Movers & Shakers (March 21, 2011)

Mandy Breckenridge and Ed Sergeant are the newest associates at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock. John Dupree has been named an associate at the firm's Fayetteville location.

Business Services
Nikki Layke has rejoined ABC Financial in Little Rock as senior account executive in the client management division. Before leaving the company previously, Layke had served ABC Financial as senior account executive in the sales division.

John L. Ward has been named the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's 2011 distinguished alumnus. Ward is a former journalist and author of "The Arkansas Rockefeller." Ward is also a trustee of the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust.

Frank Millett has been appointed by Dean William Schwab as the inaugural holder of the Bruker Analytical Science Professorship at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Millett, a professor at the university, is also serving a two-year term as chair of the National Institutes of Health Macromolecular Structure & Function Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review.

Financial Services
Andrew Schenk of St. Louis has joined KBS Capital Markets Group of California as the new regional vice president of the lower Midwest, which includes Arkansas. Schenk has more than 22 years of experience in securities product sales and trading.

Robi McDonald has recently been hired as an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer for Centennial Bank in Jacksonville. McDonald previously was a senior bank examiner at the Arkansas State Bank Department.

Health Care
Lexanne Horton is the new chief operating officer for NEA Baptist Clinic in Jonesboro. Horton has more than 20 years of health care management experience. She previously was vice president of physician and child health services at UT Medical Group Inc. in Memphis.

Dr. Aaron Wallace has recently joined NEA Baptist Clinic Orthopedic Surgery in Jonesboro. He has more than eight years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Jacque Hurd is the new vice president for human resources at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Hurd has been director of human resources at the center for the past 11 years.

Dr. Eyad Abochale has joined St. Joseph's Mercy Clinic in Hot Springs as the newest pulmonologist. Abochale has previously worked at medical facilities in Stuttgart, Brinkley and Hazen.

Cindy Smith has been chosen as an item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination. Smith is a practical nursing instructor at Arkansas State University in Beebe.

Mary L. Ryan has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents by Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Ryan is the director of the library at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The National Library of Medicine is located in Bethesda, Md.

Shelia Osborne-Bohannan has been promoted to managed care negotiator with Division 1 of Health Management Associates, parent company of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. She formerly was director of managed care with Sparks.

Jason Hescott is the new creative director for Exit Marketing. Hescott has more than 14 years of experience in the marketing field, creating campaigns for clients such as Wal-Mart, Campbell's Soup and Universal Studios.

Jill Wagar has been chosen as the corporate relations manager for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Wagar previously served as associate vice president for development at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. Crystal Bridges is set to open Nov. 11.

Real Estate
Steve Cato has been named Rookie of the Year at Exit Arkansas and Oklahoma's regional meeting and awards ceremony. Cato works for Exit Realty Deaton Group in Little Rock.