Leadership

Our Staff

Tyler B. Clark

President & Chief Executive Officer

tyler@spsfnwa.org

Tyler B. Clark joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in 2017 as Executive Director. He was named the Chief Executive Officer in 2021 of the merged NWA and Benton County affiliates. In 2023, it was announced that Tyler would hold the title of President & CEO. Tyler has been a senior non-profit executive at Community Clinic NWA, the Jones Center, and Credit Counseling of Arkansas for over two decades. 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 and non-profits.

Tyler has received numerous 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 recognition 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 2019 NWA Business Journal Forty Under 40 Class member.

Although a Springdale native and forever a Red Bulldog, he now calls downtown Fayetteville home. When he’s not chasing The Avett Brothers across the country or enjoying other live music, you can occasionally find him binging TV shows—specifically “The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory,” or the latest real crime documentary.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyler adopted a sable-haired dachshund and hound mixed pup named Abbie. She is very protective of her treats and her dad.

Shannon Campbell

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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.

Carrie Miller, GCDF, CCSP

Chief Program Officer

Carrie has been with Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA since 2002. She is a graduate of West Fork High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University. She loves creating opportunities for others and helping them succeed. She received her Career Development Facilitator certification in 2012 and her Certified Career Services Provider certification in 2018. Carrie lives in south Washington County along with her husband, two kids, two crazy dogs, and one black cat. She loves playing cooperative board games, crocheting, crafting, hiking, and traveling.

Frankie Rankin, CFRE

Chief Philanthropy Officer

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 20 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 and her parents. She loves hanging out with family, playing board games, spending time in her yard and taking every opportunity to be at the beach.

Michelle Cox, MS, LPC, LMFT, RPT

Behavior Health Counselor

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist as well as a Registered Play Therapist. She has additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and TraumaPlay. Michelle received her master’s of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from John Brown University and her bachelor’s of Science in Human Development & Family Sciences from the University of Arkansas.  Prior to joining Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, Michelle worked in community mental health as well as private practice serving both children and adults. Michelle is passionate about supporting her clients as they work toward becoming a healthier version of themselves. She strives to provide a safe place for each client and is honored to hold hard stories. Michelle is a Northwest Arkansas native and lives in Bentonville with her husband and 2 children. When she’s not serving her clients or chasing after her toddlers, you can find Michelle dreaming up her next travel plans with a cup of coffee in hand.  

Ashton Donham

Administrative Specialist

Ashton joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in April 2024. Prior to her involvement with SPSFNWA, Ashton dedicated several years to honing her customer service skills in various leadership and hospitality roles. Passionate about uplifting others, she fosters genuine connections and supports personal growth initiatives. Ashton’s commitment to community engagement is evident through her active participation in local projects and her adventurous spirit. In her leisure time, Ashton finds joy in traveling, cherishing quiet moments with her beloved cats, and exploring the vibrant tapestry of local attractions, from bustling farmers’ markets to quaint coffee shops, all while embodying the essence of compassion and kindness.

 

Krystle Goodwin

Public Relations & Diversity Director

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.

Steven R. Hinds, M.Ed., CFRE

Senior Director of Major Gifts

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 is  Secretary of 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 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. 

Reneé Hutton

Finance Manager & Executive Administrator

Reneé came to SPSFNWA 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. She currently serves as the Finance Manager & Executive Administrator.

She and her husband, Jeff have been married for 42 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren and Peanut, the Chiweenie. She follows and enjoys all Razorback sports, DIYs, crafting and attending her grandkids’ numerous sports activities. In the summer months you can find Renee’ relaxing in her cowboy pool.

Gina Johns

Annual Fund & Grant Writer

Gina came to SPSFNWA 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. Gina is a fierce advocate for students and an ally for diversity. She and her high school sweetheart Larry have been married for 35 years and live in Bella Vista with their dog Poppy and cat Willow. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, art and music.

Stacy Seger

Senior Director of Philanthropic Strategy

Stacy Seger joined the SPSFNWA in May of 2024 as the Senior Director of Philanthropic Strategy.

Stacy graduated from the University of MN with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services – and from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2008 with a Master of Divinity degree.  Stacy has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years; starting as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and moving into fundraising roles with the NWA Women’s Shelter and the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. Stacy is most passionate about serving her community and neighbors by helping people find ways to support the missions and programs they are most passionate about.

Stacy lives in Centerton with her husband, Silas, and their 2 kids. She loves watching her son play baseball and her daughter cheer, attending local sporting events, and spending time with her family.

Sara Stripling, MFA

Philanthropy Manager

Sara joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017 and is currently serving as the organizations Philanthropy Manager.

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 and their two cats, Snow and Zoey. She enjoys taking road trips with Eli—who is a great fellow traveler—writing poetry, swimming, reading, DIY projects and watching tv detective shows from the 90’s.

Haley Vincent

Scholarship Program Manager

Haley joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in June of 2022 as the United Way and Tyson Foods summer intern. She is currently a student at the University of Arkansas where she studies Social Work. During her free time, she loves volunteering with local non-profit organizations such as CASA. She is also a Canopy Co-Sponsor and volunteers weekly with Peace at Home Family Shelter Crisis Chat Line. Haley is currently serving in the Arkansas Army National Guard as a Range Control Specialist. Haley is from a small town in central Arkansas but moved to Fayetteville in 2018. Haley enjoys spending time with her two cats, Bobo and Punkin, and her boyfriend, Zain. You can also find her on weekend mornings at the Fayetteville Farmers Market and hanging with friends at Puritan Coffee. 

Amber Widdowson, M.Ed.

Scholarship Program Manager

Amber joined Single Parent Scholarship fund in December 2023. Before coming to SPSFNWA, Amber worked in higher education at the University of Arkansas and University of Texas-Arlington where she focused on student development and leadership. Prior to her career in higher education, Amber worked in human resources for six years. She holds two degrees from the University of Arkansas: a bachelor’s degree in management from the Sam M. Walton College of Business and a master’s degree in Higher Education from the College of Education and Health Professions. Amber is passionate about supporting the development of others and making genuine connections to build relationships. She loves spending time with her friends and her pets, and enjoys live music, movies, and traveling.

Board Members

Mark Burdette

Wells Fargo Advisors

“Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA helps break the cycle of poverty and change generations.”

Brad Crain

Arvest

“As an active community and business leader, I have seen firsthand the profound impact that this organization has made on individuals and their families. SPSF is about changing lives for the better!  The downstream impact that these investments in families have on the broader community will be felt for decades to come.  I am honored to be a part of the mission of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA and look forward to furthering the organizations impact.”

Brittney Duke

Walmart

“Strong families are the foundation of our community.  I love how SPSFNWA empowers single parents to achieve new levels of success for themselves – and in turn – their children, through education.”

LaDeana Duncan

Board Secretary

Sam's Club

“As a SPSF NWA Alumna, I understand challenges single parent families face and how the organization brings these single parent families out of poverty and into prosperity. As a board member, I am able to keep the recipients’ mindset and challenges at the forefront of the organization while also being able to encourage SPSF NWA recipients and alums.”

Mary Heman

Ocean Spray Cranberries

“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!”

Brittany Little

Today's Bank

“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.”

Felicia McCranie

Walmart

“Single Parent Scholarship was instrumental in helping me as a single parent, attend college and gave me access to resources and support that I needed to excel in my career and in my role as a mom. As an alumni and a board member, I’m honored to be able to give back to the organization to help other succeed.”

Shannon Ortego

Retired Nurse and Community Volunteer

“I absolutely love this organization, the staff, and most of all, getting to know these single parents. They continue to inspire and amaze me with their ability to juggle their families, work and school all at the same time. As a retired nurse, I am honored to help guide those students entering health care and other professions.” 

Craig Overton

Overton Harrison, LLC

I am involved with the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA because I know that education is important. I am proud to serve an organization that helps remove barriers for single parents to obtain an education so that they may not only better their lives but their children’s lives too.” 

Gina Peck

Mako Projects

“I appreciate what SPSFNWA does for our community’s single moms and dads through scholarships as well as the resources that they provide through graduation, and beyond. As a single parent myself, I understand the empowerment of completing goals in education and the doors that open for generational change. Serving on the board is a real honor to me.”

Carolyn Rodeffer Ph. D

University of Arkansas

“I’ve always believed in the transformative power of education.  Through my work on the board of SPSFNWA, I see the how access to education is changing the lives of families here in our community. And that is why I am so passionate about this organization.”

Mary M. Schneider

Miller, Butler, Schneider, Pawlik
& Rozzell, PLLC

“I became involved with SPSF  as a ‘legacy’.  My father, Donald E. White, was on the ground floor with Margie (and Ralph) opening opportunities for single parents.  As a family law/divorce attorney, I have witnessed first hand the miracles this organization has provided to single parents.  I am very honored to be a part of this organization.”

Anthony Sumlin

Vice Chair

Sam's Club

“My mother Ruth returned to college after my parents divorced in the late 80’s and graduated from the University of Texas – San Antonio at the age of 47 in the Summer of 1993 as a single parent.  My wife Chantal was a single parent to our son Michael, before we met and married.  Chantal earned Bachelors and Masters degrees as a single parent. Seeing and hearing the dedication and sacrifices they made to achieve a college degree motivated me to contribute resources and volunteer to help others in their honor.”

Shelle Summers

Past chair

Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

“I became involved in SPSF because after working at a community college I experienced first-hand what a huge difference an education can make in the lives of single parents and their families. By providing holistic assistance to recipients, we can significantly impact their futures, as well as make a positive economic impact on NWA.”

Linda Tamayo

Northark College

“My work with North Arkansas College allows me to see first-hand how education can help people change and better their lives. I believe the SPSFNWA is an essential partner in helping remove barriers and provides additional resources for single parents to continue pursuing their goals and obtaining a career. I feel privileged to serve on the SPSFNWA board because they help single parents overcome challenges and demonstrate the power of community alliance.” 

Judge John Threet

Fourth Judicial Circuit

“It is fulfilling to see so many single moms and dads who work so hard to make a better life for their families.  The dedication and devotion of the entire staff at SPSFNWA easily comes across to all involved with this organization.”

Wendy Soderquist Togami

Leadership Consultant

“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.”

Randy Werner

Board Chair

Old Buildings, LLC

“Being involved in SPSF NWA has been such a rewarding experience, and I feel like I have learned so much from our recipients. Honestly, there are moments I am intimidated by their strength and fearlessness.  It’s truly incredible to see what a little support can do, the confidence it generates, and the impact it has on generations.”

Tacuma Williams

Assistant Principal Bentonville Schools

“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.”

 

Brian Wood

Board Treasurer

Legacy Capital Wealth Partners

“SPSFNWA helps lift families out of poverty.  The holistic approach provides great support to help students and their children succeed at life.”

Ruth Collier

Founding Board Member

“SPSFNWA changes lives forever.”

Doris Cordes

Founding BOARD MEMBER

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Community Ambassadors

Arron Divine, MA

Allison Raley

Amanda Jenkins

Andi Jones

Angie Albright, MA

Austin Bolt

Autumn Hudgins

Barb Smith

Barbara Mills, CFP, CWS, RICP

Bill Ryan, MBA

Bo Bittle

Carrie Schweer, MS

Carrie Sperling

Cathy Cole-Seilhan

Cedric Duarte

Channing Barker

Chris Barton

Christine Lebert

Christopher Robinson

Clay Wyllia, MA

Curtis Stewart

Daniel Balls

Danielle Hoffman

David Erstine, SIOR, CCIM

Dayna Rhodehouse

Debra Lewis

Denton Seilhan

Donna Samples

Gene Anderson

George Knight

Gina Gregson

Jackie Micheletto, MS

Jaclyn House

Jennifer McCool

Jessica Sheets, Ph. D.

Jim Crouch, JD

Jim Von Gremp

Jim Ed Summers, CRPC, CFP

Josh Vasquez

Julianne Amos

Julie Garrett

Karen Hodges

Karen Compton

Kathy Spigarelli

Kim Guinn

Kim Sharpe

Krista Khone

Lauren Baber, JD

Leah Spears-Blackmon

Logan Maienschein

Lolly Greenwood

Lori Walker

Marcus Osborne, MBA

Marissa Kargas

Marty Burggraf

Matthew Taylor, RICP, BFA

Megan Lahay

Melissa Greenslade, JD

Meredith Young, Ed. D.

Meredith Lowry, JD

Molly Rotsch Plummer

Natalie Bartholomew, MS

Rachel Pilgrim

Ryan Freeman-Burchfield, MS, LPC

Ryan Sheets, Ph. D.

Sharon Wilkinson

Shawn Taylor

Sherri Dillard

Shirley Davidson

Stan Rodgers

Terah Munstermann

Yvonne Chauvin

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