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Business and Community Leaders join UA Little Rock Alumni Board of Directors

The University of Arkansas Little Rock has announced seven new members of the university’s Alumni Board of Directors.

The new members are Stephanie Caruthers, a partner in Trio’s restaurant; Guy Choate, a communications leader at Garver; Sam Dunkum, a client relationship associate at Stephens Inc.; Gerald Gregory, an executive and co-owner of Garrett Excavating; Audra Hinton, a director at Shorter College; Tania Chevez Martinez, who has worked in the hospitality industry; and Antonio Mosby, a fire captain at the Little Rock Fire Department.

All of the board members are UA Little Rock alumni who will serve a three-year term as of Jan. 1, 2023. More information about the board members:

As a partner in Trio’s, Stephanie Caruthers helps oversee daily operations of one of Central Arkansas’s most notable award-winning restaurants. She graduated from UA Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a minor in French. Caruthers also serves on the Donaghey Scholars Alumni Board and is a member of Tri Delta Sorority. She has previously served on the UA Little Rock Alumni Board of Directors and as chair/co-chair of two Taste of Little Rock events.

Guy Choate is the creative communications leader at Garver. The Beebe, Arkansas native earned a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and writing with a minor in journalism from UA Little Rock and a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing from the University of New Orleans. He earned a Pushcart Prize nomination for his nonfiction writing. Choate is the founder of the Argenta Reading Series, a nonprofit organization that encourages the literary arts in Arkansas. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock and has been appointed to serve on the city’s Arts & Culture Commission.

Sam Dunkum works as a client relationship associate in the Private Client Group at Stephens Inc. and is in training to become a financial consultant. Dunkum played basketball at UA Little Rock and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied communications. He will graduate from UA Little Rock in December with a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in business analytics. Dunkum is a member of Fellowship Bible Church – Midtown.

Gerald Gregory is the chief operations officer and co-owner of Garrett Excavating, Inc. He has been instrumental in the acquisition and construction of almost $400 million worth of construction projects throughout his career. He is a board member of Associated Builders and Contractors and a member of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. He and his wife are passionate about giving back to the community. They annually support a bike and toy drive for The Watershed Human and Community Development Agency, Inc. Their company, Songbyrd Enterprise, LLC, builds affordable housing in underserved communities.

Audra Hinton, of Little Rock, is originally from Crossett, Arkansas. She graduated from UA Little Rock with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and obtained a MBA from Webster University. With over 20 years of experience in financial aid, she is currently the director of enrollment management at Shorter College. Her emphasis is in managing the areas of financial aid, admissions and recruitment, registrar, and re-entry supportive services. Hinton is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and has previously held leadership positions in the sorority. She is a life member of the UA Little Rock Alumni Association.

Tania Martinez was born and raised in Mexico City. She came to the United States to pursue an MBA in order to further her career in hospitality and tourism management. She previously obtained her bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from Escuela Bancaria y Comercial/VATEL. Martinez has worked in the hospitality field in Europe, French Polynesia, Mexico, and the U.S. In Arkansas, she worked in the hospitality industry, the diplomatic public sector, and private banking. She received her MBA with a concentration in business analytics from UA Little Rock.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Antonio Mosby attended Philander Smith College and UA Little Rock where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in health promotion. He is a fire captain at the Little Rock Fire Department and serves as a fire marshal with the Fire Prevention and Investigations Bureau. Mosby is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and has served in leadership roles in the fraternity. He is one of the youngest Southwestern Province Lifetime Achievement Awardees and was awarded the Theta Epsilon Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. Mosby currently serves on the Diamond Foundation Board and previously served on the board for the Pulaski County Youth Services.