UCA Employees Elected to Statewide Nonprofit Board

Dr. Amy Amy

Two University of Central Arkansas employees were elected to the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence Board of Directors at the ACE Annual Meeting held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Dr. Amy H. Amy, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, and Kelly Lyon, director of the Center for Community and Economic Development, were among 11 professionals from across the state elected by the ACE membership.

The Arkansas Coalition for Excellence is Arkansas’ nonprofit association and representative in the National Council of Nonprofits. Since 2003, ACE has worked vigorously to build a stronger, more vibrant nonprofit sector in Arkansas. ACE accomplishes this effort through its advocacy work on public policy issues affecting all nonprofits at the state and national level; access to affordable products and services; education and technical assistance; research and information sharing, and network building.


Kelly Lyon

“After working with the inaugural class of UCA’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, I realized how much cross-sector cooperation it will take to strengthen Arkansas,” Amy said. “I work primarily with the nonprofit cognate so partnering with ACE is a natural fit that couldn’t have come at a better time.”

ACE operates statewide in five regions: northeast, northwest, central, southeast and southwest. Its membership consists of 300 nonprofits, foundations, businesses and individuals.

“This appointment will enable us to provide more knowledgeable support for our work with nonprofits in our Community Development Institute and also in our grant funded work with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation,” said Lyon.