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Dr. Mary (Lowe) Good ’50 has been named in the inaugural edition of the Arkansas 200 list, published by Arkansas Business.
Terry Fiddler ’70 was honored as Friend of the District at the fifth annual Hall of Honor Gala held by the Conway Public Schools Foundation.
Margaret Grimes ’70, ’94 was honored as the Distinguished Educator at the fifth annual Hall of Honor Gala held by the Conway Public Schools Foundation.
Bobby Reynolds ’73, former member of the UCA Board of Trustees from 2009-15 and chair in 2011, has been appointed to the UCA Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Steven “Bo” Conner ’74 was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus at the fifth annual Hall of Honor Gala held by the Conway Public Schools Foundation.
Barbara (Crane) Garner ’76, assistant superintendent at Crossett School District, was inducted into the Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Southern Arkansas University on April 17, 2018.
John Hutchcraft ’76, Guy-Perkins High School basketball coach, was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was named the top high school girls basketball coach in the nation and was presented the Morgan Wootten Award.
Judith Quinn ’77 and her husband, Robert Quinn, retired and relocated to Inlet Beach, Florida, fulfilling a dream of theirs. They just celebrated 40 years of marriage.
Sunnie (Briley) Ruple ’78 has been named the 2017 Faulkner County Master Gardener of the Year.
Joe Allison ’79, 2013 UCA Distinguished Alumnus, received the 2018 Distinguished Research Award in Petroleum Chemistry, presented by the American Chemical Society Energy and Fuels Division.
Stephana (Horton) Loyd ’81, vice president of Patient Care and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Conway, received the award of Administrator of the Year at the UCA North Metro Healthcare Awards.
Margie (Carter) Towery ’83, ’85 has been named Greenbrier District Teacher of the Year.
John “Sam” Counce ’88, who was a center for back-to-back NAIA National Championship football teams at UCA in 1984 and 1985, has been inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Laura Abbott ’88, ’96, a former UCA cross-country athlete, has been inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Michael “Brad” Hegeman ’89, ’96 has been named COO of Nabholz Corp. in Conway after a corporate structure change. Hegeman was formerly president of the company’s South Central operations.
Bobby Joe McDaniels ’89, who was an All-American linebacker for the Bears as well as an All-American in track and field, has been inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Teri (Turley) Cox ’90, ’94 has been selected to be a part of the 2018 Class of Women to Watch, presented by Little Rock Soiree Magazine.
Susan (Taylor) Gatto ’90, director of the UCA School of Nursing, was named the 2018 Nurse Educator of the Year by Publishing Concepts Inc., which publishes the ASBN Update for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.
Marsha (Fulton) Joyner ’90 has joined Centennial Bank as a senior business development officer in Conway.
Johnny Mitchum ’90 of Keller Williams Realty of Little Rock has been appointed to the national Commercial Leadership Council by Keller Williams Commercial.
William “Chris” Roberts ’90 has been promoted to market president for Southern Bank in Searcy.
Kimberly “Kim” Tyler ’90, ’94 was recognized as Citizen of the Year at the 2018 Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.
Stanley Hancock ’91 was named market sales manager for the Arkansas District of Vallen Distribution in November 2016 after 20 years as account representative for the company.
Janetta Blackmore ’92, ’98 has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Army as of Jan. 1, 2018.
Arch H. Jones Jr. ’92, ’08 graduated with his doctorate of education in educational leadership from Arkansas State University in December 2017.
Donna (Sossamon) Townsell ’92, senior executive vice president of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, has been appointed the director of investor relations.
Kelly Newberg ’94 has been hired as director of human resources for Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP in Little Rock.
Lisa (Russell) VanHoose ’95, ’96, assistant professor in the UCA Department of Physical Therapy, was honored as the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Alumna by the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Kenneth “Ken” Collumns ’96, ’98, who was the freshman starting quarterback that led the UCA football team to the 1991 national championship, has been inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Michelle Rupp ’96 has been promoted to director of public relations and communications at Arkansas Heart Hospital.
Wayne Pace ’97, owner of Authentic Inspection Services, has been appointed to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Kimberly (Duke) Raup ’97, ’04, ’11 won the Arkansas Affiliate Educator Award, presented by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Jeremy Sparks ’98 was appointed to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force.
ohn Garmon ’99, director of Business Development at Foundation Resource Management, was one of five staff members who recently purchased a minority interest in the firm.
Laura (Rice) Hall ’99, ’11, ’16, assistant professor in the UCA School of Nursing, won the 2018 MEDSURG Nursing Continuous Quality Improvement Writer’s Award for the article “Care-T: Reducing Readmissions on a Cardiology Unit.” The article was published in MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health.
Brandyce “Brandy” (Whitfield) Harp ’99 has been selected to be a part of the 2018 Class of Women to Watch, presented by Little Rock Soiree Magazine.
Jason Rankin ’00 has been named the director of the Treasurer’s Office at the University of Arkansas.
Joshua “Josh” Newton ’01 has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson as a special associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Clinta Che’ Reed ’01, ’06 has been named associate nurse executive-research at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
Daniel “Dan” Andrews ’02, CFO and managing partner at Dale Capital Partners/Tempus Realty Partners, has been inducted into the Arkansas Business 2018 Class of 40 Under 40.
Wendy Blackwood ’02, ’04 has been named the 2018 Counselor of the Year by the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association.
Tonya Martin-Dunlap ’02 has been selected to be a part of the 2018 Class of Women to Watch, presented by Little Rock Soiree Magazine.
Aaron Duvall ’02 married Kimberly “Kim” Lane, chief executive officer of The Conductor in Conway, on May 26, 2018.
Jessica (Bingham) Faulkner ’02 has been named director of alumni engagement at Central Baptist College.
Katherine “Katie” (Hinkle) Henry ’02 has been appointed to the UCA Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Clint O’Neal ’02, ’08 has been named the executive vice president of global development at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Jason Treece ’02 has been promoted to lead executive of strategic accounts for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock.
Jessica Harden ’03 has been promoted to director of Design and Content Strategy at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Heide (Pingley) Harrell ’03 has been hired as the director of Marketing and Business Development at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.
Jeremy Jeffery ’03, vice president of Strategy & Business Analytics at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, has been inducted into the Arkansas Business 2018 Class of 40 Under 40.
Umang Patel ’03, owner and president of Conway Management Inc., has been inducted into the Arkansas Business 2018 Class of 40 under 40.
Heather (Gallimore) Albertson ’04 was promoted to director of radiology and imaging at Sparks Medical Center - Van Buren.
Yasser Salem ’04 received the 2018 Leadership in Education Award from the Academy of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Cory Cangelosi ’05, ’07, an All-American football player while at UCA, has been inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Maria (Jarboe) Craig ’05 has been hired as a staff accountant for McIlroy Keen Goodman LLP in Little Rock.
Nadia (Roberts) Eslinger ’05, ’08 has been named the assistant director of Student Success at UCA.
John Fincher ’05, ’10, assistant vice president for Student Services at UCA, has been appointed to the Regional Advisory Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Jillian (Cooper) Yant ’05 was featured on the February cover of Inviting Arkansas, a premier magazine in central Arkansas. Her feature article discussed her work with the 20th Century Club, a nonprofit that provides lodging to cancer patients.
Anthony “Tony” Carozza ’06, CFO at Radiology Associates, P.A., has been inducted into the Arkansas Business 2018 Class of 40 Under 40.
Marie (Pokorski) Millikin ’06, ’09, an Orff music teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year at Tara Oaks Elementary School in Collierville, Tennessee.
Jennifer “Jensyn” (Hyman) Hallet ’07, ’09 has been selected to be a part of the 2018 Class of Women to Watch, presented by Little Rock Soiree Magazine.
Allison “Allie” (Maxwell) Nottingham ’07 co-owns and operates The Painted Pig, a DIY art studio in The Heights area of Little Rock.
Ariel Marshall ’08, science policy adviser for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, was recognized as an Unsung Hero by the Alliance to Save Energy.
Louisa Moseley ’08 is the new Biz@Bear resident master at UCA.
Tate Rector ’08, engineering teacher at Beebe Junior High School, was recently named the Arkansas Project Lead the Way Teacher of the Year.
Drew Smith ’08 has been named senior vice president of financial planning and assistant treasurer for Windstream Inc. in Little Rock.
Kate Starnes ’08 was named the new marketing administrator for Cross Gunter Witherspoon and Galchus in Little Rock on May 21, 2018.
Kaleigh Davis ’09 has been promoted to associate counsel for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She also is now serving on the Memphis Bar Association Health Law Section Board.
Blake Jarrard ’09 graduated from Southern College of Optometry with his Doctorate of Optometry in 2014. He married Hannah Holtorf Jarrard on June 18, 2016.
Laura (Pokorski) Pollard ’09, K-4 music teacher, was honored as Teacher of the Year at Don Roberts Elementary in Little Rock.
Jerrod Slayton ’09 has been named the deputy prosecuting attorney for the third Judicial District of Arkansas.
Bonnie Ward ’09 has been promoted to senior communications strategist for CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock.
Matt Baker ’10 joined Centennial Bank as Commercial Loan Officer on the lending team.
Chrystal (Crawford) Burkes ’10 was named the Bryant School District Teacher of the Year on May 11, 2018. She was hired as the library and media specialist for Parkway Elementary School, the new school in the Bryant School District.
Ginger (Gorham) Hart ’10 passed her certification exam to become an adult geriatric acute care nurse practitioner.
Chelsea Stockdale ’11 has been hired as the social media manager for iProv LLC in Little Rock.
Channing Hall ’12, director of nursing at Independent Living Services, received the award of Nurse of the Year at the UCA North Metro Healthcare Awards.
Laura Foltz ’12 married Bryan Miranda on May 4, 2018, in Newport, Rhode Island.
Tierra (Francis) Mohammed ’12 has been promoted to account operations manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Samuel Blissett ’13 graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2018.
Jesse Chambliss ’13 is the new assistant director for Programs at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Andrew “Drew” Spurgers ’13, ’17, owner of Kangabloo Creative, is the recipient of the 2018 Young Business Leader of the Year Award, presented by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.
Monica (Stav) Tucker ’13 has been hired as chief copywriter for Kirkpatrick Creative in Little Rock.
Aaron Owen ’14 graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May 2018 and is headed to the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to complete residency training in orthopedic surgery.
Mary (Knapick) Hudson ’15, student at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has joined the Perrin-410 Veterinary Extern Program.
Jade Ross Mathews ’15 is a Licensed Insurance Producer-Lines of Authority: Life, Health, Accident & Sickness.
Lyle Rupert ’15 has been named C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Hendrix College.
Callie (Clifton) Parks ’16, a Master of Health Administration student in the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was named the winner of the Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
Laura “Melissa” (Vincent) Creameans ’17 has joined Unity Health-Family Practice Associates in Searcy as a family nurse practitioner.
John Merguie was named chief of the UCA Police Department.
Emily Ratcliff ’17 married Grayson Barber in Hot Springs on March 3, 2018.