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. Heather has seen the Foundation through monumental asset grantmaking growth to where the Foundation is now largest grantmaker in the state by the number of grants made annually. In 2022, Heather was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Women’s Commission, was named Woman of the Year in Philanthropy by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, and was recognized as 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. 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. She returned to the academic arena and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law where she served as survey/comments editor for the UALR Law Journal. Heather 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 I.
Chief Development Officer
Since 2015, Ashley Riggin Coldiron serves as Chief Development Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. Ashley has been in the development field since 1992, previously, working for Heifer International, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation and executive director of the CARTI Foundation. She also spent eight years as a capital campaign and development consultant for various Arkansas charities prior to joining Arkansas Community Foundation. Ashley was named to Arkansas Business Forty Under Forty, was a member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XV and was named one of Arkansas Money & Politics Power Women of 2022. Her Master’s Degree in Business Administration was earned at the UA Little Rock, and she graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Ashley is a 21/64 Certified Advisor, which focuses on multigenerational advising, facilitation and training for next generation engagement.
Chief Communications Officer
Jessica Ford is the Chief Communications Officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. A native Arkansan, Ford holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Wyoming. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2003. Prior to joining the Community Foundation staff, Ford spent over 12 years at Heifer International. She piloted Heifer’s first “Women & Global Leadership Development Program” with a one-year assignment with Heifer Peru. Ford is also an alumni of the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s “Emerging Leaders in the Social Sector” program and was named one of 2022 Future Fifty by Arkansas Money & Politics. She is a member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXVI.
Chief Program Officer
Sarah Kinser believes in a bright future for Arkansas and is passionate about unlocking resources to help Arkansans build their communities. Kinser started at the Community Foundation in 2007 and has been its chief program officer since 2016. She leads a team focused on understanding the unique needs and opportunities in every corner of the state and activating all the Foundation’s resources – data, financial resources and human capital – to meet the need.
A serial collaborator, Kinser believes in going farther together and seldom turns down an opportunity to team up with other optimists. She’s a co-founder of Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, serves on the steering committee of the Asset Funders Network – Arkansas chapter, and participates in the Delta Philanthropy Forum. Previously, she participated in the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s Hull Fellows program, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship and Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXX. She was named to Arkansas Business’s 40 Under 40 list in 2021.
Kinser’s professional passions include impact investing, supporting high quality early childhood education, traveling the state to learn from local leaders and advocating for Arkansas’s nonprofit organizations. Personally, she loves camping and canoeing with her husband and sons, attending live music events, and crossing things off her to-do list.
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.) In 2018 and 2021 he was a finalist for CFO of the Year by Arkansas Business and is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock program. He enjoys activities with his wife and four children, music and volunteering in various church responsibilities.
Vice President, Northwest Operations
Based in the Community Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas satellite office, Jody Dilday leads the Foundation’s efforts in Northwest Arkansas. 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 throughout Carroll, Washington, Crawford, Sebastian, Johnson and Pope counties. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Jody has more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She describes her role as that of a “philanthropy concierge.” Deeply rooted in Northwest Arkansas, Jody serves as a matchmaker between good people and good causes and prides herself on facilitating deeply rewarding philanthropic experiences for individuals, families and corporations. As a 21/64 Certified Advisor, she invests time with each donor to understand their motivational values and legacy goals which drive their charitable giving. 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 and Beer and Hymns Charity. 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 and are enjoying the “empty-nest” stage of life as the proud parents of three 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.
Delta Affiliate Officer
Beverly joined the Community Foundation in 2022 and is the Delta Affiliate Officer. She holds a BA from Philander Smith College and an MA from Websters University. Beverly is a veteran in the nonprofit sector across Arkansas and worked with numerous volunteers, boards, committees, partnerships, and various organizations throughout the region. Formerly with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, she brings 21 years’ experience of coaching volunteers and running successful fundraising campaigns throughout a 15-county region. Beverly has served as president of Brinkley’s Rotary Club and Assistant Rotary District Governor for Rotary District 6150, she’s also served on the initial Crossroads Coalition Board, participated in LeadAR University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Arkansas Leadership program. Beverly was appointed to White River Planning & Development District Board and Woodruff County Nursing Home Board.
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 30 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 enjoy volunteering, spending time with family and the great Arkansas outdoors.
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.
Finance Associate - Grants
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.
Jenifer Tindle is the Program Associate of Community Investment and Programing. She is a graduate of UA Little Rock, where she received her bachelor’s in criminal justice. She was named a 2021 Nonprofit Management Student of the Year graduate of the UA Little Rock with a master’s in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. Tindle has assisted on various state research projects including the Arkansas Department of Education on Community Service-Learning Implementation in Arkansas high schools; a federally funded CCAMPIS grant to UALR from the U.S. Department of Education for accessible childcare on campus; and led a team on Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program Implementation in Arkansas high schools for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Tindle has served as a volunteer alumnus with the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Through her passion of helping others, she has initiated a grant writing workshop for novice nonprofits and beginner grant writers. Jenifer enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, binge watching movies and trying to new foods.
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)
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