The ForwARd Team

Our Leadership Team

ForwARd Arkansas works tirelessly each day to make Arkansas a leading state in education and close the achievement gap within a generation.

The Implementation Working Group (IWG) Partners

The Implementation Working Group includes community leaders committed to making A New Vision of Arkansas Education a reality. Members are collaborating with students, parents, educators, business leaders, and policymakers to make Arkansas a leading state in education and close the achievement gap within a generation.

Amanda Linn

Arkansas Leadership Academy

Cathy Koehler

Arkansas Education Association

David Rainey

Former Legislator and Former Superintendent

Deborah Coffman

Arkansas Department of Education

Dr. Brett Powell

Henderson State University

Dr. Charisse Childers

Arkansas Department of Career Education

Dr. Ed Franklin

Former Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges

Dr. Jay Barth

Arkansas State Board of Education

Dr. Maria Markham

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Dr. Michele Linch

Arkansas State Teachers Association

Dr. Mike Hernandez

Arkansas Department of Education

Dr. Peggy Doss

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Ginny Kurrus

US Green Building Council, AR Chapter

John Riggs IV

J.A. Riggs Tractor Company

Joy Springer

Student Advocate

Joyce Elliott

State Senator

Kathy Smith

Walton Family Foundation

Kenya Williams

Community Volunteer

LaDonna Spain

Arkansas Department of Education

Lavina Grandon

Rural Community Alliance

Matt Dozier

EAST Initiative

Randy Zook

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

Richard Abernathy

Arkansas Association of Education Administrators (AAEA)

Tonya Williams

Arkansas Department of Human Services