Founding ARVets CEO Nicole Hart To Resign

Interim CEO Don Berry To Lead The Organization

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Nicole Hart, Founding CEO of ARVets.

ARVets, a statewide comprehensive non-profit for veteran services, announced today that founding CEO Nicole Hart will leave the organization after six years at the helm.

“When I started ARVets, it was my intent to build a non-profit that would strengthen the veteran support network in Arkansas,” Hart said. “Over six years, we have built hundreds of partnerships, brought new resources to the veteran community, and been able to watch veteran families lead better lives as a result. It has been an honor to serve my country in uniform, serve our state as part of the Beebe administration, and now to help bring ARVets to life.”

Under Hart’s leadership, ARVets has brought in more than $5 million for services in the veteran community, directly helping more than 6,000 individual veterans and veteran families, and impacting 30,000 of the state’s 250,000 veterans through partnerships. ARVets has created Arkansas’s first signature black-tie event celebrating the veteran community and its supporters, the Salute Gala, as well as the Love our Heroes Luncheon, which provides free lunch for military, veterans and their families, and the PTSD 5k Run, bringing awareness to the ongoing battle veterans fight against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Don Berry, Iterim CEO of ARVets.

The ARVets Board of Directors is reviewing applicants to succeed Hart as CEO. Don Berry, a retired colonel and respected veterans advocate, will serve as interim CEO until the Board completes its selection process.

“Veterans all across Arkansas are living much better lives today because of the incredible efforts Nicole Hart has led over the past many years. Nicole’s contributions to ARVets have set the foundation for an even brighter future for veterans all across Arkansas,” Jeff Amerine, ARVets Chairman of the Board relayed. We look forward to working with an outstanding interim CEO, Don Berry, Colonel, USAF (ret.), to keep the momentum going as the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer begins,” said Amerine.

About ARVets
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 proactively offers innovative ideas and methods to deliver services and focus on a grassroots case-management approach.

ARVets, Inc. is the most comprehensive non-profit veterans organization in Arkansas. As a one-stop shop for all veterans, military, and their family members, ARVets’ vision is to ensure that all military, veterans and their families have a one-stop shop where all their needs can be addressed simultaneously.

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