mentor connectionsThirty-seven University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were matched with a community leader or business executive and UAFS young alumni for the fourth year of the UAFS Alumni Association’s Mentors Connections program.


The Mentor Connections program allows students to be mentored by a successful community business professionals and recently-graduated alumni in the student’s field of study. The groups meet once per month and discuss both personal and professional topics. The program’s goal is for the students to build confidence, gain knowledge, and build connections that will help them succeed in their chosen career field.


Students, young alumni, and executive mentors are:


  • Carla Acosta of Clarksville, international business major; Allison Kyrouac, The Richland Group; and Barbara Bethell, First National Bank.
  • Sarah Balow of Fort Smith, accounting major; Eaven Ward, Ward Brothers Roofing; and Tim Bailey, Candy Craze.
  • Pauline Bollo Bikoula of Fort Smith, finance major; Jasmine Hattabaugh, UAFS; and Christine Terry, OK Foods.
  • James Brown of Alma, accounting major; Kane Whitt, CSK Hotels; and Tim Thorne, ArcBest Corp.
  • Ashley Chancey of Dothan, Ala., accounting and finance major; Sarah Lovett, Zero Mountain; and Jennifer Parks, Health Pointe Insurance Services.
  • Casey Chancey of Dothan, Ala., business administration major; Keith Lux, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Beth Presley, Arvest Bank.
  • J.D. Clayton of Fort Smith, marketing major; Jeremy May, ArcBest Corp.; and Fred Williams, Williams/Crawford.
  • Amanda Cravey of Hartford, marketing major; Jordan Hale, UAFS; and Mat Pitsch, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District.
  • Dustin Crossland of Lavaca, finance major; William Ricks, First National Bank; and Bill Hanna, Hanna Oil & Gas.
  • Chase Daniels of Fort Smith, business administration major; Rebecca Peters, Champ Hinton Cars; and Kim Snipes, First National Bank.
  • Pollet Delgado of Van Buren, accounting and finance major, Sunshine Barlett, Arvest Bank; and Mark Rumsey, Zero Mountain.
  • Lindsey Dillard of Fort Smith, accounting major; Amy Douglas, OK Foods; and Sara Adams, BrickCity Emporium.
  • Kennon Doss of Van Buren, financial and international business major; Brad Andrews, Weldon, Williams & Lick; and Sam Sicard, First National Bank.
  • Alex Ellis of Decatur, accounting and finance major; Brandon Parker, Carrot Dirt Organics; and Margaret Tanner, UAFS.
  • Danielle Emery of Hackett, accounting major; Chukwukere Ekeh, Citizens Bank & Trust; and Steve Clark, Propak Logistics.
  • Cambrie Emert of Fort Smith, business administration major; Krystina Cherry, MedExpress; and Melissa Curry, Methodist Village.
  • Madison Gillam of Fort Smith, business administration major; Rikki Hobbs, Shared Services of Fort Smith; and Erin Gattis, ArcBest Corp.
  • Kathleen Hedges of Fort Smith, business administration major; Megan Nichols, Bancorp South; and Rebecca Fleck, Cooper Clinic.
  • Jackeline Henriquez of Van Buren, finance major; Karen Barrera, ArcBest Corp.; and Carl Norris, Methodist Village.
  • Madison Hunt of Percy, marketing major; Brian Williams, Arvest Bank; and Bill Priakos, Barefoot Beach Vacation Rentals.
  • Katalina Hurt of Gentry, accounting and finance major; Crystal Yarbrough, Propak Logistics; and Aimee Arzoumanian, Sparks.
  • Max Kangwarnpom of Fort Smith, international business major; Dallas Kuper, Covenant Presbyterian Church; and Phillip Merry, First Western Insurance.
  • Effie Lynn of Spiro, Okla., international business major; Amy Abbott, First National Bank; and Claire Kolberg, Centuria Ventures.
  • Grady McCain of Fort Smith, business administration major; Eric Smithson, Simmons Bank; and Bennie Westphal, Ozark Oil & Gas.
  • Alicia Meador of Fort Smith, accounting and finance major; Grace Lowe, ArcBest Corp.; and Chris Cluck, Beall Barclay.
  • Alex Moody of Hackett, accounting major; Dale Williams, USA Truck; Sam Fiori, KMAC Enterprises.
  • MacKenzie Mullikin of Greenwood, business administration major; Amy Snell, ABF Logistics; and Susan Grobmyer, retired but formerly of Centennial Bank.
  • Melissa Noble of Rudy, accounting and finance major; Taylor Goodson, First National Bank; and Cheryl Stone, USA Truck.
  • Mason Rhodes of Russellville, marketing major; Meagan Bowling, UAFS; and Renee Durham, Harry Robinson Buick GMC.
  • Ted Sexton of Barling, accounting and finance major; Kaeli Ferguson, ArcBest Corp.; and Ivy Owen, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.
  • Albert Spanel of Fort Smith, business administration major; Colton Clark, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Robert Halliburton, Centennial Bank.
  • Eve Stockton of Greenwood, accounting and finance major; Katie Hug, ArcBest Corp.; and Susan Devero, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education.
  • Breanna Sutphin of Branch, finance major; Amanda Coffman, Williams/Crawford; and Sina Oden, Arvest Bank.
  • Christian Taggart of Charleston, finance major; Casey Millspaugh, UPS; and John Taylor, Stifel Investment Services.
  • Skyler Webster of Poteau, Okla., finance major; Daniel Hobbs, First National Bank; and Sarah Howe, Sarah Howe Interior Design.
  • Lindsay White of Charleston, business administration major; Ricky Hernandez, OK Foods; and David Cravens, Regions Bank.
  • Shawn Young of Hardy, finance major; Zach Werley, MidSouth Financial Services; and Jim Fourmy, First National Bank.


For more information on the Mentors Connection program or how to become involved, contact Rick Goins, alumni director, at 479-788-7026 or


Photo Credits: 
Photo by Rachel Putman, Photographer, Marketing and Communications Office
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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