Governor Hutchinson announced the creation of the Transformation Advisory Board in February 2017. This was another step toward transforming state government by identifying efficiencies and cost-savings to better serve the Arkansas taxpayers. The advisory board is a volunteer group of citizens from both the public and private sectors, who will make policy recommendations to the state’s Chief Transformation Officer and the Governor. Members of the board do not receive reimbursements for the participation of board activities.
Mike Carroll is a certified public accountant and partner of Beall Barclay & Company, CPAs. The firm has offices in Fort Smith, Rogers and Russellville. He is also a partner with Beall Barclay Wealth Management, a financial planning an securities firm affiliated with the CPA firm. He is currently serving as the chair of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and as chair-elect of the Arkansas Society of CPA’s. He has served on the Board of Directors of Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Fort Smith, Mercy Medical Center Board of Advisors (chair), Ouachita Baptist University, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and First Baptist Church of Fort Smith (chairman of the deacons and treasurer).
Mike has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from Ouachita Baptist University. He resides in Fort Smith with his wife Pam. They have three children and nine young grandchildren.
Tim Griffin grew up in Magnolia, a fifth-generation Arkansan and the youngest son of a minister and teacher. He was elected the lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and is currently serving his first four-year term. He is focused on growing jobs through aggressively pursuing economic development, more parental choice in education and boldly reforming state government.
From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Ethics and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He also served as an Assistant Whip for the Majority. In Congress, he advocated for bold tax reform and entitlement reform to grow jobs and reduce the national debt.
During the Bush Administration, in 2006-2007, Griffin served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and previously as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush at the White House.
Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 20 years and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was mobilized to active duty in 2005 as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq, for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge. He is currently serving as Acting Commander for the 139th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Tim is active in the community. He currently serves on the board of Our House shelter for the working homeless and previously served on the boards of the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.
He graduated from Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans and attended graduate school at Oxford University in England. His wife Elizabeth is from Camden, and they currently live in Little Rock with their two children, Mary Katherine, 10, and John, 7. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock.
Jennifer officially joined the firm in 2010 upon graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, although she has worked at the firm during summer and winter breaks since she was a teenager. Jennifer obtained her L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2012.
With legal and accounting educational backgrounds, Jennifer is finding her niche at the firm by assisting in IRS and state notice correspondence – she is licensed to practice in front of the U.S. Tax Court. She also assists in small business consulting and multi‐state income taxation preparation. As a second generation owner herself, Jennifer also works with many clients towards successfully transition the family business. Jennifer is actively involved with the Faulkner County Community Foundation as well as numerous other organizations including Eagle Bank, Faulkner County Advisory Board; Lines Cemetery Association; UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board; and Where the Stars Still Shine.
Jennifer attributes her dedication and drive ‐to‐succeed, not only in the work place but also to better society, to her father who taught her at an early age that it is important to give back. She also says that she is encouraged daily to give more by her brother who founded where the Stars Still Shine, which focuses its philanthropic efforts in the remote mountain village of Baie d’Orange, Sud Est, Haiti.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys riding horses and attending social functions in the Conway and Little Rock areas.
George H. Dunklin, Jr - In 1983, he founded Five Oaks Duck Lodge near Stuttgart, Arkansas and is now the sole owner. He is also active in timber and agriculture related businesses since 1980 and he farmed rice for 34 years. George served as a commissioner on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for seven years and served as chairman his last year in 2012. He was appointed by then-governor, Mike Huckabee. George also has served and chaired on numerous church, hospital and civic boards in Arkansas and Jefferson Counties. Currently he is serving as Chairman of the Arkansas Policy Foundation and serves on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Transformation Advisory Board.
He has been married to his wife Livia for 30 years and they have three adult daughters, Megan, Hillary and Lauren. George is a graduate of Memphis State University and played tennis for the MSU Tigers. He and his father won the Arkansas State Father & Son Tennis Tournament four times and he won the 1980 Arkansas State Tennis Championship and ended up ranked #1 that year in Arkansas.
George has served on the Ducks Unlimited board of directors since 2003. Was elected the 42nd president in Portland, Oregon in May 2013 and became Chairman of the Board in May 2015. In 2015, he was inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame and in 2016 in the Arkansas Waterfowler Hall of Fame.
George is originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and now Livia and he live on their family farm in Arkansas County, Arkansas between DeWitt and Stuttgart.
Alex has served in a variety of roles from private firms (Pavestone, Ingaba) to large publicly traded companies (Walmart). He began his career as an engineer at Pavestone Company, where he was quickly promoted to plant manager. He moved to Latin America and served as a private consultant to grow several businesses. He moved back to the U.S. and is currently working for Walmart. At Walmart, he has held leadership roles in Financial Services, Innovation, and Corporate Strategy.
Alex holds an MBA from The University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign and an B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
From October of 2007 to March of 2016, Solomon Graves was employed by the Arkansas Parole Board. At the end of his tenure there, Mr. Graves served as the Board Administrator and was responsible for various aspects of the Board’s administrative, parole, and revocation functions. During Mr. Graves’ tenure, the Parole Board was reaccredited three (3) times by the American Correctional Association.
In 2016, Solomon was named the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison for the Arkansas Department of Correction. In this role he coordinates public and legislative affairs for the Department, while serving as its chief spokesperson. Mr. Graves also supervises the Department’s Policy Coordinator and the Research and Planning Division.
Solomon Graves graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BA in Criminal Justice in 2005 and from Webster University with a Master of Public Administration Degree in 2010.
Mr. Graves is a member of the UALR and Webster University Alumni Associations, the American Correctional Association, and the Southern States Correctional Association among other professional and civic organizations.
He is married to the former Shana Woodard of Osceola, AR, who is an attorney employed by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Tim Leathers joined inVeritas with 39 years of legal and management experience in the public sector, having most recently served as Deputy Director and Commissioner of Revenue in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. He began at DFA as a law clerk while attending law school and was also a tax attorney and chief counsel.
Tim served as a loyal and trusted advisor to seven governors and leaders of both parties. He has managed complex legislative and legal issues and the operations of a 2,900-employee agency that is responsible for the management of the State’s human resources, procurement, accounting and revenue to balance the state $20 billion budget. He has written laws and managed a legislative process for the financial and administrative concerns of the executive branch. He represented the State in complicated and high value cases in administrative proceedings and in trial and appellate courts.
Tim received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Administration degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He taught State and Local Taxation at the UALR Bowen School of Law and Commercial Law at UALR. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas State Courts, Federal District Court and Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Tim was a JAG Officer in the United States Army Reserves. He served two terms as Chair of the Multistate Tax Commission and Chair of the Attorney Section of the National Association of Tax Administrators. He serves on the Vestry (board) of his church and has been successfully married for forty years.
Rep. Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado is serving his fourth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 6, which includes part of Union County.
Rep. Shepherd is serving his second term as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, Small Business and Economic Development Permanent Subcommittee, Joint Budget Committee, and Joint Committee on Energy.
For the 89th General Assembly, he served as chair of the House committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development.
A native of El Dorado, Rep. Shepherd graduated from El Dorado High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University and his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. A practicing attorney, he is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association, and the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. Shepherd and his wife, Alie, have three young children and reside in El Dorado.
Professor Dr. William Tippin, Webster University, instructs master degree management students completing their capstone applied research projects. He has extensive infrastructure program/project and organizational strategic management experience. Previously, as an AECOM Senior Vice President he was the U.S. Civilian Agency market leader. In this role, one of his accomplishments was as the Principal-In-Charge for the development of the transformational plan for converting NASA Kennedy Space Center from a government launch spaceport to a government/contractor launch spaceport. Dr. Tippin started his career at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) where he was the Co-Principal Investigator designing and implementing the AHTD construction management system. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a member of Lambda Alpha International, a society dedicated to land economics. His Doctor of Management (DM) degree is from the University of Maryland University College while he holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (BSPA) from the University of Arkansas. His Doctoral Dissertation investigated identifying critical success factors for U.S. Federal programs.
Matthew A. Waller, is the Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair, and Professor of Supply Chain Management. He is an inventor on the following patent: Waller, M.A. and Dulaney, E.F. System, Method and Article of Manufacture to Optimize Inventory and Merchandising Shelf Space Utilization, Patent No. US 6,341,269 B1. Date of Patent: January 22, 2002. His opinion pieces have appeared in Wall Street Journal Asia and Financial Times. Dr. Waller is an SEC Academic Leadership Fellow. He is coauthor of “The Definitive Guide to Inventory Management: Principles and Strategies for the Efficient Flow of Inventory across the Supply Chain” published by Pearson Education. He received a B.S.B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Missouri, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the former Co-Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Business Logistics.
Mark White, JD is Director of Legal Services of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to joining APSRC, he worked in Arkansas state government for 14 years in a variety of positions including Chief Counsel and Deputy Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services; staff attorney for the Arkansas Department of Education; Administrative Law Judge for the Workers’ Compensation Commission; and Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor. He also spent several years in private law practice litigating in state and federal courts. He holds a B.A. in political science and communication from Ouachita Baptist University and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas.
Former Arkansas State Senator Eddie Joe Williams served three terms representing Senate District 29. Senator Williams also served as an Assistant Pro Tempore for the Arkansas Senate of the 91st General Assembly. Civically, Williams is active in his community in various capacities. He is a member of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas Advisory Council. In past years, he served as a member of the Child Advocate Centers of Arkansas Board of Directors. He began his career in public service in the City of Cabot with an appointment to the planning commission. At the end of his appointment, he was elected to three consecutive terms on the Cabot City Council. He was elected mayor of the City of Cabot in 2007 and completed his term in December 2010. Professionally, Senator Williams worked for Union Pacific Railroad for almost 40 years, working his way from laborer to the regional director of transportation, managing daily operations for the eastern division covering Illinois to Louisiana. Born in Pine Bluff, Williams is married to the former De Lona Rudy, and together they have four daughters and eleven grandchildren. In November of 2017, Williams resigned as state senator and received a Presidential Appointment to the Southern State Energy Board as the Presidents Representative to the Board.