Beth Durff Joins UCA as Registrar (Movers & Shakers, Sept. 10, 2012)

Beth Durff has been hired by the University of Central Arkansas as registrar. She replaces Tony Sitz, who retired after 30 years of service. Durff has more than 18 years of experience in higher education student registration and records. Prior to joining UCA, she was associate registrar at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas.

John Reap of Dallas has been named president of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association board of directors. Reap is a retired banker and 1970 graduate of the UA's Walton Business College. New members beginning three-year terms on the board are Kenneth Biesterveld of Bentonville, John Cole of Springdale, Teena Gunter of Oklahoma City, Sharon Hunt of Fayetteville, William Kerr of Tampa, Fla., and Joel Wood of Germantown, Tenn. Elected to a second term on the board were Terry Rasco and Stephanie Streett of Little Rock, John Colbert of Fayetteville and Rita Geiger of Oklahoma City.

Rebecca Ward of Little Rock has been elected president of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association board of directors. Ward is a clinical social worker and 1979 graduate of the university. The board also added four new members to its ranks: April Findlay, Wonder Lowe and Angela Thomas of Little Rock and Judge Herbert Wright Jr. of North Little Rock.  

Financial Services
William Jeffs has been named senior vice president and wealth management lending adviser at the private wealth management group of Regions Bank in Little Rock. Jeffs has more than 30 years of financial service experience, including stints as a senior financial executive at JP Morgan Chase and KeyBank in Albany, N.Y.  

Cindy Baswell has been promoted to senior vice president of administration, operations and human resources at Simmons First Bank of Hot Springs. Baswell has more than 25 years of banking experience and has been with the bank since its opening in 1997, before it became Simmons First in 2004.

Health Care
Dr. David Miller and Dr. Nuttha Ungnapatanin have joined Sparks Health System. Prior to joining Sparks at its cardiothoracic and vascular clinic in Fort Smith, Miller was chairman of the department of cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular services at SouthCrest Hospital of Tulsa, recently renamed Hillcrest Hospital South. Ungnapatanin went to medical school in Thailand and received her fellowship training in endocrinology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson. She is treating patients at Sparks' new thyroid and endocrinology clinic in Fort Smith.

Daya Shipman has received a certification in health care corporate compliance from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., through an eight-month program, which included on-site and distance learning elements. Shipman has been vice president of internal audit at St. Bernards Healthcare of Jonesboro since 2009.

Real Estate
Lindy Janes has been promoted to property manager at Beau Terre Office Park in Bentonville by Colliers International. The park includes 35 buildings with almost 400,000 SF of office space. Janes joined the firm in 2006, a year after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in business administration.