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

Bran­don Rains joined We­ichert, Real­tors — The Grif­fin Co., at 5100 S. Thompson St., Spring­dale.

Suzanne Walker joined We­ichert, Real­tors — The Grif­fin Co.’s of­fice at 5100 S. Thompson St., Spring­dale.

The Arkansas Bar As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently honored North­west Arkansas at­tor­neys with awards: Cyn­thia E. Nance, Univer­sity of Arkansas School of Law, Fayet­teville, re­ceived the Pres­i­den­tial Award of Ex­cel­lence for her work on the 2017 an­nual meet­ing.

Jon B. Comstock, Comstock Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Ser­vices in Rogers, re­ceived the Charles Car­pen­ter Award.

Kristin Paw­lik of Keith, Miller, But­ler, Schneider & Paw­lik in Rogers, earned the Golden Gavel Award for her work as chair­man of the Leg­is­la­tion Com­mit­tee.

The Arkansas Bar Foun­da­tion and the Arkansas Bar As­so­ci­a­tion also honored the Wash­ing­ton County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion with the Out­stand­ing Lo­cal Bar As­so­ci­a­tion Award. Lioneld Jordan, Fayet­teville mayor, was elected to serve as 2017-2018 Dis­trict 3 vice pres­i­dent by mem­bers of the Arkansas Mu­nic­i­pal League. Jordan served on the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee from 2015-2017 and on the Public Safety Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil from 2012-2014. More than 1,300 city and town lead­ers from across Arkansas at­tended the 83rd con­ven­tion held ear­lier this month in Lit­tle Rock. Gwyneth G. Je­linek, cir­cu­la­tion man­ager at Fayet­teville Public Li­brary, re­cently earned her mas­ter of li­brary and in­for­ma­tion sciences de­gree from Florida State Univer­sity, Tal­la­has­see, main­tain­ing a 4.0 grade­point av­er­age through­out the pro­gram. She has worked at the li­brary for more than nine years. Je­linek re­ceived her un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in his­tory and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence

from Tu­lane Univer­sity, New Or­leans.

Rachel Ea­ton, youth li­brar­ian at Fayet­teville Public Li­brary, re­cently earned a mas­ter of sci­ence in in­for­ma­tion sciences de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee, Knoxville. Ea­ton be­gan vol­un­teer­ing at the li­brary as a teenager and joined the staff as a page in 2013. Ea­ton re­ceived her bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in agri­cul­ture, food and life sciences from the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville, in 2015.

Lori Riser, reg­is­tered nurse, was pro­moted to man­ager of sur­gi­cal ser­vices at Sparks Med­i­cal Cen­ter – Van Buren. Riser has been with Sparks Health Sys­tem since 1997 and has served in var­i­ous roles in­clud­ing charge nurse on skilled nurs­ing unit, la­bor and de­liv­ery

staff, and sur­gi­cal ser­vices ed­u­ca­tor. She will re­ceive a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in nurs­ing from Oklahoma Wes­leyan Univer­sity, Bartlesville, in Septem­ber.

Ed­ward Serna, was pro­moted to chief of staff and vice chan­cel­lor for strate­gic ini­tia­tives at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He was chief of staff and as­so­ciate vice chan­cel­lor for ex­ter­nal fund­ing. Serna spent more than 15 years as a con­sul­tant. Serna earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Winthrop Univer­sity in Rock Hill, S.C., a mas­ter’s de­gree in in­dus­trial man­age­ment from Clem­son Univer­sity in South Carolina and a mas­ter’s de­gree in in­for­ma­tion sys­tems from Auburn Univer­sity in Alabama.





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