Contact Us

Our Staff

Tyler B. Clark

Executive Director
tyler@spsfnwa.org

Carrie DeVore

GCDF, CCSP
Program Director
carrie@spsfnwa.org

Joy Morris

Development Director
joy@spsfnwa.org

Sara Stripling

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
sara@spsfnwa.org

Coy Evans

Associate Director of Annual Giving
coy@spsfnwa.org

Board of Directors

  Natalie Bartholomew

Grand Savings Bank, Chair

Mark Burdette

Stephen’s Inc.

Ruth Collier

Retired

Doris Cordes

Retired

Jim Crouch

Cypert Crouch, Fryar and Ferner PLLC

LaDeana Fleshman

Walmart Stores, Inc., Vice Chair

Julie Garrett

North Arkansas College

  Gina Gregson

Acxiom

Matt Hicks

First National Bank NWA

Autumn Hudgins

Cornerstone Bank, Secretary

Marcia McCain

Retired

  Rhonda Moore

Lindsey & Associates

Marcus Osborne

Treasurer, Walmart Stores, Inc

Scott Poole

Premier Concepts LLC

Carolyn Rodeffer

University of Arkansas

Donna Samples

Madison County DHS

  Michele Sears

Taurus Financial Advisors

Kami Shrum

Community Volunteer

  Curtis Stewart

The Coca-Cola Company

Judge John Threet

Fourth Judicial Circuit

Terah Vail

FAN Sales & Leasing, LLC

  Randy Werner

Old Buildings, LLC

Tracy Williams

Walmart Stores, Inc.

 Community Leadership Council

Members

Aaron Bleidt
Austin Bolt
Angie Albright
Becky Stewart
Bill Ryan
Bo Bittle
Channing Barker
Chris Barton
Daniel Balls
Darrell Annis
David Erstine
Dayna Rhodehouse
Diane McCready
Don Paul
Doug Carr
Gene Anderson
George Knight
Jackie Micheletto
Jake McBride
Jennifer Hardin
Jennifer McCool
Jim Ed Summers
Judy Horton
Judy Schaap
Karen Hodges
Kathy O’Kelley
Kim Sharpe
Leah Spears-Blackmon
Liz Baker-Ray
Lori Stevens
Marissa Kargas
Mark Cloud
Melody Mortenson
Meredith Lowry
Michelle Cook
Richard Baker
Ryan Sheets
Scott Hall
Tanya Hayes
Yvonne Chauvin

Location

16 W. Colt Square Dr. Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 Phone: (479) 935-4888 Fax: (479) 439-1179 Email: info@spsfnwa.org

Our Hours

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact Us

16 W. Colt Square Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: 479-935-4888
Email: info@spsfnwa.org 

Our Network

To learn more about the efforts of Single Parent Scholarship fund outside of Carroll, Madison and Washington County visit www.aspsf.org to find your local affiliate

Application Deadlines for Traditional Scholarships

Spring Semester – October 15
Summer Semester – March 15
Fall Semester – June 15

Tyler B. Clark joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in July 2017 as the Executive Director. Tyler has worked as a senior executive in the non-profit field for over a decade. He previously served in various management and development positions at Community Clinic NWA, the Jones Center for Families, and Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Tyler is also a Benton County Leadership Class VI graduate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and is a rabid Razorback fan.
Philanthropy and volunteerism were instilled in Tyler at a very early age, as his parents taught him, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” He is an enthusiastic volunteer and board member for several local organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals—NWA, Children’s Safety Center, and Susan G. Komen—Ozark. Tyler has received several awards for his advocacy and lobbying work including 2012 Community Health Center of Arkansas Grassroots Advocate of the Year and 2017 Elizabeth Cooke Advocate from the National Association of Community Health Centers. He loves politics and is a self-proclaimed “policy wonk.”

Tyler lives in downtown Fayetteville, and on the weekends you can find him at the Fayetteville Farmers Market testing out new, local breweries; collecting vintage political campaign buttons; and occasionally binging on Netflix.

Tyler can be reached at tyler@spsfnwa.org or follow him on Twitter at @TClarkNPO

Tyler B. Clark joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in July 2017 as the Executive Director. Tyler has worked as a senior executive in the non-profit field for nearly two decades at Community Clinic NWA, the Jones Center for Families, and Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Tyler is also a Benton County Leadership Class VI graduate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and is a rabid Razorback fan.

Philanthropy and volunteerism were instilled in Tyler at a very early age, as his parents taught him, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” He is an enthusiastic volunteer and board member for several local organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals—NWA and Susan G. Komen—Ozark.

Tyler has received several awards for his advocacy and volunteer work including, 2010-The Jones Center Friends of Family and Community Award, 2012-Community Health Center of Arkansas Grassroots Advocate of the Year, 2014-Arkansas Democratic Man of the Year, 2017-Elizabeth Cooke Advocate from the National Association of Community Health Centers, and 2017-Jackie New Volunteer of the Year Award- Susan G. Komen-Ozark.

Tyler lives in downtown Fayetteville, and on the weekends you can find him shopping at the Fayetteville Farmers Market; testing out local breweries and restaurants; and occasionally binging on Netflix—specifically “The West Wing”.

Tyler can be reached at tyler@spsfnwa.org or follow him on Twitter at @TClarkNPO

Carrie DeVore, GCDF, CCSP,  has been with Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA for over 15 years as Program Director.  She has been a resident of Arkansas since 1980 when she moved here from a small, gold mining town in Northern California. She attended school in West Fork and was a graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Animal Science.  She also received her Career Development Facilitator certification in 2012.  Carrie is a board member for the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, a member of the National Career Development Association, a Leadership Fayetteville Class XXVI alumna, and a volunteer for Strickler 4H.

Carrie lives on the farm she grew up on in rural, south Washington County along with her husband, Darren; 14-year-old daughter, Sierra; and 7-year-old son, Graden. She enjoys hiking, baking, watching drag racing, reading when in the mood, and all things to do with The Pioneer Woman.

Carrie can be reached at carrie@spsfnwa.org.

Carrie DeVore has been with Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA for over 15 years as Program Director.  She has been a resident of Arkansas since 1980 when she moved here from a small, gold mining town in Northern California. She attended school in West Fork and was a graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Animal Science.  She also received her Career Development Facilitator certification in 2012.  Carrie is a board member for the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, a member of the National Career Development Association, a Leadership Fayetteville Class XXVI alumna, and a volunteer for Strickler 4H.

Carrie lives on the farm she grew up on in rural, south Washington County along with her husband, Darren; 14-year-old daughter, Sierra; and 7-year-old son, Graden. She enjoys hiking, baking, watching drag racing, reading when in the mood, and all things to do with The Pioneer Woman.

Carrie can be reached at carrie@spsfnwa.org.

Joy Morris joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA team in 2012 with many years of experience in non-profit development and human services. She was raised in Springdale and holds a degree from the University of Arkansas, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in Psychology. Joy is a member of the Fayetteville Northside Rotary Club where she is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and was selected as “Rotarian of the Year” in 2016.  She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2004 and is a 2017 graduate of the Fayetteville Chamber Leadership Program.

Joy lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Sean, and two kids: Patrick (22) and Kenlee (12). She enjoys Sean’s cooking, cheering Kenlee on in sports, interior design, card games, and relaxing by the pool. She also loves taking road trips with her mom and identical twin sister, Jill, and walking with her energetic Australian Shepherd, Avalanche.

Joy can be reached at joy@spsfnwa.org.

Joy Morris joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA team in 2012 with many years of experience in non-profit development and human services. She was raised in Springdale and holds a degree from the University of Arkansas, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in Psychology. Joy is a member of the Fayetteville Northside Rotary Club where she is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and was selected as “Rotarian of the Year” in 2016.  She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2004 and is a 2017 graduate of the Fayetteville Chamber Leadership Program.

Joy lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Sean, and two kids: Patrick (22) and Kenlee (12). She enjoys Sean’s cooking, cheering Kenlee on in sports, interior design, card games, and relaxing by the pool. She also loves taking road trips with her mom and identical twin sister, Jill, and walking with her energetic Australian Shepherd, Avalanche.

Joy can be reached at joy@spsfnwa.org.

Sara Stripling joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017. She has over 17 years of administrative support experience.  She was raised in southern Indiana right on the Ohio River in the small city of Evansville. She attended Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) where she received her Bachelor’s in English Education. After graduation, Sara moved to New York City where she lived in Brooklyn and worked for a non-profit, Safe Horizon, in the youth program division. In 2006, Sara moved to Arkansas to attend one of the oldest, most innovative, and intensive (4 years) writing programs in the country—the University of Arkansas Creative Writing Program and Translation. She was awarded the Distinguished MFA Fellowship and there she earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry and has published several poems in national literary magazines.

Sara lives in Lowell with her husband, Jamal; the most amazing 4-year-old on the planet, Eli; and a calico Siamese mix cat, Sasha. She teaches online English courses at NWACC and is an editor for a local writer.  She enjoys family time, hiking, swimming, reading, writing, home projects, cooking, traveling, and, most of all, science experiments with Eli.

Sara can be reached at sara@spsfnwa.org.

Sara Stripling joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017. She has over 17 years of administrative support experience.  She was raised in southern Indiana right on the Ohio River in the small city of Evansville. She attended Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) where she received her Bachelor’s in English Education. After graduation, Sara moved to New York City where she lived in Brooklyn and worked for a non-profit, Safe Horizon, in the youth program division. In 2006, Sara moved to Arkansas to attend one of the oldest, most innovative, and intensive (4 years) writing programs in the country—the University of Arkansas Creative Writing Program and Translation. She was awarded the Distinguished MFA Fellowship and there she earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry and has published several poems in national literary magazines.

Sara lives in Lowell with her husband, Jamal; the most amazing 4-year-old on the planet, Eli; and a calico Siamese mix cat, Sasha. She teaches online English courses at NWACC and is an editor for a local writer.  She enjoys family time, hiking, swimming, reading, writing, home projects, cooking, traveling, and, most of all, science experiments with Eli.

Sara can be reached at sara@spsfnwa.org.

Coy Evans joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in December 2017, bringing a decade of non-profit fundraising experience to the team. A Texas native raised in Fort Smith, Coy has served in annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, and grant management capacities in higher education, museums, and public policy organizations. She holds an English degree from the University of North Florida. Coy is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a troop leader with Girl Scouts Diamond of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Coy lives in Fayetteville where she works at her other full-time job — mother to her beautiful 5-year- old daughter, Hazel. She is also the zookeeper of Emmett and Gracie, two 70-pound herding collies, and Ellie Mae, a willful tortoiseshell cat. In her spare time, Coy runs, gardens, and writes.

Coy Evans joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in December 2017, bringing a decade of non-profit fundraising experience to the team. A Texas native raised in Fort Smith, Coy has served in annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, and grant management capacities in higher education, museums, and public policy organizations. She holds an English degree from the University of North Florida. Coy is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a troop leader with Girl Scouts Diamond of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Coy lives in Fayetteville where she works at her other full-time job — mother to her beautiful 5-year- old daughter, Hazel. She is also the zookeeper of Emmett and Gracie, two 70-pound herding collies, and Ellie Mae, a willful tortoiseshell cat. In her spare time, Coy runs, gardens, and writes.

Mallory Mounce joined Single Parent Scholarship of NWA in April of 2018. She graduated from Prairie Grove High School and went on to attend the University of Arkansas-where she received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Management and Production. Mallory moved to Oklahoma for 5 years to work at the 2nd largest Wholesale Plant Nursery in the country before moving home to be closer to her family and friends. Since moving back to Arkansas, she has been in customer service management roles with different companies. Mallory is very involved with the Prairie Grove FFA chapter, PGHS All Alumni Committee, and the Prairie Grove Aquatic Park-which she manages in the summer.

Mallory lives in Prairie Grove with her dog Sadie. She enjoys spoiling her nephew, working in her yard, all things related to the Razorbacks, traveling, and going to all types of concerts, but especially Kenny Chesney concerts. She will be attending her 21st Kenny Chesney concert in July 2018.

Mallory Mounce joined Single Parent Scholarship of NWA in April of 2018. She graduated from Prairie Grove High School and went on to attend the University of Arkansas-where she received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Management and Production. Mallory moved to Oklahoma for 5 years to work at the 2nd largest Wholesale Plant Nursery in the country before moving home to be closer to her family and friends. Since moving back to Arkansas, she has been in customer service management roles with different companies. Mallory is very involved with the Prairie Grove FFA chapter, PGHS All Alumni Committee, and the Prairie Grove Aquatic Park-which she manages in the summer.

Mallory lives in Prairie Grove with her dog Sadie. She enjoys spoiling her nephew, working in her yard, all things related to the Razorbacks, traveling, and going to all types of concerts, but especially Kenny Chesney concerts. She will be attending her 21st Kenny Chesney concert in July 2018.

Natalie is a fifth-generation NWA native and resides in Prairie Grove along with her husband, Colt, 6-year old son, Brody and infant son, Witten. She has 15 years of banking experience and currently is a Vice President at First National Bank of NWA and serves as a Marketing and Commercial Lending Officer. Natalie is a University of Arkansas graduate where she received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and a master’s in Agricultural Economics. She loves calling the Hogs on Saturdays and cheering for the Cowboys on Sundays. Natalie believes in the mission of SPSF NWA not only because of their excellent leadership but because of its proven ability to change lives and create stability and independence in single-parent homes in NWA.

Mark Burdette is a longtime supporter and former SPSF NWA Community Leadership Council Member.  He and his Margaret, also a CLC member call Goshen home.  For the last 33 years, Mark has spent his career in finance and investments working for Merrill Lynch and Stephens Inc.   Previously, Mark served on the boards of the Fayetteville Public Library and Washington County Library.   He is a tireless advocate for access to education.

Jim Crouch was born and raised in Springdale, AR. He received his undergraduate degree in business and economics at Hendrix College in Conway and his law degree at the University of Arkansas.  Jim is a partner in the law firm of Cypert, Crouch, Clark and Harwell, PLLC. He is a general practitioner with an emphasis on business law.

Jim had this to say about SPSF NWA:
“I certainly valued education before being associated with SPSF NWA. Undoubtedly, though, I took education for granted because I was blessed to have been able to help all of my children with a college education. However, now that I see the impact of an education on the lives of our scholars and their families. I see firsthand the difference a higher education can make. I have seen moms and dads go from poverty to becoming self-sustaining, and the impact is not only on their economic well being but upon the self-esteem and confidence of our scholars and their children. I am constantly amazed at the determination of our scholars. They are truly an inspiration.”

Deana is originally from Sapulpa, Oklahoma. She received her degree from  John Brown University in Siloam Springs.  Deana is currently a Sr. Manager, Health & Wellness with Sam’s Club.

Deana had this to say about SPSF NWA:
“I am a graduate of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA. I graduated in 2007 with my Bachelor’s degree from John Brown University. Currently I serve as the first SPSFNWA Alumni President. I have been involved with the organization in some capacity, including CLC and the Development Committee, for approximately the past 10 years. I truly believe in the mission of SPSFNWA. SPSFNWA truly helped my family become financially self-sufficient. It’s my pleasure to give back to other single parent students and their families.”

Julie Garrett was born in Granite City, Illinois, but grew up in western Tennessee and North Central Arkansas. She graduated high school in Flippin, Arkansas and went on to complete a B.A. in English at Harding University in Searcy.

Julie is an Adult Education Instructor at North Arkansas College in Harrison where she also serves as the Career Development Facilitator for a 5 county area.

Asked why SPSF NWA’s mission is important to her, Julie shared the following:

“I believe in education.  If adults are educated, then they are more likely to obtain and keep higher level jobs.  Therefore, they are more productive not only in the workforce but also in the communities in which they live.  The children of these adults will also see the importance of education and will, hopefully, one day follow their parents’ example and continue their own educations.”

Gina Gregson grew up on a tomato farm in Hermitage, Arkansas. She obtained a BS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Arkansas in Monticello.

Gina is currently the head of Project Management Office for Products and Engineering at Acxiom, Corp, where she has worked for the past 16 years. Her primary responsibilities are overseeing a team of project managers who specialize in new software development and implementation projects. Gina is also tasked with development best practices and processes for product development and leads software development projects herself as well.

Asked about why serving on the SPSF NWA board is meaningful to her, Gina shared the following:

“As a ‘first generation’ college student, I have experienced first hand the powerful trajectory that a college degree can have on a single life. My husband’s family has similar experiences of how lives can change when ONE person or ONE generation has the chance to go to college. It kicks off a positive chain of events that not only enrich the graduate’s life, but that of their children, siblings, friends, and community. Because I had the opportunity to go to college, I will do everything I can to ensure that my children do the same which I’m sure is a sentiment shared by all that benefit from an SPSF NWA scholarship. Because I live in Northwest Arkansas, I want to see this community grow and flourish, one recipient at a time.”

Matt Hicks grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and made his way to Arkansas to attend college. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Matt is currently a Vice President and Fayetteville Marketing Leader for First National Bank of NWA.

When asked why SPSF NWA’s mission is important to him, Matt said the following,

“There are countless reasons… But I was fortunate enough to have two unbelievably great parents that taught my brother and me the value of education and hard work.  Along with that, they taught us that not everyone is as fortunate as we were and that at times we all need a little help.  SPSF NWA provides a much-needed boost to some amazing individuals that are working hard to better not only their situation but the lives of their children as well.  I helped with applicant interviews for the first time 7 or 8 years ago and haven’t left – I guess you could say that the message and impact of SPSF NWA stuck with me!”

Autumn Hudgins is from Battiest, OK. She completed her education at  East Central University, Ada, OK. Autumn is the AVP of Marketing at Cornerstone Bank.  She also owns Crooked River Cabins Resort in Battiest, OK.

Autumn has lived in Arkansas for 15 years and been involved in several local non-profit organizations such as American Cancer Society/Relay For Life, Rotary and Eureka Springs Main Street Organization serving as a Board Member. She has two children, Anna-Claire and Jackson who attend Huntsville Public Schools and she tells us that they are the light of her life!

Why is SPSF NWA important to Autumn?  “As a single mother, it is very important to set a good example for your children and strive for more. You never stop learning and helping others which is very rewarding.”

Rhonda Moore is a Realtor with Lindsey & Associates, Inc. in Fayetteville.  After retiring from a career as a principal and teacher with the Fayetteville Public Schools, she missed the opportunity to still be of assistance to people at significant times in their lives.  Her career as a Realtor allows her to do just that by supporting people in times of transition and by educating them about and throughout the process.  Rhonda welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the Board because she understands and so appreciates the value of education as a way to open doors.  Rhonda obtained both her Masters and her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arkansas.  She is lucky enough to have two well-balanced adult children, two spectacular daughters-in-law, four frolicking grandchildren, and a fun fiancé!

Marcus Osborne grew up in Kentucky and completed his undergraduate degree at Transylvania University in Lexington,  before completing a graduate degree at Harvard Business School.

Marcus is the Vice President, Health & Wellness Transformation at Walmart. His primary responsibility is managing all third party insurance relationships as they relate to Walmart Pharmacy, Vision Center, Clinics,and OTC (over the counter) business.

Marcus shared this about serving on the SPSF NWA Board of Directors, “I believe in the mission of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas because I’ve seen firsthand the impact the organization has in our communities and the organizations that operate here. I’m blessed to currently have two individuals that were recipients of financial support from the SPSF NWA on my team. I know how important SPSF NWA was to them. My hope is I can help SPSF NWA reach more individuals, like those on my team, so we can further increase the positive impact to NWA.”

Scott Poole is originally from Salisbury, NC. He completed his education at Appalachian State University. Scott is the Vice President of Business Development at Premier Concepts, LLC.

Scott says that , “Seeing single mothers and fathers stretching themselves to make a better life for themselves and their families is so inspiring to me. Being able to give my time to such a great organization is a blessing to myself and my family.”

Carolyn grew up in the Washington DC area, and completed her BA degree in Economics at the University of Maryland – College Park, and her MBA at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. During her 30-year career in marketing and product innovation, Carolyn worked in New York and Chicago, before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 2006. Carolyn is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business, where she teaches strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her passion for education is a central theme in her life – and a key driver for her to volunteer with Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.

Donna Samples is from Huntsville, AR and has spent most of her life there. She is a graduate of Huntsville High School and received her BA in Social Work from Arkansas Tech University.

Donna has been with the Arkansas Department of Human Services since 1975. She started as an eligibility worker, then became a program supervisor, and eventually the County Administrator. Donna tells us that the folks she has worked with are inspiring, and many are as fine of an individual that you will ever meet.

When asked by SPSF NWA’s mission is important to her, Donna had this to say:

I have seen firsthand the far-reaching impact an education has on families and I have witnessed countless individuals lives changed for the better. I encourage anyone who has a burning desire to help people in a real and meaningful way to get involved with the Single Parent Scholarship program in your community.  You can work with people who want to rise out of poverty and hopelessness, to prosperity and excitement for the future. 

Michele Sears was born in Denver, CO but raised in Waldron, AR. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and is a Certified Financial Planner with Taurus Financial Advisors.

Michele was introduced to the work of SPSF NWA through one of her clients and has served on the Community Leadership Council and the Investment Review Committee prior to joining the Board in 2016.  Michele told us, “I have seen the direct impact that SPSF NWA has on deserving individuals in our community. I want to do my part in seeing that continue.”

Kami Shrum was born and raised in Huntsville, AR. She received her bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology from the University of Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.

Kami lives in Huntsville with her husband Jared and their two sons, Jayden and Jaxton. Along with serving as a board member for SPSF NWA, Kami serves on the Huntsville School Board, The Terry L. Gilliam Memorial Scholarship and Grant Board, and the Miss Madison County Scholarship Pageant Board.

Curtis Stewart is originally from Mountain Home, Arkansas. He began his career with Coca-Cola as a driver’s helper and rapidly promoted to positions of increasing responsibility in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He progressed through the Coca-Cola system and held various leadership positions with both Coca-Cola Enterprises, Great Plains Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Refreshments and The Coca-Cola Company in Sales and Business Development.

Curtis is currently the Vice President Field Sales of the Walmart and Sam’s Club Global team for The Coca-Cola Company. Curtis is responsible for managing Walmart and Sam’s Field Sales Team and the annual Governance Process with the Coca-Cola Bottling system.

Curtis says that the ability to have a positive impact on the individual recipients and their families is the most rewarding aspect of serving on the SPSF NWA Board.

Curtis and his wife Cathy have one son and reside in Farmington, AR.

John lives in Fayetteville with his wife Joan who is a Jr. High history teacher in Springdale.  They have a son, Jack, who is a Sr. at the UofA and a daughter, Anna, who is a sophomore at the UofA.  He was the Prosecuting Attorney for Washington and Madison Counties before becoming a Circuit Judge. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and the UofA School of Law.  They are active members of First Baptist Fayetteville. He has previously served on the SPSF of NWA and believes that it is a worthy cause because every citizen in the community receives a direct or indirect benefit from their work.

Terah Vail grew up in Jonesboro, AR. After receiving her bachelor's at Colorado Christian University and her master's at the University of Edinburgh, she came back to Arkansas. She now lives in Fayetteville, and is Director of Operations for FAN Sales & Leasing. She loves the work she does for SPSFNWA because of the positive impact it has on thousands of lives in the community.

 

 

Randy Werner was born in  Blytheville but grew up in West Fork. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000 and moved to LA where he worked at a drop-in center for homeless and runaway youth.  Now back in Fayetteville, is the Director of Operations for Old Buildings LLC, a family business focused on improving the community.

Randy shared, “Single Parent and its mission are important to me for many reasons.  When I was working with Pre-College Programs at the U of A, we were focused on assisting first-generation and low-income students getting to college.  We would have students with many hurdles in front of them, and our job was to be their support network and launch pad to moving forward.  I remember two of my students that were single mothers and going to college at 18 years old.  It was a struggle and a very different experience for them.  That was a memory that stuck with me.

I work with the Fayetteville Area Community Foundation and see the great works that so many do in our community.  A common statement that we follow (at the foundation) is that ‘we are the do-gooders for the do-gooders.’  It is incredibly impressive to watch the people that work tirelessly for non-profits in NWA.  Single Parent and their staff are among the ‘do-gooders’.  It is my obligation to help them and the families of NWA move forward.”

Tracy Williams is originally from Denver, Colorado but pursued her education in AR. She completed her undergraduate program at UALR and received her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Tracy has held a number of roles with Walmart Stores, Inc. dating back to 1993. She is is currently a Market Manager with Walmart.  In addition to serving SPSF NWA, she is a Board Member of the Springfield Police Foundation.

Tracy said the following about SPSF NWA, “As a single parent myself, I can understand and appreciate the challenges single parents face while attempting to gain an education.  I’m thrilled to be able to support this great organization.”