Leah AcoachLeah Acoach Headshot

Vice President of Human Resources
Ozark Mountain Poultry

Leah is a seasoned HR professional with a diverse background of experience in both the public and private sectors. Holding a master’s degree in intercultural and organizational communication, she has seen professional success in personnel development, human resource management, risk analysis, governmental/political affairs, policy and procedure development, governmental compliance, marketing, public relations and community development. In her role, Leah is actively engaged in the community by serving on multiple boards and committees. Currently she is a member of the Associated Industries of Arkansas board of directors.

Bryan AlexanderBryan Alexander

Premedia Manager
Saatchi & Saatchi X

Bryan is a graphic arts professional with 20 years’ experience in printing, publishing, and marketing. His career began in prepress at the birth of desktop publishing, which has been his passion ever since. Part artist and part technician, Bryan has a penchant for technology, implementing workflow processes, and managing the complexity of large-scale projects.

In 2006 he joined Saatchi & Saatchi X to help develop our first online proofing system. As Premedia Manager, he and his team of highly skilled production artists are responsible for building thousands of files each year for a diverse portfolio of clients such Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Wendy’s as well as smaller start-up companies.

Premedia is one of the key competitive differences that establishes Saatchi X as a premier shopper marketing agency. They work closely with our creative and production teams across North America to ensure the brilliant execution of work that makes retail simple.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys cooking, drawing, and is learning to play piano. Originally from Little Rock, he currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Laurie M. Apple, Ph.D.Laurie Apple

Associate Professor and Study Tour Coordinator
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Dr. Apple is in her sixteenth year at the University of Arkansas. She teaches in the product development area of the program, which includes apparel product development, textiles and textile design. Her senior level textile design course has successfully designed graphic t-shirts and woven shirt for the Dillard's men's division. She has serve on the faculty of Texas State University and the University of Arkansas. Dr. Apple's research agenda includes body image and fit of clothing using the 3D body scanner, developing new blocks for size specifications and using etextiles to interest junior high females in STEM related careers. Dr. Apple has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Buster ArnwineBuster Arnwine

Vice President of Sales
Reckitt Benckiser

Buster is Vice President of Sales at Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading Global FMCPG manufacturer.  Buster is originally from Tennessee, where he studied Supply Chain at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Buster brings a diverse background spanning across multiple functions, working with a variety of customers as well as brands from the FMCPG field.  In 2004, Buster started his career in supply chain where he gained experience in customer service, forecasting, and transportation. After serving in various successful roles in Supply Chain, at both Unilever and RB, Buster moved to the Sales and Marketing side of the business in 2010.  Previously, Buster has held the following positions, including Lysol Trade Manager, Sam’s Club Sales Director, and US Healthcare Trade Director. Currently, Buster is enjoying serving as the VP of Sales for the RB Walmart team in Northwest Arkansas.

Murray AustinMurray Austin

Senior Manager in Information Systems
JB Hunt

Murray is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) with nearly 15 years of experience in projects ranging from large-scale enterprise deployments to localized agency endeavors.

Although her career began in engineering and development, she quickly found her passion to be in project management based on her ability to combine a technical background with interpersonal skills, successfully bridging the gap between client account management and development teams. In her current role as Senior Manager in Information Systems at JB Hunt she is responsible for web development and analytics in close liaison with the Marketing and Application Development teams.

Sarah A. Bartmier Sarah A. Bartmier

Ignite Digital Design and Photography Instructor
Bentonville Public Schools

Sarah is a NWA native, was homeschooled k12, and graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2004. She has been teaching in NWA since 2004 in various roles, from Bentonville middle school to the University of Arkansas. She has a passion for helping people learn new skills that enrich their lives and help them be more successful in their career paths.

Along with teaching, Sarah is a professional photographer and independent graphic artist. Her photography specializes in lifestyle Seniors, Families, and Weddings. She is passionate about capturing real life as it happens in a way that provokes emotion and the feeling of being in the moment from the viewer.

Currently, Sarah is teaching Ignite Digital Design and Photography for Bentonville Public Schools. Ignite is a Professional Studies program that engages high school juniors and seniors in real, relevant learning through professional partner projects and internships.

Pam Belcher Pam Belcher, SHRM-CP

Workforce Specialist
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Pam is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  She has worked over 20 years in training and development for many Oklahoma/Arkansas area companies, in industries such as:  education, manufacturing, healthcare, restaurant management, and child care/learning center operation.  Her areas of expertise are:  Leadership, Management and Team Development; Interpersonal Skills; Safety; and Customer Service.

Her experience in training and development has been with such organizations as:  Tulsa Technology Center, OSU Okmulgee, University of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and currently with the University of Arkansas Global Campus.

Pam is a certified instructor of Achieve Global, Development Dimensions International, and American Management programs, as well as Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciation at Work.  Pam is a practitioner of the instruments: MBTI and CPI 260.

Laura BerrymanLaura Berryman

Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Department of Biology
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas

A native of Northwest Arkansas, Laura Berryman-Williams received her B.A. in Environmental Science and Environmental, Population, and Organismal Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as an environmental educator in coastal Georgia, then received her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Armstrong Atlantic University (now Georgia Southern). After teaching high school science for several years, she returned to Arkansas and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her research is focused on stream ecology and the responses of small invertebrate communities to stream conditions and predation.

Rebecca BlackRebecca Black headshot

Sr. Brand Strategist

Having worked with startups and large national brands alike, Rebecca has taken experience design into the branding realm. She focuses on building visual language systems that communicate the authentic values & mission of the companies she works with; she helps bring brands full circle by curating experiences from first touch to last. Rebecca is currently the brand strategist and designer at RevUnit, a digital strategy and product studio that focuses on enterprise workforce transformation. 

In her free time she tends to her two bulldogs' every need: one french, one english, Louis and Charles respectively.

Brenna BlackwellBrenna Blackwell

Mobile Developer

Brenna Blackwell is a mobile developer at RevUnit, a software development shop focusing on innovative mobile and web solutions. She got her start in mobile development while she was an engineering student at the University of Arkansas, where she wrote native iOS apps for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She was able to continue improving those skills upon joining RevUnit's development team after her graduation in 2014. Since starting at RevUnit, she has expanded her role to include back-end web development using Hapi and Node.js as well as cross-platform mobile development using frameworks such as Ionic. She looks forward to continuing to diversify her tech abilities by working on clients' most challenging problems.

Myra BraseltonMyra Braselton

Chief Operating Officer
Acorn:The Influence Company

With over two decades of sales and leadership experience, Myra knows the importance of developing long-term customer relationships in order to deliver a strong ROI. Myra has been both a business advocate and end-level consumer of marketing technology, and she draws from this well of experience in order to formulate her plan for success. Myra prides herself on understanding the people and the relationships that make achieving this vision possible. Her drive is to continually and joyfully uncomplicate lives in a very noisy and time-starved world by delivering: the Right Message, By the Right Influencers, For the Right Brands, At the Right Time, On the Right Platforms.

Acorn empowers leading brands and agencies to reach consumers through authentic content. They believe that compelling storytelling drives the meaningful relationships brands seek to have with consumers. Efficient, turn-key recruitment is ensured with their network of over 7,000 influencers selected using their proprietary Acorn Score.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Insight Leadership Group

Michael Brown is a husband, father, leadership practitioner, entrepreneur, leadership coach, and church planter. He has extensive experience coaching, training, facilitating and developing leadership programs for some of the world’s largest organizations and best-known brands. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University, and is a certified TotalSDI Facilitator, Core Strengths Facilitator and DiSC Certified.

Michael develops and delivers customized leadership training programs and curriculum for senior level leadership in rapidly growing start-ups and fortune 500 companies. In his spare time, he makes divots in fairways, tries to fly fish, mountain bikes and coaches his kids’ U5 and U13 world championship soccer teams (okay, they might not be world champions yet).

Jon Cadieux Jon Cadieux

455 Media Group LLC

455 Media Group, LLC is a digital marketing firm located in Bentonville, AR serving small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally, Jon founded Bentonville Workplace in 2015 with the idea of providing a comfortable, professional and affordable office environment for businesses of all sizes looking to get out of the coffee shops and home offices.

Jon is a longtime mover, shaker and connector who loves helping business owners achieve more.

Corey CampbellCorey Campbell

Senior Creative and UX Designer

Corey is a Sr. Creative and User-Experience Designer at RevUnit with over 10 years experience in digital design. He specializes in the deliberate and hierarchical construction of interface design systems through Atomic Design Methodology.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Web Design from John Brown University and has taught several design courses at local area universities. 

Dr. Caroline Chandler

Caroline Chandler

Web & Graphic Designer
Global Campus, University of Arkansas

Caroline Chandler is a graphic designer with a tendency to scrutinize product packaging and a propensity for designing with a grid. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Arkansas and has extensive experience working both in-house and at an agency. She has designed everything from monthly publications and responsive websites to lunch boxes and trade show booths. Caroline is a charter member of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, where she serves as a board member.

Megan CogerMegan Coger

Director, People Team

Megan is the Director, People Team for capSpire, a software and consulting company that specializes in helping create and implement smart solutions to commodity focused organizations. She has found her niche in the tech industry with recruiting and helping to build a company culture based on trust, collaboration, and hard work. She is currently responsible for strategic HR initiatives that help capSpire stay true to its unique culture and retain the best and brightest problem-solvers, while creating a way to scale as a global consulting company in both the US and Europe.

David Cooper

David Cooper

Transactional Insights

Dave has been in the consumer packaged goods industry for over 20 years. After earning his MBA, he held positions working on some of America’s most iconic brands both as a market researcher and as an insights manager. Later, Dave moved to Bentonville, the home of Walmart, where he worked extensively with Walmart’s Retail Link sales data across a number of CPG categories. Later, he created a unique patent-pending method for deriving business and consumer insight directly from such point-of-sale data. The result is a means of quickly producing actionable information abundantly and inexpensively in the form of insightful sales reporting.

Sarah DaigleSarah Daigle


Sarah is a tech junkie with experience in coding, mobile and web software development and tech initiatives. She hails from New Brunswick, Canada, but has called Arkansas home for 15 years. She runs around with an energetic group of women bloggers though mostly spends her time building and fixing blogs than writing them.

With a passion for tech education, Sarah has taught and created curriculum for kids, college students and grown-ups in corporate settings, as well as help with local tech education initiatives. Sarah is a member of the NWA Tonic Fund, a member managed seed capital fund based in Arkansas, investing in early stage technology and tech-enabled businesses across a variety of industries. Sarah is all about girl power. She champions women’s entrepreneurship and has been a part of programs that teach kids and women to code.

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Founder and Managing Principal
Instructional Leadership Consulting

Sharon Deloach, Ed.D., is an Instructional Leader and staunch education reformer. Sharon gained years of experience serving as an education administration executive, municipal social service administrator, and a leader in the financial services industry. The culmination of her experiences ignited passion to author the book "An Answer to Disenfranchised Students: High School Credit Recovery and Accelerated Programs Increasing Graduation Rates for Disenfranchised, Disengaged, and At-Risk Students at Nontraditional Alternative High Schools".

A native of central Texas, Sharon has worked with thousands of educators, students, parents, legislators, industry leaders, and inspiration congregations, to inspire lifelong learning. She has conducted specialized training, conference empowerment seminars, staff development workshops, and convocations across the country and abroad. Sharon earned her Doctor of Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science degree. She completed international studies in Europe, collaborating with the University of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. She holds EC-12 superintendent, principal, and teacher certifications. Additionally, Sharon holds counseling certificates and a nonprofit certification. She has been recognized with a number of honors from business councils, civic organizations, military, and education organizations. Sharon is the founder of Instructional Leadership Consulting.

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Director of Development

Originally from Missouri, Roger completed his programming education in Florida and began his tech career there. He relocated to Arkansas in 2012 and joined WhyteSpyder as a Director of Development. With 15+ years of experience in the software development and IT fields, Roger is a full-stack developer and network administrator that designs and implements multiple business applications. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for development and digital marketing with others.

Priscilla EtheredgePriscilla Etheredge

Account Representative

Priscilla worked at Walmart for 25 years in multiple roles including Store Operations, Merchandising, Realty Management, Category Management, Financial Planning, and Talent Development.  Additionally, she had the privilege of working directly with Mr. J.B. Hunt by assisting him with property management. Priscilla currently works for Crossmark which affords her the opportunity to share her depth and breadth of experience in a marketing capacity.

Priscilla is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. She holds certifications from Birkman, Dale Carnegie, and NWACC's Retail Marketing Analyst program. Currently, Priscilla is pursuing her SHRM-SCP certification by participating in the SHRM Learning System Prep Courses offered by the Global Campus. In her free time, she volunteers at the Rapha Women's Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.

Lee Evans Lee Evans, CSM, CSPO

Senior Product Manager
Retail Solutions Inc.

Lee is a Sr Product Manager at Retail Solutions Inc where he drives the next generation of reporting and business intelligence products.  He brings over 15 years of Retail, Transportation and Entrepreneurial experience where he has been focused on bringing value to the community through market leading technology.

Lee is an Agile Evangelist and Application Enthusiast! He uses an Agile software development approach where significant importance is placed on people, collaboration and flexibility.  This approach allows him to deliver the highest value to his customers in the least amount of time.  He is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner.  More than anything, he is an Excel fanatic!

Outside of work, Lee enjoys outdoor sports, spending time with his family and cooking.

Spruce Feinstein

Spruce Feinstein

Software Architect

Spruce got his start in the tech world at a local startup called Moxy Ox, where he built web sites for a wide range of clients. He has worked in a number of fields since then, ranging from transportation and logistics, to aviation. Currently he’s a software architect at RevUnit. He enjoys working with teams to design and build software that solves complex problems. Currently he’s working with JavaScript but enjoys all languages, especially learning new ones. Spruce is also passionate about DevOps, and spends time working with the latest and greatest developer tools and infrastructure.

When he’s not building software, Spruce like to spend time outdoors and is currently reading Clean Code by Robert Cecil Martin (which you should also read!)

Richard Ham

Richard Ham, Ed.D.

Associate Director of the Master of Science in Operations Management, Department of Industrial Engineering
College of Engineering, University of Arkansas

Dr. Richard Ham retired from the United States Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security where he held various regional and national leadership roles. He is a recognized subject matter expert in Homeland Security, consulting domestically and internationally for the United States Government. Dr. Ham teaches courses in leadership, global competition, Homeland Security and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones). Dr. Ham designed and led UAS courses for research and industrial applications, teaching platform and sensor selection criteria as well as compliance requirements. He organized the state’s first UAS Summit and is spearheading efforts to establish an Arkansas chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Dr. Richard Harkess

Richard Harkess, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Harkess is a Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University where he teaches floriculture and ornamental plant production and advises the undergraduate horticulture students. He works in the general area of floriculture and ornamental plant production with specific interest in the areas of flowering physiology, environmental effects on growth and development, native plants, and sustainable landscaping. Dr. Harkess earned his B.S from the University of Minnesota, M.S. from Colorado State University and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Claretha Hughes

Claretha Hughes, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders
College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas

Dr. Hughes’ research focuses on value creation through the use of human resource development and technology development. She is interested in the impact of the five values (location, use, maintenance, modification, and time) of people and technology (1) on teaching and learning processes and motivation; (2) on organizational culture, change strategies, and leadership; and (3) on the use technology in the workplace environment and employee behavior.

She is the 2009 University Council of Workforce and Human Resource Education Outstanding Assistant Professor. Dr. Hughes has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, a MT degree from NC State University, a BA from Clemson University and an MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Her book Valuing people and technology in the workplace: A competitive advantage framework won the 2013 R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year award from the Academy of Human Resource Development.

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Grace Judson

Instigator and Facilitator of Meaningful Strategic Change

Grace Judson is a team dynamics and communication coach and an instigator of meaningful strategic change. For 16 years, she held executive leadership positions in global organizations, until realizing she could have a more meaningful impact as an external strategic consultant.

Now, she's dedicated to helping business owners, leaders, and teams realign with their purpose so they make more money doing work they love – while staying true to their desire to change the world. She's taught business and communication courses at local colleges and has written the manual on navigating office politics: The Five Deadly Shoulds of Office Politics: how they mangle your career (and what to do about them).

Carrie Kearney Carrie Kearney Headshot

Regional HR Recruiter
Arvest Bank

With a degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, Carrie Kearney started her career at Walmart in organizational development creating organizational charts and succession plans for the largest retailer in the world. After that, HR support became the focus her career.

During her HR career, she traded hats between recruiting and training from Walmart, Tyson, SVI, University of Arkansas, back to Tyson, Simmons Foods and Arvest Bank. The leadership development, hands on training and recruiting roles have all taught her that the relationship between employer and employee is critical to the success of a business.

“I like being involved in the fun parts of HR. Hiring people, giving the employment offer and seeing them succeed by being trained and developed. Those are the aspects that bring me joy. There are few things more rewarding than seeing someone you hired 5 years later, still liking his/her job, being trained effectively, and growing in a great career. Now that’s a purpose.”

Carrie is married to Scott, and has two fun daughters in elementary school. Between recruiting top talent and managing a home, NWA is a great place to be.

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Chad Kieffer

Lead Developer
Esoterix Software and Consulting

Chad has over 20 years of development experience specializing in Healthcare IT, Logistics, and GIS programming. He holds bachelors degrees in Computer Science, German, and Classical Studies and a masters in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas. While an undergraduate at the U of A, he completed a six-month internship with JB Hunt and worked with the company after graduation.

Chad wrote a software suite for a local healthcare coaching and consulting business and coded solutions for Pfizer Health Services' Healthy Arkansas philanthropic program, for CVS's Employee Smoking Cessation program, and on TechPay™ algorithms for dental labs in the US. He has also done research, consulting, and development work for numerous government and private agencies, including USDA, NRCS, the U of A, etc.

In addition, he has nearly a decade of part-time teaching and training experience, both as a computer programming track and Community Ed instructor for Northwest Technical Institute and as a programming trainer for several local large companies.

In his current capacity, Chad is primarily engaged in basic data analytics and backend development work for non-profits and municipal government bodies both in Arkansas and in Washington state.

Matthew Kirk

Data architect and entrepreneur

Matthew Kirk is a data architect, software engineer, and entrepreneur based out of Seattle, WA. For years, he struggled to piece together his quantitative finance background with his passion for building software. Then he discovered his affinity for solving problems with data. Now, he helps multi-million dollar companies with their data projects. From diamond recommendation engines to marketing automation tools, he loves educating engineering teams about methods to start their big data projects.

Brad LawlessBrad Lawless

Chief Strategy Officer

An expert media strategist and veteran of several small businesses and startups, Brad possesses deep knowledge of digital, social, influencer, and content marketing as well as how to connect them all together in an effective campaign strategy. He holds two degrees from the university of Arkansas (B.A. in English and Master's of Information Systems). His industry experience spans healthcare, technology, large scale retail, and ecommerce. Brad is passionate about video, writing, and podcasting. He enjoys spending his free time reading and exploring the trails and rivers of Northwest Arkansas.

Lance Lockwood Lance Lockwood

Replenishment Analyst
Hartz Mountain Corporation

Working in replenishment management, Lance keeps product on the shelves and delivered on time for Walmart. He has a passion for smart and intuitive data visualization that goes beyond the basics and gets to the core of key questions, which has led him to learn both Tableau and Power BI. Lance actively participates in the local Power BI user group and works with peers to implement proficient usage of data modeling. He also works on the back end at Elverston Consulting, LLC, which lets him get a glimpse of future technology innovation in the retail sphere.

Marilyn LedbetterMarilyn K Ledbetter, CSTE, CSM, CSP

IT Consultant
During Marilyn's 25-year career in the IT industry, she has worked for large companies in both Oklahoma and Arkansas serving in job roles spanning Scrum Master, Agile Coach, programming, Data Base Administrator, software testing, training, global work force mentor/team lead, and Quality Assurance Governance.

She is an international instructor of software testing courses and of Agile/Scrum, and has trained audiences ranging from senior-level leadership to newly-hired interns. Marilyn has led multiple Scrum teams to rapidly grow in both their team relationships and velocity, and she has also led project teams tasked with introducing Agile/Scrum on the Enterprise level.

David Miller David R. Miller

Life Incorporated Enterprises

David has worked in many facets of training and development for over 18 years, including roles as Sales Manager, Training Manager, Managing Director, Organizational Development Manager, Corporate Consultant, Coach and Certified Trainer. Life Incorporated Enterprises has allowed him the opportunity to continue his work as a business consultant and coach, as well as develop and deliver programs for overall organizational success.

He has worked with many organizations to develop and deliver many types of management and leadership training programs, such as Missouri State University, University of Arkansas, Students in Free Enterprise, the United States Army, Wal-Mart, TAMKO, DairiConcepts, Emerson Electric, Watts Radiant, Independent Stave Company, J.B. Hunt, Crossland Construction, Kum & Go, Jack Henry & Associates and various other Fortune 500 companies. David is also a regularly scheduled speaker for many regional and national organizations, universities, companies and charities.

David graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and currently resides in Springfield, MO. He has two children, daughter Reagan and son Nathan.


Jacob Moore Jacob Moore

Digital Marketing Consultant

Jacob Moore graduated from John Brown University in 2014 with a degree in marketing. Upon graduating, he began working at startups working with customer acquisition teams. His specialty is specifically in online marketing tactics, which is a data-oriented process for vetting out hypotheses to build out predictable income sources for clients.

Justin Moore Justin Moore

Analytical Lead
Harvest Group

Justin is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Arkansas. He has more than a decade of experience in analytic and engineering roles at Walmart and Harvest Group.
Justin thrives on finding insights that change the way organizations view problems with the goal of better decision making. He implemented Tableau at Harvest Group and has trained on it internally for over three year.

He began his career at Walmart in the Engineering and Innovations groups; focusing on store associate processes and labor optimization. In Walmart Innovations he continued improving process and systems for On-Shelf Availability (OSA/OSCA), and RFID/EPC technology. At Harvest Group he has help transform the way data is analyzed to provide compelling sales stories to Walmart. Justin has passion for connecting data analysis with the sales side of the business.

Katie Morris Katie Morris, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Program Manager, Talent Development

For the past 24 years, Katie has worked for Walmart Stores, Inc. and has held several positions in Training and Development and Global Talent Management. She currently works in Global Talent Management as a Program Manager, where she develops and manages top-talent leadership development programs for the HR function.

Katie Morris is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a BS in Marketing. She serves in several leadership positions within the Bentonville Public Schools PTOs and is an active volunteer in various community organizations, including the Sharing and Caring program of NWA.

 Angelique O’Bryan

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Angelique O'Bryan is the co-founder of Humn.Agency, a recruiting firm that was created to empower organizations with resources and data that help them make better decisions about their next hire, their next organizational shift, their next growth wave. She is passionate about shaping thriving organizations and capitalizing on the link between company culture/environment and organizational effectiveness, believing that a company must always be innovating to stay ahead of the competition.

In addition to Humn.Agency, O'Bryan has founded 3 other businesses, and has over 15 years of corporate experience in leading human resources, operations, and business strategy.

Becky Paneitz, Ph.D., Certified PLE Coach and TrainerBecky Paneitz, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO
Inseitz Group

Paneitz is a seasoned consultant, speaker, and coach – dedicated mentor, motivator, and business leader who collaborates, instructs, and inspires for success.

Paneitz is best known for her 10 years as president of Northwest Arkansas Community College. She was the first woman in Arkansas to receive President Emeritus distinction, which she was awarded for her commitment and dedication to the college after her July 2013 retirement.

Paneitz is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, serves on the board of WorkMatters, and is a member of the NWA ALPFA Corporate Advisory Board. She is actively involved in the Northwest Arkansas community and is passionate about women's issues. She is an adjunct faculty member for National American University.

Dennis Mosher Dennis Mosher

PDR-Certified Trainer and Owner
ProviDENT Paintless Dent Repair, Springdale, AR

Dennis Mosher has over 25 years of experience in the area of Paintless Dent Repair, serving as a practitioner, a master trainer, and a successful entrepreneurial business owner. Mosher has successfully built businesses in Southern California and in Northwest Arkansas from the ground up, turning them into highly profitable ventures with loyal customer bases. Mosher stands out as a business leader in his community and is generous in volunteering his time as a Lieutenant with the local fire department. He is noted for his great communication skills and his specialized expertise in the field of Paintless Dent Repair.

Shelia MossSheila Moss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

InfoSolutions Team

Sheila has developed years of experience in employment eligibility compliance. Trained by attorneys, federal government officials, immigration agents, and corporations, she has been a speaker at the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conferences in 2009, 2013 and 2014, as well as numerous other events. Moss is the owner of the consulting group Information Solutions Team and Integritrac background screening. She travels the nation training public and private corporations in   I-9 compliance and safe hiring programs, and is considered a subject matter expert.

headshot of Rose Mary Pham Rose Mary Pham

Executive Director and Founder
Mary's Little Lambs Preschool

Rose Mary Pham is the Executive Director and founder of Mary's Little Lambs Preschool, a private early education preschool in Bentonville. She graduated from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a master's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2000 and a master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. Her experiences include teaching in public schools and early childhood development centers for more than 15 years.

Rose is currently an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). She also serves on the Navigators Advisory Council of the Early Childhood Initiative Center. Most recently, Rose has expanded her passion for children by opening her home for children in need through the foster care system.

Adam R. Pope, Ph.D.Adam Pope

Director, Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, Department of English
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas

Dr. Pope got his start in technical and professional writing early, serving as the primary technical writer for his family's third-generation tire and auto shop in West Tennessee from his teenage years onward. He earned a dual major from Freed-Hardeman University in Spanish and English in 2006,  his M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition specializing in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics from Purdue University in 2013. At the University of Arkansas, he created and directs the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, an online graduate level program designed to help working professionals from Northwest Arkansas and around the world develop writing skills for the modern workplace. He teaches courses in document design, writing for the web, technical editing, user experience design, and grant writing. His research focuses on technical writing in online spaces and crowdfunding in particular as an emerging genre of professional writing.

Outside of his academic work, Dr. Pope works as a technical editor and organizational writing consultant. He has edited numerous academic articles as well as a book published by Oxford University Press. Additionally, while working as a Ph.D. student at Purdue University he developed and maintained a custom learning management system based on the open-source content management system Drupal. He also served as a content author for TOWN, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant project run by the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Mel Reed Mel Reed

Certified ONE Thing Trainer
CEO, Optimus Training and Development

Mel has been called one of the most effective and compassionate leaders in business today. He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and has spent time in the military, telecommunications and the real estate industry. Experienced at sales and marketing; his passion is getting the most out of teams and individuals.

Mel was named Who's Who for his contributions to "Legendary Customer Service" for two Fortune 500 companies. He is a leadership expert with a desire to "Better Your Best."

Mel knows what it takes to win big in any business climate and is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Your organization will be challenged, entertained, and motivated to excellence with high-energy, focused training and coaching.

Jarrod Ramsey Jarrod Ramsey

VP of Technology and President of Tech Council
Rockfish Interactive

Jarrod has a collective 17 years of experience in mobile, system, database, and web development and currently leads innovation, mobile, enterprise, process management, and QA initiatives for Rockfish Interactive. He is President for the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit, which is an organization of officers and entrepreneurs alike and hosts a 1,500+ person annual event. He is very efficient in designing systems, thinking of the end-user first, creating autonomous systems and processes, and applying innovation at every angle. His passions include building IoT devices, diving into new technologies with Artificial Intelligence, and teaching at schools about these technologies.

Aaron RobinsonAaron Robinson

Systems Analyst, Technology

Aaron is a senior software developer at Walmart with 10 years of experience developing desktop, mobile and web applications. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brigham Young University - Idaho. While working toward his degree, Aaron started an internet-based textbook rental business that he used to finance his education. Post-graduation, he began his career in the national defense industry for Lockheed Martin. There, he performed research and development in military logistics and developed software for a satellite ground system. Aaron started with Walmart in 2014, where he has worked on mobile application development, enterprise master data management and retail analytics. In his current role, Aaron is the UI/UX lead developer for the next version of the Decision Support System, which is responsible for storing and delivering the data that drives Walmart's business decisions, as well as those of its suppliers.

Brent RobinsonBrent Robinson

Founder and CEO

With three small business, a social media startup, and five years in San Francisco during the dot com boom, Brent draws from an array of experiences in technology and digital marketing. After returning to Arkansas in 2003 to earn his MBA, he's started a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop, managed CPG projects at Rockfish, and designed social media campaigns for Collective Bias. Getting back to his small business roots, Brent launched Modthink in 2012 and has provided digital, social and web marketing to hundreds of businesses in the region and across the country. He specializes in website design, SEO, and paid advertising. Brent is a Wilderness First Aid instructor, a fly fisherman, and an active parent volunteer with his boys' scout troop (BSA 102) and when he's not in front of a screen, he's out camping and canoeing.

Cliff Sandsmark Cliff Sandsmark, CCP, CSCP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Sr. Compensation Manager
J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, Inc.

In his current position, Cliff is responsible for the design and development of competitive compensation and incentive pay systems.  He has over twenty years of experience in Human Resource Management.

Cliff completed graduate courses at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and earned his MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has taught undergraduate classes at the Walton College and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Bell Graduate School of Engineering for the Masters of Science in Operations Management.  Cliff is also a Senior Instructor for the SHRM Learning System Certification preparation program at the Global Campus.

Cliff received NOARK’s HR Pillar Award for outstanding service to the HR community in 2012, was the Chapter President for NOARK in 2014, and is serving as Co-Chair for the 2016 ARSHRM Conference & Exhibition.

Joe Saumweber Joe Saumweber

Co-Founder and CEO

Joe Saumweber is the Co-Founder and CEO of RevUnit, a technology consultancy, with offices in Las Vegas, Dallas, St. Louis and Bentonville, Arkansas. As CEO, Joe leads his cadre of strategists, experienced designers and technologists to build digital products for brands like Walmart, Virgin, Purina, AT&T, Zappos and School of Rock. Over its five-year history, RevUnit has become one of the country's fastest growing companies listed on the Inc. 5000 and has been recognized two years in a row on the "Best Places to Work" list.

As a thought leader in digital transformation Joe often writes and speaks on strategies for innovation and reducing friction within the enterprise. His greatest passion though is building great teams that build great products. These teams are the "Unit" in RevUnit, and they bring advanced problem-solving techniques to bear on their client's toughest problems.

Joe is a proud member of the Northwest Arkansas startup community. As such he is involved in technology education, startup mentoring, the 1 Million Cups Bentonville chapter and founded the 479 Forum, a peer mentorship group that includes many of NWA's fastest growing startup founders.

Cammie Scott Headshot Cammie Scott, MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

CK Harp & Associates, LLC

She holds credentials as a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow, Registered Health Underwriter, Registered Employee Benefit Consultant, Senior Professional in Human Resources, and Certification in Long Term Care. She also has a master's degree in Industrial Engineering.

Kate Shoulders

Kate Shoulders, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas

Dr. Kate Shoulders is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and Technology at the University of Arkansas. Her work is devoted to agriculture teacher education, and impacting teaching and learning. She was a high school agriculture teacher in Kentucky before getting her Ph.D. at the University of Florida.

Joan SmithJoan M. Smith, CPIM, CSCP

Materials Manager
Rockline Industries

Joan is an experienced Supply Chain professional with over 25 years in various roles including Warehousing, Transportation, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Material Planning, and served as the Business Subject Matter Expert for a large SAP implementation representing the Forecasting, Planning and Inventory areas. Joan has worked for companies such as Dow Chemical Company, SC Johnson, and 3M. Joan also spent time assisting in the development of an inventory optimization product for a start-up company.

In 1993, Joan achieved certification with APICS CPIM and achieved the CSCP in 2013. Joan received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007.

Joan has achieved the level of Associate Instructor in the APICS Instructor Development Program, having successfully completed a vigorous training program, and has been approved to teach both CPIM and CSCP classes.

In her current role, Joan leads a team of schedulers and planners responsible for the Springdale production facility. In her spare time, Joan has a small hobby farm and also shows quarter horses. Joan resides with her husband in Elkins, Arkansas.

Jose SocorroJose Socorro

Carrier Adoption Representative
J.B. Hunt

Jose is a Carrier Adoption Representative for the Integrated Capacity Solutions Division of J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. where he promotes innovative solutions to fleet drivers.

Before J.B. Hunt, Jose worked for a sports marketing firm based out of Northern New Jersey where he was credited for creating a call center operation. In addition, Jose worked for a small family business start-up where he managed the process of submitting the proper paperwork and permits to the New Jersey Secretary of State Office for companies applying for an LLC. Jose was also responsible for developing vendor relations for the business.

Jose recently obtained his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Development from Abilene Christian University. He is from New Jersey and is married to an amazing Arkansas native who is a teacher in the Rogers Public School System.

Silke Spiesshoefer

Silke Spiesshoefer, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

College of Engineering, University of Arkansas

Silke graduated with a Ph.D. in Microelectronics-Photonics (2005), a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering (2001), and a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering (1998) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University (2008) in St. Louis, Missouri. Silke has been affiliated with HiDEC since 1996, and has recently become an Adjunct Professor with the center.

Silke is currently the Technical Research Director for the Advanced Technologies Division (ATD) of Engineering Systems Solutions (ESS), headquartered in Frederick, MD. She is directly responsible for the initial creation and management of the ATD of ESS and creating new development projects/products including the development of nanomaterial based product and process development for advanced batteries, antennae, and novel sensor technologies. Dr. Spiesshoefer also has extensive experience in technical marketing and program management.

Cristy Stamps

Cristy Stamps

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Cristy is an Instructor that specializes in teaching Microsoft Office programs.  Cristy holds a Bachelor’s degree (Business Education) and Master’s degree (MAT) from The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She has been an Instructor in the Computer Information Department at the Northwest Arkansas Community College for the last 16 years while serving on various boards and committees including Assessment, First Year Task Force, Professional Development & Advisory.  She is a member of the National Business Education Association.  Cristy has a passion for teaching, education and lifelong learning.

Ryan Stearle Ryan Stearle

Vice President of Sales
Infinity Product Group

After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in 2002, Ryan spent five years working for Sears and a major Budweiser distributor in sales and management before returning for his MBA in 2008. During the full-time MBA program, Ryan interned for Procter & Gamble before accepting a position with Alltel Wireless in Little Rock upon graduation. Late in 2009, he moved back to Northwest Arkansas to join the Walmart Vendor Community, and he and his family have been here since. Over the past five years, Ryan has held a variety of marketing and sales leadership positions with Alberto Culver, The Coleman Co., Rawlings Sporting Goods, and Allegro (a division of the Conair Corporation). He is currently the Vice President of Sales for Infinity Product Group in Rogers, AR. He met and married his beautiful wife, Keisha, while they were both attending the University of Arkansas in 2002, and they have three amazing boys.

Kelly Sullivan Kelly Sullivan

Vice President of Research

Kelly Sullivan manages the research division for inVeritas, helping clients navigate legal, regulatory, and corporate issues in a variety of sectors, including energy, healthcare, and technology.

Kelly provides due diligence research on potential investors, board members, employees and business acquisitions for corporate clients. Her political research clients include gubernatorial races, congressional campaigns, mayoral races, state legislative races, and campaigns for Attorney General.

Kelly earned her bachelor's degree with honors from University of Central Arkansas and her Juris Doctor from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is admitted to the Arkansas State Bar.

Mike Sypult

Mike Sypult

Mike Sypult is a computer training professional that conducts seminars and speaks at conferences on matters related to the use of computer applications and technology. Mike's background in information technology spans 24 years as an instructor for Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas, where he served as Director of Computer Training Services. Mike holds the Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification and provides training across the State of Arkansas in the latest version of Microsoft applications.

Rick Teague William ‘Rick’ Teague, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

TransAmericas Human Resources, LLC

Rick is a Human Resources Generalist with a Bachelor’s Degree (BBA) and Masters Degree (MA) in Business Administration. He has 35 years HRM experience working with three of Fortune 100s Most Admired Companies: McKesson, Nestle and Raytheon. Rick is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Arkansas, College of Engineering.  He is the certification chair for the northwest Arkansas chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (NOARK), and a life member of SHRM. In April 2013, he launched a new human resources consulting firm for small to medium-size businesses known as TransAmericas Human Resources, LLC.


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Janelle D. Waack

Registered Patent Attorney and Intellectual Property Partner
Bass Berry & Sims PLC

Janelle Waack is an intellectual property attorney in the Northwest Arkansas and Washington, D.C. offices of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She is a registered U.S. patent attorney and served as a former Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is lead counsel, managing world-wide patent and trademark portfolios, patent litigation in district and appellate courts, and strategic acquisition of corporate intellectual property assets for transactions up to $2.6 billion. Her prosecution of a key patent in the agriculture biotechnology industry and associated trial testimony led to a $1 billion verdict for her client. She counsels clients ranging from major pharmaceutical companies to small tech startups and has a particular fondness for the entrepreneurs and tech community of Northwest Arkansas. Janelle has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School.

Courtney Ulrich Smith Courtney Ulrich Smith

Dandy Roll

Courtney Ulrich Smith is a graphic designer, letterpress artist and business owner born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She believes that the southern United States has so much to offer to the world of art and design and is proud to serve as a board member for AIGA Northwest Arkansas. She has a passion for old photographs, delicate typography and all things handmade.

Lisa WatsonLisa Watson

Founder and CEO

Lisa is a 27-year resident of Northwest Arkansas, having graduated from John Brown University with a focus in home economics/business/journalism. She has worked in and around the Wal-Mart environment for 25 years, both in the home office and on the supplier side. The BBQC currently does consulting and account management work for 2 Wal-Mart suppliers and a building contractor. Lisa has invented and is developing an e-commerce website called, which will provide a unique shopping experience to a specific market segment. She has a passion for helping others by teaching them skills that enable them to be more efficient in today's fast-paced workplace.

Lt. Derek Wright Derek Wright Headshot

Springdale Police Department 

Lt. Wright has spent the last 13 years serving his community as a police officer. During this time, he has served in a variety of assignments such as Patrolman, Detective, and in various administrative roles. Lt. Wright is currently assigned as a shift commander, overseeing patrol, detention and dispatch operations for a shift. He is also the Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team and Crisis Intervention Team. Lt. Wright has used his experience from law enforcement and previous employment at Fortune 500 companies to develop and deliver numerous professional development classes on threat assessment and response, workplace safety, leadership, effective communication, active listening, de-escalation, crisis negotiations, crisis intervention, law enforcement response to mental health crises, trauma informed response, self-defense and critical incident management.

Lt. Wright earned his B.S. from Arkansas Tech University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He also holds numerous certifications related to law enforcement.

In his off time, Lt. Wright serves on several local and statewide boards and councils. He and his wife are former foster parents and have one daughter, whom they adopted. On most weekends, you'll find him transitioning to the role of "Dance Dad," supporting his daughter at dance competitions around the region.

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Daniel Worthy

Technology Architect
Rockfish Digital

Daniel Worthy started his career with Rockfish in 2007 as an entry level developer. He would go on to contribute to a wide variety of projects including: mobile web, e-commerce, retail operations, blogs, interactive video rooms, and sweepstakes. As a Technology Architect, Daniel is responsible for understanding which new technologies to utilize and then bringing the rest of the technology organization up to speed to implement. Daniel is passionate about development and the unique problem solving challenges that come with it.

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Dana Young

Chief Inspirational Officer

Since 1993, Dana Young has been a passionate change agent in the corporate training and consulting world. Known for her dynamic, authentic, motivating, humorous and inspiring speaking style, Dana brings a variety of training topics to the corporate world using experiential role play that allows participants to learn and apply techniques the very same day.

Dana understands the role of an HR Business Partner and specialized in the area of Employee Champion Programs. She served on the Procter & Gamble, Walmart Global Customer Development Team from 1996-2005. Her focus was on Performance & Development Training, New Hire Onboarding, Team Culture, HR Work Processes and Staffing.

Dana has delivered career workshops which include: Performance Development & Training; Corporate Staffing; Sales Techniques; Customer Service; and Employee Insights.

Participants have provided testimonials stating that the empowering information shared in Dana's workshop created a renewed energy and a passionate ownership attitude in their current roles – which led to promotions.