Leadership

Our Staff

Carrie Miller

GCDF, CCSP
Program Director
carrie@spsfnwa.org

Joy Morris

Development Director
joy@spsfnwa.org

Sara Stripling

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
sara@spsfnwa.org

Katie Marie Glenn

Outreach Manager
katiemarie@spsfnwa.org

Board of Directors

  Natalie Bartholomew

Grand Savings Bank, Board Chair

Mark Burdette

Stephen’s Inc.

Ruth Collier

Founding Board Member

Doris Cordes

Founding Board Member

  Johnice Dominick

Madison and Carroll County Public Library System

LaDeana Fleshman

Walmart Stores, Inc., Board Vice Chair

Julie Garrett

North Arkansas College

  Gina Gregson

Acxiom, Board Treasurer

Autumn Hudgins

Cornerstone Bank, Board Secretary

  Rhonda Moore

Lindsey & Associates

Marcus Osborne

Walmart Stores, Inc

Carolyn Rodeffer

University of Arkansas

Donna Samples

Madison County DHS

  Curtis Stewart

The Coca-Cola Company

Anthony Sumlin

Sam’s Club

Judge John Threet

Fourth Judicial Circuit

Terah Vail

FAN Sales & Leasing, LLC

  Randy Werner

Old Buildings, LLC

  Brittany Little

Today’s Bank

Shannon Ortego

Community Volunteer

Contact Us

16 W. Colt Square Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703Phone: 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 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 is a fierce Razorback fan.

Philanthropy and volunteerism were instilled in Tyler at an early age, 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.

In November of 2018, Tyler was the featured profile in Citiscapes Magazine in an article titled “Giving Back: Professionally and Personally.”

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 on Netflix—specifically “The West Wing” or the latest crime documentary.

Tyler can be reached at tyler@spsfnwa.org or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 103.  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 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 is a fierce Razorback fan.

Philanthropy and volunteerism were instilled in Tyler at an early age, 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.

In November of 2018, Tyler was the featured profile in Citiscapes Magazine in an article titled “Giving Back: Professionally and Personally.”

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 on Netflix—specifically “The West Wing” or the latest crime documentary.

Tyler can be reached at tyler@spsfnwa.org or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 103.  Follow him on Twitter at @TClarkNPO

Carrie Miller, 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 and her Certified Career Services Provider certification in 2018.  Carrie is a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville and the National Career Development Association. She is also 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 daughter, Sierra and son, Graden. She enjoys hiking, baking, crocheting, reading, and all things to do with The Pioneer Woman and Luke Combs.

Carrie can be reached at carrie@spsfnwa.org  by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 101

Carrie Miller, 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 and her Certified Career Services Provider certification in 2018.  Carrie is a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville and the National Career Development Association. She is also 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 daughter, Sierra and son, Graden. She enjoys hiking, baking, crocheting, reading, and all things to do with The Pioneer Woman and Luke Combs.

Carrie can be reached at carrie@spsfnwa.org  by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 101

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 daughter, Kenlee. 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 or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 104

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 daughter, Kenlee. 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 or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 104

Sara Stripling, MFA joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017 and has many years of administrative support experience.  She was raised in Evansville—a small city in southern Indiana located on the Ohio River. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!) where she received her Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education. After graduation, Sara moved to New York City where she lived in Brooklyn and worked for the leading victim assistance organization, Safe Horizon, in the youth program division. She then moved to Arkansas in 2006 to attend one of the oldest and intensive 4-year 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 of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) and has published many poems in national literary magazines.

Sara has served as editor on several local writers’ books and has also taught at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, Southern Arkansas University Tech, and NWACC.

Sara lives in Lowell with her husband, Jamal; the most inspiring son on the planet, Eli; a calico Siamese mix cat, Sasha; and a slew of Glofish and aquarium snails. She enjoys family time, hiking, swimming, reading, writing, DIY projects, cooking, traveling (mostly to the beach), and, best of all, imaginative adventures with Eli.

Sara can be reached at sara@spsfnwa.org or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 100

Sara Stripling, MFA joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in May of 2017 and has many years of administrative support experience.  She was raised in Evansville—a small city in southern Indiana located on the Ohio River. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!) where she received her Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education. After graduation, Sara moved to New York City where she lived in Brooklyn and worked for the leading victim assistance organization, Safe Horizon, in the youth program division. She then moved to Arkansas in 2006 to attend one of the oldest and intensive 4-year 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 of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) and has published many poems in national literary magazines.

Sara has served as editor on several local writers’ books and has also taught at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, Southern Arkansas University Tech, and NWACC.

Sara lives in Lowell with her husband, Jamal; the most inspiring son on the planet, Eli; a calico Siamese mix cat, Sasha; and a slew of Glofish and aquarium snails. She enjoys family time, hiking, swimming, reading, writing, DIY projects, cooking, traveling (mostly to the beach), and, best of all, imaginative adventures with Eli.

Sara can be reached at sara@spsfnwa.org or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 100

 

Mallory Mounce joined Single Parent Scholarship Fund 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 where she teaches a water aerobics class after “retiring” in 2019 as the summer manager.

Mallory lives in Prairie Grove with her dog, Sadie. She has been deemed a “Concert Queen” which is a title she wears proudly after losing count of how many concerts she has seen.  She enjoys spoiling her nephew, traveling, working in her yard, and all things related to the Razorbacks.

Mallory can be reached at mallory@spsfnwa.org or by calling 479-935-4888 ext. 102

 

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.

Katie Marie Glenn is a marketing professional and Northwest Arkansas native that has been in the design/IT field essentially since the internet was created. With years of experience in the marketing field, she’s done everything from coding to designing.

After spending 10 years in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, she moved back to NWA to raise her family and become more involved in her hometown community.

Immediately after moving back to NWA, she joined the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas, where she’s served on leadership for the past 3 years- most recently as the Membership Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Chair.

She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science. In her spare time, Katie Marie enjoys yoga, biking, fine wine, her chocolate lab Sadie, all things New Orleans, and exploring new restaurants with her husband Bryan and daughter Harper Grace.

 

Natalie Bartholomew is a career banker with experience in a variety of areas of banking including lending, deposit operations, culture building and marketing. She currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Grand Savings Bank, a community bank in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 

Natalie has a passion for philanthropy and sits on various boards and committees that serve the Northwest Arkansas region. She was recognized as the 2015 Young Woman of the Year by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce for the NWA Business Women’s Conference and was a member of the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and their 2018 Women In Business list. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado. Natalie is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Arkansas Bankers Association.

She launched the Girl Banker blog in November of 2017 in hopes of creating a voice for women in banking and working moms. In addition to advocacy for women in banking, Natalie has a passion for educating young women about the banking industry and highlighting those who started their career at a young age. The Girl Banker has been featured in American Banker, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, the ABA Bank Marketing Newsletter, and a variety of financial industry newsletters since it’s launch.

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.

Johnice Dominick graduated from Berryville High School in 2000; the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Political Science in 2005; and Louisiana State University in 2007 with a Masters in Library and Information Science.

She returned home after graduation to become library director of the Green Forest Public Library until 2014 when she moved to the position of Regional Library Administrator of the Carroll and Madison Library System, where she remains.

Johnice is the secretary of the Berryville Rotary Club and is the immediate past president. In 2019 she will become an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6110. Johnice is a proud fifth generation Carroll Countian who is always looking for ways to serve her community.

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.”

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.”

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. 

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.

Photo by Marc F. HenningArtInfusion ambassador headshots on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Anthony Sumlin is a Produce Merchant at Sam’s Club. His career in the food industry includes roles across operations, quality assurance, analytics, strategy and merchandising at Walmart, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc.  Anthony holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University.  He currently serves as an artinfusion Council Advisor for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is a board member for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA),  serves at New Life Church in Fayetteville, and acts as a mentor at Elmwood Middle School with the Walmart Mi Futuro program. In addition, Anthony has supported the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA for over a decade.

Anthony and his wife Chantal have lived in Fayetteville with their children Michael, Spencer, and Charlotte since 2004.  In his free time, Anthony enjoys travel, engaging the arts, and enjoying outdoors activities that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.

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.”

Brittany Little is the Huntsville Market President for Today’s Bank which is chartered in Huntsville, Arkansas. Prior to her current role as Market President, she has worked for the bank over 16 years in lending, credit administration, deposit operations, compliance, and marketing.

Brittany grew up in Huntsville, Arkansas. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a graduate from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

She has volunteered in many different organizations including Junior League of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville Chamber Leadership Class of XXV, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest Color of Hope Gala Silent Auction Committee, Fayetteville Leadership Link Committee, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Past President, and Arkansas Bankers Association Emerging Leadership Board.

Brittany is married to her husband, Denver Little. They live in Goshen and have twin three year-old daughters, Ava and Emma.

 

Shannon Ortego rejoins the SPSF NWA board after serving two separate terms in the 90s. Shannon is a retired Registered Nurse, most recently working at Highlands Oncology Group for 14 years. She and her husband Terryl live in Fayetteville and have three grown daughters. Shannon is a Chapter Member, Past President and Vice President of Junior League of NWA; Past Board Member of ACO, The New School, United of Washington County and is currently a campaign cabinet member at Hope Cancer Resources. She is an active volunteer at Highlands Oncology Clinic in the chemotherapy suite.