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Artists & Philanthropists:
Steve & Vivian Griffith Changing Our Community One Brush Stroke at a Time
We are often asked if our love of
the outdoors drives us to capture
its beauty on canvas or whether it
is the love of painting that pushes
us to explore nature. For both of us
it is a never-ending cycle. The more
beauty we see, the more we feel
driven to paint it, and painting nature
always make us want to travel.
—Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith, Artist
BY JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
AND SUBMITTED PHOTOS
For artists and Conway residents Vivian Noe Tallman
Griffith (V. Noe) and Steve Griffith, life consists of
one artistic endeavor after another. Each is known
for creating one-of-a-kind, brilliant canvases for all walks
of life. They are also notorious for their philanthropic
Vivian and Steve have been married for 22 years. Even
their spare time is devoted to their craft. “We spend
time doing things that further our passion for art. We
enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, reading, traveling, fly
fishing, photography, and exploring historic places. All
are part of how we find inspiration for creating new art
work,” says the couple.
Vivian began taking dance and art classes
at age five and started painting professionally
in 2005. Steve is largely self-taught,
taking no formal art classes as a child. “But
I cannot remember a time when I didn’t
draw, color, or create objects with my
hands,” he says. He began selling artwork
professionally in 1997.
Both Steve and Vivian come from families
brimming with creativity. “We both
have a family background of craftsmen,
quilters, seamstresses, etc. While none
of our four children currently create
artwork as a profession, they all have
creative skills, such as writing, photography,
music, and woodworking.”
For her part, Vivian’s preferred medium
consists of mixed media works on
canvas, which include acrylics, oil,
metal leafing, and found objects. Typical
styles and subject matter include
abstraction, landscape, and figurative
works. Steve’s work is comprised of oil
on canvas, watercolor, and experimental
and 3D works. Styles and subjects
include impressionism and abstraction.
“I enjoy experimenting with acrylics,
airbrush, and assemblage work with
found objects,” says Steve. About 20
percent of their work is commission,
with the remainder being works
inspired by travel.
When asked which artist(s) they find
inspirational, Vivian and Steve respond,
“We have visited almost every gallery
and museum in the United States over
the past 22 years. While the works of
famous artists from the past are certainly
fascinating, we tend to find the most
inspiration from the working artists we
have met in our travels.”
The couple has shown their work,
together and individually, in galleries
throughout the country. “While we still
have out-of-state gallery shows from
time-to-time, we have seen a huge shift
to social media as a marketing tool.”
Indeed, their respective Instagram
feeds, @v.noe and @eye4art77, display
like a gallery wall. Canvases in varied
colors and styles scroll past to the
“One of the most fun things we have
started doing over the past few years
is setting up shows in the homes of
our collectors around the country.
Often this is a natural progression,
as their friends have asked about
their artwork and the artist. We also
hold several invitation-only shows
each year out of our home/studio in
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“Our favorite places to paint are the
Rocky Mountains, and both the Pacific
and Atlantic coastal regions. However,
we have found there is beauty all across
the United States. We are often asked
if our love of the outdoors drives us to
capture its beauty on canvas or whether
it is the love of painting that pushes us
to explore nature. For both of us it is a
never-ending cycle. The more beauty
we see, the more we feel driven to paint
it, and painting nature always make us
want to travel.”
One of the most fun things we have started
doing over the past few years is setting up shows
in the homes of our collectors around the country.
Often this is a natural progression, as their friends
have asked about their artwork and the artist.
—Steve Griffith, Artist
While Vivian and Steve enjoy parallel
careers, each maintains the individuality
of their work. “The way we influence
each other’s art the most is to encourage
experimentation with new styles and
techniques. To quote our friend and
mentor, the late Gene Hatfield, ‘Almost
anything is acceptable in art except
boring art,’” says Steve.
The talented couple does far more
than simply create and market their
work. They are known throughout the
community and beyond for using their
gifts for the greater good. “From the
beginning of our art careers, we have felt
a desire to give back to our community.
While we donate artwork to charitable
causes nationwide, our primary focus is
to raise funds via our artwork for needs
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Steve and Vivian typically host shows featuring artwork
from their travels at their home/studio within a few weeks
post-trip. “We announce show dates and times in our closed
group Facebook page: Art Adventures with V. Noe & Steve
Griffith. We also host our ‘100 for $100 each Christmas
Show,’ now in its fourteenth year, at our home studio
around the first of December.”
Readers who would like to learn more
about the art of V. Noe and Steve Griffith
can find them at the following:
Facebook: Vivian Noe Tallman Griffith
or Steve Griffith
Instagram: @v.noe or @eye4art77
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Bethlehem House enabled
me to reach my educational
goals by allowing me to
have a safe place to live and
be able to work and make
and save money. During
the approximate one-year
period I was there, I was able
to mature and also relish
in the amazing and familyoriented
came with living there.
Overcomer: Despite the Odds
BY JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
My motto is “If you believe in God, one thing’s for
sure; if you don’t aim too high, you aim too low.”
Demetrious Jordan certainly lives his mantra. The
recent University of Central Arkansas (UCA) graduate and
West Helena native took an unconventional route to earning
his degree; however, he absolutely aimed high in every regard.
His older sister, 26 “is a single mother of five little boys,”
he shares. He also has two younger brothers, 23 and 21,
who each have two children. His family remains near his
hometown. Demetrious explains his mother was diagnosed
with bipolar disorder years ago and says, “Despite this,
she has always been an amazing mother to the best of her
ability…. Everything she has ever done and continues to do
has always been in the best interest of her children. I love her
with all my heart and always have. She is still arguably the
nicest human being I have met.”
Despite a number of setbacks, Demetrious persevered and
embarked on his senior year more determined and motivated
than before. A gifted art student, he was a top artist recruit
from the eastern region of the state. “I even painted for
musician B.B. King. I designed the dictionaries and thesauruses
at my high school, Central High. The books still reside there
with my name on the back.” After much contemplation,
Demetrious decided to attend Phillips Community College,
where he remained for one year following high school.
“Where I’m from, the expectations, goals, and desires are so
low, even nonexistent, it becomes like a cancer – a depressing
but consistent leech on the environment,” he says. He believes
this causes the familial structure and the area itself to become
stagnant, never reaching its potential. Demetrious’ goal was to
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not become a statistic or stereotype. “In fact, I plan to prove others
who look like me and/or come from the same background can
be successful without selling or using drugs, without necessarily
rapping or making violent and hateful music, and even without
being great at sports. I want to emphasize and magnify the
importance of education and how far it can take you….”
“After a year, I decided the environment and support system
surrounding me wasn’t what it should have been and spontaneously
decided to move. When I first came to Conway, I didn’t tell
anyone where I lived for more than a year. I didn’t tell anyone
because I didn’t want any distractions or derailment from my goal
of succeeding; I was on a mission,” says Demetrious.
He lived with a friend and his mother, and began working a night
shift at Kimberly Clark. “I rode a bike and walked six miles to work
every other day. I loved it.” Unfortunately, due to an auto accident
and its resulting outcome, Demetrious found himself without a
place to live. “This was the darkest time of my life. At the time, I
thought it was the end of my life as well,” he says. He found help
from a friend from the gym and his grandmother, who offered a
temporary residence. “They helped me apply at a couple of places
to live, one being Bethlehem House.”
“I moved into Bethlehem House in January 2014 and lived there
until March 2015….While there, I focused on saving money and
building and gaining everyday needed resources, such as my
driver’s permit and driver’s license,” Demetrious explains. “I felt
like the happiest being on Earth. I felt like I had been accepted into
college. While there, I met and was a Christmas angel for Mrs.
Jennifer Harrison of First Security Bank and her son! They were
amazing to me and treated me to an unbelievable and unforgettable
Christmas. While living there and working, I was also able to
buy my first car and eventually move into my first apartment.”
By January 2015, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas
Community College Morrilton (UACCM), which he attended
through December 2016 when he graduated with honors. “I still
felt like I had something to prove, so I didn’t tell anyone about the
graduation. I had strangers record me walking across the stage…. I
didn’t tell any family or friends…. I cried driving home that night; I
felt alone. I was alone. I promised I’d tell everyone when I graduated
with my bachelors. And that’s what I did two years later.”
Demetrious with UCA
President, Houston Davis
“Bethlehem House enabled me to reach my educational goals by
allowing me to have a safe place to live and be able to work, and
make and save money. During the approximate one-year period I
was there, I was able to mature and also relish in the amazing and
family-oriented environment that came with living there.”
Demetrious began focusing on his next goal, which was
earning his bachelor’s degree. He enrolled at UCA in January
2017 and worked while earning his degree; at some points he
worked multiple jobs but ended up with First Security Bank.
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collapsed in her arms. She didn’t know all the reasons I was
crying so hard. No one did….And that’s the picture that
went viral on social media,” says Demetrious.
He graduated from UCA Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor
of Arts in Psychology in December 2018.
“I stayed focused because I perceived everything as an
adventure. I have never panicked under pressure. Ever,” he says.
Despite a litany of traumatic experiences in his life, Demetrious
remained positive. “My mindset was and still is that….whatever
I was experiencing at the time was also something that didn’t
kill me and that would eventually pass, so why not make the
most of it and accept the challenge while it’s happening? For
me, the key to succeeding and excelling in life despite ‘difficult
circumstances’ or ‘trials and tribulations’ are two things.
Have faith in the Most High…. with the combination of hard
work and great intentions, He will see you through and make
it happen. The second is extremely important as well and
that is to have a ruling class mentality…. This means regardless
of your start in life: disadvantages, setbacks, losses, and/
or traumatizing experiences, blame no one. The mindset of
ruling class mentality means being driven to make something
happen and achieve something on your own without looking
for handouts or excuses along the way. Just make it happen,
period. Either you have that hunger and undeniable determination,
or you don’t,” Demetrious says.
Demetrious remains employed with First Security Bank. “I’m
what you call a floating teller. I go to different locations within the
Conway vicinity weekly and help out as a teller. I make withdrawals
and deposits, cash checks, and process loan payments
among a multitude of other things, while strategically and
carefully monitoring for any signs of irregularities,” he explains.
Demetrious was the first person in his entire family – immediate
and extended – to graduate from college.
“Mrs. Judi Lively, executive director of Bethlehem House, texted
me ‘Happy graduation eve!’ the night before graduation. The
next morning, she was the very first person to message me
saying, ‘Here to support you today. Extremely proud!!’ She
doesn’t know she was the first person. She also doesn’t know
that when she sent the message, I cried backstage right before
taking a picture with UCA President Houston Davis.”
“I had so much support this time around. It was overwhelming.
My cousins, friends, brothers, and sister all
came to graduation. It felt like three different lives I lived
came together that day. It felt surreal. Following graduation,
outside the building, Mom tapped my shoulder from behind
and for some reason I knew it was her. I turned around and
He has big goals. “I think nonstop about how to continue
to better myself not only as a person but as a role model.”
Demetrious made the conscious decision to cease certain
destructive behaviors as early as age eight. He knows how to
achieve what he sets his mind to. “As of today, as a 24-yearold,
I have remained on the right path to continue these
personal vows and goals by acting and leading by example.”
He plans to begin graduate school in 2020; he will study
social work in an effort to become a licensed psychiatrist/
therapist. He also aspires to be a motivational speaker. His
story has garnered the attention of several media outlets, and
he plans to continue this momentum by sharing his story on
a bigger platform. “Stay tuned!” he says.
Demetrious adds, “Life is funny and interesting at the same
time…. If my story isn’t a testimony and a reminder of what God
can do for your life, I will never know what is. God is so good.”
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PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
wasn’t entirely sure what to expect
when I walked through the door, but
this was not it. I had imagined a few
women gathered around folding tables
engaged in friendly chit chat, their hands
occupied, some quiet music in the
Instead, I can hear the fervor of their
activity before the door even swings
open. And first up behind that door is
Linda Fullerton, the leader of this pack
of committed workers. Her energy and
passion for the group is evident from the
first word she speaks.
“Come on in! It’s a bit loud, but you get
used to it,” Linda smiles. “We have 20
or so ladies here today, but sometimes
we have 30 or more.” Peeking through
the window to the fellowship hall of
Four Winds Church, I can see women
working at different stations around the
room. Some are polishing bits of broken
china, others are bent over loud equipment,
grinding the edges of the pieces,
some are packaging finished necklaces.
Breanne McClendon, new executive
director of Conway Women’s Shelter
The Volunteer-led Broken China Project Lends
Support to the Conway Women‘s Shelter
The group gathered here is made up
entirely of volunteers — mostly retired,
with their average age around 70 — and
they come together weekly, 50 weeks
out of the year, to create jewelry from
broken plates. They then sell the
jewelry at craft shows, conferences and
boutiques, mostly around Arkansas but
sometimes outside of the state.
The Broken China Project was started
about twelve years ago as an idea
from a board member at the Conway
Women’s Shelter. “She wanted it to do
a fundraising project – at the time they
were just trying to make enough money
so that the ladies at the shelter could get
together and do something fun one night
a week,” Linda explains.
Linda, a retired school counselor who
had just gone through training as a
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shelter volunteer, found herself working on the jewelry one
afternoon with the then Executive Director. “She asked me if
I would consider taking on the project so that the paid staff
could focus on their other duties. And I told her ‘Sure!’”
And now, more than a decade later, the idea for a small
fundraiser has turned into a consistent form of revenue for the
Conway Women’s Shelter. But if you ask Linda, the money
isn’t the only reason they do this. “I don’t have a clue how
much money we bring in and really, none of us care. We love
what we do and have made so many friends here.”
Jane Martin, who joined the project shortly after Linda, also
speaks of the comradery amongst the volunteers: “My favorite
part of this group is the women. We laugh, cry, fuss, have a
good time. And we get the work done because ultimately, it’s
about the mission. It’s so rewarding to see the women in the
shelter benefit from our work.”
And benefit they do – according to Breanne McClendon,
the new Executive Director of the Shelter, this self-led group
contributes around 15% of the organization’s annual budget.
“Through the work of these ladies we’ve been able to fund
programming and provide additional resources for the women
in the shelter. But beyond the financial aspect, the ladies also
help spread awareness.”
Breanne, who joined the organization in January, says that
she gets a lot of communication from people saying that they
heard about the shelter at a craft fair or women’s event where
the Broken China Project volunteers were selling jewelry.
For an organization whose mission requires a great deal of
confidentiality, awareness is actually something much needed.
“With domestic violence there is a sense of secrecy and
privacy — we need to keep our location safe, but we also need
to bring more awareness to domestic violence and get the
community involved in helping support these people. So, it’s
about finding a balance.”
The Conway Women’s Shelter is a dual program, providing
a safe space for those escaping abusive situations, but also
operating a hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault,
which receives calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They can house 25 women, men and children at any one time,
and on more days than not, the shelter is at capacity. In the
instance where they are full, but they receive a call for help,
they work with other domestic violence shelters around the
state to find placement. Once a person becomes a resident in
the shelter, the staff work with them to provide counseling,
support and assistance in establishing an individualized plan
for moving forward.
Breanne knows from her work how essential all these systems
of support are. “The thing about domestic violence is that it
doesn’t discriminate — 1 in 4 women will experience it at
some point in their lifetime. It does not care what color you
are or how much money you make. And it can have a lasting
impact on generations of families. I really want to help break
the stigma of domestic violence.”
And as she speaks, behind us in a brightly lit multi-purpose
room a group of mostly retired women are helping her to do
just that. By taking bits of fragmented pottery, attending to
them with care and love, the ladies of the Broken China Project
are showing how something once broken can be repurposed
into something beautiful, meaningful — whole.
Linda — who has shepherded this group of onceinexperienced
jewelry-makers year after year — looks back
on her many years as a teacher and counselor: “I see how my
experience works with this project and these ladies. I want
everybody to know they can do something, they can be
While the purpose of the project is to support the Conway
Women’s Shelter, Breanne said she and the volunteers also
get so much out of it. “Every time I come in here its’ such a
joy for me – they are so excited to be working. They tell their
husbands that they are going to ‘therapy’,” she laughs. “But
truly, there’s a sense of ownership and pride in what they are
doing. I love to watch them work — to see their commitment
to the shelter and what they do — it’s beyond amazing.”
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Volunteers (no experience needed!)
are always welcome to join the
Broken China Project. Contact
Linda Fullerton at (501) 514-5022.
Donate unwanted dishes—whole sets or
individual pieces—to be turned into jewelry.
A vital current need is trained mental health
support volunteers to work with the residents.
Childcare volunteers are needed
to assist with residents’ children.
Donations of clothing, toiletries and
start-up housing items are always in demand.
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the shelter up and running 365 days a year.
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Artist, Jessica Jones
Pursuing Her Passion
BY JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
So often we are told that we have to
pursue careers and not passion, unless
we have an innate talent. What I have
found as a greater catalyst of success
is hard work and a willingness to take
risks to pursue what you love.
—Jessica Jones, Artist
Conway artist and resident Jessica Jones has drawn,
painted, and generally been creative her entire life. “I
used to love drawing horses as a little girl and often
drew with charcoal and painted with watercolors,” she says.
Jessica’s work includes installations, murals, and canvases.
“I have also done some illustration work and sign painting
and have worked alongside graphic designers for logo
concepts,” she says.
Though a lifelong artist, she recently began pursuing art as a
full-time career. “I started doing some small art commissions on
the side about three years ago, when I was a full-time stayat-home
mom. I took art on full-time two years ago after the
sudden and unexpected death of my husband. I wanted to make
an effort to provide for my family while pursuing my passion.”
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She is certainly making a splash on the
art scene in Faulkner County and the
surrounding areas. “The majority of
the work I do is in Conway, but I have
done work in Little Rock and hope to
someday paint pieces globally,” she
says. Odds are, if you’ve driven around
Conway, you have seen Jessica’s work.
In fact, she is currently painting a large
floral mural in front of The Brick Room
on Front Street in downtown Conway.
When asked about some of her more
interesting “canvases,” she says, “I do
have a mural in one hair salon and a
paper flower installation in another.
I painted a drain in front of David’s
Burgers at Bass Pro Shops in Little
Rock. I also painted the cutest little rain
barrel at WunderHaus.”
Artistic talent runs in Jessica’s family. Her
mother paints with acrylics in her spare
time. “Both of my children love to be
creative and often will create their own
pieces while I work on mine,” she shares.
As for which artists most interest her,
Jessica says, “I have always admired
Georgia O’Keeffe. Some modern mural
artists I admire are Ouizi and Faith47.”
Murals are her most requested service,
and about 80 percent of her work is
commissioned. However, she adds, “I
oftentimes have a lot of creative freedom
in those commissions.”
Largely self-taught, Jessica credits “music,
simple inspirations from nature, and other
artists” for inspiring her creatively. As
for marketing her services and work, she
says, “Social media plays a huge role in
promotion and networking for commissions.
Visual platforms like Instagram are
critical for freelance artists.” Indeed, one
can find Jessica on her website, www.
ArtByJessicaJones.com, or by following
her on Facebook at Art by Jessica Jones,
or on Instagram @jessicasjonesin.
Regarding projects on the horizon,
Jessica plans for a launch party to debut
her newest mural. “I will also host
some community art projects at the
upcoming WunderHaus markets,” she
says. Beyond that, she will continually
create beautiful work.
“I want people to always feel empowered
by their dreams and vision, not
defeated by them. So often we are told
that we have to pursue careers and not
passion, unless we have an innate talent.
What I have found as a greater catalyst
of success is hard work and a willingness
to take risks to pursue what you love.”
BY JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
In Kinsey Baker’s case, the art student
grew up to be the art teacher! Kinsey
instructs art at Conway’s Julia Lee
Moore Elementary School and loves
inspiring her student’s artistic minds.
The daughter of Ken and Denise Moorehead
and mom to Skylar, Kinsey is a
Conway native who also attended the
University of Central Arkansas. An art
educator for six years, she has enjoyed
the opportunity to teach at almost every
grade level. She has been with Julia Lee
Moore for three years and especially
enjoys working with elementary
Kinsey comes from a creative family.
“My Dad is a musician and former
band director. I also play several instruments,
but visual art was always my
‘escape’ and my most effective means
of expressing myself. I was a pretty
introverted child, so visual art allowed
me to showcase my talent without being
in the spotlight,” she shares.
Art teacher, Kinsey Baker
The best teachers show students the way
and make them believe they can get there.
—Kinsey Baker, Art Teacher
Her pastimes were inventive from the
beginning. “I have been drawing and
painting since I could hold a pencil.
My Mom entered my work into many
local shows. I remember feeling so
excited to receive blue ribbons from the
Faulkner County Fair! I was also blessed
that some amazing local artists took an
interest in me early in life. Sheila Parsons
gave me private lessons. Being in close
contact with successful artists empowered
me to take my talent seriously from
a young age and to continue pursuing it
as I grew older,” she says.
As for her own teaching methods,
Kinsey often uses choice-based art
teaching, which her kindergarten through
fourth grade students enjoy. “Basically,
I present students with a scenario or
‘problem’ they address with their own
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choice of imagery and materials. It allows students to express
and showcase their creativity. Also, giving them choices helps
keep them intrinsically motivated and encourages them to take
true ownership of their work. It also helps them to see there is
more than one way to solve a problem,” she says.
As for recent student projects, Kinsey says, “My third graders
have been working on one-point perspective. We have
discussed how math and art are related and have worked on
using right angles in our work. Last week a child said, ‘Math
and angles make sense to me now!’ That was a big ‘win’ for
me that day! I try to help my students develop their work ethic
and craftsmanship as well. Because I only see them once a
week, some projects may span over a month. Helping them
see the importance of sticking with a project to completion is a
huge part of my job. Perseverance with their work is a skill that
will help them in every area of life.”
Of course, teaching elementary age students has its comedic
moments. “When I was about 32 weeks pregnant with my
daughter, I was in front of the class teaching about color
patterns. I prepared some visuals to help them understand
and was running back and forth with large pieces of colored
paper to explain how a pattern repeats. After I was done, I
asked if they had any questions. A fifth grader in the front row
raised his hand and said, ‘I just want you to know that if you
fall, and that baby pops out, I am not catching it!’” Of course,
that caused an uproar of laughter. I don’t remember how I
recovered from that statement, but it sure was funny!”
A more sentimental memory is from her time at Conway
High School. “A group of senior students threw me a going
away party, complete with gift cards and notes expressing
how much my class meant to them and made their senior
year more fun. I have those notes framed in my current
classroom. They help remind me that at the end of the day,
it’s all about changing students’ lives for the better.”
Outside the classroom, Kinsey works on personal art.
“I enjoy large-scale acrylic painting and am working on
a couple of projects right now. My favorite imagery is
nature inspired.” When asked what advice she would offer
a young person who wanted to become an art teacher,
she encourages an openness to various artistic styles. “Try
to work in as many mediums as possible, so you have a
wide base of content knowledge. Also, volunteer in church
youth groups or with nonprofit youth organizations, so
you are comfortable around kids. You can be an incredibly
talented and successful artist, but if you do not know how
to communicate with, inspire, and instill confidence in your
students, you will not be nearly as effective a teacher. The
best teachers show students the way and make them believe
they can get there.”
Kinsey believes the arts are important to overall student
education by helping them think independently, develop
opinions, and express themselves creatively. “These skills
are important for all students, no matter what career they
pursue. Also, the arts give some students a safe place to
shine. Not all kids enjoy being in the spotlight but still need
an outlet they can feel confident in.”
Kinsey adds, “I love working in a school district where the
arts are supported and encouraged! My job isn’t easy, but it
is fun and never, ever boring!”
Amanda Horton, Director of
Reynolds Performance Hall
Arts to the Community
BY: JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
Amanda Horton serves as Director of Donald W. Reynolds
Performance Hall (Reynolds) on the University of
Central Arkansas (UCA) campus. Under her leadership,
the venue has experienced increased growth and an influx of
world-class shows right here in Conway. The 1200 seat theater
features an annual performing arts series with nationally and
internationally acclaimed professional artists.
Amanda is married to Randy, and her children include
daughter Emla, 17; son John William, 14; step-son Jake, 23;
Ginger the yorkie, nine; Sammy the cat, seven; and Neville
the maltipoo, two. She became Director of Reynolds in
June of 2013.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in
Speech Communication from UCA and her Master of Arts in
Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Being a UCA alumni
led to her interest in the role. “I was also very attracted to
Reynolds Performance Hall. I knew the former Director and
had high regard for the programming Reynolds delivered to
the campus and community,” she shares.
UCA consistently presents students and the community
with opportunities to patron the arts. “We offer student
musical and theatrical productions, a professional theatre
company in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway
Symphony Orchestra, and the performing arts series at
Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of these
performance types, but not one has all,” says Amanda.
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During her first year as Director, Amanda was selected to
Leadership Arkansas, a program through the Arkansas State
Chamber of Commerce. “We completed goal development
and strategy training, and the program challenged me to write
out my goals and create an implementation plan. I believe this
helped immensely with execution and success,” she says. Her
goals included audience growth and development, personal
community involvement, the formation of a Reynolds advocacy
group, and the creation of a preschool through twelfth
grade performance series.
In an effort to meet her growth and development goal, Amanda
transferred her Kiwanis membership to Conway and joined the
Conway Alliance for the Arts. She is the current President-Elect
of the Kiwanis Club. “Both groups enhance our community
through service projects such as the Conway Arts Fest, Conway
Arts Awards, Toad Suck Daze Run, and Pancake Days.”
“I also took Reynolds into the community; we set up
informational booths at business expos, teacher breakfasts,
senior expos, local festivals, and other events where potential
patrons gather. I believe to get people to Reynolds, we have to
immerse ourselves in the community.”
Amanda also implemented the Reynolds Community Council
to create a community advocacy group for the venue. “The
Council is comprised of patrons, donors, alumni, and media
partners that use their influence and affluence to further
Reynolds Performance Hall goals and to help ensure future
success. The council provides consultation and support….both
on campus and off and promotes a positive image and good
relations with students, alumni, community partners, and the
UCA campus, as well as with the state, region, and nation. This
group has been extremely successful in fundraising and has
been a vital part of our Main Stage Education Series success.”
The Main Stage Education Series was also integral to Amanda’s
goals for the venue. “In the first year of programming, I added
family friendly shows to help plant seeds for future arts patrons.
We have presented programs such as Flat Stanley, Rudolph the
Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. From
this, we expanded our offerings with the Main Stage Education
Series.” Amanda considers the implementation of the series
among her biggest accomplishments at Reynolds to date.
The series, founded in 2015, provides performing arts access
for school-aged children in Central Arkansas. “All shows
are designed to ignite children’s imagination, enhance their
learning experience, and reinforce educational curriculum.
They are performed by national and international touring,
professional artists,” she says. Examples of the diverse program
offerings include Charlotte’s Web, Cirque Zuma Zuma, The
Rosa Parks Story, and The Science of Magic.
Shows are scheduled during the school day to accommodate
field trips. “For many students, this is the first experience with a
live theatre production. Many districts we serve have a lowincome
student level of 50 percent or more. We work diligently
to raise money for the program to keep student ticket prices
minimal. Our mission is to make sure no child is turned away
from the theatre because of an inability to pay. We also created a
social story tool for children with disabilities to help ensure they
are comfortable when attending performances,” says Amanda.
In addition, each show includes an educational component
that correlates directly to curriculum. Prior to a performance,
teachers are provided with study guides they can incorporate
into the classroom. This helps students receive the full instructive
benefit of the experience. While UCA helped fund the first
two years of the series, Amanda and company have raised
100 percent of the program’s funds since that time through
We offer student musical and theatrical
productions, a professional theatre company in
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway Symphony
Orchestra, and the performing arts series at
Reynolds. Many colleges in Arkansas have some of
these performance types, but not one has all .
sponsorships, private donations, grants,
and ticket sales. “Children who visit our
hall with such excitement inspire us to
work fervently to ensure this program
not only continues but flourishes.” In
its first year, the Main Stage Education
Series served 5,000 students. Last year,
the program drew 10,000 students and
over 40 schools and is on pace to see
12,000 students this academic year.
Indeed, last year Reynolds had record
breaking attendance numbers and 11 sold
out performances. Over the last five years
of Amanda’s time as Director, ticket sales
increased by 25 percent. “I contribute this
success to selecting performances that
engage both our student population and
our community. I also strive to provide
a range of offerings such as The Blue
Man Group, Bill Nye the Science Guy,
Mamma Mia, Straight No Chaser, Disney
in Concert, and Buddy Guy. Patrons drive
from all over the state and region to see
world-class entertainment options. These
ticket holders stay in our hotels, eat at our
restaurants, and shop at our retail stores.
I’m proud to offer a performing arts series
that not only contributes financially to
our university but also to our city.”
Reynolds keeps UCA student ticket
fees minimal. “This exposes them to
professional, award winning national and
international touring artists throughout
their college years. They can attend
Broadway shows like Chicago or see
multi-Grammy award winning artists like
Buddy Guy for only ten dollars. This adds
a wonderful benefit to their college experience.
We also try to include direct artist
exposure opportunities for students.”
Reynolds’ upcoming season, its
twentieth, promises big surprises. “You
can learn more on May 13 when we
announce our season,” Amanda says. She
credits the staff and crew at Reynolds
as being integral to its success, adding,
“We bring in amazing performances
at Reynolds with a very limited crew.
We have seven full-time employees,
and I depend heavily on each of them.
We would not have such a successful
operation if it wasn’t for our outstanding
team of employees who give their best
every day. We also have amazing student
workers and community volunteers who
serve in various roles.”
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CHS drama department
Newsies Comes to Conway
BY AJ SPIRIDIGLIOZZI
PHOTOS BY MAGGIE RISLEY, STUDENT
PHOTOGRAPHER, CONWAY HIGH SCHOOL
What do you do with one 110
musical theatre students on a
40 foot stage? No, this is not
a joke. This is a question that the other
faculty directors and I have been asking
ourselves since December.
One hundred and ten kids were cast for
our spring musical, Newsies, a fastpaced
and fun historically fictionalized
telling of the Newsboy Strike of 1899
that took place in New York City. Once
on Broadway, Newsies has garnered a
lot of fandom, especially with a filmed
production of that show being on
Netflix for more than a year. Though
now off Netflix, the Newsies craze still
To many, it was just as strong before
the Broadway production. It was
originally a Disney film that starred
Christian Bale (Batman… the good one
before Ben Affleck took over) and that
gathered a cult following soon after
it became available to rent at video
stores… yes, those were once a thing.
Let’s fast forward to March. Opening
night is less than a month away, and
we have figured out (for the most part)
what to do with all of these talented
kids. The key is to gather an all-star
team of directors whose passion for the
arts is as large as the number of kids in
Kayla White heads music direction
for the show. Her team is made up of
fellow talented music professionals
Patty Oeste and Sam Huskey. Our
school is proud of our live pit orchestra
made up primarily of band and
orchestra students and directed by the
wonderful Robin Ratliff. That beautiful
music they create makes it fun for our
talented dancers to give life and energy
to the show.
The choreography is masterfully
done by Olivia Stephens, with the
help of Samantha Kordsmeier. Olivia,
a professional dance instructor and
owner of Broadway Dance Academy
at Red Curtain Theatre creates professional
level choreography in a fun
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So now we have talented actors,
singers, and dancers. All they need is
costumes. However, costuming that
many students is no small feat. Kara
Branscum and Casey Griffith take
every performance to the next level
by transporting our students into late
nineteenth century New York City.
That seems like an amazing group of
people, and IT IS!! But wait, there’s
more! Students play an imperative role
in the show but behind the stage. There
they get a chance to play a leadership
role and help the show run smoothly.
Every year we have a student director,
stage managers, a stage crew, student
light operators, costume workers, and
makeup artists. All these students and
teachers assembled is a team equal to the
Avengers or Justice League.
Of course the heart and soul of every
performance done at Conway High
School are the students. They are
what matter most and are the true
stars. I am always blown away by
the amount of talented young adults
that we have in our community, both
on stage and behind it. Not only can
these students perform, they have to
balance the responsibilities of rehearsal
along with school, family life, friends,
and for some, jobs. We are all very
excited about the cast, and what each
performer brings to his/her role.
Now is the time to seize the day! We
hope you join us!
Once on Broadway,
Newsies has garnered a
lot of fandom, especially
with a filmed production of
that show being on Netflix
for more than a year.
Thursday, April 18th 7pm
Friday, April 19th
1pm (no school that day)
Saturday, April 20th
1pm and 7pm
Tickets are $5 for students
(4 years through 12th grade) and
Conway Public School employees,
and $10 for adults.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
All performances will be held at the
James H. Clark Auditorium on the
Conway High School campus.
AJ Spiridigliozzi, Director
Conway High School Musical
How long have you been in business
in Faulkner County? I have been a Realtor
for 23 years!
What do you love most about your
business and why? The thing that I love
most about being in real estate is the
connection that I have with my clients,
the relationship that I have built with my
fellow colleagues, and the joy that I have
from getting to work in a career that I
truly enjoy each and every day.
What are some of the latest trends in your
industry? The “latest trends” in the real
estate industry have changed over the
years. The most recent trend is the use
of social media outlets and innovative
technology. I will say though, the trend
that I feel that is timeless is word of
mouth referrals. This trend has stayed
true since the day I started in real estate.
PHOTO BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
REALTOR, Coldwell Banker RPM Group-Conway
609 Locust Ave, Conway
What sets you apart from other businesses
in your industry? The thing that
sets me apart from others is the many
years of concentrated and unique
learning that has grown my knowledge
of the business. Each year, I attend the
National Association Annual Meetings
in November, and National Association
Mid-Year Legislative Meetings in DC. By
attending these, it allows me to network
with other agents all over the country. I
have many years of experience and I also
strive to have a professional perspective.
Selling a home is about providing the
client with the tools to visualize the
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property as their new home. In order to make that vision
possible, I hire a professional photographer for my listings. I
provide personalized service to all buyers and sellers. Building
relationships with my clients and being able to work with
many of them multiple times, throughout my career, is a true
blessing. When working with my clients, I love taking their
dreams and helping make them a reality. I am not satisfied
until my clients are satisfied!
How are you involved in your community/county? I love
giving back and investing in our community. I am on the
Board of Directors for Haven, active in the Wampus Cat
Baseball Parent Association, Wampus Cat Booster Club,
Conway Chamber, and participate in many community
events throughout the year. I enjoy reading to the students at
different elementary schools, supporting local organizations
and participating in community projects.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee for Faulkner County Board of Realtors
2019 Director for Faulkner Co Board of Realtors
2018 President Arkansas Realtors
Past President of Faulkner County Board of Realtors
Serving on State Committees
Serving on Professional Standards Committee
for the National Association of Realtors
Diamond Award Level 2018
Board of Directors for HAVEN
Life Member National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.
What plans do you have for the future? I plan to continue
to grow my business, continue being active in Local, State,
and National Association of Realtors as well as travel more
with my husband and family, which includes husband Barry,
daughters Elisabeth and Catherine, and granddaughter Zoe.
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Your Dog‘s Physical
for (and hoping not to find).
Just what is the
for when they stare
and gently push, pull
and poke your dog
during a visit? Here‘s
a breakdown of the
major body systems
out and what they
are looking for (and
hoping not to find).
Your dog’s physical exam
Just what is the veterinarian looking for when they stare and gently
not to find).
they’re checking out and what they’re looking
EYES: signs of
EYES: disease; signs discharge of
disease; or tearing; discharge abnormal
or movement tearing; abnormal
movement reaction to light or
reaction to light
MOUTH: signs of
MOUTH: periodontal signs disease of
periodontal in teeth and disease gums;
in bad teeth breath and gums;
bad breath LYMPH NODES
LYMPH AND THYROID NODES
GLANDS: THYROID any
GLANDS: irregularities any or
irregularities changes in size or
changes in size
EARS: signs of ear infection
EARS: (pain, tenderness, signs of ear redness, infection
(pain, swelling, tenderness, “yeasty” smell, redness, and
swelling, discharge); “yeasty” mites smell, and
HEART: Weak or abnormal
HEART: heart sounds; Weak an or abnormally fast
heart or slow sounds; rate; irregular an abnormally beats fast
or slow rate; irregular beats
LUNGS: crackling, wheezing, or other
crackling, abnormal or lung other sounds
abnormal lung sounds
LEGS: limited range of motion in all limbs; signs
LEGS: of pain or limited discomfort; range of grinding motion sound in all limbs; in joints signs
of pain or discomfort; grinding sound in joints
ABDOMEN: any irregularities in
ABDOMEN: the margins of any the irregularities liver, spleen, in
the kidneys, margins and of bladder; the liver, masses spleen, or
kidneys, tumors; thickened and bladder; intestines masses or
tumors; thickened intestines
BASE OF TAIL:
BASE any abscesses; OF TAIL:
any abnormalities abscesses; in anal
abnormalities glands; fecal mats; in anal
glands; evidence fecal of soft mats; stools;
evidence growths; parasites, of soft stools; like
growths; tapeworm parasites, segments like
tapeworm and flea dirt segments
and flea dirt
COAT, SKIN, AND NAILS: poor overall quality of coat; lumps and bumps;
rashes; COAT, SKIN, areas of AND hair NAILS: loss or excessive poor overall dander; quality matted of coat; or lumps saliva-stained and bumps; fur;
rashes; fleas or areas ticks; callouses; of hair loss overgrown or excessive or ingrown dander; matted toenails; or dehydration saliva-stained fur;
fleas or ticks; callouses; overgrown or ingrown toenails; dehydration
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BY LEAH ASHBY AND LINDA MARS
PHOTOS BY BRANDY-STRAIN-DAYER
Thanks to our friends, Katherine Brooks, Paige Revis
and Lisa Winbourne for making batches of deviled
eggs and sharing their own personal touches.
Deviled eggs are a Southern staple,
and many kitchens have deviled egg
plates that are family heirlooms. Just
the sight of a deviled egg plate evokes
memories of Sundays in the South.
Deviled eggs are a classic recipe that are perfect for the
Easter holiday. They are easy to make and compliment
most any meal. Also, with just a few drops of food
coloring, you can turn basic deviled eggs into pastel delights
that both adults and children will devour.
Deviled eggs are a Southern staple, and many kitchens have
deviled egg plates that are family heirlooms. Just the sight
of a deviled egg plate evokes memories of Sundays in the
South. If you don’t own one, be on the lookout at Jenifer’s
Antiques for unique, vintage styles.
We reached out to friends and asked for their faithful
deviled egg recipes and found that most did not have
a written recipe. Paige Revis shared her mother, Sherry
Grisham’s, recipe that she has used for many years. Mrs.
Grisham received the deviled egg plate she still uses today
as a wedding gift in 1962. For delicious deviled eggs, just
follow this basic recipe and add your favorite toppings.
6 hard-boiled eggs
¼ cup (or so) Hellmann’s mayonnaise
1/8 cup (or so) French’s Dijon mustard
2 drops Lea & Perrin’s
Salt and pepper, to taste – salt is the
Paprika – sprinkle on top “like you cared
Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove
and rice yolks to a bowl, and place the
whites on a serving platter.
Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt,
and pepper to the yolks and mix well.
Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture into the
Top with your favorite toppings.
Capers and cherry tomatoes
Bacon and avocado
Dill pickles with fresh dill
Boiled shrimp and fresh dill
For a modern twist on deviled eggs, try
this recipe at your next party, potluck
2 large avocados, mashed
6 hard-boiled eggs
1 teaspoon cilantro
3 teaspoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon red onion
A pinch of salt and pepper
Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove
and mash egg yolks. Place the whites
on a serving platter.
Combine mashed avocados and egg
Add the cilantro, lime juice, red onion,
salt and pepper.
Evenly disperse the mixture into the egg
Top with chopped, crisp bacon and a
sprinkle of paprika.
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Conway residents Leah Ashby and Linda Mars
are longtime friends who love entertaining family
and friends. Leah is a business analyst at Acxiom
Corporation, and Linda is a registered nurse at Circle
of Friends Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee
ARPAC Crystal R
2018 President Arkansas Realtors
CRS,GRLA, ABR, GRI, SRES,
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Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting Award Winners
Outstanding Large Employer
Dr. Terry Fiddler
Conway Cradle Care
Yours Truly Consignment
of the Year
Young Business Leader
of the Year
of the Year
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Oxygen is suggested to strengthen
skin’s elasticity and help
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as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles,
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Many people who experience the nonsurgical
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The Oxygenating Trio Facial is a 3-step
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This treatment is ideal two to three days
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The oxygenating facial includes lactic
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This business has been in our
family for over 60 years. My
father Roy started our business
in Clinton and now Brooke
wants to see it continue.
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Marty Lefler & Brooke Ludford, Owners
1114 Oak St. Conway AR 72032
Mon-Fri: 10-6; Sat: 10-5:30; Sun: Closed
How long have you been in business in Faulkner County?
Opened in this same location in 1958
What do you love most about your business and
why? First, the interaction with people. You must be a
people person to love this business. We look forward to
relationships with our returning customers and building
relationships with new customers for the very first time.
How has your business changed/evolved over time?
Another reason that we love this business is that change
is built into the business model. We totally change each
season. Also, changes in the industry happen more
frequently each year. Over time we have changed to a larger
mix of accessories along with apparel.
How are you involved in your community/county?
We are focusing on women’s support like the Women’s
Shelter of Central Arkansas and similar groups.
What do you love most about being a business owner in
Faulkner County? It’s a wonderful place to live and we also
enjoy the relationships with other small business owner/
Who is/was your inspiration for owning a business and
why? This business has been in our family for over 60 years.
My father Roy started our business in Clinton and now
Brooke wants to see it continue.
What plans do you have for the future? We are implementing
new software to better manage sales and inventory
and are committed to the growth of Downtown Conway!
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What are some of the latest trends in your industry?
Apparel has shifted to more casual dressing that can be worn
from day to evening. Instead of complete outfits, the emphasis
is on items to be used with pieces in your current wardrobe.
What sets you apart from other businesses in your
industry? Our industry has shifted to using less expensive
fabrics that aren’t made to last multiple seasons. We,
however, are still trying to concentrate on quality items that
are also affordable.
What Inspires Conway
Regional‘s Great 100 Nurses?
The nurses being honored recently discussed their calling
Ten registered nurses with Conway Regional have
been selected for the statewide 2019 Great 100 Nurses
The Great 100 Nurses Celebration was founded in New
Orleans 32 years ago and has since honored thousands of
nurses in Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas.
This is the third year that recognition has been given in
Arkansas.An awards program honoring Great 100 Nurses
from throughout Arkansas will be held on April 9 at the
Embassy Suites in Little Rock.
“To have 10 of the Great 100 nurses in Arkansas on our staff is
an honor. In my heart, I have always believed that we have the
best nursing and support staff in Arkansas, and recognition like
this is evidence of my belief,” said Angie Longing, RN, Chief
Nursing Executive for Conway Regional Health System. “It is
a privilege to work alongside these exceptional nurses. Taking
care of our patients is their calling.”
Brandi Alred of Conway, RN, an
Emergency Department nurse at
Conway Regional, was inspired
by a cousin who was a nurse. “Her
stories were always so interesting;
she made me want to be a nurse,”
said Alred. Alred began her career
at Conway Regional in 2007 after
graduating from the Baptist Health
School of Nursing in Little Rock.
Kayla Bond of Conway, RN, 3
South, has been a nurse for seven
years. She was inspired by having
surgery as a teenager. “I was very
scared. The nurses who cared for
me made me decide that I wanted
to provide that same comfort to
others.” She is a graduate of Harding
University College of Nursing.
Catherine Caffrey of Conway,
RN, is a house supervisor at
Conway Regional. She said,
“I literally never wanted to do
anything else. She has been a
nurse since graduation from
Carshalton School of Nursing in
Surrey England 37 years ago.
Katie Cox of Heber Springs, a registered
nurse in the Emergency Room
has 11 years of nursing experience.
After high school, Katie worked in a
family medical clinic and as tech in an
ER before deciding to go to nursing
school at Arkansas Tech. “Both of
those jobs led me down a path of
helping others. I knew I wanted to
serve others in a time when they
needed it the most,” said Cox.
Heather Gray of Conway, RN, is
currently with the William McColgan,
MD, Surgical Clinic. A practicing nurse
for nine years, Gray has worked with
surgeons in the Surgical Associates
Clinic and in the nursing pool at
Conway Regional since 2014. She
worked on the 4 North patient care unit
at Conway Regional early in her nursing
career. “My inspiration for becoming
a nurse was the desire to help people.
I love getting to know my patients, and their families while
helping them through what can be some of the most difficult
times in their lives,” said Gray. “You get to meet a wide range of
people as a nurse and I learn things from each and every one.
I enjoy what I do, some days are really hard but I have never
regretted my decision to work in this field.”
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Tamara Carroll of Conway, RN, said
her desire to become a nurse began
when her mother was diagnosed
with severe congestive heart failure.
At the time, she was 12 years old and
her mother was 30. Carroll said, “She
had the heart of a 70 year old! At one
point in time, she was having to take
16 pills a day. I remember being so
scared that I was going to lose my
mother at a young age. At that time,
I knew I wanted to become a nurse to help prevent this from
happening to someone else’s family member.”
She started nursing school at the age of 18. By the time she
turned 21, Carroll was working as a nurse on a neurology unit
at a Little Rock hospital. She worked there 10 years prior to
moving to Conway. “I chose to come to Conway Regional in
2017 and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Carroll,
who is a nurse on the 3 North patient care unit at Conway
Regional. “This feels like home to me and I am so happy to
work here.” She is a graduate of the Baptist School of Nursing.
Stephanie Ingraham of Conway,
BSN, RN, is the nurse manager for
the third floor at Conway Regional.
She has been a nurse for 10 years.
Of her motivation, Ingraham said,
“My dad was diagnosed with stage
4 colon cancer in 2005. Determined
to take care of my father, and
because of the nursing care he
received from Conway Regional,
it inspired me to pursue nursing.
I can’t see myself doing anything else.” She achieved a
bachelor of science in nursing degree at UALR.
Elisabeth Velte of Conway, RN,
Conway Regional Intensive Care
Nursery, credits her grandmother
as her inspiration for becoming a
nurse. “She was a nurse and she
loved what she did. I got to see
her at the hospital and how her
patients loved her and how she
made a difference. I wanted to
become a nurse and take care of the
babies.” She has worked as a nurse
in Conway Regional Intensive Care Nursery for 29 years,
the duration of her career. She added, “I love working with
the babies and their families in the NICU and seeing them
get well. It is very rewarding.” She is a graduate of the
Arkansas State University School of Nursing.
Amanda Irby of Conway, RN, is
the current nursing director over the
Emergency Department and the critical
care units at Conway Regional. She
has been a nurse for 20 years and
graduated from Harding University
College of Nursing in Searcy. “Nursing
was a natural choice for me and I
became a nurse so I could make a
difference. As a kid, I spent lots of time
‘helping’ in my dad’s taxidermy shop,
visiting my papa’s hospital room and reading mom’s EMT text
books,” explains Irby. “I seemed to be immune to blood and
‘grossness’ and became quite intrigued with anatomy, science
and how the body worked.” Her chosen field of nursing was
easy to determine. “I had an indescribable love for lights, sirens,
and emergencies. I was enthralled with the public responders
in the middle of the action who were helping people in their
worst moments,” she said. “I wanted to be the person that
could take charge of a situation, make snap decisions and give
it my all to make someone else’s day just a little bit better.
Sometimes that someone is a patient or their family member.
Sometimes that someone is an employee or co-worker.”
Lou Ann Oade of Conway, RN,
Labor and Delivery, has been a nurse
for 29 years. Lou Ann started off
her working career in banking but
couldn’t find job satisfaction. “My
sister in law and mother in law were
both nurses so I asked them if I
could do what they did. I enrolled in
nursing school. On my first clinical
day, I knew this was my destiny.”
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Comparison is a trap because it
takes our eyes off of Jesus and His
individual and unique plan for our
lives. At the heart of who we are, we have to
know that God loves us and has a plan for
our lives. We were created in the image of
God to be His image bearers. Nothing about
our lives is an accident and our lives are never
out of God’s control. We ultimately find our
meaning, purpose, direction, and value in the
context of our relationship with Jesus. This
truth is all over scripture. Jesus is the way!
Jesus is the truth! Jesus is the life!
Sometimes life is hard, and we struggle to
understand because we have these hard
places. Places of pain or loss. Places of fear
and regret. Places we never dreamed we
would be with our kids, jobs, physical health,
financial situation, martial relationship, or
unfulfilled dreams. What do we do with
these hard places? It is often the hard places
that leave us vulnerable to the trap of
comparison as we look at ourselves or others
and think... “If only!” “Maybe some day” or
“Why not, me?” It is crucial to remember
that the hard places do not surprise God,
overwhelm God, or negate the plan of God
for our lives! In the midst of the hard places,
God is directing us and always positioning us
for freedom and redemption.
Comparison is multi-faceted. This means
it looks different based on situations and
people. While one person may struggle
with comparison in one area of life, another
persons will struggle with comparison in
a different area of life. Recently, I placed a
question on social media and asked, “How
does comparison steal your joy and focus?”
I was overwhelmed by the number of posts
and inbox messages. Here are a few.
• “I compare myself to everything. Most of
the time I’m comparing myself to other wives
and moms that seem to get it all done. And
then I walk into my kitchen and see dishes
in the sink, laundry on the bedroom floors,
and dirty carpets. The whole time I’m beating
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myself up because things aren’t done, plus
the guilt that I didn’t get the kids to bed with
a bible story and sweet prayer time.”
• “My struggle with comparison shows up
most fiercely as I compare myself with my
own expectations. I’m constantly berating
myself for not measuring up to what or who I
think I should be... in all areas of my life.”
• “I struggle with comparison in the church.
I look at what other people do, as compared
to what I do, and feel like my part does not
• “Sometimes being happy for the accomplishments
of friends with ‘normal’ kids can be a
struggle. I often ask why can’t my child be on
the honor roll or receiving the scholarship?”
• “When I tell people my husband’s profession,
immediately an image or stereotype
flashes in their mind that is not me! I am
tired and I isolate myself because I can’t
compare to the preconceived expectations
others place on my life.”
• “I have struggled with body image my entire
life. Here’s the thing, when I was younger,
thinner, I almost always thought I was too big.
I was chasing the perfect image, but no matter
how thin or toned I was, I still felt flawed.
The thing is I look back at pictures now and
wonder, what in the world was I worried
about? I’ve spent so much time letting my
body image steal my joy.”
• “Interacting with groups of women used
to give me major social anxiety. Still does to
a lesser degree. I have to constantly guard
against feelings of inadequacy because I’m just
not as good at friendships and relationships
as other women. I thank God that He has
surrounded me with women who are better at
the social stuff, but I can dwell on how “NOT”
good I am at it and it really steals my joy.”
All of these feelings can lead to a comparison
trap if we put our eyes on ourselves,
others, circumstances, or a temporary
definition of success or wholeness. When
we get caught in the comparison trap, there
is only ONE way out! Psalm 25:15 shows us
the way out of the comparison trap!
“My eyes are ever on the Lord for only
He will release my feet from the snare.”
Let me unwrap this verse for us.
My Eyes: “Where is our focus? Who are we
looking to? What are we looking for? What
is our definition of success? We will look to
and cling to that which matters the most in
our hearts and lives. Our focus determines the
direction of our lives.
Are Ever On: How often are we focusing on
the person or thing that is giving direction to
our lives? “Are ever on” in Hebrew means
continually, perpetually, daily, morning, and
evening, without interruption. This type of
focus denotes commitment, determination,
resolve, and a walk with Jesus that is not
based on circumstances or feelings.
The Lord: Who is the object of our attention
and focus? Notice that everything in this
passage points to THE LORD! Our lives must
mimic this pattern. Everything points to Jesus
and we find our center in Him. He alone is
our safe place, our Rock, our Refuge, our
For only He: God is the set apart One! He is
the one Who sees all things, knows all things,
and helps us with all the things. Our path out
of comparison is a path of knowing, loving,
serving and trusting God as we find HIM to
be our all in all.
Will Release My Feet: The word release means
to come forth, to go out, or to proceed. The
word carries the idea of movement. “Feet”
means feet. God gave us feet so we can
walk. The take away: When God sets us free
from the snare of comparison, He is moving
us forward in our walk with Him. He is
changing us into the image of Jesus!
From the Snare: Snare means net and often
is actually translated as net. If you have gone
fishing, you know the purpose of a net. It
is used to capture the fish. When the fish
is caught in the net, it can’t work its way
out. The only way out is to stop fighting
and surrender to the fisherman as he or she
reaches into the net, picks the fish up, and
sets the fish back in the water. The same is
true for us! We can’t work our way out of the
snares, nets, and traps of life. We can try hard,
but we don’t have the resources, abilities,
experiences, or knowledge. We are limited by
sin, flesh, circumstances, and the enemy. The
only way out is to surrender to the ONE who
can remove us from the net. When we do, we
stop fighting and we start trusting. We accept
the good plan God has for us, even if is it
hard or confusing. We start asking the Lord,
“How can this place in my life bring You
glory?” When we do, freedom is ours in Jesus
Christ and comparison is slayed because our
eyes are ever on the LORD!
Now, I want to share my comparison
trap with you. At the end of this
article, I am going to ask you to
identify your comparison trap. The
Lord has challenged me to go first!
A few months ago if you asked me, “Andrea,
what is your comparison struggle?” I probably
would have given the answer: my weight,
my gray hair, my (half) eyebrows, or other
physical things. After walking through three
months of personal evaluation, my answer
is much different. It is much deeper. I share
this struggle with so much transparency and
a desire to proclaim Jesus over this area of my
life. I also want you to know we all have hard
places and struggles. It is so good for us to be
real with ourselves and each other!
Often, I find myself on a stage talking to
or teaching women. And for the most part,
I think people think I have it (somewhat)
together. But what I want to share with you
is that I often wake up in the morning and
wonder, “How can God use a girl like me?”
I come from a place of struggle as I look
at others and wonder why God didn’t call
someone stronger or more gifted or surer or
better able to live out His plan. Before you
think that is a noble or a humble thing, let
me tell you it is not. Sin is at the heart of
this thought because it leads to a constant
comparison mindset as I look to others to
determine if I am “enough” or “OK.”
Here is how it plays out in my life. When I
feel like I measure up to someone’s standard
or level, I feel good about myself. I am
confident and ready to serve. Conversely,
when I think I am not up to a certain
standard or level, I feel anxious and overly
worried about everything like how I look,
what I say, and how I am perceived. The
entire time the reality of my life is that my
eyes are ever on ME instead of the LORD.
That is the deal with comparison. Our eyes
are on ourselves, others, circumstances, and
how the world defines success. This is such
a trap because worldly success or acceptance
is illusive and never the place where God
created us to get our purpose or value.
We can stop the comparison
trap by refocusing on God.
For me this means:
More time in God’s Word. Not checking my
quiet time off my list, but really digging in
to the Bible every single day.
More time in focused prayer. Thanking God
for the struggle and asking Him to use the
struggle to make us more like Jesus.
More time in genuine worship. This is so
important! Genuine worship paves the way
for a change in our focus. Every day we
should praise God, sing to Him, and pray to
Him. This is a total game changer.
More time in real conversations. It is time to
move beyond the masks. We are not OK.
We don’t have it all together. As a result, we
need to engage in real conversations about
real life. Take the chance. Be vulnerable.
God’s GOT you!
Now it is your turn to get
real about comparison.
Think about your comparison trap.
Where do you struggle? What sets you off?
How does the comparison trap
impact your life?
How does the comparison trap
impact your view of God?
What truth from Psalm 25:15 will help
you fight the comparison trap?
When we slay comparison, we avoid the
extremes of we are enough, and we are
not enough. We avoid the temptation of
thinking we have to be someone God never
created us to be because we know that Jesus
is enough. We know who God created us to
be and find joy in living a life of surrender
to His plans and purposes. And there is
peace, rest, hope, and comfort in the One
who made us for Himself no matter how
surprising or difficult life turns out to be.
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.
Nathan and Taylor Cunningham, and
baby, Lynnley Belle Cunningham
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
Our Faulkner Fam:
With its 3 colleges, an outstanding school district,
and a great sense of community, it makes Conway
a great place for families, businesses, and anyone
else looking for somewhere to call home.
How did you decide on the
Lynn is Taylor’s middle name, as well
as her mother’s middle name and her
grandfather’s middle name. We’ve
always liked the name Lynnley and
have always had students that we’ve
liked named Lynnley! (Being teachers,
it can be hard to find baby names that
When is the baby due?
She’s due July 25!
Where are you from?
We are both from right here in
Conway...we bleed Wampus Cat blue!!
Where do you work and how
long have you been there?
Taylor: I am the Administrative
Director of Dance at Sonshine
Academy. I’ve been working there for
13 years now!! I love my “office job”
but my real passion is teaching my
students. I have the unique opportunity
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to work with students/families for years
and years through Sonshine.
Nathan: I am the Sophomore Band
Director, and Director of the basketball
pep band, Courtside Cats, at Conway
High School. I also assist with other high
school and junior high bands, as well
as teach beginning brass and clarinet at
Simon Middle School. This is my 5th
year as a band director in Conway!
How did you two meet?
We met in high school...13 years ago!
We rode the shuttle bus from (what
used to be) the East Campus to the West
Campus together everyday for choir.
How long have you lived
in Faulkner County?
We’ve both lived here our entire lives,
except when Nathan was in school at
the University of Arkansas and lived in
If you had to live somewhere
else in the world where would
Taylor: We just got back from Disney
World...I’d do anything to move there
and work there!
Nathan: In a cabin on the lake. I love
the idea of “the simple life!”
What most excites you
about becoming a parent?
Taylor: It’s exciting to think that she
will be a little bit of me and a little bit
of Nathan. We are both really eccentric
and pretty bizarre...We both embrace
our weirdness! So I think she’ll be just
about the most unique little girl on the
planet! And if she inherits my attitude,
she’ll be proud of it!
Nathan: I’m most excited to hold her
in my arms and feel the overwhelming
love I’ve only heard other parents talk
about. There are many other things I
look forward to, but I keep coming back
to that thought!
What scares you the most
about becoming a parent?
Taylor: Knowing that we are wholly
responsible for making her into a
hardworking, productive member of
society. And teaching her the values
she’ll need to get through life. That’s a
lot to teach a little girl!
Nathan: Honestly... the basic stuff:
knowing if she’s sleepy, hungry, or just
fussy. Once she can indicate to me what
she needs/wants, I think I’ll be fine! And
I’m sure I’ll figure out her needs before
too long, nonetheless, I worry about it.
When you shop local what
stores are always on your list?
Taylor: The Kitchen Store and...does
Round Mountain Coffee count?? I’m
there at least twice a week... and I’m
spending more and more time in Simply
Sweet Kids these days. : )
Nathan: When it comes to local food,
I really enjoy Almost Famous on Hwy
64! The Arkansas Peddler’s Mall on
Hwy 65 in Springhill is my favorite
What is something
interesting about you?
Taylor: Uhh hot dogs are my very
favorite food? I’m a Disney fanatic?
When I’m at home during the day, I sing
made up songs to our puppy, Ace...he
loves it. Do any of those count??
Nathan: I enjoy lots of different
activities! Here’s a few: fishing, hunting,
investing, videography, gardening,
cooking, and playing with our dog, Ace.
What do you love most
about living in this community?
Taylor: I love that we see people we
know everywhere we go. Having lived
here forever, both of us having families
who know everyone, I’ve been teaching
in Conway since high school, and
Nathan’s been teaching for 5 years...I’m
pretty sure we know everyone in the
county! That’s so reassuring with
Lynnley on the way! We have such an
Nathan: I love that Conway is a cultural
hub for Central Arkansas. With its 3
colleges, an outstanding school district,
and a great sense of community, it
makes Conway a great place for families,
businesses, and anyone else looking
for somewhere to call “home.” It has
been my home for a long time, and will
continue to be that for years to come.
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