My Commitment to Serving Our Community
Putting together this résumé of my community service over the last 14 years brought back a lot of wonderful memories. Being self-employed, debt-free, and having a supportive husband has enabled me to serve our community. It allowed me to build a strong leadership portfolio as I served my community in the areas of education, local business support and advocacy, and cancer support services. I’m most proud of my work to improve success for small businesses and the relationships I’ve built volunteering shoulder to shoulder with other citizens.
All these roles on this page are volunteer roles. It’s a well-known fact that you can build a lot of business relationships when you volunteer. However, the time you give is time that you couldn’t bill on client projects. Small business owners love their ability to get involved with volunteer roles in the community and do something that makes a difference. I’ve often found it is worth the sacrifice. It has fired my desire to serve our city as an elected public servant.
Leadership or Extended Volunteer Roles
Here are the organizations that I’ve spent a meaningful amount of time with. I’m not much for day-of-event-only volunteer gigs. I really like to sink my teeth into a project and get to know the people I volunteer with. It’s hard to do that when you are involved for just a few hours. Some of my best friends are people I have volunteered with.
- 2014 Earned Distinguished Toastmaster award. The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award is the highest earned award bestowed by Toastmasters International. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership.
- Conference chairperson for the 2008 District 43 Fall Conference. Responsible for recruiting and leading the conference team members who handled all conference details, locating speakers that would provide maximum educational value in the areas of communication and leadership, communicating conference details to the conference team and district Toastmasters members, and running productive meetings.
- 2009-2010 Vice President of Public Relations for Pinnacle Toastmasters Club. Responsible for internal and external communications.
- 2010-2011 District Public Relations Officer for Toastmasters District 43. It is the fourth highest leadership office in the district. Responsible for internal and external communications to district members in Arkansas, Tennessee, and parts of Mississippi. Developed a communication strategy for the district that improved internal communications and engaged members.
- Sponsor for the Walmart ISD Toastmasters Club in 2010. Provided the on-going mentoring and support necessary for a new club going through the charter process.
- 2011-2012 Assisted with two summer youth leadership programs. Helped create activities that helped participants develop and refine speaking skills.
- Mentored members and recruited new members. Also assisted officers with a variety of leadership challenges to help them determine the right solution for the situation.
- Achieved the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster. It is Toastmasters International’s designation for those who complete the leadership and communication tracks.
- Competed many times in all speech contests: international speech, evaluation, humorous, and table topics. I have won at the club, area, and division levels on occasion. Love the personal growth I get from competing but hate how much time it requires to develop and practice a competition speech.
- Member since 2007. Currently active in Diehl Toastmasters Club but was a longtime member at Pinnacle Toastmasters Club. Assist district and area leaders as needed with the development of new clubs. Continue to actively recruit new members who need to develop their communication skills so they can advance personally and professionally.
- Toastmasters is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people become better public speakers. There are clubs all over the world. The tools are great, it’s inexpensive, and you can customize your learning experience so it best meets your needs.
Benton County Republican Women (BCRW)
2014-2015 Served two-year term as president. Responsibilities included leading a board that supports candidates and our community, educates and engages voters, plans meetings and events, coordinates volunteers that serve in roles that get candidates elected, and invests in young people. Worked with board members to re-brand our image and develop a new website for the club. Member since 2012. Member of the Republican Party of Benton County. Also serve as Arkansas 3rd District delegate for the Republican party.
National Speakers Association, Oklahoma Chapter
- 2004-2005 Vice President of Public Relations. Responsible for marketing meetings to members and non-members.
- Received the 2005 Reaching Out Award. Recognized for my work in recruiting new members and raising awareness about the chapter.
- Earned professional member status in National Speakers Association in 2006.
Creative Referral Network (Founded 2002)
- Charter member of the original group, the Rogers Friday Coffee. Many groups have spun off this group over the years and it continues to support grass-roots business networking activities in Northwest Arkansas. It just celebrated its 13th anniversary.
- Maintain database of members and handle communications for the weekly networking group since 2003 until I retired from support responsibilities in 2014.
- For the list of the area’s non-exclusive and free or nearly free networking groups, click here.
Event Service Providers Network
- Led the group from its inception in 2009 until it stopped meeting in 2011. We formed the group to provide a focused networking opportunity to people who purchased meeting services and those who provided those services.
- Organized special events that were focused on industry education.
Oakdale Junior High Band Boosters
2002-2003 Shared the role of president with another parent. We were responsible for recruiting parents to assist with band booster activities, planning events, and raising funds for the band.
SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business
- 2001 to 2007 Served as counselor/mentor. My specialty was start-up issues, business plans, and marketing strategy. Recruited many counselors and SCORE clients over the years. Averaged about 50 volunteer hours a month.
- Chaired Northwest Arkansas SCORE’s 2006 Small Business Conference. Responsible for designing the conference, selecting speakers to deliver educational content, marketing, and production.
- Represented the organization at chamber of commerce functions throughout Northwest Arkansas.
- 2006 Received SCORE’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for my recruiting, workshop development, and administrative support efforts.
Fellowship Bible Church
- 1999-2002 Co-led community group Bible studies with my husband (God’s Plan for Your Finances and Open Your Gift). One of our favorite activities was preparing and serving meals for 60 to 90 people for Samaritan House’s Sunday night church service. We got to do that two or three times a year.
- 2001 Went on the Mission to India with Fellowship Saturday Night’s congregation to explore mission opportunities in Chennai and Bangalore. Continued to support the micro-enterprise through 2003 by conducting a feasibility study and writing a business plan that helped a Christian ministry in Bangalore to attain the financing needed to start a small business.
Cancer Challenge (Cancer Road Challenge)
- 2003-2008 Team Leader for the Cancer Road Challenge (the motorcycle poker run and show). Recruited and led a team that built this event from the ground up. The team launched the event in 2004 with 60 participants and grew it to one of the largest motorcycle fund-raisers at the time. During this period, I invested about 200 hours a year in this event.
- 2009 Served on the Cancer Road Challenge committee. My role was to ensure that all the critical information was properly passed along and new committee leaders were well-established.
- 2010 Team Leader for the Marketing Committee. This involved coordinating a number of promotional and administrative activities that included speaking to civic groups, assisting with media relations, and designing and executing a social media strategy.
- 2008 Received Michael Shassere Volunteer of the Year Award. This was an honor, especially since he had worked with our committee the first year (in addition to serving for years with Cancer Challenge operation leadership roles), was my neighbor, and was a client and peer in the small business community. He lost his battle with cancer in 2006.
Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development
- Charter member of the chapter that was founded in 2004 and officially received its charter in 2005.
- Served in 2006 as president-elect.
- Served in 2007 and 2008 as president.
- Served in 2009 as immediate past president.
- During my tenure with the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development, my core objectives were to create a strong leadership pipeline that ensured chapter sustainability and to provide programs that created bottom-line value and return on investment to the workplace learning professionals of Northwest Arkansas. Our chapter grew from 8 members to over 80 during that period. Average meeting attendance tripled during that same period.
NOARK (the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management)
- 2006-2009 Diversity Committee. My primary role was assisting with the 2007 and 2009 diversity conference. I helped with overall conference planning. Was responsible for designing educational content, collecting and editing speaker descriptions and biographical information, and coordinating speaker needs.
- NOARK member since 2004.
Single Parent Scholarship Fund mentoring committee
2000-2002 Served as a mentor to single parent scholarship fund recipients. I’m still close with one of my students. Later went on to help recruit mentors and coordinate mentoring activities for the committee.
Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross
2002 Coordinated a charity gala and silent auction called the Red Cross Presidential Ball. It was the first time the chapter had held a gala. I was responsible for recruiting and leading volunteers to produce a charity gala in just 10 weeks.
Students in Free Enterprise Business Advisory Board, Northwest Arkansas Community College
- 2004-2009 Served on the business advisory board. When I started, there were three business advisory board (BAB) members and about three student members and a SIFE Fellow (faculty advisor). When I retired from the board, the team has won several regional and national competitions, had a strong group of chapter leaders in the pipeline, and boasted a large and diverse board made up of local corporate business people.
- Helped them create events that provided educational content and raised awareness.
- Connected them with guest speakers and prospective BAB members.
- Provided marketing support for their activities.
- Coached the members of the competition teams on presentation skills and content preparation.
2015 Co-led a WorkMatters Leadership@Work Bible study. It was their 10-week study on Daniel. Responsibilities included lesson preparation, mentoring, and organizing the group’s activities.
Joseph Project (WorkMatters’ job searcher assistance initiative)
2009-2010 WorkMatters recruited me to assist them with the newly redesigned job searcher initiative. They were adding more educational content and wanted to improve the networking and support functions of the group. I presented educational content many times and personally met with job searchers to advise them on their resume content, online presence, and business ideas.
Open Doors of NWA
2011 When WorkMatters discontinued the Joseph Project job searcher assistance initiative, I mentored the leader of the group that started up to meet the needs of the local job searchers. I provided educational content at meetings and provided on-going support to the group leaders.
Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce
2003-2006 Ambassador Committee: Attended ribbon cuttings and other chamber of commerce events on behalf of both my business and SCORE.
Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce
2003-2006 Ambassador Committee: Attended ribbon cuttings and other chamber of commerce events on behalf of both my business and SCORE. My goal was to attend three ribbon cuttings a week which I met most of the time.
2003-2006 Champion Committee: This committee served the needs and interests of Walmart vendors. When I started, it had a small number of members and provided very few benefits for this premium membership. I worked with the committee to plan activities. My main focus was planning the education programs that the Walmart vendors needed and wanted. The number of members willing to pay this premium membership fee grew drastically once they began to see benefits that improved their understanding of working with Walmart.
2004-2006 Total Resource Campaign: Raised money for the chamber of commerce by selling memberships and sponsorships. Earned the reward trip three years. Served as a team captain one year.
Junior Achievement of Arkansas
2003 Taught an eight-week program called International Marketplace. It was designed to teach middle-school students about world economics. I added a conversation about ethics at each class.
2011 Taught three breakout sessions on networking at a JA event at Walmart.
Northwest Arkansas Children’s Museum
2010-2012 Marketing Committee: Provided guidance as the museum went through the process of selecting the advertising agency, naming the museum, and designing marketing strategy.
Goodwill Industries Advisory Board
2013. Served on a board that was designing and providing support services to it’s employees and clients. A large number of Goodwill’s clients are people who are rebuilding their lives after issues with substance abuse that has led to jail time.
Northwest Arkansas Business Womens’ Conference speaker committee
2003 Worked on the speaker committee. Our job was to design a strong educational program for the conference that would provide good return on investment for the attendee’s time and money.
Network of Executive Women
2009 Worked on the committee for a Northwest Arkansas event. Helped promote the event and coordinate media coverage. This organization is designed to serve the needs and interests of women in the field of retail and consumer package goods (locally that means Walmart and Walmart vendors).
2009 Served on the college’s advisory board. Provided them with ideas and guidance to ensure their programs were relevant to the needs of area businesses.
2011-14 Provide on-going mentoring for this non-profit group that raises money for an orphanage in India. This group is a resource group for our Indian community in Northwest Arkansas. They also plan and engage the Indian community’s in service-learning activities. Specifically, we have worked on the process of organization, fund-raising, and marketing.
Public Speaking: Delivering Either Educational Content or Speaking on Behalf of a Charity
As a professional speaker, I’m often asked to deliver speeches at no cost for local professional and civic organizations. It takes the same amount of time to prepare for one of these as it does a paid program. However, it’s a great way to donate my time and expertise to help these groups who want to provide meaningful content for their members.
I’m also an experienced event planner so I often help local groups find speakers for their meetings or provide advice and guidance as they plan their events. Here are just a few of the organizations I’ve spoken to.
- Benton County Chapter and Razorback Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals
- Rogers Optimist Club
- Lowell, Rogers, and Bentonville Kiwanis Clubs and Missouri/Arkansas Division of Kiwanis
- Fayetteville, Bentonville Daybreak, and Northside Rotary Clubs
- APICS (Association for Operations Management), Northwest Arkansas Chapter
- Arkansas Society for Human Resources Management
- American Society for Training and Development, Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa Chapters
- Spring Hill Middle School Career Days (Bentonville)
- Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation
- Bentonville Ministerial Alliance
- National Association of Health Underwriters, Northwest Arkansas Chapter
- Institute of Management Accountants, Northwest Arkansas Chapter
- Northwest Arkansas Association of Information Technology Professionals
- Northwest Arkansas Recruiting and Staffing Professionals
- NWA Startup Weekend
- Oklahoma Chapter of Personnel Consultants
- Women in Networking
- Western Arkansas Human Resources Association
- University of Arkansas Career Development Center
- Phi Theta Kappa, Northwest Arkansas Community College and Arkansas-Oklahoma District
- Project Management Institute, Northwest Arkansas Chapter
- Mother-to-Mother Ministry of Northwest Arkansas
- Goodwill Industries
- Optimist Club of Rogers
- John Brown University School of Business