Dixie Montgomery Joins Arkansas Hospice (Movers & Shakers)


Warren Carter has been promoted to vice president of public policy at the Arkansas Farm Bureau. Carter previously served as the organization’s director of commodity and regulatory affairs, a post he held for 10 years.

LaVona Traywick, Donna Rinke, Wilma Lewis and Mary Hightower have won the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service’s annual Extension Excellence Diversity Award for their participation in the Walk Across Arkansas program. The Issue Team Award went to Mike Andrews, Randolph County staff chair, and Herb Ginn, Lawrence County staff chair, for their efforts to increase Arkansas’ peanut production. The Unit Team Award was given to the extension’s Arkansas Row Crop blog team, whose members include Tom Barber, Jeremy Ross, Jason Kelley, Leo Espinoza, Bob Scott, Nathan Slaton, Kevin Lawson, Chris Grimes, Steve Kelley, Blake McClelland, Ralph Mazzanti, Gus Lorenz, Glenn Studebaker, Terry Kirkpatrick, Kim Rowe, Scott Stiles, Bob Stark and Mary Hightower. Samy Sadaka was given the Innovation Award for the development of a new system to convert bio-renewable resources into bio-oil. Cally Shore won the Early Career Classified award; Jessica Vincent, the Early Career Non-Classified award; and Trish Ouei, the Early Career County Agent award.


Ben Bruner and Ron Smith have been selected to chair departments in the College of Sciences at Harding University in Searcy. Bruner will replace Mike Plummer as chair of the biology department, and Smith will replace Steve Smith as chair of the mathematics department, beginning June 1.

Financial Services

Tracy Duke and Rodney Abston have been promoted to senior vice presidents at Regions Bank in Little Rock. Both men have been with the bank for six years.

Health Care

Drs. Peter Goulden and Abby Nolder have joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Goulden was named director of the diabetes program and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and will practice at the UAMS Outpatient Endocrinology Clinic. Nolder was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in the College of Medicine and will treat patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Jarrod Yates, former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield as a lobbyist. He will primarily work in Arkansas during the General Assembly, focusing on health care issues.


Dixie Montgomery of Bryant has been named finance director at Arkansas Hospice. Montgomery, a certified public accountant, previously worked at Arvest Bank.

Troy Bartels, Wayne Callahan and Sarah Clark have been named to the board of directors of Delta Dental of Arkansas. Bartels is a practicing dentist in Jonesboro; Callahan, of Rogers, is president of global Wal-Mart business for the H.J. Heinz Co.; and Clark, of Fayetteville, is executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Mitchell Communications Group.

Betsy Reithemeyer of Rogers was added to the board of directors of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. She serves as vice president of global communications at the headquarters of Saatchi & Saatchi X in Springdale and is an alderman on the Rogers City Council.

Real Estate

Chuck Goss of Goss Management Co. in Little Rock has been elected president of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Residen-tial Property Managers. Other officers include Lisa Coulter of Adkins McNeil Smith & Associates, vice president; Pam Penor of RPM Management, secretary; Paul Chmura of Hot Springs Property Management, treasurer; Kristy Philbrook of the Property Shop, membership chairman; Sally Goss and Cleo Porter of Goss Management Co., communications chairman and roster chair, respectively; Betty and David Fletcher of Fletcher Property Management, program chairman and hospitality chairman, respectively; attorney Jason Bolden, legislative chairman; and Clif Gilliam of Arkansas Pest Control Services, affiliate liaison.