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ARDC Members

 

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins

2919 Phillips Rd 251 

Lexa, AR 72355

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Lynn Caldwell Hawkins serves as the Chair of the ARDC. She was appointed to the ARDC in 2011 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Paul Bookout and reappointed in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe; Lynn serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. She is currently the Network/Community Development Manager for Community Health Centers of AR, Inc. (CHCA) and has been employed by CHCA since 2002. Lynn is a graduate of the 2009-2010 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy. She lived in Monroe County for 36 years at which time she moved to Phillips County and currently resides in Lexa. Lynn and her husband, Jim, have 5 children together. Lynn loves spending time with her family.

 

 

Marvin Exum
265 Greene 615 Rd
Paragould, AR 72450

 

Marvin Exum serves as the Vice-Chair of the ARDC. He was appointed to the ARDC in 2011 by Governor Mike Beebe.  He serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee.  He retired from Emerson Electric after 40 years and served as a supervisor for 30 of those years.  He also served on the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee for the 2nd Judicial District.  He was a member of the Western Greene County Volunteer Fire Dept and Relay for Life.  He and his wife, Jean, have a daughter and a son.  He enjoys catering, fishing, and hunting.

 

Sam E. Angel II

P.O. Box 748

Lake Village, AR 71653

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Sam E Angel II was appointed to the ARDC by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2000 and appointed to a full five year term by the Governor in February of 2005. He has served as the Chair of the ARDC in past years and currently serves as the Chair of the Rural Community Grant sub-committee.  Angel is a former member of the Arkansas General Assembly. He is the Vice President of Epstein Land Co. and Epstein Gin Co. and enjoys hunting and other outdoor activities.

 

Roy Ferrell

2009 Hargis Road

White Hall, AR 71602

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Roy Ferrell was appointed to the ARDC by the Speaker of the House during 2011.  He is Chair of the County Fair sub-committee.  Roy currently serves as a Vice President & Trust Officer for Simmons First Trust Company, N.A.  He is active in the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of S. E. Arkansas, is a friend of Scouting.  He also is a member and life group pastor at Family Church in Jefferson County.  Roy and his wife, Trish, have four children and eight grandchildren.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, working in church ministries, and golfing.

Jamie Pafford-Gresham

PO Box 1120

Hope, AR 71802

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Jamie Pafford-Gresham was appointed to the ARDC in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe. She serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. Jamie is the CEO of Pafford Emergency Medical Services, A primarily rural based ambulance service in 27 communities and 4 states.  She has promoted Rural EMS for over 20 years and currently serves on the boards of UACCH, Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Ambulance Association. An outdoor enthusiast, Jamie is married to Ben Gresham, they have two children and are members of Garrett Memorial Baptist Church.

 

 

 

Jeff Phillips

312 West Main

Russellville, AR 72801

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Jeff Phillips was appointed to the ARDC in 2013 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Michael Lamoureux. He serves on the County Fair Grant sub-committee. Jeff currently is a private attorney in Russellville and part time prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District (Pope, Johnson, and Franklin Co.) He and his wife have three children and are members of First United Methodist Church in Russellville. He likes to fish and kayak and competes in National and International powerlifting.  

Glenn Priebe

4061 Old Military Rd

Mountain Home, AR 72653

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Glenn Priebe was appointed to the ARDC in 2010 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Bob Johnson, he was reappointed in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe. He serves on the County Fair Grant sub-committee. Glenn retired after 34 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been married to Sandra for the past 44 years, has a daughter Jennifer, a son Jeff and three grandchildren. Glenn enjoys volunteering with several organizations, including 37 years in Lions Club and 32 years in AR Fairs. He currently serves as President of the AR Fair Manager's Association and the Baxter County Fair. He is an elder in Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home. He enjoys gardening, raising steers, and playing racquetball.

 

 

Max Tackett

1022 Hwy 355 North
Nashville, AR 71852
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Max Tackett was appointed to the ARDC in 2012 by Governor Mike Beebe.  He serves on the Block Grant sub-committee.  He is the Director of Regional Solid Waste Management Boards for Upper Southwest Arkansas.  Max and his wife, Deb, have two children.  He enjoys golf, hunting, and fishing.  In addition to serving on the ARDC, he is involved with the Howard County 4-H Foundation and a member of the First Baptist Church in Nashville.  He was a former Howard County Judge from 1997-2008 and has been a member of various organizations including SW Arkansas Planning and Development District and the Henderson State University Alumni Board.

Lonnie Tuner

801 East Commercial

Ozark, AR 72949

Lonnie Turner was appointed to the ARDC by the Governor in 2013.  He serves as the chair of the Block Grant sub-committee. 

 

 

Peggy Williams

P.O. Box 148

Black Oak, AR 72414

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Peggy Williams was appointed to the ARDC in 2011 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Paul Bookout and appointed to another 2 year term in 2012 by President Pro Tempore, Michael Lamoureux.  She serves on the Block Grant sub-committee.  Peggy and her husband, Norman, live in Black Oak, where he has served as Mayor for 26 years. Peggy worked 15 years in management at American Greeting, in Osceola, and 34 years for Dowless Carpet Emporium, in Monette. She has one son and two grandchildren. She is very active with her family, church, community service projects, and as a country music promoter.