Movers & Shakers (June 27, 2011)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 27, 2011 12:00 am  

Erin Gray was named director of volunteer services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences medical center. Gray previously worked for St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock as a financial and human resources administrator.

Susie Nicholson is now vice president of student services and university relations at Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, where she has served as the assistant to the president for university relations since 1998. Amy Pennington is now ATU's dean of students. She previously was the director of international and multicultural student services and has been at Arkansas Tech since 1997.

Karen Cushman is now the assistant commissioner for human resources and teacher licensure at the Arkansas Department of Education. Cushman previously was superintendant of the Hector School District in Pope County.

Financial Services
Sandy M. Richard was promoted to vice president within the corporate marketing group of Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff, and Leslie M. Gober was promoted to senior loss share accounting officer in the finance group. Richard has been with the marketing group for the past year. Prior to that, she was a student loan business development officer for Simmons. Gober has been with Simmons since 2006. She was previously a senior loss share accountant.

Health Care
Don Johnson of Little Rock was named the 2011 Pharmacist of the Year by the Arkansas Pharmacists Association. Cheryl Bryant of Little Rock was named the 2011 Young Pharmacist of the Year. Tom Warmack of Sheridan received the 2011 Bowl of Hygenia Award for outstanding community service. Eric Crumbaugh of Little Rock received the 2011 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award. Gene Boeckmann of Wynne received the 2011 Percy Malone Public Service Award for his service as president of the Arkansas School Boards Association. State Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home received the 2011 Guy Newcomb award as a political friend of Arkansas pharmacy. Daniel Price of Bryant received the 2011 Charles M. West Leadership Award, which recognizes a student for leadership qualities and contribution to the profession of pharmacy.

Gary Bass of Little Rock was elected president of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association for 2011-12. Dennis Moore of Batesville was named president-elect. Dana Woods of Mountain View was elected vice president. Lynn Crouse was elected Area IV representative. Lise Liles of Texarkana is the new District Four president. Dean Watts of DeWitt is the new District Five president. Muncy Zuber of Heber Springs is president of the Academy of Consultant Pharmacists, a division within the APA. Kristen Riddle of Conway is now president of the Academy of Compounding Pharmacists of the APA. Willie Capers of Jonesboro is the new president of the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists, also an APA division. Allison Hollis of Little Rock and Ankita Desai of Searcy are both new student members.

Tom D. Womack of Jonesboro is the new president of the Arkansas Bar Association for 2011-12. Charles L. Harwell of Springdale was named president-elect. Harry A. Light of Little Rock is the new board of governors chair. Brian Clary of Benton was named the best young lawyers section chair. Sean T. Keith of Rogers is now parliamentarian. F. Thomas Curry of Arkadelphia will serve as secretary. William A. Martin of Little Rock is treasurer.

Skip Stewart-Abernathy of Dardanelle and the late Stephen Recken of Little Rock were honored by the Arkansas Historical Association with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Stewart-Abernathy was recognized for archeological work. Recken was honored posthumously for lifetime service in public history and dedication as a teacher.

Real Estate
Cheryl White has earned her Real Property Administrator designation from BOMI International. White works for Flake & Kelley Commercial in Little Rock. BOMI International is a nonprofit educational institute for property and facility management professionals. The RPA designation requires coursework and industry experience. Flake & Kelley CEO Hank Kelley has been named a member of The Counselors of Real Estate professional organization. The organization invites new members based on their professional achievement in real estate counseling.

David Huffman is a new executive broker for Crye-Leike Realtors' North Little Rock branch office. Huffman previously owned and operated a ReMax International Inc. franchise in Dallas.

Gary Heathcott was accepted to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. The association is made up of premium tobacco retailers. Heathcott, owner of Heathcott Associates advertising agency in Little Rock, is also a professional tobacconist at Buena Vista Cigars in Little Rock.



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