Arkansas Community Foundation works both locally and statewide, through a central office staff in Little Rock and local executive directors throughout the state.
Heather Larkin joined Arkansas Community Foundation in 1998 and became its President and CEO in January 2008. She is committed to and enjoys engaging people and connecting resources to build stronger communities in Arkansas.
Heather has been named one of the top 20 Influential Women in Arkansas by Arkansas Business. She was also named as a “Scholar in Residence” at the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy for exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy.
Heather is a Hull Fellow and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. The Fellowship enabled her spend three weeks in Europe exploring issues of nonprofit governance, strategic planning, grantmaking, investments and public/private partnerships.
Heather is a native of Charleston, Ark. She attended Hendrix College in Conway and while at Hendrix, she competed in several sports including cross-country, track and basketball. Upon graduating with distinction in economics and business, she went to work for Ernst and Young, LLP and became a Certified Public Accountant. After working at Ernst and Young for a couple of years, she returned to the academic arena and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. While at the UALR School of Law she served as survey/comments editor for the UALR Law Journal.
Heather is a board member of Just Communities of Arkansas, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation, Rotary Club 99 and Acansa Arts Festival. She was inducted into the Hendrix Athletic Hall of Honor in 2007. She is also a member of various organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock class 19 and of Leadership Arkansas Class 1. She is a member of Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church.
Previously, Ashley was a fundraising consultant with Riggin and Associates, beginning in 2007. She completed a $6 million campaign for The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, oversaw a development plan for Methodist Family Health Foundation and served as counselor for groups including the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts; Easter Seals of Arkansas; and CARTI.
Ashley also has been senior director of development for Heifer International, senior vice president of major gifts for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation and executive director of the CARTI Foundation. She was named to Arkansas Business Forty Under Forty and was a member of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XV in 2000. Her Master’s Degree in Business Administration was earned at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1997, and she graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1989.
Previously, she worked on the staff of the Arkansas Literary Festival and as a composition instructor at UALR. A true native Arkansan, Sarah lived in Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Conway, Benton and Prescott all before the age of 18. In addition to her work at the Community Foundation, Sarah is also a freelance writer and editor and founding member and co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Little Rock chapter. She is a graduate of the Southeastern Council of Foundations' Hull Fellowship program to train the Southeast's next generation of philanthropic leaders, and is a member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXX.
Corey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. He spent 17 years in public accounting - specializing in nonprofit and governmental accounting, and two years as the controller for a national trucking company.
Corey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Arkansas Society of CPA's (ASCPA) and is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock program.
He enjoys activities with his wife and 4 children, music and volunteering in various church responsibilities.
Lisa Duckworth is the finance & grants associate for Arkansas Community Foundation. Lisa was hired in June 2004 as the executive assistant to the president and was promoted to the finance department in April 2006.
Lisa is a native of Forrest City, Ark., where she graduated from Forrest City High School. After graduation, she spent 2 years at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She moved to Little Rock and was hired at IMPAC Learning Systems Inc., where she worked for 18 years. Lisa is the mother of 3 sons and a member of Second Baptist Church - John Barrow.
Trina Greuel joined Arkansas Community Foundation in 2010 and currently serves as finance director. Trina, a native of Oklahoma, graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in computer science. Her background includes over 20 years of experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to moving to Little Rock, Trina served as senior accountant at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services Inc. in Fort Smith. In 1997 she became director of finance for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, where she oversaw all financial accounting, insurance activities, annual budgeting and audit preparation for the organization. She and her husband Jerry live in Benton and are active members of the Bryant First United Methodist Church. She and Jerry also enjoy volunteering, spending time with family and the great Arkansas outdoors.
Sarah Hansen is the new Statewide Outreach Director for the Arkansas Community Foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Sarah first discovered her love of community revitalization as an undergraduate history major at Connecticut College and went on to get a Masters in Historic Preservation from Boston University. While in Boston she worked with Boston Main Streets and stayed involved in the program as a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Mountain/Plains Regional Office in Denver where she covered the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Since leaving the National Trust, Sarah has worked with Colorado Preservation, Inc. in Denver and as a Project Manager with Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a small non-profit developer, where she worked on federal rehabilitation tax credit projects. Most recently Sarah spent five years with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation in Seattle as the Coordinator of Washington’s Main Street Program.
Sarah served on the National Advisory Board for Strong Towns as well as the Washington State University’s Rural Community Development Initiative. She was elected to the National Main Street Centers’ Coordinators Executive Council and has recently been asked to serve on the board of Preserve Arkansas. Sarah hails from the great State of Maine and is having a wonderful time exploring her new home.
Jane Jones is a native of Blytheville, Arkansas, but really grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She returned to Arkansas, though, to attend Harding University in Searcy. Jane has served in several capacities at the foundation, but currently works as program associate.
Rhonna Wade is an Arkansas native with a passion for social initiatives and community collaboration. She credits her desire and passion for social justice to her African roots of community and family.
She joins the Community Foundation as the Statewide Outreach Director. Her role enables her to connect with the various affiliate offices around the state and ensure that they have the resources necessary to continue doing the amazing work they are already doing.
Christine grew up in Cabot, AR and attended college in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas, where she was a Chancellor's Scholar and Governor's Distinguished Scholar. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and returned to central Arkansas, where she began her career at Nexstar Broadcasting. She worked in various accounting, payroll and human resource roles at their business office hub in Little Rock and was promoted to Senior Staff Accountant in 2013. After six years with Nexstar, Christine joined Arkansas Community Foundation as staff accountant in 2015.
Lea Whitlock is director of communications for Arkansas Community Foundation where she creates and implements both the Foundation’s internal and external communications. She joined the Foundation in 2011 as an Americorps VISTA, serving in the role of program associate with the Foundation's Youth Advisory Council program. She later became the scholarships associate overseeing the Foundation's scholarship processes and then moved to the role of executive communications coordinator assisting the President and VP of Communication Strategy in the Foundation’s communications and strategic initiatives. She also served as an administrative associate for Social Innovation where she developed a love for digital communication strategy.
Passionate about building a powerful and diverse social sector, Lea serves on the YNPN Little Rock (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) board, an organization that supports growth, learning and development of young professionals. She is also a member of the Arkansas chapter of Public Relations Society of America.
Lea has spent most of her life in Arkansas and loves exploring outdoors. After relocating here from Georgia, she attended high school in Pine Bluff and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
Call our central office; we’ll be happy to put you in touch with the person who can answer your question.
Visit our employment page to browse job openings.
Our affiliate offices work locally in every corner of Arkansas. Find the affiliate near you.
Phone: (501) 372-1116 Fax: (501) 372-1166Email Us
1400 West MarkhamSuite 206Little Rock, AR 72201Directions
Privacy | Site Map