Board

The Career Education and Workforce Development Board is composed of thirteen members appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson in conjunction with Act 892. This board is charged with creating a comprehensive statewide program of career education and workforce development focused on educational opportunities and retention with the goal of economic development.

The board’s goal is to help lead the agency towards its mission, which is providing leadership and contributing resources to serve the diverse and changing career educational needs of Arkansas youth, adults, and persons living with disabilities.

There are 13 voting board members who are leaders of business, industry and rehabilitation services across the state. There are also eight non-voting ex-officio members representing state education and economic interests.

Board Members

Hugh McDonald

Hugh McDonald

Chair (Ret.) President & CEO Entergy Arkansas Inc. 

Gina Radke

Gina Radke

Vice Chair CEO Galley Support Innovations 

Adam Arroyos, Ph.D.

Adam Arroyos, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO Grandslam Performance Associates LLC 

Jerry Cash, Ed.D.

Jerry Cash, Ed.D.

Retired Vice President of Student Services North Ark College 

Scott Copas

Scott Copas

President and CEO Baldwin & Shell Construction Company 

Michael Garner

Michael Garner

General Manager Haas Factory Outlet
Jeffrey's Manufacturing Solutions 

Stacy Gunderman

Stacy Gunderman

Director of Human Resources & Administration FutureFuel Chemical Company 

Troy Keeping

Troy Keeping

President

Square Management

Jenny Carithers Price

Jenny Carithers Price

Vice President - Planning and Development Arvest Asset Management
Arvest Bank 

Jeff Standridge, Ed.D.

Jeff Standridge, Ed.D.

Founder & CEO

JSI Partners, Ltd.

Keith Vire, Ph.D.

Keith Vire, Ph.D.

CEO Arkansas Support Network 

Burton Weis

Burton Weis

Director of Driver Personnel J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. 

Steve Percival

Steve Percival

Vice President of Human Resources
Washington Regional Medical System

Ex-Officio Members

Name Title Organization
Richard Abernathy, Ed.D. Executive Director Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators 
Bill Stovall Executive Director Arkansas Community Colleges
Charisse Childers, Ph.D. Director Arkansas Department of Career Education
Maria Markham, Ph.D. Director Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Mike Preston Director Arkansas Economic Development Commission 
Daryl Bassett Director Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
Johnny Key Commissioner Arkansas Department of Education 
Paul Beran, Ph. D. Chancellor Arkansas Association of Public Universities 

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Jeff-Standridge

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Board-Member-K-Vire

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