Advisory Board

About the Advisory Board

The School of Social Work Advisory Board is charged with strengthening the School’s connection to the community, providing expertise and consultation for program and curriculum development, and to further development efforts that benefit students and School funding priorities. The esteemed advisory members connect social work education to the most pressing social issues that arise in Arkansas communities.

Members

Bonnie Limbird

Bonnie Limbird is a retired social worker with forty-four years of experience in the field. She has worked with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the Greater Little Rock Community Mental Health Center, with children and families at Centers for Youth and Families, an outpatient family/child centered setting and, as a member of an interdisciplinary diagnostic team at Dennis Developmental Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Bonnie’s last 20 years of her career were spent at KIDS FIRST, UAMS, a program for young children who were medically-at-risk or were diagnosed with developmental delays. In addition, she developed and led community councils in the CO-MEND program (Community Outreach in the areas of Medicine Education Nutrition, and Development) in six towns across the state. Bonnie was a founding member and first president of the AR Association for Infant Mental Health. She has worked with this organization for the past 11 years and continues to serve on its board. She is also a past president of the AR Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and was elected to a term on its national board.

Sheryl Alexander

Sheryl Alexander has dedicated over thirty years of service to her community and is still going strong with boots on the ground. Sheryl is an alum of the UA Little Rock School of Social Work Masters Program, where upon graduation was accepted into the Educational Leave program funded by the Department of Human Services. Sheryl currently works for Arkansas Department of Health where she works in the PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Management System) and Synar programs. In her first position at the Health Department she worked in the Office of Performance Management where she helped facilitate the Health Dept. to obtain their national accreditation. Sheryl has worn many hats in her Social Work journey. Her experiences include Child Abuse and Neglect investigator, Foster Care worker, trainer for the Department of Human Services, Policy Unit Manager for Children and Family Services, adjunct professor for Philander Smith College, UCA Professional Development, Community Outreach Coordinator for Career Pathways U of A Pulaski Technical College. Sheryl also serves her community as the current president of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers and has held this position for the past seven years.

Mandy Davis

Mandy Davis, an alum of the UA Little Rock School of Social Work Masters program, has worked in the field for over 11 years. She has a proven knowledge of conflict resolution, process simplifications, and relationship management. Currently, Mandy works for Depaul USA at the Jericho Way Day Resource Center in Little Rock. Mandy is the director of Jericho Way which is a national non-profit that serves those experiencing homelessness. Jericho Way is Little Rock’s only day resource center for those experiencing homelessness. Mandy’s dedication to the social work community is seen through her hard work and commitment to showing hospitality to her homeless neighbors. Mandy was acknowledged by the UA Little Rock’s Social Work Department with the Friend of the Faculty Award in 2018. In 2019, she was awarded the high honor of Social Worker of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Mandy was also awarded the 2019 Difference Maker Award for her work at Jericho Way, by Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. On top of this Mandy was also nominated by Arkansas Business as a 2019 40 under 40 Honoree for her professional accomplishments and community service. Mandy also served on the Arkansas Chapter’s board and is currently a standing member of the association.

Chris Rule

Chris has worked in the mental health field for almost 35 years and as a social worker for almost 25 years. Chris was an alum of the UA Little Rock Master of Social Work program and has experience in both teaching and clinical areas. Chris is currently the director of Behavioral Medicine at Baptist Health-UAMS Family Medicine Residency Program and clinic. He has worked as a clinical social worker serving children, adolescents, and adults in school-based and outpatient settings for more than 20 years. Along with this, Chris is also an instructor in the UAMS College of Medicine in the Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry. Chirs began his teaching career at the UA Little Rock School of Social Work, where he served as an adjunct professor for ten years and has worked in graduate medical education for the past 13 years. In 2017, Chris was awarded the Family and Medicine Outstanding Teaching Award by the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He was a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of School Counselors; and currently serves as a member of the American Balint Society – Online Balint Committee and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Ruth Fissel

Ruth has practiced social work for 40 years, serving her community through program development, clinical supervision, mental health assessment and treatment; and most recently assisting UAMS Primary Care Clinics achieve Patient Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, on top of transforming outpatient primary care clinics to adhere to Comprehensive Primary Care Plus expectations. Ruth currently works as the Behavioral Health Program Manager for the primary care clinics in the Integrated Medicine Service Line within UAMS. Each of the seven primary care clinics have Behavioral Health Consultants on the clinical care team to help address the behavioral health concerns of patients. During Ruth’s 40 years of service as a social worker, she has opened three outpatient behavioral health programs in Arkansas: Family Service Agency, Youth Home, and Corphealth EAP. She also brokered relationships between the Arkansas department of Education and the Department of Behavioral Health to build 75 school based mental health centers around Arkansas. Ruth is a current board member of the Family Service Agency, as well as the board secretary at Harmony Health Clinic. Ruth also served as a central chapter representative on the Arkansas National Association of Social Works board for three years.

Susan Hoffpauir

Dr. Susan Hoffpauir is Professor and Academic Dean at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Previously, she served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Academic Policy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Under Hoffpauir’s leadership, the Clinton School has expanded its community partnerships in Arkansas, across the nation, and around the world. In her tenure, the Office of Field Services has built a policy and curricular infrastructure that supports partnerships with 44 international host organizations on six continents. Dr. Hoffpauir was a co-presenter of “Defining ‘Service’ in Service Learning,” at the 2015 Gulf South Summit in Little Rock. In 2012, she was a co-presenter of “So You Want to be an Administrator: Assessing the Goodness-of-Fit,” at the Leadership Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education in Washington, D.C. At UA Little Rock, Dr. Hoffpauir led the institution’s regional accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, which resulted in reaccreditation of the institution for the maximum 10-year period. She also designed and established the Bachelor of Social Work program, which earned full accreditation in 2005. Dr. Hoffpauir has also served as both president and vice president of the board of directors of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

David Deere

David Deere is a retired social worker with 25 years experience. While in retirement David is focussed on developing services for persons with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Arkansas and nationally. David worked for Partners for Inclusive Communities in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. He was the Training Director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, which annually trained 30-40 graduate and post-graduate students in interprofessional care for persons with autism and other disabilities. Most of his focus is on inclusion of persons with disabilities into all aspects of their communities, with an emphasis on social determinants of health and wellbeing. Much of his work involves establishing and facilitating collaborations that work towards inclusion. Within neurodevelopmental disorders David has an emphasis on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and developing systems to support independence and interdependence. David was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Medicaid Reform from 2015-2017. He is currently a member of both the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and has been since 1997.

Michael Eubanks

Melrita Johnson

Melrita is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in several capacities such as Mental Health Therapist, Therapeutic Foster Care Therapist, and Geri Psych Therapist, completed Home Studies for the state of Arkansas, Medical Social Worker at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Renal Social Worker with US Renal Care and Hospice Angels in Pine Bluff, AR. Melrita currently serves as the Mental Health Services Coordinator for Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, AR. Melrita is the Owner/Chief Executive Officer of The Chosen One Professional Services, LLC. (TCOPS) which provides Private Mental Health Services, Public Speaking, Professional In-Services, Professional Development Trainings, Workshops, Continuing Education, Grant Writing and Workshops, 501c3 Procurement and Management and Workshops, Services and Trainings, Group Community Supportive Services, Life Coaching and more. As the President and Founder of REFORM, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with youth 10-24 to teach them independent living skills and how to be leaders in the community. Melrita is the Southeast Representative to the National Association of Social Workers Arkansas Branch and became the Organizer and Founder of the first ever Social Work Sorority, Alpha Chi Epsilon Sigma Social Work Sorority, Inc in 2020.

Rebecca Ward

Phillip Myton

Phillip is currently an LCSW working for Veterans Affairs as the Outreach Specialist for the Heath Care for Homeless Veterans program. He also works at a private practice therapy for Solutions Counseling Group. Phillip is an alum of both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at UA Little rock. He started work at the Arkansas State Hospital working on the adolescent unit and also working on the forensic unit before his current position for Veterans Affairs. Phillips’ focus is working with adolescents to adult males focusing on stress, anxiety, and communication skills. He currently serves as a member of the STAY committee and as a member of DTAC. Phillip also participates on the Veteran Community Outreach Committee and works with AARP Arkansas Veterans Team to coordinate needed resources for the homeless veteran population.