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

Michael Garner

Michael Garner

Chairman General Manager Haas Factory Outlet
Jeffrey's Manufacturing Solutions 

Hugh McDonald

Hugh McDonald

Vice Chairman President & CEO Entergy Arkansas Inc. 

Burton Weis

Burton Weis

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

Keith Vire, Ph.D.

Keith Vire, Ph.D.

CEO Arkansas Support Network 

Jeff Standridge, Ed.D.

Jeff Standridge, Ed.D.

Founder & CEO

JSI Partners, Ltd.

Gina Radke

Gina Radke

CEO Galley Support Innovations 

Jenny Carithers Price

Jenny Carithers Price

Vice President - Planning and Development Arvest Asset Management
Arvest Bank 

Troy Keeping

Troy Keeping

President

Square Management

Stacy Gunderman

Stacy Gunderman

Director of Human Resources & Administration FutureFuel Chemical Company 

Scott Copas

Scott Copas

President and CEO Baldwin & Shell Construction Company 

Jerry Cash, Ed.D.

Jerry Cash, Ed.D.

Retired Vice President of Student Services North Ark College 

Adam Arroyos, Ph.D.

Adam Arroyos, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO Grandslam Performance Associates LLC 

Ex-Officio Members

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

   From the Board

Adam Arroyos PhD

Adam Arroyos, Ph.D. speaks at State DECA Conference in Little Rock

Recently, I had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker for the State DECA Conference in Little Rock. It was a tremendous opportunity for me as I had the opportunity to return to give back to a student organization that is very similar to the student organization that gave so much to me.....