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Board of Directors 2024


Board of Directors: Voting Members

Aaron Woodall

Aaron Woodall MPAS, PA-C

President

Specialty: Family Medicine 

I have been a practicing PA at ARcare Family Practice in North Little Rock for the last two years. I grew up in Maumelle, AR and attended Ouachita Baptist University for my undergraduate degree. I graduated from the UAMS PA Program in 2020 and have served on ARAPA’s legislative committee since being a student. I have previously served on the Board of Directors as the Vice President and Legislative Committee Chair and have really enjoyed playing a role in the advancement of the PA profession in Arkansas. I am very excited to continue to grow in this role and be able to advocate for an underrepresented profession in our state, and ultimately allow PAs to better serve our patients. I participate in the legislative, CME, and outreach committees. I am also a member of the UAMS PA Program Advisory Committee and an adjunct faculty member for the program, assisting with admissions. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my friends and family. You can always find me at a concert, theater event, or at the movies.

Audra Wilson

Audra Wilson MS, PA-C

President Elect, HOD Chief Delegate

Specialty: Academia

I graduated from the Harding University PA Program in 2018 and worked in family medicine for two years before transitioning to full-time academia. I currently serve as Director of Didactic Education for the UAMS PA Program and am an assistant professor. Additionally, I am the Assistant Medical Director for the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, a student-run free clinic serving Little Rock’s uninsured patient population. As HOD representative for Arkansas, I attend the annual AAPA conference and vote on policies and legislation that affect PAs across the country. I also serve on the ARAPA CME Committee. In my free time, I love to travel, read, and spend time with my fiancé, Jacob, and our little dog, Monty.

Ada Sochanska

Ada Sochanska MPAS, PA-C

Past President

Specialty: Infectious Diseases 

I have been a practicing Physician Assistant in Infectious Diseases since 2018. Being new to the profession and entering into a specialty that faced responding to a global pandemic allowed me to exponentially grow in leadership and the understanding of healthcare inequities in Arkansas. I took on the role of President of ARAPA in 2022 when I understood the possibility of growth that PAs have in the state of Arkansas and the opportunities ahead. During my free time, I love to explore the natural state by spending as much time as possible in the state parks or by volunteering at a free clinic in Pulaski County. I am also part of the CME, Legislative and Communications & Outreach Committee with ARAPA.

Carol Trana

Carol Trana MPAS, PA-C

Vice President

Specialty: Medical and Biochemical Genetics.   

I received a BA degree in French from Northern Michigan University and BS degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello where I also studied Spanish and Education.  I received a master’s degree from Harding University in Physician Assistant Studies and currently work at UAMS in Medical and Biochemical Genetics.  I am currently serving as Vice President and Legislative Committee Co-Chair, and have previously served as ARAPA Central Region Director-at-Large. I am currently a Naturalist-in-Training (a NiT!) with the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, hoping eventually to become a Certified Master Naturalist. 

Ryan Crowder

Ryan Crowder MS, PA-C

Treasurer

Specialty: Dermatology

I have been a practicing Physician Assistant at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Northwest Arkansas since January 2014.  My primary focus is in medical and surgical dermatology, however, I have an interest in laser skin rejuvenation.  In 2015, I completed the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistant Diplomate Fellowship Program.  I am currently a preceptor for Harding University, UAMS, and Simmons University.  I also lead the training program of new advanced practice providers for his dermatology clinic.

I have been the ARAPA treasurer since 2015 and joined the board of directors to help promote and advance the PA profession in the state of Arkansas.  I enjoy travel, outdoor activities and spending time with my wife, Cynthia, and nine month old son, Bowen.

Abby Rainwater

Abby Rainwater MPAS, PA-C

Secretary

Abby received her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Before pursuing a career as a PA, Abby worked at Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta in the field of applied behavior analysis therapy, primarily working with children with autism. Following graduation from the UAMS PA program in 2018, Abby joined OrthoArkansas as a neurosurgery PA with roles in the clinic, hospital, and OR. Abby enjoys first assisting in surgery and helping patients navigate their postoperative experience. Abby is currently at home with her two daughters and serves as secretary of ARAPA as well as co-chair of ARAPA Communications and Outreach Committee.

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Christy Holman

Christy Holman MPAS, PA-C

Director at Large: Northeast

Specialty: Dermatology 

I have been a Physician Assistant and have worked in Dermatology since 2018. I am newly elected to the board of directors for ARAPA. As a native of Arkansas, I look forward to helping our profession grow, and making Arkansas more aware of PAs. I currently reside in Batesville with my husband and our 4 girls. We have a farm and have cattle, horses, sheep, and chickens. In my spare time, I enjoy attending all of the activities our kids our involved in. 

Jesse Clark

Jesse Clark DMSc, PA-C

Director at Large: Southwest

Specialty: Internal Medicine 

I earned my Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2017 and my Doctorate in Healthcare Leadership and Administration from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2021. I have practiced in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine specialties. I have been an active member of ARAPA and currently serve as the Vice President and Communications & Outreach Co-Chair. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

Allen Childers

Allen Childers MPAS, PA-C

Director at Large: Southeast

Specialty: Urology

I graduated from UAMS and entered the Physician Assistant profession in 2017. Immediately after graduation, I began my career in Urology and continue to practice in this specialty today. I started practicing in Little Rock but made my way to south Arkansas where I currently see over 6000 patients a year in El Dorado, Monticello, and White Hall. I am amazed at the growth of the Physician Assistant profession in the state of Arkansas in the 5 short years I have practiced. This is what led me to run for ARAPA Southwest Director so that I could help support and facilitate the continued growth of the Physician Assistant profession in this great state. Since joining ARAPA BOD, I have also joined the CME committee. In my “spare time”, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, hunting/fishing, and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks. 

Sarah Lindsey

Sarah Lindsey MPAS, RDMS, PA-C

Director at Large: Central

Specialty: Interventional Radiology

I graduated from UAMS with my BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2013 and then my Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2019. I have worked in Interventional Radiology following graduation and could not love it more. I am extremely passionate about investing in both the current PA profession and helping train the upcoming PA’s by precepting students and being a part of the UAMS PA Program Advisory Committee to assist in admissions. I look forward to helping our profession continue to grow as I serve on the board of directors for ARAPA.

Amber Acord

Amber Acord MS, PA-C

Director at Large: Northwest

Specialty: Family Medicine

I have been employed by River Valley Primary Care Services, a federally qualified health center, for the past four years. I have worked at RVPCS locations in Ratcliff, Fort Smith, and Waldron. After completing my undergraduate education at Arkansas Tech, I obtained her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Harding University in 2018.


Board of Directors: Non Voting Members

Edward Williams

Edward Williams DMSc, M.Ed., PA-C

Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Specialty: Academia

As Chair and Program Director of the Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, I bring to the board over 20 years of diverse clinical experience, enriched by my background in family practice and military service. My commitment lies in enhancing healthcare education through innovation and leadership, aiming to advance medical practices and foster collaboration. My journey from military service to shaping future healthcare professionals embodies my passion for medical advancement and community engagement. I am dedicated to driving the PA profession forward in Arkansas, leveraging my expertise to contribute to our collective success.

Leia Che

Leia Che MPAS, PA-C

CME Committee Chair

I am an Orthopedic Surgery PA in Fort Smith with additional interests in education and end-of-life care, stemming from my previous experience as a provider for multiple skilled nursing facilities in town. I graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine PA Program in 2020. I have been an active ARAPA member since, and I then joined the CME committee in 2022. I'm pleased to serve as your co-chair for the 2024 conference. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dogs, reading, and being a new mom. Please feel free to share book recommendations. 

Lachan Siebenmorgen

Lachan Siebenmorgen MPAS, PA-C

AAPA House of Delegates Representative

Specialty: Emergency Medicine 

I have been practicing as a PA since 2016. I spent the several years of my career in the Emergency Department and then, transitioned to full-time faculty at the UAMS PA Program. I hold a Bachelors degree in Biology from University of Central Arkansas (2014) where I graduated Cum Laude and as an Undergraduate Scholar. I attended the UAMS PA program and graduated in 2016. I now am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Health Promotion and Prevention Research Ph.D. program with a focus on Maternal Child health, racial and ethnic health disparities, and vaccination acceptance. I have previously served on the CME committee with ARAPA and am presently one of the AAPA HOD Delegates. In my free time, I love cooking, spending time with my husband and two children, and am an avid reader of all fiction genres.


Board of Directors: Student Representatives

Rosie De La Cerda-Blanc

Rosie De La Cerda-Blanc PA-S

Harding c/o 2024 Student Representative

Harding University Student Representative (Class of 2024)

My name is Rosie and I am currently a second-year PA student at Harding University. I also currently serve on the Communications and Outreach Committee for ARAPA. I was born and raised in Eagle Pass, Texas, a rural town on the border of Mexico. After I graduated from Baylor University with my Bachelor of Arts, I worked as a patient liaison at an OB/GYN practice in San Antonio, as a Chief Scribe in West Virginia, and finally, as a medical assistant at an Internal Medicine Clinic specializing in Addiction Recovery in Pennsylvania. My goal upon graduating from PA school is to continue working in primary care as a PA and help bridge the language barrier between Spanish-speaking patients and their healthcare providers.

Audrey Roberts

Audrey Roberts PA-S

UAMS c/o 2024 Student Representative

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Student Representative (Class of 2024)

I am a second year PA student at UAMS and am happy to serve as the ARAPA representative for my class. I worked as a registered X-ray technologist in interventional radiology from 2017-2022 before beginning my PA school journey. I attended the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in 2023 as a representative for ARAPA and serve as a member of the ARAPA Legislative Committee as well. I have a growing interest in advocacy for the PA profession. I am undecided on what specialty I would like to practice in upon graduation but am thoroughly enjoying my clinical rotations. I am so grateful to the PAs and other preceptors in our state who make investing in students a priority.

Delaney Smith

Delaney Smith PA-S

Harding c/o 2025 Student Representative

My name is Delaney and I am currently in the didactic phase at the Harding University PA Program! I graduated with my B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Psychology, and minor in Medical Humanities from the University of Arkansas in 2021. Woo pig! Before PA school, I worked as a Patient Care Tech at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, AR, as well as a Medical Assistant at Healthcare Express Urgent Care and Chief Medical Scribe at Christus St. Michael Emergency Department in Texarkana, TX. I’m passionate about the PA profession and look forward to representing my cohort while serving on the ARAPA board this year!

Samanta Stephens

Samanta Stephens PA-S

Harding c/o 2025 Student Representative

My name is Samantha Stephens, and I serve as the ARAPA representative for the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences Physician Assistant class of 2025. I am currently in the didactic
phase as a first year PA student. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor
in sociology from the University of Arkansas in 2021. Prior to attending UAMS and throughout
college, I worked at a dermatology clinic in Fayetteville Arkansas as both a lab and medical
assistant. It’s still early for me to know which specialty I may choose to practice; however I am
very eager for the quickly approaching clinicals to get a glimpse into what my future may look
like. In the meantime, I am passionate about becoming a PA, and strive to aid in advocating for the profession through my position within ARAPA.


Historical Presidents

Anne Brown

Anne Brown MPAS, PA-C

Past President 2022

Specialty: Family Medicine 

I am originally from Philadelphia, PA, but have been living in Arkansas for the past 11 years. I graduated from the PA program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and have spent the past 5 years working in family medicine. I am currently part of the team at Baptist Health Family Clinic West in Little Rock. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with her husband, Jared, and our two children, Ainsley (3) and Shepherd (1).  Some of my favorite activities include cooking, gardening, yoga, and watching Marvel movies. 

Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis PA-C

Past President 2015, 2018, 2021

Heather Trudeau

Heather Trudeau PA-C

Past President 2020

Tara Bruner

Tara Bruner MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Past President 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019

Kendall Key

Kendall Key PA-C

Past President 2014

Amanda Diles

Amanda Diles PA-C

Past President 2016

Richard Oliver

Richard Oliver PA-C

Past President 2011

Philip Tobin

Philip Tobin MPAS, PA-C

Past President 2010

Christina Reid

Christina Reid PA-C

Past President 2009

Sheryl Cash

Sheryl Cash PA-C

Past President 2008

Joseph A. Bushong

Joseph A. Bushong PA-C

Past President 2007

Heather Sams

Heather Sams PA-C

Past President 2006

Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens PA-C

Past President 2005

Scott Keller

Scott Keller PA-C

Past President 2004

Charles Pillow

Charles Pillow PA-C

Past President 2003

Randy Ullendorf

Randy Ullendorf PA-C

Past President 2000

Carolyn Nutter

Carolyn Nutter PA-C

Past President 1999

Kim Andrick

Kim Andrick PA-C

Inaugural President 1976

Ronald Beare

Ronald Beare PA-C

Past President 1977


BOD

Bylaws Job Description

Bylaws Job Description

Board Member

Duties of President

The President, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, shall oversee the affairs of the organization and activities of the Board of Directors. He or she shall perform all duties incident to the office and such other duties as may be required by law, the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or that may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The President shall preside at all general membership and Board of Directors meetings. If an extenuating circumstance shall arise, the President will appoint a member of the Board of Directors to preside over the meeting. The President shall make a full report of the year’s activities at the annual membership meeting of the organization. He or she shall coordinate agendas for future meetings, preside at meetings, and facilitate discussion. Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, by the articles of incorporation, or by these bylaws, the President shall, in the name of the organization, execute contracts and other instruments of business that may from time to time be authorized by the board of directors. Additional duties of the President will include:

  • Mentor the President Elect.
  • Write a “President’s Message” to define goals and objectives of ARAPA for their presidency term.
  • Maintain regular contact with AAPA
  • Appoint all standing committees and designate their chairs, in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors’ committees.
  • Work with the Treasurer to plan and maintain the annual budget.
  • Represent ARAPA with outside organizations and the media.

Duties of Vice-President In the absence of the president, or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the vice president shall perform all the duties of the president and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the restrictions on the president. The vice president may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the Board of Directors. 6 Additional duties of the Vice-President will include:

  • Serve as chair for at least one special committee within ARAPA
  • Together with the president, represent ARAPA with outside organizations and the media.

Duties of President-Elect In the absence of the President and Vice-President, or in the event of their inability or refusal to act, the President-elect shall perform all the duties of the president and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the restrictions on the President. In addition, the president-elect may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the Board of Directors.

Additional duties of the President-Elect may include:

  • Organize and conduct, with the assistance of the secretary and directors-at-large, all annual elections. He/she shall recruit and vet potential board of director positions for the ballot by November 1st.
  • He/she will be responsible for overseeing and executing the voting process
  • Succeed to the office of President at the expiration of the President’s term, or earlier if the office becomes vacant for any reason. Section 6. Immediate Past President Perform such duties as may be delegated by the president and the Board of Directors
  • Identify, recruit, and cultivate new leadership.
  • Mentor the president and president elect.
  • Represent ARAPA with outside organizations and the media Section

Duties of Secretary The Secretary shall:

  • Retain at the principal office of the organization or at such other place as the Board of Directors may determine:
    • A record of these bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date.
    • An archival history containing the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and, if applicable, meetings of committees and of membership, recording therein the time and place of the meeting, whether it was a regular or special meeting, how it was called, how notice thereof was given, the names of those present or represented at the meeting, and the proceedings thereof.
    • Membership records containing the name and address of each member, and, in the case where any membership has been terminated, record such fact, along with the date on which such membership ceased.
  • Ensure that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law.
  • Exhibit at any reasonable time to any director of the organization, or to his or her agent or attorney, the bylaws, membership records, and minutes of the 7 proceedings of the directors of the organization.

In addition, the Secretary may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the Board of Directors. Additional duties of the Secretary may include:

  • Be responsible for all ARAPA communications.
  • Notify all ARAPA members of meetings.
  • Assist the Vice President and Directors-at-Large with elections.
  • Coordinate with the President board meeting agenda and distribute 1 week prior to the meeting.
  • Make available to board members a copy of the minutes from each previous meeting within one month of the Board of Directors meeting.

Duties of Treasurer The Treasurer shall:

  • Have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds, e-commerce transactions and securities of the organization, and deposit all such funds in the name of the organization in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board of Directors.
  • Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, by the articles of incorporation, or by these bylaws, the Treasurer shall, in the name of the organization, with countersignature of the President as outlined in policy, execute contracts, checks, and other instruments of business that may from time to time be authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Receive, and give receipt for, monies due and payable to the organization from any source whatsoever.
  • Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the organization as may be directed by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements.
  • Keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the organization’s properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses.
  • Exhibit at any reasonable time the accounting and financial records to any director of the organization, or to his or her agent or attorney.
  • Render to the president and directors, whenever requested, an account of any or all transactions as treasurer, and information about the financial position of the organization.
  • Prepare (or cause to be prepared) and certify (or cause to be certified) and submit the financial statements, tax records and state filings as approved by the Board of Directors to the appropriate entities.
  • Review the financial status of the previous years, before assisting in the drafting of the annual budget.
  • Have financial records available for audit at the request of the Board of Directors.
  • Provide a detailed report of fiscal accounts and contacts to be forwarded to the next treasurer.
  • Submit a written financial report at each Board of Directors meeting and each general membership meeting.
  • In addition, the Treasurer may have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or the Board of Directors.

Director-at-large will be elected from each of the 5 geographic regions (northeast, southeast, central, southwest and northwest). Qualifications: Each Director-at-Large shall be an AAPA fellow member in good standing of AAPA for the duration of his or her term of office.

  • Duties of the Directors-at-Large may include:
    • Represent assigned constituency
    • Assist Vice President and Secretary with elections
    • Serve as liaison between the Board of Directors and the constituency.
    • Serve on ad hoc committees, as assigned. ○ Chair committees, as assigned.
    • Miss no more than one Board of Directors meeting annually.
    • Maintain an active role in ARAPA.

Student Representatives: Student members at each Arkansas PA program shall elect a Student Representative for their program during the start of their didactic year. The Student Representative will serve throughout their time as a student until they graduate. Therefore, each program will have a total of two Student Representatives (one junior, one senior) each year. Student members may not miss more than one Board of Directors meeting annually. In addition to duties as a BOD member, the Student Representative shall act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and student members of the organization. He or she shall encourage student participation and involvement on the organization’s committees and projects. Student Representatives do not have Board of Director voting privileges but retain voting privileges of constituent membership