• Managed capital campaign at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, for campus renovations and construction, beating fundraising goal by $14 million.
• Organized disaster response teams in Kansas City, Missouri, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers for flooding, hurricane and tornado recovery in the South.
• Led campaign at Lyon College that doubled the number of donations from alumni.
Board member, Batesville Family Violence Prevention; board member, Main Street Association & Preservation Association; founder, Batesville Brass Society; board member, American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas.
First job and lessons learned
“I worked as a night janitor in the rural Missouri high school I attended. I learned the importance of being willing to do difficult work, of doing a good, thorough job — even when no one can see or knows that you are doing it — and treating people at all levels of an organization or background with respect.”
Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Education. We have phenomenal schools and teachers, world-class colleges and universities, but ensuring access and opportunity for all students, and in the way they need to be educated, should be a priority for every Arkansan.”