Dr. Charlotte Rainey Green, Founder and Executive Director.
Dr. Green received her BSE in Elementary and Special Education. She continued her learning with a MSE in Gifted Curriculum and completed her education with an EDD in Education Leadership. An educator for 17 years, Dr. Green served as an elementary teacher, gifted specialist, and elementary administrator. She currently supervises Gifted and Advanced Placement programs for the Conway Public School District and is an adjunct professor for the University of Central Arkansas. She is a national education consultant who trains in the area of literacy, parental involvement, and cultural competency. Green is a published author of two books titled Because I Said So: A Discussion on Parenting Styles and Achievement Gaps and Parent Bailout: The Bailout that is Really Crippling America.
Michelle Ford is a graduate of The University of Central Arkansas with a BSE in Elementary and Special Education.
Mrs. Ford’s experiences in business/marketing, early childhood education and early childhood education administration have created a strong foundation from which she can help support the early childhood community.
Board of Directors
Jerry B. Adams; Board Chair: Before joining Arkansas Research Alliance, Adams enjoyed 34 years at Acxiom Corporation, working in a number of different leadership capacities. Adams retired in 2007 while serving as the Corporate External Relations Leader.
Adams served as the chair of Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide group of leaders focused on building a knowledge-based economy in Arkansas. Adams also chaired the EAST Initiative, a secondary school technology-based project-learning program active in over 200 schools in Arkansas and six other states. Adams also serves on the Southern Technology Council, a council of the Southern Growth Policies Board.
Having served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Higher Education, Adams remains involved and passionate about education reform. He currently serves on the Arkansas Department of Education’s Accountability Council, the Board of Visitors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas’s Advisory Board for the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Adams recently served on the University of Arkansas’s Walton School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
Gov. Beebe has recently appointed Adams to the Governor’s Healthcare Roundtable. Adams is the founding board chair for the Conway Interfaith Clinic focused on providing medical and dental services to segments of the community that are underserved. Adams also currently serves on both the state and county boards for the Arkansas Community Foundation.
Brad Lacy is a native of Ida, Arkansas in Cleburne County, and began his economic development career in 1997 with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a community development consultant and later as a project manager, where he worked to recruit companies to the state.
Brad has served as the President/CEO of the Conway Development Corporation (CDC), the city of Conway’s non-profit economic development entity, since 2000. In December 2006, Brad became President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. It marked the first time in nearly two decades that the Chamber and CDC have been under the leadership of the same person.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in Geography from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He was one of 13 people to acquire his Certified Chamber Executive credentials through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2011. The year-long certification process is the highest level of credentials available in the Chamber industry.
John Kelley is a certified Financial Planner and the CEO of Financial Legacy Management, Inc. He has served as the Vice- President and President of Business Network International, has worked at the Arkansas Financial Group, and was a member of the Financial Planning Association. In 2003, John was honored to be the keynote speaker at the USDA National Convention. He is a past chair of Just For The Kids, College Link and Education Committee at the Conway Chamber and served as an instructor for Community Resources Technicians and Money Smart FDIC Adult Financial Education. John is also the CEO of Kids Life & Money and serves as a financial management instructor. In addition, he has served on the advisory board of Consumer Credit Counseling, and is the scholarship committee chair for the Appomattox Club, Inc., where he previously held the position of secretary.
John earned a B. A. in finance from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock an attended the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. An active member of the Arkansas community, John is currently a member of the board of directors of the Bethlehem House Homeless Shelter, Arkansas Community Foundation and is the president of the Pine Street Community Development Center.
Dr. Steven Runge currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). He joined UCA as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in 1991, earning the rank of Associate Professor in 1995 and the rank of Professor 2004. Dr. Runge began his foray into administration in 2003 when he was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Biology, with a subsequent appointment to the Chair’s position in 2004. He served in this capacity until 2009 when he was appointed as Interim Dean of the CNSM and he assumed the position of Dean of the College in July 2010. Dr. Runge is a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he majored in Biology, Chemistry and Human Adaptability (Humans in the Environment). He followed his undergraduate training with graduate work at The Ohio State University where he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1991. Dr. Runge joined the faculty of UCA shortly after completing his Ph.D. studies.
Dr. Runge has developed and taught courses in molecular and cellular biology and he maintains an active research program studying cell death mechanisms in cultured breast cancer cells. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Arkansas STEM Coalition and as the UCA representative on the Arkansas INBRE Steering Committee. He is married to Dr. Nilu Runge (also a biochemist) and they have two children (Monica who is a UCA junior majoring in Biology-Pre-Veterinary medicine & Sabrina who is a freshman fine arts major at UCA).
Judy Clay is the Early Childhood Special Education Director for Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative in Plumerville, Arkansas. Judy is responsible for the overall operations of the Early Childhood Program which provides special education services to children with disabilities age three to five. Services are provided on behalf of 27 public school districts in seven counties.
Judy helped organize and incorporate the Arkansas Special Education Early Childhood Professionals (ASEP) in which she served as President. She currently serves on the Board of the Arkansas Association of Special Education Administrators and has actively been involved and served on the Board of the Arkansas Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Arkansas Division of Early Childhood (DEC). She has a total of 37 years experience in the field of special education. She began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist and worked in both private and public school settings for 12 years. She has served in the current position for the past twenty years. As Early Childhood Coordinator, she has worked closely with local agencies and universities to promote the development of best practices for teachers and the students they serve. She emphasizes the importance of providing quality preschool services in an effort to prepare children for future school success.
Dr. Murry assumed the role of Superintendent of Schools for the Conway Public School District on July 1, 2007. He was previously the Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs for the Springdale School District where he served in that position for nine years.
He received his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arkansas in 1996 and has been a school administrator for 23 years. He taught choral music in the Pulaski County Special School District for six years before entering administration.
Greg is married to Karen, his wonderful wife of 33 years. They have two children, Whitney and Tyler, who live in Springdale.
Lori Case Melton is a native of Mt. Vernon and currently resides in Conway. Lori is a graduate of UCA and the Faulkner County Leadership Institute. She is president of First Service Bank, Conway, is vice chair of the UCA Foundation, and board chair for Deliver Hope Inc. She has a 30 year banking career in Conway. She has served on many other board positions in the community. Lori is married to Gerald Melton and they have four children and one grandchild.
Amy Routt is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for AETN. She has a background in education as well as working in the health and wellness industry for 13 years. She currently assists in leveraging PBS resources as well as partnering in the state with many different early childhood initiatives. Amy believes that a parent is a child’s best first teacher. Amy is committed to serving the whole child where they live, learn and play.
Tammy Woosley is beginning her 21st year in education and her 7th year as the principal of Theodore Jones Elementary. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Vilonia Primary School for 10 years. She served as the assistant principal at Ida Burns Elementary for four years. Ms. Woosley holds a BSE in Early Childhood Education, a MS in Library Media and
Educational Technology and an additional certification in Elementary School Leadership from the University of Central Arkansas. She received her Education Specialist degree in Administration from Arkansas Tech University. She is currently seeking her Educational Doctorate from Lamar University with the focus of her dissertation on the early indicators of
high school dropout. In 2014, Ms. Woosley attained Master School Principal Designation.
Torrie C. Achan currently serves as a third grade teacher at Woodrow Cummins Elementary School. She has been teaching for 15 years and all of her years of service have been with Conway Public Schools.
Her teaching experience includes seven years in fourth grade, three years in first grade, and five years in third grade. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University in 2000, and a Master of Science in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Arkansas in 2002.
On a personal note, she is married to an amazing guy, Joey Achan (a Conway Public School Educator). They have two children, Madison and Josiah.
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