Easterseals Arkansas 2022 Board of Directors
Chris Johnson, Chair of the Board
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, Vice-Chair
George Cole has over 19 years of experience in both finance and information technology. George has also served on Christ Episcopal Church Finance and Vestry Committee in 2014-2015.
Matt McClendon, Secretary
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.
W. Brock Martin, Treasuer
Brock Martin is a partner at Orion Capitol Partners. Brock was elected to the Easterseals Board of Directors in 2006.
Scott Copas has been Chief Executive Officer and President at Baldwin & Shell Construction Company since January 2014. He served as an Executive Vice President at Baldwin & Shell Construction Company from 1993 to 2012 and joined the Baldwin & Shell Construction company in 1977 after attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Fayetteville where he studied Architecture and Business. He served as a Project Manager at Baldwin & Shell Construction Company since 1978 and its Vice President since 1983. He has been a Director at Baldwin & Shell Construction Company since 2009. He is one of the four original Certified Estimators in the State of Arkansas. He served as President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, has served three years on the National Board and serves on two national association committees. He has been nationally recognized for his innovative membership development and retention program that earned the Arkansas Chapter the coveted Cashman Award for membership.
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.
Rick Fleetwood, former 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.
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.
Ashlie Hilbun, EdD, CFRE serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Arkansas Children’s. In her role, she works closely with senior leadership and the system’s board of directors to guide the implementation of Arkansas Children’s strategic goals and objectives. Hilbun previously served as Vice President of Philanthropy at Arkansas Children’s Foundation, co-leading the system’s overall fundraising strategy and crafting external messaging and storytelling. Before joining the Arkansas Children’s team, she led development and external relations for the University of Arkansas’ J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, where she served as a thought leader in coordinating strategic program development with leadership philanthropy and advocacy. Hilbun earned a doctorate of education from the University of Arkansas, holds a master's of social work from Tulane University and is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. She joined the Easterseals board in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Joey Lambert is the Recruiting, and Marketing Manager 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 serving on the EasterSeals Board, Joey is chairman of the EasterSeals Advocacy Committee as well as a former President of the Easter Seals Guardians Board. In addition, 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, along with two rescue dogs, Thatcher and Major and a cat named Goose. Joey joined the Easterseals board in 2020.
Laura R. Landreaux is president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas – a company that has helped power life in Arkansas for over 106 years. Laura became president and CEO on July 1, 2018. Her career with Entergy Arkansas began in 2007 as senior counsel, practicing regulatory law for five years. Prior to joining Entergy, she was an attorney for Salt River Project, a water and electricity utility in Phoenix, Arizona for four years. She joined Salt River Project after spending four years in private practice at Quarles & Brady, LLP in Phoenix, Arizona. A native of Little Rock, Landreaux earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, where she was on the Arkansas Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She joined the Easteresals board in 2020.
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 in 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.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Michael “Mike” Preston executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) in March 2015 and Secretary of Commerce July 2019. Preston is highly regarded as a leading advocate in economic development. Before joining AEDC, he served six and a half years as the Vice President of Government Relations for Enterprise Florida, the state’s primary economic development organization. In 2018, Preston was selected to join The Wall Street Journal’s prestigious CEO Council. It is an invitation-only group that connects some of the world’s most ambitious and influential leaders to discuss the issues shaping the future. A 2005 graduate of the University of Florida, Mike and his wife Anne – along with their young son Pierce – are proud to call Arkansas home. He joined the Easterseals board in 2020.
Linus Raines is Director of Business Development for Green Stamp America, Inc/Japan Green Stamp, a diversified investment and management company and international corporation with headquarters in New York and Tokyo. Its businesses include the international business development/ investment activities of Tokyo-based Green Stamp Group of companies consisting of ownership in hotels (Arkansas’ Excelsior Hotel, now LR Marriott), restaurants, retail stores, loyalty stamp program for the international grocery industry, wholesale interior design/ gift markets, travel agencies, commercial real estate, golf courses/country clubs, vineyards. She is currently serving on the boards of American Taekwondo Association International (ATA), Winrock International Advisory Council (Co-Chairman), University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business Executive Forum (AEF) and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. She joined the Easterseals board in 2020.
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.
As Vice President of Pharmacy and Primary Care for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Wendy See has leadership responsibility for operational and strategic componets of pharmacy management as well as provider partnership inititatives for the primary care segment of the delivery system. Wendy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy and earned a hospital pharmacy certificate of residency from the VA Medical Center in Little Rock. In 2001, she was awarded a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to joining Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2014, Wendy held leadership roles in both the managed care and home care industries.
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.
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