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Arkansas Department
of Rural Services

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Call Toll Free: 1-888-787-2527
In Little Rock: 501-682-6011
Fax: 501-682-6014
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Rural Services

DRS Staff

The most important thing we would like to do is thank you for all you do as county and city officials, legislators, rural firefighters and volunteers in rural Arkansas. We want to truly congratulate you on all you do and offer any assistance you might need. We believe we have the most cohesive, hard-working commission and staff in government. We always endeavor to treat folks in the way we would like to be treated. It's not original -- it's called the Golden Rule. We hope you have a terrific year. Thank you from all of us.


John Andrews

John Andrews


John Andrews is a native of Walnut Ridge where he currently lives with his wife, Kim Oldham Andrews and his three children, Tyler, Hayden and Savannah. John received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Science from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He served on the Arkansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 10 years and was the Secretary/Treasurer for 6 years.  John was chosen by Arkansas Business as one of Arkansas’ “40 under 40” in 2003. He’s served on both the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board and the Arkansas State Plant Board.  Before coming to the Department of Rural Services, John operated a family farm in Lawrence County, where he grew rice and soybeans. He is a member of Lynn United Methodist Church.

Alex Hale

Assistant Director

Alex is a native of El Dorado where she graduated in 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Communications and Marketing.  Following graduation Alex went to work as a general assignment reporter for the local NBC station, KTVE 10 News. Before landing at the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, she traveled the southern part of the state working as a field representative for United States Senator John Boozman.  Alex started as a Grants Analyst with Rural Services in September of 2012, she now serves as Assistant Director of the Agency.


Ashley Branscum

Grants Analyst

Rural Services Block Grant Program

County Fair Building Grant

General Improvement Fund-1 & 3

Ashley is a native of Bergman where she graduated in 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in Accounting. Following graduation Ashley went to work as an accounting and human resources assistant in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She and her husband, Evan, moved to Little Rock in the summer of 2013 so he could pursue his medical career at UAMS. Ashley has been with Rural Services since August of 2013.


Anita Chouinard

Grants Analyst

Rural Community Grant Program

General Improvement Fund- 2

Anita “Cormier” Chouinard was born and raised in Rumford, Maine.  She, husband Roland, and four children moved to Greenbrier, AR, in the spring of 1979.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.  Her employment as a state employee began with the Department of Parks and Tourism where she stayed for over 12 years as a Grants Analyst with the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program. Anita concentrates on fire protection grants at Rural Services, she has been with the agency since August of 2013. 


Loretta Weathers

Administrative Specialist

Loretta is a native of Arkansas where she has lived and worked in the Little Rock and North Little Rock all her life.  She has work for State Government for 27 years.  She worked with the Department of Finance and Administration Revenue for 9 years then she went to work for the Department of Finance and Administration Procurement for 18 years. Loretta is currently working at the Arkansas Department of Rural Services as an Administrative Specialist.