Tamika Edwards Joins Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 12:00 am  

Tamika Edwards


Tamika Edwards, director of public policy at Southern Bancorp Community Partners, has been hired as director of governmental affairs at Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, based in Little Rock. Edwards was selected as an Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010.

Howard Walker has been selected for the new position of director of resource management by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund in Little Rock. The ASPSF provides scholarships in all Arkansas counties to help single parents complete a post-secondary education.


Ann B. Bain, interim dean of the College of Science and nursing department chair at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named founding dean of the newly established College of Education & Health Professions. Bain started at the university in 1987 as an assistant nursing professor. She later secured grant funding in the UALR Office of Development and established partnerships with St. Vincent Health System and Baptist Health for UALR’s nursing program.

William Downs Jr. has retired after 16 years on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission in Conway. He was first appointed to the commission in 1998, eventually serving three consecutive terms as chairman. Downs worked at Ouachita Baptist University from 1966 to 2010, and the Arkansas Advertising Federation named him its 1996 Distinguished Educator of the Year.

Hunter P. Goodman has been named executive director of development for the Division of Institutional Advancement at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Brad Patterson, director of testing services and student life at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Jim Vander Putten, an associate educational leadership professor at UALR, have been selected to serve two-year terms on the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools. Patterson and Vander Putten will review accreditation for institutions in a 19-state region.

Financial Services

Layton Lee, commercial loan manager at Arvest Bank in Mountain Home, has been promoted to loan manager. Lee has been with Arvest for 14 years.

Chuck Morgan has been named 2014-15 chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association. Also serving are Sean Williams, vice chairman; Robert Y. Taylor, chairman-elect; and Mark Ferguson, treasurer. Morgan is president and CEO of Relyance Bank and Jefferson Bancshares Inc. in Pine Bluff. Williams is president and CEO of First National Bank in Wynne. Taylor is president and CEO of Parkway Bank in Rogers. Ferguson is executive vice president of First Security Bancorp in Searcy.




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