ARDC Members

Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Chair

Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Chair

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Hope/Hempstead County

Jamie Pafford-Gresham was appointed to the ARDC in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe. She serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. Jamie is the CEO of Pafford Emergency Medical Services, A primarily rural based ambulance service in 27 communities and 4 states.  She has promoted Rural EMS for over 20 years and currently serves on the boards of UACCH, Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Ambulance Association. An outdoor enthusiast, Jamie is married to Ben Gresham, they have two children and are members of Garrett Memorial Baptist Church.

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins, Vice-Chair

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins, Vice-Chair

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Lexa/Phillips County

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins was appointed to the ARDC in 2011 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Paul Bookout and reappointed in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe; Lynn was appointed to a full five year team in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Lynn serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. She is currently the Network/Community Development Manager for Community Health Centers of AR, Inc. (CHCA) and has been employed by CHCA since 2002. Lynn is a graduate of the 2009-2010 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy. She lived in Monroe County for 36 years at which time she moved to Phillips County and currently resides in Lexa. Lynn and her husband, Jim, have 5 children together. Lynn loves spending time with her family.

Bob Williams

Bob Williams

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Nashville/Howard County

Bob Williams was appointed to the ARDC in 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. Bob is a graduate Excelsior College in Albany, New York, The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. Bob served 22 years in the United States Navy and with the Department of Defense Treaty Compliance Office. Bob is currently employed as a Family Practice Clinic Nurse in Howard County. He serves as Chairperson for the Howard County Republican Committee and is a member of the National Rifle Association. Originally from Magnolia, Bob now lives in Nashville with his wife of 35 years. They have two children and three grandchildren and attend the Maranatha Baptist Church. 

Claude Graves

Claude Graves

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Lorado/Greene County 

Claude Graves was appointed to the ARDC in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  He serves on the Rural Community Grant Program subcommittee. Claude is a Vietnam Veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1973 through 1976.  He re-enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1985, and worked in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Interpreter specialist.  In 1986 he graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Claude spent the next 12 years working for both Federal and State agencies as a tax auditor. He now owns a tax consulting firm in Paragould, Arkansas Sales Tax Specialists, Inc. and represents clients throughout the State. Claude and his wife, Dena Bolar, are members of the Finch Baptist Church.

David Johnston

David Johnston

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Searcy/White County

David Johnston was appointed to the ARDC in 2015 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Jonathan Dismang. He serves on the County Fair Grant sub-committee. Johnston is a 1993 graduate of Arkansas State and holds a degree in Marketing. He operates Lake Ice and Ag Khem Direct, both in Searcy. Johnston serves on the Reddy Ice Distribution Board, State Red Cross Board, and Simmons First Community Board. He lives in Searcy with his wife, Michelle, together they have one son, Chase. 

Davis Bell

Davis Bell

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Des Arc/Prairie County

Davis Bell was appointed to the ARDC in 2017 by Speaker of the House, Representative Jeremy Gillam. He serves on the Rural Community Grant sub-committee. Davis is a fourth generation farmer near Des Arc where he farms corn and soybeans with his two sons. Davis enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and at the lake. He has served on several local, state and national boards for farm organizations as well as hosting international farm tour groups at his farm. Davis currently serves as fire chief for a small rural fire and rescue department, on the local emergency governing board, and in other civic organizations. He is an active member of Des Arc First Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday School Director. Davis been married to Jan Sechrest Bell from West Memphis for 37 years. Together they have three children, Gregory and Rebecca Bell and their children, Logan and Perry of Des Arc, Ryan and Sara Bell and their children, Lola and Henry, also of Des Arc, and a daughter Katelyn Skarda and husband Adam and their son, Holden of Little Rock.

Frank Lisko

Frank Lisko

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Stuttgart/Prairie County

Frank Lisko was appointed to the ARDC in 2015 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Jonathan Dismang. He serves on the County Fair Building Grant sub-committee.  Frank farms 1400 acres of rice, soybeans, corn and wheat in Slovak, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ag-Mechanization from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was a member of the Razorback football team from 1980-1984. Frank is Treasurer of Slovak Volunteer Fire Department, Member of Riceland Foods, Producer’s Rice Mill, lifetime member of the Razorback “A” Club and President of the Prairie Regional Water Distribution District. Frank and his wife, Susan, were chosen Prairie County Farm Family of the Year in 2011. They have been married for 31 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. 

Glenn Priebe

Glenn Priebe

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Mountain Home/Baxter County

Glenn Priebe was appointed in 2010 by President Pro Tempore, Senator Bob Johnson and reappointed in 2013 by Governor Mike Beebe. Glenn is Chair of the Block Grant sub-committee. Glenn retired after 34 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been married to Sandra for the past 45 years, has a daughter Jennifer, a son Jeff and three grandchildren. Glenn enjoys volunteering with several organizations, including 39 years in Lions Club and 33 years in AR Fairs. He currently serves as President of the Baxter County Fair and Treasurer of the NW District Fair. He is an elder in Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home. He enjoys gardening, raising steers, and playing racquetball.

Lonnie Turner

Lonnie Turner

Ozark/Franklin County

Lonnie Turner was appointed to the ARDC by the Governor in 2013.  He serves as the chair of the County Fair sub-committee. 

Phyllis Gordon

Phyllis Gordon

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Morrilton/Conway County

Phyllis Gordon was appointed to the ARDC in 2014 by Governor Mike Beebe. She serves on the Block Grant sub-committee.