Board of Directors
Mike Johnson, Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities
A native of Enid, Oklahoma and raised in small Oklahoma and Kansas farm towns; he later attended high school in Fullerton California. Rear Admiral Mike Johnson USN (Ret.) received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1970 and upon graduation was commissioned into the United States Navy out of the NROTC Program, where he served for almost 34 years. Prior to his retirement in January, 2004 he was Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers. He also holds a bachelor’s in business/economics from Chapman College in 1975 and earned master’s degrees in civil engineering and in public works at the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. He completed the University of Michigan executive education program in 1992.
Rear Admiral Johnson has commanded U.S. Navy Seabees at Detachment, Company, Battalion, Regiment, Brigade and Joint Task Force (JTF) levels as well as held command of major shore installations and related organizations. Rear Admiral Johnson’s personal military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with four Gold Stars, and numerous other recognitions.
Since March 2004, Mike has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities at the University of Arkansas where he oversees the operation of over 320 buildings with over 8 million gsf. Over the past fourteen plus years the Facilities Management Department has completed a true transformation from a solid physical plant organization in the late 1990’s to a focused, efficient and effective team utilizing best practices and benchmarking to support the institutions academic mission of the 21st Century. His team has been instrumental in initiating and developing the campus sustainability efforts, hiring our first Director of Sustainability in December 2007.
Campus utility infrastructure operations and maintenance rival that of an electric-cooperative in their structure. The campus has become a statewide leader in Energy Savings Performance Contracts, currently implementing over $50 million in construction with a 12-15 year financial ROI.
Mike is a Registered P.E. (PA), Fellow/Life Member ASCE, Fellow/Life Member SAME and a member of NSPE, APWA, ASPA, and APPA. He was inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2005. In April 2006 he was inducted as an honorary member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering (AACE). He also has a long history of professional service, including National President of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in 2003-2004 and President of the Central Region, Association of Physical Plant Administrators in 2007-2008. In 2010 he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and made a tenured professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the College of Engineering. He is also active locally in the Chamber of Commerce, Regional Planning Commission, Walton Arts Center Council (Current Chair), and NWA Regional Airport Board (Past Chair).
Mike and his wife Terry reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas and have two children now living in Annapolis, MD and Knoxville, TN, who have blessed them with three grandchildren between them.
Casey Hamaker, Secretary-Treasurer
Casey Hamaker joined the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation in 2014. The Foundation is a regional leader in philanthropy, and has had a tangible impact on arts, education, and healthcare in Northwest Arkansas. Prior to working at the Walker Foundation, she spent 5 years at Crystal Bridges Museum of American art as part of the construction and opening team. In addition to her career in non-profit accounting, Casey and her husband, Chris, are involved in Fayetteville real estate. Casey and Chris enjoy spending time with their adventurous sons, Eli and Jasper. Casey graduated from the University of Arkansas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s in business administration. Casey moved to Fayetteville in 1995 and she was raised in Alaska and Indonesia.
Mark Henneberger, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Corporate Leadership Council
Born and raised in the Detroit, MI area, Mark is the Vice President of Shows & Events at Walmart, and has over 35 years of experience in the live and video production business.
His current responsibilities at Walmart include: Shareholders Meeting week activities, the Walmart US Year Beginning and Holiday Meetings, Milestone Meetings, Saturday AM Meetings, Walmart Television Studios, Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championship, and over 200 Walmart corporate meetings and events annually. He has global projects (live events, film, exhibits, and video) in over 30 states, Canada, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Germany, Japan, China, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
He served on the board of the First Tee of Northwest Arkansas from 2008-2012 and is a member of the Bentonville Breakfast Lions Club.
Mark is married to Sue, his wife of 27 years, and is the proud father of two daughters, Erin, 25, and Katie, 24.
Greg W. Lee, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities
Greg is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, AR. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Greg retired in April 2007 from Tyson Foods, Inc. after 27 years of service. He retired as Chief Administrative Officer and President of Tyson Foods International. He joined Tyson in 1980 as a regional sales manager in the foodservice division and rose progressively through the ranks in sales, marketing, operations, and general management both domestically and internationally. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the company when IBP was acquired in 2001, then Co-Chief Operating Officer until 2003 when he became Chief Administrative Officer and International President. Before his career with Tyson, Greg spent two years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in management training and nine years with Swift and Company.
Greg was an active leader in various trade groups associated with his career. He served on the boards of Tyson De Mexico and Cobb Vantress, Inc. He also served on the boards and chaired the National Chicken Council and the International Foodservice Manufacturer Association. Greg is a former member of the boards of the National Frozen Food Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and Specialty Brands, Inc.
His community involvement is diverse and meaningful. He is an Ambassador for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Council, and is a member of Accelerate Arkansas. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the U of A Campaign Arkansas Committee, and the board for the U of A Technology Development Foundation. Greg is a member of the boards of Signature Bank of Arkansas, Virtual Incubation Company, and the Washington Regional Medical System.
Greg and his wife of 47 years, Hannah, were inducted into the U of A Towers of Old Main in 2005. They were honored in 2008 as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the NWA Association of Fundraising Professionals. Greg was the 2008 U of A Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree. In 2009, he was inducted into the Fayetteville Public Schools Hall of Honor. Greg also received the 2009 Walton Business College Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 Greg was conferred the Citation of Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Alumni Association.
They have two children, Corie Lyall of Springdale and Jud Lee of Fayetteville, and three grandchildren, Jack Lyall, Payne Lyall, and Liam Lee.
Anne O’leary-Kelly, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Finance Audit
Anne M. O’Leary-Kelly is the William R. & Cacilia Howard Chair in Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University. Her research interests include the study of gender-related aggressive work behavior (sexual harassment, effects of intimate partner violence on the workplace) and individual attachments to organizations (identification and psychological contracts). Her work has appeared in, among others, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has been a co-recipient of the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior awarded by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management and the Dorothy Harlow Outstanding Paper awarded by the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She is on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and as Chair of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.
Marti Sudduth, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Facilities
Marti retired in 2009 from the University of Tulsa where she served for 24 years as Assistant Director and Lead Teacher of the Primary 2 classroom at University School. University School is a program for gifted children from age 3 through 8th grade located on the University campus. During her tenure there she co- authored seven books on art and architecture through the time periods. The SAILS (Student Active Interdisciplinary Learning Series) lead to two U.S. Department of Education Javits grants being awarded which gave the opportunity to train students, parents and teachers over a six year time period. Marti initiated and taught parenting classes for parents of University School students. She developed and directed a summer camp program for 7 weeks each summer. Camp Incredible was open to all students in the Tulsa area.
Marti was selected for Leadership Tulsa and interned on the Justice Center Board in 2003. She served for a number of years on the Boards of Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative, and Talented, Friends of Daycare, and still serves on the Jennifer Gibson Memorial Foundation Board. She served as president of OAGCT in 2003-2004 and received their outstanding service award in 2005. Marti was alumna advisor for the Tri Delta chapter at the University of Tulsa from 2006 until 2009. She also served prior to that as a member of their House Corporation. She has presented numerous times at state gifted conferences in Okl
Marti attended Baylor University, University of Tulsa, and graduated from Northeastern State University with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. She did additional study with Jim Fay, Dr. Charles Fay, and Dr.
Foster W. Cline of Love and Logic Institute, Golden, Co. and Dr. Sylvia Rimm of The Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Oh.
Marti and her husband of 40 years retired to Northwest Arkansas in 2009. They have two children, Jeremey Sudduth of Bentonville and Jennifer Sudduth of Oklahoma City, OK and three grandchildren Cooper, Harper, and Parker Sudduth.
David Wurm, Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Corporate Leadership Council
As Vice President, Zone Sales, David Wurm leads General Mills’ $3.5 billion U.S. Walmart partnership, a role he was named to in September 2016.
Prior to David’s current role, he was the Vice President of US Channels. In this role he oversaw the General Mills business in the Club, Target, Mass, eCommerce, Drug, Discount and Dollar Channels. This business represents over $2.5 billion in sales for General Mills.
A 27 year veteran of General Mills, David has a broad portfolio of experiences, having served leadership roles on GMI’s customer teams responsible for Supervalu, Food Lion, Publix, Winn Dixie and A&P. Previously, he was Vice President for Sales Strategy and Capabilities, with responsibility for developing and bringing to market GMI’s Sales Capabilities that include Category Management, Shopper Insights, Integrated Customer Service and GEOS. David has also held several positions within GMI’s Trade Marketing group and spent a year on cross functional assignment in GMI Marketing as the Marketing Manager on Total and Fiber One.
Bob Alexander operated an art and antiques business for 22 years in partnership with his wife Becky. After retiring in 2002, he has remained active in the art world as a collector of 19th century American folk art.
Bob grew up in Fayetteville and earned a BSBA degree in Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas.
He has served on several museum boards, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Bob previously served on the George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club and currently serves on the board of the University of Arkansas' Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee.
Brett Biggs is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart. He is responsible for all finance functions as well as Global Business Services. Brett held the roles of Chief Financial Officer for Walmart International, Walmart U.S., and Sam’s Club. He has also served as Senior Vice President, International Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions and Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance. Brett was also the Senior Vice President, Operations, for Sam’s Club. Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co., and Price Waterhouse. Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the Board of Directors for MANA, a nonprofit group focused on acute malnutrition in African children, and he serves on the Walton Arts Center Board. Brett recently joined the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League and also serves as Walmart’s corporate representative on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at The University of Texas. Within Walmart, he serves on the Walmart Foundation Board as well as being an executive sponsor for the Hispanic/Latino Resource Group. Brett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received an MBA with Honors from Oklahoma State University. He serves in various advisory roles at Harding University. Brett and his wife, Kara, have two daughters and live in Rogers, Arkansas.
Steve Clark is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. The Fayetteville Chamber is one of Arkansas’ largest with more than 1200 chamber business investors. The Fayetteville Chamber is one of the only 223 nationally accredited chambers out of the more than 7,000 chambers in the U.S. The Fayetteville Chamber serves as the Chief Economic Advisor for the city of Fayetteville.
Steve is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville. He is a distinguished alumnus of both schools.
Prior to his service at the Chamber, Steve served five terms as the elected Attorney General of Arkansas, Chief of Staff to the Governor, a Municipal Judge, and was a founder and president of a national behavioral health company.
Steve has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, winning five of those cases. Steve was chosen as the most outstanding Attorney General in the nation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presented Steve with its National Child Protection Award.
Steve has served as a law professor at both of Arkansas’ law schools and at South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. Steve has also served as a legislative consultant to the United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator.
Steve is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, the board of directors of Bikes, Blues and Barbeque, the board of directors of the Walton Arts Center, the Advisory Board of the Yvonne Richardson Center and serves on the City of Fayetteville’s Town and Gown Committee. He is a Board Member of the Arkansas Good Roads Transportation Council. Steve is a member of the permanent teaching faculty for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Additionally, Steve is member of the Board of Regents of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management for the Northeast region. He also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Institute for Economic Advancement at University of Arkansas Little Rock.
Steve is married to Suzanne Clark, a chemical engineer and litigation attorney. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council
Jody Dilday serves as Director of Development for Arkansas Community Foundation. In that role, she has been tasked with establishing an enhanced presence for the Community Foundation in NWA, as well as leading Development efforts in Benton, Carroll, Washington, Crawford and Sebastian counties. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, she has 18 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas where she led a successful $3 million campaign for endowment. Jody is a founding member of Womenade of Northwest Arkansas and a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville. She has served on the board of directors of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, the NWA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a past president and active member of Northside Fayetteville Rotary Club. Jody was included in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list in 2010, was a finalist for the Arkansas Business Awards Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year in 2015, and was recently recognized by her peers as the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas Chapter. Jody and her husband Mark have three children and are active members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Managing Director of Members and Implementation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and currently serving on a number of graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. In addition to her role on the Walton Arts Center Council, she serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council.
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council, Finance/Audit
Judith McKenna, President and CEO – Walmart International
Judith McKenna is president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations. She leads more than 6,200 retail units and 777,000 associates across 27 countries.
Prior to being named president and CEO of Walmart International, Judith served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. Judith led the company’s 1.5 million associates and operations for its 4,600 U.S. stores. Her passion for teaching and training led to the development of the Walmart U.S. Academy Stores program, which trained a quarter of a million people in the first year. Under her tenure, Judith launched Online Grocery Pickup in more than 1,100 U.S. stores and led the integration of technology and processes in the business. Previously, Judith served as executive vice president of strategy and development for Walmart International, responsible for international strategy, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, integration and global format development.
Earlier in her Walmart career, she held the position of chief operating officer for Asda Stores Ltd – one of the largest subsidiaries of Walmart International. Her role included leadership of retail operations, logistics and eCommerce. Before being appointed COO of Asda, she served as the company’s chief financial officer for more than 10 years.
A long‐time champion of diversity and inclusion, Judith has chaired Walmart’s council responsible for the company’s global women’s strategy. She’s also a passionate advocate for lifelong learning, driving initiatives that help create the company’s workforce of the future. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Judith was named to Fortune’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women.
Judith graduated with a law degree from Hull University in England before earning her Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales accounting qualification at KPMG. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Hull University.
Dr. Luis Restrepo
Luis Fernando Restrepo is a Professor of the World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department. His areas of specialty are colonial Latin America and Literature and Human Rights. Prof. Restrepo also serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community and the Director of La Oficina Latina—The Office of Latino Academic Advancement and Community Relations. He is the co director of Sin Limites, the Latino Youth Biliteracy Project, a bilingual literacy enrichment program for elementary and middle school Latino students, and a member of the Arkansas Commission on Closing the Academic Achievement Gap. He is married to Catalina Botero. Both are originally from Medellín, Colombia and they have been NWA residents since 1995. They have two children, Camila (20), an English student at the University of Arkansas and Rafael (13), a student in Woodland Junior High school.
Cal Rose is a corporate and transactional attorney at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings in Rogers. His practice encompasses an extensive range of business-related legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and real estate transactions. Cal earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and regularly advises clients on legal and tax issues relating to entity formation, corporate governance, private-equity and capital raises, executive compensation, securities and a wide range of other business-related matters. He also has extensive experience in advising individuals, 501(c)(3) corporations and other tax-exempt organizations in applying for, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and works with several non-profits in Northwest Arkansas. Cal graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Prior to law school, he attended Hendrix College, where he was a member of Hendrix’s NCAA basketball team and holds the school’s all-time 3-point record.
Cal has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the areas of business and corporate law, securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and tax law by Mid-South Super Lawyers. He is a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville and was recognized as a member of the 2017 Forty Under 40 class by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Cal also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas School of Law and teaches classes related to business law. Cal lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two dogs, Cotton and Atticus.
Barbara G. Taylor
Barbara Taylor retired in 2010 from the University of Arkansas where she was Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. She came to the University in 1974 after teaching English literature and women’s studies for nine years in Wisconsin.
Barbara served two terms on the Washington County Quorum Court and was on the board of directors of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Agency and its delegate to the Regional Transit Authority. She was a member of the City of Fayetteville Citizens Advisory Committee on Wastewater Treatment, a founding board member for the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center and the Project for Victims of Family Violence (now Peace at Home Family Shelter), board member and president of the Washington County League of Women Voters and of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville and has chaired the Governmental Relations Committee of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. She was a board member of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the National Conference on Community and Justice (later Just Communities.) She is currently on the boards of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, the Beaver Watershed Alliance, and several other local non-profits. At the state level, Barbara is a past board president of the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has served on the board of the League of Women Voters of Arkansas and was program chair for Arkansas Women: Accomplishments, Realities, Expectations and an Arkansas delegate to International Women’s Year. She was a board member and two-term president of the Arkansas Humanities Council and a member of the Southern Humanities Media Council.
She has been on a number of regional and national boards of professional organizations including the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, the National Women’s Studies Association, the American Association for Affirmative Action and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which she served as national president.
Barbara has a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; all of her degrees are in English literature. She is married to Forrest D. Goddard and has four children and three grandchildren, all of whom play musical instruments and enjoy the arts.
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council
Matt Trantham joined the University of Arkansas in 2008 as the senior associate athletic director for internal operations. He oversees all Razorback facilities and events.
With this role, Trantham is overseeing the Razorback Athletics Facilities Master Plan unveiled in October 2011. Active projects within the Facilities Master Plan are the $23 million Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center and $25 million Basketball Performance Center set to be completed in August 2015. He is also facilitating the Market and Cost Analysis on a future expansion of the North End Zone in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, expansion of Women’s Swimming Locker Room and new video board projects at Bud Walton Arena, Baum Stadium, Bogle Park and Randal Tyson Track Center.
Other projects supervised have been the men’s and women’s golf locker room expansion in the Fred and Mary Smith Golf Training Center in 2015, $9 million Fowler Family Baseball & Track Training Center in 2013, $40 million Fred W. Smith Football Center in 2013, $4.6 million installation of new video displays at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium prior to the 2012 season, expansion of Razorback soccer team facilities in 2011, the $1.3 million installation of synthetic playing surface and $1.2 million installation of ribbon boards at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium in 2009 and the $2.5 million renovation of Bud Walton Arena in 2008.
Prior to joining Arkansas, Trantham began his career in Intercollegiate Athletics with the University of Oklahoma in July 1999 as the promotions director for the athletic department where he worked with all 20 of OU’s teams. He was named assistant athletic director for event management in 2004 and was promoted to associate athletic director in 2006.
Prior to joining the Sooners, Trantham worked five seasons in professional sports with Washington Sports & Entertainment in Washington, D.C. Trantham earned his bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Centenary College in 1990 and a master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998.
Trantham and wife Kristen are parents of two sons, Will and Davis, and two daughters, Morgan and Paige.
Lia Uribe, Moosmann artist, is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arkansas, and Principal Bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas) and APO (Arkansas Philharmic Orchestra). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. Her international work includes venues and festivals in Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, as well as multiple venues in the United States. Dr. Uribe performs and tours on regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas. Her research interest is centered on Latin-American and Latinx music and composers, in addition to inclusiveness and diversity in the arts. An advocate for new music, Lia Uribe has premiered and commissioned new works for the bassoon, including pieces by Colombian composers Jorge Humberto Pinzon, Johann Hasler, and Leonardo Idrobo; American composers Robert Mueller, Joe Alexander, Bill Douglas and John Steinmentz; Japanese composer Miho Sasaki; Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila; and Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra. Dr. Uribe recently joined a consortium commission for a new concerto for bassoon and orchestral winds/percussion by Nico Muhly, that will be premiered with the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Chris Knighten in 2019. Originally from Cali, Colombia, Lia Uribe earned a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, followed by an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Lia Uribe also holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas.
Scott Varady serves as the newly appointed Executive Director and General Counsel for the Razorback Foundation.
Varady has served more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel including his role as Associate General Counsel. Varady was a member of the University’s Executive Committee and was responsible for developing and implementing University legal strategies and advising the Chancellor, the University’s Executive Committee, senior-level administrators (Provost, Deans and Department Chairs), faculty, and staff, on all University legal matters. Varady also coordinated the legal operations of the Fayetteville office with the General Counsel of the UA system.
Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock with a focus on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Mitchell Firm, Varady worked as an Associate with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on telecommunications, environmental insurance recovery litigation and general litigation.
Varady also served as a staff member for former Senator Dale L. Bumpers on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and for former Representative Bill Alexander. Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.
Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service while concentrating in international business diplomacy, finance, and trade from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985. Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who is a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.
Committees: Corporate Leadership Council
Tony Waller is Senior Director, Constituent Relations for Walmart in Bentonville, AR. In his position he sets strategy for driving reputation, augmenting outreach opportunities and maximizing social investments in diverse and multicultural communities. His portfolio includes the African American, Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander and Native American communities as well as Women, People with Disabilities and Millennials. Tony joined Walmart December 2006. Prior to joining Walmart, Tony worked for State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, IL. In his last position with State Farm® Tony served as Assistant Director of Community Alliances in Corporate Communications and External Relations. He was responsible for all external efforts in multicultural communities as well as all efforts in Auto Safety, Disaster Preparedness, Community and Economic Development, and Financial Education. Serving is extremely important to Tony. He has always been taught that to give real service you must add to the world something that can’t be bought or measured with money. He currently serves as Chair of the NAACP ACT-SO Advisory Council. His passion for the empowerment and advancement of women, has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees of Center for Asian Pacific American Women and on the Board of Directors of the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute. With both of these organizations he is the first male ever selected to serve. In addition, Tony sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Advisory Council for Northcentral University’s School of Business. In 2017 Tony was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Black Child Development Institute. In 2000 Tony became the first recipient of the Spirit of Democracy Emerging Leaders Award, presented by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. The award is given to individuals for their work in the promoting of civic participation. Also in that year, he was the recipient of the Leadership Award of the National Association of Black County Officials for his contributions to the community. In July 2002 and 2010 Tony was the recipient of the Donald H. McGannon Award, the highest distinction given by the National Urban League to a corporate individual in recognition of one’s efforts in the community. Tony is the only individual who has been given this honor twice. In 2011 Tony was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Jessie Banks Foundation for his work in disadvantaged communities. In 2012 Tony received the MLK Day Special Merit Award from the National Action Network as well as the Merge Award from The Merge Organization for being an example of integrating his faith with all of his endeavors and for his commitment to uplifting, inspiring and empowering others. In 2017 the American Indian College Fund honored Tony by ceremonially draping him with a blanket, a symbol of respect and admiration of the Native American community. He also was given the Made Man Award by 100 Black Men of Washington, DC. The award celebrates men who inspire and educate underserved men. Tony is a strong supporter of the arts, and serves on the Board of Directors and the Corporate Advisory Council of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the AR Fashion and Arts Council. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is a diehard WAHOO. He remains very active with The University and served on the board of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund, named after its first African-American graduate. In addition, he is a passionate collector of African-American art & sculpture, antique watches, vintage cufflinks, eyewear, children’s story books and quotes. Shoes however are his kryptonite. Tony strives to live each and every day by the words of his mother, Barbara Jean Motley Waller, “Keep flowing with The River for The River knows exactly where It is going.”