Dr. Issam Makhoul Named Director of UAMS Hematology/Oncology Division (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

Issam Makhoul

Health Care

Dr. Issam Makhoul has been named director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. He will serve as the inaugural holder of the Laura F. Hutchins, M.D., Distinguished Chair for the Division of Hematology/Oncology. Makhoul joined the UAMS faculty in 2002 and is an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine.

Shelly Weilenman has been named chief nursing executive of the Arkansas market for Sparks Health System of Fort Smith. Weilenman was formerly administrator and chief nursing executive at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, which, like Sparks, is owned by Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla. In her new role, she will have oversight of nursing at both Summit and Sparks Regional Medical Center. Summit Medical Center’s chief financial officer, Anthony Brooks, will assume the role of interim administrator at Summit until Weilenman’s successor is named.


Michelle Eichler of Siloam Springs and Darlene Fleeman of Springdale are the recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Early Childhood Professional Award from the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education.

Financial Services

Chuck Tlapek has been promoted to senior vice president and chief investment officer of Simmons First Trust Co. of Pine Bluff. Lloyd Franques has been promoted to vice president and trust officer of the trust company’s El Dorado trust group, and Kelton Harrison has been promoted to vice president and investment officer of the Fort Smith trust and investments group.

James L. Smith, northwest Arkansas market manager and commercial loan managers for Great Southern Bank, recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, a 25-month banking school which provides senior management and leadership education for community-banking professionals.

Brett Ausley has been hired as a business banking loan officer at Arvest Bank in Hot Springs. He previously worked at First National Bank. At Arvest, Ausley will specialize in Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture lending.

Robert Hargis has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president and security officer at Parkway Bank of Rogers. Hargis joined Parkway in 2002 and was most recently a loan officer and security officer.


Camille Coker Parker has been named CEO and executive director of The Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. Parker, the former director of major and planned giving at CARTI in Little Rock, succeeds Jill Whittington who left the organization earlier in the summer.

Rick Watson and Heather Parsons have been promoted by Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. Both work in the nonprofit’s Department of Workforce Development. Watson, of Little Rock, who had been a career specialist, has been named to the new position of central Arkansas reentry services manager, where he will oversee staff and lead programing for the Transitional Employment Opportunities program. Parsons, of Jonesboro, who was also a career specialist, has been named career services manager for northeast Arkansas. She will oversee career services staff in northeast Arkansas and assist in expanding Goodwill’s Transitional Employment Opportunities and Beyond Jobs programs to that region.



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