Statewide and Local Staff
Arkansas Community Foundation works both locally and statewide, through our central office in Little Rock, our satellite office in Fayetteville and 29 local affiliate offices throughout the state.
State Office Staff
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 Arkansas’ Top Influencers by Arkansas Money & Politics and 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.
Chief Development Officer
Ashley Coldiron serves as Chief Development Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. Previously, Ashley has been senior director of development for Heifer International, senior vice president of major and planned gifts for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation and executive director of the CARTI Foundation. She also spent eight years as a capital campaign consultant for various Arkansas charities prior to joining Arkansas Community 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.
Chief Communications Officer
Jessica Ford is the Chief Communications Officer for the Arkansas Community Foundation. A native (and proud) Arkansan, Ford holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Wyoming. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years with a two-year stint in the private sector and as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining the Community Foundation staff, Ford spent over 12 years at Heifer International in the Little Rock office. She piloted Heifer’s first “Women & Global Leadership Development Program” with a one-year assignment to South America working for Heifer’s Peru country office. Ford is also an alumni of the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s “Emerging Leaders in the Social Sector” program. She teaches yoga once a week in her hometown of Redfield, Arkansas to help balance the joys of raising a teenager. When not working or watching her son play sports, you can find her obsessing over her black lab, Otis, and drinking Dr Pepper.
Chief Program Officer
Sarah Kinser is Chief Program Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking, affiliate system, impact investing and community partnerships. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., and a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from UA Little Rock. She earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential in 2012. Previously, she worked on the staff of the Arkansas Literary Festival and as a composition instructor at UA Little Rock. In addition to her work at the Community Foundation, Sarah serves on the board of PRSA Arkansas and the UA Little Rock College of Social Sciences and Humanities advisory board. She was a founding co-chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Little Rock chapter, a graduate of the Southeastern Council of Foundations’ Hull Fellowship and member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXX. She’s also a member of the Local Economy Foundation Circle through the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and serves on the steering committee of Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, an association of funders working toward an inclusive Arkansas where everyone thrives.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Vice President, Northwest Operations
Based in the Community Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas office, Jody Dilday leads the Foundation’s efforts in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian and Washington counties. As a member of the Development team, she provides donor services to existing fund holders, works to establish new partnerships, and supports our community-based affiliates in Fayetteville, Carroll County, and Western Arkansas. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Jody has more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas. Jody currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Walton Arts Center , Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, Beer and Hymns Charity, and Northside Fayetteville Rotary Club. In 2017 she was recognized by her peers as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the NWA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jody and her husband Mark live in Fayetteville, Arkansas and are enjoying the “empty-nest” stage of life as the proud parents of 3 adult children.
Katy Bland is Communications Associate for Arkansas Community Foundation. She is a native of Poplar Grove, AR but grew up in Cabot. A graduate of Cabot High School, Katy received her Associates Degree from Pulaski Technical College and spent two years at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Katy was hired at Arkansas Community Foundation in February 2016 as the Office Administrator and was promoted to the Communications Department in July 2020. She has two wonderful children, Skylar and Asa, who take up most of her time.
Donor Stewardship Officer
Bethany Hilkert serves as Donor Stewardship o
Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. She is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with the Foundation’s donors. Previously Hilkert was business manager for Arkansas Repertory Theatre, where she started as front of house box office associate and moved to development and special events manager. Before working at The Rep, she was a branch manager for Arvest Bank. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Hilkert received a BA in English emphasizing creative and technical writing.
Octie Jacks serves as Affiliate Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. Jacks is a native of Forrest City, Arkansas and graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in Business Administration. She manages statewide outreach through the affiliate program and provides liaison support between the central office, local affiliate staff and advisory boards. Previously, Octie was senior sales associate for Medicare New Business Development at Cigna and Program Manager and Community Health Advisor Manager for American Cancer Society Arkansas. She also spent ten plus years as a marketing and community engagement strategist in various nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Octie has over a decade of experience of working with diverse communities to create innovative solutions to improve health and human equity prior to joining the Community Foundation.
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.
Lauren Morris moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 and has since been dedicated to improving the quality of life for Arkansans. She studied international public health and received a Master in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2008. She proceeded to take on a program working with school-based programs as a Nutrition and Physical Activity Specialist for Save the Children US Programs in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Passionate about leading rural programs to improve opportunities for youth and children, Lauren moved to Little Rock to serve as Deputy Director of Programs for Arkansas, Kansas, and Nebraska to address early childhood education, K-5 literacy, and childhood nutrition and physical activity programs before refocusing on a local garden-based program in Little Rock schools. Lauren most recently served as the Project Coordinator for a new initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service that worked with local coalitions to guide policy, systems, and environmental changes to make healthier Arkansas communities. Lauren has a strong commitment to and values quality community and economic development to build stronger communities and continues to contribute her knowledge and skills at Arkansas Community Foundation.
Regional Development Director
A native of El Dorado, Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas. Her 20 years of development experience include work with Methodist Family Health Foundation, CareLink and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is a Board member for Girls on the Run Central Arkansas. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Stan and daughters Elli and Ann Kelley.
Northwest Arkansas Program Officer
Based in the Community Foundation’s Fayetteville office, Annetta Tirey serves as the NWA Program Officer and works to advance the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership efforts in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Annetta has more than 25 years of experience in the NWA philanthropic community. Prior to joining the Foundation, Annetta served as Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation and spent over 20 years at Tyson Foods in community relations and leading corporate social responsibility efforts, including scholarship management, grantmaking, local and national initiatives to fight hunger and disaster relief efforts. Annetta has also been active in nonprofit volunteerism, event planning and execution and small business entrepreneurship. She and her husband Spencer live in Bella Vista and are the proud parents of two adult daughters.
Affiliate Executive Directors
Hot Springs Village
Texarkana Area (Bowie, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Miller, Sevier Counties)
Pine Bluff Area (Jefferson County)
St. Francis County
Twin Lakes (Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion Counties)
Fayetteville Area (Washington County)
Western Arkansas (Crawford and Sebastian Counties)
Ouachita Valley (Ouachita and Calhoun Counties)
Delta Area (Desha and Lincoln Counties)
North Delta (Clay, Randolph and Lawrence Counties)
Hot Springs Area (Garland and Montgomery Counties)
Southeast Arkansas (Ashley and Chicot Counties)
Arkansas Community Foundation Local Affiliate Offices
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