Meet Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Arkansas Community Foundation was built by and for Arkansans. This statewide group of leaders representing every part of the state provides vast experiences and knowledge of our communities. The board members guide the Community Foundation as we grow our impact across the state.

Their commitment embodies a spirit of optimism for our state’s future and challenges us to become even more effective in our work. With our board’s leadership, the Foundation is delivering smart giving to improve communities.

Board

Ramsay Ball

Bentonville (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. 

Kandice Bell

White Hall (District 4)

Senior Counselor and District Representative to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Kandice is a lawyer and public servant. Licensed since 1998, Kandice has practiced across the state of Arkansas representing individuals and businesses in administrative, local, state, or federal courts or on appeal. In 2016, prior to serving in Governor Hutchinson’s administration, the Governor appointed her to the Arkansas Supreme Court as a special justice in a case. For the past two consecutive years, Kandice has been the Presidents’ choice to receive the Arkansas Bar Association’s Golden Gavel Award. This award is in recognition of excellence in her work as co-chair of the Bar Benefits Committee and the Disaster Preparedness Task Force. As a public servant, Kandice represents the Hutchinson Administration in southeast Arkansas, and among other duties, she helps to ensure that the Governor’s policies and directives are shared directly with Arkansans across a 12-county district. She was selected as an inaugural member to the Arkansas Public Service Academy, sponsored by the Arkansas Bar Association and the Clinton School of Public Service. Additionally, Kandice serves on the governing or advisory boards to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Arkansas Bar Association, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and the Pine Bluff Salvation Army. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Kandice resides in White Hall.

Alyson Bradford

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 resides in White Hall. 

Tracy Cude

Bentonville (District 3)

Tracy Cude has served as chief financial officer of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art since 2006. As CFO, she is responsible for the business services division of the museum including accounting, investments, purchasing, museum store, restaurant, special events, catering and information technology.  As a founding member of the leadership team, Tracy was actively involved in the development of the museum.  Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, she led the accounting and operational support team at the Walton Family Foundation and served as vice president for finance and planning at the Walton Arts Center where she led strategic planning functions.  In addition to her nonprofit career experience, Tracy spent nine years as a private consultant and served on a merger and acquisition team for Raytheon Corporate Jets. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas and holds a Certified Public Accountant license.  She was named Nonprofit CFO of the Year by the Arkansas Business Journal and Accountant of the Year by the University of Arkansas in 2015.

Holly Dunsworth

Clarksville (District 4)

Holly Dunsworth resides in Clarksville with her husband, Richard, and their three children, Nicolas, Matthew and Emma.  Rich serves as the President of the University of the Ozarks.  Holly regularly supports the University in capacities that range from serving as the acting Dean of Students and visiting instructor of communication to co-hosting events throughout the United States and Central America to advance the mission of the University.    

Holly joined the Johnson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation in 2015, and was elected President in 2018. Under her leadership, the local board has revised the process of awarding annual grants, resulting in a data-driven process designed to create more significant impact in the community.  She serves as President of the Arkansas River Valley Aquatics board, which provides competitive swimming opportunities for youth.  Holly is a founding member of the Johnson County Imagination Library Steering Committee which has raised more than $50,000 and distributed more than 28,000 books since 2016. 

Prior to moving to Arkansas in 2013, Holly was an administrator for more than a decade at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  In addition to receiving national recognition for her work in Student Activities, she also served as Dean of Students and taught classes as an adjunct faculty member.  Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Holly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Evansville (IN) and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel/Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

Don Greenland

Conway (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, Don 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).

Eric Hutchinson

Finance Chair - Conway (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

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 serves or has served on the boards 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. 

 

Heather Loftis

Mountain Home (District 1)

Heather Loftis spent 10 years working in healthcare philanthropy before joining her family’s business at KTLO 97.9 FM in Mountain Home. Prior to her career in broadcasting, Heather was director of the Children’s Miracle Network at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation in Little Rock where she also helped open the first ACHF satellite office in Northwest Arkansas before returning to her Mountain Home roots where she became director of annual giving at Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation.

Heather is an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. A dedicated community advocate, Heather currently also serves as a board member for the Arkansas State University Development Council, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation, Mountain Home Career Academies Advisory Council, Mountain Home Athletic Hall of Honor and Twin Lakes Community Foundation.

She and her husband Chris are the proud parents of two children, daughter Mia (17) and son Zane (4.)

Creshelle Nash

Little Rock (District 2)

Creshelle Nash, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree in 1994 prior to completing her residency in primary care internal medicine at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. She also received a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University where she was also a Commonwealth Foundation Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy. Creshelle currently serves as medical director of MediPak Advantage at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and also teaches courses for the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Her research interests include minority health and health equity.

Steve Nipper

Magnolia (District 4)

Steve is retired as president of BancorpSouth in Magnolia in 2014. He is Vice President of the Magnolia Arts Council, Vice President of the Magnolia Public School Foundation and Lay Leader of the First United Methodist Church of Magnolia. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Magnolia and a City of Magnolia Councilman.

Paige Partridge-Hix

Fayetteville (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.  A cum laude graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in biology, Paige received her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  In addition to obstetrics, she 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

Jonesboro (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.

Walter “Vance” Smiley III

Little Rock (District 2)

Vance is founder (2018) of BankWorx, a new “fintech” that partners with progressive banks to digitize and automate legacy products and processes.  Starting in 2002, Vance spent 15 years leading a family-owned business, Smiley Technologies, Inc., that builds and services core banking technology solutions for community banks.  Earlier in his career, Vance spent time in private equity and IT services businesses in Texas and Tennessee. 

Vance holds degrees in Finance and Organizational Behavior including an MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  Vance and his wife Angela have three children and are both elders at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.  He enjoys work, family, sailing, and flying.

Philip Tappan

Chair - Little Rock (District 2)

Philip is the managing partner of Tappan Land & Water, a company owning majority interest in Purple Cow Restaurants as well as natural resource properties in several central Arkansas counties.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Banking and Finance from the University of Arkansas, Philip is a veteran of the food-service industry who retired as president and CEO of Quality Performance Food Group in 2003.

Philip is an active community leader who serves (or has served) on the boards of Delta Trust & Bank, Simmons Bank, CHI St. Vincent Hospital System , CHI St. Vincent System Foundation, ACCESS School, Fifty For The Future, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Arkansas Foodbank Network and Arkansas Community Foundation.

Married to Gina Kirkpatrick Tappan, the couple has three children and attend St. Mark’s Episcopal where Philip previously served as Senior Warden of the Vestry.

Robert Thompson

Paragould (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.

Scott Van Horn

Russellville (District 3)

Scott Van Horn is co-owner of Sugar Creek Foods International and is managing partner of Van Horn Family Partnership. Scott is a past board member of the Pope County Community Foundation of which his father, Mac Van Horn was a founder. He is on the board of directors of Friendship Community Care and River Valley Bank. Scott is a lifetime member of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce Red Coat Committee.

Scott is the father of three: sons Ryan Van Horn and Dalton Van Horn, and daughter Madison Van Horn.

Sharon E. Wilson

Forrest City (District 1)

Sharon E. Wilson, CPA, B.S.B.A.’90 – Life Member, is a native of Lake Village, AR, currently residing in Forrest City, AR. In 1990, she received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  After graduating from the university, Sharon went on to obtain her license to practice as a certified public accountant from the State of Arkansas. She is currently the owner of a public accounting practice in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Sharon began her accounting career in 1990, with the Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm’s audit department (currently known as Price-Waterhouse Coopers) where she realized her passion for working with not-for- profit organizations and their causes coupled by witnessing her mother’s unwavering love for others and service to her community growing up.

Wilson currently serves as the Chairman of the St. Francis Community Foundation. Sharon is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the assistant director of her church’s youth department. She is a member of Sam Walton’s College of Business Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. She has served in various other capacities in her community, including serving on the Forrest City School Board. She and her husband, Judge E Dion Wilson have three children, Haley, Kobe and Kenn.

Robert Zunick

Past Chair - 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.