Tyler B. Clark joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in 2017 as Executive Director. He was named Chief Executive Officer of the merged NWA and Benton County affiliate in 2021. Tyler has worked as a senior non-profit executive for nearly two decades at Community Clinic NWA, the Jones Center, and Credit Counseling of Arkansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and loves to call the Hogs.
Philanthropy and volunteerism were instilled in Tyler early, as his parents taught him, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Over the years, he has been an enthusiastic volunteer and board member for several local organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals—NWA, Arts LIVE Theatre, Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation, Children’s Safety Center, 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, 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. He is also a Benton County Leadership Class VI Graduate and a member of the 2019 NWA Business Journal Forty Under 40 Class.
Although a Springdale native and forever a Red Bulldog, he now calls Fayetteville home. On the weekends, you can almost always find him at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, looking for new Arkansas craft brews and occasionally binging TV shows—specifically “The West Wing” or the latest crime documentary.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyler adopted a lovable Dachshund-Hound mix puppy named Abbie.
Shannon joined Single Parent Scholarship of Benton County in 2019 as the Director of Office Operations. She was named the Chief Operating Officer of the merged organization in 2021. Shannon is very passionate about helping and serving others. She has spent 23 years serving area families in need through the Department of Human Services and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. Eighteen of those as the Director of Operations/Program Director at NWACS. Shannon has also worked in human resources with a local bank group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University. She and her husband, Billy, live in the Rogers area.
Frankie Rankin joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County in 2017 as the Capital Campaign Director and later transitioned into the role of Director of Philanthropy. When the NWA and Benton County affiliates merged in 2021, she was named Chief Philanthropy Officer of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.
Frankie graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and soon after discovered her love for serving others in the community, especially children and families. Frankie has worked in non-profit organizations for over 19 years including Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Mercy Health Foundation and Arkansas Athletes Outreach. Frankie is passionate about connecting donors with programs that impact our community and in 2019 she became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Frankie is an active Rotarian serving in the Rotary Club of Rogers, she is a graduate of Leadership Benton County Class of 2013/14 and graduate of Rotary District Leadership Academy Class of 2015.
Frankie lives in Bella Vista with her husband, two teenage sons, parents, and niece. She loves hanging out with family, playing board games, spending time in her yard and taking every opportunity to be at the beach.
Steven joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in 2021. He recently served as Vice President of Philanthropy and Development at Ozark Guidance. His career has included positions as Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at NorthWest Arkansas Community College; an entrepreneurial role as President of Hinds Consulting, LLC; and Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Arvest Bank.
In 2020, Steven completed six years on the Arkansas Alumni Association National Board. During this time, he served as Co-Chair and Chair of the Engagement Committee. He currently serves as President of the Associated Student Government Alumni Society.
He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Washington Regional Medical Foundation Board. Steven is a former Chairman of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council for the Sam M. Walton College of Business and he was President of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Alumni Association.
The Sam M. Walton College of Business presented its Service Award to Steven in 2009. The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal selected him as a member of the “Forty Under 40” honorees in 2001.
Steven and his wife, Christina, are Life Members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and they are members of the Razorback Foundation. Their son, Blake, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 and he is a member of the Arkansas Alumni Association. He works for Daktronics and produces college sports for the University of Georgia.
Steven holds two degrees from the University of Arkansas: a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the Sam M. Walton College of Business and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of Education and Health Professions.
Katlyn has been an employee of the Single Parent organization since the fall of 2016, although has worked with the organization since she moved to the Northwest Arkansas area with her husband, Matthew, in 2013. Katlyn enjoys interacting closely with all recipients and helping them with career and academic counseling, referrals to other agencies and other services. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Professional Communication from the University of Central Missouri. Katlyn has been married to Matthew for 9 years, and they welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Faith, in May 2021. They also have a fur-baby named Ruger and enjoy visiting family and being outdoors.
Krystle received her Bachelors’ degree from Oklahoma City University in 2008, a Northwest Arkansas native she decided to move back home after graduation. She then took a job as the Operations Manager at the Walton Life Fitness Center.
After working for Walmart for 5 years Krystle decided to pursue her passion for community work and began working with Downtown Bentonville Inc. in 2013 as an Event Manager transitioning into the role of Community Engagement Manager within a year. Working with Downtown Bentonville Inc. Krystle was able to help promote business and other nonprofits in the area as well as create family friendly events for the community.
Krystle loves working at Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA. She has seen how this organization can make a generational impact on the lives of single parents in our community and is honored to support the recipients on a daily basis.
Krystle currently lives in downtown Bentonville with her husband and young daughter. They enjoy being outside and taking advantage of the local trails.
Reneé came to SPSFBC in March of 2017 as the Director of Student Accounts & Admissions. She has been involved in the non-profit community for many years as an employee and volunteer. Reneé is serving as the Finance Manager currently. Prior to coming to SPSFBC, Reneé had been with the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter for 17 years where she served in several different roles, most recently the Director of HR. Prior to her shelter experience, she and her husband co-owned a radio broadcasting business since the early 90s.
Reneé has been involved with her church and other nonprofits in a volunteer capacity. She and her husband, Jeff have been married nearly 39 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Sara joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017. She was named the Development & Program Manager when the organized merged in 2021.
While Sara is originally from southern Indiana, after undergrad she moved to New York City where she worked with a non-profit youth program in Brooklyn. Her next stop was Arkansas where she moved to attend one of the oldest and intensive 4-year writing programs in the country—the U of A Creative Writing Program and Translation. She was awarded a Distinguished MFA Fellowship and there she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has published many poems in national literary magazines. Sara has also served as an editor and an educator, teaching English at UA, NWACC, SAU Tech and UA-Hope.
Sara lives in Lowell with her son, Eli; their cats, Snow and Zoey; a couple of fish and three snails. She enjoys taking road trips with Eli—who is a great fellow traveler—writing poetry, swimming, journaling, reading, watching competitive cooking shows and an occasional DIY project around the house.
Twyla joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund team in 2017 as the first licensed counselor on staff. She earned her BA and MS from John Brown University as a Single Parent Scholarship recipient, giving her a unique perspective.
Twyla is skilled in helping people and specializes in trauma, family, and play therapy. She has earned extra credentials in EMDR, Career Services, and is most proud of becoming a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) in 2018 after receiving a scholarship for the Brené Brown approved Daring Way Training Course and subsequent consultation.
Twyla has been married to her husband Brian for 7 years and has 4 adult children who are exceptionally loving and good people. When not working, she enjoys relaxing with her family and tending her garden. She also enjoys deck-building board games and watching fantasy genre shows.
Gina came to SPSF of NWA in January of 2022 as the Program Director for Washington and Madison Counties. Prior to coming to SPSFNWA, Gina had been with NorthWest Arkansas Community College for 14 years where she served in several different roles in Student Services including Financial Aid, Student Records, and most recently as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President.
Gina is a fierce advocate for students and an ally for diversity. She volunteered with Single Parent Scholarship Fund and was the advisor and founder of Pride at NWACC for several years She and her high school sweetheart Larry have been married nearly 34 years and live in Bentonville with their dog Poppy. She loves spending time with her family and friends including her grown daughter Danielle and son in law Austin. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, art and music.
“I believe giving back to the community is so important, and through volunteering at SPSF, I have witnessed not only the immediate impact the organization is having on the families they support in our community, but the long term pivotal positive change!”
“I am proud to serve on the board because I believe in helping to break the cycle of poverty among single-parent families in Northwest Arkansas, because in doing that, we help future generations succeed.”
“The Stenkirke Foundation is interested in partnering with organizations that are actively removing obstacles to human flourishing. SPSFNWA accomplishes this in such tangible ways that we are proud to partner with them.”
“As educators, we strive to see that spark in our students. That moment that they gain purpose in their life. I have often seen that spark come from admiration of a parent setting and accomplishing long term goals. The beauty of that spark is that it is contagious. That is the blessing that SPSFNWA provides for our educational community, and the students we serve. I am honored to be a part of that effort.”
“SPSFNWA changes lives forever.”
Darrell “DA” Annis
Jim von Gremp
Jim Ed Summers