For more information, contact:
Kathryn Norton - Development Officer
Who We Are
The Guardians are a group of young professionals whose goal is to support Easterseals Arkansas in its mission to help children and adults with disabilities achieve independence. The Guardians accomplish this through volunteering, educating members to be advocates within the community for Easterseals and developing leaders to serve on the Easterseals Arkansas Board of Directors.
What We Do
The Guardians have two parts – the Board and the Membership Group.
The Membership Group provides young professionals with the opportunity to learn about Easterseals and be involved without a large time commitment. Members of The Guardians are asked to select at least one or more commitments from a list of volunteer and financial giving opportunities. For example, you can volunteer at an event (Arkansan of the Year, The Fashion Event, Art & Soul or Walk With Me), sponsor a child or adult at Christmas, volunteer in Easterseals' programs or organize a donation drive. The Membership Group also meets twice a year at social gatherings hosted by The Guardians Board, which will give members a chance to learn more about specific programs and needs at Easterseals.
Become a Member
To become a member of this exciting and dynamic group, fill out a Membership Form and return it to Kathryn Norton, Development Officer at Easterseals.
Wren Ward - Chair
Wren Ward attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication. Following graduation in 2008, she began her career with Chi Omega Fraternity as a National Consultant, later moving into an Account Manager role with Aerotek before becoming the Corporate Recruiter for Garver in Little Rock in 2013. In addition to serving on the Guardians Board, Wren is actively involved with Frassati Fellowship of Little Rock, Cathedral of St. Andrew parish, former member of the Junior League of Little Rock and former National Volunteer for Chi Omega Fraternity. Wren joined the Guardians Board in 2015 and currently serves as Vice Chair.
Alexis is Senior Tax Accountant for The Stephens Group LLC. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2004. She then attended the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago where she earned a Masters in Tax Law. In addition to her involvement with the Easterseals Guardians, Alexis serves and volunteers in various organizations throughout the community including the UAMS Auxiliary Crew and the Humane Society of Arkansas. Alexis joined The Guardians Board in 2014 and has served as board chair. Alexis is married to Adam Reid, who also serves on the Guardians’ Board.
Emily Cobb attended the University of Mississippi on an Art scholarship, but decided very quickly she was not a big fan of structured art classes. After much thought, she returned to her hometown of Little Rock and received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and minored in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Upon graduating, she worked in property management for 7 years, got married and started a family. Currently, Emily helps run her father’s commercial cleaning business, Cleanco. Most know Emily as a very talented artist of Art E Cobb. In most recent years, her work has become more abstract. “I love the process of creating a piece and experimenting with color, medium, and texture." In 2014, Emily was named Soiree Woman to Watch. Emily was raised to be an avid believer in giving back. She has been involved with Rock the Runway, Fighting Fancy and Junior League. Currently, she is chairing Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Designer House. She joined the Guardians’ Board in 2016 and served as chair of Art & Soul in 2017 and co-chair in 2016.
Elaine grew up in Little Rock and went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After college and a couple years of travel, Elaine moved back to Little Rock and became an interior decorator for Wonderful Things, a family business that her grandmother started decades ago. Elaine married her husband Nick in June 2014. Elaine joined the Guardians Board in 2014. Since becoming a part of the Board, she has served on the Art & Soul committee. She co-chaired Art & Soul in 2015 and served as chair in 2016. She has also served on the Fashion Event committee.
Joey Lambert is the Recruiting, Sales, and Marketing Specialist for BKD in Arkansas. Prior to joining BKD, Joey worked as the Director of Development for the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas and as the Director of Special Events for Easterseals Arkansas. In addition to the Guardians Board, Joey is a member of The Hat Club of Little Rock which is a socially responsible non-profit organization that offers access to unique community service and charity events. Joey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an M.B.A. from Harding University. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, Mallory, who also serves on the Board. Joey joined the Guardians board in 2014 and currently serves as vice chair.
Originally from El Salvador, Sara found her way to the Natural State via the University of Central Arkansas, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. While studying for her undergraduate degree, Sara completed an internship in the public relations department at CJRW. Sara currently works as Account Executive and Social Media Manager for Martin-Wilbourn Partners. Before joining Martin-Wilbourn Partners, Sara worked at the Whole Foods Market store in Little Rock, where she successfully organized and implemented storewide events. She currently serves on Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas Advisory Council, Wildwood Park for the Arts Board of Directors and as the Social Media Director for the Little Rock Film Festival. When not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, reading and learning new things. She is an avid runner and yoga/barre enthusiast. She joined the Guardians Board in 2014 and currently serves as Marketing Chair.
Adam Reid joined The Guardians Board in 2014. He is an attorney at Barber Law Firm PLLC. Adam heads the firm’s Tax and Estate Planning Practice Group and is a member of its Business and Corporate Law Practice Group. Since 2014, he has been recognized as one of the Mid-South Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.
“My goal is to provide financial solutions for life. These solutions are more than just a financial plan on paper. It is about creating trust, demonstrating competence and displaying a sincere, caring attitude. I want my customers to know that their financial lives, and that of their loved ones, are in the hands of a trustworthy, competent and caring team.” Daniel Robinson joined the Arvest team in July 2012 and serves as Senior Regional Investment Officer for Arvest Wealth Management in the central Arkansas region. Daniel has a degree in economics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has been in the financial services industry since 2004. Daniel's desire to listen and learn his client's core goals are important traits in the industry today. He dedicates his attention to helping his clients with planning, advice and investment management. This includes responsibility for business development as well as the implementation and review of managed trust and investment accounts. He works closely with trust advisors, other investment advisors and portfolio managers to fulfill and service each client's unique needs. Daniel joined The Guardians board in 2014 and is very involved in the community.
Tiffany is the Merchandise Manager for Barbara/Jean Ltd., Little Rock’s premier women’s fashion boutique. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art and Art History from Hendrix College. Tiffany was elected to the Easterseals Board of Directors in 2011 and has served on a variety of non-profit boards of directors. She has also worked on many charity events including Wildwood Park for the Arts, Women and Children First, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Junior League of Little Rock and Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXV. Tiffany joined The Guardians Board in 2014 and has served as Board Chair. Tiffany is married to Daniel Robinson, who also serves on the Guardians’ Board.
Mallory is supervisor in the Medical Informatics Department at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has a B.A. from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s of Public Health specializing in Epidemiology from UAMS. Prior to working at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mallory worked at Easterseals Arkansas Children’s Rehabilitation Center as the Social Services Coordinator. She joined the Guardians Board in 2014.
Angela is the Contemporary Buyer for Barbara/Jean Ltd, Little Rock’s premiere designer clothing store. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Angela joined the Guardians board in 2016 and also serves on Peacekeepers, a young professional board for Women and Children First.
Michael is a Senior Manager with BKD, LLP where he works exclusively with health care industry clients. He provides assurance and consulting services to hospitals ranging from small standalone providers to large regional systems. Michael is a graduate of University of Central Arkansas, Conway, with an M.Acc degree. In addition to his involvement with the Easterseals Guardians, Michael is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He currently serves as a board member of the Arkansas chapter of HFMA and is certified as a Fellow of HFMA (FHFMA). Michael joined the Guardians Board in 2017.
James is a Partner at Encompass Financial Partners in Little Rock, Ark., where he helps clients achieve financial security. He graduated from Harding University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing. James is also a member of The Hat Club of Little Rock, which is a socially responsible non-profit organization that offers access to unique community service and charity events. He is married to his lovely wife Bethany. They reside in Little Rock with two cats and a dog – Weasley, Princess and Lucy.
Wesley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After volunteering in Rwanda teaching science and math, he completed his training in dentistry at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Wes also completed residency training in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is married to Jessica and they are members of Mosaic church. He works at Central Dental in Little Rock and Kidz Choice Dental in Conway. Wes is also involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as well.
Halley Hamon, a Little Rock native, attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she received a bachelor’s degree in literature. Upon moving back to Arkansas, Halley worked in the development department at Easterseals from 2009-2011. She transitioned to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as their volunteer coordinator in 2011, and is still happily there. She has served on the board for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Arkansas Volunteer Coordinator’s Association, and enjoys volunteering at various organizations around town. Halley joined the Guardians Board in 2017 and is thrilled to support the important mission of Easter Seals.
Chandler was born in Little Rock and grew up in a small community called, Williams Junction. He received his bachelor's degree in political science at Lee University in 2011 and then moved back to his home state. Today, he is the communications specialist for the Commissioner of State Lands Office. He joined the Guardians in July 2017 and has served on the event committees for Art & Soul and Fashion Event. He also volunteers as a Peacekeeper for Women & Chilren First.
Jake Keet is Vice President of JTJ Restaurants, LLC., which currently owns and operates ten Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafes, with his brother and father. The restaurant group also owns a sandwich and juice bar, called Paninis and Company. He is a partner in Petit and Keet, a local fine-dining restaurant in Little Rock on 1620 Market Street in conjunction with legendary restaurant staple Louis Petit. Jake’s father Jim Keet served on the Easterseals Board of Directors for numerous years and Jake has felt a connection to the organization since he was a child. Jake worked with his wife as a volunteer at Easterseals in 2008.
Travis Hester is the President of Eat My Catfish. A 2006 graduate of Northwood University, Travis obtained a bachelor's degree in banking, finance, and management. He returned to Central Arkansas where his love of cooking became the driving force behind opening his first Eat My Catfish location in Benton. As his team of employees grew, and he became more involved in his community, Travis realized that he and Eat My Catfish could have a positive influence on individuals and the community. Since that realization, Travis' desire to positively impact others has become his purpose and motivation in all that he does. That is why Eat My Catfish's mission statement declares the company's goal of "exceeding expectations" in the store and in the community. He knows this can only be accomplished "by partnering with local suppliers" and focusing on "developing the future leaders of our communities." It is Travis' focus on positive relationships, building up the community, and developing those around him that has led to his involvement in various organizations, including Easterseals Arkansas. After Eat My Catfish's fundraiser for Easterseals Arkansas in September of 2017, Travis toured the Little Rock Easterseals' Campus and knew that he had a strong desire to do more with the organization, which led to his joining the Guardians Board the January of 2018.