Our vision is to ensure that all military, veterans and their families have a one-stop shop where all their needs can be addressed simultaneously.
The mission of ARVets is to enhance the overall quality of life for military personnel, veterans and their families by improving access to resources and strengthening support systems through all phases of the military life cycle. ARVets will proactively offer more innovative ideas and methods to deliver services and focus on a grassroots case-management approach.
ARVets came into existence as a result of the research and work of the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Taskforce, whose mission was to conduct an in depth analysis of the needs of Arkansas veterans and how efficiently those needs were being met.
The outcome reflected that the system of care was shaping up to be something concrete and beneficial but needed a unifying factor to connect veteran specific resources to veterans and their family.
ARVets is the definitive link to bring it all together. We provide the coordination of effort and resources for military, veterans and families through a number of programs & services
Board of Directors
, Founding Principal, Startup Junkie Consulting, LLC
Jeff is a leader in the state of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas region involved with the creation of a lasting tech-focused venture/startup ecosystem. Jeff was previously Associate Vice Provost, Research and Economic Development and Director of the University of Arkansas Technology Ventures team, leading the commercialization of world-class research. He has held senior leadership positions in eight startup ventures and three Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Jeff teaches entrepreneurship at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Jeff is an advisor for Innovate Arkansas, which is chartered with the creation and support of a knowledge-based economy in Arkansas that has accounted for $208 million in public and private financing for Arkansas-based startups. Jeff graduated from US Naval Academy in 1984 and holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
, Founder and Managing Partner at Trace Strategies, LLC
Laurie Lee has an extensive career in public relations and community organizing. She is the founder and managing partner of Trace Strategies, a national consulting firm engaged with political and corporate clients in the areas of political advocacy, business strategy, communications, grassroots development and campaign consulting. For nearly a decade, Lee has helped individuals and organizations complete tasks and implement initiatives in a timely manner within the allotted budget. Earlier in her career, Lee worked with the U.S. Navy as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Diver. She also trained whales, dolphins and sea lions for the Navy’s Mammal Program. Lee has been a staunch supporter of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame and the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
Laurence Miller, M.D.
, Senior Psychiatrist, Arkansas DHS Division of Medical Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Dr. Laurence Miller has over 40 years of experience as a psychiatrist. He is Board certified with special interests in addictions, geriatrics and veterans. He received his psychiatric training at Boston University School of Medicine where he worked in community mental health before he was selected to serve as the Director of Psychiatry at Boston City Hospital from 1984-1994. He then moved to Arkansas to become the Medical Director for the Arkansas State Hospital, a position he held for 10 years. He also served as Medical Director of the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services for 14 years before moving to his current position 3 years ago. He represented DHS on the Governor’s Yellow Ribbon Task Force, chairing the health and disabilities subcommittee. He is a Vietnam-era veteran having served as a Lt. Commander in the Public Health Service. Dr. Miller teaches medical students and residents at UAMS.
, Public Relations & Senior Account Manager, Stone Ward
With more than 10 years of public relations and brand management experience gained through a number of roles in corporate, nonprofit and agency organizations, Heide Harrell has established herself as an integral part of Stone Ward in her role as senior public relations account manager/senior brand manager. She leads the internal communications efforts for Terminix, while also overseeing all efforts for eVersity, the state’s first online university. Heide also leads the public relations practice for a number of other Stone Ward clients, including the Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Portable Kitchen, MEMS and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Heide is also a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Leadership (Class XXIX) program.
, Special Assistant to the Director, Arkansas State Department of Higher Education
Rod Sweetman received his Masters in Public Relations from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December of 1996. Formally, he served as the Liaison for Military and Veterans Affairs for United States Senator Blanche L. Lincoln. Sweetman has been a member of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority Board of Directors since 2011 and a member of First Tee of Greater Little Rock Board of Directors since 2010. He is a nationally ranked junior golfer and current competitive golfer. In February 1996, his research paper, “Custer’s Last Stand,” was one of eight student papers from the United States selected for presentation at the Western Journalism Historians Conference at University of California at Berkeley.
Representative Reginald Murdock, Sr.
, Arkansas State Representative, District 52
Representative Murdock received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He is the owner of Murdock Enterprises, Inc. and is a School Board Member of the Lee County School District. Murdock is a member of the Church of Christ as well as U of A Alumni Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and National Society of Industrial Engineers. He also founded several scholarship funds including Murdock Enterprises Leadership Scholarship, U of A Reginald K. Murdock Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and the Lee High School Reginald K. Murdock Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
, Business Owner & Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church of Camden
Joshua Douglass Steed, PhD, is a small business owner, youth pastor, and teacher in Camden, Arkansas. Steed has always expressed a passion for taking care of and supporting the concerns of Veterans. Through outreach efforts at his church, as well as employment opportunities at his businesses, Steed often counsels and hires former servicemen and women. An author, who offers sports fans and athletes a clear message of hope through his writings, Steed recently published a book titled “Faith & Football: A Look At Life Through A Facemask.” With advocacy work in the United States and abroad, Steed lectures community groups about the importance of faith, family, good sportsmanship, and public service.
, President & CEO, HT & Associates
Sherman has held senior management positions with the State of Arkansas, Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company and Alltel Corporation. In the public service category, he is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, is a past chairman of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Sherman is the first and only African American to serve as Chairman of the Little Rock Chamber. He served with distinction as an officer with the Arkansas Army National Guard reaching the rank of Colonel. In 1998, when he first joined the Alltel Corporation, he was Vice President/General Manager of telephone operations for Arkansas and Mississippi. With this assignment Sherman again became the first African American to have the responsibility for management of a corporate business unit for Alltel.
Arthur L. Woods
, Division Director, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Arthur joined the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) as Division Director of the Division of Federal Surplus Property (ADEM/ DFSP) in July 2009. Before joining state government, Mr. Woods dedicated over 20 years of his life in service to his country as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in the United States Air Force (USAF) retiring in May 2007. His USAF career included assignments at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR, Kadena Air Base, Japan and Pope, Air Force Base, NC. In addition, he is a veteran of both the Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and has seen tours of duty in the Middle East in support of operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch, as well as a tour of duty to the Korean peninsula in support of operation Foal Eagle.
Former Board Members
MG William D. Wofford
, The Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard
Major General William D. Wofford assumed the duties of The Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard on February 16, 2007. He is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and is responsible for command of the Arkansas Army and Air National Guard, totaling over 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery, headquartered at Fort Smith, Arkansas, during Operation Desert Storm. His staff assignments culminated with his appointment as Chief of Staff of the Arkansas Army National Guard. He was then assigned to the position of Deputy STARC Commander/Commander, Arkansas Army National Guard, and received his federal recognition as a Brigadier General. He assumed the duties as the Deputy Commanding General (Reserve Component), U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia, in August 2004, and received federal recognition as a Major General.
, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
Lamar Davis serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Mike Beebe. In this role, he assists the Chief of Staff in the day-to-day operations of the Governor’s Office and helps implement key aspects of the Administration’s agenda. In addition to his administrative experience, Lamar has an extensive legal background. Lamar served as Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection Department, for then Attorneys General Mark Pryor and Mike Beebe. Lamar also served as an Adjunct Professor of Consumer Law for UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. He was honored as one of Arkansas Business 40 under 40 intriguing business and political leaders. Mr. Davis recently attended and graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.
, Director of Policy, Arkansas Department of Education
Susan Harriman has more than 25 years of leadership experience in education reform. She has developed innovative reform initiatives at multiple levels, including teaching in the high school classroom, directing a high school instructional division for a large public school system, coordinating articulation in a region with a community college system, and managing and advocating at the state, regional, and national levels. Currently, Susan serves as Director of Policy for the Arkansas Department of Education representing the Department’s strategic goals, priorities and special projects. A few of her professional affiliations and awards include the Bequest Society Member of The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow, Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission Commissioner, Arkansas Project Graduation Commission Member, “Alumni Appreciation Award” by the University of North Texas, and a “Top 40 Under 40” nomination by the Tarrant Business Press.
, President of Nabholz Contstruction Services
Brad oversees management of the South Central Operation which produces over $275 million each year in the commercial construction industry. Brad began his career at Nabholz Construction in 1996 and has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the organization. In 1999 he became the Vice President of Business Development following his role as Controller. Brad also served as Executive Vice President, before being named President in 2009. He serves on Nabholz’ Executive Council and has been a stockholder with the company since 1998. Brad is also a member of the Conway Development Corporation, Conway Corporation Board of Directors, Lyon College President’s Council (charter member), Arkansas National Guard Association, Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council (Executive Board Member, Vice President), and many others.
, Regional Workforce Solutions Advisor, University of Phoenix – Arkansas campuses
Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. In her role she designs and implements workforce development strategies for local and national corporations. She also works closely the Military Division of the University of Phoenix to align educational resources with organizational leadership to support their training objectives. Sharon is a member of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association and serves on the College Relations and Workforce Readiness committees. She is also a member of Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club.
, Senior Vice President – Programs, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
In addition to her position with the State Chamber, Susie is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Executives and Arkansas Economic Developers. Her Chamber career began 20 years ago. She left the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2006 where she was VP of Membership and Special Events and worked in the Economic Development division doing research projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in Business Management and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy in Sports Marketing. Susie is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management and Economic Development Institute. Susie is also a Certified Chamber Executive. A few of Susie’s other professional and community leadership roles include: Arkansas Business & Education Alliance Board member, Arkansas Certified Development Corporation/Six Bridges Capital Board member, Governor’s Quality Award Senior Examiner (3 years), Arkansas Coalition for Military Children, St. Mark Baptist Church Volunteer Coach, and Henderson State University Alumni Association Board Member.
, Philanthropist and Political Fundraising Volunteer
For the past 20 years, Angela Moody has committed herself to non-profit organizations and political campaigns, raising nearly $4 million. Her career in communications and the non-profit sector – as a radio news anchor, executive director for the American Heart Association in Northwest Arkansas and communications director for the American Red Cross Blood Services – serves as a platform for her volunteer work today. As a full-time mother, homemaker, and volunteer, she contributes to many causes by creating proposals and marketing/media relations plans, as well as creating and re-launching special events. Angela’s other experience on non-profit Boards include the following: Inauguration of Governor Mike Beebe Co-Chair 2011, Women and Children First Caribbean Cabaret Chair 2008, CARTI Toys N’ Trees Chair 2009, 2009 UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute Gala for Life Committee Member, 2009 UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute Rock Start Lounge Chair, and Our House Communications Committee Chair.
Arkansas Community Foundation
Arkansas Community Foundation engages people, connects resources and inspires solutions to build community. We make grants to improve the quality of life in our state and partner with individuals, families and organizations to strengthen Arkansas’s communities through philanthropy.
Arkansas Family Health Foundation
Arkansas Family Health Foundation is committed to the residents of Arkansas regardless of who they are, where they live, or their ability to pay. Our vision is to offer all those in Arkansas the opportunity to improve their health and to create healthy communities by fostering and funding education, wellness, economic development, and transportation-related initiatives throughout the state.
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
For over 35 years, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has worked to make a difference by helping to build and sustain the organizations that serve and strengthen Arkansas. Through grantmaking and strategic partnerships, we are working even harder to help close the economic and educational gaps that leave too many Arkansas families in persistent poverty. Working together, the needle can and must move from poverty to prosperity for all Arkansans.