BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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William Jones

President 

Will is a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Special Investigations Division which contains the Cyber Crimes Unit where he oversees the unit’s investigation of online child sexual exploitation across the state of Arkansas.  He has undergone extensive training in technology facilitated crimes and is often appointed as a special prosecutor to handle the unit’s cases that result in an arrest and prosecution.  In 2014, he was named co-chair of the Attorney General’s Task Force for the Prevention of Human Trafficking. Will has been a prosecutor since 2001, serving in Pulaski and Perry Counties for over 11 years.

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W. Cody Decker

Vice President

W. Cody Decker serves as an associate provost and chief data officer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) and as a director for the Arkansas State Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Board. Prior to his current role, Cody served as assistant commissioner and chief information officer for K-12 education at the Arkansas Department of Education. Cody earned his doctorate in integrated computing from UA Little Rock and completed the management development program at Harvard. Cody and his family are members at Central Church of Christ in Little Rock.

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Bill Waldemayer

Treasurer

Bill is passionate about helping the abused and neglected children in our community. He became an Advocate for Pulaski County CASA in November 2010. He served as a volunteer Advocate Supervisor and helped in the CASA office. He firmly believes that each foster child in our area needs the services of CASA. His desire is that every abused and neglected child will either be reunited with their family in a safe environment or find a “forever home” that nurtures them with care, consideration, and love.

Bill retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 2008. He received a BA degree from the University of New Orleans and a BSN degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is married to the love of his life, Mary Anne, and has two adult children.

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Brittany S. Ford

Secretary

Ms. Ford is a litigation attorney with Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.  Raised in Arkansas, Ms. Ford graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she was chosen by her classmates to receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Community Award. Ms. Ford received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she served as Student Body President. In 2015, she earned a Master’s in Accounting.

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Jerry Unser

Board Member

Jerry is retired from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where he worked in Provider Audit, Accounting, Purchasing, and finally managed the Customer Accounts Division.  He is a CPA and licensed attorney, and now does seasonal work as a tax accountant.  He is a graduate of Arkansas State University, the University of South Florida, UALR, and the UALR Bowen School of Law.  With the children grown, Jerry and his wife, Ginger, live in Little Rock with their dog, Jack.

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Michael Harris

Board Member

Michal D. Harris is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and has lived in Little Rock now for 10 years.  He works at the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College in the position of Assistant Registrar.  At the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College, Michal serves as Vice President of the Bylaws Committee and is a member of the Non-Academic Appeals Committee. Education is a primary factor in the life of Michal; he earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 2006, Master of Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management in 2012 from Purdue University Global, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Business Administration in Leadership from Walden University. In the community, he serves on the Racial, Cultural Diversity Commission for the City of Little Rock; Arkansas State House Society; member of Young Urban Professional League; Boys and Men of Color; and Arkansas Volunteer Association.  Over the past two years, Michal has achieved success as the Executive Director of his own youth nonprofit, “Ikarus Youth Outreach Program.”

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Sarah Hogan

Board Member

Sarah Hogan is a litigation paralegal at Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC. She has over 18 years of experience in the legal field. She is a member of Arkansas Paralegal Alliance and has served a term as Region IV Director. She attended Arkansas State University. Her interests include politics and volunteering. She has volunteered on several political campaigns and in her church community. Sarah and her family are members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Tim Giattina

Board Member

Tim is an attorney and partner at Hodge Calhoun Giattina.  Tim graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.  Following his graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked in various political capacities.  In 2007, Tim moved to Little Rock to pursue a joint masters/law degree at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and William H. Bowen School of Law.  After law school, Tim practiced with a nationally prominent personal injury attorney specializing in automotive and tire product liability litigation.  He then worked in risk management, managing litigation and providing coverage analyses for insurance syndicates based in the Lloyd’s of London market.  Before founding Hodge Calhoun Giattina, Tim worked as a litigation attorney specializing in civil defense.  Tim lives in North Little Rock with his wife Annie and their two dogs.  A former college athlete and sports fan, Tim plays tennis, basketball, and golf, and most Fall Saturdays you can find him watching college football.

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Michelle Barnes

Board Member

Michelle is the Director of Housing at Our House, a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower homeless and near homeless families and individuals to succeed in their personal and professional goals. She is also the founder of Real Images, a nonprofit that uplifts and unifies women, as well as encourages young girls to obtain a high self-worth and esteem. She earned a Bachelor of Sociology and Master of Public Administration both from UA Little Rock. She serves on the boards of Lucie’s Place and Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless (CATCH).

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Will Gruber

Board Member

Will is the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships at inVeritas where he leads the firm’s government relations and strategic partnerships division. He previously served as a senior staff attorney for the Pulaski County Attorney’s Office, service as a legal advisor to county officials and representing the County’s interests before the Arkansas Legislature and Public Service Commission. Will’s broad range of legal experience encompasses both the public and private sectors. He served as an assistant attorney general in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office and a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Arkansas Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He later worked in private practice where he represented clients in circuit and district courts and before the Arkansas Real Estate and Fair Housing commissions. He began his career serving the Arkansas Air National Guard where he later achieved the rank of staff sergeant. Will is active in his community, serving on the board of directors of the Next Generation Young Professional of the North Little Rock CHamber, and as an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association and Think Big Little Rock.  He has also served as a big brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Amanda Harden, LCSW

Board Member

Amanda graduated from Harding University with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2005 and again from UALR with a Masters in Social Work in 2006.  While at Harding University, she was a social work intern at DCFS in Jackson Co and got her first taste of the DHS system, foster care, and CASA.

 

Amanda is a Licensed Certified Social Worker currently working as a Patient Experience Specialist at UAMS.  In her current role, she serves as an advocate for patients and families while working to improve experiences they have within the hospital setting.  Prior to her current role, she served as a family coordinator with the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency where she helped families navigate through grief, loss, and the organ donation process.  Before that, Amanda was the director of the Homeless Day Resource Center and as a crisis mental health evaluator for Professional Counseling Associates.  Amanda has also previously served as adjunct faculty and a field liaison for social work interns through UALR and has volunteered as a Big for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.

 

The love of work with the community, systems, advocacy, and volunteerism has brought Amanda to the CASA Board of Directors in hopes that her knowledge and background can be of service to the children they serve.

 

While she is a native of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda has called Arkansas home since 2006.  She lives in Little Rock with her husband, son, and two dogs.  They are members of Central Church of Christ and love to travel whenever they can.

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Glen Swindell

Board Member

After losing his father at the age of two, and growing up as the youngest of four, he feels that his own childhood experiences will be of great benefit in serving our board.

Glen is a Native of Texas, moving to Arkansas at the age of 10. He is a military veteran, working as a Regional Sales Manager for the JM Smith Corporation. He serves his multi-state territory with software for governmental entities. He has served as a volunteer for multiple political campaigns, but finds his passion is to “be an effective member helping youth in our area to feel the love and support they deserve while creating a healthy living environment.”

Glen lives in southern Pulaski County, in the Landmark Community.

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Kelly Shuffield

Board Member

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