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2016 - 2017

Updates received after March 1, 2016.


Red Sears will be inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame.


Tom Pryor released for Kindle publication a short story entitled The Incredible Substance of Being and a non-fiction book entitled The Mask: A Primer on the Myth of Reality.


Pat Couch Laster released her third book, Hiding Myself into Safety: a collection of short stories & long poems with an occasional essay,  and she is now working on her memoir, Edging Past Eighty.


Judge Kay Hooker D'Opal has retired after serving as the Marin Superior Court judge for the past 12 years.


Rev. Bob Allen will serve as chair of the steering committee of the interfaith clinic in El Dorado, AR in 2017.

Jim Rasco will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in March 2017.

Gary Sebree will be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in March 2017.


Jonathan Wolfe retired  from faculty of UAMS College of Pharmacy as Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice and received Bowl of Hygeia Award from the American Pharmacy Association in the summer of 2016. 


Phillip McMath wrote a play, "Lincoln's Dream," that is was read at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock.


David Fayad retired from his teaching career and lives in Pinehurst, NC.


Jay Critz retired as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Kathy Huff Smith, a senior English teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, is the recipient of the 2016 Stephens Award for Outstanding Teachers. 


Dr. Gordon Bolar, the General Manager of WMUK radio, will retire June 30.


Eric Jackson was featured in AY Magazine's 2016 Powerful Men issue.

Judge Steven Peer has retired after serving as the Crawford County District Court judge since 1999.

Beverly Couch Villines was named Executive Director of the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Foundation in February, 2016.  She retired in September, 2013 from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield following a 41-year career in Financial Management.  At PHUMC, Beverly is also the staff liaison for Older Adult Ministry.

Rev. Mackey Yokem has joined the staff of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as grants administrator.


Dr. Jim Wiedower completed a Master of Biomedical Informatics to increase his knowledge as the Chief Medical Information Officer for Valley Health System located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He continues to practice as a Bariatric Surgeon with the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric Program.


Tricia Papan Guinn, retired Managing Director of Risk and Financial Services and former member of the executive leadership team at Towers Watson, has joined the Board of Directors for Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.


Ted Grimmett's photography was featured at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery during July 2016.  The work represents Grimmett’s thesis exhibition for his Master of Arts degree from UALR.

Karen Moore is directing Livin' Fat at TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN.


Cliff Barnes, CPA, accepted a new position as Senior Manager, Internal Audit with Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Steve Owen, president of Complete Care Inc. of North Little Rock, has received the Casper J. Knight Jr. Award from the Historic Naval Ships Association.  The award is given to individuals or organizations that have contributed in a major way to the preservation and exhibition of historic naval ships and to the goals and work of the HNSA.

Teresa Roebuck, MS, recently returned from a Winrock International volunteer posting at the Institut Supérieur Agronomic et Vétérinaire in Faranah, Guinea. Ms. Roebuck set up a computer language lab with software, trained the English language faculty and 300 students on its use, and helped to develop curriculum to incorporate consistent lab usage into the English courses.

Rebekah Fourt Wiedower recently was certified as a Virginia Master Naturalist.


Jeanne Loveless Seewald has been elected to the board of directors of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.


Chris Palmer was appointed by Governor Hutchinson as an Employer Representative to the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission (AWCC).

Lee Puckett retired after a 30 year career as an electrical engineer at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville.


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.  Her new book of poems, "Little Wanderer," a collection of poems about journeys and encounters, was published in August 2016 by Salmon Poetry, an Irish publisher. She launched the book with a reading at the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. 

David Medford has joined 103.7 The Buzz has a host of a brand new radio show to begin Aug. 29, 2016.


Dr. Derek Lowe and his blog "In the Pipeline" were featured in an article by Forbe's Magazine.


W. Brooks Gentry, M.D., is the first holder of the Carmelita S. Pablo, M.D., Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

Clay Martin is an immigration judge for Pearsall Immigration Court in Pearsall, TX.

Sylvia McDaniel Hoke Roland was reelected to the Sumter County Board of Education.


Holly Lodge Meyer of Heber Springs was appointed to serve as prosecuting attorney for the sixteenth Judicial District.

Scott Schallhorn was elected to a two-year term as incoming president of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. 

Dr. David Scurlock has recently opened his own private Family Practice office, Piedmont Medical Associates, in Brookhaven, GA.

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.

Jo Williams received the 2016 NOAA Bronze Medal Award for improving the efficiency and accuracy of monitoring the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery. The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and recognizes superior performance by federal employees.


Binky Martin-Tollette received the Liberty Bell Award from the Pulaski County Bar Association, which is given in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the legal profession.


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. He was also recently named a 2016 Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University, the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member.


Joe Cordi has joined the University of Arkansas Office of the General Counsel. 


Melissa Parodi Hawkins has accepted a pharmacist position at UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy and is a bilingual spanish pharmacist consultant for EDoc America. 

Greg Joslin recently received his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation after completing advanced coursework in financial and market analysis & demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Greg has also been awarded the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designation held by under 3,100 commercial real estate brokers internationally.

Karen Kennedy Seifert opened a wedding and event venue at her farm in Ironton, MO.

Ronda Edmondson Spivey began law school in August of 2015.  She is a member of the Nashville School of Law, class of 2019.


Eric Francis is senior content creator for Scratch Media + Marketing in Cambridge.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin has joined the Brunswick Group as senior counselor.


Maj. Devon Cockrell, currently Operations Officer, 10th Psychological Operations Battalion, will attend the 2017 Class of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS beginning in July 2016.  


John Krueger MD, MPH is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer of the OU Physicians medical group in Tulsa.


Wendy Anderson has joined RL Leaders as the Managing Director - West Coast. She will lead operations that connect the most creative minds from the entertainment industry and emerging technology experts to national security professionals, to apply innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing security challenges.

Dr. Jason Murphy was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy at Elms College in Western Massachusetts.  

Beth Green-Nagle has received her PhD in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma.  

Mark Wilson is the Marketing Director at the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club.  


Dr. Elizabeth Bridges was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of German at Rhodes College in Memphis. She was also was voted Vice President, President-Elect of Women in German, a professional organization for scholars in Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2016-2018. 

Michael Stevenson, M.D., M.P.H., joins Oklahoma Blood Institute as its associate medical director. 


Brian Delavan won First Place in the Young Scientists Excellence Award competition at the 2017 MCBios annual conference for his presentation “Drug Repurposing for LEOPARD Syndrome by Integrating Chemical Structure and Genomics Based Approaches”.  He will also present at the Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in June 2017.

Daniel Ellis is the revival stage director for the European debut of Sir David McVicar's opera production of Berg's Wozzeck at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Genève, Switzerland from March 2 - 14, 2017. 

Stephanie Doss-Robertson is Director of Clinical Services at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham, Mass.  She oversees the Department of Mental Health community based services.

Rob Young is Senior Manager at JPMS Cox PLLC.


Susan Meyer Coleman accepted a position at Arkansas Heart Hospital as the Benefits Administrator/Legal Affairs.


John Ahlen joined the Arkansas State Bank Department as bank chief counsel.

Erin Gibbs was named Chief of Operations for the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection in Washington, D.C. 

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. 

Rev. Danny Rhodes is the Director of Donations and Acquisitions with Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Alan Tackett is the inaugural recipient of the Scharlau Family Endowed Chair in Cancer Research in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Dr. Kate Helms was honored with the 2017 University Recreation Outstanding Alumna Award during the NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Annual Conference.

Susan Todd Krafft is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. 

Gina Byrne Miller was promoted to Vice President - Corporate Counsel at National Western Life Insurance Company.

Betsy Young was appointed to Immigration Judge in San Francisco's Immigration Court.


Fred Baker has accepted the position of Director of College Counseling at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock. 

Chris Hansen is now the Director of User Experience and Web Development for TGI Fridays.

Rob Mays is a full principal at the the Van Winkle Law Firm.


Rachel Burton is the new development director at Life Styles Inc. 

Rev. Nathaniel Langford was appointed to Palestine UMC in the Tioga-Ball area of Central Louisiana. 

Leigh Lassiter-Counts received a 2016-17 Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

Dr. Daniel Mwanza joined Surgical Associates of Fort Smith and Sparks Regional Medical Center as a general surgeon. 

Laura Beth Corless York was listed in US News and World Report as one of the top 100 Workers' Compensation attorneys in the country.


Dr. GerShun Avilez is a tenured professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the English and Comparative Literature department.

Tanya Corbin Holmes was named to Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 list. 

Amanda Linz, M.D. completed training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in 2015 and Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2016. She was awarded a research award in the Physician Scientist Training Program at St Jude Children's Research Hospital with a research focus on interdisciplinary collaboration for the care of pediatric oncology patients with poor prognosis and bereavement support for families and siblings.

Vanessa Norton McKuin was named in AY Magazine's 2016 Powerful Women feature.  In June she joined KUAR 89.1, UALR’s public radio station, and its partners in a regional journalism collaboration, Natural State News team, as the project’s partner manager.


Gina Curry Bergfeld received a tenure-track faculty position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Economics and Business.

Sarah Razer Carnahan was appointed as Member of the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee by the American Library Association.  She is one of 15 people nationally selected to serve on this year-long committee which will choose recently published novels to be listed as the annual Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association.  Sarah also contributes to The Hub, the YALSA blog on young adult collections.

Dr. Michael Chappell has joined Arkansas Oculoplastic Surgery, PLLC as a new associate.

Andrea Lujan Cordova is a Purchasing & Inventory Specialist at Left Hand Brewing Company.

Dr. Kevin Hayes, of Texarkana Cardiology Associates, is director of the electrophysiology lab at Christus St. Michael Health System.

Harvell Howard is the operations manager of ForwARd Arkansas.

Dr. Don Porter is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as of Fall 2016.

C.J. Sentell has joined the Hendrix College Office of Development as a Leadership Gifts Officer. 

Stephanie Smittle is singing the role of Virginia Clinton in the Billy Blythe opera.

Paul Woody completed his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Nevada.


Jon Alford is CFO at Denton Regional Medical Center.

Ben Hollowell with Applied Technology Group, Inc. is a member of the 2016 Class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40.

Grant Morshedi, M.D. has accepted a position as a glaucoma specialist at the Little Rock Eye Clinic. He will also have an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UAMS.

Mike Nance received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for political philosophy research at Goethe University.

Ateca Foreman Williams is Deputy Chief of Staff for Internal Operations for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.


Shana Woodard Graves is the Civil Rights Coordinator/Regulatory Compliance Analyst at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Jamie Ball Williams is the new girls basketball and volleyball coach at Conway Christian School.


Dr. Julie Gunderson received a tenure-track position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Physics.

Barrett Moore is now an equity partner in the Blair & Stroud law firm in Batesville. 

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.

Joni Podschun is Executive Director of Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, a non-profit organization doing community organizing and coalition building across the food system. 


Dr. Gary Berner is as an internal medicine and pediatric physician at the Community Clinic in Fayetteville.

Adrienne Crowell received his PhD in Psychology from Texas A&M University and accepted a visiting assistant professor of psychology position at Hendrix College.

Adam Roush is Head of Computer Science at Bradfield College, a co-ed boarding school in Bradfield, Reading, England.

Gabby Schonder reported and produced the Hillary Clinton story for The Choice 2016, a FRONTLINE production.


Sara Williams Shinn received her PhD in Food Science from University of Arkansas in May 2016. She is now an Assistant Professor of Food Science at Fresno State University in Fresno, CA.

Lauren Wisner Wilmoth is teaching science at Oak Ridge High in TN.


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. 

David Foley is the Head Ladies Basketball Coach at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Ashlyn Holdeyfield was recently selected as a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship Class of 2016.

Dr. Laura Broederdorf MacDonald received a tenture-track faculty position at Hendrix College as Assistant Professor of Biology.

Claire Allison, the program coordinator for the U of A’s Campus Hunger Initiative in the Center for Community Engagement, will be featured in the Arkansas Business Journal’s “20 in Their 20s” edition.

Natalie Telchi is Practice Group Coordinator at Financial Services at Dechert LLP.


Ryan Hughes Berner is a nurse at the Arkansas Children's Hospital clinic in Lowell.

Tim Bryant completed his MS in forestry at Northern Arizona State University in Flagstaff and has accepted a job in Portland, Oregon as a scientist with the U.S. Forest Service.

Ashley Cappiello graduated in December 2016 from Middle Tennessee State University with a Master of Education in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in school counseling.  She will begin her new role as the School Counselor at Antioch Elementary in Charlotte, N.C. 

Grace Yokem Depper is the business and community education specialist at South Arkansas Community College.

Tiffany Donovan is an Administrative Specialist III in the communications unit of the Arkansas Department of Education.

Sarah E. Dunaway is Assistant Law Librarian for Reference Services at the Public Law Library of King County. 

Peter Griffin was promoted to Residential Program Manager for Entergy and CenterPoint energy efficiency programs at CLEAResult Consulting.

Janson Hightower, the head coach of the Southwestern University men's basketball program, was named to the Coaches 30-Under-30 Team. 

Natalie Ramm is a member of the incoming class of the Clinton School of Public Service. 

Courtney Taylor is the curator at the LSU Museum of Art.


Gina Gordon is in graduate school at Indiana University studying psychology.

Dominique Kelleybrew is the Coordinator of Multicultural Services and Assistant Director of Student Activities at Hendrix College.   

Austin Rhodes is working at The Advisory Board Company.

Dr. Chris Weaver has joined the Department of Geography, Political Science and Sociology as an assistant professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.


Allison Beard graduated December 2016 from LSUHSC School of Nursing with a BSN and will be working as a RN at a local hospital in New Orleans.

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.

Knox Shelton was promoted to the role of executive director at Literacy Mid-South.

Daniel Williams received his Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


Drew Ahlgrim passed his exams to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Rev. Lauren DeLano is an Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Elana Harrison is the Assistant Director of Professional Education at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.

Celia Ketcham is a Rehabilitation Specialist at the Mental Health Association of Orange County.

Megan Kurten is a member of the incoming class of the Clinton School of Public Service.

Bekah Miller graduated with a masters degree in accounting and is an accountant for the Department of Defense.

Erin Murchison is the Office Administrator at the Collaboration for Early Childhood.


Jeremiah Bill has joined the United States Air Force and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant, Operations Research Analyst, doing math and statistics work for the Air Force.

Charlotte Huteson was voted Team Member of the Quarter on the Global Data & Analytics Team at Whole Foods Market.

Collin Radack has joined the Hendrix College baseball coaching staff. 

Amelia Robert has accepted the Ann Kolker Fellowship, offered by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance in Washington DC. As a Kolker Fellow, she will work on policy initiatives that seek to eliminate ovarian cancer.  

Jo Claire Robertson is a Marketing Consultant for Townsquare Media in Shreveport, LA.

Erin Shaw-Meadow is an English teacher at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.

Emily Smith is a member of the incoming class of the Clinton School of Public Service. 

Neelam Vyas has started the pursuit of her MBA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.


Hanna French is an event and marketing coordinator at Camp Aldersgate.

Vvdaul Holloway is the area apartment coordinator at Hendrix College.

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. 

Becca Morgan is enrolled in the Master of Athletic Training degree program in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.  She is the 2016 recipient of the Bill Ferrell Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training and she recently won the Dean Weber Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training presented to the top student in the athletic training education program.

Brittany Webb was selected to attend the first White House Summit on the United State of Women. This summit will bring together a diverse group and will focus on six key areas that impact women and girls: Educational Opportunity, Health and Wellness, Economic Empowerment, Violence Against Women, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Jordan Barrett launched a new business venture called Boxxyy, a monthly subscription company featuring pet treats, toys, and supplies, all tailored for your pet’s breed. 

Zachary Chastain began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

Kathleen Conley began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. 

Nicholas Heiner won a Pi Mu Epsilon Student Speaker Award for “A Modified Amazing Array”, his presentation at this year’s MathFest in Columbus, Ohio.

Dylan Rogers co-authored an article, “Long-Lived Intermediates in a Cooperative Two-State Folding Transition,” with Faizan Khan ’17 that was recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

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