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June Walters is a native of Blytheville, Arkansas and a graduate of Blytheville High School.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration, all from Arkansas State University.
She was employed as a teacher in the Blytheville Public Schools for 5 years.
She left the public to schools in 1979 to accept the position as Supervisor of Instruction for the then, Cotton Boll Technical School, where she worked until 1988.
She joined the Arkansas Northeastern College (then Mississippi County Community College) staff in 1988 as the Registrar. She has held several positions in Student Services including, Assistant and Associate Dean and Vice President for Student Services.
In 2009 she was appointed the Executive Vice President where she assisted the President with board functions, directed special projects and worked with groups both within and outside of the college. In 2014, in addition to the duties of Executive Vice President she was selected as the Chief Academic Officer at ANC.
She has served on the board of the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a board member of the United Way of Greater Blytheville.
Mrs. Walters’ husband, Lewis, is employed by Electrical and Industrial Supply.
Patricia White is the Family Services Coordinator for Arkansas Support Network. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mississippi State University. Patricia is very active in the field of disabilities and has presented on disability related topics at local, state and national conferences. She is also a member of the Arkansas Waiver Association Board of Directors.
Patricia and her husband have three adult children, one of whom has autism as well as two foster daughters. She lives in Springdale, in the Northwest corner of the state.
Kumba Williams is a mother of five children, two with disabilities. She is a strong advocate who works tirelessly to make sure that her children have the best education possible. A native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, Kumba moved to the United States almost 20 years ago to pursue ‘the American Dream’. However, she has never forgotten her homeland, its political injustice, extreme poverty and failing education system. Kumba has created an organization focused on changing the educational outcomes for children in Sierra Leone and is currently working to open an elementary school there. Kumba and her husband and family live in Jonesboro.
Stacy Cates has worked as a special educator since 1998. She has taught on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels and currently works with 7th and 8th graders at Cabot Junior High South. Stacy has had the opportunity to work in several excellent school districts in Arkansas where she gained experience teaching CBI, Self-Contained, Resource, and Inclusion. Stacy graduated from Arkansas State University Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis in Mildly Handicapped Special Education K-12. She chose the field of Special Education with a desire to help students facing significant challenges grow educationally, socially and emotionally and to reach their learning potential.
Stacy lives in Cabot with her husband, Jason and their three children, Georgia, Genna, and Quinn. When she’s not busy with her kids’ activities, she enjoys running and has completed several half-marathons and marathons. Stacy and her family are also avid ASU Red Wolf fans.
Sha’ Burke-Stephens is the current Executive Director for the Arkansas Statewide Independent Living Council (AR SILC) located in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a native of Batesville, Arkansas and has lived in Little Rock for the past 16 years. She is a chartering member of the Little Rock Metro Branch of the National Association of University Women and is immediate past first Vice-President. . She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Sha also serves as an adjunct professor teaching Master level courses at Webster University.
Sha serves on several boards and task force such as the NCIL Voting sub-committee and the NCIL Diversity sub-committee. She also serves locally on the Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium (ADPC), the Accessible Parking Task Force and the End Violence against Adults with Disabilities (EVAAD) Alliance in which she is a chartering member.
Sha spends tireless hours on legislative research and policy implementation that impacts lives of so many people.
The Arkansas SILC recently received NCIL Diversity Award in July 2015 by promoting a sound cultural diversity program among all individuals with disabilities.
She is the proud mother of three daughters; Maddie, Mallory & Chloe and one son; Chas. Chloe and Chas are the newest members of the family since August 2014.
Dr. Morton is an assistant professor of social work at Arkansas State University. He has nearly twenty years of practice experience, which includes work with homeless persons with intellectual disabilities, the juvenile justice system, and people living with HIV/AIDS. He co-founded a nonprofit agency for people with issues of intellectual disabilities and homelessness in 2002. His professional interests are working with hidden populations, homeless persons with intellectual disabilities, and natural disasters and hidden rural populations. He received his Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010.
Dr. Morton is currently investigating PTSD in homeless persons with intellectual disabilities. He recently completed a study on a rural community devastated by the flood of 1993. He teaches research methods, human behavior and the social environment, and social problems.
Kasie Cox is a native of North Central Arkansas. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Kasie taught at Calico Rock School district for five years and Mountain View School district for two years. Kasie has recently returned to Mountain View School district as a fourth grade teacher.
Kasie has volunteered with the Arkansas Literacy Council, and as a parent member, volunteer, and advocate for the CAYSI project and SPARKLE organization. She is an active member of the Arkansas Deaf-Blind family leadership team. She also participates as a public speaker on behalf of the Arkansas families of the Deaf-Blind as a parent of a child with a low vision disability. Her daughter has a rare mitochondrial disease known as OPA1 plus. For this reason, she is also an avid supporter of the organization MitoAction.
Kasie and her husband, Donny, have two children, Colt and Brylie. Currently, she and her family reside in Mountain View, Arkansas. Kasie is committed to being an advocate for children with disabilities and their exceptional families.
Amanda Johnson and her husband, Will, are natives of White Hall, Arkansas and both graduated from White Hall High School. She graduated from Arkansas Tech with a Bachelors in Science degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Sociology and received her Masters in Science in Professional School Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas.
Amanda has taught third and fourth grade in the Dollarway and Watson Chapel School districts. She recently accepted a position as High School Counselor for the Star City School District.
Amanda also serves on the Arkansas Education Association Board of Directors, serving the Grant and Jefferson County area. This position has given Amanda the opportunity to work in partnership with the National Education Association on legislation including ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), which took the place of No Child Left Behind. She has also had the opportunity to serve on the Arkansas Department of Education- Special Education Dispute and Resolutions Committee.
Amanda has made a point to dedicate her time and efforts to include opportunities for every child and has focused her education efforts in focusing on the whole child.
Sondra Meacham is a native of Gosnell, Arkansas. She graduated from Gosnell High School and received her Associate of Arts degree from Arkansas Northeastern College in 2002, then her Bachelors of Science in Education-English from Arkansas State University in 2004.
Sondra has taught English and Journalism at Armorel High School. She currently teaches tenth grade English and pre-AP English at Gosnell High School and works with the Area 13 Special Olympics and co-sponsors a special athletes club at Gosnell High School.
Sondra is married with three daughters. Her middle child, Lila, has Down syndrome. Since Lila’s birth, Sondra has educated herself and those in her community about the importance of inclusion. She’s very passionate about helping those with disabilities succeed.