I am excited and honored to serve the statewide Jewish community as Director of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. I look forward to continuing to work with all the wonderful people who have made my family feel so welcome in Arkansas and to forging lots of new connections.
Although I hail originally from Missouri, I have lived in Little Rock since 2007, and I’m particularly proud of my family’s Arkansas roots. My mother’s family comes from Helena, Arkansas. Prior to assuming this position I was Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Faculty Adviser to Hillel at Hendrix College. From 2008-12 I served as Director of the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture at Hendrix. My husband, Dorian Stuber, is Associate Professor of English at Hendrix; we have one daughter, Thalia.
Please do e-mail, call, or visit me at our office and tell me about your experience with Jewish Federation of Arkansas and your hopes for our future.
I am passionately dedicated to helping people create the most positive and purposeful aging experience possible. I bring a lifetime of business and practical experience to this new role. I am working as a volunteer now, as a transition from my previous career, but will join JFAR full time when I retire from Xerox in October. While at Xerox, I returned to school to earn an MBA, MSW, LCSW, and an MA in Gerontology. I raised a daughter with Asperger’s (high functioning autism) and worked as a therapist in the evenings with families with children, teens, and young adults who have developmental disabilities. Later I went on to become a gerontologist working to personalize and improve the quality of care of people living in nursing homes by teaching staff and caregivers to use reminiscence therapy, then translating what they learned into daily routines. For example, making CDs of favorite sonatas for a retired piano teacher to listen to in the afternoons to avert sundowning syndrome. Every member of our community is dear and special and I look for ways to honor and serve them in difficult and joyful times alike.
I am excited to start a new chapter in my life working at the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. I am currently in my second and final year of the Graduate School of Social Work at UALR. I received my BA from Hendrix College. I have previously served as an intern for the Federation and will continue to do so until May of 2017. I have grown to cherish this community and look forward to the experiences that await me.
During my time here at the Federation I hope to gain a more in-depth understanding of the inner-workings of non-profit organizations. I hope to continue to learn from Marianne Tettlebaum as well as Cindy Brown to further my knowledge and experience in the field of social work and non-profit organizations.
I also bring with me volunteer experience with other non-profits: the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, Conway Human Development Center, Pathfinders, and Our House.