The Ladder: January 2023

Brooklyn Parker Named Among Best Lawyers 

Brooklyn Parker, an attorney at Jason Owens Law Firm, was named to the Arkansas Times list of Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch. Parker made the list for business organization, commercial litigation and labor and employment litigation attorneys. 

Conway Corp Names Employees of the Year, Tech Earns Wastewater Certification 

Conway Corp recently honored Lonnie McCoy, Jake Ballard and Customer Care Specialist Renisenb McGehee with awards for their exemplary work performance. 

McCoy won the Tower of Excellence Award. This award recognizes an employee who has made a significant impact on Conway Corp through outstanding dedication and exceptional job performance. 

McGehee received the Customer Service Award and Ballard received the Safety Leadership Award. 

Landon Green has earned the Class III Wastewater license from the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment.  

The requirements for Class III Wastewater certification include satisfactory completion of more than 120 hours of approved training, three years of experience in wastewater treatment, with at least one year in treatment plant operation, and passing the Class III exam. 

Conway Regional Health System Names New Chief Nursing Officer 

April Kranz has been named chief nursing officer for the Conway Regional Health System. Kranz started the role Dec. 27. 

Kranz will lead nursing for the health system, which includes Dardanelle Regional Medical Center. She comes to Conway from Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. She worked more than 10 years in healthcare systems in Indiana. 

Garcia Wealth Management Adds Representative 

Garcia Wealth Management has hired Chase Hodges as a financial representative. Hodges began in the role in December. 

Hodges joins a team of representatives and will provide expert guidance and innovative solutions to Garcia Wealth Management clients. 

Hendrix College Names Next President 

The Hendrix College Board of Trustees has named Karen K. Petersen to be the 13th president of Hendrix College, beginning in June 2023. Petersen will succeed W. Ellis Arnold III, who will become president emeritus following his retirement in June. 

A native of northwest Arkansas, Petersen was selected following a comprehensive national search process involving Hendrix alumni, Board of Trustees members, faculty, staff, and students. She joins the Hendrix community from the University of Tulsa, where she is a professor of political science and dean of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences. 

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Karen Petersen join our community and lead Hendrix into a new era of planning and progress,” said Jo Ann Biggs, chair of the Hendrix College Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee. 

Mainstream Technologies Hires Software Developer 

Mainstream Technologies has hired Zach Alexander as a software developer. Alexander will design, develop and deploy full-stack software solutions for Mainstream clients. 

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