Faulkner Lifestyle Magazine October 2018

faulknerlifestylemag

october 2018

Real Men Wear Pink

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contents

inside

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FEATURE 6

SPOOKTACULAR INSPIRATION

COVER STORY 10

PINK STILL MATTERS

AT HOME 14

THE MANNIS HOME:

TURNING VISION TO REALITY

PROFILE 21

SPENCER HAWKS

FAULKNER HAPPENINGS 22

COMMUNITY WORKSPACES

FEATURE 26

S7 TACTICAL TRAINING

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

FEATURE 29

FAULKNER LIFESTYLE 2018

WOMEN OF THE YEAR

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TRAVEL 66

BALI THE ISLAND OF THE GODS

TRUTH ON THE GO 72

A PLACE TO BELONG

BEAUTY 74

FACIALS: REASONS TO PAMPER YOURSELF

OUR FAULKNER FAM 76

THE ENNIS FAMILY

PET CARE 78

“IS MY DOG PLAYING OR FIGHTING?”

SCENE | HEARD 80

SCENE | HEARD 83

ARKANSAS ADVOCATES

FOR PARENTAL EQUALITY

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 84

UCA OUTREACH CLASSES

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Mary Ruth Marotte, Andrea Lennon, Jennifer Stanley, Mary Etta Qualls, Lindsey Jones, Xochilt Hawks, Detra Clark, Patrick Jamerson,

Brandy Strain-Dayer, Lori Quinn, Drew Spurgers, Raegan Miller, Jackie Mahar, Colleen Holt, Linda Mars, Robin Stauffer and Leah Ashby

OUR PEOPLE

PUBLISHERS / OWNERS

Lori Quinn, Editor

Brandy Strain-Dayer, Photography Director

ART DIRECTOR

Robin Stauffer

ADVERTISING SALES

Jackie Mahar

Raegan Miller

FEATURE WRITERS

Jennifer Stanley

Leah Ashby

Colleen Holt

FEATURE / FOOD WRITER / COPY EDITOR

Leah Ashby

FOOD ENTHUSIAST / CONTRIBUTOR

Linda Mars

FEATURE WRITER / ARTS CONTRIBUTOR

Mary Ruth Marotte

WELLNESS CONTRIBUTOR

Detra Clark

SPIRITUAL CONTRIBUTOR

Andrea Lennon

FITNESS CONTRIBUTOR

Patrick Jamerson aka Dr. FiT

TRAVEL CONTRIBUTOR

Mary Etta Qualls

CULTURAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR

Xochilt Hawks

EDUCATION CONTRIBUTOR

Lindsey Jones

Conway Arkansas

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Brandy Strain-Dayer

and Lori Quinn

Faulkner Lifestyle

Publishers / Owners

Welcome to Faulkner Lifestyle!

The Faulkner Lifestyle mission is to entertain, inspire, educate

and inform our community with a variety of articles that

will provide something of interest for everyone. People,

business, travel, food, home, wellness, spirituality, style,

events, and the arts will be just a few of our featured topics.

We will have a strong online and social media presence.

Not only will we be distributed as a printed magazine in

high-traffic retail and service locations — like medical and

dental offices, fitness facilities, boutiques, salons, coffee

shops, and restaurants throughout our community — but

will also have live videos and regular interactions with our

advertisers and our community, both in person and through

social media. We will saturate the market on all levels so

our advertisers will see direct results and our audience will

stay connected. Owners and publishers, Brandy Strain-

Dayer and Lori Quinn have more than 14 years of invaluable

experience in the magazine, marketing, and advertising

industry that they will lend to this publication.

Lori Quinn & Brandy Strain-Dayer

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Spooktacular

Inspiration


I’ve been collecting the Halloween

Village for 15 years or so, since

my children were small.


—Marsha Joyner

BY LEAH ASHBY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Marsha Joyner celebrates the arrival of fall by adding fresh

indoor and outdoor accents to celebrate the upcoming

season. “First of all, I love fall and everything about

it – football, the colors, the cooler air, crockpot dinners, mums,

pansies, chili, sweaters, boots, the county fair. My favorite part

of Halloween is that it marks that fall is here! My birthday is

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October 30, so growing up my dad would always take my

friends and me to haunted houses as part of my birthday

party,” she said.

Speaking of haunted houses, Marsha’s Halloween décor

takes center stage during the fall season. The focal point

is her Halloween Village that has grown significantly over

time, and the entire family gets into the holiday spirit. The

collection is more festive than spooky. “I’ve been collecting

the Halloween Village for 15 years or so, since my children

were small. My husband, Bart, would take them to a

Hallmark store and let them pick out a Halloween house to

give me for my birthday. The fact that Jett and Audrey chose

each of the pieces in the Village makes it that much more

special. It has always been a tradition to set up the village

together. To this day, their eyes still light up when they see it

all lit,” Marsha said.

Marsha loves to pass out candy and greet the neighborhood

children in their costumes. She also makes a pot of chili for

the family to enjoy chili dogs on Halloween night. While

Marsha doesn’t don a costume on Halloween, Marsha’s

husband, Bart, does love to

dress up each year for the

occasion. “Bart dresses up for

Halloween every year. He’s

been everything from Barry

Gibb from the Bee Gees to Will

Ferrell the Spartan Cheerleader

from Saturday Night Live.

My personal favorite was

his costume last year – Larry

Culpepper, the Dr. Pepper concession guy. I don’t dress

up, but I do love passing out candy and seeing the sweet

costumes on the neighborhood kids,” she said.

The front porch also provides the perfect backdrop for all

things autumn. Pumpkins and mums abound, and ever the

Southern girl, Marsha always has a seasonal wreath on the

front door. From the entrance throughout, the Joyner’s home

“screams” crisp fall air, fires on the patio and football!


My favorite part of Halloween is

that it marks that fall is here!


—Marsha Joyner

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cover story

Pink Still Matters


Breast Cancer touches

the lives of our mothers,

daughters, aunts, wives,

sisters and best friends.


—Quinn Beacham,

2018 Real Men Candidate

BY MATTHEW BANCROFT

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Every fall our communities are

filled with the sights and sounds

of the season: stadium lights,

tailgate parties, pumpkin spice,

county fairs, parades, pep rallies

and the color pink. Of course, pink

is the color chosen to represent

those impacted by breast cancer. In

Arkansas, 2,160 new cases of breast

cancer will be diagnosed, and over

400 will lose their battle against it.

These new cases represent over 13%

of new cancer occurrences in the state

(only beaten by lung cancers). While

some may hesitate when it comes to

the over use of pink during the fall,

since 1989 mortality rates for breast

cancer have declined 39% representing

over 322,000 lives saved. This

is largely attributed to early detection

made possible through awareness,

education and fundraising. It means

pink still matters.

Ten Faulkner County men have taken

the challenge to show the community

and state that breast cancer is

something to talk about and fight

against. In a partnership with The

American Cancer Society, these guys

have joined Central Arkansas’ Real

Men Wear Pink campaign to increase

awareness, promote education and

raise funds for research.

“Breast Cancer touches the lives

of our mothers, daughters, aunts,

wives, sisters and best friends,” says

Quinn Beacham, a 2018 Real Men

Candidate. “We can’t let it be just

their fight against cancer but our fight

against cancer. We stand with them

and support them.” Each of the Real

Men Candidates have committed

to keeping the conversation going

by getting 100 women in Faulkner

County to sign a “Pledge to Screen,”

wearing something pink during

October, participating in local events,

and committing to raise $2,500.

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As men we need to show our support,

love and care to these women, who

should never be defined by a physical

characteristic and especially not cancer.


—JR Runyon, 2018 Real Men Candidate

new arrivals

posted daily!

To be a candidate, one simply must

aspire to make a difference for families

fighting breast cancer. This year’s

candidates include men from across

Central Arkansas, but Faulkner County

has the most participants of the entire

state. They include a doctor, business

owners, accountants, a contractor, a

realtor, managers, a judge and a radio DJ.

You may know that radio DJ from your

morning commute.

JR Runyon is the voice of My Country

Y107 and signed on to be a candidate

this year knowing the power of pink.

“As a man who loves the women in

his life it is important to me that these

women are healthy in all aspects. Breast

cancer is not only a health issue, but it

also carries an emotional challenge for

many women who feel their identity

as a woman is threatened. As men we

need to show our support, love and care

to these women, who should never be

defined by a physical characteristic and

especially not cancer.”

Casey Hawks was the first candidate

to sign up in Faulkner County and

wanted to not only help fight with those

currently battling breast cancer, but also

honor those in his family that had been

impacted. “Both of my grandmothers

had been diagnosed with and beat breast

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cancer,” said Hawks. “I’ve also had two

cousins who have battled breast cancer.

For me this is about helping other people

know to not lose hope, stick together

and know what resources are out there.”

Other organizations in the community

have set the tone for fighting back

against breast cancer in Faulkner County.

October 18th marks the 10-year anniversary

of the Conway High School’s

annual Pink Out volleyball game, and

Conway Regional Hospital Women’s

Council is hosting its first Breast Cancer

Awareness Luncheon and Survivor

Luncheon on October 5th at New Life

Church in Conway (look for some of the

Real Men with the Big Pink Chair). Their

fundraising work through “Dazzle Days”

has helped them purchase an additional

breast cancer tomosynthesis (TOMO)

for their imaging center. Dot Welch,

Director of the Women’s Council says,

“It was only natural for us to connect

all of these and invite all women in our

community to learn how to care for their

health and the options and resources

they have right here in Conway.”

While this is the first year for Faulkner

County to play host to a Real Men

campaign, the American Cancer Society

has long been helping survivors in the

community through transportation,

advocacy, research, patient services,

support, outreach and education.

According to their website, the Society

currently has 61 million dollars invested

in breast cancer research across the

country. All raised funds from Real

Men campaigns across the country

are restricted for breast cancer use. To

find out more information, donate to a

candidate, or volunteer to help, check

out www.realmenarkansas.com

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at home

The Mannis Home:

Turning Vision to Reality


My parents lived in Germany for several

years, and I have a great appreciation

for European life and style.


—Mary Mannis

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BY: JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY C. NEUMANN — NEUMANN IMAGING

AND SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Conway residents Mary and Bradley Mannis have taken a calm,

organized approach to the redesign of their home. In patiently

waiting to determine their family’s needs, they have created a

modern, functional space that works for everyone.

The couple are parents to daughter Ryann, 14 and son Barron, 12.

Bradley is a partner in a green energy company, which helps cities

recover carbon from their waste. Mary assists him with proposals when

her schedule allows. She also manages her home and volunteers at

Conway Christian School, which their children attend.

The Mannis family purchased their home in August 2014. Mary was

immediately drawn to its potential. Though built in 1997, “it has a more

timeless look than other homes built during that time,” says Mary. She is

also drawn to European architecture. “My parents lived in Germany for

several years, and I have a great appreciation for European life and style.

When we bought the home, it was clothed in dark colors and had a very

southwestern style. I did not feel that was true to the exterior of the

home or the original intent for the property,” she states.

“When I look at a property, I try to understand what it wants to be and to

see its ‘personality’ if you will. I know that sounds weird, but a house can

really speak to you if you listen,” she says. Mary embarked on the project

in an effort to enhance the original intent of the structure. She adds, “In my

opinion, the outside of the home should foreshadow the inside. The whole

property should tell a story….and make sense. My story for this home was

of an English family who bought a home in France for holidays. I thought

about that when I was coming up with the design for the landscaping as

well as the interior.”

Prior to move-in day, they corrected some incompatible flooring and

repainted the entire home. Mary prefers Sherwin-Williams paint and

used Pure White for the trim and Pale Oak for the walls throughout.

However, to build contrast and interest, the master bedroom was

painted Black as Night. The couple also had the yellow oak floors


sanded and refinished. “I wanted them

to look like a weathered fence,” explains

Mary. “While the color was good, I

was encouraged to use polyurethane

and hated it. We knew we wanted to

change this, and some other areas, but

I wanted to live in the house for a year

first. Sometimes if you jump right in and

make sweeping changes, you end up

making decisions before getting to know

the home’s natural flow and what your

family needs in certain places,” she adds.

The Mannis’ updates extended to the

exterior as well. “The home was built on

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a crawl space, so it needs to breathe. The

landscaping was overgrown, so we cut

it back to free the crawl space vents and

prevent additional moisture buildup,”

says Mary. The family worked with

Scott Connerly to create a landscape

plan, which included adding an outdoor

fireplace, revamping the wall around the

pool, changing the front circle drive, and

adding a stone path leading through the

grass to the front door.

In 2016, the family decided to take

on the kitchen and laundry room

and to add a bathroom upstairs and

bookshelves in the front room. “I had

the privilege of working with Steve

and Diana Boone when we built our

first house, but they are now retired.

There are several great builders in

Conway, but for this particular project

I had a very specific design in mind,

and it was important to have a builder

with experience in remodels and also

a strength in design. My friend Brandi

Andersen suggested I work with Lance

Johnston with Reform Design Build,”

says Mary. When she explained her

vision to Lance, he understood and was

immediately on board.

“It was fantastic working with someone

who could help me when I got stuck, for

instance the design for the open shelves.

However, at the same time, he never

highjacked my design idea. I thought we

worked perfectly together, and Michael

Harrison and the rest of his team

made sure the ideas became reality,”

says Mary. They only outsourced the

cabinetry, which was handled by David

Elms “because he is the best!” enthuses

Mary. “It was my second time to work

with him, and both times he made

my drawings come to life. I literally

sketched out my island on the back of an

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envelope, and now it is in my kitchen.

That is incredible!”

Next up for revamping was the lessthan-ideal

upstairs bathroom. “There

were three bedrooms with only one bath

and one sink,” she explains. “The bathroom

was quite large, but everything

was shoved in one side.” They split the

space literally in two, moved the door,

added a skylight and a small hall, and,

voila, there are now two bathrooms.

This update brought the Mannis home

to 3,500 square feet, four bedrooms, and

three and-a-half bathrooms. There is also

an extra 400 square feet above the garage

with another full bath.

Similarly, the laundry room was one

massive room with no cabinetry or

storage. “We basically organized the

space and made it usable. I also changed

the hardwood again; it was a matching

issue that turned out to be a blessing

in disguise. We had to strip the wood

throughout the house and re-stain it. We

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went with an ebony stain and no poly. I

chose a Tung Oil finish instead, and I love

it. You can actually feel the soft grain of

the wood on your feet; it’s very organic.”

“My skill is really more in the design

structure and spacing,” explains Mary,

adding, “I’m not so good at the finishing

and bling, so Alicia Gough helped me

in Ryann’s room. I love a collaborative

project where good design becomes

reality, and I love every part of what we

did in this house.”

In my opinion, the outside of the home

should foreshadow the inside. The

whole property should tell a story….

and make sense.

www.buildingconway.com

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profile

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Between Conway and Greenbrier and I’m a graduate

of Central Baptist College with a degree in business.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My family has been in Conway for more than four

generations, and there is no other place that I would

rather be.

Where did you get the inspiration for your business?

My family has been in the real estate business for

over 35 years. Much of what I’ve learned has been

through watching their hard work and success.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

The people of Faulkner County are wonderful. I’ve

had the opportunity to travel all over and there are

few places that come close to the hospitality and

sense of community that Faulkner County offers.

To what do you attribute your success?

Conway’s sense of community and my adherence to

the values that I learned from my family.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love spending time with my family, community

service, and I enjoy reading and travel.

Spencer Hawks

Executive Broker at Coldwell Banker RPM

Candidate for Arkansas House District 70


I’ve had the opportunity to travel

all over and there are few places that

come close to the hospitality and sense of

community that Faulkner County offers.


—Spencer Hawks

How are you involved in your community?

I serve on various boards and committees, including

the CHDC Volunteer Committee and am the State

Chairperson for Diversity for the Arkansas Realtors

Association. I also enjoy serving my community as a

Justice of the Peace on the Quorum Court.

Tell us about your family:

Xochilt and I have been married for nine years and

we have three amazing children: Samantha (6),

Selena (5), and Sebastian (1). I often have the problem

of taking myself too seriously, but then I come home

to these kids I realize what life is all about.

What does the future hold for you here?

The future for Faulkner County is bright and grand.

Three tremendous colleges, a diverse culture, and a

hardworking and compassionate people. If you’re a

betting person, put your money on Faulkner County!

Any advice for someone just starting out?

1) Work hard. 2) Love people.

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faulkner happenings

The Studio Downtown

Faulkner Happenings

Downtown Conway is seeing some big changes. The Chamber’s

efforts to make downtown a go-to place have certainly paid off.

In the last few months, we’ve seen some new additions that make

downtown a place to go—but not just for shopping and retail.

BY DREW SPURGERS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Work doesn’t always happen

within the 4 walls of your

office. A recent CNBC article

about a 29-year-old entrepreneur

accurately stated “work is action,

not a place.” The Studio Downtown

in Conway might not be work on

wheels, but it brings a newer-age,

community focused work concept to

Faulkner County. In addition to the

Studio, Blue Sail Coffee has also made

some changes to make their space

even more inviting.

I met with owner and chief cheerleader

of the The Studio, Kate Carnahan, on

a rainy Wednesday afternoon. When I

walked into the Studio, there were 7 or 8

different people comfortably working. It

felt more like walking into a living room

than walking into a place of business.

From local branding firm Silverlake

Design Studio, to freelancers, to a few

local non-profits, The Studio was quietly

buzzing with all different kinds of work.

“As a [Silverlake] team, we really

wanted somewhere inspiring to

work. Jessica [Crum] originally had

the dream, and I jumped on board,”

says Carnahan. “Creatives are more

productive in a community, and more

so in an inspiring environment.”

Crum understood Carnahan’s vision

and undertook the task of designing

The Studio. The result is a warm,

welcoming atmosphere not so

different from a coffee shop — just

much quieter.

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“My secret goal here is to bring people

together, from all different types of

backgrounds, industries, and cultures.

I want Easy Conway to meet West

Conway, I want corporate to meet

non-profit, and I also want an inclusive,

safe place. I want a Bible Study group to

be able to meet here the same time the

Buddhist society is here…”

The Studio opened in Conway on June

10, 2018, after looking for a space for

over a year. Crum and Carnahan ran into

Larry Rogers, who owns the building

with his wife Liz Sinpan, at a downtown

Conway business. They struck up a

conversation, and Jones saw the vision.

Reportedly, he was supportive from the

beginning, saying “the community is

ready for this.”

The Studio is most targeted to freelancers

or at home professionals, or for

those who may never need a brick &

mortar office, but do need to be about

people, or around creativity. “We don’t

want to be exclusive based on industry.

Blue Sail Coffee

A local Buddhist organization uses our

conference room one night a week. A

local cleaning company uses our space

for quiet office space to knock out

invoicing. Jessica Jones, a local mural

artist, uses our makerspace to have a

place to work and store tools away from

home… We want to see tradespeople

here—we love that.”

What’s most important to Carnahan

is that people and their businesses are

able to be productive at The Studio.

“Our tagline is for people to thrive,

vibe, and grow,” Carnahan explained.

The atmosphere certainly allows for

creativity and productivity in a fun

atmosphere.

The Studio includes multiple quiet

working areas, a conference room that

can be reserved by members for quiet

meeting space, private desks upstairs

for regular members to have a more

“permanent space,” locker storage for

safe-keeping for belongings, coffee and

printing services, and much more.

Carnahan mentioned that The Studio

is always open to entertaining sponsorships

for local organizations who are

looking to host an event. “If there is

a community event where nobody is

making money and it’s free to attend,

The Studio is open to sponsoring that,

just because we want to grow the

community.”

Anyone can walk in and work for a

day at The Studio for just $20, and

memberships range from $150-300 per

month. If you’re interested in checking it

out, your first day is free. As a business

owner myself, sometimes the hardest

place to get work done is in my office.

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questions. An escape to The Studio will

be a welcome reprieve in my future.

In addition to the Studio, Blue Sail

Coffee is opening up the long-closed

grove next to the Front Street location.

On their Facebook page, Blue Sail said

“This shady, beautiful, and colorful

property has been locked away for

years. Have some coffee near 100

year old ivy-covered brick walls or

hammock while you gaze at the graffiti.”

Customers can grab coffee and enjoy

this beautiful outdoor space as another

work-alternative on those days when the

office just seems to stifling.

Finally, PattiCakes Bakery has undergone

some changes worthy of mention. After

over 5 years of business in Conway,

PattiCakes has re-branded and made

their position as “Conway’s Specialty

Bakery” clear. With a new look and

new hours, PattiCakes is focusing on

delivering excellence and fresh-baked

products you won’t find elsewhere. With

a new layout and a new coffee setup,

swing by PattiCakes for your morning or

PattiCakes Bakery

afternoon pick-me-up, and indulge that

sweet tooth.

If you’re interested in finding out more

about The Studio, visit their website

at TheStudioDowntown.com, or drop

by their location at 911 Chestnut Street

downtown. “The Grove” Presented by

Blue Sail Coffee is located at 1028 Front

Street downtown. PattiCakes Bakery

is located behind Stoby’s at 2106

Robinson Avenue.

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S7 Tactical Training

Self Defense & Personal Safety Training


We want people

not to only feel safe,

but to BE safe.


—Ryan Stephens

BY TRIP LEACH

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

S7 Tactical is a training company

started by Conway residents, Ryan

Stephens and Trip Leach. Ryan is a

special agent for the U.S. Government and

a two-time marine combat veteran who

has a passion for training professionals and

civilians in safety, firearms, and combative

training. Trip is on staff at New Life

Church and because of a love of hunting

and a desire to practice, saw a need

for a gun range in Conway focused on

relational community. The two partnered

together through S7 Tactical to offer both

a range and training opportunities to

serve residents in Faulkner County and

Central Arkansas. The S7 Tactical gun

range, which opened in January, is located

off Highway 64 between Conway and

Menifee and hosts the private, member-

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eferenced Arkansas Gun Club. A wide

variety of training opportunities (concealed

carry, handgun fundamentals, Sheep Dog

Skills, advanced marksmanship, American

Rifle Build, etc.) are open to the public.

The S7 staff are committed to an ego-free

learning environment, where people from

all walks of life and experience levels can

feel comfortable in learning about firearms.

The S7 Tactical motto is God, Country,

and Freedom. Their logo is made of two

reds: one which represents the blood of

Jesus that was shed for our salvation, and

the other for the blood of soldiers who

died for our freedom.

One training class that has been very

popular the last couple months is

Situational Awareness.

“We want people not to only feel safe,

but to BE safe. A lot of individuals will

get a concealed carry license or attend a

self-defense class one time and then, like

a box on a list, check it off and continue

with their everyday lives. However, at

S7 Tactical we present facts and data in

a non-threatening way that proves these

types of behaviors can often still leave

people vulnerable. Our community has

recently experienced an abduction and

murder of a lady leaving a store in a

local shopping center, mid-afternoon on

a Saturday, so there has certainly been

heightened awareness of personal safety.

We live in a community where this type

of crime is unthinkable. However, if you

were to ask anyone living in this town

about the criminal data on violent crime

in Conway, most people would not

know that answer,” said Ryan Stephens.

The data is available, and it might shock

you. One out of 193 people could be a

victim of a violent crime according to

Neighborhood Scout, a website (www.

neighborhoodscout.com/ar/conway/

crime) that gives real-time data on

crime statistics in the United States.

One out of 21 people could be a victim

of property crime. So chances are that

you know of someone who has been

or you have been a victim to property

and/or even a violent crime in Conway.

S7 Tactical is passionate about helping

individuals get the knowledge they need

to be more aware of their surroundings,

understand how a criminal thinks and

selects their target, and how to begin

developing a personal protection plan

that can help you in a dire situation.

A few local businesses in town have

already jumped onboard with training

their employees.

“We respect the fact that corporations

are investing in the safety of their

employees. Training like this could mean

the difference between life and death

when faced with serious incidents. It is

not just about being able to physically

defend yourself, but also understanding

crime statistics pertaining to violent

crime, characteristics of victim selection,

situational decision making, and

empowerment,” said Trip Leach

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It is not just about being able to physically defend yourself, but also

understanding crime statistics pertaining to violent crime, characteristics of

victim selection, situational decision making, and empowerment.


—Trip Leach

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2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

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Andrea Lennon

True Vine Ministry

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Paris, Arkansas and Harrison, Arkansas. My undergraduate degree

is from the University of Central Arkansas, and my graduate degree is from

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

My husband and I moved to Conway in 1997 when Jay was hired by Acxiom

Corporation. I enrolled at UCA and graduated in the fall of 1999. After having

children, I started a ministry for women called True Vine Ministry. The purpose

of True Vine Ministry is to help women know, live, and share biblical truth right

in the middle of their ordinary and sometimes crazy lives!

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I love the relationships I have built during my time in Conway. The people

of Faulkner County are like family to me. This place... it is home and

I love to cheer for our community and our people!

To what do you attribute your success?

The grace of God! He is so good. I have messed up, tried to

control things, and ran from His plan for my life. Through it all,

God has led me every step of the way. He taught me the value

of trusting Him, surrendering to His plan, and living each day

with simple obedience as my goal.

Tell us about your family.

Jay and I have been married for 22 years. We have two

boys. Jake is a senior at Conway High School and

Andrew is a freshman at Conway Junior High School.

We are members of Second Baptist Church.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Never give up, always show up, work hard, trust God,

and believe more progress is being made than you

realize!

How can women connect with you?

My website is the one stop spot for all things True Vine.

Check it out at www.andrealennonministry.org. You will

find resources for the girl-on-the-go with Bible studies, video

sessions, Truth on the Go Podcast, published resources, True

Vine blog, and social media links. Be sure and subscribe to

receive updates. I can’t wait to connect with you!

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Lori Harwell

Owner @ Harwell Designs

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Conway and attended University of

Central Arkansas.

What brought you to Faulkner County

to open a business/work?

We love Vilonia. Everyone is so friendly and

encouraging.

How did you get your idea of concept

for your business?

I’ve always wanted to do design work and own a gift

type store since I was a little girl. Our little town needed

a boutique, especially after the tornados.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

It’s beautiful, the perfect place to raise our Family!

To what do you attribute your success?

I attribute my success to dedication and hard work.

It didn’t happen overnight.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

We love to travel and being outdoors. Camping is our

most favorite!

How are you involved in your community?

We sponsor a food drive and/or school supply drive every

year and support the local Animal Shelter. We actively help

in several programs at the local schools, as well.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Kevin, and we have two

children Baylea (20) and Brandon (18) and a precious fur baby,

Razzle Dazzle.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

We plan to expand at some point and just enjoy serving our

wonderful customers.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Always have integrity, success without it is failure.

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Dr. Amanda Bledsoe

Bledsoe Chiropractic

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Atkins, a graduate of AHS class of 1998, University of Central Arkansas biology grad 2002,

and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, graduating class of 2005.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

Moved back to Conway from chiropractic school and bought a house, working my way to

being in a Conway clinic. I loved being here at UCA, brother stayed here after UCA and

my husband being from Ohio and Harding University alumni in Searcy, liked Conway,

too. It’s been our family’s home since 2005. We LOVE Conway!!

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

I had been in practice here in Conway 11 years and decided it was time to branch out

on my own. My husband thought we should brand what people know me best for—my

hair!! It became my logo and has been so FUN! Patients love it and recognize it, so we’re

able to easily market who I am and then show them once they get to our clinic the Hope &

Healing we’re all about. It’s more than just great hair, I promise!!!

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I love the small town feel after growing up in a small town of 3,000. I love going

to eat or Walmart, and we know lots of people! Conway has been so good

to us opening a business, supporting us, sharing the news of our launch and

referring people to both get help for them and their family/friends, but also

genuinely wanting to see my business succeed from other business colleagues is

AMAZING!! Humbled and blessed.

To what do you attribute your success?

God. I would never have jumped out on my own had He not placed some key

people in my path. Mary Power (Lee) worked with me for 7 years in chiropractic,

and she helped me see that I could run my own business. My life coach, Selena

Ulasewich, coached me for 10 months, opening my eyes to my values and

priorities, and guiding me through God to a dream I really didn’t know I had deep

down, buried in fear. God has brought me to this clinic and blessed me with an

amazing team and patients that I can’t thank Him enough for.

How are you involved in your community?

I support many charities with silent auction and sponsorships. I have done food

drives and sold t-shirts with proceeds to Bethlehem House. We want to be a

giving clinic and work to make our services affordable for everyone, even the

homeless at times. We were at the homeless expo for services in January and

have been blessed to get to touch a lot of lives through meeting them there.

Involved in any professional organizations?

Business Networking International, Chamber of Commerce,

Arkansas Chiropractic Society.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married 14 years to Adam Bledsoe, 2

kids-Hunter age 6, Audrey age 10, both at Wooster.

We also have a dog, Bo, rescued from Adam working

with ThV this Spring and a former barn cat turned

house kitty Pickles.

What does the future hold for you here?

Whatever God blesses me with. I’d love to be here

serving for MANY, MANY years and keep growing our

clinic to serve as many as possible. This is my home! I’m

here for the long haul to be a blessing in the community!


Shelly Strange

Centennial Insurance Agency/agent

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Bryant, Arkansas and attended Arkansas State University

in Jonesboro. The biggest education has been life experience.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I married my husband, Doug Strange, in 1998 and have lived,

volunteered and worked in Faulkner County since then.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

I was lucky enough to fall into the insurance world completely by accident,

which is a theme for me, and it has always been something that I have

enjoyed and learned from. The thing about insurance is that just when

you think that you may have it down – you find out something new!

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I love the people and the fact that we are still a small town, even though

it feels bigger every day. We are so very fortunate to live where we

live – I think that we sort of take it for granted.

To what do you attribute your success?

My husband – I don’t give him enough credit but

I always trust his opinion – he’s a pretty smart dude.

Tell us about your family.

Doug and I have three daughters. Hannah is

24 and lives in Plano, Texas. She’s working

in insurance now, too. Ashby is 19 and is

a freshman at the University of Arkansas

in Fayetteville, majoring in Animal Science.

Harleigh, 16, is a junior at Conway High School.

Doug moved here in 1983, graduated from

Conway High School and played football at

UCA. He works in the insurance industry, as well.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy baking, gardening, traveling with my 3 girls and

husband. Our newest venture is a little “farming” – horses,

a cow named Daisy, goats and chickens…good times.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

More graduations, hopefully a few weddings somewhere

down the road, some grandbabies and just living the dream!

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Do what you love and love what you do –

it’s the best road to happiness.

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Courtney Matyja

Arkansas Hearing and Audiology/Audiologist

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I am originally from Marshall, but moved to Faulkner County in the mid-80s, attending Vilonia Schools.

I went on to achieve my Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from UALR, Master of

Science in Audiology from UAMS, and Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) from the University of Florida.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I have lived and practiced here for several years, so opening on my own here just makes sense.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

I have worked for many different companies and always felt I was limited to how I

could help people to communicate. Starting my own practice allows me the freedom

to work with multiple manufacturers, as well as take the time to really get to know

each patient, allowing me to better help their hearing abilities.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I have always loved living here—it feels like a small town, but has so much to offer.

To what do you attribute your success?

Growing up, my grandfather, who happens to be the reason I am an Audiologist,

always told me “Good, Better, Best: Never let it rest until your good is better and

your better is best.” So with everything I do, I put my best into it. That doesn’t

mean I am the best at everything, just that I put all my heart into each thing I do.

I can’t forget that God is the one who gave me the talents to do what I do every

day. He is the reason I am where I am today.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

You will find me a number of places but rarely at our house. I have coached

youth softball for six years now, and still sometimes manage to play a little

myself. My family loves going to the lake, so in the summertime that’s

where you will find us on most weekends.

How are you involved in your community?

I have been a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Conway for three years

and was the president last year. I have also been a part of the Conway

Regional Women’s Council.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am currently the vice-president of education for the Arkansas Academy

of Audiology, and a member of the American Speech Language and

Hearing Association, and American Academy of Audiology.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my husband, Shay, for seven years. He is

finishing out his last couple of months before he retires from the

Arkansas National Guard after 28 years of service to our country. We have

five amazing kids. Luke is a junior at UCA, Brayden is a sophomore at Vilonia

High School, Laney is in sixth grade at Vilonia Intermediate School, Noah just

started kindergarten at Vilonia Primary School, and Chloey attends Conway

Christian in the K3 program.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Owning your own business is rewarding but also challenging. It’s not going

to be easy, but what in life is? You will make mistakes, everyone does! Set

realistic goals and work at them every day.

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Centennial Bank

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Nancy Phillips

Centennial Bank, Mortgage Loan Officer

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I was raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I attended the University

of Arkansas at Fayetteville and transferred to the University of

Arkansas at Little Rock, where I received a bachelor’s degree in

business administration.

To what do you attribute your success?

Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not

on your own understanding, in all ways submit to him and he will

make your path straight.”

What do you love most about working/living here?

Upon moving to Conway, we immediately noticed the positive,

progressive and loving people we met. We think having the three

colleges in town brings an optimistic energy to the community that

helps all succeed in the challenges we face.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

We look forward to the opportunity to continue our personal and

business growth through the inspiration of the Lord and all those

he brings into our lives.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Do not get discouraged! Remember the lyrics from a Garth Brooks

song, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

Ashley Newman

Centennial Bank, Mortgage Originator

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Vilonia and graduated from UCA with a

bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Why is community involvement important to you?

I believe community involvement is important for business

leaders as well as everyday citizens. It has personally enriched my

knowledge of what happens behind the scenes to make a huge

impact on different facets of our communities.

Lindsey D. French

Centennial Bank, Mortgage Loan Officer

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Mena and moved to Conway to attend UCA. I graduated

in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

To what do you attribute your success?

Success in the mortgage business comes from good time management,

staying involved in your community and always making

your customer feel like a priority. We have a great team of behind

the scenes people here at Centennial that I trust and depend on

tremendously.

From left:

Lindsey D. French

Nancy Phillips

Ashley Newman

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2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Amy Johnson, MD, Conway Women’s Health Center

Lauren Nolen, MD, Conway Obstetrics and Gynecology

Debra Lawrence, MD, Conway Women’s Health Center

Katy Cox, MD, Conway Obstetrics and Gynecology

Brandie Martin, MD, Conway Women’s Health Center

Carole Jackson, MD, Conway Obstetrics and Gynecology

Courtney Sick, MD, Renaissance Women’s Center

Keitha Holland, MD, Conway Obstetrics and Gynecology

It all started with eight girls who

dreamed of being physicians.

Each day eight of Conway’s finest

female OB-GYNs provide expert care

during the most important moments

of their patients’ lives. Together with

Conway Regional Health System and

their male colleagues, they deliver more

than 1,800 babies per year.

Guided by numerous years of experience,

Drs. Katy Cox, Keitha Holland,

Carole Jackson, Amy Johnson, Debra

Lawrence, Brandie Martin, Lauren

Nolen and Courtney Sick build life-long

relationships with families and follow

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2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

their patients throughout their childbearing

years and beyond.

The Conway Regional Women’s Center

staff provides child birth preparation

and classes on baby basics for parents

and even grandparents. The Conway

Regional clinical team works in

collaboration with the OB-GYNs to

provide compassionate, personalized

care that includes the entire family in

the birthing process. Following recent

renovations in Conway Regional’s

Labor & Delivery unit, each room now

has an extra special space for family and

friends to gather close to mom during

this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Once baby arrives, Certified Lactation

Consultants are available to provide

inpatient and outpatient assistance

and support as mothers navigate the

process of feeding their babies. If a new

baby is having difficulty, Pediatricians

at Conway Regional have the support

of a strategic Nursery Alliance with

Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The

alliance has enabled more babies to

receive care closer to home in Faulkner

County than ever before.

Conway Regional also provides a

full range of women’s diagnostic and

treatment services from the Tomo 3D

mammography system to da Vinci

Robotic assisted surgery and the Fabulous

You Boutique for female cancer patients.

The patient satisfaction rating at Conway

Regional for Women’s Services ranks in

the upper 90th percentile nationally and

Conway Regional has been rated number

one in Arkansas for Women’s Health by

CareChex ® . CareChex ® is an information

service that scores, rates, ranks and

compares inpatient quality performance

in general, acute, non-federal U.S.

hospitals in 38 clinical categories using

publicly available data.

None of this would have been possible

without eight women who achieved

their dreams of being physicians.

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Rachel Thompson Deal

Rachel T Deal DDS

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Ripley, Tennessee. I attended the University

of Tennessee at Knoxville and later attended the University

of Tennessee College of Dentistry, where I received a

Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2003.

How did you get the concept for your business?

After dental school, I worked under the tutelage of a

prestigious pediatric dentist in Little Rock. It was at this

time that I discovered her niche for providing dentistry to

younger patients. I have been treating adults and children

of all ages in Greenbrier since 2004.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I am an avid horseback rider and golfer.

How are you involved in your community?

I work year round in the community to educate parents

and children on oral health. My team and I donate our

time giving instruction and demonstrations on proper oral

hygiene and providing free oral screenings and toothbrushes.

My “Dental Health Month” presentations are

highly sought after by local school districts and thoroughly

enjoyed by my younger patients (especially after meeting

Timmy the Tooth). My staff and I are always eager to

contribute to local and regional health fairs and clinics.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am a member of the American Dental Association,

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and an

associate member of the American Orthodontic

Society. I attended the American Academy

of Facial Aesthetics, where I learned Botox

and Dermal Filler treatment techniques to

enhance the smile. In 2013, I was added to

the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who and

was named One of America’s Top Dentists

by the Consumers’ Research Council of

America. I am a DOCS Education member

and have completed DOCS Education

Oral Sedation Dentistry and Pediatric

Sedation Dentistry programs.

Tell us about your family.

I have two sons, 12 and 10

years old. I spend a lot of

time with my parents, three

siblings and their children.

Tami Mitchell-Davis

Tami Mitchell-Davis, Realtor, Team Davis, RE/MAX Elite Real Estate

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Conway, and got my BA and BSE

from UCA. I also have a master’s degree in educational

leadership from Arkansas Tech University.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My grandfather raised my dad and his

siblings here, so I have always known

what a special place Faulkner County

is. As a little girl, my daddy would take

my sister and me to Brown Cemetery,

an old family cemetery where I could

see generations of my family, as well as

others from the county. The people of

Faulkner County have always been quick

to help others in need. That was never

more apparent than when the tornadoes hit

Vilonia not once, but twice, and people were

wanting to know how to help before dawn hit

the following morning. It’s a very special place

to call home.

How are you involved

in your community?

I am on the Board of Directors for the

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Public Schools Foundation. This is

very rewarding for me, as I spent 21 years in education

and love my alma mater. I am also a member

of the Conway Symphony Guild and the Conway

Regional Women’s Council. I support Haven House,

Bethlehem House and other organizations that help

those in need.

Involved in any professional organizations?

I am a member of the Faulkner County Board of

Realtors, the Arkansas Realtors Association, and I

am a graduate of the Arkansas Realtors Association

Graduate Realtors Leadership Academy.

Tell us about your family.

I have two sons: Ethan, 21 a junior at UCA majoring

in sports broadcast journalism and Mitchell, 17, a

senior at Conway High School. Mitchell will also

be a third generation UCA Bear. My mother, Jo Ann

Mitchell, was the former owner of Jo-la-Ru Salon and

was in business in Faulkner County for more than 40

years when she and my dad sold the business.


Angela de Freitas

The de Freitas Team, Keller Williams Realty Central

2018

WOMEN of

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Where did you grow up and get your education

I grew up in several parts of Arkansas and attended high school in Conway. I received my bachelor’s

degree at the University of Memphis, and master’s degree at the University of Florida.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

Even though I have lived outside Conway and even Arkansas since 1990, my family has been here,

and I have regularly come back for visits. Once my husband and I started a family, I just knew that

I wanted to return to Conway to raise our children, and so in November of 2012 we moved back.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Feeling that I can make a positive contribution to people’s lives is very important for me.

My mother, Zettie Caudle, had been in Real Estate, and over the years I have seen how

she was able to help people successfully make one of the most important decisions

they will ever make—buying a house. I learned a lot from my mother and have

continued to evolve my business, building my team and establishing systems to better

serve my clients. Making the right real estate decision is very important for people’s

overall quality of life and hence my slogan: Sell Smart. Buy Well. Live Happy!

To what do you attribute your success?

Being able to understand my client’s needs, being an expert in my field, timely and

clear communication, and last but not least, focus on client satisfaction. The fact that

I am a working mom who has to juggle kids, a house and a career, helps me relate and

understand where other families are and how I can best help them in their real estate needs.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

My biggest hobby is spending time with my family. I love to go on adventures and travel

with my family, family movie and dance nights, love working out, and the Razorbacks!

How are you involved in your community?

I am an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and currently serve as

co-chair of the Church and Society Committee and the chair of the Early Childhood

Center Steering Committee. I am a member of P.E.O., Chapter BE. I serve on the

steering committee of the Women’s Leadership Network and serve as a mentor.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I belong to the Faulkner County Board of Realtors ARPAC as committee chair,

Arkansas Realtors Association Risk Reduction Committee, and Professional

Standards Committee

Tell us about your family.

My family is my “why.” I am married and have three children ages 9, 6 and almost 5.

All three kids are involved in school activities, sports, and music. As a busy wife, mom,

business owner and active community member, there are times when life can be hectic,

but my family keeps me grounded in the now and also in why I do what I do. Being an

example to my children in pursuing goals and being a positive part of society is important

to me.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

I would encourage someone starting out to really do some soul searching and know their

“why.” It is essential to have something to fall back on for those days that are difficult.

Your “why” will help you push through hard seasons, and I find the biggest successes are

on the other side of difficult times.

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Christi Johnson

Keller Johnson Construction, INC

Capital Investments of Conway, LLC

2018

WOMEN of

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Conway and a graduate of UALR with a BSE in Early Childhood Education.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I was born and raised in Conway, so it makes sense that this is where I ended up. I love this

community and what it represents. I couldn’t imagine doing business or starting a business

anywhere else.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

Faulkner County is a thriving and generous community, built on supporting local businesses.

Everyone works together to grow and bring prosperity to our community.

To what do you attribute your success?

Determination. My grandmother taught my brother and I very hard work ethics and

morals that I still use today. My grandmother used to always say money doesn’t grow on

trees. If you want something, you have to get out there and sweat for it; it’s not going to

be handed to you.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

How are you involved in your community?

I enjoy participating in local non-profit and Chamber of Commerce events,

as well as serving as the Chair for the Lip Sync for Life Committee which

benefits the American Cancer Society. The Lip Sync committee hosts

numerous events throughout the year and assists The Real Men Wear

Pink Campaign in Faulkner County.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

Member of the Faulkner County Homebuilders Association, and Arkansas Self

Storage Association, and our businesses are members of the Chamber.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Keller Johnson. We have three children: Kristen, Kerrick and

Kinleigh and three grandchildren: Jaxson, Gavin and McKenzie

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Have a plan. Never stop building meaningful relationships. Set goals in

increments rather than trying to achieve your ten-year vision in one year.

Find someone older that has been successful and use them as a mentor.

Always remember you only get one name, do something with that name

that when people hear it, they think good.

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Brianne (Bri) Reed

Urban Society Salon

Co Owner & Lead Stylist

2018

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Conway, and went to Conway High School.

I went to Paul Mitchell in Little Rock where I received my

cosmetology license and cosmetology instructor license.

What brought you to Faulkner county to open a business/work?

I’ve grown up in Faulkner County, and consider it home!

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

I’ve always wanted to open up my own salon! It’s been a

huge dream of mine. My whole idea for the salon was to

create an atmosphere that was like none other. I wanted it

to feel trendy, modern, and inviting. Our town is filled with

young adults like myself, so my desire was to create a place

that we love going to.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner county?

I absolutely love working in downtown Conway.

It feels like one big family! I love being able to walk

to local businesses around me, whether that be the

bank or going to lunch.

How are you involved in your community?

I am a member at The Summit Church here in Conway,

and my husband and I are small group leaders there!

Tell us about your family

I’ve been married to my husband, Ethan for almost

3 years now. We have a 9 month old daughter

named Ellie Kate.

To what do you attribute your success?

I attribute all of my success to the Lord. My family

and I are truly blessed! I also couldn’t have opened

this business without my husband, Ethan. He’s been

the brains behind it all, and made it all work. We

make a great team!

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Maureen Skinner

Therapist (Licensed Psychological Examiner) and

Candidate for Arkansas State Senate, District 35

2018

WOMEN of

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Fox, Arkansas (well, “grew up” is relative, I’ve gotten older, I may never actually “grow up”).

I have an Associate of Arts degree from ASU, and both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science

degree from UCA. I was a late bloomer, only finishing my education after having kids.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Private practice mental health has long been a resource in Faulkner Co., and it’s not an idea I could “take credit

for.” I work for Ken Clark, founder of Chenal Family Therapy, PLC, Conway office. I would never take credit for

his concept, but my values related to helping others and providing a safe space for people to work on things–to

encourage, empower and equip them with the tools to improve their lives–we are very much in agreement on that!

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What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I refer to Conway as the biggest small town ever. I love Faulkner County. We have arts and culture,

music, theater and craft, we have fine and fun dining, nightlife and shopping. Five minutes in any

direction, and you have all the things that make Arkansas amazing—water to swim, fish or boat/

kayak, places for hiking, beautiful views, open green spaces. As a country girl, I also love that you

can have a pizza delivered, and that there’s trash pick-up. LOL.

To what do you attribute your success?

Not believing people who say “you can’t…” It’s been a combination of hard work and the

support of an amazing bunch of people.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I crochet hats. Like, obsessively. It started as a hobby and has grown into a business.

I also teach it as a method to reduce anxiety. I love to garden, and I’m remodeling

my house. I love the process of making broken things beautiful again.

How are you involved in your community?

I live and work in Conway. My daughter is in public school here, which means I

attend choir concerts and football games. I support the farmers markets and local

business, and I’m grateful for the family-owned restaurants where I eat! One of

the biggest steps I’ve taken to be involved in my community is to run for office—

Arkansas State Senate, District 35. Through this process I have the privilege of

collaborating and working with several other (moms, dads, business owners,

grandmothers, educators) local candidates running for state and county positions

and seats on the quorum court. I’ve sat on forums, taken tours, participated

in events and attended meetings, providing me insight into the community.

(The quorum court oversees the $40 MILLION county budget). I support

many local community resources such as the Children’s Advocacy Alliance,

Conway Cradle Care, Conway Career Center, Bethlehem House, etc.

through charitable donations or assistance with resources.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

Member of American Association of University Women; mentor for UCA

Women’s Leadership Network Mentoring Program;

member of League of Women Voters, a non-partisan

group working to empower voters and defend

democracy; member of ACLU and work to

protect the rights of those who may not always

have a voice; and work-related organizations.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Surround yourself with positive people. Be a

helper. Do the things that scare you. Lean into the

discomfort because that’s where the magic happens.


Detra Clark

Detra Clark LCSW LLC

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

2018

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Morrilton. I received my undergraduate degree from Arkansas State

University and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I moved here in 2006 to accept a position at Counseling Associates Inc. as a school-based

case manager while completing my graduate degree at the U of A at Little Rock.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

After working as a licensed mental health therapist in both a community mental

health and a private practice group setting, a good friend, Brandie Martin,

brainstormed with me on the idea of having a therapist housed in the Conway

Women’s Health Center. The concept was centered around providing total care for

women and couples collaboratively, though our practices function independently.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I adore the community and the warmness of Faulkner County. I value the heart

and openness of the people and the way they embrace individuals from all walks

of life. The support of my practice has made being a small business owner one of

the easiest things I’ve ever done. Living in the community that I serve has allowed

me to establish invaluable relationships both personally and professionally.

To what do you attribute your success?

Absolutely the favor of God. He has always been so faithful to connect me

with the right people, to direct my steps, and cover me in my ignorance as

I have had learning curves along the way. He truly has ordered my steps,

and I see His hand in building my counseling practice with the blessing

of clients who allow me to witness their journey towards healing.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am a member of The National Association of Social Workers,

and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Tell us about your family.

My husband Bryan and I have four fun, wonderful children who are the

cutest kids in the world to us. They’re very different in their personalities,

which keeps us on our toes. They provide us with hours of free entertainment,

laughs, and sibling spats until we crawl into bed at night and then repeat. Kayla

is our 14-year-old cheerleader who loves to read. She has the best heart, gives

generously, and is our babysitter for her younger siblings. I want to be Kayla when

I grow up. Micah is our 10-year-old outgoing baseball player who is a friend to all he

meets. His compassion and heart of gold are at the core of who he is! Channing is my

4-year-old look alike. He is witty, hilarious, opinionated, charming and loving! Last

but certainly not least is our 1.5-year-old Phoenix nicknamed Phoebecakes and Miss

Arizona. She is cute as a button, loves her siblings, and sets the tone of our house.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

Conway has been home to my family for over 10 years. Although it’s bittersweet,

our family will be relocating to Twin Cities, Minnesota in January 2019 for my

husband’s job. We are excited for this new chapter of our life and looking forward

to beautiful white winters, but will miss our family, church and friends more than

words can express. I will continue to feature an article as the wellness contributor

for Faulkner Lifestyle. We will look forward to visits home to attend church

services, eat wonderful desserts from Patticakes, and spinach artichoke

dip from Mike’s Place while catching up with our forever friends!

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Morgan Shaw

Owner, Color Beauty Bar & Boutique

Color is a one-stop beauty experience. We offer

all things hair. We have a makeup bar for event

makeup, lash extensions/tints/lifts, sugar waxing,

brow makeovers, and boutique shopping. We

will soon add custom spray tanning as well.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Fort Smith and received my

bachelor’s degree from UCA in family

and consumer sciences.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My parents moved to Conway for my

dad’s job in the oil field in 2009. I’ve

been here ever since and truly consider

Conway my hometown, and knew I

wanted to establish roots here.

How did you get your idea or concept

for your business?

My husband and I got married in 2010, and

I remember not being able to find ONE

place I could check off all my wedding day

boxes. That’s always been in the back of my

head when I go shopping for makeup, get a

spray tan, go get my hair done, etc. Why am

I having to go to so many different places

to do all these things? Anytime you go to a

bigger city, or one right outside of a bigger

city, there are “beauty bars” or “one-stop

shops.” Places to go for a true experience

and for the expertise of the people working

there. I wanted to bring that to Conway.

There’s a generational shift in the beauty

industry right now, it’s all about the

experience you provide. You can be the

best of the best at your talent, but the

experience is what keeps people loyal

these days. Ultimately, I knew I wanted

to bring something totally different

to Conway. Something that is fun,

colorful, new, and truly welcoming.

Something that is founded on mutual

respect between boss and employee,

a place where my stylists feel just

as at home as our clients/customers

do. I worked for six months to piece

together the perfect team of women.

Women that could bring it all to the

table; talent, personality, and education.

What do you love most

about working/living here?

I LOVE Conway! My husband was born

and raised here, so he always has the

itch to move somewhere else, and that’s

understandable. But, bless his heart, this

feels like home to me. I came from Fort

Smith where it’s very industrial, and

residential is very separated from the

business side of town. Conway feels

like a small community and just feels

like the perfect flow of businesses and

residential. I feel like I’m in a small town

when I’m out shopping, even though our

population is substantial.

To what do you attribute

your success?

My parents for teaching me the value of

hard work. My husband for encouraging

me to follow any dream, big or small.

My family and close friends because

it truly takes a village to make our life

work. My gang of girls at Color. They

are the absolute best at what they do,

and I am forever humbled and thankful

that they believed in my vision and took

a chance on a new business.

Morgan Shaw,

Owner

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Color Beauty Bar

2018

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Tell us about your family.

My husband, Jon, is my rock. He works

in sales for major corporations and has

busted his booty to provide for his family

since day one. He’s a total rock star and I’m

proud to have him by my side. We have

three beautiful babies that we live and

breathe for. JJ will be six this year. He just

started Kg and is a soccer star. Jamesyn is

our 4-year-old daughter—the sassiest babe

you’ll ever meet. A free spirit who loves

to sing and dance. Jack is our youngest, at

almost one, and very laid back and loving.

What does the future hold for you here?

Developing and growing Color. We hope

to expand our services. We just purchased

a new home that we hope to stay in for a

while. So truly establishing ourselves as a

family and making roots is top priority.

Advice for someone just starting out?

To stay true to yourself. If you let others

into your life to experience who you are

and where your passions lie, they will

be drawn to supporting and loving you

through it.

Meet the Stylists

Hannah Linker > Hannah has been doing

hair, makeup, and brows for 4 years. She

was previously the arch expert at Ulta and

is our lead brow specialist here at Color.

Hannah is a total pro at everything she

touches but her favorite thing to do is

definitely brow makeovers. Hannah has the

best laugh you will ever hear and will have

you in tears from laughing so much.

Lauren Treat > Lauren has been doing

hair for 3 years. She stays booked on

the weekends styling photoshoots and

weddings all over Arkansas. She’s been

involved with so many dreamy events,

she always keeps us wanting more. She

has the biggest heart and is one of those

people you just instantly love.

Taylor Mayhood > Taylor came out of

cosmetology school killin’ the hair game.

She comes by it naturally. She’s been

doing hair for two years now. Taylor

keeps us grounded, she is the perfect

balance of fun and dedication.

Tali Douglas > Tali has been doing hair for

4 years now. She is a balayage specialist and

came from a salon in Denver. We are lucky

to have her on our team, she brings a lot of

happiness with her and keeps the shop fun!

Jessica Brazil > Jessica is new to the hair

world. She just came out of school, but,

like Taylor, it’s something that comes

naturally to her. She’s been doing hair

since high school and always knew it was

what she was meant to be doing. She is a

blonde and extension specialist and loves

dimensional colors. She brings a lot of

laughs and kindness to our salon, we just

love her personality!

Austyn Brown > Austyn is our lash expert.

She has been doing lash extensions for

5 years now and is often sought after

for lash corrections. She’s a total pro and

is very passionate and tedious about

the quality of her work. She also does

lash lifts/tints, event makeup, and sugar

waxing. Austyn has the best personality,

she always keeps us laughing.

From left to right:

Austyn Brown

Lauren Treat

Morgan Shaw

Hannah Linker

Jessica Brazil

Tali Douglas

Taylor Mayhood

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Lauren Hum

Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Conway and am a graduate of UCA. Later, I went to Cosmetology school at

The Salon Professional Academy in North Little Rock and then sought out my body art

license to begin practicing cosmetic tattooing.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

Conway is where I live with my husband and son and is where I wanted to stay. There

was no one in our town offering permanent cosmetics, so it was a natural choice to

open my business in Conway.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

When I first began my career in the beauty industry, I had full intentions of being a

hairstylist. I began hearing about this new beauty trend, Eyebrow Microblading, and

thought that would be an interesting add-on service I could do for a client here and there.

I never dreamed of how successful and sought after it would become. Within six months

I quit doing hair to focus all my attention on offering and growing my microblading

and permanent cosmetic business. I now offer several different brow techniques and

permanent eyeliner.

What do you love most about working/living here?

What I love most about working and living in Faulkner County are the people. There

is a culture of helping one another to create a progressive, forward-moving town

that is thriving for so many businesses. I have received so much support and

encouragement from so many people in our community. I love the small

town feel with some of the bigger city perks. I don’t think I would

have had the opportunity to do what I am doing now if I had started

my career somewhere other than Conway.

To what do you attribute your success?

My friends and family were very supportive, if not a little

surprised when I decided to follow my dream of being

self-employed in the beauty industry, but they helped me

in every way they could. I had so many sweet friends and

family help me along the way, acting as my first “clients”

through school. Also, I will brag and say I have the best

clients anyone could ask for who have spread the word to

help my business grow. I know that’s the key to me being

able to do what I love every day. I never want to quit learning.

My job is so artistically driven that I am constantly learning and

improving on my technique. It never gets boring because every

client is unique.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

For the future of my business I would love to continue expanding to offer

different techniques and services for permanent cosmetics and skin services.

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Renee Stone

emerge, owner and operator

2018

WOMEN of

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I’ve lived in Conway my entire life! I graduated from UCA in 2005,

where I received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and a

Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a minor in business.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

Faulkner County is home to me. I’ve lived here my entire life, and there’s

no other place I would want my own business and where I would want

to raise my family than in Faulkner County!

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

I’ve been involved in the pageant industry since I was a little girl. I love

fashion and helping others. emerge allows me to do all the things that

I love and that are important to me. I get to help customers daily be

the best version of themselves and find the perfect outfit or dress that

allows them to feel beautiful and confident for a special event. Above

everything else, I am fortunate to have my children with me every day at

work. 11 years ago, when I opened my store I knew that one day I would

hopefully get to have children and would want them with me, so I could

raise them and have a career to help support them.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I love the atmosphere, people, relationships, community and all the

activities that come along with living in Faulkner County.

To what do you attribute your success?

God. I have always said that God is the leader and owner of my business

emerge. I just run it for Him! I know without a doubt that the only reason

we are successful and still open today is due to Him. And I would not

be where I am today without my parents. My mom works for me,

and she is my best friend and would do absolutely anything for me.

Everyone knows my mom and loves working with her. She’s fun and

a whole lot of crazy but most of all will make you feel like family.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to sing and love to perform for others. Cooking is something

that I absolutely love to do even more now that I’m older

and I have several mouths to feed! You might say that I’m a

Food Network-aholic. If I could have people over every day

and cook for them I would. I enjoy volunteering and giving

back to organizations and our communities.

How are you involved in your community?

I volunteer and coordinate a fashion show for the Women’s

Shelter of Central Arkansas Great Escape every year, and I

volunteer for AETN telethons. I’m the director of three pageants:

Miss Arkansas Merry Christmas, Miss

Arkansas Diamond State Pageant and

Toad Suck Daze Pageant.

Involved in any professional

organizations?

I’m a sponsor and supporter of the

Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen

Pageant, Miss Arkansas Pageant,

Faulkner County Fair Pageant and

the Arkansas State Fair Pageant.

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Jackie Wright

Candidate for Faulkner County Justice of the Peace, District 5

Capital and Conflicts Attorney

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in Conway. I’m a graduate of

Hendrix College and the William H. Bowen

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How are you involved

in your community?

I’m president of my Property Owner’s

Association, a Teen Court volunteer,

a mentor and board member of the Y.E.S.

program, an usher at ACTS Church in

Conway, a public speaker for local organizations

and churches, and teach Business Law

at Central Baptist College.

Are you involved in any

professional organizations?

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Do what you love. You will always find joy

in helping other people.

Lauren Cook

Owner and Cosmetologist at The Beauty Bar

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Mt. Vernon. After that, I attended Arkansas

Beauty School of Conway for my Cosmetology license.

How did you get your idea for your business?

I had known since I was a senior that I wanted to do

hair and own my own business. On my 25th Birthday

in 2015, I went to Little Rock to pamper myself, and I

got my hair blown out at a blowout bar, which is a place

where you just get your hair shampooed and styled. I fell

in love with the concept. I knew I could never give up

my love of coloring hair, doing nails, and special event

hair and makeup. So, I decided to open a “beauty bar”,

where we can do more than just blowouts and provide a

range of beauty services. I wanted to go a step above the

typical salon, since our area already has several.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to write! I have a blog that I keep under wraps. I

also love to buy and sell jewelry and accessories, and I

love to organize fundraisers.

How are you involved in your community?

I mostly donate to those in need through MACS. I do a

toy drive or an angel tree every year for Christmas, and

it all goes straight to MACS kids. Rhizo

Kids is a charitable organization that was

formed to raise money for research for

Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata

(RCDP). RCDP is a genetic disorder that

is a fatal form of dwarfism, and it is

rare, affecting fewer than 100 children

worldwide, my cousin, Makenna

Loyd, being one of them.

Tell us about your family.

I’m a police wife and a boy mom.

My husband Andy works for

the Faulkner County Sheriff’s

Office as a criminal investigator.

We have two sons, Aeson (7)

and Maddox (4). We also have a

mini schnauzer and a bunny.

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St. Joseph School

Tamara McMillan

St. Joseph Elementary - 2nd Grade Teacher

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Hunter, Kansas and got my education at Kansas

State University-Manhattan, KS.

What inspired you to go into your line of work?

I’m in the business of forming kids to be the best they can be

and make a difference in the world.

What do you love most about working/living here?

I love living in Faulkner County because the towns are not too

large but offer everything we need. I love working at St. Joseph

because we have smaller class sizes, wonderful teachers and

staff to work with, sweet children, and supportive parents.

To what do you attribute your success?

My success in the classroom is due to hard work, patience, and

love for the students.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy going to flea markets and vintage fairs. I love to look for

pieces that seem to have a story to tell. I would much rather

have something a little old/well loved than something brand

new and modern. Although, I do appreciate modern technology!

How are you involved in your community?

I’m very active in my church, Oak Bowery Baptist Church. My

husband and I also have a prison ministry that we enjoy and find

very rewarding. We go to both men’s and women’s jails/prisons.

What does the future hold for you here?

Our future in Faulkner County—I plan on continuing to teach

for a few more years. After retiring my husband and I plan

on continuing with our prison ministry, Lord willing. We will

enjoy spending even more time with

family and friends. Perhaps travel

might even fit in there somewhere.

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Penny Bassham

High School Art Teacher at St. Joseph School

Where did you grow up and get your education?

My earliest years were spent in Blue Springs, Missouri. When I was

9 years old we moved to Salem, Arkansas, where I graduated from

high school. The following two years were spent at Crowley’s Ridge

College in Paragould. I continued my education at UCA.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I moved to Conway because I wanted to teach and UCA was

considered to have the best education programs in Arkansas.

What inspired you to go into your line of work?

In 5th grade I noticed how much influence teachers have on their

students, and how fulfilling it must be to guide future generations.

What do you love most about working/living here?

When I was young my hometown shut down after 5pm, with the

exception of a few businesses, but here there is always something

to do, like going to a play, a restaurant, shopping or fishing. The

people here are friendly, and if you want to socialize there are

many different groups and organizations to join.

To what do you attribute your success?

I love art and working with kids, so teaching and sharing what I

know about art is wonderful.

Any hobbies you want to share?

I love drawing floor plans for houses and looking at architecture

magazines. I like to travel and have been to Italy, France, Greece

and a few other places. It’s exciting going someplace to see the

architecture, artwork and places you have studied about.

How are you involved in your community?

I face paint for different organizations/events

like Kids Fest St. Joseph Bazar and a few

others. I volunteer for Art Fest, and every

other year our school art program has a

fundraiser event called ARTragin Cajun.

Any professional organizations?

Member of the National Art Educators

Association and Arkansas Art Educators,

and served as the AAE Newsletter

Editor for 2 years and then AAE

Regional Director for 4 years.

Last year I was involved with

CAFTA (Conway Alliance

for the Arts).

Any advice for someone

just starting out?

Find a career that fills

more than your wallet,

find friends that fill more

than space and time in

your life, and make time

to play and create.

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Angi McDaniel

Nabholz, Director of Marketing & Communications

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and go to college?

I grew up in Lead Hill in north Arkansas. I graduated

from UCA with a bachelor’s degree in art and then

went on to graduate from UALR with a master’s of

business administration.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I came to Conway to attend UCA. After graduating, I

moved to Little Rock to pursue my master’s degree. Four

years later my husband and I decided Conway was where

we wanted to raise our family, so we moved back in 2008.

Tell us about your career choice.

Two years ago, I joined Nabholz and haven’t looked back.

It was my first position outside of the non-profit sector,

but immediately I knew I made the right decision. My

family has a long history of being in the construction

industry, so it was a bit like coming home to me. Nabholz

is a very forward-thinking company but with a profound

respect for their history, especially here in Faulkner

County. They are constantly looking at ways to grow and

improve their services and their employees. It’s really like

a big family – they really do care about their employees.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I like going to antique stores and flea markets. I’m a sucker

for anything that can be repainted or repurposed.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Jeff, is from Searcy County. He

is in medical sales for the western half of

Arkansas, so he travels quite a bit. Our two

boys – Jackson (13) and Lucas (9) attend

school in Conway. With both playing baseball,

when we’re not at the fields practicing,

we’re usually in the front yard throwing the

ball around. My husband and both boys like

to deer hunt, so in the fall we spend a lot

of time at my parent’s farm in Lead Hill.

Advice for someone just starting out?

Work hard. Find an organization with

a mission you believe in. Say yes when

asked to do something that might be

above and beyond your responsibilities.

You’ll learn something new and earn the

reputation of being a responsible team

member who cares about the success of

your organization.

Patti Stobaugh

PattiCakes Bakery & Stoby’s Restaurant

Where did you grow up?

Born in Montana, then Texas, Arizona and Arkansas!

How did you get your idea for your business?

I grew up cooking and baking with my German grandmother.

She was a jewel! My love for baking was developed at an early

age. In 2005, I left my corporate job without a contingency

plan. All I really knew was I wanted to do something different.

A small cake shop next to Stoby’s in Russellville was closing.

We needed more commercial kitchen space in Russellville,

so it seemed a natural transition. Obviously, I was clueless

about owning and baking on a commercial scale. It’s the polar

opposite of baking at home!

What do you love most about working/living here?

Even though I’m a transplant, I LOVE living in Conway. It’s

a perfect place for me.

To what do you attribute your success?

Does anyone ever feel they are truly successful? The reason

our doors are still open can be attributed to a ton of grace,

loving to solve problems and the best coworkers.

Hobbies you want to share?

My grandkids are top priority. Past

that, I have a remake of a vintage

camper. Animal rescue is dear to

my heart.

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How are you involved in your community?

Volunteering is important to me. I serve as the Vice President

of the Retail Bakers of America, a national organization

committed to education, certifications and community of

retail bakeries. I am a board

member of the Chamber

of Commerce, serving on

the Executive and Finance

committees.

What does the future

hold for you here?

Since I have zero plans

to retire, I would like

to cut back on work

a bit to spend more

time with the grands

and to camp. Past that,

I am working hard to

keep the doors open at

PattiCakes and Stoby’s.

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR


Linda Linn

Board Member at First Security Bank and

owner of Linn’s Auto, and Linn Farms & Timber

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Bee Branch on a dairy farm. My parents are the late Willard and Reba Stark.

I graduated from South Side High School and began ASTC (now UCA) in 1962.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

Along with a group of local investors, I helped organize and found First Community Bank

in Conway in 1990. Along with the other board members, I helped facilitate the bank’s

merger with First Security Bank. I have served two years as Chairman of First Community

Bank, and continue to serve on the First Security Bank Advisory Board.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

We love living and working in Conway, Faulkner County and Arkansas because

of the people and the ability to do just about anything that you set your mind

to if you work hard enough and have the right people involved.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Danny and I love to travel, spend time on the Red River, go out

and eat with friends, and spend lots of time with our family.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I have served or am currently serving on a variety of boards and committees in

Conway. They include Chairman of the United Way Campaign and the Conway Area

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the National Board of the Automotive

Dismantlers and Recyclers Association, along with the state and national

board for the Head Start Programs. I have also served for the Women’s

Foundation of Arkansas, UCA Advisory Committee, Bookcase for Every

Child, Bethlehem House, Boys & Girls Club, Faulkner Co. Council on

Aging, Conway Foundation Board, and many more!

Tell us about your family.

I married my high school sweetheart, Danny Linn, in 1965, and

we made our home in Conway since that time and have raised our

family here. We are so proud of Susan and her husband Ric McCoy

and Christy and her husband Eric Priester. They have given us five

beautiful grandchildren, who we have so many precious memories

and so many funny stories on each of them. Our grandchildren are

Raegan Miller, Andrew Priester and Nic Priester, and Kavanagh

and Rileigh McCoy.

What does the future hold for you here?

I am excited about the future of Faulkner County

and love the roundabouts! Danny and I have

been retirement age for quite awhile now and

we don’t go in to work but are involved as we are

asked to be in the business.

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Debbie Goodwin

Owner with husband, Tim Goodwin: Arkansas Roofing Kompany; Arkansas Outdoor Concepts

(Arkansas outdoor living destination); Equinox Outdoor Concepts (louvered solar patio covers)

Where did you grow up and go to school?

Most of my life was Michigan and Florida. I

graduated from MSU with a Bachelors in business

management and concentration in Horticulture.

Advanced Master Gardener with 4000 hrs.

Biophilic design instructor. Featured horticultural

writer/speaker local/US, magazines,

newspaper. Active with Faulkner county

master gardeners and community gardens

volunteer. Working in Grand Cayman’s

“Queen Elizabeth Botanical,” did it. I love

Horticulture, trees and tropical flowers.

Plants cure so many problems and

researching medical plants is one of my

passions. I want to be part of the cure,

give back and help heal humanity. I’ve

taught Zumba, ballroom dance to seniors

and I love foraging for mushrooms, and

I’m training my dogs in truffle hunting.

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

How did you get your idea for your business?

My father was in Construction, and headed up the

Hibiscus Society in Florida, so plants and construction

came naturally to me. My husband is what I call

an Engineer’s Engineer. Tim is brilliant and can do

anything well. He has extensive high-level certifications.

As a team we excel in our endeavors.

To what do you attribute your success?

My two quotes “Be the worlds’s best entrepreneur in

the space you are leading” and “Arkansas—the beauty

brings you here, and the people keep you here.” And

team work! We are blessed with a great staff we call

our family. We just got back from 3 days on Greers

Ferry with over 36 of them. We appreciate each one of

them. Our hard work, ethics and steadfastness are key.

How are you involved in your community?

Marriage mentors, life group leader, security volunteer

at NLC campus. Ballard Ball, Conway Symphony, UCA

Foundation, Bethlehem House, Renewal Ranch sponsors.

Sponsor builders show, flower show, Toad Suck Daze,

Bash on the Boulevard. Member of builders associations,

green industry associations, national/state horticultural

associations. Dream Center, Christmas mall, Easter

dinner and summer meals for kids. Blackbird Academy,

Food for the Hungry, and many more.

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Jonna Shaw

Realtor ®

Coldwell Banker RPM Group Conway

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in the Hot Springs area and was exposed to real estate at an early age. I began

working at a real estate/rental firm when I was in high school. I would say my passion

began then, and I always knew that one day I would make it my career. After receiving

my license, I continued my education and received many designations and certifications.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I love helping the people of Faulkner County. I have been listing and selling in the area

for 21 years and have been blessed with many life-long friends that continue to call me

and refer their friends and family. Faulkner County has also been a great place to raise a

family.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my husband, Tim Shaw, for 39 years, and we have two

awesome sons and daughter in-laws, Chip and Allie Longing-Shaw and Jonathan and

Morgan Shaw. We are blessed with three beautiful, loving grandchildren: JJ, Jamesyn

and Jack. They have brought us to a whole new level of love, joy and happiness!

Any advice for someone just starting out?

The best advice I would give for someone just starting out is

to find a mentor and offer to help them, learn from someone

who has already been in your shoes. Get involved, shake

some hands and keep improving yourself. Smile and follow

your passion!

What are your Professional Certifications,

Designations and Specialties?

Jonna Shaw, Realtor ®

Graduate Realtor Institute

Graduate Realtor Leadership Academy

Certified Residential Specialist

Military Relocation Professional

Accredited Buyer Representative

Seller Representative Specialist

Senior Real Estate Specialist

Short Sale Foreclosure Resource

e-Pro Technology

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Teresa Bau, MD

Hospitalist at Baptist Health – Conway

Where did you grow up and go to school?

Born and raised in Atlanta, but school has taken me all over: San

Diego, the Caribbean, London, New York City, Chicago, Arkansas.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

An excellent recruiter! I was attracted to Conway because I was

interested in being a part of a new hospital and all of the trials and

tribulations associated with it. I love that Conway is such a rapidly

developing city, and I would like to see it continue to thrive.

How inspired you to go into your career field?

I’ve always wanted to make a difference and connect with my

community. I was trained in Family Medicine, so preventative

healthcare and healthy living are philosophies I am passionate

about. There is still so much public education that can be done, and

I want to continue to empower the community to take an active

role in their own well-being. I love being a hospitalist, because not

only do I treat those that have an acute medical illness, it gives me

a glimpse of what people’s home lives are like so that I can try to

improve people’s overall quality of life.

To what do you attribute your success?

I’ve been able to see a lot of the world, different cultures, people

and ways of life. I think it helped me connect with a lot of people—

especially important in my line of work.

Any hobbies you want to share?

The bicycling community here is amazing, and I enjoy running,

music, ballroom/Latin dancing, travel, eating, enjoying life!

Community involvement?

I’m a big fan of Girls on the Run and Special Olympics. I coached

for both organizations until recently. They combine

several of my favorite things: exercise, being role

models for the youth and bringing the community

together through healthy living.

Professional organizations:

American Academy of Family Physicians,

American Medical Association, Arkansas

Medical Society

Tell us about your family.

Like any healthy family, we tease each other

to no end, but they have always been my

backbone, no matter where any of us

are physically located in the world.

I’m the first doctor in the family and

a first-generation American, so my

visits home are often filled with

reviewing everyone’s medication

lists at family dinners.

What does the future hold for you?

I hope to be more involved in the community

and do some public health seminars.

I would love to mentor young girls

interested in STEM professions and show

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Janell Vinson, MD

Baptist Health Conway

Pediatrics/General Pediatrician

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in Jackson, MS. I attended Tougaloo College in Mississippi

and received a Bachelor of Science in biology. I moved to

Rhode Island and completed medical school at Brown School of

Medicine. I completed my internship and residency at Arkansas

Children’s Hospital.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My husband is from Arkansas, and we moved to Mississippi after

I completed the pediatric residency program at ACH. We traveled

back to Arkansas at least once or twice a month for 8 years, and

we decided as a family to move back to Arkansas, and I took

the pediatric position in Conway with Baptist Hospital. I was

absolutely blown away with the beautiful facility, and the administrative

and nursing staff. I was so excited to be able to continue to

practice pediatrics the way I had been in Mississippi with providing

care in the nursery, hospital and clinic.

What do you love most about working/living here?

Faulkner County has grown so much in the last few years and

is continuing to grow! This is great for building a new pediatric

practice. We are happy to be here to add to the amazing pediatric

care that is already being provided. As the community continues to

grow, the healthcare opportunities should continue to grow with it.

Any hobbies you want to share?

As a wife and mother of four, it is difficult to squeeze in extra time

for hobbies, but I love to read and would love to join a book club

in the near future. I LOVE our church (New Life Church-Greater

LR), and I’m devoted to being active in the

church. I enjoy cooking for my family and

had the pleasure of attending a cooking

class but would love to attend more

in the future. My husband and I also

LOVE to travel.

Are you involved in any

professional organizations?

I’m a member of the American

Academy of Pediatrics.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Chris, and I met

at ACH. He was a nurse in the

adolescent unit, and I was an

intern. We took care of a

patient for several weeks

together. He was so kind

and professional that I

had no idea he was even

interested in me or even

noticed me, until a month

later when he chased me

down the hall to ask me out.

Now 10 years later we are a

family of six.


Jessica Tackett, DO

Greenbrier Family Clinic, Physician

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in Greenbrier and graduated from the UofA in Fayetteville

with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in Spanish.

I completed medical school at Kansas City University in Missouri,

followed by residency at UAMS West in Fort Smith.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My husband and I were both raised in Greenbrier. We always

planned to return home to start a family and plant our roots, so to

speak. Greenbrier Public Schools are among the finest, and both of

our families still reside in the area. We love the sense of community,

as well as the new developments in the Conway area.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

As a student, I shadowed Dr. Bowman and Dr. Clifton multiple

times, and they treated me as a child in the clinic. They were

gracious in recruiting me to join their practice.

What do you love most about working/living here?

The people here make the community. They are invested in each

other, in our towns, our children, our education, our healthcare.

We are not resistant to change, and as a result have seen enormous

growth in the area.

How are you involved in your community?

My husband and I are involved in our church. I also regularly take

nurse practitioner, PA, and medical students for rotations.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

Member of the Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Osteopathic

Medical Association, and the American

Academy of Family Physicians. I am

adjunct faculty at the Arkansas College

of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith

and the NYIT College of Osteopathic

Medicine in Jonesboro.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Dustin, was my

high school sweetheart, and have

been married for 11 years. He

is a professional engineer and

works for Garver Engineers in

the Conway office. We have 2

children. Our daughter, Lydia, is

2 years old, and our infant son,

Ellis.

What does the future hold

for you in Faulkner County?

As my children grow, I’d like

to become more involved in the

education system. Our clinic has

always been involved in providing

care for the athletes in Greenbrier,

and I hope to continue in that

service.

Jamie Trapp, MD

Baptist Health Family Medicine Clinic

Family Medicine Physician

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in North Little Rock. I graduated from Central Arkansas

Christian High School, and from there went on to get my Bachelor

of Science degree in Biology at UCA. I was a member of the

Honors College, and their wind ensemble. I attended the UAMS

for my medical degree. I matched into Family Medicine and

completed my residency at the UAMS AHEC site in Fort Smith.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

It was closer to home, and I had a wonderful experience here during

undergrad. Baptist had an opportunity to be a part of the new

Family Medicine Clinic in conjunction with opening the hospital.

Our building houses several other specialties that makes continuity

of care easy and convenient. The community is so family-oriented;

my husband and I wanted a good place to raise our son.

How did you get your idea or concept of your business?

As a young child I shadowed our veterinarian around during spring

and summer breaks whenever she would let me. In middle school

and high school my mom adopted my siblings, all from China,

ranging from 18 months to 13 years old, which got me interested

in pediatrics. However, during clinical rotations I enjoyed working

with all age groups. Thus, I ended up choosing family medicine as

my specialty. Fort Smith prepared me well, with a complementary

mix of clinic, nursing home and hospital work that included

newborns, children, teenagers, adults,

obstetrics, and geriatrics.

What do you love most about

working/living here?

The people. Everyone is so warm and

welcoming. It’s a very family-friendly

environment, and thanks to all the

colleges, there’s this spirit of innovation

that’s very refreshing.

To what do you attribute

your success?

Good mentors. My mother has

been there for me, encouraging

me to pursue my dreams, but

never pushed me in any particular

direction. She was that gust of

wind in my sails whenever I

needed it. Another lifelong

friend, Pam Warrick, PhD, has

been invaluable as a guide and

mentor. It was very important

having strong, supportive

women in my corner.

Tell us about your family.

My husband is also a family

physician, and have one son

and three dogs.

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Xochilt Hawks

Hawks Family Team, LLC.

Coldwell Banker RPM GROUP- REALTOR

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

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To what do you attribute your success?

Seeing my parents’ strong work ethic as a child.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy reading, going out with friends, and anything with

my kids.

How are you involved in your community?

I serve on the Life Choices Board and the Faulkner County

Board of Realtors.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Spencer Hawks with three children:

Samantha, Selena, and Sebastian. We love spending time

together with friends and family, often around great

Mexican food.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to be different. Do what

you love. Surround yourself with people who believe in

you and your dreams. Trust your instincts.

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Valari Bristol

Bank of England Mortgage

Sales Manager / Loan Officer

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew in Cabot and graduated from Cabot High School,

and attended University of Central Arkansas.

What brought you to Faulkner County

to open a business/work?

College and my husband brought me to Faulkner County.

How did you get your idea for your business?

I started working in the Mortgage Servicing industry

in 1985 and moved to the Mortgage Origination side a

few years later. I started out processing and closing and

later became an underwriter and loan originator.

What do you love most about working/living here?

The community. Faulkner County has a lot of community

services organizations. I love seeing people help people.

To what do you attribute your success?

Customer service and the ability to listen to people

and try to discern what they need. I also have a great

knowledge of the guidelines but always open to learn.

How are you involved in your community?

I am a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where I

serve as a Deacon’s wife and the church treasurer. I am

a member of Conway Regional Women’s Council and

serve on the Dazzle Daze Committee.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Allen Bristol, celebrating our 34th

anniversary this coming November. We have two

adult sons who both work and live out of state.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

If you are starting out in the mortgage business,

stay tuned into the changes. Always be

willing to learn and ask lots of questions.

Remember to always develop personal

relationships with your business

partners. With any business you start

in, seek the advice of others before

you. Always strive for wisdom and be

honest and remember you are never

too old to learn.

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Jennifer Watson, RN, PMU Artist

J. Watson Studio, Permanent Cosmetic Studio

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and go to school?

My family moved to Faulkner County in the early 80’s. I graduated

from Conway and earned my degree in nursing from UALR.

What do you love most about working/living here?

With my husband and I both having lived the biggest part of our lives

in Faulkner County, we’ve come to know a lot of people. There’s

rarely an occasion that we don’t see someone we know

when we’re out. It’s always a pleasure running into

friendly faces. There was never any question as to

the location of a new business I might open.

How did you get your business concept?

Permanent Cosmetics has been around for years.

It’s nothing new and a field I’ve always found

intriguing. Many people decide on a permanent

cosmetic procedures for the obvious reasons.

Maybe they want their eyebrows a little fuller,

their hand shakes when trying to apply more

detailed makeup, it’s become difficult for

them to see how to apply their makeup, or

the ease of a shorter routine in the morning.

As a nurse, however, I’ve seen individuals

who wish to have a procedure to replace something they’ve lost.

Cancer, thyroid disease, alopecia, etc. can all cause significant,

permanent hair loss. Certain permanent cosmetic procedures can

aid these individuals suffering from such diseases.

What do you love most about Faulkner County?

I knew combining two things I love, nursing and permanent

makeup, that I could help people make an educated and informed

decision about whether permanent cosmetics would be for them.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Chris, and I met at work, and several years later we

were married in the Bahamas. We’ve been married for 13 years and

have one daughter, Mattie, who is 11. My family makes me who I am.

What does the future hold for you here?

The community provides a place for growth and expansion, as

well as a supportive environment for local business owners.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Embrace challenges along the way because you will have them.

Have a desire to learn. If you think you’re the smartest person

in the room, you should probably leave. You’re only as smart

as the people you surround yourself with, so surround yourself

with those who are more educated than you. Learn from their

wisdom and their mistakes. Keep going when you think you’ve

failed, because failure isn’t permanent. After all, you really

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Emily Walter

Executive Broker/Realtor ®

Coldwell Banker RPM Group

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I was born and raised in Jonesboro. I moved to Conway to attend UCA in 1999 and graduated in 2003.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I’ve loved Conway since I was in high school. I would go to choir completions at UCA and thought it

was the most beautiful campus. The weekend I moved here, I was introduced to my (future) husband

who is originally from Conway. We were married, and after college I was transferred to

Franklin, Tennessee to work. We only lived there for about two years before realizing we

missed Conway, our family and Arkansas and said we would never leave again.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Someone had told me when I was 21 years old that I would make a great real estate

agent. I didn’t have the nerve to do it back then. When I lived in Tennessee it gave

me a much greater appreciation for Conway and the things I took for granted while

we we lived here. The drive to become a real estate agent stayed in the back of my

head for the next 10+ years before I took the leap of faith to real estate school.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

If you know me, you know the thing I love about our county is the

history behind it. I love reading about Cadron Settlement when it was

our original state capital and especially love the history behind the city

of Conway, downtown Conway and the original churches that started

in our community back in 1870.

To what do you attribute your success?

#1 my husband and daughter. Hands down, there is no way I could do

this job without their support. #2 would have to be my amazing circle of

clients, family and friends. I wouldn’t be anywhere without referrals from

family, friends and especially the sellers and buyers I’ve worked with

throughout the years. I have professional designations from GRI, ABR,

SRES, GRLA, SRS and MRP. Education is a key to success in real estate.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to play golf. I love touring homes and going to historic

museums, visiting various communities in Arkansas to learn

about their way of life. I also love working out at SWEAT by

Dr. Fit with my trainer, Josh Epps.

How are you involved in your community?

I’m president-elect of the Faulkner County Board of Realtors. I

serve as vice president of church council at First United Methodist

Church, as well as the church historian. I serve on the Conway

Symphony Orchestra Board. What I love about working for Coldwell Banker

is the community involvement. Whether it’s a school supply drive, cereal

drives, Pet Adoption Day or attending various fundraisers throughout the

year, our company loves giving back to the community.

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Rachel Shaw

Director of Destination Marketing

Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau and

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Rector, Arkansas. It’s about as far in northeast Arkansas as you can go

before getting to Missouri. I attended college at Arkansas State University.

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

My job! I was living and working in Little Rock after college, and Lori Case Melton

told me about a job at the Conway Chamber that she thought would be a good fit

for me. Seven years later, I’m still in that same job and have been living in Conway

for five years.

What do you love most about working/living in Faulkner County?

I appreciate the small town, community-minded feeling that Conway has, while

still having all the amenities of a larger city. As Conway continues to grow and

flourish, so do the opportunities for its citizens. I love that I don’t have to leave

Conway to get anything my family or I need.

How are you involved in your community?

I feel like by sheer virtue of working at the Chamber, you are involved in the

community. Whether it be through working Toad Suck Daze or interacting

with our members at a ribbon cutting, or through my work with the

A&P Commission, I have opportunities to work with people from all

over Conway who I might not otherwise get to meet. I’m constantly

telling people how great Conway is and trying to persuade them to

come here for a visit or attend one of our many special events.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am on the boards for the Arkansas Association of Convention &

Visitors Bureaus (AACVB), as well as the Heart of Arkansas tourism

association.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Bart, and I have a one-year old baby girl named Georgia. We

spend most of our time chasing her around and finding ways to keep her

entertained.

Any advice for someone just starting out?

Build relationships with people at every opportunity. You never know who

you will cross paths with in your future career.

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2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

WACO Title and its former entities are one of

Conway’s oldest continually operating businesses.

With Faulkner County offices in Downtown Conway and Greenbrier, WACO

Title provides full service title and closing services for buyers/sellers, builders, and

developers. As your title company of choice, they ensure all requirements are met

to provide title insurance and openly communicate with customers to guide them

through the ownership process. There is no deal too large or too small—from

residential to commercial purchases and 1031 Exchanges to auction properties—

WACO Title can confidently and professionally handle your closing.

Why the name WACO? Since being founded in 1885 in Washington County,

Arkansas, the company has grown and expanded throughout Arkansas and

Missouri. With such growth over time, the name was shortened to WACO to more

accurately reflect a larger footprint. Today, WACO Title has 23 offices throughout

Arkansas and Missouri and can close transactions in every county in Arkansas and

throughout Southwest Missouri.

WACO Title is a leader in compliance and goes to great lengths to protect customers

private information. As evidence of that, WACO has undergone an extensive audit

by a third party firm to establish compliance with title industry best practices, as

well as federal consumer regulations. This audit resulted in WACO being the first

title agency in Arkansas or Missouri to receive SSAE 16, SOC I, Type II Certification.

For questions, email ConwayClosing@WACOTitle.com

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WACO Title

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Starting on previous page, from left to right:

Jesse Warren Moss, Closing Agent Team Lead

Jayla Jones, Closing Agent

Stephanie Nicholson, Closing Agent

Lauren O’Bryant, Closing Agent

Mallory Hargrove, Closing Agent

Kayla Cothren, Closing Processor

Danielle Waits, Closing Agent

Allison Price, Administrative Assistant

Jeanna Branson, Closing Agent & Processor

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Rhonda Dixon

Advanced Nurse Practitioner/CHI St. Vincent Interfaith Clinic

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in El Paso, Arkansas, graduating from Beebe in

1989. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are from

UCA, finally obtaining my master’s degree in nursing.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I came to Conway for college and never left. I’ve

worked for Conway Regional for 19 years, with

a short stent as a school nurse for Conway Public

Schools before earning my graduate degree.

What was your inspiration for your career?

I volunteered many years, serving on the Board of

Directors for Conway Interfaith Clinic from 2005-2012

(GOD was preparing me for my later service here years

before returning for my graduate degree), co-chairing

the Jack Logan Memorial Golf Tournament and Conway

Fall C Classic. I also served on the Women’s Shelter of

Central Arkansas board as Vice President and Presidentelect

from 2010-2013, chairing the Great Escape from

2011-2012. Other community involvement includes being

a life member of the Junior Auxiliary, Inc., which focuses

on serving children in Faulkner County. A professional

member of Sigma Theta Tau since 2004, I am also a 2010

graduate of Faulkner County Leadership Institute and

served on the FCLI central board of directors as Alumni

Vice President from 2011-2013.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

Conway Interfaith Clinic serves those with and

without insurance. We accept most insurances but

also serve those without insurance for $25 initial

visit and $20 thereafter with additional cost for

labs and procedures. I love serving those within my

community, hoping I make a difference in the health

of those living here regardless of their race, religion,

ethnic background, or financial situation. I want

to make a difference teaching others about their

acute and chronic health conditions, helping them

choose ways to improve their health and overall

outcomes. Loving on my patients, developing

relationships with them all while helping others

live their best lives fulfills my born purpose.

Tell us about your family.

My family includes my daughter Hannah, 17,

a senior at Conway Christian, Jacob, 13, a

7th grader at Conway Christian and James

France, M.D., my love and best friend.

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Velda Lueders

Realtor

Coldwell Banker RPM Group

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

The strong growth in our county provides

many opportunities for my business.

To what do you attribute your success?

Being available and providing personalized service.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy sports, reading, and baking.

How are you involved in your community?

I am on the Board of Directors for Haven. I am passionate about

the services they provide for the residents. I am a huge fan

of Conway Wampus Cat and Lady Cat athletic teams. I am

a sponsor for the Wampus Cat App, booster club member,

provide football, basketball, baseball and softball schedules,

as well as sponsor many team events throughout the year.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am very involved with the local, state, and national

associations of Realtors. I currently serve as the Treasurer

for our local board, and serve on the professional

development and finance committees. At the state

level, I am honored to be serving as the 2018 President.

I enjoy traveling across the state visiting with local

boards, ranging in size from 38 members to 200+

members. Being involved is an important part of my

business. The networking is an opportunity to send

and receive referrals. At the national level, I serve on

the Professional Standards Committee.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Barry Lueders. I have two daughters,

Elisabeth and Catherine, and a granddaughter Zoe.

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Linda Marie Weaver

Owner, Linda Marie’s LLC

2018

WOMEN of

THE YEAR

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Melbourne, Florida but I have lived in Arkansas for over 46 years. I call Arkansas home!

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a business/work?

I have lived in Faulkner County over 22 years. I really love the area, and the people are just wonderful.

To what do you attribute your success?

My husband! Charlie Weaver is one of the most generous people that I have ever known. He has been

in the construction (Weaver-Bailey Contractors) and ready-mixed concrete business (L & S Concrete)

since 1969. Charlie has one of the best business minds that I know. Charlie has taught me a lot through

the last 33 years that I have known him. I have worked in the construction business since 1985. In

1986, I was elected to the Arkansas Chapter, American Concrete Institute as Secretary/Treasurer after

my sweet husband nominated me because he did not want to do it. I have been in

that position and served on their board now for 32 years and counting. After we

sold Webco Mining, the Rock Quarry, in 2016, I decided to start my business in

retail. I still work part time at the Webco, Inc., office, which is our land company

and cattle farm. I usually work there Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until

noon, and then I go to Linda Marie’s for the rest of the day.

How are you involved in your community?

We support our local schools by giving out scholarships every year. Charlie’s

nephew, Philip Weaver, was killed in 1985 in a car accident right after he graduated.

Charlie started a scholarship endowment fund so that we can give out a scholarship

every year in Philip’s name. Charlie and I decided that we wanted to carry on this

tradition after we are gone. We started an Endowment Fund in our names so that

students would get some help with their tuition for college. We also support our local

church, First Baptist Church of Vilonia, where we both are members and have

been attending for the past 22 years that we have lived in Faulkner County. We

help support our local missionaries on their trips all over the world and help

support our local teams on their mission trips to help reach those that are

here in the US that need to hear the word of God. I also serve on the Vilonia

Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. We try and help the local

businesses get their names out there to help increase their business.

Tell us about your family.

Charlie and I have been married for 27 years. Together, we have four

grown kids and their spouses, ten grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren

with another one on the way, due in February 2019.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

I plan to be in Faulkner County for the rest of my life. I love this area,

and the people are wonderful. With the support of the community, I

hope to be in business for a long time in Faulkner County.

Any advice for someone starting out?

It is very hard work to start your own business. You will work more

hours than you want, but the outcome to me is worth it. I just love

my new stores, and my girls that work for me are just like family…

oh yea, some of them are family! It is just a great feeling after all the

hard work you put in to see your dream come true.

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travel

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.

Temple on the lake.

Bali The Island of Gods

BY MARY ETTA QUALLS

Hello there Faulkner Lifestyles

readers, so excited that it’s time

for us to travel again! This month

we are traveling to Bali, Indonesia. This

island paradise happens to be one of my

favorite places on the planet. I’ve been

fortunate to visit Bali a few times and

could write a novel about all the exotic,

beautiful and interesting experiences. I

hope you enjoy Bali as much as I do.

The Journey

Traveling to Bali is an adventure all by

itself. We fly out of Los Angeles or San

Francisco, to either Singapore or Hong

Kong, then on to Denpasar, Bali. It is

about 30 hours of flying time from

Conway to Bali, so be prepared for some

jet lag on the trip.

Our first trip to Bali was eight years ago,

and the infrastructure didn’t support

the level of tourism, so traveling by car

from place to place was a bit difficult.

However, when we were there in the fall

of 2017, there were new multi lane roads

all the way around the island. This has

helped Bali become the most popular

tourist destination in the world.

Where to Stay

The resorts in Bali are as pretty as the

pictures. There are places to stay all over

Bali from hostels, to five-star and higher

end resorts. A traditional resort has one

main open-air building for the front desk

and other administrative offices, with a

water feature across the front for fish and

plants. Stone or concrete paths lead to

each of the individual villas with orchids,

tropical flowers, incense, offerings and

statues everywhere. We typically stay

with an ocean view, as it’s cooler and,

of course, the amazing views. You

will more than likely have an outdoor

shower and can have an open-air

bathroom, with an air-conditioned

room. Bali is famous for spas and beach

massages. I try to hit the spa every

two to three days while we are there.

Cannot emphasize the incense enough,

it’s everywhere, so there is always an

amazing smell wherever you go.

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On the way to a celebration. Notice the lady’s in

background carrying offerings on their head.

Our first trip to Bali, we stayed where

Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall honeymooned

in Sanur, a traditional resort

named Tandjung sari. I’ll never forget

the first morning during breakfast on

the beach, we received a phone call at

our table. It was our Dive Op calling

to tell us our dives were canceled that

day because the island where we were

scheduled to dive had declared a Day

of Silence. Lesson learned here, it’s ok

to plan, BUT be prepared for changes in

those plans.

We hired a car and driver and dive master

and were able to travel all along the

coastline around Bali and dive the worldfamous

sites. This took us about a week,

where we were able to see rice fields,

volcanic mountains and dive the USS

Liberty wreck in the lagoon at Tulamben.

I’m not big of wreck diving, it’s usually

deep, cold and strong current. However,

we were up and in the water before

dawn to dive the USS Liberty. As the sun

came up you could see all the schools of

fish living in the protected areas of the

ship. We were leaving the area as other

divers were arriving. As long as I live, I’ll

never forget the young Balinese women

carrying not one but TWO scuba tanks

on their heads. Incredible when you

think I can’t even lift one by myself.

Ganesh statue.

On our last trip we stayed in a small

town, Candidasa, in a traditional style

resort, and I never wanted to leave. We

went diving each morning to search for

the elusive Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish).

We were successful in diving with

them on this trip. It’s another moment

I’ll never forget, it was cold with very

strong currents exactly what these large

fish prefer. Meeting a fish as large as the

Mola face to face was quite a moment.

Places to Eat

My husband and I joke about having Nasi

Goring (rice) or Mi Goring (noodles) three

times a day. It’s an Indonesian staple,

and we love it. But by no means are you

relegated to eating only rice or noodles

every day! Bali has become a place where

famous chefs vacation and never leave.

With the increased tourism from all over

the world, the sky is the limit when it

comes to cuisine.

My favorite is Chris Solans restaurant,

Mosaic, in Ubud, the cultural center of

Bali. It’s outdoor ambiance along with

amazing wine list and food presentations

make this the a truly exquisite dining experience.

He also owns a tapas bar in Ubud

called Spice, where we often stopped for

cocktails and interesting snacks.

Statue with offerings

We’ve eaten French food in a rice field,

fresh fish at Kuta beach, Babi Guling,

slow roasted pig on a spit. If you can

imagine it, you can find it to eat in Bali.

Temples and Little

Altars Everywhere

Bali is primarily Hindu, even though it

is a part of the most populated Muslim

country in the world. There are statues

everywhere, and you will literally have

to step over the offerings in the street.

Balinese don’t “go to church” like most

American’s on Sunday, they worship all

day everyday, its engrained in all they

do. If there is a celebration or religious

day, everyone is off work and attends

their temple. Some family homes are

large enough to have their own temple,

but each village generally has their own

temples for celebrations.

We have visited quite a few temples

during our travels there, but Ulun danu

“temple on the lake” is one of the most

beautiful in my opinion. This temple is

located high in the mountains, you must

wear a jacket the elevation is so high.

The place is so peaceful and beautiful.

Uluwatu “temple on the ocean” is incredible

because parts of it are under water

at high tide. This is probably the most

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Tanah Lot Temple. Perfect time to

visit, as this temple is often covered

at high tide.

View of rice fields from our porch in

Ubud. Near the Monkey Forest.

notable and visited temple in Bali. While

we were there we drank from an underground

spring and received a prayer and

blessing. We were there at low tide as

you can see from the pictures.

Around Bali

As I mentioned earlier, you must hire a

car and driver while in Bali, the new four

lane roads are great, but they generally

make it six lanes, and largest has right of

way, and there are scooters everywhere.

Cannot imagine driving there. A car and

driver are not expensive and can take

you exactly where you want to go. On

our last trip, we had a wonderful driver,

we stopped on the way home from

diving each day and bought him a soft

drink and a Kit Kat. We became friends,

and I’m sure we will use him again the

next time we are there.

One thing I find very interesting about

Bali is the markets. I have to say I was

quite intimidated by the traditional

markets on the first trip. I wasn’t very

good at negotiating a price, and if you tell

them it’s your first time to Bali and that

you are American, well, just don’t. You

can spend up to five times as much on

items if you aren’t careful. I’ve gotten to

be quite good at negotiations for pearls,

and anything else. It’s like a game with the

merchants, and they are good at it too!

If you don’t want to go to the traditional

markets, you can travel village to

village shopping. There are villages that

specialize in silver jewelry, wood carvings

or paintings. Each village will have many

shops with original pieces created by

locals. This can be a fun way to explore

as well. With the growth of tourism, there

are a lot of upscale boutiques popping up,

but we like to keep it traditional when we

are there and support the local economy

as much as possible.

Ubud

No trip is complete without a few days

in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. I

swear you can sit by a window drinking

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coffee or eat an ice cream and see the

world go by. We like to stay in a small

resort called Alam Jiwa. The resort sits

on a river just a few yards away from the

monkey forest. The open-air showers

over look rice fields, and the porch sits

over the river.

Our first trip to Bali and the Monkey

Forest was quite an experience. The

monkeys are everywhere, and will take

your things, kinda pesky really. But no

trip is complete without a trip through

the Monkey Forest.

We try to attend at least one of the dances

at the Grand Palace or other venue where

the traditional professional dancers

perform. The LeGong and Barong dances

are very beautiful. The dancers dance

with their eyes and their hands, very

exotic. The Kecak dance is a traditional

dance done by men with no music, they

get in a circle and began chanting and get

in a trancelike state. There is a fire dancer

as well. Will never forget the elderly man

who danced on fire, his bare feet were

still smoking when I went to speak to

him after the dance. Never a dull moment

that’s for sure.

Traditional Balinese home. Members

of the wife’s family reside together.

The front of our traditional

resort in Candidasa.

On our second trip to Ubud, we saw a

very large paper mache bull on a float

tied up in the middle of the street where

we were walking. We were fascinated by

the size of the bull and the vibrant colors

of the decorations. It wasn’t until our

third trip that we figured out what was


Village celebration.

Entrance to the Monkey Forest.

going on. We heard there was going to

be funeral procession in the streets and if

were invited to participate in the parade

as long as we were dressed in traditional

dress. So, we processed for about a mile

with musicians, and women carrying

offerings on their heads, and one very

tall, multi tiered parade float. We we got

to the grand palace, the pieces of the

puzzle came together for us. The multi

tiered float contained the mummified

body of a member of the royal family.

She was removed from the top of the

float and carried down and put inside

this very large black bull.

We were a part of a large crowd in a

festive atmosphere, like a sporting event

or something. They brought out big gas

torches and burned the bull. It was a

public cremation!! Hindu’s celebrate the

passing from one life to another, and the

higher in the caste system you are the

bigger the celebration. We really felt like

tourists that day. On our trip last fall,

we saw a couple of funeral processions/

celebrations. These were small family or

village ceremonies, but still a celebration

of life rather than a sad event.

I hope that you will consider this

beautiful exotic jewel the next time you

think about traveling. Until next time,

I’ll leave you with a quote from the Be

Good Tanya’s “you pass through places,

and places pass through you, but you

carry ‘em with you on the soles of your

traveling shoes.” Hope you get out your

traveling shoes and see the world.

Mummified remains at the top of this multi

layered parade float. The number of levels

determines how far up in the Caste system you

are. The body traveled through the streets of

UBUD in this float, carried by many strong men.

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truth on the go

A Place to Belong


Jesus died so we can have hope, peace, and

power, right in the middle of our ordinary days.


—Andrea Lennon

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BY ANDREA LENNON

Ruth was gleaning in the field when

a man walked up to her and began

a conversation. “Boaz said to Ruth,

‘My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and

glean in another field and don’t go away

from here. Stay here with the women

who work for me. Watch the field where

the men are harvesting, and follow along

after the women. I have told the men

not to lay a hand on you. And whenever

you are thirsty, go and get a drink from

the water jars the men have filled.’” (Ruth

2:8-9, New International Version)

It makes me smile to think of what a

“pinch me, I’m dreaming!” moment this

could have been for Ruth. She set out

that morning not knowing where to go

or what kind of response she would

receive. Would she find a field? Would

she be granted permission to glean?

Would she be safe while out in the

fields? God provided the answers. Not

only did God guide her to this certain

field, the owner himself, who provides

a picture of Jesus, chose to speak peace

into her life.

It is impossible for us to know how

Ruth was treated day-in-and-day-out

in Bethlehem. The Bible tells us she

attracted attention. She stood out

because she was a Moabite woman

living in the land of Bethlehem. As a

result, she was an outsider. The outside

is a hard and lonely place to live. It can

leave us feeling like we have to do all

the “right things” to earn acceptance.

We feel like no one thinks we’re worth

including. If nothing changes, we end

up stuck on the sidelines or tiptoeing

through life trying to go unnoticed.

come to take refuge.’” (Ruth 2:12) The

word refuge means to trust in, confide in,

and hope in.

At some point in Ruth’s life, she found

her refuge in the God of Israel. To me,

this is the most compelling aspect of

Ruth’s story. Ruth received the grace

of God!

Grace changes the direction of our lives.

It moves us from the outside to the

inside. Nothing brings more confidence

into our daily walks with God than

receiving the grace He extends to us.

At the same time, receiving grace is not

always easy because it means we have

to admit we need help.

The idea of refuge is best understood

in the context of danger. We run to a

refuge when we sense we cannot take

care of ourselves. Every person longs

for a refuge, a safe place, where we

are wanted, welcomed, and protected.

Because of sin, we are in need of a

spiritual safe place. According to the

Bible, this is found in Jesus. “Therefore,

since we have been justified through

faith, we have peace with God through

our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we

have gained access by faith into this grace

in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1-2)

The safe place for you and me is the

place of grace. It is the place where we

are protected from the consequences

of sin. Thankfully, getting to this safe

place is not dependent on us. God

works in our hearts and reveals to us

we need a Savior. We then have the

opportunity to respond in faith. (John

6:44) Faith means believing what God

said is true. At the heart of the Christian

message we find one resounding truth: God

loves you and sent His Son to die for you!

As Jesus hung on the cross, He bore the

consequences of our sin. He paid the

penalty for every wrong thought, action,

and reaction that ever happened. The

moment Jesus rose from the grave He

proclaimed victory over our sin burden

and everything that forces us to live on

the outside. When we place our faith in

Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we

experience peace with God. We are no

longer on the outside. We are included in

the family of God.

The result? We begin to live—really live!

The journey from the outside to the

inside is simple, yet profound. It is simple

enough for the smallest child to understand

yet profound enough to baffle the

brightest scholar. God sent Jesus to die

so we can truly live. Jesus died so we can

have hope, peace, and power, right in the

middle of our ordinary days. Through

one act of love, God provided a spiritual

safe place for us to belong.

If you long to move from the outside to

the inside, run to Jesus. You will find His

grace is already at work in you. Right

now, talk to Jesus and ask Him to save

you. He will! His grace will change the

direction of your life. You will know

what it means to belong because you will

be wanted, welcomed, and protected.

This column is an excerpt from Andrea’s

book On the Road with Ruth. Order your

copy at www.andrealennonministry.org

Boaz not only noticed Ruth, he also

blessed her. “‘May the Lord repay you

for what you have done. May you be

richly rewarded by the Lord, the God

of Israel, under whose wings you have

Andrea Lennon: An “on the go” kind of girl who loves Jesus, Andrea’s life

calling is to teach women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the

truth. Her passion is honest conversation about the topics that drive our

lives and how we can weather the storms through the love and power of

our Lord and His Word. Connect with Andrea at AndreaLennonMinistry.org.

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Facials: Reasons to Pamper Yourself

BY ANGELA JACKSON

Facials and spa treatments are

classic ways to pamper yourself.

From waxing to massages, these

treatments are designed to make you feel

refreshed and improve your appearance

and skin health. This is why spa procedures

are so popular. Of all the many

spa treatments, few feel as luxurious

as a professional facial. The following

benefits are just some of the reasons to

schedule a facial on a regular basis.

Professional Exfoliation

Your skin is your body’s largest organ,

and it is constantly regenerating. But

as your body sheds dead skin cells and

produces new ones, the dead cells tend

to sit on the surface. This can cause

clogged pores and other issues. A facial

can remove these cells and leave you

feeling refreshed.

Blemish Control

Facials can reduce the appearance of

acne and acne scars, leaving your skin

with a smoother appearance. If this is

your main concern, be sure to tell your

facialist.

Clean Out Blackheads

and Clogged Pores

With proper preparation and skin

softening techniques, your esthetician

will use a skilled method to gently

extract clogged pores, blackheads, and

impurities without causing harm to

your skin. People usually have a difficult

time eliminating blackheads at home

because home care products typically

only reduce clogged pores. It takes a

professional esthetician to properly

prepare and soften the skin before

manual extractions can take place safely

and most effectively.

Stress Relief

As with massage and other spa treatments,

facials are simply relaxing. You

get to lean back and let your mind drift

as someone else pampers you. And then

you can carry this feeling with you as

you walk out the door.

Anti-Aging

By taking care of your skin, you can

reduce the appearance of fine lines,

wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs

of aging. Specific facials can introduce

essential nutrients into your skin to keep

it feeling young and hydrated.

Circulation

When your skin is experiencing proper

blood flow, you look more awake and

healthy. A facial can stimulate the blood

vessels under your skin, creating this

glow. By scheduling regular facials, you

can sustain this blood flow.

At Studio Skin, we encourage our clients

to review the different facials we offer

online before coming in. Studio Skin

recommends our clients visit once

a month or at least once every two

months. Your skin is replaced every

thirty days, so it makes sense to have a

monthly facial. When you visit, we are

here to help you.

Angela Jackson, Licensed

Aesthetician, offers

microcurrent facials and

other anti aging facial

treatments at Studio SKIN

in downtown Conway.

Skin Rejuvenation

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PHOTOS BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Our Faulkner Fam: Ennis Family


Any day that nothing

is broken, there’s no

blood, and the house

doesn’t burn down is

a job well done.


—Casey Ennis

Your Names

Amanda, Casey, Grant, Ryan & Mason

Where are you from?

Amanda: Roland, AR

Casey: Junction City, LA

Now we live in Vilonia

Where do you work?

Amanda: Y107

Casey: Mitchell Williams

How did you two meet?

We worked together at K-Mart on

Rodney Parham in Little Rock.

How long have you lived in

Faulkner County?

Amanda: 19 years

Casey: 21 years

If you had to live somewhere

else in the world where would

it be?

Amanda: Any place with a beach

Casey: The mountains

Describe parenting

in one sentence:

Amanda: Parenting in this season

(pre-teens and teen) is like juggling way

too many balls at once and trying not

to drop one.

Casey: Any day that nothing is broken,

there’s no blood, and the house doesn’t

burn down is a job well done.

When you get a date night

where do you go?

Amanda: Normally a local restaurant.

We have some great choices here in

Faulkner County.

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When you shop local (for fun) what stores are

always on your list?

Amanda: I love to shop local! Linda Marie’s in Vilonia is one

of my favorite stores. They have everything from gifts, to

clothes, to shoes!

Casey: Academy and Best Buy

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

Amanda: Sports!! I love to watch my boys do their thing on

the football field, cross country track, bowling, or basketball.

We love our Vilonia Eagles for sure. When we have spare

time, we enjoy going to the movies, especially when new

Superhero movies come out. No chick flicks for this boy

mom unless I’m torturing the hubs.

What do you love most about living in this

community?

Amanda: Faulkner County is a big county with a small

town feel. Everyone knows everyone. We are BIG Vilonia

Eagles fans and love supporting our town. We live here. Go

to Church here at Friendship Baptist Church. And, I work

here. It’s fun to watch Faulkner County grow not just with

national chains but with small businesses that started as just

a dream. I’m thankful to raise my family in this great area.

Casey: I enjoy the wide variety of things to do, especially

anything outdoors.

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FROM YOUR VETERINARIAN

“Is my dog playing or fighting?”

Normal play vs. inappropriate aggression

Safe, healthy play doesn’t just

provide dogs with a good source

of exercise. It can also aid in social

development while building behavioral

flexibility and helping the dog learn to get

along with others. But rough or traumatic

interactions with inappropriate playmates

can cause emotional and physical problems.

And it can lead to aggression.

Normal Play

Normal play can include chasing, catching,

biting, growling and pouncing, which can

also occur in more serious interactions.

However, if the dogs are engaging in

safe, healthy play, these behaviors are

less intense and don’t end in injury. For

example, a dog may repeatedly pounce

high into the air in a nonaggressive manner

to get another dog’s attention.

Normal play has no winners or losers, so it

often includes equalizers, like role reversals

and self-handicapping. Role reversals

occur when the winner of the game

switches roles. For example, the game may

start with one dog as the chaser and end

with the other dog doing the chasing. Selfhandicapping

describes when dogs play at

the level of the weakest participant or put

themselves in a position of disadvantage.

“Is my dog playing … or

fighting?”

You may

have seen

an older,

larger dog

selfhandicap

by

lying on its back to allow a

How to tell the difference between normal play and

puppy to climb on it in play.

inappropriate aggression in dogs. Causes for Concern

• You don’t see role reversals and selfhandicapping.

Normal play doesn’t

Other signals that afe, healthy almost play doesn’t always just provide occur dogs with a good

source of exercise. It can also aid in social development

during normal Splay include the play

while building behavioral flexibility and helping the dog have winners or losers.

bow—the dog’s learn to get front along with paws others. are But rough on or the traumatic interactions

with inappropriate playmates can cause emotional and

• Intense and aggressive play, including

ground up to

physical

the

problems.

elbow

And

and

in some

its

cases,

rear

it can

is

lead

in

to aggression. grab and shake components.

the air—and Here’s the how play to tell the face, difference. which is an

• You see that at least one of the dogs

open, soft mouth. While it’s better to be

has its hackles up, which is often a

concerned than to tune out, if the above

sign of fear or anxiety.

signals are present in both dogs, there is

• You notice that one dog is

little cause for worry—even if the play

disengaging, while the other isn’t.

looks aggressive or if one dog is much

smaller than the other. For example, a If you see any of the above signs,

Yorkie can play with a boxer if the boxer interrupt them to give them a break.

understands how to self-handicap.

Normal play

Normal play can include chasing, catching, biting, growling

and pouncing, which can also occur in more serious interactions.

However, if the dogs are engaging in safe, healthy play,

these behaviors are less intense and don’t end in injury. For

example, a dog may repeatedly pounce high into the air in a

nonaggressive manner to get another dog’s attention.

Normal play has no winners or losers, so it often includes

equalizers, like role reversals and self-handicapping. Role reversals

occur when the winner of the game switches roles. For

example, the game may start with one dog as the chaser and

end with the other dog doing the chasing. Self-handicapping

describes when dogs play at the level of the weakest participant

or put themselves in a position of disadvantage. You may

have seen an older, larger dog self-handicap by lying on its

back to allow a puppy to climb on it in play.

Other signals that almost always occur during normal play

include the play bow—the dog’s front paws are on the ground

up to the elbow and its rear is in the air— and the play face,

which is an open, soft mouth.

Another telltale sign that play is normal

is the willingness of each dog to

continue. If one dog is walking away and

the other is relentlessly pursuing it, there

is reason to be concerned. When one

dog disengages, the other dog should as

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well—even if for a short time.

While it’s better to be concerned than to tune out, if the

above signals are present in both dogs, there is little cause for

worry—even if the play looks aggressive or if one dog is much

smaller than the other. For example, a Yorkie can play with a

boxer if the boxer understands how to self-handicap.

Another telltale sign that play is normal is the willingness of

each dog to continue. If one dog is walking away and the other

is relentlessly pursuing it, there is reason to be concerned.

When one dog disengages, the other dog should as well—even

if for a short time.

Causes for concern

ber

that normal play doesn’t have winners or losers.


shake components.


is often a sign of fear or anxiety.


If you see any of the above signs,

Your veterinarian can help!

interrupt the dogs to give them a break.

If you’re concerned about your dog’s play

behavior, talk to your veterinarian. They

can refer you to a behavior professional,

like a board-certified dog behaviorist or

a qualified dog trainer, depending on the

problem that needs to be addressed.

Your veterinarian can help!

If you’re concerned about your dog’s play behavior, let your

veterinarian know. He or she can refer you to a behavior

professional, like a board-certified veterinary behaviorist or a

qualified dog trainer, depending on the problem that needs to

be addressed.

Source: Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

SOURCE: Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

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Arkansas Advocates for Parental Equality

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and women working toward equal parental

rights in our laws and courtrooms. Started in

2015, it is part of the larger shared parenting

movement that has been making changes to

custody laws across multiple states. Some

examples of problems they seek to address

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statistic generally attributed to decreasing the

potential profits of divorce. “By making child

custody no longer a winner-take-all scenario,

all parties end up coming out ahead,” adds

Jennifer Lind of North Little Rock.

AAPE has several goals centered around

parental equality. First, they support a

rebuttable presumption that joint custody be

awarded for both temporary and permanent

custody orders. This means that equal

custody is the default judgment unless proven

otherwise. Since 2013, the law “favors”

joint custody in cases of divorce, but carries

little weight, so judgments continue to

vary significantly between courtrooms and

counties. AAPE also supports applying this

same principle to unmarried parents since the

current law gives sole custody to the mother.

Trent Reicks of Rogers notes, “With 44%

of Arkansas births to unmarried parents,

there are countless fit and willing fathers out

there who want to spend more time with

their kids, but our legal system won’t let

them.” Other platforms include protection of

non-custodial parents’ rights and visitation,

the requirement of both parents’ consent for

adoption, and guidelines to address child

support under joint visitation orders.

AAPE is currently working with local

lawmakers to introduce bills at the upcoming

2019 legislative session. More information

about the organization, it’s goals, shared

parenting, and Arkansas laws can be found

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UCA OUTREACH: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Oct. 1-24, ACT Prep Course

Offered on Mondays & Wednesday

from 6-8 p.m. on the UCA campus.

This course is for high school

students.

Oct. 2-25, Teen Coding Class

Offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays

from 6-7 p.m. on the UCA campus

in the College of Business, this class

is designed for teens to get hands-on

experience coding.

Oct. 4 - Nov. 8, Doula Training

A six week course offered on the

UCA campus in the Brewer-Hegeman

Workshop Conference Center. You

will learn the fundamentals of doula

support as well as crucial tips for

connecting with clients and other

birth professionals.

Oct. 4-25,

Website Development 101

A four-part series for beginners, business

owners and developers. Learn

how to personalize your website or

change your template. Offered at the

UCA campus in the Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center.

Oct. 4, Financing a Home Loan

Financing a home is a big step. Learn

the benefits of home ownership and

the loan program options available.

The class will take place at the Brewer-

Hegeman Conference Center on the

UCA campus. This is a free class.

Oct. 5, WLN-First Friday Coffee

Women’s Leadership Network

First Friday Coffee 9-10 a.m. at

UCA Downtown. This is a free

networking event.

Oct. 8,

Successful Product Launching:

Skincare, Haircare & More

If you dream of having your own

skincare, cosmetic or hair care line,

this class is for you! It will take place

at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference

Center on the UCA campus.

Oct. 8-29,

Cake Decorating-Phase 2

Improve your skills and make pretty

flowers, enhance your piping skills,

learn new borders and work with

royal icing! The class will take place

at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference

Center on the UCA campus.

Oct. 9

Estates, Wills, Trusts…Oh My!

This workshop will cover basic

estate planning. The class will

take place at the Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center on the UCA

campus. This is a free class.

Oct. 11 - Nov. 1, Sew Unique:

Intermediate Sewing

Go beyond zippers, buttons and

stitches! You must provide a sewing

machine. The class meets weekly on

Thursdays in the Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center on the UCA

campus.

Oct. 12, Business Protocol

Set yourself and your business apart

with these practical ways to show

respect and professionalism in the

workplace. The class will take place

at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference

Center on the UCA campus. This is

a free class.

Oct. 13, First Time Homebuyer

Planning for your future as a first time

homeowner is the focus of this course.

Anyone who will be on the mortgage

loan must attend this class. The class

will take place at the Brewer-Hegeman

Conference Center on the UCA

campus. This is a free class.

Oct. 13, Medicare 101

Learn the aspects of Medicare and

the types of plans available to you

and other Medicare beneficiaries.

This class will take place at the

Brewer-Hegeman Conference

Center. It is a free class.

Oct. 13, Date Night in Greece

Chef Brandon will send your

tastebuds on a fabulous journey with

Greek/Mediterranean cuisine. This is

a hands-on culinary class. It will be

held at UCA Downtown.

Oct. 15, Stewards of Children

The Stewards of Children training

is engaging and thought provoking.

The course is Child Abuse Prevention

Training, is free and offers a certificate

and two professional development

units. The training will be held at the

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

on the UCA campus.

Oct. 18, WLN-Self Worth

Join the Women’s Leadership

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event is free and will be held at the

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

on the UCA campus.

Oct. 20, Cubs in the Kitchen:

Spooktacular Sweets (Lil’ Cubs)

A fun, hands-on class for kids ages

3-6! This class will be held at UCA

Downtown.

Oct. 23, Thanksgiving Upgrade

A demo-style class taught by

Chef Brandon at UCA Downtown.

Oct. 23 & 25,

Intro to Bees & Beekeeping

A class taught by Midwest Master

Beekeeper members that will focus on

the principles of beekeeping, honey

bee biology, plant and pollinator

relationships and essential equipment

and requirements for raising bees.

This class is on a Tuesday & Thursday

at Brewer-Hegeman Conference

Center on the UCA campus.

Oct. 27, Camera Crash Course

Learn how to use all the buttons,

settings and accessories on your

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Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

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