Officer Chris Watkins was born in Odessa, Texas, moved to Conway in 2005, and retired from the oilfield in 2015. Chris has been married for over 20 years and has two daughters. He is a US Army Veteran, small business owner, and firearms instructor.
Officer Jessica Gray has been a Conway resident since 2007. Since graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a double bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy she has continued exploring her love for both disciplines outside of academia by writing in her spare time. Jessica lives with her husband, five step-children, and Heathcliff, the family cat.
Officer Kelly Sullins graduated from Vilonia High School in 2009, going on to get a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas with a minor in Planning and Administration. While attending UCA in 2010, he made some friends at Hendrix and was subsequently accepted into the Hendrix Sword Club as an honorary member and an unofficial officer. He remained active in the club for several years before work schedules made attendance impossible. In 2021, Kelly married Abigail Graham, a fellow UCA student who went on to become a NICU nurse at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Their pets include two cats, two Chihuahua mixes, four wolf-dog hybrids, and a growing Sulcata tortoise that will likely outlive us all. Kelly's hobbies vary wildly, but include hiking, biking, listening to music and podcasts, gaming (mostly Nintendo games like Zelda, but certainly making time for series like Resident Evil), catching up on a variety of mostly nerdy shows and videos, and researching whatever topic or concept has currently captured his interest.
Officer Shane Boudreaux is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent 12 years as a professional firefighter in Louisiana before moving to Arkansas in 2015, continuing his career as a firefighter at the Camp Robinson Fire Department. Shane was a part-time Hendrix Public Safety officer from 2017 until 2019, when he resigned to move up north. After working security at a Minnesota liberal arts college Shane decided to move back south, returning to the Conway area and to Hendrix College as a full-time Public Safety Officer in September 2021.
Officer Kirk Smith came to Conway in 2006 when he transferred from a Music Education major at the University of Arkansas at Morrilton to Psychology and Philosophy studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Originally working in the food service industry, he made the switch to security in 2015, working for Securitas Security Services at a local corporation. Kirk also worked as a part-time officer at Hendrix College from 2015 until 2018 while resuming his studies at UCA in 2016. Since leaving Hendrix in 2018, he managed the family business and worked security at another local corporation before he returning to Hendrix Public Safety in September 2021 as a full-time officer. Kirk is an avid reader who also enjoys movies and music. He gets great satisfaction from helping people and enjoys conversing with new people, so if you see Kirk around campus feel free to start up a conversation with him.
Officer Seth Ryan is a lifelong Conway resident who is very accustomed to the city's culture. He has been a certified security officer since 2018, but has been helping people a lot longer than that. He is heavily involved in gaming, playing video games such as Call of Duty, Smite, League of Legends, and indie or small video gaming company games. Seth is also an avid camper, preferring to camp alongside the river instead of at established campsites during his many outings floating the Buffalo and Red Rivers.