Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - Briefs are for peo­ple in North­west Ar­kan­sas who are new hires, were pro­moted, re­ceived an award from out­side their or­ga­ni­za­tion or re­ceived a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Email: cswan­son@nwadg.com or send your item to: Christie Swanson, P.O. Box 7, Springdale, AR. 7276

James McCarty was named man­ager of en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity at the Beaver Wa­ter Dis­trict in Low­ell. He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­o­log­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and master’s de­gree in bi­o­log­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, both from the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas. He plans to grad­u­ate in spring 2018 with a doc­tor­ate in bi­o­log­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, also from the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas.

Phillip Palmer PT, DPT, and Me­lenna Kaun­dart, PTA, re­cently com­pleted a Parkin­son Well­ness Re­cov­ery train­ing pro­gram, which teaches Parkin­son dis­easespe­cific ne uro plas­tic­ity prin­ci­pled ex­er­cises aimed at slow­ing dis­ease pro­gres­sion, im­prov­ing symp­toms, restor­ing func­tion and in­creas­ing longevity and qual­ity of life. They are phys­i­cal ther­a­pists at Sparks Med­i­cal Cen­ter — Van Buren.

Dr. Ser­ena Pier­son, board cer­ti­fied in ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy, re­cently joined the med­i­cal staff of North­west Health, prac­tic­ing at Wil­low Creek Women’s Clinic in John­son. She has been prac­tic­ing in North­west Ar­kan­sas for more than three years. Pier­son re­ceived her med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at Univer­sity of Min­nesota Med­i­cal School, Twin Cities cam­pus in Minneapolis. She then com­pleted her ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy res­i­dency at Park­land Health & Hospi­tal Sys­tem, Univer­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Dal­las.

Joseph Ken­non, RN, CEN, CPEN, has been se­lected as a Great 100 Nurse Hon­oree by The Great 100 Nurses Foun­da­tion. Ken­non, who has 20 years of crit­i­cal care ex­pe­ri­ence, is a cer­ti­fied emer­gency nurse for both adults and chil­dren. He serves as team lead man­ager in the Bore­ham Emer­gency Cen­ter Chest Pain Ob­ser­va­tion Unit at Sparks Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fort Smith. He will be hon­ored, along with other nurses from across the state, dur­ing an award cer­e­mony April 11 at the Em­bassy Suites Ho­tel in Lit­tle Rock.

Marissa Kar­gas was named evening co-an­chor at KNWA North­west Ar­kan­sas News. She joined KNWA in 2011 as a gen­eral as­sign­ment re­porter be­fore mov­ing to the week­end shift, pro­duc­ing and an­chor­ing the KNWA and FOX24 week­end news­casts. In 2014, she started to co-an­chor KNWA To­day and the FOX24 News. She grad­u­ated from San Diego State Univer­sity,

Dr. Steven F. Spencer, board cer­ti­fied in fam­ily medicine, joined Wash­ing­ton Re­gional’s Har- Ber Fam­ily Clinic. He earned his med­i­cal de­gree at the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas for Med­i­cal Sciences and com­pleted his fam­ily medicine res­i­dency at the Univer­sity of Alabama/Huntsville Hospi­tal. He has pro­vided care in North­west Ar­kan­sas since 1994, the past 11 years at the Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Emer­gency De­part­ment.

Ja­son Wilde­man was re­cently named vice pres­i­dent of out­pa­tient ser­vices for Mercy Hospi­tal North­west Ar­kan­sas. He joined Mercy in 1999 and has been an occupational ther­a­pist, a clin­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor, di­rec­tor of home health ser­vices and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of home health ser­vices. Wilde­man is a reg­is­tered occupational ther­a­pist with the Na­tional Board for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Occupational Ther­apy and a li­censed occupational ther­a­pist with the Ar­kan­sas State Med­i­cal Board. He re­ceived a bach­e­lor of science in occupational ther­apy from Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas in Con­way.

Rachel Cox was named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Heal­ing Gar­dens of NWA in Rogers. She was CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Soul’s Har­bor NWA, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing at Haven­wood, pro­gram di­rec­tor of the Teen Ac­tion and Sup­port Cen­ter and di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the United Way of North­west Ar­kan­sas.

Pat Bates, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources for Beaver Wa­ter Dis­trict, re­cently com­pleted a man­age­ment train­ing and lead­er­ship skills course for wa­ter/waste­water man­agers and su­per­vi­sors. She joined the wa­ter dis­trict in 2008. She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion with an ac­count­ing em­pha­sis from Fort Hays State Univer­sity in Kansas. Bates also has com­pleted course work in the Op­er­a­tions Man­age­ment Master of Science Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas.

Bill Ha­genBurger, plant en­gi­neer for the Beaver Wa­ter Dis­trict, re­cently com­pleted a man­age­ment train­ing and lead­er­ship skills course for wa­ter/waste­water man­agers and su­per­vi­sors. He joined the wa­ter dis­trict in 2001. He earned a master’s de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Vir­ginia Tech in Blacks­burg, Va., and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Vil­lanova Univer­sity. He is a reg­is­tered pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer in Ar­kan­sas and holds a Grade IV Wa­ter Oper­a­tors Li­cense.





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