Easterseals Arkansas Staff Leadership
Elaine Eubank, President & CEO
Elaine Eubank is the President & CEO of Easterseals Arkansas—a nonprofit that has been serving children and adults with disabilities for almost 75 years. Easterseals Arkansas serves 20,000 people per year with a $22,000,000 annual budget and 550 employees. Prior to Easterseals, Eubank served as President and CEO of CareLink, Assistant Director of Aging and Adult Services in Arkansas and Director of Women’s Health at the Arkansas Department of Health. Elaine lives in Little Rock and is married to Alfred Williams. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Easterseals Arkansas 2017 Board of Directors
Jay Heflin, Chair of the Board
Jay Heflin is vice president for administration of Legacy Termite & Pest Control, Inc., in Little Rock. A 1993 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Heflin earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He and his brother Marc co-founded Bird and Bear Medical, Inc., a medical equipment company that operated across the state until August 2013. Jay is Chair of the Development Committee.
Dr. James Hunt, Vice-Chair
Dr. Hunt is an anesthesiologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008. He and his wife DeAnn are the proud parents of Al, who previously served as the Easterseals Child Representative.
Chris Johnson, Secretary
Chris Johnson is a C.P.A. and currently is the Principal Financial Officer for Dillards, Inc. From 2012-2015 he served as Vice President of Real Estate for Dillard's, Inc. and from 2006-2012, he served as Vice President of Accounting for Dillard's, Inc. Since 2008, Chris has also served as C.F.O. for CDI Contractors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dillard's. Prior to joining Dillard's, Chris held various positions with prominent public accounting firms, most notably as a senior manager for KPMG LLP, and later, Ernst & Young LLP. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Baptist Health Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas' Walton College of Business Alumni Society. He is also a member of the Arkansas Society of CPA's ethics committee. Chris received his BSBA degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1993. He is married to Meredith Johnson, also a U of A alumnus. Together, they have four children, Hannah, Brynne, Alex and Catherine.
George Cole, Treasurer
George Cole is Vice President of Information Technology for Windstream Corporation. He has over 19 years experience in both finance and information technology. George has also served on Christ Episcopal Church Finance and Vestry Committee in 2014-2015.
William P. Carlton
Bill Carlton is the former Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Carlton-Bates Company. He sold the company to Wesco International, Inc. in 2005 and founded the Carlton Group, a capital advisory firm headquartered in Little Rock a year later. He has served as a member of the Easterseals Board of Directors since 2006.
Michael Desselle is Vice President of Process Integrity and Chief Compliance and Administrative Officer for Southwest Power Pool. He has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, having served in a variety of analytical and advocacy positions with utility companies and consulting firms throughout his career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in operations research from Louisiana State University and also completed the American Electric Power-Ohio State University Strategic Leadership Program at Fisher College of Business as well as Harvard Business School’s Driving Corporate Performance program. Chair of the North American Energy Standards Board, Michael is also a member brother of the Order of St. John. He and his wife, Susan, have a son, 29, and daughter, who is 27.
Ralph Eubanks, Executive Vice President for Creative and Account Services at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, has more than 36 years experience in the advertising field as a writer, producer, creative director, account services manager and agency principal. During his career, Eubanks' work has won well over 100 local, regional and national awards for numerous clients. He has served on the board of directors for Potluck Food Rescue and the board of trustees for the Anthony School and won the Arkansas Advertising Federation's distinguished service award.
Rick Fleetwood, CEO/CFO of Little Rock-based Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory, currently serves on the boards of Easterseals Arkansas, United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas, CARTI and the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Gala. His commitment to community service has led to other awards, including state, regional, National Rehabilitation Meritorious Service Awards and the Governor’s Commission Service Award.
Shawn is a CPA and partner of BKD, LLP. He is a member of AICPA and Arkansas Society of CPA's. He currently serves on the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Staff Parrish Relations Committee. He is married to Elizabeth and has two children.
Angela Harrison-King is president of Welsco, Inc., the largest woman-owned industrial gas and welding equipment distributor in the United States. The company has 115 employees and 16 locations that service customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Kansas. Angela began her tenure on the Easterseals Board in 2003.
James S. Irwin (Jim)
Jim Irwin leads Irwin Partners, a commercial brokerage, development and investment real estate firm with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jim entered the real estate business in 1973 after graduating from the University of Arkansas. He spent the first six years of his professional career working in Little Rock as an appraiser and obtained the commercial real estate appraisal MAI designation in 1980. In March of 1980, Jim moved into the commercial real estate brokerage business and formed his own commercial real estate company in 1990.
John Lawlor joined Vestcom in December 2008 as Chief Commercial Officer. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Lawlor is focused on driving the vision for the company’s future growth, building on its expertise of content integration and history of innovation in execution at the shelf edge. Additionally, Mr. Lawlor continues to enrich Vestcom’s business processing outsource model for today’s customer-centric retailer with expanded solutions for effective in-store communications that reduce the cost of doing business and engage the shopper.
W. Brock Martin
Brock Martin is a partner at Orion Capitol Partners. Brock was elected to the Easterseals Board of Directors in 2006.
Matt McClendon is President and Owner of DSG – a sales enablement firm specializing in sales transformation, sales messaging, and sales playbooks. He attended Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He is a member of Fellowship Bible Church, where he also volunteers. He and his wife, Suzanne, have three children, ages 17, 16 and 14.
Richard Parker is President of Parker Automotive Group in Little Rock. Richard was elected to the Easterseals Board of Directors in 2008.
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 Master in Tax Law. Alexis is also Board Chair of the Easterseals Guardians, our young professional board. Alexis also serves and volunteers in various organizations throughout the community including the UAMS Auxiliary Crew and the Humane Society of Arkansas.
Ben Ridings is a Vice President at Bank of the Ozarks in the Trust & Wealth Management Division. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Mississippi and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Professionally, he is part of the Arkansas Bankers Association – Emerging Leaders Council, a member of the Central Arkansas Estate Council and of Rotary Club 99. In addition to Easterseals Arkansas, Ben is involved philanthropically at Fellowship Bible Church as a small group leader, and with various service projects at Our House, City Serve and ShareFest. He and his wife, Allison, have three children, ages 13, 11 and 9.
Tiffany is the Merchandise Manager for Barbara/Jean Ltd., Little Rock's premier women 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 worked on many charity events for Wildwood Park for the Arts, Women and Children First, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Junior League of Little Rock and Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXV. Tiffany has also joined the Easterseals Guardians Board in 2014.
Lisenne Rockefeller owns The Winrock Group, Inc. and Winrock Farms, Inc. Lisenne has served on the boards of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, now known as the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Arkansas Repertory theater, Delta Trust & Bank, Arkansas Virtual Academy and Ballet Arkansas. She is past chair of the board of The Nature Conservancy Arkansas and the Pulaski County Humane Society and was a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.
Wendy See has served on the Easterseals Board of Directors for 15 years. She is currently the Director of the Commercial Pharmacy for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Formerly a Specialty Account Executive for CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy Services, she supported the development, implementation and maintenance of her clients’ Specialty Pharmacy programs.
Warren Simpson is an Executive Vice President of Stephens Inc., Managing Director of Stephens Capital Management and member of the StephensChoice Investment Committee. He has a BBA from Southern Methodist University and holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas. He has been in the investment business since 1982 and with Stephens since 1987.
Michael E. Stock is President and Chief Executive Officer of QualChoice Health Insurance, an Arkansas-based health services company that offers a variety of managed care products and benefit administration services. Stock joined QualChoice as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer in August 2002, responsible for all aspects of managed care operations in Arkansas and for all financial management and reporting responsibilities.
Jay Taylor is a partner of the Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP firm. He represents commercial lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Jay graduated from Emory University School of Law. In 2015 he was recognized as Little Rock Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.
Gus M. Vratsinas
Gus Vratsinas is the President of Vratsinas Enterprises, LLC of Little Rock. Formerly Chairman of VCC of Little Rock, Gus has 40 years of management and professional engineering responsibilities in projects ranging from industrial to retail, commercial, health care, residential, high-rise and institutional. Gus holds a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Governor Asa Hutchinson, Honorary Chairman