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Sam Annable and Jack Reilly, licensed architects, have been promoted to senior associates in the Fayetteville office of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Annable joined the firm in 2011 and has worked on the 21c Museum Hotel & Parking Deck and a variety of projects for the University of Arkansas. Reilly joined the firm in 2010 and has worked on UA projects and the Walton Arts Center's renovation and expansion.

Dave Wilgus became CEO of HFA of Bentonville last month, succeeding Harrison French, who will be chairman of the board. Wilgus has been principal and vice president of the 230-employee architecture firm. Ryan Ray, a principal and vice president of engineering, has assumed the duties of chief operations officer, while Larry Lott, principal and president, has the added title of chief innovations officer. Vice Presidents Chris Norton and Lou Allevato continue to serve on the HFA board of directors.

Economic Development

Mark Young and William "Goose" Changose have joined the board of directors of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses. Young is the president and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and Jonesboro Unlimited. Changose, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and aviator, is a founding partner of the Natural State Law firm of Little Rock.

Linsley Kinkade has been promoted to senior director of U.S. programs at Winrock International of Little Rock. She was previously Winrock's deputy director.


Tom Risch has been named vice provost for research and technology transfer and the executive director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and Cathy Naylor has been named employee training and development coordinator for the Division of Finance & Administration. The holder of the Judd Hill Endowed Chair of Environmental Biology, Risch joined A-State in 2001 and previously served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Naylor, an A-State graduate, previously served as assistant director of budget and planning for the Division of Academic Affairs & Research.

Lana K. Bell, Pamela Davidson, Daniel Settle, Jerry West and James Brandli were recently honored for service to the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith onFaculty Appreciation Day. Bell received the Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award. Davidson received the Excellence to the University, to the Profession & to the Community Service Award. Settle is the recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Award. West received the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award. Brandli received the Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award presented by the Student Government Association.

Dr. Sara Tariq has been named to the new position of associate dean for student affairs in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Tariq, a professor of internal medicine, joined the faculty in 2002 and has served as assistant dean for undergraduate clinical education since 2009.

Ember Strange has been named executive director of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation in Conway. Strange previously worked for the city of Little Rock as comptroller and later as assistant director of finance.

Kiril Kolev has been named director of the Hendrix Odyssey Program, Hendrix College's engaged learning initiative. Kolev, an associate professor who currently chairs the Department of Politics & International Relations, joined the faculty of Hendrix in Conway in 2011.

Summer DeProw's appointment as assistant vice chancellor for assessment and accreditation at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has been made permanent. DeProw was made interim assistant vice chancellor in the fall of 2017, prior to A-State's most recent Higher Learning Commission site visit in the spring of 2018. A-State received accreditation renewal with HLC in June 2018.

David Hutchison joined Lyon College at Batesville earlier this year as vice president of advancement. He was previously executive director of advancement and alumni programs at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, where he successfully executed a $20 million capital campaign and added $4 million to the university's endowment.

Jenene Alexander, Chuck Hicks, Jonathan Singleton, Mary Madill, Frank McCown, Jonathan White, Peter Rice, John Stone and Debbie Waggoner recently received Teacher Achievement Awards from Harding University in Searcy. Alexander is director of the counseling program and professor of professional counseling in the Cannon-Clary College of Education. Hicks is an assistant professor of music and Singleton is associate professor of English, both in the College of Arts & Humanities. Madill is academic director and assistant professor of physician assistant studies in the College of Allied Health. McCown is associate professor of computer science and White is associate professor of engineering and physics, both in the College of Sciences. Rice is assistant professor of Bible in the College of Bible & Ministry. Stone is assistant professor in the College of Business Administration. Waggoner is associate professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy.

Kevin Davis, J. Lemmons, Nathan Looney, Ashley Lynn, John Noah, Carl Walker and Sharon Williams are Harding staff members who received Distinguished Service Awards. Davis is assistant director of public safety. Lemmons is a functional technician for the Office of Advancement. Looney is assistant sports information director. Lynn is the administrative assistant in the College of Business Administration. Noah is director of the business office. Walker is a technical training specialist for information systems and technology. Williams is an administrative assistant to the president. Harding presented an Above & Beyond service award to Billy Davis, custodial supervisor for Aramark, the university's food service contractor.

Bobby Brasel will serve as an assistant coach on the Trojan women's basketball staff in his second stint with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Brasel spent the last four seasons as the associate head coach at North Texas State University. He spent two years at UA Little Rock in 2013-15.

AustinHopperhasjoinedtheUniversity of Central Arkansas as director of development for athletics. A native of Monticello and a 2017 graduate of Arkansas State University, Hopper previously worked for the Louisville Cardinals development team as a graduate assistant.

Energy & Utilities

Stefan Booy recently joined Seal Energy Solutions of North Little Rock as vice president of operations. He has 20 years of experience in leadership, finance, strategy and process management, most recently as co-founder and operator of Booy Insights & Consulting and as a commodity trader at Westrock Asset Management.


Matt Dunn of Crist Engineers Inc. in Little Rock was recently inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering. Dunn has a bachelor's in industrial engineering and a master's in civil engineering, both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He joined Crist in 1999 and became a partner in 2004.

Financial Services

Derrek Thomason is the new regional president for Malvern National Bank in the Little Rock area. Thomason has more than 30 years of banking experience and has worked for several banks, including Worthen, Regions, Summit and Bear State.

John French has been promoted to the new position of executive vice president for risk and operations by Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia. French has led Southern's risk management and compliance departments as a senior vice president since 2006.

Scott Miller, the Boone County market president for Anstaff Bank of Green Forest, has been appointed to a five-year term on the Arkansas State Banking Board by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Mac Barnes has been promoted to field director for Northwestern Mutual Kinard Financial Group in Little Rock. John Chen is now the group's college unit director.

Itzel Meador as been named the Small Business Association regional manager of sales and business development for the eight-state footprint of Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff. Meador has more than 20 years of banking experience, having previously served as vice president in the commercial lending group at Regions Bank in Arkansas. Her responsibilities include SBA loan production, oversight of Simmons' SBA lending processes and customer experience.

Hatim Smouni, a first vice president with Merrill Lynch in Little Rock, has earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor credential from the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Jeff Richardson has been promoted to community executive for Simmons Bank in Saline County. Richardson has nearly 25 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Simmons in 2018 as a senior vice president and community banker, Richardson served as senior vice president for commercial lending at Bank OZK.

Eric Johnston and Jay Bankston have been hired as vendor business development representatives for Arvest Equipment Finance in Fort Smith, a division of Arvest Bank. Johnston most recently worked for Caterpillar Inc. and previously worked as a territory manager for IronPlanet. Bankston most recently worked as a regional sales manager for BigIron Auctions. Other new hires at AEF are Carrie Guire and Stacey Nichols, sales support specialists, and Mike Davis, asset manager.

Health Care

Dr. Brad Baltz has joined the cancer care practice at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock. Baltz has 25 years of oncology experience, most recently at Baltz Hematology Oncology. He previously worked at CARTI Cancer Center, Hematology Oncology Services of Arkansas, Arkansas Oncology Associates and Little Rock Hematology-Oncology Associates.

Tim McKenzie has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Travel Nurse Across America of North Little Rock. McKenzie, who joined TNAA in 2017 and most recently served as chief growth officer, succeeds Gene Scott, who has been elevated to the position of executive chairman after 11 years as CEO.

Sheila Williams, who most recently served as vice president and administrator at Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County, has been named executive director of Baptist Health's PACE program in North Little Rock effective May 20. Tony Hardage has been named interim vice president and administrator for the Malvern hospital and will continue to oversee Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia as assistant vice president. Williams joined Baptist Health in January 2014, having served as CEO of the Malvern hospital before its partnership with Baptist Health. Hardage joined Baptist Health in 1996 as a staff pharmacist at Baptist Health-Arkadelphia.

Dr. PB Simpson Jr., who has been in practice for more than 40 years, has joined Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. Simpson received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and is board-certified in neurosurgery.

Jared Cooley has been promoted to chief financial officer at Arkansas Urology of Little Rock, where he has worked since 2017. Cooley previously served as vice president of operations and CFO for Inpac LLC, CFO for Family Liberty Life Insurance Co. and CFO for Legacy Neurosurgery.

Gwen Childs, a professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, is the 2019 recipient of the George Gomori, M.D., Ph.D., Award, the highest award of the national Histochemical Society. Childs began her research in the immunohistochemistry field as a graduate student in the early 1970s and continued this focus through the 1990s.

Meagan Freeman, a staff educator for Baptist Health in Little Rock, and Alice Fanning, assistant professor of nursing at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, have been selected for the Arkansas Center for Nursing Inc's 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 list.

Andy Nicholson, radiology director at White River Medical Center in Batesville, was recently selected to serve on the board of directors of the Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Dr. Donald J. Johann Jr., an associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Informatics and Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test.

Andrew Dugan recently began work as a nurse practitioner at Mercy Clinic Cardiology on Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith. Dugan served as a board-certified registered nurse with Mercy Hospital Fort Smith from 2012-18.

Brianna Johnson has joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine & Pediatrics in Fort Smith as a board-certified family nurse practitioner for internal medicine. Johnson was a registered nurse in Mercy Hospital Fort Smith's intensive care unit in 2014 and 2015.

Rachel Jones has joined Mercy Clinic Nephrology-Tower West in Fort Smith as a boardcertified family nurse practitioner. Jones was a registered nurse from 2014 to 2016 at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith.

Jennifer Julian recently joined Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology-Tower West in Fort Smith as a board-certified family nurse practitioner.


S. Richard Levin, who practices in the Fayetteville office of the Hall Estill law firm, was recently named a recognized practitioner in the real estate practice area by the law firm and attorney ranking guide Chambers USA.

Kathleen McDonald, director of immigration at Wilson & Associates in Little Rock, has been designated an abogada consultom in Arkansas by Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs. As a consulting attorney, Kathleen is authorized to provide legal advice and representation for Mexican citizens in the United States.


Heather Baker, publisher of AY magazine and Arkansas Money & Politics will be honored in October as the 2019 recipient of the Woman of the Year award from Women's Own Worth, a Little Rock charity for victims of domestic violence and survivors of violent crime.

Dr. Gail Reede Jones will be the honoree at the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation's 2019 Blue Ribbon Bash on Aug. 22 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Jones has been a practicing urologist for more than 38 years and has been associated with Arkansas Urology since its inception in 1996. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed her urological surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Julie Austin has been named marketing coordinator for the Humane Society of Pulaski County, where she volunteered for more than a year.

Real Estate

Samantha Pettis has been promoted to senior accountant at BSR real estate investment trust in Little Rock. Pettis has worked with BSR since graduating from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013. She was previously a staff accountant 1.

Carl Carter Jr. of Sherwood, a real estate agent and founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, was recently among more than 230 real estate professionals honored by RISMedia as 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers for 2019. Carter founded the nonprofit named for his mother after she was kidnapped and murdered while working as a real estate agent in 2014.


Sara Mortimore has been named vice president of global food safety compliance by Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, effective May 13. Mortimore joins Walmart from Land O'Lakes, where she was vice president of product safety, quality and regulatory affairs.

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