Movers & Shakers (Feb. 8, 2010)

Tony Windham has been appointed associate vice president for agriculture and director of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock. He previously held the positions in an interim capacity.

Gwen Childs, professor and chair of the department of neurobiology and developmental sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in Little Rock, has been elected president of the American Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Neurobiology Chairpersons.

Peter Ungar, chair of the anthropology department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Africa. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals at colleges and universities around the world.

Financial Services
Jack M. Sheppard has joined the loan staff at Simmons First Bank of El Dorado as a vice president. Sheppard previously served as assistant vice president and branch manager of Simmons First Bank in Dermott.

Melanie Bell, practicing attorney with Taylor King & Associates of Arkadelphia, has been appointed to the Northeast Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates board of directors, which serves a large area of southwest Arkansas. CASAs are volunteers who advocate for abused children in the foster care system.

Steven L. Brooks, Jamie Huffman Jones, H. Wayne Young Jr. and Kimberly Dickerson Young have been elected partners at the law firm of Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP. Brooks will be working out of the Rogers office, while Jones, H. Wayne Young and Kimberly Dickerson Young will be practicing at the Little Rock office.

J. Cliff McKinney II, a member of Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow PLLC in Little Rock, was awarded the Judith Ryan Gray Young Lawyer Service Award by the Arkansas Bar Association.

Media & Marketing
Jeananne Cooper Hawking has been named director of sales and marketing at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Hawking is president of the Arkansas chapter of Sales & Marketing Executives International.

John Rafferty has been named director of sales at KATV-TV, Channel 7, in Little Rock. Before coming to Arkansas, he spent three years as vice president and general manager of WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Matthew De Galan and Jason Miles have joined Heifer International of Little Rock to help diversify the organization's donor base. De Galan is Heifer's new vice president of global strategic partnerships and will lead the nonprofit's grants team, international resource development and corporate relations team. He most recently was a senior fellow at the Nike Foundation. De Galan will be based in Portland, Ore. Miles is Heifer's new vice president of development and will lead Heifer's major gifts program, mid-level donor fundraising, workplace giving, capital campaign and collaboration with the Heifer International Foundation for planned giving. Miles, based in Little Rock, most recently served at World Vision United States.
Larry DeWitt has been named the 2010 chairman of the board of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. DeWitt is the general manager of the Comfort Inn & Suites in Hot Springs.

Debra Wood of North Little Rock has been hired by the William F. Laman Public Library as the exhibit and events services manager. Wood will be responsible for the arts and culture events at the new Laman Library exhibit hall.

Robert Zeiler, manager of community affairs for Chesapeake Energy in Little Rock, has been appointed to the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation's board of directors. The organization is an educational group focused on promoting youth and adult entrepreneurship while fostering economic development.

Real Estate
Steve Cato and Sarah Daigle are newly licensed real estate agents who have joined Exit Realty Deaton Group. Cato works at the agency's Little Rock office, and Daigle works at the Pine Bluff office.