Movers & Shakers (Dec. 12, 2011)

Jeff Lovelady has been promoted to equity shareholder and director of Bell & Co. of North Little Rock. He has been a member of the accounting firm for 19 years and holds an undergraduate degree in education from Missouri State University and an accounting equivalency from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Agriculture & Timber
Aubra Anthony Jr., president and CEO of Anthony Forest Products Co. of El Dorado, is among the 19 members appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's first national Softwood Lumber Board. He also has been elected vice chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Board. He has been the Arkansas Forestry Commission's representative on the board since 2009.

Charles Rodgers Jr. of Rison, who raises cattle and poultry on his Triple R ranch, is the new chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Board. A past president of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, he has represented the beef industry on the board since 2007.

Todd Allen of West Memphis has been appointed chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board by Gov. Mike Beebe. Other officers include Shannon Davis of Bono, vice chairman, and West Higginbothom of Marianna, secretary-treasurer. Board members include Jim Carroll of Brinkley, Thad Freeland of Tillar, Andrew Oliver of Proctor, Gary Sitzer of Weiner, Rusty Smith of Des Arc and Keith Watkins of Griffithsville. Lanny Ashlock of Little Rock serves as research coordinator.  

Melissa Harwood-Rom has been promoted to senior associate dean of students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Harwood-Rom joined the UA staff in 1989 in the newly created role of academic counselor for women's athletics. She has served in various roles since then, most recently as associate director of the Razorback Athletic Center for Student Achievement & Support.

Health Care
Dr. R. Lester Barrett has joined the oral health department of ARcare of Augusta. Before joining the nonprofit health care provider, Barrett owned a private dentistry practice in Jonesboro for 35 years and served as chief of the dental staff at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Dr. Susan Barr has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as a surgeon with advanced training in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. A native Arkansan, Barr is an assistant professor and chief of the division of urogynecology in the UAMS College of Medicine, where she received her medical degree. She most recently was an assistant professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and her fellowship in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery.

Michael E. Lewellen, a native of Jones-boro and graduate of Arkansas State University, has been named vice president of marketing and communications for the Heart of Florida United Way in Orlando. During a career of almost 30 years, Lewellen has held senior positions with Nike, Turner Sports, Fox Sports Net, Black Entertainment Television and Universal Orlando Resort. Most recently, he served as acting CEO of the Central Florida Urban League and operated his own media consultancy, LewCom Strategies. n