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.
Information and Registration Specialist
Claudia has served the University for over 30 years in the capacity of Information and Registration Specialist, and assists individuals in registering and paying for their Global Campus classes. She enjoys Razorback basketball and baseball, and has spent over 50 years exhibiting Afghan Hounds and Wirehair Dachshunds in AKC and UKC licensed dog shows.
Computer Support Technician
Kaleb holds 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. But he always had a passion for technology and moved on to work at the Texas Women’s University as an Event Technology Technician and Analyst. Kaleb joined the Global Campus in 2015, and moved to the Rogers location in 2017.
Kaleb is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Systems at the University of Arkansas. He enjoys biking, exploring NWA’s craft beer breweries, raising chickens, and playing music.
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.
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.
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.
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.