dean, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University.

1969

Don Curdie has retired from active law practice and legal work.

Tom Fomby has received the SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award.

1970

Jim Sprott has retired from practice of law after 48 years.

1972

Pamela "Pam" Fair has retired.

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.

Jack Bell has retired from the City of Conway.

John Reed has retired after 45 years as a software engineer and Information Systems Security Officer.

Karen Grant Schirmer has retired from medicine.

1976

Nancy Martinsen retired from a long career in Human Resources in 2020.

Michael Mattox has recently been hired by Methodist Family Health as church relations associate.

Marcia Boatwright Imbeau received the 2022 Presidential Award by Arkansans for Gifted & Talented Education.

1977

Thad Eckolls has retired.

1980

Suzette Elmore has been named Top Overall Producer, Residential and Commercial Sales, Top Listing and Top Sales Agent, and awarded Double Diamond Award of Excellence.

1981

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.

Laura Davidson Stanley is the new Module Director of Brain and Behavior at UAMS College of Medicine.

1982

Ann Dugan Grimes recently formed KanduG Records and released their first project.

1983

Bianca Hearn Coker recently opened a new Sylvan Learning Center in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades serving area families in Santa Monica, California with tutoring and enrichment for students in grades K - 12; manages the day to day operations.

1984

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

1985

Bracken Darrell has been given the Edison Achievement Award for innovation.

Christie Dawson started a position as Speechwriter at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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

Laura Mahan retired from teaching elementary after 30 years in the classroom.

1987

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.

Stephen Sperry has started a new position as Senior Vice President, Sr. Portfolio Manager First Horizon Bank.

Charles Weber is beginning a new career as a K-8 teacher in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

1988

Scott Hamilton has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

1990

Jamie Griffith is working as Project Manager for Methodist Family Health Foundation.

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

Jim Hudson has been names Chief of Staff at the Arkansas Department of Commerce.

Kim May started a new position as DPCS/Clinical Supervisor at Sky HHS Home Health.

Darrin Williams has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

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

Ruth Eyers has successfully defended her dissertation.

Mike Malone has been hired by University of Arkansas for economic development role.

John McGraw has been awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award by the Arkansas Library Association for work to preserve the Freedom to Read for the patrons of the Faulkner County Library.

1993

Dan Clanton received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement a new academic, interdisciplinary program called Ethics and Interfaith Studies.

1994

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.

Brian Delavan has been hired as the lead bioinformatic scientist at the Arkansas Department of Health.

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

Paul Nony has been promoted to Vice President of Health Sciences- East Region and Principal Toxicologist at CTEH.

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.

Andy Grumbles has been named chief financial officer at First Service Bank.

Kelly Halstead has started a new position as Senior Counsel at Walmart U.S.

Adam Mitchell has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

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.

1998

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.

Jamey Campbell joined Greater Nashville Realtors as Professional Development Manager.

Matthew Hodges has launched his own financial planning practice, Dreamfield Planning Group.

Tommy Keet has been named to the Arkansas Money & Politics third annual class of AMP Influencers of the Year. 

Christy Slay is the new CEO of The Sustainability Consortium.

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

Mark Wilson has been named President, First Arkansas Bank & Trust.

1999

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

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.

2000

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

Zach Manis accepted a new position as Director of Character Formation and Humanities Teacher in the Gravitas program.

Andrew Turnbull has been begun a new position with Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm.

Finley Vinson began a position with Traffic Engineering Consultants in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2001

JL Lavina began a new position as Senior Public Relations Manager at LG Electronics North America.

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

2002

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

Hope Geiger has begun a position as the University Registrar at the University of Tulsa.

2003

Lisa Rausch has been promoted to Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

2004

Cory Barbot started a new position as VP of Product, Growth at Greenlight.

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

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

Peter Horn has started a position as Research Engineering Manager at Indeed.com.

Christopher Schaechtel has started a new position as VP, Corporate Banking at BOK Financial.

Aaron Van Son started a new position as Sales Director at Venture360.

2005

Dillon Farris has been promoted to Senior Supply Chain Manager - Consolidation LTL at Walmart.

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.

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

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

Nathan Fenster has been promoted to Senior Director of Global Analytics at Dealmoon.

Thomas Henry started a new position as Boutique Director at Van Cleef & Arpels.

Brian Horn has been promoted to Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager at U.S.Bank 

Terryn Weygandt Lawrence has been promoted to Managing Director, Global Bain & Co. Partnership at Persefoni.

Upton Siddons recently joined Baptist Health Family Clinic - Greenwood.

2008

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

Alexis Reddig has been promoted to a Team Leader position at Fulton State Hospital.

Megan Wooley-Ousdahl has started a position as Senior Planner for the city of San Carlos.

2009

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

2010

Laura Assaf started as Associate at DLA Piper.

Lauren Bartshe has been appointed Associate Director of the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classifications at the American Council on Education (ACE).

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

Ryan Burwinkel has joined Gambit Strategies.

J. Afton Cooper has been hired as a gynecological surgeon at the CHI St. Vincent Urogynecology Clinic in Little Rock.

BJ Fogelman has been promoted to marketing manager for the CTEH, where he has worked as an environmental scientist and consultant for the last 10 years.

Matthew Malecha has accepted a position as an assistant director at Camp Augusta.

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.

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

2011

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

Winston Haynes has started a new position as Data Science Lead, Programs at BigHat Biosciences.

Ruanda McFerren has started a new position as Grants Program Manager at City of Overland Park.

Sarah Spencer has been promoted to Technology Solutions Lead at Cook Ross.

Evan Zimmerman has started a new position as Senior Associate, Product Management - Enterprise Data Inventory and Registration at Capital One.

2012

Wyatt Blankenship is working for Tennessee Natural Heritage Program as Data Manager/Environmental Review Coordinator. 

Ashley Clayborn has joined UA Little Rock Downtown as Director.

Desh Deepak started a new position as Data Analyst at Original Buff, S.A.

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.

Meredith Wallus began a new position as Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Central Arkansas.  

Kaylen Stevenson Welter has been hired as Physician Assistant at Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center.

2013

Georgia Bomgardner will join the Shanthi Project as Assistant Director of Programs.

Julia Cook has started a new position as Organized Play Associate Program Manager at The Pokemon Company International.

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

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.

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

Andrea Glaser has joined Christus Trinity Clinic as pediatric gastroenterologist.

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

Emily Maverick has finished grad school and is now working in the biotech industry at Beckman Coulter, Inc. 

Brandon McNew started a position as Lead Product Manager at Continental Utility Solutions, Inc.

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

Zoe Barton began a new position as Recruiting Lead - Pepsi Beverages North America at PepsiCo.

Brittany Castille-Webb has started a new position as Law Clerk at Homer Law Chartered.

Jessica Himes began a new position as Senior Policy Advisor at JB for Governor.

Michaela Larabee has been promoted to DC Director of Operations and Finance at VOLO.

2016

Blair Causey graduated from John Hopkins University School of Education.

Laura Hildebrand has received a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University.

Joseph Korkames graduated from IESE Business School.

2017

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

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

Mattie Thacker has joined UAMS as their Volunteer Coordinator.

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.

Ronnie Kinoshita has started a new position as Survey Research Analyst at CSET.

Erika Levy a third-year medical student at NYITCOM-Arkansas, won first place in the A. Hollis Wolf Case Competition at the American Academy of Osteopathy’s (AAO) annual conference held March 23 through 27 in Orlando, Fla.

2019

Noah Adams has been promoted to Digital Strategist at Goodman Campaigns.

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

Hannah Burdette started attending the George Washington University School of Law.

Cody Gracie accepted a job offer for next year to work as an attorney at a firm in Fort Smith, AR.

Hailey Haynes has started a position as Engineer at the Boeing Company working as a Manufacturing Research & Development Engineer.

Abbey Maynard will join the staff of Pulaski Height United Methodist Church.

Allison Monroe has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for graduate students studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) fields.

Desmond Yalom has started a new position as Software Engineer at Google Research.

2020

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

Tristan Norman has started a new position as Assistant Language Teacher at Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Jasmine Zandi celebrated a 1 year work anniversary at the Central Arkansas Library System coordinating the Be Mighty Little Rock program and started the Clinton School Online in pursuit of a Masters in Public Service.

2021

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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