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A LEGACY OF SUCCESS: THE LUEDERS
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DEAR FUTURE SELF
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP 18
OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS
POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY
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Jennifer Stanley, Andrea Lennon, Mary Ruth Marotte, Mary Etta Qualls, Xochilt Hawks, Detra Clark, Patrick Jamerson, Brandy Strain-Dayer,
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PUBLISHERS / OWNERS
Lori Quinn, Editor
Brandy Strain-Dayer, Photography Director
FEATURE / FOOD WRITER / COPY EDITOR
FOOD ENTHUSIAST / CONTRIBUTOR
FEATURE WRITER / ARTS CONTRIBUTOR
Mary Ruth Marotte
Patrick Jamerson aka Dr. FiT
Mary Etta Qualls
CULTURAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR
and Lori Quinn
Publishers / Owners
Welcome to Faulkner Lifestyle!
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I can‘t imagine not having
a football or baseball schedule
attached to the refrigerator.
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BY JENNIFER STANLEY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
Velda and Barry Lueders are
nothing short of treasures to
the City of Conway. Coach
Lueders will hang up his whistle
at the end of this school year,
retiring after 35 years as a teacher
and coach. Velda frequently earns
accolades for her accomplishments
as a realtor. The two continually add
to their legacy and have no plans to
The couple has two daughters,
Elisabeth Lawrence and Catherine
Parton, and a granddaughter, Zoe.
Velda is a realtor with Coldwell
Banker RPM Group. Barry has
coached and taught at Carl Stuart
Middle School and Conway High
School for the duration of his career.
Though he was a graduate assistant
before becoming a Conway Wampus
Cat, working with the University
of Central Arkansas (UCA) baseball
and Sugarbear basketball programs.
He also played for the UCA baseball
team from 1979 to 1980.
Barry currently teaches history and
coaches seventh grade football at
Carl Stuart Middle School and baseball
at the high school. May 22 will
be his last day with Conway Public
Schools. His last home baseball
game is May 8. Coach Lueders and
Assistant Principal Wesley Scroggin
are the only two remaining staff from
the original Carl Stuart faculty.
Velda loves being involved in the
community, serving on boards for
Haven House, Faulkner County
Board of Realtors, and Faulkner
County Home Builders Association.
“I volunteer for as many events as
possible. One of my favorites is
reading to kindergarten and first
grade students. Their little minds
are soaking it all in. The smiles and
hugs are so worth the time I spend
with them. I also volunteer with
The accomplishments do not
stop there! In September, at the
Arkansas Realtors Association
annual convention, Velda was
chosen as state Realtor of the Year.
Twenty-seven realtors across the
state were selected to represent their
respective boards. A committee
reviews each nominee’s application
and selects the subsequent winner.
“It is a huge honor; I am only the
second realtor from Faulkner County
to be awarded this recognition. My
good friend, Glen Rega, was also
recognized in 2009. In November I
was honored to represent Arkansas
at the national association’s annual
convention, which was held in San
Francisco,” she says.
This has been part of my life for 35 years. For
several years now, I have taught/coached many kids
whose parent or parents I had taught/coached years
before! When I was first hired, I coached football,
baseball, and girls and boys basketball,
other realtors to ring the bell for The
Salvation Army, work concessions
at basketball games, and just about
anything else I have to time to do,”
With Faulkner County property
booming, it is a fantastic time to
work in real estate. “New construction
is everywhere; if there is an
available lot, blink and there will be
a foundation poured! The rehabbing
of older homes is very lucrative, and
I love that our historic area is seeing
so many renovations. Fifty-five plus
housing is growing in popularity, and
I hope we see more developments
for this demographic,” says Velda.
Velda’s real estate career has been
successful, particularly in recent
years. She served as president for
the Arkansas Realtors Association
in 2018 and as immediate past
president in 2019. “I was honored to
be part of the leadership team for the
association for seven years. I gained
so much knowledge from the leaders
I served with,” she says. Velda will
serve on the National Association
of Realtors Board of Directors for
2020-2022. “I am the first member
from the Faulkner County board to
serve in this position. I am extremely
excited about this appointment.” In
August 2019, she was also selected
as the Faulkner County Board of
Realtors Realtor of the Year.
In February 2019, Velda was
inducted into the Faulkner County
Board of Realtors Hall of Fame,
and in December she received the
Conway Chamber of Commerce
Women in Business Diamond
Achievement Award. “Talk about
a shock! It literally took my breath
away. I attend the luncheon each
year and am awed by the work each
person has done. I don’t feel like I
have accomplished nearly as much as
others have,” she says.
Velda truly loves her profession and
serving on committees at the local,
state, and national levels. As she says,
“Doing so keeps me involved with
members from across our county,
state and country. I truly enjoy the
political side of real estate. I also enjoy
traveling to Washington, DC each May
to meet with our elected officials. We
discuss issues that affect the real estate
industry in Arkansas.”
As for Coach retiring, Velda says, “I
can’t imagine not having a football
or baseball schedule attached to the
refrigerator. During baseball season,
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there are many days we see each
other in the morning, and we may
not see each other again until the
next morning if I don’t get to attend
the game that night. Road games
usually mean getting home really
late.” She attends as many games
as possible, though she sometimes
has to miss if clients want to view
or list properties. “I have so many
great friendships that have developed
during baseball and football
seasons. I will certainly miss the
parents and the younger siblings of
the players,” she says.
He says he will miss the interaction
with his students and players most.
He will also miss his seventh-grade
hall “lunch bunch” group. “This has
been part of my life for 35 years. For
several years now, I have taught/
coached many kids whose parent or
parents I had taught/coached years
before! When I was first hired, I
coached football, baseball, and girls
and boys basketball,” he says.
“Many current coaches in the Conway
School District were students of mine,”
he adds. Among those coaches are
Coach Stephen Moore at Carl Stuart
Middle School, Coach Todd Kendrick
and Coach Chad Longing at Conway
Junior High, Coach Johnny Kennedy at
Conway High School, former Coach
Andrea Bailey-Fournier, and Coach
Chance Lefler at Ruth Doyle Middle
School. Not to mention a number of
former players who coach in other
districts around the state in in other
states. “Coach Kendrick was on my
first basketball team! It’s great seeing
each of them succeed. I will also miss
seeing former players who return
to visit with me during their breaks
from college and some even after they
graduate college,” he says.
Of Barry’s impact on her career path,
Andrea Bailey-Fournier says, “Coach
Lueders was my very first coach in the
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He made such a huge impact on my life,
and I know I am just one of thousands. There
will never be another Coach Lueders!
Conway Public School System, and he
left me with so many coaching strategies
I still use to this day. He had the ability
to captivate all of his players’ attention
and make those hard lessons really sink
in. One practice in particular, he started
calling me AB instead of Andrea. (He
said Andrea took too long to say when
he needed my attention.) It’s a nickname
that has stuck with me for over 25 years.
The day I signed my letter of intent to
play college sports, I knew exactly who
I wanted to invite. He made such a huge
impact on my life, and I know I am just
one of thousands. There will never be
another Coach Lueders!”
For her part, Velda has no plans to retire.
“I enjoy real estate and the relationships
with my clients too much. We are both
blessed with good health, and so for
now we are going to keep going!”
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PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
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Dear Future Self
Your Daily Movement
is Necessary Self-Care
BY ROBIN DAYER
Repeat after me “I am not being
selfish for making non-negotiable
time for my own movement
every single day.” Now that you’ve
taken the oath, let’s back up a bit. At
what point in our lives did we learn
that simple acts of self-care became
indulgent? When did it become a
guilty pleasure to do what it takes to
feel our best?
Life is full of stress and heavy responsibilities,
some days we carry the
weight of the world on our shoulders.
Research shows that exercise is the
key to managing stress. When we
move, the body releases endorphins
that elevate our mood and reduce the
cortisol stress hormone. Movement
is a form of medicine that offers
mental clarity and positive thinking.
Notice when you are fully immersed
in something active all your problems
and stress seem to disappear. Everything
I know what you’re thinking, sure
Robin, we know this is a fact…
easier said than done. But the truth is,
unless we take care of ourselves first,
we cannot live our full potential for
anyone else. Think of the oxygen mask
analogy you may have heard. On an
airplane, before takeoff, we always
hear the flight attendant reading the
safety instructions aloud, including if
the oxygen pressure in the cabin were
to change. In this case, oxygen masks
will drop down, and once they do,
the first step is to secure OUR own
oxygen mask before assisting others.
The oxygen depleting in the airplane is
our life, and my friends, we must make
sure WE are ok before being able to
make sure others around us are ok.
Tips for Making
Schedule exact times and days on
your calendar that you will get in
your workout. This time doesn’t get
cancelled and its nonnegotiable. I
highly recommend a group fitness
class or a personal trainer that can hold
you accountable to these times. When
someone else is involved in your
scheduled workouts, you will be less
likely to cancel on yourself.
Get up earlier to get your movement in.
No one is going to schedule an unexpected
staff meeting at 5am. It is tough
when that alarm goes off, to be honest
it never gets easier to get up, but it’s an
untouchable time slot for you and a
total win for your day that sets the right
tone. You won’t always be motivated
to wake up and put movement first,
motivation can and will fade. What
keeps your habit is the way you feel if
you don’t move for the day.
Be realistic. Any movement is a win.
Even 10-15 minutes of walking is
better than zero and is an instant mood
booster. It is amazing what a few
minutes of any movement can do.
There will be days that will be over
scheduled. It will seem that everything
is pulling at you and trying to make
itself priority. When this happens, stop
and ask yourself if you’ve taken care of
YOU yet today. Then, repeat the oath,
and get moving!
At what point in our
lives did we learn that
simple acts of self-care
became indulgent? When
did it become a guilty
pleasure to do what it
takes to feel our best?
Focus on Your Food
BY KINSEY BAKER
Creating better habits is no easy
task! No matter how important
it is, adding something new to
the daily routine can be a challenge. As
a busy mom with a hectic schedule—I
totally get it! My go-to advice for
those wanting to live healthier and
more confident lives is always “Focus
on your food.” Why? Because we are
already going to be consuming food
anyway. Learning how to fuel our bodies
correctly is the most time-efficient path
to better health. Below are my top 5 tips
for better nutrition habits.
1: Learn your macronutrient needs.
It’s so important to view food the way
your body does! There are no “bad”
foods—just some that are more nutritious
than others. It’s important to do
your best to get as many whole foods in
your diet as possible. Your body views
your food as proteins, carbs and fats
• Carbs are the preferred and primary
fuel source for the body.
• Protein is utilized to build lean
• Fats are important for many reasons,
and consuming healthy fats does not
make us fat. Healthy fats provide us
with energy, help create and balance
hormones, and form our brains,
nervous systems, and cell membranes.
2: Switch your mindset from ”dieting“
to fueling your body. Calorie restriction
over time damages your metabolism.
When you consistently eat in a calorie
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deficit, your body goes into starvation or
preservation mode and maintains bodily
functions, but body composition (getting
leaner) is put on the back burner.
3: Use effective and proven nutrition
strategies. Try intermittent fasting!
Intermittent fasting gives the body a
break from digesting, allowing insulin to
return to its baseline level so that it can
begin to burn fat as fuel.
4: Realize that true change is a
process. It is impossible to drop 5lbs of
fat overnight. Real change is a process
where you focus on your goals and
pursue progress over perfection. Show
yourself some grace!
5: Don‘t do it alone. Anything is
easier when it is done with a good
support group. We NEED connection,
authenticity and accountability from
like-minded individuals. Thankfully in
today’s online world, it is possible to
connect even when schedules don’t
align. I lead online nutrition groups with
local women, as well as women across
Kinsey Baker is a Central Arkansas
native. She is a certified nutrition coach
and personal trainer, A Schwinn certified
spin instructor, a FASTer Way to Fat
Loss coach, an elementary teacher, and
momma to her daughter Skylar. Kinsey
loves live music, art, and exploring our
gorgeous Natural State!
My go-to advice for those wanting to live healthier
and more confident lives is always ”Focus on your food.“
Why? Because we are already going to be consuming
food anyway. Learning how to fuel our bodies correctly
is the most time-efficient path to better health.
—Kinsey Baker, Certified Nutrition Coach
Bringing Sexy Back!
BY PATRICK ”DR. FIT“ JAMERSON
AKA MR. #NODADBOD
Sexy can best be summarized as
confidence. Lifestyle can best be
summarized as the way a person
or group of people live.
A new decade has arrived, and it’s time
to prepare mentally for a new year that
will help shape and form your next 10
years to be your best yet. It’s another
chance for you to set New Year’s resolutions
and go after them with a renewed
sense of energy, passion and enthusiasm.
Whether young or older, there’s one
New Year’s resolution that I love to hear
from anyone… fitness!
All across Conway and America, gyms
and training studios are full of new
members who are motivated to become
more fit and look sexier. Now that may
not be status quo, but after almost 10
years of being a personal trainer, when I
ask individuals what their main motivation
is for wanting to get in better shape,
90-95% of the time the driving force is
to look sexier, feel better and look even
better naked. I’m going there because it’s
the truth. Why is that a very motivating
and energizing New Year’s resolution?
Because sexy can best be summarized
up in one word… Confidence!
Let’s look. When you feel and look sexier,
you have a certain “SWAGGER” about
yourself, feel more energized, and even
have a desire to be more productive in
your career and/or personal life. When
you walk into a room, prepared for a
meeting or speech, you just feel that when
you enter the room your presence will be
felt. To be honest, it’s rewarding because
at the end of the day, you put in the work
to look and feel how you do. Whether
young or older, you should feel a sense of
accomplishment and hold your head high!
Here are Dr. FiT ‘s 5 tips to
Bringing Sexy Back in 2020:
1: Make fitness a lifestyle and not a
2: Visualize and create an image in
your mind of how you want to look
Patrick ”Dr. FiT“ Jamerson
3: Put in the work and be intentional
with your nutrition.
4: Track your progress by how your
clothes fit, and how you look naked.
5: Have fun and enjoy your ”Bringing
Sexy Back“ journey.
Turn up the JT and Bring Sexy Back!
When I ask individuals what their main motivation
is for wanting to get in better shape, 90-95% of the
time the driving force is to look sexier, feel better and
look even better naked.
—Patrick ”Dr. FiT“ Jamerson
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The 2019 Women in Business honorees are as follows (row 1, from left): Donna Seal, Outstanding Woman in Business;
Velda Lueders, Diamond Achievement Award recipient; Melissa Allen, Outstanding Woman in Nonprofit; (row 2, from
left) Jamisa Nuness-Hogan, Outstanding Woman in Business; Rebekah Fincher, Outstanding Woman in Business;
Cinda Montgomery, Outstanding Woman in Business; and Rita Birch, Outstanding Woman in Business.
Seven Honored at Women
in Business awards luncheon
25-year real estate veteran Velda Lueders
receives Diamond Achievement Award
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Presented by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Women in Business
The Conway Area Chamber of
Commerce’s eighth annual Women
in Business Awards took place
Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Centennial Valley
Events Center. The sellout event honored
five Outstanding Women in Business, an
Outstanding Woman in Nonprofit, and a
Diamond Achievement Award recipient.
The 2019 Outstanding Women in
Business are Rita Birch, Arvest Bank;
Rebekah Fincher, Conway Regional
Health System; Jamisa Nuness-Hogan,
Kids World Child Care Center; Cinda
Montgomery, Yours Truly Consignment
Inc.; and Donna Seal, LCSW. Melissa
Allen of CAPCA is the 2019 Outstanding
Woman in Nonprofit. These women
“embody high standards of excellence,
dedication, and accomplishment to their
respective organizations, industries, and
to the business community.”
The selection committee consisted of
women executives outside the state of
Arkansas: Jereta Halstead, California
Chamber of Commerce (Sacramento);
Shae Janner, Brenham/Washington
County Chamber & CVB (Brenham,
Texas); and Jennifer Johnson, Fresno
Chamber of Commerce (Fresno,
Additional information about the
Outstanding Women in Business and
Coldwell Banker RPM Group
Velda Lueders of Coldwell Banker RPM Group is the 2019 Diamond
Achievement Award recipient. This award is presented to an individual
with at least 25 years of professional experience who has inspired and
empowered many generations of women and who has had a positive
impact on those in her profession and in the community.
Lueders has worked in real estate for more than 25 years. In an
industry where men held the leadership positions for many years,
Velda now prides herself on not only her success in business, but most
importantly on the relationships she’s built with her colleagues and
clients. Recognized by her peers in the industry as a successful Realtor
and effective leader, she has served as the president for the Faulkner
County Board of Realtors twice, was inducted into the Faulkner
County Hall of Fame, and received recognition as the Faulkner County
Realtor of the Year as well as the Arkansas Realtor of the Year.
Diamond Achievement Award
Winner: Velda Lueders
Favorite Book: Anything by John Grisham
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream! And slipping away to spend time with my
Perfect Evening: Laundry done, clothes ironed for the next day,
kitchen cleaned, a good book, and a couple hours just to read!
Favorite Quote: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Sprinkle kindness everywhere.
Kids World Childcare Center
With over two decades of experience in the childcare industry, Jamisa
Nuness-Hogan oversees a staff who share her dedication to the
well-being of children and families. Kids World Childcare Center
accommodates over 100 children each day, providing families with
a safe and engaging environment that is ripe with growth. As owner,
Jamisa is particularly moved with children she once cared for, grow
up, have children of their own, then return to her for their care. With
the support of her loving husband James, Jamisa has enriched the
lives of countless families, in addition to her own, which includes 11
children and 24 grandchildren.
Guilty Pleasure: Purses and food
Favorite Quote: When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
Recommended Reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Perfect Evening: Snuggling up on the couch with a soft, warm blanket,
tv remote, book, phone and a bottle of Moscato!
Conway Regional Health System
As Chief Administrative Officer, Rebekah Fincher is responsible for
strategy, growth and business development for Conway Regional Health
System, one of the largest employers in Faulkner County. A collaborator
by nature, Rebekah has worked with her team to achieve growth in the
number of the hospital’s providers, spanning across seven counties. With
accomplishments recognized by those within as well as outside her local
circle of influence, she recently received the C.E. Melville Young Administrator
of the Year Award, presented by the Arkansas Hospital Association.
Perfect Evening: Dinner with husband John, of nine and a half years,
and son Ethan Parker who just turned three
Guilty Pleasure: Southern Most Pasta from Pasta Grill
Recommended Reading: bedtime stories with Ethan Parker
Favorite Quote: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in
all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can,
to all the people you can, for all the ways you can, for as long as you
can. —John Wesley
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Yours Truly Consignment, Inc.
Cinda Montgomery is the proud owner of Yours Truly Consignment,
Inc. Over the past 20 years of business, the store has expanded seven
times and welcomed items from over 26,000 people. Investing in
the next generation of leaders, Cinda’s staff of 30 largely consists of
local college students whom she leads with high expectations for
work ethic and customer service, but also with an understanding
that learning from the mistakes we make is what’s most important. A
favorite of area customers and consigners alike, Yours Truly Consignment,
Inc. was recently honored as the 2019 Outstanding Small
Business in Conway.
Recommended Reading: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Perfect Evening: Spending time outside with my husband Greg, with
our 3 fur babies
Favorite Quote: Do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa
Guilty Pleasure: Pecan Pie. Despite my allergy to chocolate, I tell
myself my last meal one day will be M&Ms!
Rita Birch | Arvest Bank
Rita Birch oversees Business Development for Arvest Bank. In her 28
years in the industry, she has had the opportunity to serve as team
leader, offering training for those just starting out in banking, as well
as coaching members of the community to achieve their goals through
financial courses offered through United Way. Rita takes pride in her
dedication to helping others, and perfected the practice of hard work
to the time she spent growing up on a dairy farm. To her colleagues,
she is the smiling face of their business. To her husband, Rob, she is a
loving wife and mother to their two children, and considers their three
grandchildren to be the light of her world.
Favorite Quote: This too shall pass
Guilty Pleasure: Shopping shopping shopping!
Perfect Evening: Spending quality time with family
Recommended Reading: The Bible
Donna Seal | Donna Seal, LCSW
As a consultant, national speaker, small group leader at church, or
as a therapist, Donna Seal has shown patience, understanding and
encouragement, positively shaping the lives of those who she meets
for over 24 years. In addition to working with individual clients,
Donna has a heart for healthcare organizations. She co-founded
HEART Consulting Group (Healthcare Employees Achieving Results
Together) to design strategies to improve patient satisfaction and
improve employee morale, further expanding the scope of hearts
she’s touching and souls she’s emboldening.
Perfect Evening: Dinner at home with my husband of
50 years, Jim, as well as our children and grandchildren.
Favorite Book / Recommended Reading:
The Search for Significance by Robert McGee
Guilty Pleasure: I enjoy a good Netflix series
Favorite Quote: Nothing can separate us from the love of
God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
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Melissa Allen | CAPCA
Melissa Allen is the Community Programs Director for the Community
Action Program for Central Arkansas. For more than ten years, Melissa
has worked to empower families to transition out of poverty. Outside of
witnessing positive transformations in the individuals with whom she
works, Melissa acknowledges the implementation of Project Homeless
Connect which included the help of more than 50 organizations and
100 volunteers, Student Market and Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons
Simulation as some of the most effective tools in CAPCA’s work. Melissa
is the loving mother of two sons and the proud Mimi of her grandson.
Favorite Quote: If you are lucky enough to find a way
of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
Guilty Pleasure: Cheese dip
Perfect Evening: Spending time working on
rebuilding my 1971 travel trailer.
Recommended Reading: Anything by Iris Johansen
or Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
Conway Regional Health System
Chief Administrative Officer
for being named a 2019
Outstanding Woman in Business!
Thank you for your leadership,
passion, and service to our community.
We are proud of you!
About the Event
This year’s speakers were the first
seven women to be named Secretary
in Arkansas state government.
This past April, Governor Asa
Hutchinson signed into law the
Transformation and Efficiencies Act
of 2019, bringing about a historic
transformation and reorganization of
state government agencies, boards, and
commissions – the first reorganization
of state government in nearly 50 years.
A cornerstone of this effort was the
reduction in cabinet-level agencies
from 42 to 15, resulting in a more
modern and efficient way to operate
state government without cutting any
services. Fifteen cabinet secretaries
were appointed to lead each agency,
and seven of these 15 positions are
held by women:
In conversation with broadcast journalist Melissa Dunbar Gates, the seven female
cabinet secretaries for the state of Arkansas shared with the audience of more than
300 their career paths and other life experiences (row 1, from left): Secretary Becky
Keogh, Secretary Elizabeth Thomas Smith, Secretary Jami Cook, Melissa Dunbar
Gates, (row 2, from left) Secretary Wendy Kelley, Secretary Stacy Hurst, Secretary
Amy Fecher, and Secretary Cindy Gillespie.
Department of Correction:
Department of Energy and
Environment: Becky Keogh
Department of Human
Services: Cindy Gillespie
Department of Inspector
General: Elizabeth Thomas Smith
Department of Parks, Heritage,
and Tourism: Stacy Hurst
Department of Public Safety:Jami Cook
Department of Transformation
and Shared Services: Amy Fecher
The 2019 Women in Business awards
luncheon was presented by Windows
USA and Window Mart. For more
information about Women in Business,
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26 faulkner lifestyle | winter 2020
FROM YOUR VETERINARIAN
THE THE SECRET
to potty SECRET training
There are a lot of myths out there about There properly a lot housetraining of myths your out fur there baby. about Here is the properly real secret housetraining
to making sure
that your puppy is eliminating (peeing and pooping) appropriately — and both you and your pup are happy in the end.
your fur baby. Here’s the real secret to making sure that
your puppy’s eliminating (peeing and pooping) properly—
Here’s the good news: Your dog’s Frequent outings
Punishment is a no-no
wired to make potty training and Puppies both can’t you typically and hold your their pup bladders are happy Never strike in the your puppy end. or rub her nose
possible. But it’s up to you to set her for extended periods, so make accommodations
in an accident. She can’t sort out her fear
Here’s the good news: Your dog’s Frequent outings
Punishment is a no-no
up for success. Wild canines bed down
wired to make
her to get outside
in a den together with their mom. When possible. often But as you it’s up can. to you Whenever to set she bladders eliminates for extended to periods, convey, so so she’ll nose in just an accident. learn to She fear can’t you sort
they’re really small, their mom cleans up her outside up for success. (it might Wild help canines to take make her to accommodations the when for her you to seem out upset. her fear If of your see handling her start from
after them, but as they grow, cleaning up bed
in a den
their mom. When they’re really you can. Whenever she eliminates she’ll just learn to fear you when
after six to eight kids can become daunting!
outside (it might help
up, place her
Because of this, nature has provided. As them, reward but as her they with grow, praise cleaning and up treats. her to the same place and every reward time her start when to posture she finishes for elimination, there.
a puppy’s brain matures, she starts to after six to eight kids can become until she associates that spot with quickly scoop her up, place her on
instinctively resist soiling the den. Humans daunting! A predictable Because of this, outcome nature peeing and pooping), Accidents reward her will the happen spot you prefer and reward her
can take advantage of this tendency and Your provided. puppy’s As a puppy’s elimination brain can with be praise predictable—as
long as you help:
cleaner to keep your puppy from going
and treats. Clean up mishaps when with she finishes an enzyme there.
matures, she starts to instinctively
use it as a tool to teach a puppy when and resist soiling the den. Humans can A predictable outcome Accidents will happen
where to eliminate. Can I tell if my puppy
out for around-theclock
it as snacking.
a tool to teach a puppy predictable—as long puppy as you help: to warn cleaner you to of keep an impending
your puppy from
Your puppy’s elimination
A place to call home
when • Practice and where mealtimes to eliminate. and make • Don’t sure leave you’ll food out incident—just for aroundthe-clock
going take back her to out that every spot. Don’t two
Simulate a “den” experience for your be available for a walk about 10 to 15
hours or so. Eventually,
depend on the
A place to call home
• Practice mealtimes and make of an impending incident—just
puppy with a crate or safe zone. Keep in
mind that it should be small enough to your the puppy bowel with to a crate empty, or safe and you about can reinforce 10 to 15 minutes Hang later. in A there. full Eventually, Remember, she’ll the learn idea to let of you
trigger her brain to recognize that it’s her zone. this Keep tendency in mind that with should rewards and stomach praise. can trigger selective the bowel to elimination know when is natural she needs to go. your
den, but obviously not so small that it’s be • small Make enough sure to you trigger can her be counted empty, on and too. you can dog. reinforce If you’re this being Hang in consistent there. Remember, and the still idea
brain to recognize that it’s her tendency with rewards and praise. of selective elimination is natural to
uncomfortable. Make it a happy place Don’t leave your puppy alone in the crate can’t seem to housetrain your puppy, ask
den, but obviously not so small • Make sure you can be counted on your dog. If you’re being consistent
with special toys and treats. Whenever that it’s for uncomfortable. longer than she Make can it a “hold too. it.” Don’t Every leave your your puppy veterinary alone and team. still can’t They seem can to housetrain make
you cannot be there to supervise, she happy time place she’s with forced special toys soil and the crate, in the crate she’s for longer sure than there she can are no your medical puppy, ask causes your veterinary for the
should be safe in her happy place. treats. sending Whenever her you brain cannot the be wrong “hold message. it.” Every time problem she’s forced and offer team. more They can tips. make sure there are
there to supervise, she should be
safe in her happy place.
to soil the crate, she’s sending her
brain the wrong message.
no medical causes for the problem
and offer more tips.
Source: Kathryn Primm, DVM
DR. THOMAS CABANTAC
2725 COLLEGE AVE • CONWAY • 501-329-2940
Conway surgeon gets to walk
in his patients‘ shoes, thrilled
by high-tech orthopedics
After 30 years of replacing hips
and knees, Dr. Tod Ghormley
experienced orthopedic surgery
from the other side of the table.
By the time he gave in and decided to have
a hip replacement earlier this year, he could
barely tie his shoes, and anti-inflammatory
medicine was part of his daily routine.
“Running too many marathons finally
caught up to me,” he said.
Ghormley was waiting on technology.
Having performed a new minimally
invasive direct superior approach for
hip replacement in conjunction with the
Mako robotic arm assisted hip replacements
for five months, he was convinced
that it was what he wanted for his own
surgery. “I wanted someone to do mine,
and no one else in Arkansas was using
both of those procedures like I did at
that time,” he said. Ghormley found a
colleague in Shreveport to perform the
procedures to replace his hip.
Ghormley was back to work in a week
and taking the stairs the day after surgery.
His wife, Mimi, had traditional hip
replacement surgery in Little Rock six
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2020 Spotlight on Local Medical Professionals
years earlier and it took her three weeks
before she could walk the stairs.
“I look at my hip today and it’s a miracle,”
said Ghormley. “That’s why I just love
being an orthopedic surgeon. I had a
hip that hurt every day. Now I walk fast
without pain. It is a blessing to live in
times in which this technology exists.”
One of his passions is learning new
technology. “In 30 years of practice, there
have been many innovations,” he said.
“Every year, in all my years of surgery, I
do newer, more innovative procedures.”
He said the most significant new
technology is Mako robotic arm assisted
orthopedic surgery for hips and knees.
“It’s a game changer. Our patients have
less pain, less soft tissue injury and much
faster recovery time,” he said. “The robot
sets boundaries; it doesn’t let you touch
certain structures of the knee. Knees fit
like a glove; they are more balanced. Hips
have precise placement of the socket and
greater stability.” In addition to Ghormley,
Orthopedists Scott Smith, MD, and Grant
Bennett, MD, perform Mako hip and knee
replacements out of Conway Orthopedic
& Sports Medicine Center. While the
technology is relatively new to Conway
and to Arkansas as a whole, Ghormley
predicts that robotic procedures will
become the norm within five years.
It was in Ghormley’s DNA to become
an orthopedist. Born into a family
of medical professionals, he told his
mother he wanted to be a physician at
age 6. After completing a stint in the
US Marine Corps, Ghormley decided
on orthopedics after his sister, a surgical
nurse, let him observe a number of cases
in an operating room.
He enrolled at the University of Houston
for undergraduate school and left two
years later for medical school at the
University of Texas, Galveston. He
fondly recalled studying his medical
books while listening to the waves on the
beach. An orthopedics residency at the
Texas Tech School of Medicine followed.
“I just really love doing every type of
orthopedic surgery,” said Ghormley.
Tod and Mimi Ghormley chose Conway
for the orthopedics practice and their
home after Tod met Rick McCarron,
an Arkansan, during residency training
in Lubbock, Texas. “We discussed that
Conway needed an orthopedics practice.
Mimi and I loved the community and
told him we would move here only
if he would join us,” said Ghormley.
Together, they established what would
become the Conway Orthopedics &
Sports Medicine Center. The center was
acquired by Conway Regional Health
System on Jan. 2.
“Rick McCarron is such an even-keeled,
godly man. It’s been a blessing to
practice with him and our other
partners for 30 years,” said Ghormley. He
remembered being called up for overseas
Dr. Tod Ghormley
medical corps duty during Operation
Desert Storm early in their practice. Dr.
McCarron took emergency medical call
every night by himself during this period.
Their partnership thrived, and today the
clinic has five orthopedists, a podiatrist,
three physicians assistants and one
advanced practice nurse in practice at its
Club Lane location.
Tod and Mimi Ghormley have been
married for four decades. They have two
adult children: Megan, 34, a counselor
in Fayetteville, and Ben, 37, a worship
minister at New Life Church, a son in
law (Garrett) is a pastor at New Life
Church in Fayetteville, and a daughter
in law (Megan) who is an advanced practice
nurse on a cardiac intensive care unit
in Little Rock. He added, “We have five
adorable, rambunctious grandchildren
who are under seven years old who keep
us young and on the run.”
It‘s a game changer. Our patients have less pain, less soft tissue injury and
much faster recovery time. The robot sets boundaries; it doesn‘t let you touch
certain structures of the knee. Knees fit like a glove; they are more balanced.
Hips have precise placement of the socket and greater stability.
” —Dr. Ghormley
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What is the name of your practice?
What is your location?
1155 Front Street, Suite 1, Conway
Number of employees? 17
How long have you been in business in Faulkner
County? Proudly been open 2 years as Bledsoe Chiropractic
in beautiful downtown Conwa, and 15 years total
as a chiropractor.
Are there any key employees you want highlighted?
Four fabulous licensed massage therapists, so we are able to
offer massage Mon-Thurs 9-6, plus two or three Saturdays
per month. We have a fantastic rehab department to help
stretch, improve posture, laser and tape. We have two
doctors after adding Dr. Caitlin Haley Corona in July 2019
— #DoubleTheDoctorsDoubleTheHope. We have many
other helping hands to help complete our vision of Giving
Hope Through Healing!
What products/services do you offer? Chiropractic
adjustments both by hand and instrument available,
therapy, laser, taping, rehab, and massage therapy. We
also specialize in fitting for custom orthotics and even
custom flip-flops! We sell vitamins and supplements by
Pure Encapsulations. We offer CBD cream and all-natural
anti-inflammatory combo of gel cap and topical cream
1-TDC that is deeply penetrating for all joint and muscle
pains. We also sell pillows to help rebuild the cervical curve
and improve sleep.
How does your practice/business impact Faulkner
County residents and the healthcare community? We
strive to give hope through healing, so we want you to
have an amazing experience both physically, spiritually and
emotionally. We love our patients like family and shower
them with positivity so they can get maximum results
quick! We help people go beyond just getting old, to feeling
good and functioning well up to 100!! We love taking
care of babies, kids, athletes, teenagers, moms/dads, and
We also want to make an even bigger impact within
our community by giving back to Deliver Hope & the
Bethlehem House. We love supporting lots of organizations
here in Faulkner County by sponsoring 5ks, charity
events and more. We love Conway & the people of our
community. We want to be involved in a bigger way each
year giving back on behalf of the patients who support us
and allow us to do what we do!
Conway Behavioral Health
John C Leach, MD
Director of Adolescent Psychiatry
at Conway Behavioral Health
Where do you work/practice and
where is it located? Dr. Leach currently
works at Conway Behavioral Health, and
soon will also begin work for Little Creek
Behavioral in Conway.
When did you begin practicing/
working in Faulkner County?
Dr. Leach has been practicing in the
Central Arkansas area throughout his
career but began working in Faulkner
County in April of 2018.
Why did you decide to pursue a
career in medicine? Dr. Leach decided
to pursue a combined career in medicine
and innovation in the memory of his
grandfather Dr. Albert Lindsey Bicknell
and his father Shannon McKay Leach.
Where did you receive your education
and how long have you been
working in your field? Dr. Leach earned
a BS in Biological Engineering and MS
in Biomedical Engineering from the
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
in 2006 and 2008. After completing
master’s research in nanoparticle
vectored chemotherapeutics, he obtained
a Medical Doctorate from UAMS in 2012
and received the Marie Wilson Howells
Award for most outstanding performance
in the Behavioral Sciences. During his
second year of residency he was honored
with the Wise Award for his work to
better Resident Mental Health and he
served as the Chief Fellow in his final
year of Child and Adolescent Fellowship.
Have you had any notable training
or any board certifications?Dr. Leach
completed an adult psychiatry residency
and child and adolescent psychiatry
fellowship at UAMS, is a dually licensed
medical doctor in the states of Arkansas
and Florida, and is Double Board Certified
by the ABPN for General Adult and
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Why did you choose Faulkner
County? Dr. Leach chose Faulkner
County because of the unique opportunity
with Acadia Healthcare to create
state-of-the-art child and adolescent
acute and residential programs to better
serve the children of Arkansas as well as
those from the rest of our country.
What do you love most about your
career? What I treasure the most about
my job is the opportunity to make
meaningful, positive change in the lives
of my patients. Every day I am blessed
with the opportunity to return a smile to
a face, a child to a parent, and a parent
for their child. The most wonderful
words I’ve ever heard came from a
mother with a tearful smile as she told
me, “I have my son back.”
How are you involved in the community?
Given the underserved nature
of mental health and the needs of our
community, I spend the majority of my
non-family-time working directly with
patients or working with administration
to expand the care-systems for our
Do you have any hobbies or favorite
activities? My favorite non-work
activities center around my family, my
wife, and our three children. Of those,
my weekly hike up Pinnacle Mountain
with my eldest daughter Ashlynne
is something I particularly cherish. If
you ever see someone trudging up and
down Pinnacle Mountain with a giggling
seven-year-old piggy-backing on his
shoulders, chances are its Dr. Leach and
his daughter Ashlynne.
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Heritage Living Center
became the Administrator at Heritage Living
Center 3 years ago, after a 30 year career in
Physical Therapy (23 years at Heritage Living
In November of 2019, Heritage Living Center
was named the recipient of this year’s HIMSS
Davies Award of Excellence. Heritage Living
Center was proud to be recognized as the first
long-term post-acute care Davies Award of
Excellence recipient in the history of this award.
The award recognizes the application of health
information and technology to substantially
improve clinical care delivery, patient outcomes,
and population health. The Davies Award
program promotes better health through
IT usage by recognizing and sharing cases,
model practices and lessons learned on how to
effectively leverage information and technology
to improve patient outcomes.
Lauren Talbot, Reliance Healthcare EHR Solutions
Consultant, and myself presented Heritage
Living Center’s positive patient outcomes to
the National HIMMS award panel in August.
We were humbled to accept this award and
acknowledge the deep dedication of our staff to
the well-being of our residents as the primary
driver of our success.
Heritage Living Center will be recognized
during the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference
& Exhibition, which takes place March
9–13 in Orlando, Florida.
Heritage Living Center
& Balance Center
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What is your location?
2425 Prince Street, Suite 3
Conway, AR 72034
How long have you been in business
in Faulkner County?
Operating in Conway since 2018.
What‘s next for FYZICAL?
FYZICAL IS MOVING! We are moving
just down the street to 8 Medical Lane in
Conway. The new space is 4,000 sq ft,
and will include state of the art Balance
Rail Systems. FYZICAL will be one of the
only balance rail systems in Arkansas.
How does your practice/business
impact Faulkner County residents
and the healthcare community?
FYZICAL is a medical-based balance
and therapy clinic with a broad range
of expertise, including treatment for
musculosketal conditions, balance and gait
disorders, post-operative rehabilitation,
work-related injuries, women’s health, and
Ryan Williams, Owner/CEO
Wendy Williams, COO, PTA
Seth Harrell, DPT, Clinic Director
Dr. Logan Kucginski, DPT
Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS
Jordyn Hess, Office Manager
Jacklyn Brinkley, Operations Manager
& Balance Center
Rendering of new building.
Superior Health and Rehab
Where do you work and where is it
located? Superior Health and Rehab,
625 Tommy Lewis Drive, Conway
When did you begin practicing/
working in Faulkner County? 1989
Why did you decide to pursue a
career in medicine? I became a nurse
in 1984 and then a long-term care admin
Where did you receive your education?
I attended the University of Central
Arkansas and Morrilton Community
College - UACCm.
Why did you choose Faulkner
County? I moved to Conway in 1989 to
work in a long-term care facility.
What do you love most about your
career? The people and the families.
Your community involvement? I am
the district vice president for American
Health Care Association, which means I
help organize events for this district, like
Senior Olympics and the Queen Pagaent.
Do you have any hobbies or favorite
activities? I love boating and travel.
Anything else you‘d like to share? I
was a 2019 Women in Business award
winner from the Conway Chamber of
Amber Mace, DON (left)
Where do you work and where?
Superior Health and Rehab in Conway
When did you begin practicing/
working in Faulkner County? 2000
Why did you decide to pursue a
career in medicine? My mother was a
nurse and my dad was a pharmacist.
Where did you receive your education
and how long have you been
working in your field? LPN, Pines Tech,
1997; RN, Baptist Health, 2000
Why did you choose Faulkner
County? I moved here when I got
married. My husband is from here.
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What do you love most about your
career? Helping our patients.
Do you have any hobbies? I like to
read, shop and travel with my family.
Superior Health & Rehab
625 Tommy Lewis Dr.
What are your locations?
2519 College Ave., Conway
Conway Regional Medical Center:
525 Western Ave. Suite 303, Conway
How does your practice impact
Faulkner County residents and the
healthcare community? Conway
Regional Health System broke ground in
September 2019 on the construction of
a $13 million medical office building to
be located at the northeast corner of the
hospital’s campus. The 42,530 squarefoot
building will house the Conway
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, which
currently works out of two offices.
This new building will allow everyone
to be together under one roof, thus
streamlining our patient care. It will be a
state-of-the-art facility creating a better
overall experience for our patients.
Our practice was the first OB/GYN office
established in Conway, and we have
always incorporated the newest research
and best treatment options for each
individual patient. We stay on the cutting
edge of technology and were the first in
Conway to offer Da Vinci robotic surgery,
in-office ablations, Mona Lisa touch laser,
as well as many other procedures.
Our goal at Conway Obstetrics &
Gynecology is to offer our patients
quality medical care in a safe and
comfortable setting. We have both male
and female providers on staff to accommodate
all patient preferences. We focus
on providing excellence in women’s
healthcare and wellness for each and
every patient. There are many stages
women encounter in relation to their
health and well-being, and our team of
medical professionals offer support at
each of these stages.
Visit our website for all services offered.
Dr. Andrew Cole
Dr. Phillip Gullic
Dr. Lauren Nolen
Dr. Katy Cox
Dr. Keitha Holland
Dr. Carole Jackson
Katie Boyd, APN
38 faulkner lifestyle | winter 2020
Dr. Swetha Boddeda
Rheumatologist, Conway Regional Multispecialty Clinic
Dr. Boddeda, a Rheumatologist,
recently joined the Conway
Regional Multispecialty Clinic,
located inside Conway Regional
Education: Boddeda received her
internal medicine residency training
at the Indiana University Health Ball
Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She then
went on to complete her Rheumatology
Fellowship at the University of Mississippi
Medical Center, where she received
the SAFMR Fellow merit award. Boddeda
was selected for the Young Investigator
Research Travel Award in 2019.
What inspired you to enter into the
medical field? I have always been
compassionate about people. My childhood
best friend’s father was a doctor.
We lived close by and I kind of grew up
watching him. I was always fascinated
by how people would present so acutely
sick and walk out of the hospital happy
after treatment and how doctors can
make a difference in one’s life.
Why did you choose rheumatology?
During my medical rotation on rheumatology
I discovered that a relative who
passed away from an unknown disease
actually had Lupus, which is treated by
rheumatologists. I enjoy rheumatology
because many times you have to think
outside the box as we specialize in
What do Rheumatologists do? What
conditions, besides rheumatoid
arthritis, do you treat? Rheumatologists
diagnose and treat musculoskeletal
disease and systemic autoimmune
conditions commonly referred to as
connective tissue diseases. I treat a wide
variety of autoimmune and inflammatory
diseases like lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome,
Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis),
Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis, Polymyalgia
Rheumatica, Septic Arthritis.
Sarcoidosis, Gout and Pseudogout gout,
fibromyalgia, and others.
What do you enjoy the most about
being a doctor? I’m a patient listener
and I enjoy when my patients tell me
that they have found a doctor who is
listening to them. That makes me feel
good and motivates me to be a better
Why do you choose to live and
practice medicine in Conway? When
I finished my medical training I was
looking for a place closer to where my
husband, Neal, lives. He is finishing a
fellowship in hematology-oncology
at LSU in Shreveport, and I felt like
Conway Regional would support me in
establishing my practice here.
How can you best help the community?
I know I can make a difference
here because people were spending so
much time traveling for rheumatology
visits. Currently, we can make same-day
What are your hobbies? I’m a full-time
mom with two daughters, Kriti, five, and
Vibha, three months, and I want to spend
as much time as I can with them. I also
love to shop any time, any day.
Any words of advice about autoimmune
diseases? I recommend for my
patients to watch out for any symptoms
like unexplained fevers or unintentional
weight loss, skin rashes that are not
easy to figure out, and swollen joints as
potential symptoms for autoimmune
disease. Timely diagnosis is important.
These diseases are prone to cause
significant organ damage if not caught
in the early stages.
Kenneth Murphy, MD, FACS, DABS
Doctor of Medicine; owner/operator of the Murphy Clinic
Where do you work/practice and where is it located?
The Murphy Clinic, 719 Front St., Conway – a medical
cannabis certification clinic.
When did you begin practicing/working in Faulkner
County? I had a General Surgery practice 1987-2009 in
Conway. Since then I have held Medical Director, Physician
Advisor, Physician Assessor and Chief Medical Officer
positions with various companies.
Where did you receive your education? Undergraduate,
UA Fayetteville; medical school, UAMS (MD graduate). I’ve
worked in almost every area of healthcare, including Public
Healthcare and have a broad knowledge of the healthcare
Any board certifications? Diplomate of the American
Board of Surgery (DABS). Fellow of the American College
of Surgeons (FACS). Member of the American Association
for Physician Leadership.
Tell us more about Medical Cannabis and your clinic. Pattie
and I opened the Murphy Clinic last spring after much thought
and research. Our 40+ years in healthcare (she is a Registered
Nurse Practitioner) have shown us that there are many unmet
needs in the field. One of them is symptom relief.
Our patients are people with chronic pain, PTSD, severe
arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia and other conditions for
which traditional treatments involve medications – often
opiates – that are less-than-successful and often have undesirable
effects. They are folks who want desperately to enjoy more
normal days doing yard work, playing with grandkids, working
at a job and the like; many just want to get out of the house for
a change and to not be incapacitated by their conditions.
Since it appears that using cannabis for medical conditions is
here to stay, we decided to bring our practice philosophy to
this area. Medically, we evaluate each patient carefully to be
sure that medical issues and needs are legitimate and meet
Arkansas law standards, and that cannabis will be one of the
tools of treatment and not a recreational thing.
We believe in personal, friendly and complete care for each of
our patients and that service is a privilege at which we excel.
Medical care today has become a field where answering
machine recordings, long waits for appointments, hurried
visits and unanswered questions have become standard; we
are “old school” and are here to provide answers, information
and that “down-home style of care” to people in our living
area and beyond, while trying to dispel some of the misunderstandings
about medical cannabis in Arkansas.
The medical cannabis landscape here will surely change in
the coming years as new laws are passed and larger amounts
of true scientific research become available, and the Murphy
Clinic will be here to help educate during the changes.
When you call the Murphy Clinic you will get a real person
who will answer your questions or find the answers to them;
we want every patient to walk out of the door feeling more
hopeful than when they walked in, and believing that they
have a new and dependable resource they can count on.
719 Front St., Conway
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Jay Howell, MD
Conway Orthopedics and
Sports Medicine Center
Where do you practice and
where is it located?
Conway Orthopedics and Sports
Medicine Center, 550 Club Lane
What is your professional
title?Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand
and Upper Extremity Specialist
Why did you decide to
pursue a career in medicine?
I have several family members
in medicine who encouraged
me to explore the field. I
realized after some time that
medicine was the best way for
me to most effectively use the
brain God gave me.
Where did you receive your education and how long
have you been working in your field?I went to medical
school at UAMS in Little Rock. I began a five-year residency
in Orthopedics at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA in 2005.
I completed my residency, followed by a one-year surgical
fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the
University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
How long have you been in practice in Faulkner County?
I have practiced in Faulkner County since August 2011.
I moved here with my wife, Hannah, and one–year-old
baby after I completed my fellowship in hand and upper
Why did you choose Faulkner County? I grew up in Fort
Smith and my parents still live there, and Hannah grew up
in Wynne where her family lived. We were looking for a
practice location somewhere in Central Arkansas. I was
drawn to the Conway Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Center because I really got the impression that they were
a solid group of Christian men.
What do you love most about your career?Orthopedics
is a field where you can cure specific problems. The best
thing is that many patients feel better right away after treatment—whether
it be a shot, quick procedure, or a surgery.
Is there any advice you would like to offer the public?A
lot of problems happen with late diagnosis. I would encourage
people to get evaluated early. We have urgent care in our office
every week day. You can walk in and at least get an x-ray and
an initial evaluation. It’s hard to know if something’s broken
based on what it feels like or looks like; you need an x-ray.
How are you involved in the community?I coach soccer
and baseball for my kids’ teams. Our family is involved in
church at Fellowship Bible Church. I also provide on-site
medical coverage for Greenbrier High School football.
Any hobbies or favorite activities?I play tennis a few
times a week whenever I can. My whole family enjoys
tennis. It’s great because my seven-year-old daughter enjoys
playing tennis almost as much as my 75 year-old parents.
Tell us about your family.Hannah is a pharmacist. We actually
met each other while we were both in graduate school at
UAMS. We have two children: our daughter Emery is seven
years old and loves soccer, and our son Brody is nine years
old, and his favorite sport is baseball. Hannah works part time
at both MedCare Pharmacy and Cornerstone Pharmacy. She is
also very involved in the PTO at the kids’ school.
Conway Orthopedics &
Sports Medicine Center
The Heart of the Home
is in the Kitchen in Brad
Lacy‘s Conway Home
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PHOTOS BY NEUMANN IMAGING
Used for the Remodel:
Luke Porter, contractor
Lumber One, flooring
Zellner‘s Appliance & TV,
Describe the ”before“ space.
The before space was a kitchen,
breakfast nook, and half bath that I
remodeled when I bought the house
in 2001. The house was built in 1924,
and the original kitchen was extremely
small and included a wood burning
stove and a brick flue that still existed.
I tore out the flue to open the space a
bit, but for the most part the kitchen
was very small.
The half bath and breakfast nook
also cut up the overall space. In 2012
I added on to the north side of the
house, and on the first floor had a
media room and full bath, but you
couldn’t see into the kitchen from the
new room because of existing walls.
What was the inspiration or goal
of the remodel? I don’t cook a lot,
but when I do it is for a lot of people. I
love for my home to feel like home to
my friends and family. People always
gravitated toward the kitchen but its
size limited the number of people who
could be in the room. I wanted to
remove the half bath, open up some of
the walls and improve the flow of the
house with the kitchen, media room,
dining room, and living room.
How long did the remodel take?
We started with demo on January 8th
and I wanted it to be finished so that
I could host lunch at my house on
Easter Sunday, which was April 21st.
With the help of my contractor (Luke
Porter), his family, my mother, and my
friends Andrea Lennon and Joey and
Syndal Cook, we had everything ready
by the end of the day on Good Friday
Describe some of the materials/
finishes used in the remodel. I’m
a fan of British Colonial everything
(furniture, finishes, etc.). Over the years
my entire house has been remodeled
to reflect it. All the woodwork is
stained in Bombay Mahogany.
Luke’s team created a new coffered
ceiling in the kitchen to mimic those in
the original dining and living rooms.
He also did those in the media room in
2012. Quality Construction Design did
the cabinetry, and I wanted the new
butler’s pantry (former breakfast nook)
to have louvered doors and reflect that
British Colonial look.
I chose a ceramic tile for the floor from
Lumber One that is the best-looking
replica of Carrara Marble that I have
ever seen. It looks real. The countertops
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are real carrara marble, which isn’t the most durable choice,
but I like the way it looks and try to be careful with it.
Overall, I wanted the kitchen to look as though it fits with
the rest of the house. We also did a window seat in the
butler’s pantry that has storage underneath and mimics the
original window seats in the dining and living rooms.
I bought all my appliances from Zellner’s. They were great
and ordered everything for me. The refrigerator and dishwasher
both have cabinet fronts and blend really well. The
stove and vent hood are a centerpiece of the room, I think.
Was the space altered, enlarged, or additional
features added? If so, please describe. I removed the
half bathroom and removed a couple of other walls. I also
realigned some doors so that from the kitchen, you can see
into every other room on the ground floor. The new space
is so much bigger and features a large center island with bar
height seating for four. I was never able to actually sit and
eat in my other kitchen. I like having a place to sit.
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Do you love your new space? Tell
us about it. It is the best thing I’ve
ever done to the house. It really feels
like a different house now. It functions
so well, and I’ve had several dinners
at my house and have had upwards of
30 people in the kitchen at one time.
I love the stove, especially the griddle
as well as having two ovens. I took the
time to look at a lot of other kitchens
in the homes of my friends and took
good ideas from all of them.
I don‘t cook a lot, but when I do it is for a lot of
people. I love for my home to feel like home to
my friends and family. People always gravitated
toward the kitchen but its size limited the number
of people who could be in the room.
I also worked with my favorite artist,
Sean Shrum of Jonesboro, to come up
with something special for the blank,
grass cloth wall. I knew I wanted a
picture of the Halter Building and
downtown Conway but couldn’t find
the exact angle that I had in mind, so
I sent him a few pictures, and he put
them together to come up with the
view you see today. It’s incredible and
gives me a daily reminder of how much
I love this city. I couldn’t be happier.
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The Dream Launcher
A dream is a photograph that God imprints
on your mind, but it must be developed!
BY DANA DAVIN-WARD
a picture… it will lastlLonger.”
Everyone remembers that old
saying from our childhood! One
day in my prayer time, I heard those words
in my heart. I love looking at photographs
from the past. Memories of people, places
and of fun times had, of dreams fulfilled…
that’s what photographs do. They take
us back in time. But a dream is much
like a photograph, it’s just a photograph
of a monumental event that hasn’t yet
occurred, a picture of your future.
Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision and
engrave it so plainly upon the tablets that
everyone who passes by may be able to
read it easily and quickly as he hastens
by.” The dream is the vision engraved
and imprinted on your mind but it must
We first see the dream in our minds eye,
then we develop the vision much like a
photographer develops their photographs.
Developing a photograph in most circles
is a foreign concept. In today’s world, we
just click a button on our phone or camera
and email or text the photo to anyone we
wish or print it out on our own computer,
but developing a photograph the oldfashioned
way is a process; much like the
developing of the dream that God has
imprinted on the inside of us.
First an image is taken. Then prints are
created by shining a light through a
negative onto special photo paper in a
dark room. In order to bring the negative,
light and paper together, a device
called an enlarger is needed. Creating
color prints requires working in total
darkness. The paper spends some length
of time in the developer before the image
appears clearly on paper.
The image is the dream or vision. The
enlarger is God and the developer
represents the situations and circumstances
in our lives that bring about the
dream or bring the dream that has been
lying dormant in our hearts and minds to
the forefront. God’s light shines through
our negative circumstances, often in the
dark places of our lives and the dream
is developed. He enlarges the vision
that He has placed in our hearts and the
dream comes to fruition.
A dream is a photograph
that God imprints on your mind,
but it must be developed! ”
Dreams are often born from negative
circumstances. Just like a photograph
started off as a negative before it became
the picture we love to enjoy, trials in our
lives may be the catalyst for the birth of
a dream. The light of God is shown into
our lives, often in the darkroom of the
unknown. God Himself is the enlarger
who develops the dream within us. How
often do we feel and see the dream and
then find ourselves stumbling in the dark,
feeling our way along, asking for guidance
and clear direction. We are in the
darkroom. The dream is being developed.
Have faith. The Enlarger is at work!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is
taking the first step even when you don’t see
the whole staircase.”
Be encouraged as we begin a new year…
a new decade. God is indeed the Dream
Launcher in our lives and you are not
forgotten. During your processing time
of the development of your dream,
remember that God is behind the scenes,
working in ways that you cannot see. He
is hard at work, developing the dream
inside of you!
Dana Davin-Ward founder and CEO of Isaiah 30:18 Ministries, a non-denominational
women’s ministry where “women helping women” is their motto. She is the co-founder
and Community Outreach Director of The Harbor Home for Women in Conway
and is passionate about helping see women once bound by sin, shame and
addiction find freedom through the love and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Staff Picks: Favorite
Winter Soups You Will Love
50 faulkner lifestyle | winter 2020
BY LEAH ASHBY
PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
When it’s cold
outside, a hearty
pot of soup always
hits the spot. Warm up
with trusted, delicious soup
recipes submitted by some
of the Faulkner Lifestyle staff.
Staff Favorites from:
LEAH ASHBY & LINDA MARS
I love all of the soups at
PattiCakes Downtown, but the
Spinach Mushroom Soup is by
far my favorite! I go with my
co-workers once or twice a week
because we love it so much.
1 pound butter
5 pounds mushrooms
1 pound spinach, roughly chopped
1 ½ cups flour
10 cups chicken broth
4 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Saute mushrooms with melted butter.
Add chopped spinach. Stir until
Mix flour in 2 cups of warmed
Add flour mixture and remaining
chicken broth to pot. Add remaining
Stir until temperature of 165F reached
for five minutes. Yields 23 cups.
One whiff of a savory aromatic soup and
appetites come to attention. The steaming fragrance
of a tempting soup is a prelude to the goodness to
come. An inspired soup puts family and guests in a
receptive mood for enjoying the rest of the menu.
—Louis P. De Gouy
A dear friend shared this
recipe with us. The soup is a
simple, flavorful, one-pot meal
chock full of vegetables. It is also
a great accompaniment to a
grilled cheese sandwich.
—Leah Ashby & Linda Mars
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock or canned
2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) diced
fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
½ cup garlic or cheese croutons, for
In medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons
of the butter. Add chopped onion,
carrot, celery and garlic, cover and
cook over moderately high heat, stirring
occasionally, until the vegetables are just
beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables
and stir over low heat for 1 minute,
or until flour is fully incorporated. Add
chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato paste
and sugar and bring to boil. Cover
partially and cook the soup over moderate
heat, stirring occasionally, until the
vegetables are tender, 15 minutes.
Transfer half of the soup to a blender and
puree until smooth. Return the puree to
the saucepan, add the heavy cream and
cook until soup is just heated through.
Season with salt and white pepper and
swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of
butter. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish
with croutons and serve.
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A friend served this at a party,
and I loved it. She found the
recipe off the Premium cracker
box! I love it because it’s easy,
pretty and tasty. It is my son’s
favorite, so I make it a lot!
1 pound ground Italian Sausage
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
2 cans (14-ounces each)
25% Less Sodium Chicken Broth
1 soup can water
1 can (15-ounce) cannellini beans,
1 can (14.5-ounce) stewed tomatoes,
1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded
PREMIUM Saltine crackers
Cook sausage, onions and garlic in
oil in large saucepan for 10 minutes,
Add the next 4 ingredients. Bring to
Stir in pasta; cook 8 minutes or until
tender. Remove from heat.
Stir in spinach; cover. Let stand 5
Top with cheese.
Serve with Saltine crackers.
With three hunters in my family,
I’m always looking for a good
recipe for venison. My husband
found this recipe online and
shared it with me. When I read the
ingredient list, I was in. The flavor of
this chili is unique and delicious!
1 package ground deer meat
(approximately 2 pounds)
2 cups chopped sweet onions
1 chopped bell pepper
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 can pinto beans with jalapeño
peppers (with juice)
1 can regular pinto beans (drained)
2 cans kidney beans (one drained and
one with juice)
2 cans hot Rotel diced tomatoes
(I use one hot and one regular)
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of honey
Brown meat with onion, bell
pepper, and garlic. Drain if needed.
Add Rotel tomatoes, pinto and
kidney beans, chili powder, cumin,
thyme, salt, and cinnamon. Stir and
simmer for 25 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the
honey. Let chili stand for 10 to 15
Serve alone or over rice or spaghetti.
I also serve with cornbread
Note: When we are out of deer
meat, I make this chili with one
pound of sausage and one pound
of hamburger meat.
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truth on the go
As we enter 2020, we need to remember that
sometimes life is messy, relationships are hard, people
are difficult, and stories are broken. Like Hagar and
Sarah, we have to figure out how to navigate broken
relationships and shattered dreams. Through it all,
God remains the same. He is the God who sees,
knows, loves, and provides exactly what we need.
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The God Who Can See
BY ANDREA LENNON
The Old Testament story of Hagar is
a story of brokenness. The background
information sets the stage
for her brief appearance in scripture. I
think it’s safe to say that Hagar’s life had
more “downs” than “ups.”
In Genesis, God called Abram, later
known as Abraham, to leave his
homeland and go to an unknown place.
Thankfully, God showed Abraham the
way. The call came with a promise. God
would make Abraham the leader of a
new nation who would be known as
God’s chosen people. Abraham would
have as many descendants as stars in the
sky. Abraham obeyed God and took his
wife and nephew with him. They set out
and found the new land called Canaan.
Life moved along and Abraham learned
important lessons. God continually
reminded him of the promise. “I will
make your offspring like the dust of
the earth, so that if anyone could count
the dust, then your offspring could be
counted.” (Genesis 13:15-16)
The promise must have sounded good
to Abraham and his wife Sarah. But,
there was one big problem. Sarah never
became pregnant. Year after year, one
faithful reminder after the next, there
was no child. Each month that passed
must have had hopeful moments
followed by incredible defeat.
Enter Hagar into the story. Hagar was
the maidservant of Sarah. (In Old Testament
times, it was not uncommon for
men to have multiple wives and for the
primary wife to have a helper.) One day,
Sarah had an idea. Since she couldn’t
get pregnant, Sarah would give Hagar to
Abraham and build a family through her.
Abraham agreed and Hagar became
pregnant. Immediately, problems
surfaced between the women. Hagar
despised Sarah and Sarah mistreated
Hagar. Abraham provided no leadership
throughout the messy situation. The
end result was Hagar running away.
Hagar was alone in the desert when an
angel of the Lord appeared to her. The
conversation was significant because
Hagar learned that God had a plan for
her. Let that truth sink in. Hagar who
was the very definition of an outsider
had a place in God’s story.
The angel told Hagar to go back to Sarah
and submit to her. Hagar was told to
name the boy in her womb Ishmael.
Further, Hagar learned she would have
many descendants. For a lady who
found herself in a tough situation, this
news must have meant the world to her.
Her response is one we need to hear.
Hagar said to God, “You are the God
who sees me? I have now seen the
One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)
Hagar went back to Sarah’s house and
bore a son to Abraham. Several years
later, Sarah finally became pregnant
and gave birth to Isaac. He was the son
of God’s promise.
When Isaac was a baby, Ishmael mocked
him. The tension in the family was real.
Sarah asked Abraham to send Hagar
and Ishmael away. After a conversation
with God, Abraham agreed. Hagar and
Ishmael were given food and water and
sent away to fend for themselves.
Once again, Hagar found herself in the
desert. She was out of food, water, and
options. She was weeping and waiting
for her son to die. In that moment, God
came to Hagar and opened her eyes.
Hagar saw a well streaming with water
so she got up and enjoyed a drink. For
the rest of their lives, God provided for
Hagar and Ishmael in the desert.
It’s been a tough road for the descendants
of Isaac and Ishmael. What has
remained the same from Genesis until
now is God’s ability and willingness to
see the person no matter their background
or nationality. Not one person
in history has gone unnoticed by God
and not one promise has gone unfilled.
As we enter 2020, we need to
remember that sometimes life is messy,
relationships are hard, people are
difficult, and stories are broken. Like
Hagar and Sarah, we have to figure out
how to navigate broken relationships
and shattered dreams. Through it all,
God remains the same. He is the God
who sees, knows, loves, and provides
exactly what we need.
The life of Hagar teaches a valuable
lesson to us. In the middle of our broken
lives, we can see the One who sees us.
(Think about that for a moment!) We
can look to God and His plan. When we
understand this truth, our lives are no
longer defined by our mess. Instead, our
lives are defined by our God.
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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Large master suite;
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New Year New Skin for 2020!
If your New Year’s resolution is to be
healthier, please don’t forget to include
your skin! Whether you are starting a
new skin care regimen or just looking to
see what might be missing in your current
routine, resolve to make 2020 the best yet
for the health of your skin.
Studio Skin’s list of minimal resolutions to
help you maintain a healthy complexion
throughout the year.
Resolution #1 – Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer and should
be worn throughout the year, as there is
still damaging ultraviolet radiation around.
Sunscreen should be broad-spectrum
offering protection against UVA and UVB
and at least SPF 15. Regular sunscreen use
will help prevent the development of skin
cancer and premature aging.
Resolution #2 – Keep Things Clean
Makeup bags are a breeding ground
for bacteria. Makeup brushes should
be cleaned at least on a monthly basis,
preferably once a week. Bacteria can build
up on the surface from constantly being in
contact with our skin. Products should not
be used past their expiration date.
Resolution #3 – Use A Serum
Facial serums are concentrated, clear,
gel-like solutions applied to the skin, which
are made up of small molecules. This
means that they are absorbed quickly and
penetrate deep into the skin. They have a
high concentration of active ingredients
such as antioxidants, vitamins, or peptides.
For example, an antioxidant serum can
help limit damage caused by pollution and
Resolution #4 – See A Dermatologist
Dermatologists provide expertise checking
your moles and rashes, and skin cancer
screenings. Please get a head to toe check
once a year.
Resolution #5 - Drink More Water
This is probably on your list of resolutions
already, but drinking more water is vital
for healthier skin. Our bodies are made
up of about 70 percent water. Stick to the
8×8 rule; eight ounces of water, eight times
a day. The more hydrated you are the
healthier and younger the skin will look!
Resolution #6 - Stick To A Routine
Once you find your ideal skincare routine,
write it down on a piece of paper and stick
it on your bathroom mirror for a gentle
reminder to not skip your routine. Do your
routine as soon as you get home. After
cooking dinner and a Netflix binge, the last
thing you want to do is a skincare routine.
Don’t put it off until you’re ready for bed.
Resolution #7 -
Keep Your Cell Phone Clean
Scientists at the University of Arizona
discovered that cell phones carry about ten
times more bacteria than most toilet seats.
Think of how often you touch your phone
and subsequently touch your face. GROSS!
Clean your phone, wash your hands and
break-up with breakouts this year.
Resolution #8 - Change Pillowcase
Your pillowcase can collect tons of
bacteria, so you should change your
pillowcase at least twice a week.
Resolution #9 - Moisturize!
The harsh cold weather is here to stay for
a few more months. Applying lotion or
oil to your skin helps locks in hydration,
and helps prevent dry, cracked skin. The
long-term benefits of moisturizing, like
anti-aging and even skin tone, are good
reasons you should moisturize every day.
Sticking to new year’s resolutions can be
hard, but if you start by making small
changes, you will eventually see wonderful
changes with your skin. If you want to start
the new year on the right track, consider
visiting Studio Skin to treat yourself to a
professional facial or skin peel.
Angela Jackson, Licensed
microcurrent facials and
other anti aging facial
treatments at Studio SKIN
in downtown Conway.
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FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 7 PM
REYNOLDS PERFORMANCE HALL, CONWAY, ARKANSAS
heavy hors d’oeuvres · drinks · live entertainment · silent and live auctions · live music
Broadway’s De’Lon Grant, star of
the hit musical Come From Away
AST alum Jess Pritchard
CO-CHAIRS OF THE NIGHT
Judge Troy and Karla Braswell
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JUDGE TROY AND KARLA BRASWELL
BILL AND CATHY SPIVEY
2020 Bard Ball
Judge Troy and Karla Braswell
As the juvenile court
judge, we partnered with
AST to create a program
for at risk youth. This
Shakespeare Theatre Group
allows youth to be exposed
to the arts and gives them
the opportunity to learn,
work on self-esteem and give
back to their community
by performing at nursing
homes and senior centers.
—Judge Troy Braswell
BY MARY RUTH MAROTTE
Recently I was able to talk with
Judge Troy and Karla Braswell
about their involvement with
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre and their
upcoming role as co-chairs of our annual
Bard Ball, which will be held February
1st onstage and backstage of Reynolds
Performance Hall. It was obvious to me
when selecting co-chairs that these two
were the ones for the job.
Our past co-chairs have included folks
like Brad Lacy, Lori Quinn, and President
Houston and First Lady Jenny Davis.
Clearly all of these Conwegians share a
passion for our community, for UCA, for
the arts, and for the common good. Troy
and Karla exude such dedication, so I
wanted to get to know them better. If we
were all as committed as they are, there
would be no limit to the great strides
we might make. Here is some of what
I’ve learned about this wonderful couple
and their dedication to the arts in our
How did you become
acquainted with AST?
Karla: We first became acquainted with
AST when we moved back to Conway
and saw performances taking place
throughout the community.
Troy: As the juvenile court judge, we
partnered with AST to create a program
for at risk youth. This Shakespeare
Theatre Group allows youth to be
exposed to the arts and gives them
the opportunity to learn, work on
self-esteem and give back to their
community by performing at nursing
homes and senior centers. It’s always fun
to see a kid upset that they are going to
some boring class and then come back
smiling about what they have learned
and their new found interests.
What about AST ‘s
mission speaks to you?
Troy: AST’s mission to engage and
enrich the community goes hand in hand
with juvenile court’s mission to engage
the community to provide support for
at risk youth and their families. We live
in an amazing community. Individually,
we each have a responsibility to give
back, serve and provide opportunities
for others. When organizations like AST
and Juvenile Court partner, we see real
reform and change in lives. This has a
long term benefit for us all.
Do you have a history in theater?
Karla: While neither of us have a strong
history in theater, we did meet in a theater
class while attending UCA. Obviously,
theater has had a greater impact on our
lives than we realized! We also attended a
show on Broadway a couple of years ago
and really enjoyed the experience.
As co-chairs of the Bard Ball, what do
you hope to accomplish?
Troy: We want to help bring awareness
to the overall mission of AST, highlight
AST’s impact in juvenile court, and
encourage people that have never been to
the Bard Ball to attend. The entire experience
is truly unique for our community.
Karla: Theater class brought us together
20 years ago. We want Conway to see
how AST and theater brings people
together to make a difference.
Favorite Shakespeare play?
Troy: Macbeth(obvious political
connection there, huh?); Karla
prefers Romeo and Juliet
Karla: We have really enjoyed watching
the movie/musical Into the Woods with the
kids. They love it! Our daughter loves to
dance around the living room and sing.
We’re excited that this the theme of this
year’s Bard Ball and will be the featured
musical in AST’s 2020 season.
What do you hope that attendees will
experience at Bard Ball 2020 besides
an enjoyable evening?
Karla: Theater is more than dressing up
and playing a role. It provides a stage in
our community for people to use their
talents and gifts to support those who
are less fortunate. The Bard Ball is an
excellent opportunity to come together
for a common cause and support the
arts in our community.
How do you see AST making an
impact in our community and region?
Troy: AST provides countless opportunities
for aspiring actors to learn and study
their craft and eventually travel across
the country to share the beauty of
theater. It’s so great to see those very
students return to Conway to share their
stories and life lessons. You can see how
much they appreciate the support and
the chance to make a difference.
What do you think having a
professional theater in our town adds
to Conway and the UCA community?
Troy: A strong professional theater adds
culture and diversity of thought to our
community. As we continue to grow in
size, we also must grow in our ability
to provide diverse opportunities for
young adults. A strong theatre provides
these young adults the chance to use
their gifts to make a lasting impact in
Why should folks support this cause?
Troy: Theater, and Shakespeare in
particular, offers the unexpected—the
ups and downs of life. Theater also
reminds us that looks can be deceiving.
We can have different ideas, interests, or
political views but we can come together
for a common purpose. We see at risk
youth in the same place in their lives.
They don’t feel like they belong. They
don’t look the part. But then they are
given a chance and an opportunity to
thrive. The next thing you know, a star
is born. This is why the partnership with
AST is so important. That’s why we
support AST and why we are asking you
to join us for this year’s Bard Ball.
JOIN US FOR BARD BALL 2020.
Tickets and tables can
be purchased online at
calling Mary Ruth Marotte
720 S. Harkrider St.
Conway, AR 72034
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Harbor Home Black & White Gala
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Century 21 Legacy Realty Arkanseals 5K Raises $6,500 for Easter Seals
Century 21 Legacy Realty of Conway,
Arkansas has a big heart for people
with disabilities. Principle broker,
Mark Burrier, wanted to use his success in real
estate to help others, so he teamed up with
Easterseals of Arkansas after learning a little
about them from our parent company. He did
some research into the organization and was
highly impressed not only with their services,
but with the fact that they take it a step farther
to change the perception of disability entirely!
He felt like their goals were in sync with his
goals for his own company, so he wanted to
get involved and see how he could help!
Easterseals of Arkansas has countless
programs and services like specialized
school classes, outpatient therapy, job
training, and independent living for these
amazing people who want to be on their
own but need help with a few things. They
help some very talented individuals, and
this is evidenced by their annual art show
where you can buy beautiful artwork made
solely by their clients!
In 2018, Burrier called upon his staff
to help him get ready for the 1st Annual
Century 21 Legacy Realty Arkanseals 5K!
He was met with great enthusiasm from
his staff and was touched by their willingness
to volunteer their time for this cause
that meant so much.
Burrier followed suit in 2019 with a
bigger and more successful 5k, a larger
team of volunteers, and even added live
entertainment! We had so many sponsors
from large industries to small businesses
who wanted to help! Everyone who knows
what Easterseals does was more than
happy to lend a hand, money, or to race for
the cause! We are doing it again in 2020
and want it to triple this year’s turnout!
Thank you to each and every sponsor!
I asked Mark Burrier what makes
Easterseals so important to him and to
his staff, and he replied, “Here at Century
21 Legacy Realty, our legacy is about
lifting each other up, staying positive, and
working hard so that we can ALL succeed.
I feel that Easterseals has that same legacy.
I see their clients’ successes, their dreams
coming true, and their lives improving
by leaps and bounds because Easterseals
gives them the tools, knowledge,
resources, and encouragement to know
that they can do anything! This organization
is a life changer and something I feel
honored to be part of! Their clients touch
my heart with their positivity, talent,
independence, and their overall attitudes.
I’m very happy to help!”
robin stauffer | owner & art director
501.730.6725 | conway, ar
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Women‘s Leadership Network Luncheon
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Board of Realtors
Banquet & 2020
The Faulkner County Board of
Realtors recently recognized their
outgoing 2019 board members,
installed the 2020 board and the president
Brittney Burks at their December
banquet and installation.
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Our Faulkner Fam:
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PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER
Spencer, Xochilt, Samantha,
Selena and Sebastian Hawks
Where are you from? Spencer from
Conway and Xochilt from Houston, TX
Where do you work? Xochilt &
Spencer both work at Coldwell Banker
RPM GROUP; Spencer also works for
Arkansas State Legislature.
How did the two of you meet?
John Pettus, a friend of the family
and Spencer’s spiritual mentor, did
marketing for Xochilt’s restaurant. John
told Spencer that he should ask her out
on a date. The rest is history!
How long have you lived in Faulkner
County? Spencer over 30 years. Xochilt
has been here since high school.
What schools do your children
attend? Conway Christian School
When you get a date night where
do you go? Mike’s Place or Pasta Grill!
Although our last date we went for
pedicures and then went to Bulgogi
Korean BBQ on Oak Street.
When you shop local (for fun) what
stores are always on your list? Bell
and Sward, Your’s Truly. The Kitchen
Store and Simply Sweet Kids
Describe parenting in one
sentence. Parenting is the stewardship
of souls that God blesses us with to care
for and train.
What are your favorite things to do
as a family? Traveling and creating
What activities are your children
involved in? Most consistently music,
dance, and gymnastics, but they also
play soccer during the Spring.
What is a favorite inspirational
quote/scripture that is important in
your family? “Sana, Sana, Colita de
rana. Si no sana hoy, sanara mañana.”
Translated: “Heal, heal, little toad tail. If
you don’t heal today, tomorrow will be
your day.” Said whenever a child bumps
their head, skins a knee, etc... It means it
will get better.
What do you love most about
living in this community? Conway
is a vibrant and growing community
that embraces diversity and has a
Philadelphian (brotherly love) charm.
Xochilt‘s favorite inspirational quote:
Sana, Sana, Colita de rana. Si no sana hoy, sanara mañana.“ Translated: ”Heal,
heal, little toad tail. If you don‘t heal today, tomorrow will be your day.“ Said
whenever a child bumps their head, skins a knee, etc… It means it will get better.
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Selling Central Arkansas
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