Thirty-one individuals from throughout Arkansas have been selected for Leadership Arkansas Class XV, a program operated by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas. This year’s class is approximately half the size of previous classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requisite social distancing requirements. This reduction in class size will better enhance the experience of class members and also provide Leadership Arkansas a greater opportunity to hold class sessions in person.

The Underwriting Sponsor for the 2020-2021 Leadership Arkansas program is The Citizens Bank of Batesville. The Presenting Sponsor is ARcare. Statewide Program Sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Farm Credit Services of Arkansas, Nucor Steel Arkansas, Southwest Power Pool, and Walmart.

The members of Class XV (by name, title, company and hometown) are:

Allison Bermudez, Strategic Communications & Media Relations Advisor, MISO, Little Rock

Jill Bobo. Development Director, The CALL, Hot Springs

Kent Bridger, Regional Community President, Simmons Bank, Jonesboro

Danna Caldwell, Sr. HR Consultant, JTS Financial LLC, Russellville

Nate Caldwell, Operations Manager, Weiser Brown Oil Company, Magnolia

John Cantabery, Senior Project Manager, Garver, Conway

Jennifer Christman Cia, Associate Editor, Arkansas Living, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Little Rock

Sammie Cribbs, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Harrison

Jake Fair, Attorney, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock

Jill Floyd, Project Manager & Director of Community Outreach, CDI Contractors, Little Rock

Jay Geaney, 154th Training Squadron Commander, Arkansas Air National Guard, Cabot

Jeremiah Gentry, Vice Wing Commander, Arkansas Air National Guard, Fort Smith

Maggie Jo Hansen, Senior Manager, Tyson Foods, Fayetteville

Nathan Harris, SVP – Commercial Lending, Citizens Bank, Fayetteville

Jeff Hatley, Public Information Officer, Ozark Regional Transit, Rogers

Allison Hestand, Chamber CEO/Economic Development Director, Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, Paragould

Aaron Huntley, SVP – Strategy, First Western Bank, Springdale

Chad Kinsley, Director of Operations, Black Hills Energy Arkansas, Springdale

Courtney Little, President, ACE Glass, Little Rock

Rusty Meeks, Assistant General Manager, Arkansas Travelers, Little Rock

Jennifer Morales, Director of Delta Dental Smiles, Delta Dental of Arkansas, Benton

Joey Msall, District Director, CenterPoint Energy, Jonesboro

David Orr, Director of Development, ARcare, Russellville

Ryan Pettigrew, Sr. Manager, US Realty Operations, Walmart, Prairie Grove

Grace Rains, Director of Operations, Conductor)/ Executive Director , Ark Angel Alliance, Conway

Brandon Resecker, Sr. V.P – Energy, Crafton Tull, Conway

Karen Shaw, EVP & CFO, Citizens Bank, Batesville

Hunter Stuckey, VP of Lending, Signature Bank of Arkansas, Bentonville

Ventrell Thompson, Regional Customer Service Manager, Entergy Arkansas, Little Rock

Amy Williams, President/CEO, Cabot Chamber of Commerce, Cabot

Drew Williams, Vice President of Business Development, Baldwin & Shell Construction Company, Redfield

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