Movers & Shakers (May 11, 2009)

Larry Aslin, an instructor of communication disorders at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has won the Outstanding Advising Award for 2009 in the faculty category from the National Academic Advising Association of Manhattan, Kan. Aslin is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Arkansas. He joined the university faculty in 1975.

Patti Cox has been named director of development and external relations for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. Cox began her tenure with the university in its College of Arts & Sciences in 2004. Suzanne McCray, interim dean of the university's Honors College and director of the office of postgraduate fellowships, has been appointed vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions. McCray joined the university in 1983 as an English instructor.

Lee Bodenhamer, president ofCentennial Consulting Co. of Little Rock, has been named by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as 2009's recipient of the Chancellor's Medal. Bodenhamer serves on the university's board of advisers and is a life member of the Arkansas Alumni Association. Debbie Walker, executive director of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation of Fayetteville, has received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Walker serves as the vice chair of the university's board of advisers.

Michael Claxton, assistant professor of English at Harding University in Searcy, has received the 2009 Teacher Achievement Award for his department. Six other professors also received the award: Allen Frazier, associate professor of business; Karen Kelley, assistant professor of nursing; Bryan Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology; Dennis Province, associate professor of chemistry; Richard Oster, professor of New Testament; Gordon Sutherlin, professor of education; and Rebecca Weaver, professor of communication sciences and disorders. Each of the honorees received a $5,000 check and framed certificate.

Financial Services
Helen Smith of Mineral Springs has been promoted to senior auditor for Diamond Bank of Hot Springs. Also at Diamond Bank, Jessi Banister of Umpire has been promoted to compliance officer. Both employees previously worked as loan officers for the bank. Greg Black has been hired as a vice president and lending officer at the bank's Mount Ida branch. Black previously held the same position at First National Bank at Hot Springs.

Patrick Dennis has been hired by Bank of Little Rock Mortgage as a loan officer at the company's Little Rock office. Dennis has more than two years of residential home mortgage experience. Bob Worthington has joined the company's North Little Rock branch as a loan officer. Worthington has nearly eight years of experience in the business.

Al Morris has joined Bancorp South of Stuttgart as executive vice president of lending. Morris has 28 years of banking experience and most recently served as vice president and senior lender at Home Bank of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Edward P. Mahaffy of Clientfirst Wealth Management LLC of Little Rock has been accepted into the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers. Trent Cox of Murfreesboro has joined Regions Financial Corporation as vice president and community banking relationship manager at its Nashville, Ark., location. Cox has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Health Care
Stacy Harding has joined the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center of Harrison as nurse manager for the first floor in the new patient tower. Harding previously worked at LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis for 17 years.

Dr. Russell Allison, an orthopedic surgeon with practices in Russellville, Morrilton, Clarksville and Little Rock, has completed the Kellogg Leadership Series, a course developed by the American Orthopaedic Association of Rosemont, Ill., and the Kellogg School of Management of Evanston, Ill. The program seeks to develop leadership qualities within the orthopedic community.

Ivan Hudson, program associate for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, has been named a 2009 Hull Fellow by the Southeastern Council of Foundations of Atlanta. The Hull Fellows Program promotes philanthropy in the South. Hudson is one of 16 other participants in the program for 2009 and is the only one from Arkansas.  

Ana Hart has been appointed state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Arkansas, based in Little Rock. Ten other members will join Hart on the LULAC board for 2009-10: Alejandro Aviles, state deputy director; Ben Acuapa, treasurer; Ana Aguayo, deputy director for women; Rafael Garcia, deputy director for young adults; Cynthia Castilla, deputy director for youth; Terry Richard Trevino, deputy director for the elderly; Angelica Ivester, secretary; Michel Leidermann, director of communications; Javier Ortiz, deputy director of communications; and Manny Sepulveda, parliamentarian. Appointments for secretary and deputy director of elderly affairs are pending.