Movers & Shakers (June 18, 2012)

(Note: A correction has been made to this article. See end for details.)

Construction
Tim Perrien has been named director of petroleum programs at Core States Group in Rogers. Perrien opened the Rogers branch as the sole employee and in five years as branch manager grew the company's petroleum department and the branch to a team of 20.   

Education
Ro DiBrezzo has been chosen as the vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas. Before being selected for the permanent position, DiBrezzo served as interim vice provost and a professor of health, human performance and recreation in the College of Education & Health Professions at the university. In her new capacity she will lead faculty development and coordinate the reaccreditation process.

Government

Paul Means, Billy Tarpley and Marvin Childers were elected to preside over the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists at the society's annual meeting in May. Means, manager of government affairs for Entergy Arkansas, was elected president; Tarpley, executive director of the Arkansas State Dental Association, was elected vice president; and Childers, president of the Poultry Federation, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Health Care
Pat Sears has been promoted to practice manager at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren. Sears has more than 20 years of health care management experience. Before the promotion she served as clinic manager for Internal Medicine & Associates and Cornerstone Family Clinic.

Insurance
William P. Creasman has been named general counsel at Life & Specialty Ventures. Creasman currently serves as of counsel at the law firm of Jack Nelson & Jones in Little Rock. He has served as general counsel for TCBY Enterprises Inc. and Church's Fried Chicken Inc. and was senior vice president and chief legal officer for Alltel Corp. His practice has focused on business transactions, franchising and employment law.

Media/Marketing
Jessie Russell and Allison Lafargue have been hired at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, a communications agency in Little Rock. Russell, a Harding University graduate who earned a master's degree in communication design from the Pratt Institute, will serve as art director. Lafargue will work in the public relations department as an account coordinator. She has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Arkansas.

John Mark Adkison has been hired as a project coordinator by Thoma Thoma in Little Rock. Adkison recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Harding University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. He had previously interned with Thoma Thoma in the summer of 2011.

Jennifer Boulden was recently named public relations professional of the year by the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Boulden was recognized for her work as the communications and event services coordinator for the Fort Smith Advertising & Promotions Commission. She is now with Aristotle Inc. of Little Rock as the manager of social media.

Nonprofits
David Rainwater has been appointed to a one-year term on the board of the Argenta Community Theater, which serves North Little Rock through the education and development of the performing arts. Rainwater is CEO of Little Rock advertising agency Mangan Holcomb Partners and has previously served on the board of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Rainwater was also recently named to the board of directors of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Foundation Fund.

Lauren E. Talbot has been promoted to executive director of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and early detection and improving the treatment of prostate cancer in the state. Talbot has been with the foundation for four years.

(Correction, June 19, 2012: William Creasman's previous title with Alltel was incorrect in the original version and has been corrected.)