Movers & Shakers (Feb. 22, 2010)

Chris Thomas has successfully completed the exam requirements and is now a licensed architect for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock.

Business Services
Denise Oxley of the Arkansas Department of Labor in Little Rock and Jeff Rea of the Arkansas Department of Human Services in Little Rock have been named to the board of directors of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Managers. The ASCPM is a professional association of government managers in Arkansas who have successfully completed an extensive two-year program of classroom training, presentations, study, research and a project and have passed a comprehensive examination.

Warren Overton has been named director of business development for ASAP Personnel Services Inc. of Little Rock.

Anissa Evans Buckner, associate professor of biology, has been appointed chairperson of the biology department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Buckner is a research scientist who has done extensive research on how viruses interact with cells in the eye to cause blindness. Prior to going to UAPB, Buckner was an assistant professor in the departments of ophthalmology and neurobiology and developmental sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. 

J.D. Day has been named chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Day previously was director of cranial base surgery and vice chairman for academic affairs, as well as associate residency program director in the Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 

Financial Services
Jennifer Ruhlman has been promoted to assistant vice president and consumer lender for Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock. She is branch manager of the Markham and Rodney Parham office.

Sarah Young has been hired as vice president for Bank of the Ozarks at the Main Street office in Cabot. Young is a commercial lender.

Kaleybra Mitchell Morehead, associate vice president for college affairs and institutional advancement at Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, has been appointed to fulfill an unexpired term on the board of directors of the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is one of 12 regional reserve banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., comprise the Federal Reserve System.

Health Care
Patti Bailey, Frances Cranford and Jim Darr, all of Little Rock, George H. Dunklin Jr. of Humphrey and Reynie Rutledge of Searcy have been elected to three-year terms on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund Board.

Sarah Howard Hobbs, the Charles Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is among 47 attorneys, judges and professors from throughout the United States elected to The American Law Institute.  Bowen School professor Ken Gallant was recently elected to the 20-member board of directors for the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association, which is headquartered in Montreal. Professor Ken Gould was recently appointed to the curriculum committee for the Association of American Law Schools, and Associate Professor Robert Steinbuch was recently appointed the associate editor for legal-medical issues for the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Luis Planas has been appointed to the position of vice president of quality at Dassault Falcon's Little Rock facility. He will oversee all matters pertaining to quality processes and procedures, training and environmental operations at that location.

Crystal Thurman, who had been director of promotions and marketing for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, has been named advertising and marketing director with authority over sales and marketing for Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC, the company that publishes the Democrat-Gazette's northwest Arkansas edition, the Benton County Daily Record, Northwest Arkansas Times, Rogers Morning News and Springdale Morning News.

Real Estate
Vicky Morris has been hired as a real estate agent by Crye-Leike Realtors and will be working from the company's Benton office. Morris was previously an account manager at AAA Cooper Transportation in Little Rock.