Movers & Shakers (Oct. 31, 2011)

Kelli Albrecht has been named director of workforce development at National Park Community College in Hot Springs. Albrecht, who has relocated to Hot Springs from the Dallas area, has more than 20 years of experience in business and human resources.

Dr. Jeanne Heard has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. A former associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of internal medicine at the UAMS College of Medicine, Heard has returned to UAMS from Chicago, where she helped lead the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education since 2004.

Financial Services
Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, has been named to the board of directors of First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas Inc., the publicly traded holding company for First Federal Bank of Harrison. Leslie Hunt has been promoted to manager of the Harrison Bypass branch of First Federal Bank. She joined First Federal in 1987 and most recently served as vice president and office administrator.

Nick Nabholz has joined the board of directors of Simmons First Bank of Northwest Arkansas. Nabholz is business development officer with the Rogers office of Nabholz Construction Services.

Tracy Beavers has been named a mortgage lender by Arvest Bank in North Little Rock. Beavers, who will work in the branch office on McCain Boulevard, has been in the financial services business for several years and previously held roles as a private banking loan assistant, consumer loan assistant and commercial loan assistant for Arvest.

Drew Jones has assumed lead coverage of the Healthcare Services Research practice at Stephens Inc. of Little Rock. Since joining Stephens in 2007, Jones has focused his research on the medical device sector. He was promoted to senior analyst in 2010 and was the top stock picker at Stephens in the first half of 2011. Jones' list of medical device companies will be followed by Chris Cooley, a managing director at Stephens who has covered the field for 17 years.

Health Care
Susan Robinson, owner of Stroller Strides of Little Rock, was recently named franchisee of the month by Stroller Strides, a national fitness program for new mothers.

Anthony Chelte, dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Sericia Cole, director of external affairs in Gov. Mike Beebe's office, have been named to the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.