Movers & Shakers (Sept. 5, 2011)

Architecture
Jonathan Opitz recently passed the Architect Registration Exam and has been promoted to project architect by Williams & Dean Associated Architects Inc. of Little Rock. Opitz joined the firm in 2003 after earning his degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas. 

Education
Scott Gordon, executive vice president at Arkansas Children's Hospital, was appointed president of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Alumni Association board of directors. Rebecca Ward, a clinical social worker, was appointed as vice president. Thomas Dickinson, general manager of McGeorge Contracting Co.; GG Millard, Arkansas division owner of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.; Malcolm Glover, morning anchor at KUAR; Joe Kilpatrick, a retired lawyer of Little Rock; and Ginger Daril, public relations manager at Verizon Wireless South Central Region all were appointed for three-year terms on the board of directors.

Engineering
Scott Geurin joined the mission critical team of Brown Engineers of Little Rock. Geurin earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2010 and 2011.

Financial Services
Kevin Couch has been hired as senior vice president in the commercial lending group of First Federal Bank in Harrison. Couch came from a Little Rock branch of BancorpSouth.

Heather Edwards was promoted to e-banking officer, Lori Reed-Grunwald to quality control officer in the special services group and Jo A. "Toni" Jones to call center officer in the e-banking group at Simmons First National Corp. in Pine Bluff. Edwards has worked for Simmons for 18 years and works as the company's Web designer. Reed-Grunwald has been with the bank for 27 years and began as an audit clerk. Jones has worked for Simmons for 14 years and became supervisor of call center customer support in 2010.

Bryan Clifton was promoted to sales manager at Bankers Life & Casualty Co. at its sales office in Little Rock. Clifton was previously covered Arkansas as sales director for MetLife Insurance Co. and has about 10 years experience in financial services.

Government
Bootsie Ackerman was selected as Rogers district director in the staff of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark. Ackerman has served on numerous boards and was executive director of Fayetteville's downtown/Dickson enhancement project.

Health Care
Charles Smith was hired as assistant administrator of the Arkadelphia Human Development Center. Smith recently resigned as director of Arkansas State Hospital of Little Rock.