Director of Training, Corporate Development and Academic Outreach
Tara holds a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Winona State University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Technology, from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Originally from Prairie du Chien, WI, Tara previously taught business classes at Mound Westonka High School, served as a Counselor and Instructor at TRIO Educational Talent Research, and worked at the University of Arkansas as an Assistant Director of Admissions, and Academic Adviser in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She joined the Global Campus in 2008.
Tara has a passion for learning, education and the community. She is actively engaged in business, industry and education in Northwest Arkansas, working with Chambers of Commerce, the Northwest Arkansas Council and individual business leaders to identify training needs and skills gaps. She serves on the Board of Directors for local non-profit organization Open Avenues, an organization that gives adults with disabilities educational and vocational support to grow personally and professionally. The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Tara one of its "Forty Under 40" for 2017, an annual list of the area's top young business stars.
Tara and her husband, Michael, have two daughters. They enjoy traveling and spending time together on the golf course.
Assistant Director of Workforce Readiness
Mark Berkowick completed his Bachelors of Economics and Masters of Education at the University of Oklahoma. He has worked in higher education for over 10 years with experience in intercollegiate athletics, student life, student affairs, and student support. Mark joined the Global Campus in 2016 and leads initiatives for the IT Readiness Programs and facilitates entry-level web development courses and advanced skill workshops.
Mark enjoys storm chasing, college football, and spending time with his dogs.
A Northwest Arkansas native, Erin holds both a Masters of Higher Education and a Bachelors of Business Management from the University of Arkansas. She previously worked as an
Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Arkansas, and a Financial Aid
Advisor at College of the Ozarks. Erin joined the Global Campus in 2014 and coordinates
professional development programs, including the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/
SHRM-SCP, and assists clients in creating customized training programs.
Erin organizes an outdoor activity group for over 900 members, owns a small business, and volunteers for local animal shelters and other animal rescue groups.
Learning Resources Developer
Kaleb holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Sociology from the University of North Texas, and previously worked as a social worker. A passion for higher education and computer development led him to his role as a Learning Resources Developer, developing software solutions to aid in providing low-cost, non-credit education to the Northwest Arkansas region.
He enjoys biking, playing disc golf, making music, and finding new board games to play with friends.
Academic, Career, and Program Advisor
Cynthia holds a Masters of Education in International Teaching from Framingham State University and a Bachelors of Art in International Relations from the University of Arkansas. She previously worked for 14 years teaching academic English and research skills to international students in Spain, Poland, Turkey and the US. Cynthia joined the Global Campus in 2017 and she coordinates programs while also assisting prospective registrants in selecting programs that will assist them in meeting their career goals.
Cynthia is pursuing a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Arkansas. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Education Support Specialist
Shannon has over twenty years of education experience, and has worked with every age group from pre-K to higher education and adult learners. She has a Bachelors of Science in Education from Arkansas Tech University and Masters of Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas. Shannon joined the Global Campus in Fayetteville in 2016, and moved to the Global Campus in Rogers in 2018. She administers Global Campus programs and assists Conferences Services clients.
Shannon enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with family. She also enjoys visiting parks and hiking with her husband and three rescue dogs.
Heather Sprandel is a proud alumnae of the University of Arkansas where she received her Doctorate in Workforce Development and a Master's Degree in Adult Education. Heather has worked at the University of Arkansas for over eighteen years and in a variety of roles. In addition to her position with the Global Campus, Heather also works as an adjunct faculty member at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Furthermore, she, with her husband, Joe, are the owners of a small business that was started and currently operates in the great state of Arkansas. Heather has previously served as Director of the Walton College Career Center, and also worked in both public and private school systems as a high school instructor in Chicago, Illinois.
Heather is the proud mother of one, Alexander, who is a student in the Arkansas Virtual Academy.
Marketing & Education Support
Nicole is originally from Stuttgart, Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Nicole previously worked in fundraising for the American Heart Association and was the Director of Development for the Fort Worth Arts Council. She joined the Global Campus in 2018 as the Marketing and Education Specialist.
Nicole enjoys movies, reading and spending time with her children, Sarah and Jack, who are both attending the U of A.