New Board Members Announced for Women's Foundation of Arkansas


The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas announced the new members of the Board of Directors following its November 3 board meeting.  Officers for the 2011 year were also announced at this time.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is the only not-for-profit, statewide organization with the sole focus of developing the professional, economic and philanthropic potential of Arkansas women and girls by providing the necessary resources, tools and knowledge to reach their full potential.

Joining the board in January of 2011 will be Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, Chancellor, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus;  Kerri Daniels, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation;  Kathy Deck, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research; and Esther Silver-Parker, President and CEO, The SilverParker Group and retired senior vice president for corporate affairs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

“We are excited to have Dr. Blondin join the Board.   She has been an integral part of the success of the Girls of Promise conference at Arkansas Tech University for the past few years.   Her experience with the conferences, interest in educational advocacy and community service, and her own experiences in education and leadership will serve the Foundation well” said WFA Executive Director Lynnette Watts.

Dr. Blondin has been Chancellor of the Ozark Campus since June 2006.  Prior to her current position, she served as Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Officer, English Department Chair, and English Faculty Member.

Blondin said she has followed the work of the Foundation for several years.    “As a higher education administrator and professor, I witness firsthand the transformative power of education on the lives of students.  I will bring this knowledge and background to the Board, as well as a desire to empower our young women to be courageous, independent, and thoughtful.

During its ten years of existence, the WFA has awarded over $180,000 in grants.  It administers a statewide program called Girls of Promise for eighth grade girls with programs currently being conducted in Little Rock, Bentonville, El Dorado, Searcy, Jonesboro and Russellville.    It is headquartered at 1202 S. Main Street in downtown Little Rock.