Movers & Shakers (Nov. 29, 2010)

Mark J. Cochran has been appointed vice president for agriculture by University of Arkansas System President Alan Sugg. Cochran will begin his service as vice president on Jan. 4, 2011, and currently is the Division of Agriculture's associate vice president for research and director of the Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station. He will be responsible for leading the coordinated agriculture program at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Carol Reeves will be the associate vice provost for entrepreneurship in the office of research and economic development at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, effective Jan. 1. Reeves will promote entrepreneurship and economic development in the region and across the state of Arkansas. She was recently awarded the Arkansas Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and was selected for the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy this year.

Financial Services
Deborah Ponder, a security specialist at Arvest Bank in Little Rock, was awarded the Certified Financial Services Security Professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers.

Luke King was promoted to investment portfolio manager for Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock. King will manage the bank's securities investment portfolio. He previously served as an investment portfolio analyst. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his MBA from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Gail Steel has been named branch manager for Bank of the Ozarks in Benton. Steel will be responsible for the daily operations of the Benton North office. She previously worked as a training officer, branch manager and executive assistant at the bank and has 23 years of financial and banking experience.

Health Care
Dr. Chris Smith has been named regional associate dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest campus in Fayetteville. Smith will see patients in the Centers for Children clinic and will direct the College of Medicine's academic programs. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and completed his pediatric internship and residency at UAMS.

Angie Carlton is the new director of finance at NEA Baptist Clinic in Jonesboro. Carlton will oversee the clinic's finance, central billing office, data management and IT departments and will be responsible for all clinic financial operations. She has more than 15 years of finance experience.

Dr. Brian Dickson, Dr. Spencer Guinn and Dr. Jeremy Swymn have been named medical directors of the St. Bernards Medical Center's Sports Medicine Program in Jonesboro. All three physicians are partners at Jonesboro Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Staci Lucius, vice president of Sparks Clinic in Fort Smith, has been promoted to director of physician practice management by Sparks Health System's parent company, Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla. Lucius will oversee CEOs and physician practice managers of HMA's 12 Division 1 hospitals, including Sparks Regional Medical Center. She will relocate to Charlotte, N.C., at the beginning of January.

Christopher Fasel, a patent attorney, has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures program in Little Rock as a licensing associate. He most recently was a patent attorney and licensing assistant at the University of Missouri Office of Technology Management in Columbia, Mo. At Bioventures, he will facilitate licensing and license transfers of UAMS discoveries.

Leila Alston was elected president of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. Other officers elected by the foundation include Debby Thetford Nye, first vice president; Amy Pierce, second vice president; Sue Tull, treasurer; and Dorothy Hall, secretary.

Addison Evans, the public safety director at McCain Mall in North Little Rock, has received the President's Award from IPC International Corp., a private security service. Evans was chosen from a field of almost 400 public safety directors across the country nominated for IPC's most distinguished award. He began his career in 1995 as director with IPC and graduated from the Arkansas School of Private Investigations & Security Management.

Tracy McMahen has been hired as a sales consultant at Curtis Stout Audio Visual in Little Rock. McMahen has more than 20 years of experience in audio engineering, project management and systems troubleshooting. He was most recently with Boyd Pro Sound in Little Rock.