Movers & Shakers (Sept. 12, 2011)

Landry Kamdem Kamdem, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Harding University in Searcy, has been selected as one of two recipients of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics' 2011 Young Investigator Award. The award, which carries a one-year grant, was given for his proposal "The Impact of UGT2B17 Genetic Polymorphisms on the Disposition and Action of Exemestane in Healthy Volunteers."

Michael L. Looper, a research animal scientist at the USDA Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, was appointed head of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, effective Sept. 1. Looper will coordinate animal science research and extension programs of the University of Arkansas System's statewide Division of Agriculture and will coordinate academic programs leading to degrees in animal science in the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences on the Fayetteville campus.

Mark Horn will assume the role of vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith upon the Oct. 1 departure of Arleene Breaux, who is relocating to Birmingham, Ala. Horn, who joined the UAFS administrative staff in 1992, has been serving as vice chancellor for finance and administration. With his new job will come duties as liaison to state legislators, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the University of Arkansas System. He will also supervise the directors of public relations, human resources and Leadership Fort Smith.

Financial Services
Josh Malone has been hired by Arvest Bank as a commercial lender in Little Rock.  Malone, who has previously worked for both Central Bank and Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock, will work out of the Arvest branch at Broadway and Capitol Avenue.

Health Care
Val Segalla has been promoted to vice president for board relations at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Segalla was previously director of board relations. She joined ACH in 1992 and has worked in medical staff affairs and hospital and managed care credentialing.

Dr. David A. Nelsen Jr. has been hired to consult with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in Little Rock as associate medical director. Nelson will continue in his role as associate chief medical officer for clinical informatics and an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. As associate medical director for AFMC, the state's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, he will work to build and sustain relationships with key partners and physicians across the state and will also work with health care providers associated with HITArkansas, the federally designated health information technology regional extension center for the state of Arkansas.

Dr. Veryl Hodges, an internal medicine specialist at Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association. Hodges has served as a trustee of AOMA since 2006.

Norm Judd has been named director of the new St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute in Jonesboro. A native of Kirksville, Mo., Judd most recently worked for Trinity Health, a nonprofit health care organization in Minot, N.D. At St. Bernards, he will be responsible for the overall operation of the Health & Wellness Institute.

Betsy Reithemeyer was appointed to the board of directors for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. Reithemeyer serves as vice president of global communications for Saatchi & Saatchi X, a marketing company in Fayetteville, and is a former Wal-Mart officer, where she spent 25 years in store operations, public relations, government relations and corporate affairs. As vice president and executive director of the Wal-Mart Foundation, she managed $220 million in corporate donations.

Real Estate
Erica Murdock has joined the Bryant office of Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Realtors. Murdock grew up in Redfield and is a graduate of White Hall High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Kay Beverly, a licensed title agent, has been promoted to vice president at Jefferson Title Co. of Pine Bluff. Karan Foust has been promoted to escrow and closing officer.

Cindy Marshall has been named chief marketing officer of CognitiveData of Little Rock, a subsidiary of Merkle Inc. of Columbia, Md. Marshall has more than 25 years of experience in multichannel retailing. She most recently served as CMO of Performance Bicycle and was previously president of Pace E-Commerce, a division of Pace Communications. Her resume also includes marketing roles at The Vermont Country Store, Ross-Simons and L.L. Bean.

Craig E. Philip, chief executive officer of Ingram Barge Co. of Nashville, Tenn., has been appointed to the board of directors of Arkansas Best Corp., the publicly traded trucking company headquartered in Fort Smith.