MA Alumni Network

To support your career development, we will aid you in connecting with our diverse MA alumni network across your time in our program. This network includes alumni currently working in local industries (UAMS, Arkansas Department of Public Health, Bridgeway Hospital, CARDI Cancer Center, Stephens Inc, Simmons Bank, etc.) and those working for national companies and non profit organizations (such as PBS, Adobe, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Heifer International, WinRock International, and more). We also have many alumni who currently work for universities, including Florida State University, UA Little Rock, University of Kentucky, Purdue, Clemson, and others. Check out some of our alumni whose careers span internal and external communication, training/education, and influencer/corporate leadership below!

Internal Communication/Organizational Development

Becky Harwell

Becky HarwellDirector of Talent Development, Simmons Bank

Lisa Wymer, Ed.D.

Lisa WymerManager of Organizational Development, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Shelby Fray

Shelby FraySenior Organizational Development Consultant, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Katie (Batson) Swearingen

Katie Batson SwearingenOrganizational Development Advisor, CARTI

External Communication: Health Communication, Business Development, Sales

Heide Harrell, APR

Heide HarrellVice President, Communications, Business Development Director
Private Client Group, Stephens, Inc.

Meg Mirivel

Meg MirivelDirector of Communications, Arkansas Department of Health

Bruce Trimble

Bruce TrimbleChief Experience Officer, Pillar Clinical Research, LLC

Fan Ku

Fan KuSales Manager (Specialities), Fuchs Lubricants Taiwan Corp


Jacob Jenkins

Jacob JenkinsAssociate Professor, California State University-Channel Islands

Nigel Spears

Nigel SpearsTraining Specialist, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Andrew Pyle

Andrew PyleAssociate Professor, Clemson University

Rebekah Whitaker

Rebekah WhitakerAssistant Professor, Director of Debate, Union University

Melanie Morgan, Ph.D.

Melanie MorganProfessor & Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Purdue University

Melissa Johnston

Melissa JohnsonDirector of Learning and Development, First Union, Little Rock, Arkansas

Marquese McFerguson, Ph.D.

Marquese McFergusonAssistant Professor, Florida State University

Robert C. Mock Jr., Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Kentucky

Corporate Leadership/Influencer

Adena White

Adena WhiteFounder & Chief Storyteller, Black Belt Media

Sajni Kumpuris

Sajni KumpurisDirector of Education, Arkansas PBS

Sasha Arjannikova, Ph.D.

Sasha ArjannikovaPeople Analysis, Adobe, San Francisco, California

Tamidra Marable

Tamidra Marable

Global Talent Development Director, Heifer International

J. J. Pitman

J.J. PitmanUniversity of Arkansas
4-H Center Director