Inviting Arkansas August 2023

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Melanie Buchanan
Methodist Family Health
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“I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious pieces of good in the world.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton continues to grace the world with her music, generosity and wisdom. As an icon, she is revered for her pragmatic approach to philanthropy and life’s simple lessons. If we take + make time for gratitude, remarkable things happen. Inviting Arkansas remains the space and place that serves as a reminder.

Melanie and Matt Buchanan believe community is where God’s love and people come together to transform lives. These acts of kindness reflect courage and optimism that change is possible. The couple is committed to building a brighter future for all Arkansans and will welcome friends of Methodist Family Health to Southern Silks Stakes next month. The Riggs family legacy is unwavering as Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services celebrates a century of mission fulfillment work. Marci Riggs recognizes the strong women in her family that established + empowered this organization that provides a home for healing. Her great-greatgrandmother Lulu did everything and anything necessary to rescue children in peril.

This is the good in the world … it’s cultivated by countless individuals who are collectively invested in the welfare of humanity and creates a ripple effect: goodness encourages and attracts more goodness. And that’s the best news ever.

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INSIDE LIFE&BEAUTY PROFILES 20 Arvest Bank – Big Dam Bridge 100 27 Women in STEAM 36 Behavioral Health Guide 18 Melanie & Matt Buchanan – Methodist Family Health 22 Marci Riggs – Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services SOCIAL 08 Best Dressed Little Rock 10 Imagine Gala 12 Go Red for Women Luncheon 14 Empty Bowls 16 Rotary Club of Little Rock Gala Celebration 23 Scott Connections Dinner 24 CARTI Surgery Center Reception 26 UAMS Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital Reception 33 ALS in Wonderland Presents Olympus 18 34 Datamax Anniversary Celebration 35 Arkansas Cinema Society World Premiere Reception 44 Dinner on the Grounds 44 ASO New Music Director Reception 45 Miss AR Scholarship Foundation Casino Night 46 Let’s Get Social! 47 Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program Welcome Reception 48 Boys & Girls Club Celebration ON THE COVER MELANIE BUCHANAN Photography by JACOB ALLINSON Hair & Makeup by SUZY BENDER with SERENITY SALON Wardrobe from UNVEILED Share Your Event 501.219.1000 at least 4 weeks prior For Advertising Information Contact Michele Towne 501.960.4196
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Friends and honorees gathered at The Hall for an epic celebration of philanthropy and fashion. Presented by CARTI, the evening recognized 20 civic and business leaders who committed time and energy to the American Cancer Society. Danyelle Musselman welcomed nearly 350 guests to this inaugural event and Paul Guess received the Elite Honoree recognition as top fundraiser with $31,379. Proceeds support the American Cancer Society Access to Care grants in Arkansas.

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Heather and Lane Patterson welcomed guests to the Statehouse Convention Center for this annual Junior Diabetes Research Foundation gala. The evening featured dinner, silent and live auctions as well as a special mission segment called Fund A Cure. All proceeds support JDRF research-related education focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

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Friends and patrons adorned in red gathered at the Benton Event Center for an afternoon of inspiration, education and community. Guests, united to end heart disease and stroke in women, enjoyed a health expo and silent auction prior to a heart-healthy lunch. Michelle Duvall introduced the Red Dressed Style Show featuring apparel from Dillard’s. Proceeds support the continued mission fulfillment work of the American Heart Association.

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Pam Hathaway, Beth Mason Valerie Pruitt, Nicole Collins Carmen Hamilton-Parks, Desiree Fletcher, Paula Fletcher Amy Balt, Ashley Koonce Marla Sams, Sheryl New Kathy Findley, Jeananne Hawking Arnessa Bennett, LaKaisha Shelby Dennis McKelvey, Paris Henderson, Mary Gwin Angel Burt, Kesha Zaffino Jean McSweeney, Brett Pharis Linda McDade Parker, Frances Harris, Annette Slater Janice Marsh, Bri Neal, Marsha Goings, Laura Pipkins Anthony Fletcher, Rick Fleetwood Sharmin Moody, Gina Pharis Erica Moore, Jayne Ann Kita

Located at 4300 Markham Street across from the Little Rock campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Home for Healing offers free lodging to parents of NICU infants, cancer patients + their caregivers, and caregivers of ICU patients. Now, Home for Healing welcomes adult cancer patients from UAMS, Baptist Health, CHI ST Vincent, Arkansas Urology and teenagers from Arkansas Children’s. Since its inception in 2003, the peaceful + restorative environment makes it a beacon of hope during a journey back to wellness. Dr. James Suen was instrumental in the inception of Home for Healing – he shares his insight + perspective.

“If I were to embark on a journey in search of the most knowledgeable, creative, compassionate, generous, empathetic, highly-skilled and energetic surgeon and physician in our country following my ongoing experiences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, I feel certain I’d eventually arrive at the doorstep of soft-spoken 82-year-old otolaryngologist, Dr. James Y. Suen. And, believe me, I’m by no means alone in that belief.”

A distinguished facial plastic surgery otolaryngologist, Dr. James Suen is passionate about his patients at UAMS and regards emotional healing as important as the physical aspect of this work. He studied at UAMS and returned years later to join the Division of Otolaryngology, where his expertise has earned recognition among peers, and his life-saving procedures impact so many lives.

His career is one of exceptional distinction and excellence. During more than 40 years as chair of the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Suen co-founded the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and served as its director from 2002 to 2007. Under his leadership, these organizations made significant strides in research, diagnosis and treatment for patients.

In tandem with these accomplishments, Dr. Suen was visionary in the formation of Home for Healing. More than basic accommodations - Home for

Healing serves as a sanctuary that nurtures hope, courage and resilience for cancer patients and their loved ones. He affirms, “Home for Healing is crucial for patients, whether they are from Arkansas or from outside the country. It offers a space where patients can find friendships, comfort and convenience. Due to its proximity, I can provide house calls, eliminating the need for patients to visit the hospital.” A comforting respite at no cost to families, Home for Healing provides a refuge where patients can find solace during their journey back to wellness.

Dr. James Suen’s remarkable calling as a facial plastic surgery otolaryngologist goes beyond surgical abilities, integrating a philosophy that emphasizes care of the mind and body. His dedication to patients, along with advancements in cancer care, has established him as a pioneer in his field. With a devoted team of supporters like Dr. Suen, Home for Healing remains a beacon of hope during a difficult time.

– Mike Masterson, a patient of Dr. Suen


Chairmen Jordon and Matt Addison welcomed guests to the Venue at Oakdale for drinks, dinner and live entertainment. The evening honored Jim Cargill and the Arvest Million Meals for their unwavering commitment to hunger relief. For more than 20 years, Empty Bowls has generated critical support for the continued mission fulfillment work of Arkansas Foodbank: providing one million meals to Arkansas families.

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Mary Jo Moody, Rich Bowyer Sheila Hardimon, Angela Poindexter, Marguerite & Rick Caracciolo Kelly & Will Crow Valencia & Marcus Guinn Ebony Mitchell, Brian Burton Joseph & Malissa Wright, Josie Fletcher Chris & Maggie Young, Kristen & Randy Minton Matt & Jordon Addison Tom & Leigh Ann Brannon Ron & Nicole Witherspoon, Jim & Kathleen Cargill Doris & Greg Williams Sarah Riffle, Sherri Jones Laura & Steve Edwards Laura & Jim Engelhorn Presley & Jo Melton


Fellow Arkansans – neighbors, colleagues and friends - are sharing a light of peace, kindness and generosity that makes The Natural State a little brighter. Inviting Arkansas and Methodist Family Health celebrate individuals who illuminate our community with goodness. Nominate someone today for a future feature that SHINES.

Drew and Brian Benham exemplify the spirit of philanthropy, dedicating their time and resources to improving the lives of children facing adversity. Through a commitment to Methodist Family Health and community service, the Benhams provide Arkansas families with invaluable resources for a happier, healthier future.

Both Conway natives, Drew and Brian Benham reconnected years later in Little Rock. Drew pursued an education at Hendrix College and the William H. Bowen School of Law, becoming a compassionate attorney at Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. Brian attended the Art Institute of Dallas and currently serves as an Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Director. The couple married in 2012 and appreciate the joys of parenthood with their two children, Fox and Elliot.

Growing up in the Methodist Church, Drew’s devotion to Methodist organizations remains steadfast. When she joined Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. and learned of the firm’s support for Methodist Family Health, the couple eagerly joined this effort. Methodist Family Health Foundation

Executive Director Amanda Smith confirms, “Drew and Brian have been involved and dedicated committee members for the past three years, contributing to the growth of our event. With Drew and Brian’s leadership and commitment, Southern Silks Stakes 2024 is positioned for continued success.”

Proceeds from the event support the mission of Methodist Family Health: providing a complete continuum of care for Arkansas children

who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Drew acknowledges, “Methodist Family Health’s focus and approach on mental and behavioral issues through a variety of programs, meets kids and families where they are to impact their lives for the better.” For this couple, philanthropy is an integral part of nurturing and supporting their local community. Brian adds, “As parents in a state with high mental health issues for children and teenagers, we are passionate about supporting and helping kids to become stable, healthy adults in the community.”

Among the various attractions of Southern Silk Stakes, the “horse races” are a highlight of the evening. In a playful spirit, the duo even competed against each other last year. Brian jokes, “Drew won, but we are looking forward to a rematch in September!” Volunteering with Methodist Family Health has provided Drew and Brian with the opportunity to celebrate an organization they deeply admire and form connections with wonderful individuals and local businesses, all while garnering support for the most vulnerable individuals. Brian expresses, “We enjoy knowing that the proceeds for the event go to positively affect the mental and behavioral health of those in need in Arkansas.” Under their thoughtful leadership, Southern Silks Stakes promises to be an unforgettable gathering of compassionate hearts, united in a mission to create a brighter future for the children of Arkansas.

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Rotary Club of Little Rock members gathered at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ottenheimer International Scholars Program. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with libations and light bites as well as live entertainment by Rodney Block. A cultural exchange program unique to Club 99, the Ottenheimer International Scholars Program has served more than 140 students from nearly 50 countries since its inception in 1948. The Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99), chartered in 1914 as the 99th club of Rotary International, is the state’s largest civic club.

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Sara & Edmond Hurst Jan & Larry Alman Dan Parker, Patricia Blick, Jean Block Natalie & Jason Ghidotti, Courtney Little Ivan & Stacy Wilson Karen Flake, Marion King, Vic Fleming, Beth Mason Brett & Kim Kirkman, Stacy & Howard Hurst Jerry & Sherri Damerow Anna Beth Gorman, Alisha Curtis Jerry & Karen Fetzer, Melissa & Denver Peacock Alex Hudson & Jarrod Johnson, Molly McNulty, T. Martin Davis Trish Roberson, Ellon Cockrill Greg McCarroll, Chad Cumming


I was awarded the Chancellor’s Leadership Class Scholarship that included full tuition. Only 100 students were selected and I felt proud to be in the cohort of new freshman leaders from across the nation. The experience and the leadership opportunities it a orded me were life-changing. It was what was needed for this young black man from the small town of Lonoke. UA Little Rock opened up the world to me.

UA Little Rock is big enough to experience the full breadth and richness of the diversity of people and cultures as well as engage in a variety of opportunities and interests that are part of the excitement and fun of the college life.

The skill sets for demonstrating attributes like leadership, in uence and emotional intelligence (and more) were rst learned in my college classrooms as a young Trojan, guided by faculty who were pioneers in their eld. Inside this microcosm of the world - the UA Little Rock campus – I practiced and honed those same skill sets outside the classroom through rich interactions with people of diverse cultures, beliefs and thinking styles. I carried those same skill sets o campus as an entrepreneur delivering speeches and training.

I graduated from UA Little Rock with a BA in speech communications. Lessons learned from those courses remain relevant and essential to me today, both personally and professionally. In fact, the UA Little Rock BA degree and the two years of coursework I completed in the Interpersonal/ Organizational Communication graduate program provided the solid foundation for my master’s degree in Strategic Leadership.

My college education at UALR a orded me a feeling of belonging and inclusion, so now I am paying it forward as a Champion for Children. In addition, I am paying it back by serving as the UA Little Rock Applied Communications Advisory Board president.
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pinnacle stick horse racing of the SOUTHERN SILKS STAKES

UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE that community is where God’s love and people come together to transform the world. It is acts of kindness that cultivate and inspire faith. Melanie and Matt Buchanan are not only deeply rooted in Central Arkansas, their family takes this vision into fruition – serving some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. Next month, Melanie and Matt will welcome friends to the Pinnacle of Stick Horse Racing at Southern Silks Stakes in celebration of the continued mission fulfillment work of Methodist Family Health.

These native Arkansans met at Lyon College, married and move to the Capital City where their family enjoys a bounty of opportunities. Matt is a banker and Melanie teaches art at Little Rock Christian Academy; their commitment to building a better community is something they share with their daughters through effective volunteerism. “We are heavily involved in our church, our daughters participate in Ozark Mission Project and we all love being outside in nature.” Melanie remembers the Lyon College Service Day as an experience that impressed her. “It was my freshman year and everyone signed up for different projects in the community. Choosing to do this as an adult … that was the moment that service became a part of my life.” Matt’s father was a Methodist minister and notes that these family values remain paramount.

Melanie and Matt were initially introduced to Methodist Family Health through Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. “Being members, we heard about Methodist Family Health through special offerings and volunteer opportunities,” Melanie recalls. “Our good friends Becka and Brian Webb invited us to join the Southern Silks Stakes planning committee a couple of years ago. The more we learned about the organization, the more we realized this is exactly the kind of place we want to serve.”

Established as an orphanage in 1899 by the state’s Methodist community, Methodist Family Health has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children in Arkansas and continues to evolve to meet the needs of families. The organization offers programs and services for families and children struggling with behavioral, emotional, psychiatric and spiritual issues. These resources are provided throughout the state at residential treatment centers and counseling clinics as well as the Kaleidoscope Grief Center for children and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).

Proceeds from Southern Silks Stakes support this continuum of care. Melanie emphasizes a startling statistic: Arkansas ranks #1 in the country for childhood trauma events. “Methodist Family Health helps families combat addiction, mental illness and grief; education and resources let Arkansas families live happier and healthier.” Melanie recognizes the fabulous faux horse races and festive fair, inspired by the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horseracing, has a fundamental purpose. “While we’re having a blast, we’re also raising money for the little extras that make a child’s experience at Methodist Family Health more positive.” For the Buchanan family, showing God’s love is a daily practice. “We believe in growing where you’ve been planted. We love Little Rock and want to do everything we can to grow our community.”


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Arvest Support Spawns Cycling Club for Little Rock Associates

MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND that when a company sponsors a community event, that company is deploying a marketing tactic that aims to elevate its visibility while also supporting a cause. But at Arvest, the bank’s well-known corporate conscientiousness makes it easy to go beyond marketing and weave into its own culture the missions of the various charitable organizations it supports.

In the case of The Big Dam Bridge 100, the Little Rock market is more than a presenting sponsor that provides financial support and associates who hand out water at rest stops and cheer on riders as they pass. This year, Arvest Little Rock has a newly developed cycling club that will join the ride in September.

“One of the things that makes Arvest such a great place to work is the company’s commitment to making a positive impact on the communities we serve. We’re not only encouraged but empowered at all levels to give back,” says Ron Witherspoon, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in Central Arkansas. “Through our involvement with The Big Dam Bridge 100, we were already helping get people moving and active, and now we’re helping our own associates improve their health and inspire their colleagues to do the same.”

The Arvest cycling club is for associates and family members of all skill levels, says Maret Cahill Wicks, a community marketing manager, cycling club organizer and member. “We organize group rides monthly and it’s been the perfect way to discover new routes, connect with riding buddies, improve group-riding skills, and connect with fellow cyclists in a social setting,” Maret says. “We’ve also been learning things from each

other like bike-repair tips, workout ideas, and other tips for improving technique.”

The camaraderie is what made the club attractive to Hillis Schild, executive director of the Arvest Opportunity Fund. “I love to bike because it makes me feel like I’m on vacation. There’s a sense of freedom being on the road and seeing things you don’t normally see,” Hillis says. “It’s also been a great opportunity to meet others who like to bike. I didn’t know anyone else besides my husband.”

The Big Dam Bridge 100 is both a physical challenge and a scenic ride that draws about 3,500 participants annually from around the country, says Bruce Dunn, executive director of The Big Dam Bridge 100. And while it has “100” in its name, not all participants will be riding 100 miles, Bruce says. “The BDB 100 offers several routes ranging between 15 and 105 miles,” he says. “And of course you can’t forget the rest of the name. At 4,226 feet, the Big Dam Bridge is the longest bridge built for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in North America.”Maret said the plan is for the cycling group to complete at least the 15-mile leg, but some of the more ambitious cyclists may take on the 25-, 50-, 75- or 105- mile routes. A portion of the proceeds generated by the ride are used by The Big Dam Bridge Foundation along with government partners and private stakeholders to leverage donations in order to make improvements to the Big Dam Bridge and along the Arkansas River Trail, Bruce says.

Registration for the 2023 Big Dam Bridge 100 will remain open through Sept. 22, and the ride will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 23. More details and a registration link can be found at

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The RIGGS Family LEGACY Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services

VERA LLOYD Presbyterian Family Services is an organization with a mission to heal, prepare and empower children, youth and families. The enduring commitment of the Riggs family helped established the organization and remains instrumental in shaping the vision and future of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services. Marci Riggs continues this legacy of service.

The family’s association with Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services dates back to Marci’s remarkable great-greatgrandmother, Lulu Jackson Williamson. Lulu, along with other compassionate women from Monticello, established a daycare in 1910 for the children of mothers employed at the Monticello Cotton Mill. Marci retells, “This nursery, which provided emergency care for abandoned twin girls, soon transformed into a permanent home for abandoned children and the beginnings of Vera Lloyd.” Lulu served as the superintendent, treasurer and fundraiser - writing solicitation letters to churches, businesses and individuals. Her spirit and devotion to the children in her care earned her the nickname “Mother Williamson.”

Marci’s great-grandmother, Charlotte Williamson, also championed the cause of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services. Williamson Hall, a prominent building on the organization’s campus, stands as a testament to the permanent impact. Marci shares, “It represents a part of my family history. Helping displaced children who just need a loving place to lay their heads at night is a wonderful family legacy.”

For Marci, one of the most rewarding aspects has been her role on the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services Foundation Board of Directors since 2016. She enjoys helping manage the organization’s endowment and providing invaluable support of fundraising efforts. “I love working with professionals who are committed to helping children who, through no fault of their own, need a helping hand. Seeing them thrive in the environment at Vera Lloyd is like nothing else I have experienced.”

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services CEO Donna Mahurin adds, “Vera Lloyd provides a safe home where our residents not only have their basic needs met, but also receive behavioral health services, cultural enrichment opportunities and resources to help them plan for their future.”

Marci Riggs and her family’s devotion to Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services reflects the power of kindness allowing the organization to flourish and provide a safe haven. Donna concludes, “We will continue to meet the ever-changing needs of Arkansas children, youth and families by expanding existing or implementing new programs. Serving foster and at risk youth can be challenging, but our staff ensures that our campus always feels like home. Our founder Lulu Williamson called Vera Lloyd a home back in 1923. We were a home then, we are a home now and we will continue to be a home that changes and saves lives.”

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Guests gathered at the Scott Plantation for the annual spring dinner fundraiser that marks 25+ years of service. This southern tradition supports the preservation and maintenance of historic buildings and educational programs for Scott Plantation Settlement, through the work of Scott Connections. Attendees enjoyed cocktails as well as a silent auction followed by a southern-style dinner.

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Friends, faculty and business leaders gathered to celebrate the CARTI Surgery Center. Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders as well as Congressman French Hill and Mayor Frank Scott offered commentary and congratulatory remarks. As Arkansas’ first surgery center dedicated to cancer, CARTI continues its vision: making cancer care accessible for every Arkansan through compassion, innovation and purpose.

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Chancellor Cam Patterson and UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomed friends and faculty to a reception celebrating the new Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Guests enjoyed a preview of the facility as well as brief comments from UAMS leadership. The Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital is a destination for healing, innovation and excellence that brings a new era of care for all Arkansans.

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Beyond the design

Garver’s Kathryn McCoy knows her work goes beyond transportation infrastructure. It’s about uplifting the industry’s women and paving the way for the next generation through mentorship and inspiring young learners.

Congratulations, Kathryn, on being named to the 2023 Women in STEAM list!

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Kathryn McCoy, PE, CFM | Transportation Project Manager
Al & Cathy Alexander Jo Smith, Frances Cranford Tim Dockery, Megan Brick, John Erck Tim & Leslie Taylor, Keith Whitworth, Rick Smith Tanya & Lowry Barnes Johnathan & Maya Goree Akshay Krishnan, Meg Cornaghie, Patrick O’Brien, A Jack Barnes



These wonder women are redefining what “full STEAM ahead” means in Arkansas. With exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – each reflects WIT (Women in Tech) and true grit for making the most of every opportunity. Here’s to the powHER of knowledge.

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Dr. Ginny Adams

University of Central Arkansas Director - Environmental Science Program & Professor of Biology


As an undergraduate, I was set on pursuing a medical degree. Although I had grown up in the Ozarks and spent much of my childhood outside, I never realized that could translate into a career. My sophomore year in college, one of the professors offered me a position in his lab to collect crappie and put them in a swim tunnel (basically a treadmill for fish). I instantly fell in love with the field of fish biology.


During my junior and senior year of college, I conducted independent research studying swimming in schooling minnows. Both my graduate research projects were focused on caves, evolution and conservation. Obtaining a job in academia allowed me to teach and work with students to develop that same passion. Working specifically with the Environmental Science Program at UCA has allowed me to help students find their path and passion in a broad, rewarding field.


This is so easy - the students! I am always amazed by the work ethic and tenacity of the UCA students. They inspire me on a daily basis. My biggest legacy won’t be in my research and independent accomplishments but in what my students go on to accomplish.


I think the biggest surprise is that you CAN have a work life balance. It isn’t always easy, but it is possible. My kids grew up outside in the streams alongside us - it can be a very family friendly career path! I am lucky to have a partner who is also my colleague, and we enjoy working together on a daily basis.

Jieyang Xie

Prospect Steel, Lexicon Inc. Company Project Coordinator


I always liked jigsaw puzzles and building kits. I enjoy putting small pieces together and building something bigger. I have also always been good at math and building things that will last. Being exposed to different computer programs throughout my college career helped me be proficient with the tools I use today. My STEAM education taught me how to read drawings with all the section views – understanding the measurements and the pieces detailed so I can visualize in 3D how parts and pieces are put together on the 2D plan.


I get to be part of the team that builds big, complex structures all over the country. For example, Lexicon did the roof structure on the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Being able to tell people, “My company built that,” makes me feel proud. Our company was also the first in the United States to purchase a robotic welding assembly line for our steel shop. I was part of the team that went to Austria to train how to program and use it – understanding lengths, widths, angles, vectors, etc. This work leaned heavily on my math and engineering background.


Anybody can excel. People used to think construction and engineering was a boy’s club, but it’s not anymore. There is a huge need across the country for well-educated, trained employees in the STEAM fields. A lot of companies offer on-the-job training, and it can be a very rewarding career. You can be a part of building projects that will last a lifetime.

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Kimberly Lindsey O’Guinn

Southwest Power Pool Senior Director State Regulatory Process


I spend a large amount of my time strategizing with Southwest Power Pool staff, state commissioners, members, and stakeholders on how SPP can effectively carry out its mission and ensure our member companies continue to receive value from SPP’s services.


I love working with brilliant and dedicated people here at SPP and throughout the SPP region and nation. Many great minds are keenly focused on ensuring the current transition to cleaner forms of energy is carried out reliably and economically. My job is foundational to enjoying the comforts of our modernized living. I love being a part of SPP’s vital mission of “working together to responsibly and economically keep the lights on today and in the future.”


It is often reported that there is a lack of gender diversity in STEAM careers. I have yet to find that to be true. While this field may have a strong male presence, throughout my college and career experiences I have connected with many women serving and leading in a wide array of capacities within STEAM.


To any young woman that may be apprehensive about entering the STEAM field because of the potential lack of diversity - never let anything stand in your path to achieving your goals. Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable is the only way you will experience development and growth. Be open, ready, and eager to accept unexpected opportunities; they are often life-changing experiences. Most importantly, be confident and kind to yourself.

Kathryn McCoy PE, CFM


Central Region H&H Leader


Because my project portfolio ranges from bridges and roadways to hydrology and hydraulics, my workday often looks different day to day! Depending on which projects are at the forefront for that day, I usually meet with my team to discuss project status, next steps and how to keep things moving efficiently for our clients.


I have always loved science and math, and when I was a senior in high school, I was contacted by the University of Arkansas Biological Engineering Department, as they were trying to recruit more women. It sounded interesting, so I decided to try it out and quickly fell in love with the mechanics of engineering and the important role it plays in our society. My dad is also an engineer, so I already had an idea of the type of work out there and knew it might be the right fit for me.


I graduated with my Bachelors in Biological Engineering and decided to go to graduate school to become more experienced with environmental engineering and ended up enjoying the hydrology and hydraulics courses the most. I loved learning about how water plays such a vital role in our transportation infrastructure. I was offered a job at a water resources firm and started there as soon as I was done with graduate school. I’ve been doing it ever since!


Carve a place for yourself! You might have to go looking for them, but the opportunities are there. Look for an employer that will let you grow how you want to grow. I have been so blessed to be at Garver, where they have let me grow in my career and also be the mom and wife I want to be outside of work. | AUGUST 2023 | 29
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Lynne Ellsworth Larsen

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Assistant Professor of Art History


There are three major components to my job: teaching, research and service. I teach a broad range of courses, things like African Art, Global Contemporary Art and Art of the Americas. In my courses I lecture, discuss the readings with my students, and teach them writing and critical thinking skills. My research centers on West Africa. I contribute research to scholarly journals and books and present my research at academic conferences. I also apply for grants so that I can conduct field and archival research. In terms of service, I serve within the university as an advisor with the honors program and on various committees. My days during the school months, therefore, generally consist of a combination of teaching, teaching prep, meetings, research and writing. My summers often have some component of travel and research.


I have always loved art. I love art because I love people. Art is a way to connect human beings together. I chose to study African Art because it is a great combination of Art History and Anthropology.


There has been progress, but not really evolution. I pretty much got my PhD and started teaching. I haven’t looked back. It has been wonderful!


I love opening up the world to my students. I love taking them on study abroad trips, exposing them to new ideas, seeing them grow and develop academically. I also love that I get to be a life-long student - always learning, researching and discovering.

Karen Clements

Euronet Worldwide | Client Services Supervisor


I have always enjoyed working with people and love the satisfaction of solving a problem. In my current capacity at Euronet, I am allowed the opportunity to have the best of these two worlds.


I began working in the banking industry as a part-time bank teller while in college. This position led to an opportunity to work in the ATM Department at First Commercial Bank in the mid 90’s. While there, I met my friend and mentor Debra Wayne. Debra is the one that introduced me to Euronet and felt it was a natural transition to take my banking customer service skills along with my “behind the scenes” ATM knowledge to work for a company that develops software for electronic financial transactions.


I respect and enjoy the people I work with directly and others in the office as well as my customers from around the world. However, a close second would have to be the opportunity to travel. This job has given me the ability to see places around the world I would never have imagined I would get to experience. Spending time in locations like Budapest, Guam, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea have allowed me to experience different cultures and develop a broader world view.


You can find a career that fits your individual personality and fulfills you professionally. There are opportunities out there that can challenge you daily, allow you to continually learn - I still learn something new regularly about our software, even after 25 years - have fun and create relationships.

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Dr. Courtney Hicks

Unity Health Infectious Disease Physician Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program


While every day is different and dependent on the patients I see, I will spend some part of my day rounding with residents and medical students, discussing the patients we have been asked to assist care for in the hospital. We will discuss what is going on with them and try to figure out what is wrong and how to treat them most effectively. I will also see patients in the clinic, our long-term acute care hospital and sometimes our rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities.


I always knew I wanted to do something with math or science. My father’s best friend was a doctor and I always looked up to him and was able to go to work with him a few times, which inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. I decided to specialize in infectious disease after seeing the dedication paired with a healthy work-life balance.


I went straight from college to medical school, through five years of internal medicine and infectious disease training to my current career as a practicing physician.


Pursue your passion and be confident in your abilities. Develop strong communication skills and challenge gender stereotypes. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Network and collaborate with others. Seek out and create opportunities. Most importantly, balance work and life. Remember, the contributions of women in STEAM are vital for driving innovation and progress.


At UA Little Rock, you’ll learn by doing in our science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics programs. You’ll explore, create, and solve problems – all while developing the skills and industry connections needed for a successful future.

It’s another way you can expect more for yourself and for your future. | AUGUST 2023 | 31
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Southwest Power Pool is POWERED BY PEOPLE

SPP is dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education in our home state of Arkansas.

We depend on the expertise of skilled developers, engineers, analysts and other professionals to keep the lights on across our 15-state footprint. And we’re proud beneficiaries of the leadership of women like Kim O’Guinn, featured in this issue, who are pioneers in STEAM-related fields.


What inspires you? What inspires you?

At Euronet Software Solutions, it’s our internationally diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial team members.

That’s how we grew from an Arkansas-based software solutions provider to an integral part of Euronet Worldwide. Four decades of experience and 67 global offices serving more than 200 countries have given us a unique perspective of different cultures, economies, consumer needs, and technologies.

Whether you’re a recent grad or an experienced hire, we have a place for you here. You’ll collaborate with some of the world’s most experienced software developers and programmers – not only globally but right here in Little Rock. We’re committed to Arkansas and committed to building and retaining the best IT talent right here at home.

Because we’re based here, we believe in our community. Through our Day of Giving program, we’ve supported groups like Arkansas Food Bank, Arkansas Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. If you have a passion for improving lives locally and globally, we would love you to join us.

Arkansas is home. The world is our neighborhood. Arkansas based. Globally connected.

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Lara Blume McGee welcomed friends and patrons to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for mythical evening of art and fashion. Guests enjoyed libations, light bites and a runway show. Proceeds support the continued mission fulfillment work of ALS in Wonderland: supporting individuals and families living with ALS in Arkansas.


To learn more, visit Arkansas Urology’s state-of-the-art facilities and world-class providers have helped countless Arkansans in their urological health journey. And we won’t stop until every patient receives the comprehensive, compassionate care they deserve. No one has more expertise than our team, and no other provider in the state is better equipped to treat or care for: • Bladder Health • Kidney Stones • Men and Women’s Sexual Health • Prostate Health
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Datamax welcomed colleagues, clients and friends to its 40th anniversary celebration. Highlights included a 103.7 The Buzz live broadcast, an appearance by Miss Arkansas Ebony Mitchell, food trucks, a magician and more. With a vision to propel the workplace to next-level productivity – Datamax provides copiers, content, communication and comprehensive network security to Arkansas businesses.


In partnership with Every Mother Counts, the Arkansas Cinema Society welcomed friends + fans to the Capital Hotel for the world premiere of the short film Giving Birth in America: Arkansas . Christy Turlington Burns, EMC founder/president and executive producer of the film, welcomed guests to the screening with insight + remarks. Industry experts in the fields of obstetrics and maternal health facilitated an engaging discussion following the film. Every Mother Counts works to make pregnancy and childbirth safe, equitable and respectful for every mother. | AUGUST 2023 | 35
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Behavioral Health Guide

The power of community is critical as Arkansans face unprecedented mental health challenges. Industry leaders and nonprofit organizations have evolved programs and resources to better serve individuals + families with innovative treatments that transform lives. Rebecca Pittillo shares personal insight for the emotional wellbeing of our children – turning her family’s tragedy into a advocacy platform - and the unwavering commitment of the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to make care more accessible to every Arkansan. Our common humanity represents courage + compassion that we can embrace for a healthy, more equitable future. Together, we’ll remove the stigma of asking for help during these troubled times.

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WARNING SIGNS of Mental Illness

Diagnosing mental illness isn’t a straightforward science. We can’t test for it the same way we can test blood sugar levels for diabetes. Each condition has its own set of unique symptoms, though symptoms often overlap. Common signs and/or symptoms can include:

Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks

Trying to harm or end one’s life or making plans to do so

Severe, out-of-control, risk-taking behavior that causes harm to self or others

Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or di culty breathing

Significant weight loss or gain

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to ask questions


what they’re experiencing and how their daily life is impacted

Seeing, hearing or believing things that aren’t real*

Excessive use of alcohol or drugs

Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits

Extreme di culty concentrating or staying still

Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities


14 of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 75%

by age

*Various communities and backgrounds might view this sign di erently based on their beliefs and experiences. Some people within these communities and cultures may not interpret hearing voices as unusual.
Talk with a health care professional Learn more about mental illness Take a mental health education class Call the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264)
Try to
Making this connection is often the first step to getting treatment
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transforming anguish into ADVOCACY REBECCA PITTILLO

Executive Director Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas

GRIEF IS A COMPLEX EMOTION that knows no timeline. While death is a natural part of life, a person dying by suicide leaves the loved ones behind grappling not only with grief but feelings of guilt, hopelessness, rage and anguish.

Rebecca Pittillo and her husband, Chad, know this pain. In October 2020, they lost their 16-year-old son to suicide. “Isaac lived a very full life in his 16 years,” Rebecca says. “He loved to travel, play guitar and write music, hang out with friends, and he was an accomplished outdoorsman.”

Rebecca and Chad were blindsided by Isaac’s death, noting that they nor any of the other trusted adults and friends in his life recognized the symptoms of mental health distress.

“The signs were incredibly vague, and losing a child to suicide is the most agonizing pain and relentless suffering a person can experience,” Rebecca explains. “You not only have the literal loss of your child, but the complicated grief of the child taking their life. When the

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unthinkable happened, I was in complete shock and looking for answers. When we realized there were no answers to be found, we found peace in acceptance and I found purpose in the Blue & You Foundation work. Because of this work and my personal mental health struggles brought on by losing Isaac, I’ve become an advocate for mental health and behavioral healthcare. If sharing our story and working in the mental health space prevents even one more parent from experiencing what we have, it is worth every minute I spend sharing.”

Rebecca is the executive director of the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, which awards approximately $3.5 million in grants annually to support programs that help improve the health of Arkansans. Currently, the foundation’s focus is to cultivate change in the areas of behavioral health, maternal health, pediatric health and the social determinants of health.

“I joined Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2018 as regional executive for South Arkansas after spending the first 21 years of my career at Jefferson Regional in Pine Bluff in several leadership positions, including the Jefferson Regional Foundation executive director,” Rebecca elaborates. “Although the Blue & You Foundation is a separate entity, it is an extension of the Arkansas Blue Cross mission to improve the health of Arkansans. In its 22 years of operation, it has awarded more than $52 million to nearly 3,000 health improvement programs reaching all 75 counties of Arkansas and nearly 300 different communities. As the needs of Arkansans change, the foundation is flexible with our funding and more focused as we best meet the needs of the people in our state.”

This year the foundation offered three grant cycles, one focusing entirely on behavioral health needs. Because there is a behavioral health crisis, there is a real need to increase access to programming and professional services. “The organization’s work to improve our state never ceases to amaze me,” Rebecca

notes. “Our board of directors approved $10 million in 2019 to be dedicated to behavioral health. The pandemic hit hard, and people were suffering more than ever without the resources needed or access to mental healthcare. This foundation worked with trusted partners around the state to find solutions. The first round of large behavioral health grants was funded in 2021 with three significant areas of impact: early intervention, improving access and integration of behavioral healthcare, and normalizing the conversation on mental health. Since then, we have seen significant progress because of programs like UAMS’s ARConnect Now, Arkansas Children’s Healthy Steps, NAMI Clubs and NAMI on Campus, UAMS Trauma Resource Initiative for Schools (TRIS) and social work programs at UA Little Rock, UA Fayetteville and Arkansas State University that have integrated masters-level students into primary care clinics in their areas to provide behavioral health services.”

“We will announce another round of large behavioral health grants in October which focus on substance use disorders, suicide prevention, kids aging out of foster care and digital resources for behavioral health in Arkansas. In observance of our approaching 75th anniversary Arkansas Blue Cross is providing free Mental Health First Aid certification classes to 750 Arkansans,” Rebecca continues. “Participants learn how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person toward appropriate care. Topics include anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction. A second 75th anniversary community investment is the awarding of calming rooms to 75 schools around the state. Calming rooms provide a place for students to go when they are feeling overwhelmed and need to refocus. The rooms help students regulate their emotions by providing a therapeutic environment, which allows them to enter the classroom feeling more calm, relaxed, confident and grounded.” | AUGUST 2023 | 39
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“The signs were incredibly vague, and losing a child to suicide is the most agonizing pain and relentless suffering a person can experience ... You not only have the literal loss of your child, but the complicated grief of the child taking their life. When the unthinkable happened, I was in complete shock and looking for answers. When we realized there were no answers to be found, we found peace in acceptance.”

The Centers is now offering medical care services for all ages in addition to existing mental and behavioral health services, allowing for integrated care and communication for patients between health care providers. Our dedicated team of primary care physicians, APRNs, psychiatrists, therapists and nurses are ready to serve you and your family, treating mind and body comb i ne d .

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I’m not sleeping well always feeling anxious not leaving the house much unable to concentrate on work stressing about little things not eating much Fine How are you really feeling? Don’t be afraid to talk about it. It’s time we eliminated the stigma of discussing mental health and let everyone know these feelings are normal. For more information visit For immediate help, call UAMS AR ConnectNow at 1-800-482-9921, and Take Good Care. 00651.02.01.0722


Since 1899, Methodist Family Health has helped our state’s children who are abandoned, abused, neglected, and dealing with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Ours is the only nonprofit behavioral health hospital for children in the state as well as the only complete continuum of care of this kind for Arkansas children and families.

Once, we were known as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, later as The Methodist Children’s Home. Today, Methodist Family Health offers specialized services around the state and manages the Methodist Children’s Home, Methodist Behavioral Hospital, Methodist Counseling Clinics and Arkansas CARES (Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services). We also offer psychiatric residential treatment programs, therapeutic day treatment schooling in Little Rock, school-based counseling, Kaleidoscope Grief Center and more. Methodist Family Health provides levels of care ranging from the most restrictive service level (acute, inpatient, psychiatric hospital care) to the least restrictive service level (outpatient counseling) as well as all intermediate residential and outpatient levels of care. This is what is meant by our continuum of care. Our mission is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help.

Continuity of care is provided through use of the proven Teaching-Family Model. The goal of this model is for the child in our continuum to become proficient in social and independent living skills so she or he can reunite with family or move to the appropriate, least restrictive residential treatment setting, such as a therapeutic foster home, or re-enter the community as an adult.

All programs are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Methodist Family Health is the only Teaching-Family Association certified site in Arkansas, and Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle is the only Teaching-Family Association certified hospital in the world.

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Since 1914, Levi Hospital has provided specialty care and therapy for the mind and body. Located in Hot Springs, Levi offers inpatient psychiatric treatment as well as outpatient counseling services. Jennifer Reed is Levi Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. She began working at Levi in 2014 and also serves as the director of the hospital’s Transitions Outpatient Behavioral Health Program.

“Growing up, my mom dealt with mental illness as well as alcohol and substance abuse. Dealing with and living through her battles with mood regulation, medication compliance, and self-destruction sparked my interest in mental health.”

“I first learned about Levi Hospital when my mother was doing physical therapy there for a fractured foot and later learned about the psychiatric services provided when she was admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit for stabilization. I realized I wanted to help people in their time of crisis, when they are at their worst, at their breaking point, and can’t see an end to their troubles. I wanted to see them get better, so I decided to apply for a job as a mental health tech at Levi to see if I really wanted to pursue psychiatric care as a career.

“Continuing my education, I became a certified nurse practitioner with a focus in psychiatric mental health. Taking this step and continuing my employment at Levi Hospital opened opportunities that I never dreamed were possible. Levi has allowed me to continue to be involved with people in crisis, to follow up with them on an outpatient basis, and to see people get back to their sense of normalcy. If you or a loved one are feeling hopeless, give us a call and let us work to restore hope in your life.” | AUGUST 2023 | 43 Learn more about our services! 501.666.8195 @VeraLloydPFS Helping children, youth & families heal from their trauma for 100 years.
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Celebrating more than a decade of success, Chairmen Emily and Teddy Stewart welcomed guests to this annual southern supper at Heifer International. Patrons enjoyed the lovely spring evening with cool cocktails, sweet treats and live entertainment by Lagniappe. Proceeds support Our House and its mission fulfillment work – providing critical programs and services to the working homeless and their families.

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Friends, patrons and community leaders gathered at Heifer International for the announcement of the new Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director. Under the leadership of Geoffrey Robson, ASO will celebrate its 58th season. Geoffrey’s vast experience with ASO will complement the organization in preparation for the ASO Stella Boyle Smith Music Center in the East Village – making mission fulfillment work that provides educational opportunities to Arkansas children more accessible. A reception for constituents followed at the Clinton Presidential Center.

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The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation welcomed friends and candidates to the Robinson Center Ballroom for a casino party. Sponsored by Saracen Casino Resort, the evening celebrated the commencement of the 2023 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition with gaming, live entertainment and lots of camaraderie. Proceeds of more than $60,000 support the scholarship program for Miss Arkansas and Miss Teen Arkansas candidates. | AUGUST 2023 | 45 As a law firm, our focus is to serve our clients and – through them – our community. We work with and support several organizations and nonprofits that directly serve the Arkansas community. 425 W Capitol Ave, Ste 3800 Little Rock, AR 72201 (501) 376-3800 |
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Clients, partners and friends gathered at The Nest for inaugural social media crash course. Hosted by Inviting Arkansas, moderator Cade Bethea talked through the basics of social media branding and marketing. This social media crash course offers actionable + timely insight for small businesses and nonprofit organizations with limited time and resources to invest in essential social media platforms. Come with questions, leave with ideas for making digital marketing FUN!

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Judge Tjuana Byrd Manning hosted a welcome reception for the third annual Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program. Guests included female executives from Arkansas STEM companies, sponsors and students. In partnership with Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, industry-leading STEM companies offer a 10-week summer internship program for women of color attending college in Arkansas and pursuing related degrees.

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Friends and patrons gathered at the Wyndham Riverfront for the centennial celebration of Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. Guests enjoyed a shared history, cocktails, dinner, featured speakers and live entertainment. The evening recognized Emogene Wetherington, widow of Jim Wetherington, for her husband’s unwavering commitment to the organization and the youth of Arkansas. Proceeds support the organization’s continued mission fulfillment.

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An issue with his prostate gland left John Apple with no urinary function and even less hope. He had relied on a catheter for over a year and he was told by his doctor in Conway that he was going to have to use one for the rest of his life. A growth in his pelvis led to him being referred to Dr. Bob Dixon, an interventional radiologist at UAMS. After doing a biopsy on John, Dr. Dixon recommended a procedure that he thought could help his prostate problem. Prostate artery embolization is an outpatient procedure and requires less recovery time than surgery to treat enlarged prostate. Within a month of undergoing the minimally invasive procedure, John noticed a complete change in his urinary function. After being told he was facing a lifetime of using a catheter, John is looking forward to a long and healthy life without complications.

“Now I’m fine and I don’t have to live with a catheter so I’m very grateful to Dr. Dixon. I turned 69 last year and he told me that at my age there was a likelihood that the PAE procedure would last me the rest of my life. But I might surprise him and outlive it and have to have it done again.”

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