Brad Hays has joined the full time staff of Bethlehem House, Conway’s Christian Transitional Shelter. Mr. Hays relocated to Conway from Illinois where he worked for the North Central Behavioral Health Systems. He served as a Mental Health Therapist at the community mental health agency. At Bethlehem House, Mr. Hays says, "My new job title is Case Manager performing various tasks that include but are not limited to new resident assessments, needs assessments and service plan development." Hays is motivated to serve at Bethlehem House by, "the opportunity to assist others. I set a personal goal of being a "people helper" more than fifteen years ago. I have devoted these years to making a difference in the lives of people that are in need and seeking help by offering my training, experience, understanding and compassion for others with the hope of making their lives a little more comfortable." Hays believes his variety of experiences, in the mental health field as well as residential services, has uniquely prepared him to work with the people that are served at Bethlehem House. He holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary. ATS is fully accredited and located in Ashland Ohio. Bethlehem House is a non-profit homeless shelter, helping feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.
Bethlehem House, Inc., Conway’s Christian Transitional Shelter, welcomes Jill Imboden as its Development Coordinator. This is a new position for the shelter and the responsibilities include communicating with donors, coordinating fundraising events, and writing grant proposals. Imboden most recently worked on staff at Conway’s Second Baptist Church. She also has experience in Grant Writing and Publicity. Imboden became involved with helping the homeless (on a volunteer basis) when she and her husband met a woman on the sidewalk outside a local shopping center. Imboden recounts that, "she asked us for a ride home. She was pregnant and living in a camper in the woods with her extended family. Through trying to help her into a better situation, we connected with Bethlehem House and realized what a powerful, Christian resource it is in our community. I have a strong desire to live out the love of Christ. Bethlehem House is an organization that is doing just that. Bethlehem House is not just putting a band-aid on a situation, but is helping change lives for the better." Imboden has lived in Conway for 19 years and has served as a volunteer for Toad Suck Daze, Conway Public Schools, Junior Auxiliary, and of course, Bethlehem House.
Jeanean Couch has completed 31 years of service at the Conway Human Development Center. Couch began employment as a clerk typist and has worked as secretary in nursing services, and staffing secretary on the Total Care Team. She is currently an administrative specialist on the Total Care Team. She and her husband, James, reside in Conway. They’ve been married 30 years and have two children: Kellie and Tyler.
Ramona Koonce and Laverne Eoff have completed 21 years of service at the Conway Human Development Center. Koonce began employment as a life skills trainer and advanced up the ranks to teacher assistant. She is currently a rehabilitation instructor on the Intensive Training Team. She and her husband, Allen, reside in Bigelow. They have two children and two grandchildren. Eoff is an institutional services assistant on the Individual Assistance Team. She and her husband, Vernon, reside in Conway. They have three children and one grandchild.
FAULKNER COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS
Kelli Small has been named Realtor of the Year for the Faulkner County Board of Realtors.
Small is currently president of the Faulkner County Board of Realtors and received recognition at the 2010 Arkansas Realtors Association Convention for completing the Graduate Realtor Leadership Academy (GRLA). Small and her husband, Stan, have been married for 28 years and have two daughters. Danielle Creswell is a Kindergarten teacher at Ellen Smith Elementary, married to Ryan Creswell. Samantha Carter is a graduate student attending UCA for her masters in Speech Pathology, married to Kevin Carter.
Small has sold Real Estate in Faulkner County for 16 years and is an Associate Broker with Pam McDowell Properties.