Board of Directors

Arkansas Community Foundation was built by dedicated volunteers who believed in the power of giving to transform Arkansas. Today our board of directors, a statewide group of leaders representing each of Arkansas's four congressional districts, embodies that same spirit of optimism for our state's future and challenges us to become even more effective in our work.

With our board's leadership, we're committed to promoting smart giving to improve communities.


Ramsay Ball

(District 3) 


Ramsay is a founder of the Northwest Arkansas office of Colliers International, the state’s largest commercial real estate company. He is active in early stage investment in young companies, and is on the Board of Directors of VIC Technology Venture Development, Biologics MD, BlueInGreen, CardioWise, Sevo Nutraceuticals and I’Mindful Studios. 

Ramsay serves on the governing boards of the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, the House of Songs Alliance and the Bentonville Parks Conservancy. He supports and advises the entrepreneurial program at the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business and has received an Honorary Associate Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Northwest Arkansas Community College. 

Carolyn Blakely, Ph.D.
Past Chair

Pine Bluff
(District 4)

In 1968, Carolyn joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where she retired as the dean of the Honors College. She earned her bachelor's degree at UAPB (then Arkansas AM&N College), her master’s degree at Atlanta University, her Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University and post-graduate study at Harvard University. 

Alyson Bradford-White

White Hall
(District 4)

Alyson is a small business owner and agent for State Farm Insurance Company in White Hall. Alyson earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Statistics from Kansas State University as well as her Minister’s Credentials. In 1994 she moved to North Little Rock for State Farm.  Her entire career path changed in 1997 when she became the first State Farm agent to open an emerging market agency in State Farm’s Mid-South region. The objective of the emerging market was to disprove previous held claims of industry “red-lining”. Alyson opened her insurance business in the heart of the lower to moderate income area of North Little Rock where she focused on growing the African American and Hispanic markets.  Alyson lives in White Hall with her husband Patrick and three children, Adrian, Kobi and Alyssa (a Pine Bluff Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council member). 

Charlotte Brown
Governance Chair

Little Rock
(District 2)

Charlotte retired as senior director of development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. She previously served as director of development for the Arkansas Arts Center. She is a founding member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and has been active in the Little Rock Garden Club since 1986. She is a member of the Aesthetic Club, the International Women’s Forum, the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum and a sustaining member of the Little Rock Junior League.

Jackson Farrow

Little Rock
(District 2)

Jackson serves as general counsel to Stephens Group, Inc., and was previously a senior member of The Rose Law Firm. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, a member of the board of ACCESS Group Inc. and former member of the board of the Country Club of Little Rock.

Don Greenland

(District 2) 

Don is chief operating officer of Nabholz Construction Corporation in Conway. He is a former national president of the American Society of Professional Estimators, a graduate of the Young Presidents Organization and an active member of the World Presidents Organization. He has previously served on several nonprofit boards including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Conway Interfaith Clinic and the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Greenland has served as chair for the Community Foundation’s Faulkner County affiliate board and as a member of the Quapaw Area Council (Boy Scouts of America).

Dennis Hunt

(District 3)

Dennis is an investment banker with Stephens Inc., currently serving as executive vice president and head of the public finance division. He is a past chairman of the board of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce,  and previously served on the boards of the Community Foundation's Fayetteville Area affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas American Heart Association,  the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation and Junior Achievement of Arkansas Inc. Northwest District.

Eric Hutchinson
Finance Chair

(District 2)


Eric is Managing Director of United Capital Financial Advisers in Arkansas. United Capital is one of the largest independent Registered Investment Advisory firms in the United States. He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of financial planning, investments, estate planning and tax planning. He is the author of the book “The Financial Briefing: Answers to Life’s Most Important Money Questions” and is frequently quoted in national and local media, including being a regular contributor to KTHV television in Little Rock.  He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and the Investment Management Consultants Association. He has served on the board of directors of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and the University of Central Arkansas Friends of Music and was chair of the board of the Community Foundation’s affiliate in Faulkner County.  Eric currently serves on the board of the Church Investment Group which provides investment management services to Episcopal Church organizations across the United States. 
Heather Larkin
President & CEO
Steve Nipper

(District 4)

Steve retired as president of Bancorp South in Magnolia in 2014. He is chair of the Magnolia Regional Medical Center Board of Commissioners, the Magnolia Arts Council and immediate past chairman of The University of Arkansas Alumni Association. He also serves as Lay Leader of First United Methodist Church in Magnolia.

Paige Partridge-Hix
(District 3) 

Paige joined Parkhill as Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2000 after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She is a cum laude graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in biology.  She received her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  In addition to obstetrics, Dr. Partridge is trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques, laparoscopic hysterectomy, robotic surgery, urogynecology including treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.  Since completing residency at UAMS, Paige and her husband have lived in Northwest Arkansas and been deeply involved in their community. 



Andy Peeler

(District 1) 

Andy is Senior Vice President-Investments for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in Jonesboro. He attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jonesboro, serving several terms on its Vestry and as Stewardship chair. He also has served on the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas’s Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and its committee to nominate candidates for the Bishop of Arkansas. He has served several terms on the Community Foundation’s Craighead County affiliate board, including as its chairman, and continues to serve on several of its committees. In addition, he has previously served several terms on the boards of directors of both the NEA Baptist Hospital and the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

Laurinda Rainey

(District 3) 

Laurinda leads the consumer portfolio of Sam’s Club in Walmart, Inc as the Senior Director of Savings Membership & Marketing.  She leads the team developing marketing strategy, programs, and capabilities to engage the families and consumers who shop Sam’s Club for their household and entertaining needs.  With a keen eye on growing the member base and sales, her team contributes to growing the multi-billion dollar business and is accountable for a significant portion of profit.  In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, she is a passionate mentor in and out of the office consulting with non-profit organizations like Jumpstart Advisory Group, including serving on the launch team for their Brand Forum and her family’s nonprofit (Rainey Parenting Foundation).  

Philip Tappan

Little Rock
(District 2)

Philip is the managing partner of Tappan Land & Water, a company owning majority interest in Purple Cow Restaurants and Natural Resource properties in several Central Arkansas counties. He is also a current member of the boards of St. Vincent Infirmary Foundation, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Foundation and Arkansas Foodbank Network.

Robert Thompson
Development & Communications Chair

(District 1)

Bob is a retired attorney with Branch, Thompson, Philhours & Warmath, P.A. and was city attorney for Paragould from 1972 to 1993. He served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District from 1972 to 1980. An active member of First United Methodist Church of Paragould, he also is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, member and past president of the Greene-Clay County Bar Association, and member and past president of the Green County Unit board of directors of the American Cancer Society and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Recovery Center board of directors.

Estella Tullgren

Mountain Home
(District 4)

Estella earned degrees at the University of Georgia and University of Arkansas. After retiring from teaching at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale in 1997, she joined the Community Foundation staff in 2002 as founding executive director of Twin Lakes Community Foundation. She is currently a Giving Officer at Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation in Mountain Home. 

Robert Zunick

Hot Springs
(District 4) 

Robert is Senior Vice President-Investments and Branch Manager of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC office in Hot Springs. He currently serves on the board of the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation affiliate, Hot Springs Sister City Foundation, Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute and the Rosenzweig Fund for Interfaith Activities. 

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