Community Education Instructor Bios

Brian Armstrong – Hines Automotive

Brian has been involved with automotive and heavy equipment maintenance his whole life. He graduated Trade School with a Master Automotive Technician Degree at the age of 18 and immediately went to work in the Gold Mines of Northern Nevada where he stayed and worked for the next 30 years! he started as a light vehicle mechanic and graduated through various other vocations all maintenance related until retiring in 2010 as a Certified Purchasing Manager procuring Mining Equipment and MRO  (Maint & Repair parts for Operations) with a spend responsibility of nearly $1 billion dollars per year.

In 2011 he and his wife Lori moved to Conway where their son Kyle was a UACCM then UCA student. They purchased a local garage with a good reputation called Hines Service Center. Pete Hines started the business 35 years earlier and built it up from just a gas service station to a full-service auto repair. They now have two shops and repair over 5,000 cars per year doing $1.5M in the automotive repair business.

Their interest in sharing knowledge about car care stems from the almost daily witness of high repair costs due to underperformed or unperformed maintenance of the family car. Conway is a college town and a lot of the student population lives away from their families and friends who might otherwise assist them. Our desire is to help the students understand the basic requirements of keeping their car safe and well-maintained so that they may avoid those costly repairs.

Sue Bennett

Sue is currently on staff in the art department at UCA as Curator of the Visual Resources Library. Her job centers around her studies in art history and research. Sue has always been interested in her family history and took a course in genealogy in 2005 through the UCA Outreach program with Desmond Allen. She has been working on her family history ever since and is working towards her certification in genealogy. She has a passion for family history and would love the opportunity to teach others how to start looking into their own ancestors.

Cathy and Fred Fisher

Fisher flyer photoCathy & Fred Fisher have been teaching round dance since 1998 and in their hometown of Conway Arkansas have formed the “ConwayRounders” Round Dance Club. In association with the University of Central Arkansas’ Academic Outreach Program they taught dance from 2007 to 2010.
They are members of The International Association of Round Dance Teachers INC. (ROUNDALAB) and presently serve on the Board of Directors. They have attended seven ROUNDALAB conventions and one Mini-Lab. They are presently members of the ROUNDALAB Phase III Round of the Quarter (ROQ) Committee and past members of the Phase II ROQ Committee. They cue and teach phases 1 through 4. In 2013 they choreographed their first dance, Arkansas Traveler, for the 62nd NSDC® in Oklahoma City to promote the 63rd National Square Dance Convention® held in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2014.

They have attended eight National Square Dance Conventions® (NSDC) and have showcased, taught and cued rounds at the NSDC. Fred served as Program Chairman for the 2014 NSDC in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the same time, Cathy served as Vice Chairman of the Round Dance Committee. The Fishers have been the Round Dance Chairman for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation since 2006. Fred is presently serving as the Editor for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation’s Modern Square. They are members of the Louisiana Round Dancers Association. They have been on staff for many conventions and festivals, including Arkansas and Louisiana State functions and three National Singles Dance-A-Rama events.

Robin Fletcher

Robin Fletcher

Robin Fletcher has thirteen years in the field of health insurance.  The past 8 years has been in the area of Medicare Supplements and drug coverage. She works for The Hatcher Agency.



Birder Harris

Birder Harris began sewing at a very young age. She developed much of her skills through the family-owned sewing business and continued with formal instruction throughout high school and at Southeast Missouri State University. Now a professional seamstress, she currently owns her own business, Sew Unique Alteration, located in Conway, Arkansas.

James Honeycutt

James Honeycutt is a federal employee working for the Army National Guard as a Systems Administrator. He also serves in the Arkansas National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer on the weekends. James has about 15 years in the IT field with 2-3 yrs focusing on IT Security. He has a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and holds the CompTiaSecurity+, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), and VCP5-DCV (VMWare Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization) certifications. He is currently working on his MBA with an emphasis in ITM (Information Technology Management).

James likes to volunteer work with schools and youth groups to teach children how to stay safe while surfing online. He wants to use his knowledge and expertise to help teachers with their professional development. James is involved with Team RWB (Team Red, White & Blue); a veteran’s fitness group, AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) scholarship committee and giving out scholarships to deserving young kids for college. He is also a father of two and a loving husband of 15 years.

Alicia Isom

Alicia is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas and a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University. She has worked at Conway Regional since August 2007 doing postpartum (mom/baby) and nursery care for mostly low-level acuity infants. She also teaches a Baby Care Basics class through Conway Regional Health System.

Mike Kemp

Mike KempMike Kemp is the owner of Mike Kemp Photography in Conway, Arkansas. He has worked in the field for over 20 years, working with several newspapers throughout the state. His works have appeared in such diverse publications as TV Guide, Outdoor Life and Cat Fancy. Mike also manages his own freelance business.
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Amber Ledbetter

Amber Ledbetter has been a labor and delivery Registered Nurse for 10 years.   She teaches CPR and first aid classes for adults, children and infants.  Amber also teaches infant and toddler safety classes as well as childbirth classes.   She is currently going back to school at UCA for an advanced nursing degree.

Dr. JJ Mayo

jjmayoDr. JJ Mayo is an accomplished wellness coach with over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and is a registered dietitian nutritionist and instructor at UCA. His work includes authoring a book entitled, “101 Weight Loss Tips” and writing online weight loss tips for the website of NBC’s reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” He has successfully helped clients in all walks of life lose weight and achieve their personal health goals.



Pamela Padgett

Pamela Padgett is a retired Army anesthetist. She has also provided anesthesia services in the civilian sector for 20 years. Her passion is dog behavior and training. She is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and the only Therapy Dogs International tester in Arkansas. Pamela is certified through the American Kennel Club to teach their STAR Puppy Program and to evaluate dogs for their Canine Good Citizen titles. Her facility (Conway Canine Companions) is also the only registered Barn Hunt Club in Arkansas. Currently, she is pursuing her certification with the National Association of Canine Nose Work.

Lennon Parker

Lennon Parker has been building with Lego bricks for more than 20 years and is a member of the Lego Master Builder Academy. His three children keep him a full-time Lego dad.

Marieda Priest

Marieda Priest has over 30 years of decorating experience, including birthday cakes, wedding cakes, anniversary cakes and other special occasions. Marieda also holds over 10 years of teaching experience, using the Wilton Method of cake decorating to teach novice and advance students through hands-on and visual demonstration.

Master Wendy Rae

Wendy RaeWendy Rae has an Associate Degree in Business from UCA in 1988. In 2008 she obtained her Level III Reiki Master Practitioner certification, thus giving her the title Master Wendy Rae. She has a true passion for the Reiki techniques because of its overall health benefits it promotes (better lifestyle choices, breathing, eating and sleeping). She was also a minister for 14 years. She enjoys nature walks, mystery novels and is a foodie!

Jim Sadler

Jim graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas on an athletic scholarship. After graduation, Jim worked for 30 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T in various levels of management in several locations around the country. His responsibilities included operations management and human resources management. Jim also worked in small business for 10 years in the staffing, transportation and call center industries.  For the last twelve years, Jim has volunteered his time working for SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses. Jim serves as a Counselor in the Little Rock SCORE office, a Counselor through the SCORE nationwide, On-Line System, is serving his third term as Chapter Chair for Little Rock SCORE and is the District Director for SCORE in Arkansas.

Kim Slaughter – The Blue Focus

slaughterI studied Business and Marketing at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.
I put myself thru college working in a hospital and then as an optician. In 1992, I started my first business, Prism Marketing & Management. A consulting firm focused on medical practices. Over the years I have been published in many trade journals including Optometric Management, 20/20, Dentistry Today, Veterinary Practice and Women’s INC. In 2008, I was blown away by a relativity new site for marketing businesses called Facebook and I was hooked. I started The Blue FOCUS in 2008. I wanted to help the doctors I had worked with leverage this new medium. In 2011 I married the love of my life and my 9th-grade boyfriend after a 27-year break. How did we re-connect? Thru Facebook of course.

Melissa Steele

My name is Melissa Steele (dance name: Kitsune) and I am a Bellydancer and Bellydance Instructor with many years of experience performing. I am well versed in Cabaret style belly dance and have fundamentals in styles such as Gypsy, Raqs Gothic, Egyptian, Tribal, and Fusion Style Bellydance. I am a highly motivated Bellydance instructor with 6 years of experience teaching Cabaret and Fusion Style Bellydance and have a creative and results-oriented student/teacher relationship. Specific talents include sword, veil, and fire dancing. I am a member of the Troupe Traveling Hips and Hipnotic Poison Bellydance.

Debra Strack

Debra Strack graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy from UCA in 1974 and has worked as a stained glass artist in central Arkansas since 1983. She enrolled in a Tai Chi class offered by UCA Outreach in 1997 after reading that Tai Chi might help in overcoming an illness she had for more than 10 years. When this proved to be true, she was motivated to continue and began studying at Lee’s White Leopard in Little Rock with Gary Lee. She learned empty hand and weapon forms, push hands (self-defense), and Chi Kung. With a desire to share the art, and with her teacher’s encouragement, she returned to Outreach as a Tai Chi instructor.

 Jeff Turnbow

jeffturnbowFor almost two decades, Jeff Turnbow, Digital Marketing Strategist / Digital Expert / Inspirational Leader and Speaker with over 820 endorsements for marketing / digital marketing, has led startups and large corporate structures in developing their digital marketing solutions. Some notable companies include Gannett and Raycom Media (Broadcast Company of the Year 2015). His experience includes building superior sales teams and implementing transformational marketing strategies.

Turnbow has been awarded for creating top teams, rapid sales increases, and turnarounds by improving processes, efficiencies, marketing, and creating dynamic work environments. He has 17 years management experience at top marketing companies such as Gannett-G/O Digital, ReachLocal, YellowBook, Raycom Media, and AT&T. Turnbow was selected to represent Arkansas by the world’s largest industrial marketing Company – To add, Turnbow has been recognized as an expert in leadership and marketing by the top paying US consulting firms.   He is also the owner of an Arkansas-based marketing and training agency for over 10 years.

His credentials include Google Partner (Adwords, Analytics, Display and Video) – Harvard University Certification in Advanced Social Media: Advanced Tactics and Strategies – 2015; and Certified as a Social Selling Expert from E-Cornell.  Turnbown is an adjunct professor of Digital Marketing for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith , Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University and the University of Central Arkansas.  Turnbow served as keynote and motivational speaker for chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, radio programs, educational associations and universities. This year, Turnbow was invited to speak at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington D.C. during an international business summit.

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Alison Williams

Allison Williams 2My name is Alison Williams. I am the owner of Jazzercise Conway Fitness Center. I have been a certified Jazzercise instructor since 2009. My husband and I have lived in Conway for many years and have two children, Sam and Claire.






Katie Wilson – Hula Hoop Expert

Hula Hooping - Katie WilsonKatie Wilson, better known as Katie Sunshine, has been hoop dancing for over five years.  What started as a hobby quickly developed into a passion that Katie now makes her business. She travels internationally to make television appearances, do live performances, and teach workshops.  When she’s not traveling, Katie manages her business, Katie Sunshine Hoops, making and selling handmade hula hoops, instructional DVD’s and artwork.  Katie lives in Conway with her husband and two lovable dogs.

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