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.
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 also 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, Hunter, two kids, Graden and Amelia, and horse of a dog, Fenryr.
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.
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 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 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 Executive Administration and Finance Manager.
Prior to coming to SPSFNWA, Reneé had been with the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter for 17 years. She and her husband, Jeff have been married nearly 39 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren.
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.
Twyla, a former Single Parent Scholarship recipient, joined the staff in 2017 to build the counseling program. Having earned her BA and MS from John Brown University while being a single parent, her unique perspective is an asset to SPSF recipients. Twyla is passionate about helping people develop healthy relationships and strategies to live courageously and became a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) in 2018 after receiving a scholarship for the Brené Brown approved Daring Way Training Course.
Twyla has 4 amazing adult children, 2 children-in-laws, and pets. She married Brian in 2014, and they have had many adventures together. He tirelessly works to teach her about the Razorbacks and all things sports, while she hopes he’ll learn to enjoy logic puzzles, Middle Earth, and Harry Potter with her.
A graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Rhodes College in Memphis, Kassie brings over 15 years of fundraising experience to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA. Kassie has been married to Al Taylor for 30 years and they have three children. She and Al are avid Razorback fans as well as members of the University of Arkansas Road Hogs and the Razorback Foundation. It doesn’t matter the sport – the Taylors are typically there calling the Hogs with gusto.
Katlyn has been an employee of the Single Parent organization since the fall of 2016, although has been involved with the organization since she moved to the Northwest Arkansas area in 2013. Katlyn enjoys interacting closely with all recipients and helping them with career and academic counseling, referrals to other agencies and other services. Katlyn and her husband, Matthew, have one daughter, Faith. They also have a fur-baby named Ruger and enjoy visiting family and being outdoors.
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 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 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.
“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.”
Jim Von Gremp
Jim Ed Summers