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Updates received after February 1, 2019.


Richard "Dick" Farr has been honored by The Marquis Who’s Who in America Publications Board as a recipient of the Alfred Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  As an Honoree, Mr. Farr’s distinguished biography will be included in a forthcoming special edition recognizing the top 1 ½ percent of living Americans, based on exceptional lifetime career accomplishments and demonstrated unwavering excellence.


Pat Couch Laster has published her fourth book, A Compendium of Journal Jottings: A Sourcebook for Writers, by Cahaba Press.  


Jay Gandy has been named Associate Provost for the  Northwest Regional Campus by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Dean Watts was inducted as the 2019-2020 President of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association.

Bill Wisely recently retired from practicing law in Hot Springs where he has practiced since 1983.


Dee Davis Oberwetter received the 2019 Romance Writers of America Emma Merritt Service Award.

Karen Watson Reeves has received the 2019 Our Promise Community Service Award for her work with The Yoga Place.  This award is for her work to support the mission of Our Promise Cancer Resources in 
providing caring, professional support and education to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through social programs and educational services.


Todd Conatser has completed his Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.


Nancy Mitchell received her Master of Nursing Science from UAMS College of Nursing.

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


Julia Busfield has begun a position as Coverage Counsel at EMC Insurance Companies.


Jaimie Alexander was selected to complete Leadership Texarkana, a year-long community leadership program and was recently honored by the organization at the year-end celebration.

Robert Coleman has joined SettlePou Law Practice and will be establishing offices based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mark Hamer has started a new position at TY Garments USA, LLC.


Shelley Henson Atkins began a new position as Regional Director at Onco360 Oncology Pharmacy.

Susan Cosby Ronnenberg recently published Deadwood and Shakespeare: The Henriad in the Old West (McFarland, 2018) and A chapter in Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television (Emerald, 2019).


Michael Binz has joined Crypto Asset Rating as Corporate Adviser.

Eric Francis has been named as Interim Editor-in-Chief at Scout Magazine.

Jim Hudson has been named General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs and Policy for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Kim Beard May started a new position as Clinical Supervisor at Healthy Living at Home.

Greg Thompson has announced the opening of a new art brokerage company:  Greg Thompson Fine Art, Inc. and Fine Art Investments, LLC.


Catherine Huett Beckham has been named regional finalist for the 2020 Arkansas Teach of the Year honor.

Devon Cockrell started a new position as Plans Officer at U.S. Army Pacific.

Tamara Havner received her graduate degree in Health Administration from the UAMS College of Public Health.

Andrea Tompkins has been hired as an art outreach specialist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Mark Murphey Henry has made partner at Rose Law Firm.

Kimberly Miller recently assisted her firm, Halff Associates, develop a practice focused on making communities more resilient to the shocks and stresses of natural and manmade disasters.    She has spent the last twenty years in urgan planning and is currently Principal Planner for Resilience with Halff Associates.


Lesley Bingham has begun a new position as Information Security Analyst at Entergy.

Stephen Gillaspy has been named the new Senior Director for the Office of Health Care Finance, a joint office of APA and its companion organization APA Services, Inc. 

Gabriel Gullia started a new position as Global Account Executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mark Wilson started a new position as Sponsor and Exhibitor Coordinator at Imperious Expo, LLC.


Brian Fitzpatrick started a new position as Community Engagement Coordinator with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Chris Morgan has been elected to the board of directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Michelle Pyle Paden, co-founder and President of Families Against Distractive Driving (FADD), received commendation by the State of Arkansas 92nd General Assembly for the work of the organization to end deadly distracted driving.


Barkley Thompson won a silver medal IPPY Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in the Religion category for his book "In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God's Politics".  His work was recently awarded the Illumination Award gold medal in the Ministry category.


Joanna Bryant Delavan has been promoted to Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She continues to serve as Electronic Resources Librarian and Online Bookstore Administrator for UAMS and has recently added  Collections Librarian for Arkansas Children's Hospital to her duties.

Dionne Bennett Jackson has accepted a position as executive director for AR Kids Read.

Paul Nony has been promoted to Director of Toxicology and Occupational Health and Principal Toxicologist at CTEH Environmental Consulting.


Tracy McKay Dixon has published her 21st book "The Beyond".  It is the fourth book in the NYT Bestselling New Orleans-based Devil’s Isle series.  

Jacob Hayward has been hired as the principal of Siloam Springs Middle School.


Daniel Perrien has been made Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.


Mary Margaret Ratliff Gay has opened a new law office, Gay Jones & Kuhn law firm, in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Jessica Bartnik Saunders has begun a new position as Productions Operations Manager at Wiland.


Chris Hansen was promoted to Senior Director Digital at TGI Fridays.

Dax McDonald started a new position as Director of Marketing at ATN International.

J. Alex Thompson received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The George Washington University in May 2019, and has accepted the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing with Marquette University.

Robert Wolfe has become a new partner at Little Rock accounting firm, FrostPLLC.


Kendall Collier started a new position as Vice President of People at CognitiveScale.


Elizabeth Fite was installed as treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia on June 8, 2019 during the organization’s Annual Meeting.

Trent Kelly has been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for personal injury.  This honor is bestowed on less than 2.5% of all lawyers.

Faith Pippin started a new position as Senior Spanish Instructor at Fluent City and Spanish GED Instructor at Spanish Education Development Center.


K. Chad Clay was promoted to Associate Professor of International Affairs with tenure at the University of Georgia in Fall 2018.  Clay will take over as the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia in Summer 2019.

Paul Woody has been hired as the Vice President for Business Development by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.


Ateca Williams Foreman has been named to the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 2019 class.


Wesley Alford was named Assistant Director of Professional Development at Colorado State University Extension.

Patrick Brown began a new position as Assistant Professor, Radiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Vanessa Young Cope has been named Customer Vice President at Campbell Soup Company.

Douglas Hutchings has been named director of the Arkansas Research Alliance Academy of Scholars & Fellows.


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

Julie Gunderson has collaborated with Dr. Robert Eoff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to receive a $1.2-million grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a study titled 
“Replication of G-quadruplex DNA by translesion polymerases.” The project is jointly funded by the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). 

Kalynn Hendrix-Estrada graduated with her PharmD in 2012 and began employment at CVS Pharmacy as pharmacy manager in September 2016.  She was named Paragon (highest award honored to managers), within first year with the company.


Samantha Magnuson Kish has completed her Master of Science in Library Science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.


Sam Freyaldenhoven presented his abstract Characterization of Whole Chromosome Alterations in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma at the 99th American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Annual Meeting. 

Stephen Jackson has begun a new position as chemist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Alison McKeever has started a new position as Collection Development Assistant at Central Arkansas Library System.


Sara Hunter began a new position as Manager, Online Marketing at Veritas Technologies LLC.


Julie Champlin-Ligouri has been made Senior Coordinator, Global Programs at Monash University.

Janson Hightower was recently named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Brendan Moore graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Natalie Ramm has been hired as an associate attorney at Dover Dixon Horne in Little Rock.


Jake Brooks began a new position as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General's Office. 

Andrew Chesser has started a new position as Attorney Advisor for the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals.

Blake Whicker has been promoted to Senior Logistics Capabilities Manager at Microsoft.


Mary Kathryn Allison completed her Doctor of Philosophy, Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the UAMS College of Public Health.

Torey Hayward, Jr. has been selected as the inaugural vice principal of Young Audiences Charter High School in Gretna, Louisiana.

Billy Hyatt completed his Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences at the UAMS Graduate School.

Harrison Lowder graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Meredith Wallus started a new position at Chesnut Health Systems as Case Manager.


Chad Binns graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Julia Cook started a new position as Digital Marketing Specialist, Digital Experience at Avalara.

Kim Lane has been promoted to Senior Advisor at Global Entrepreneurship Network.


Kathryn Armstrong has been named the Jacksonville High School 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.

Reade Huddleston will become the head of production at Headfame Spirits in Butte, Montana.

Miriam Koesy received her Master of Nursing Science from UAMS College of Nursing.

Amelia Kinch earned a J.D.: Graduated early from University of Colorado Law, having been in the Environmental Law Review, Juvenile Delinquency Clinic, and helping with the formation of the Virtual Pro Bono Clinic. Worked under Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart. 

Ryan McCluskey has been named Senior Financial Analyst - Worldwide Hybrid Clould Pricer at IBM.

Colton Primm recently joined the Razorback Foundation as Associate Director of Development. 

Adelia Shiffraw began a new position as Production Manager at Boomshot.

Jeremy Williams has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at Citi.

Christina Wilson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.


Meghan Ayers and Dimple Shah received their graduate degrees in Public Health from the UAMS College of Public Heath.

Zoë Barton has been promoted to a Tech Events Program Manager at Walmart Corporate.  Through her position, Zoë manages the relationship between Walmart and all of the 40+ tech universities 
used for recruiting nationwide.

Tony Cardillo, Dalton Hoose, Paige Johnson, Meet Modi, Samia Nawaz, Michael Occidental, Kristen O'Connell, and Ples Spradley graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine.

Katie Cummins, Kacey Hight, John Pounds, and Jessalyn Tackett received their Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Sami Kennedy began pediatric residency in June 2019 at Nemours Children't Hospital in Lake Nona, Florida.

Bryan Urban accepted a new position at Box, a cloud content management company.


Marissa Lee graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in May 2019 and was awarded a two-year fellowship working in-house counsel at Fifth Third Bancorp 
focusing on governmental regulations.

James Owen has recently become Southern Bancorp Ambassador for Southern Bancorp.

Rachel Zweig has been awarded a $30,000 Rotary International Global Grant funded by The Rotary Foundation Mary Doyle Endowed Global Grant Scholarship Fund. 


Brooks Billings has been named offensive line coach for the McMurry University War Hawks in Abilene, Texas.

Austin Davis has been accepted to the UALR Bowen School of Law, Fall 2019.

Ellen Martin has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Fall 2019.

Sydney Meyer has been accepted to the UALR Bowen School of Law, Fall 2019.

Eric Peterson will join The Anniston Star's newsroom as part of a year-long master's degree program in community journalism at the University of Alabama.

Pratheepa Ravikumar was named the Student Director of Community Outreach for the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center.

Guneev Sharma has accepted a Legislative Assistant position at Thorn Run Partners.

Mattie Thacker began a new position as Volunteer Services Coordinator at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre.


Thomas Adamo accepted a position as Audit Associate with BKD CPAs & Advisors.

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

Yahelle Yaccoby began a new position as Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of Arkansas.


Emily Waller has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Fall 2019.

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