UACES Facebook Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists Board Members

AACES Officers and Committees

Current AACES Officers (revised 2-5-2018)

Office 2018 Officers and Executive Board
President Kristin Higgins
Vice President Rebecca Simon
Secretary Yolanda Harden
Treasurer Sarah David
Past President John Hopkins
Board Member Amy Cole (2018)
Board Member Brittany Singleton (2018)
Board Member Priscella Thomas-Scott (2019)
Board Member Chelsey Ahrens (2019)
Board Member Diane Mashburn (2020)
Board Member Jackson Alexander (2020)

AACES Committees (revised 2017)

Committees and Members

Basic responsibilities for all AACES committees:

  • Keep a record of membership list and terms, meeting notes, minutes, and other materials.
  • Maintain and submit official records such as audit, budget, awards recipient list, roster of members, etc.
  • Provide records to President and/or Executive Committee as needed.
  • Provide records or information to the Website Committee as needed.
  • Nominating Committee

    Nominating committee: This committee works together to nominate qualified and key individuals to various other committees within AACES.

    Julie Robinson, Chair

    Jill Williams, Jackson Alexander

  • Beans, Brains and Social Committee (combined in 2018)

    The Professional Improvement and Social Committees were combined at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

    This newly combined committee comes up with ideas for professional development programs and social activities for both AACES members and non-members.  They typically host “lunch and learn” or what we call “Beans & Brains”.  These are usually presented quarterly but have also been every other month.  Topics and number of events are up to the committee.  Committee members obtain speakers, plan meetings, reserve the location, promote the event, plan meals, and often prepare lunch.  Spring Fling, Fall Festival, and Business after Hours are a few of many AACES social events.  Join this committee and help plan, organize, and promote activities that develop esprit de corps, and feed our brains and our tummies!

    Tamara Walkingstick, Chair

    Amy McClelland, Armenta Lockhart, Lisa Cook, Rachel Chaney, Chelsey Ahrens, Kathryn McElderry, Tamara Walkingstick, Becky McPeake, Brenda Waldrum, Brittney Schrick, Lauren Copeland, Gretchen Skinner, Laura Hendrix, John Hopkins, Jessica Smith, Shannon Caldwell, Ashley Henderson, Jackson Alexander, Jill Williams, J.J. Pitman. 

  • Recognition and Awards

    Recognition and Awards Committee: Visit the AACES website to see a list of the awards presented each year.  This committee solicits nominations, selects recipients, and presents awards.   

    Rebecca Simon, Chair

    Diane Mashburn,  Jackson Alexander, Yvonne McCool, Kelly Loftin

  • Constitution and Audit

    Constitution and Audit Committee: This committee conducts the annual audit of AACES financial records.  The committee chair presents a report at the annual meeting. They review the Constitution and Bylaws to insure they remain true to the purpose of AACES. 

    Donna Rothberg, Chair

  • Budget Committee

    Budget Committee: The Budget Committee prepares the annual budget and presents it for approval by the board.  The approved budget is presented by the committee chair at the annual meeting.

    Julie Robinson, Chair

    Jill Williams, Donna Rothberg, Jessica Smith

  • Fundraising Committee

    Fundraising Committee: Thanks to this sweet committee for hosting our annual Valentine’s Day bake sale.  The bake sale, along with other fund raisers, helps to support AACES activities and events including awards, social activities, professional improvement, a legislative event, a 4-H Congress trip, and sending representatives to a leadership conference (PILD).  This committee organizes and conducts our fundraising activities.

    Katie Holland, Chair

    Diane Mashburn, Brittney Schrick, Amy McClelland, Sarah David, Debie Head, Tamara Walkingstick, Jackson Alexander, Jill Williams

  • Website/History Committee (combined in 2018)

    Website and History Committees were combined in 2018.

    Website and History Committee: This committee maintains and updates the AACES webpages and works with other committee members to keep their information current.  This committee also maintains records to preserve the history of AACES.

    Amy Cole, Chair

    Kyle Cunningham, Mary Poling, Diana Morian, Becky Bridges, BeVerly Sims, Donna Rothberg.

  • Resolutions

    Resolutions Committee: Sometimes our members have ideas about positive changes for the Cooperative Extension Service. The Resolution Committee solicits and collects these ideas.  They present them to AACES membership for voting.  Resolutions that are approved by the membership are presented to Administration for consideration. 

    Amy Cole, Chair

    Becky McPeake, Kyle Cunningham, Jessica Smith, Jill Williams, Del Johnson, Rosemary Rodibaugh, Ashley Henderson

  • Membership

    Membership Committee: Spread the word about AACES.  Recruit new and returning members.  The Membership Committee conducts our annual membership drive leading up to our January annual meeting.

    Armenta Lockhart, Teresa Henson, Chairs

    Jon Brown, Stewart, Brenda Waldrum, Yeshi Wamishe

  • Community Service

    Community Service Committee: We’ve supported blood drives and given to food banks.  AACES members support one or two community service projects each year.  This committee organizes service projects and recruits participation.

    Amy McClelland & Sara David, Chairs

    Diane Mashburn, , Lauren Morris, Amy Hedges, Jessica Smith, Teresa Henson, Shannon Caldwell, Brittany Singleton, Holley Tucker, Del Johnson, Priscella Thomas-Scott, Melanie Berman