Alumni News

LAURA ARFT (‘99) is the Assistant Director and Lower Elementary teacher at Sunshine Montessori School in Siloam Springs, Ark. She is currently working on receiving her Upper Elementary Montessori teacher certification. Her daughter, Kristin, is 19 completed her freshman year at John Brown University and was on the Dean’s List.

 

BEN BANKS (‘05) and his WIFE BECCA BANKS (‘06) are raising their son Henry in Texas where Ben continues to work for BNSF railway and Becca continues as a homemaker. They will celebrate 20 years of marriage in August.

 

RONALD BETTS (‘01) recently underwent a skin graph on his knee after a burn injury and has undergone physical and occupational therapy since receiving the graph.

 

HARRY BLACK (‘74) retired from Capital Baptist Association in Oklahoma City in March 2021. Harry and his wife LVETTA BLACK (‘74) continue to live in Oklahoma City.

 

ELLIE BRAY (‘72) is now living in Bella Vista, Ark., after living in Benton, Ky., for 17 years. Her two children Gina Smith Easterling and Jared Smith and their families are what brought her to Northwest Arkansas.

 

HANNAH BULLOCK (‘20) was announced as the new swim coach at Williams Baptist University and married her husband Christian on May 21, 2022.

 

SUZANNE BURNETT (‘10) recently started a job with Lifeway Christian Resources as a content-production editor with The Gospel Project.

 

CJ CARA (‘20) is coming up on a one-year anniversary with the County Fire Department in Memphis. He has been through school for EMT and Advanced EMT license and will begin paramedic school in August.

 

JANNA CHAFFIN (‘22) announced that after nearly eight years of waiting to be parents, she and her husband adopted their daughter in October of 2021. She was born Sept 26, 2021.

 

CASEY CLEMENTS (‘05) was hired last July to be the laboratory supervisor for the new St. Bernards Mohs Clinic. Mohs stands for micrographically oriented histographic surgery. The clinic specializes in skin cancers on the face, head, hands, and feet. This type of surgery is used to remove as little normal tissue as possible.

 

RAVEN CHRONISTER (‘17) graduated with her masters degree in social work from LSU in August of 2021 and passed her licensing exam in December of 2021. She also had her first baby on March 29, 2022.

 

TIFFANY CREECY (‘05) is in her 12th year as the Chief Financial Officer for Higginbotham Dental Group, PLLC. She likes to spend the majority of her time at the gym watching her daughter Linley play Junior Olympic volleyball or at the baseball field watch her son Lawson play travel baseball.

 

ADAM ECKARD (‘15) earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and he serves as a school improvement specialist with Jonesboro Public Schools.

 

NICOLE ECKARD (‘14) opened her own private practice, Resilience Therapy, LLC. Adam and Nicole live with their son, Malik, in Jonesboro.

 

HANNAH ESTES (‘19) recently moved to Parker, Az., to lead worship at a church plant – Calvary Parker Campus. Parker is a small community in western Arizona on the Colorado River surrounded by the Colorado River Reservation.

 

TATUM GILLIAM (‘21) married fellow WBU alum BROCK GILLIAM (‘21) and moved to the River Valley area. She is currently in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith, while her husband has begun a career in banking.

 

KRISTY GOODWIN (‘13) currently lives in Northwest Arkansas and over the past year she has earned her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor license) and has become a Registered Play Therapist. She also landed her dream job working private practice at Water’s Edge Counseling and Play Therapy working with school age children and their families.

 

DR. AMANDA GOTTMAN (‘17) graduated from Logan University in Chesterfield, Mo., in August of 2021 with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She now lives in Hannibal, Mo. She is married to Luke Gottman and they have two dogs Frankie and Harper.

 

BILLY HARDESTY (‘08) is the lead children’s pastor at Cross Church in Springdale, Ark.

 

EDWARD HARTHORN (‘16) is now working as an architectural historian in Lincoln, Neb., for Nebraska’s state historical society.

 

RICK HYDE (‘73) is now retired in Arkadelphia and is available as Interim pastor and supply preacher. He and wife Kay also have a new grandbaby Lucy.

 

QUADARIUS JACKSON (‘22) is currently a paid fulltime Resident at his church, Nettleton Baptist Church.

 

HANNAH LEE (‘14) welcomed their second child, Alice Ann Lee, on October 18, 2021.

 

ELAINE NORRIS (‘92) married in 1999 and is now a mother of seven children and a stay at home mom.

 

REBEKAH OVERMAN (‘08) graduated from Arkansas State in May of 2022 with a Master’s in English. She is also pursuing a certification in editing from Chicago University.

 

KENNETH POAGUE (‘89) retired from Experian at the end of 2021. He is a deacon and a Sunday School/Connect Class teacher at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark. He also does some supply preaching.

 

CHARLES RAY (‘98) has been pastor at Biggers Baptist Church for the past 13 years.

 

LANCE RITTER’S (‘89) son Isaiah Ritter married Madison Rowe on June 5, 2021.

 

KYLE ROCKETT (‘07) welcomed a daughter, Maren Lane Rockett, in June of 2021. Her proud 8-year-old sister Norah Jean is obsessed.

 

KELSEY ROBBINS (‘17) recently graduated with her Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy from Murray State University. She is currently living in Walnut Ridge and enjoys being part of the Williams community.

 

MICHAEL “SKIP” SCHALK (‘98) was selected to represent Team Arkansas Special Olympics as an assistant powerlifting coach at the Special Olympics USA Games in June in Orlando, Fla.

 

SHANA SCHNEIDER (‘08) is serving as an MTSS specialist at Old Orchard Junior High in Skokie School District #68 in Chicago, Ill. Her husband Drew is now serving as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance with Loyola University Chicago.

 

MELODY STEIGER (‘07) completed her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree from ATU In December of 2019 and in June of 2021 she was hired as an English professor at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, Ark.

 

SHANE STOLZ (‘09) opened his own Farm Bureau Insurance office in Bull Shoals, Ark.

 

KIMBERLY TAYLOR (‘99) earned her Masters in Biology with Education Emphasis from Grand Canyon University in September 2021.

 

AVA TITSWORTH (‘91) is a clinical supervisor of substance abuse counselors, conference trainer, board member of the Arkansas Substance Abuse Credentialing Board. She and her husband Russ have one son, Joseph (19).

 

MEGAN WEBER (‘13) recently welcomed a new baby in June of 2021.

 

BRIAN WHITLOW (‘18) has changed careers and is now in his first year of elementary education.

 

ANGEL WILLIFORD (‘98) is now teaching third grade at Pittman Elementary and recently completed her 22nd year of teaching. She has two fur babies, Willy and Red. She and her husband Eric just celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary.

 

SAVANAH WILLIAMS (‘16) married her husband in November 2021 and they are expecting their first child, a boy, Luca, in June 2022. She is celebrating a work anniversary in June 2022 of four years at UALR MidSOUTH School of Social Work as a Triple P Parenting Program Practitioner. Also, she is currently halfway through the part-time Masters of Social Work program at UALR.

 

GRANVILLE WYNN (‘98) currently works as Financial Analyst with The Fayetteville Fire Department in Fayetteville, Ark. He has been with the City since March, 2013. Additionally, he has served as Associate Pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Farmington, Ark.