Movers & Shakers (Nov. 9, 2009)

Les Wyatt, president of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, has received the Award of Merit from the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes planning and design contributions to the architectural profession. Wyatt has been working in higher education for more than 40 years and has overseen the master planning for nine campuses.

Janet Jamison has received the Linual Cameron Memorial Scholarship from the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association in Jonesboro. The award commemorates the former vice president of finance for the university and recognizes African-American students who have demonstrated civic leadership skills and academic achievement. Jamison is from Monticello and is a junior at the university majoring in biology.

Claudia Mobley, director of the Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, represented the Sam M. Walton College of Business as a corporate ambassador to the Association of Algerian Managers & Entrepreneurs conference in Algeria. The program was sponsored in part by Vital Voices, an organization the seeks to increase the leadership potential and social status of women in various countries.

William "Bill" Ott II of Eureka Springs has been elected to the Alumni Association of the University of Central Arkansas board of directors in Conway. Ott is director of marketing and communications at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, as well as president-elect of the Eureka Springs Rotary Club.

Health Care
Carol Dyer has been named the executive director of the Pulaski County division of the American Heart Association. Dyer's previous work includes fundraising efforts such as the Central Arkansas Heart Ball. She has been with the American Heart Association since 2000.

Tim Hill, president and CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, has received the Allen Weintraub Memorial Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association. The award is presented in honor of the longtime administrator of St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, and is the highest honor the hospital association gives an individual.

Pete Leer has been named Interim CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison. Leer has previously held executive positions with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences northwest branch in Fayetteville and Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. Leer also has a master's degree in health care administration from Duke University. Dr. Rebecca Simon has also joined the staff of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. Simon, from Harrison, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and UAMS in Little Rock. Simon's medical specialties in family medicine include preventive health strategies, women's health and fertility issues, and obstetrics.

Nathan VanGenderen, Brock Holman, John Stansbury, Patrick Neece and Andy Jenkins have been promoted by Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. VanGenderen will be vice president of faculty and ancillary services; Holman, vice president of finance; Stansbury, administrative director of ancillary services; Neece, assistant vice president and chief information officer; and Jenkins, administrative director of information systems. Jefferson Regional Medical Center is the fourth-largest hospital in the state.

Real Estate
Gary Isom of Little Rock has been named president of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials in Miami. The association is composed of governmental agencies and other organizations that issue real estate licenses and registrations as well as regulate real estate practice and law. Isom has been deputy executive director of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission since 1996.

Marie Bell, Lindsay Carter-Vick and Cindy Osborn have joined EXIT Realty Deaton Group. Bell has more than 13 years of real estate experience and will be working out of Jefferson County, while Carter-Vick and Osborn will be working out of Little Rock.

Steve Higginbothom has received the Industry Service Award from the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Higginbothom has been the executive director of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Arkansas for two years and lives in Lee County. Higginbotham previously served one term in the state Senate and was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture.

Mike Cushman, Terry Gann, Jennifer Richardson and Harrell Wilson have received awards from the Arkansas Forestry Association in Little Rock. Cushman, of Evening Shade, was named Outstanding Tree Farmer; Gann, of Amity, was named Logger of the Year; Richardson, of Greenbrier, was named Outstanding Project Learning Tree Educator; and Wilson, of Rison, was named Communicator of the Year.