Women’s Empowerment Center Executive Advisory Council

The WEC Executive Advisory Council is a vital component to the success of our programs. The council will meet twice a year and the council charge includes:

  • Include women who have a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Women’s Empowerment Center programs
  • Represent a variety of fields and corporations as well as nonprofit and educational institutions, bringing diversity to the council
  • Serve as advocates for women and are committed to advancing and promoting theWomen’s Empowerment Center programs in their sphere of influence
  • Share ideas on collaborations, resources, and participants, and make other advisory contributions to enhance the Women’s Empowerment Center programs
  • Provide guidance for fundraising and allocation of program resources, including scholarships
  • Facilitate peer groups, mentor individual program participants and/or speak atWomen’s Empowerment Center programs and events
  • Contribute intellectual capital by publicly sharing their stories, experiences and perspective


The WEC Executive Advisory Council members:

Bootsie AckermanDistrict Director for Congressman Steve Womack – Congressional Staff of U.S. House of Representative

Tami AllensworthVice President, JB Hunt

Karen ArmstrongSr. Manager Talent Management, Arvest Bank

Pat Bailey, Provost, ASU Mountain Home (retired) 

Michelle BarnesExecutive Director, Helen R. Walton Child Enrichment Center

Theresa Barrera-Shaw,Chief Operating Officer, Barrera Shaw Group, Vice President Supplier Administration – Walmart Stores, Inc. (Retired)

Lisa BridgersChief People Person, Rockfish

Lori Brown, Vice President, Kimberly-Clark

Susan ChambersExecutive Vice President, Global People, Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Tara DryerDirector of Training, Corporate Development and Academic Outreach, University of Arkansas

Carla FarmerAVP Marketing & Strategic Communication, Cottey College

Ida FinebergCo-owner and Executive Broker, Steve Fineberg & Associates Commercial Real Estate

Angela GraysonFounder and Principal Member, Precipice IP, PLLC

Meza Harris, Realtor, Lindsey & Associates

Sarah HeimerExecutive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

Johnelle HuntChairman, Hunt Ventures, Board Member, The New School

Laura JacobsChief of Staff, University of Arkansas

Evelyn JorgensonPresident, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Nancy LeakeFounder, Community Development Corporation (retired)

Trisha Montague, Senior Vice President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Cynthia Nance,Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law and Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement, University of Arkansas

Kathy O’KelleyPolice Chief, Springdale, Arkansas (retired)

Sharon OrloppPresident, Orlopp Enterprise; Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Janet PlyCo-founder and Managing Partner, Pendére 

Margie Ramondo, Owner, Vintner at Raimondo Winery

Lisa RayRegional Executive, Arvest Bank Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

Mireya ReithExecutive Director, Arkansas United Community Coalition; State Board Member, Arkansas Department of Education

Betsy ReithmeyerExecutive in Residence, Center for Retailing Excellence, Walton College of Business at University of Arkansas; Alderman, Rogers City Council

Amy RobinsonFounder, Tribe of Women

Anita ScismPresident/Chief Operating Officer, Endeavor Foundation

Cynthia SchneiderAVP Business Development/Marketing, The Bank of Fayetteville

Esther Silver-ParkerPresident/Chief Operating Officer, The SilverParker Group, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Shelley Simpson, Executive Vice President, JB Hunt

Karen StuckeySenior Vice President Private Brands/Sourcing – General Merchandising, Walmart Stores

Celia Swanson*Consultant/Executive Coach/Speaker,Senior Vice President Global Associate Relations, Walmart Stores, Inc. (retired)

Ulanda TerryOwner, All Things Posh Events & Designs

Terrie TomlinsonEquipping Team Leader, Fellowship Bible Church

Jann Weitzel, President, Cottey College

Sherece West-Scantlebury,Chief Operating Officer/President, Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation

Tina WinhamWalmart Sales Leader, SC Johnson “A Family Company”

Marge WolfAlderman, Rogers City Council, President/Chief Operating Officer of NWA Food Bank (Retired)

*Chair of Inseitz Group Women’s Executive Advisory Council