Easterseals Arkansas Staff Leadership
Elaine Eubank, President & CEO
Elaine Eubank assumed the duties of Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals Arkansas effective July 1, 2014. Elaine has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector and was most recently the CEO of CareLink, a position she held for 22 years. During that time, she increased CareLink’s budget and staff from $4.5 million annually and 400 employees to $17,000,000 annually and 800 employees. In addition, she has secured funding for several successful state and national demonstrations and recently concluded a successful $5,000,000 capital campaign. Elaine lives in Little Rock and is married to Alfred Williams. She has two children and three grandchildren.
Easterseals Arkansas 2016 Board of Directors
Angela Harrison-King, Chair of the Board
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.
Jay Heflin, Vice Chair
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Graves retired in July 2014 after 41 years of owning Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions. She is currently the first woman chair of the Baptist Health Systems Board of Trustees and was recently selected by Governor Mike Beebe as one of seven members of the Independent Citizens Commission. In addition, Barbara is Vice Chair of the Little Rock Centennial Bank Board, a member of Little Rock Rotary - Club 99 and an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, serving as a volunteer for their video ministry. Barbara is married to Barry McDaniel, and they have two adult sons, Sean (wife is Dorothy) and Rob (wife is Lori) and three wonderful grandchildren, Elias, Rowan and Ari.
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.
Dr. James Hunt
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.
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.
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 Masters 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.
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.
Bill Spencer is the general manager of Marriott Little Rock. He has over 30 years experience in hotel management. Bill has also served on the board for Auto Zone Liberty Bowl and Opera Memphis.
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