Class Notes Fall 2020

Class Notes

1950s

Bill R. Scarth and Carolyn (West) Scarth, both ’56, were married and received bachelor’s degrees from The University of Tulsa. Bill earned juris doctorate, and Carolyn earned a master’s degree in special education from TU.

2000s

Chris Eads, ’07, is a business development manager at Weldon, Williams, and Lick.

 

Rachel McGrew, ’08, has been named to the Arkansas Business 40 under 40 class of 2020.

  

 

Kim Weaver, ‘04, is the head coach for the Alma Airedale’s volleyball team. 

 

Kaity Gould, ’09, and husband Gabriel Gould held a grand opening for the second location of Fort Smith Coffee Company in The Bakery District at 70 S. Seventh St. in Fort Smith in June.

 

April Mayo, ’04, is director of nursing and administrator at Mercy Hospital Paris. 

Albert Hutchins

Matt Hutchins, ’08, and his wife Dayna welcomed their first child, Albert James Hutchins, on Dec. 12, 2019. 

 

 

2010s

Daniel Scamardo, ’19, is a bank operations specialist, working through each department of the company over two years for Celerit Technologies in Little Rock.

 

Harvanova Stanislava, ’13, completed a master’s degree in strengthening and conditioning at Arkansas Tech. She has written a book, “The Indigo Child,” which is available on Amazon. She is an adjunct professor of health and wellness.

Forrest Marvin

Kelsey Marvin, ’19, and her husband, Jordan, welcomed their second child, Forrest Jackson Marvin, on Nov. 22, 2019. Forrest weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. 

 

 

Daniel K. Tu, ’17, passed the CPA exam. 

 

Thuder Phanphengdee, ’17, is an associate material planner at Ingersoll Rand, Trane Custom.

 

Daniel Hobbs, ’13, has been promoted to branch manager of the Central Mall branch of First National Bank.

 

Chukwukere Ekeh, ’15, was profiled as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans of 2019 in the November issue of Jezabel magazine. 

 

Katie Kidwell, ’12, married Jordan Donmopyer on Oct. 19. 2019. The couple lives in northwest Arkansas. 

Zion Barrett Emery

Danielle and Logan Emery, both ’17, celebrated the birth of their third child, Zion Barrett Emery, on Oct. 17, 2019. Zion was 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 ½ inches. 

 

 

Brooks Hedstrom, ’19, teaches civics and world history at Rogers Heritage High School, where he is also the assistant coach for the cross country track team.

 

Casey Ludolf, ’19, teaches English at Pea Ridge Middle School.

 

Braydon McKeown, ’19, teaches special education at Belle Pointe School in Fort Smith. He is working on a master’s degree in special education at the University of Central Arkansas. He went to Boys Town National Training in Nebraska in November.  

 

Jasmine Myers, ’18, teaches third grade at Pike Elementary School. 

 

Nata Matthews, ’12, received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Creighton University in Omaha. She is a nurse practitioner at Baptist Health Family Clinic-Massard.

 

Kody Nichols, ’10, has joined Mercy Clinic Pediatrics in Fort Smith. He received his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and was the chief pediatric resident at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

Iker Sedeño

Iker Sedeño, ’17, is teaching Spanish at Asheville School, a boarding institution in North Carolina. 

 

 

Kim Phu and Tony Phanouvong, both ‘16, announced their engagement on Dec. 3.

 

Spencer Meares, ’16, is a client manager with The Nielsen Company in Bentonville.

 

Jasmine Wright, ’11, received a master’s of education degree in special education with a graduate certificate in applied behavioral analysis. 

 

Blake Hansen, ’10, received an MBA from Arkansas State University.

 

Cheyenne Kassworm, ’11, received her master of education degree from the University of Arkansas. She teaches English for Fayetteville High School and plans to marry Tanner Boots on July 11, 2020.

 

Tony Jones, ’16, encouraged the Class of 2019 to carry forward the lessons learned on campus in his address at UAFS Commencement on Dec. 14, 2019. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May 2020 and was the administrative assistant/law clerk for Justice Robin Wynne on the Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock this summer while preparing for the bar exam.

 

Rachel Barnes Scharbor, ’11, a dental hygienist for Dr. Carl Friddle, opened The Cloth Collective in February inside the Shops at Brick City. All items in the shop are sourced from USA manufacturers.

 

Eve Stockton, ’18, announced her engagement to Dallas Easley on New Year’s Day 2020.

 

Krysten Fagan, ’18, announced her engagement and plans to be married on April 11 to Rylan Russell.

 

Tyler Armstrong, ’17, has started a new position as the pro bono coordinator in the Fort Smith office of for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services.

Hollan K. Lynn

Effie Lynn, ’18, and husband Paul announce the birth of their son Hollan K. Lynn on Sept. 29, 2019. At birth, he was 20 inches and 6 pounds and 8 ounces.

 

 

Emilie Anne Payne, ’19, has accepted a teaching position at Cass Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Ozark.

 

Kristen Phillips, ’19, is a planning specialist in the managed transport group at ArcBest. She entered a master’s of business – digital marketing program at Arkansas Tech University and expects to graduate in 2021.

 

Carla Acosta, ’18, has moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico, for a year to complete the final two rotations of the Ingersol Rand Accelerated Development Program.

 

Irvin S. Martinez, ’15, has been promoted to benefits coordinator at Tyson Foods. 

 

Nina Vu Matlock, ’17, and her husband Matthew have moved to Tampa, Fla., where she is a junior merchandising associate for Rooms to Go. 

 

Siedra P. Tidwell, ’16, who passed all parts of her CPA exam in October, has moved to Dallas, where she is an assurance senior at Moss Adams.

 

Nattapol Bantong, ’16, is an international tax senior associate at RSM US in Dallas.

 

Luis Aguilar, ’15, and Ashlee Zepeda announced the birth of their son Luka Manuel Aguilar on Feb. 5, 2020. He was 19.5 inches and 5 pounds and 11 ounces. 

 

Matthew Seiter, ’16, is a customer service representative at Motion Industries.

 

Madison Serratt, ’19, is a business development manager at Weldon, Williams, and Lick.

 

Koby Chadick, ’14, is an analyst at Midwest Growth Partners. 

Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols, ’15, is assistant vice president, commercial relationship manager at Regions Bank. 

 

 

Ryan, ’14, and Laura Millican ,’17, announced the birth of their daughter Skylar on March 22, 2020.  She was 19” long and 8 pounds. 12 ounces.

 

Nycole Oliver, ’11, ’04, will be inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing later this year.

 

Travis Sandifer, ’12, has been hired as assistant principal at Greenwood High School. 

 

Shawn Young, ’18, has started a new position as a registered representative for Edwards Jones in their Jenny Lind Fort Smith office.

 

Evelyn Tyson-Stewart, ’17, completed her master’s degree in Leadership and Ethics at John Brown University. She is a center product specialist at Arvest, a client service agent for Delta Airlines at the terminal at Fort Smith. She also runs her travel business, Travel Endeavors.

 

Davin Chitwood, ’19, is a personal lines producer with Cross Pointe Insurance in Fort Smith.

 

Lauren and Brad Andrews, ’18 and ’14, welcomed their first child, Declan Matthew Andrews on July 9, 2020. Declan weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces. 

Jordan Hale

Jordan Hale, ’13, is a field representative for Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers.

 

 

Kellie Hale, ’14, graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is on the staff at the River Valley Animal Hospital.

 

Kallie Tanner, ’14, completed her Master of Public Administration degree in 2018. She relocated to Dallas in the spring of 2019. She is a project manager for Garland, Texas. 

 

Emilie Anne Payne, ’19, will be teaching at Mountainburg Middle School.

 

Matthew Farrar, ’15, started a new position in Chicago as an associate consultant for the Shelby Group, which is a procurement management consulting company.

 

Erin Rhodes, ’18, started a new position as a buying associate at Tankersley Food in Van Buren.

 

Isai Caranza, ’16, graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May. He has accepted a position as an associate on the privacy team at Shellman and Company, where he will help clients navigate state and federal laws and regulations regarding privacy and data management.

 

Callie Spahn, ’19, accepted a position teaching at Carnal Elementary School this year.

 

Kassandra Crowder, ’17, has announced her engagement to Logan Wilmoth on July 12 at Delta Lake in Wyoming. 

 

Taylor Elise Smith, ’13, became the school administrator and K-8 principal at Harvest Time Academy in Fort Smith on June 1.

 

Ryan LeFleur, ’10, is the new director of bands at Ozark High School. 

 

Dusan Stojanovic, ’16, accepted a position as admissions recruiter at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. He will continue as an adjunct professor at UAFS.

Eva Jalynn Dobbins

Stephany Dobbins, ’18, and her husband Sonny welcomed their daughter Eva Jalynn Dobbins on June 9, 2020, at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 20½ inches. 

 

 

JD Clayton, ’18, released his newest single, “Slow and Steady”; it can be streamed on Spotify. He is now a team leader with Artisan Landscape in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Jordan Johns, ‘16, is an account manager for Atchley Air in Fort Smith. 

 

Josh Simmonds, ’18, is the Upward Bound Coordinator at UAFS. 

Garrison Fay Gilbreth

Gracie and Taylor Gilbreth, ’14 and ’15, welcomed the birth of their son Garrison Fay Gilbreth on July 28, 2020, He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and is 20 inches.

 

 

BreAhna Walton, ’19, is a mortgage consultant with Caliber Home Loans in Frisco, Texas.

 

Brenda Rosales, ’19, received her White Coat on Aug. 13 as she entered UAMS.

 

Devon Ratteree, 18, and Brennan Dooly, ’19, were married July 31 at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

 

Candice Followwell, ’16, is the new women’s basketball coach and geometry teacher at Garland High School in Garlands, Texas.

 

Allison Thompson, ’19, teaches eighth grade English and creative writing at Chaffin Junior High School in Fort Smith. 

 

Edwin Terrell Wshington, ‘11, is assistant dean of special programs in the of Student Academic Affairs at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Morgan Kratts and Taylor Ridenour, ’17 and ’18, were married Aug. 16 at Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Edmond, Okla.

Stephanie Long

Stephanie Long, ’19, was named Celebrate Magazine’s “One to Watch” in the September 2020 issue. 

 

 

Aleska Sparks. ’18, is the office manager and marketing director at McMillan Financial Services.

 

2020s

Rachel Williams, ’20, who had an internship at WFAA Channel 8 studios in Dallas during summer 2019, has been accepted into the master of arts program in Media & Communications at Norfolk State University.

 

Gage Dalton Norris,’20, has accepted a position at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) in Tysons, Va.

 

Taylor Wewers ’20, will attend the Law School at Notre Dame in the fall.

 

Jacqueline Lyle, ’20, started with Snelling Personnel in Fort Smith as social media and marketing coordinator and staffing specialist.

 

Sarah Mott, ’20, started as a receptionist at PeterBilt.

 

John Newsom, ’20, is a child welfare specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Sallisaw, Okla.

 

Guadalupe Zepeda, ’20, is a recovery coach/coordinator at Harbor House. 

 

Erin Widenmann, ’20, passed her NCLEX boards for nursing and is a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Lauren Becker, ’20, will be teaching math at the Van Buren Freshman Academy and Van Buren High School this fall.

 

Ramona Humphrey, ’20, is teaching in Fort Smith Public Schools.