Board


Board Information


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Shelby Knight
Executive Director

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Toll Free: (888) 360.9654

Office: Po Box 16125, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403


Board Bios


Elizabeth Band

Board Chairperson

Elizabeth is a former elementary school teacher and is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother of two. Elizabeth and her husband received the diagnosis of a chromosomal disorder (trisomy 10, monosomy 2) for their son right before his first birthday. Since then, they have dedicated much of their time advocating for his medical, educational, and therapy needs. Elizabeth is excited about the opportunity to sit on the board and advocate for other exceptional families.


Lauren Preston

Vice Chair

Lauren and her husband received a Down Syndrome diagnosis for their son, Jack, shortly after his birth. Since that day, she has been focused on educating herself and others about his diagnosis and the importance of inclusion for individuals with disabilities.  She is passionate about the disability community and strives to raise awareness and help promote acceptance.


Bethany Rice

Secretary

Bethany Rice is an elementary school educator with years of experience teaching and advocating for students with disabilities. She is also the mother of four children, two of who are neurodivergent. Those different perspectives give her the ability to view advocacy from many sides of the table. Bethany and her family make their home in Hot Springs, in the South Central region of the state.


Pamela Hill-Pearson

Pamela Hill-Pearson lives in West Memphis and is the parent of two children with disabilities. She is a stay-at-home mom with work experience in the school system as a volunteer and substitute teacher. She saw first-hand that students with disabilities desired to feel accepted and valued. She learned to advocate for those students to receive the best education possible to reach their potential. Pamela dedicates her time to helping those who need assistance with special education issues in the school system.


Ruth Eyres

Ruth Eyres is a strong advocate for persons with disabilities.  She worked in the field of disabilities for many years, as a special educator, a special education consultant, and currently an assistant professor to special education teacher candidates at Henderson State University.  She is a board member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities and Autism, and is a past board member for The Ryan White Center in Arkansas.  

Ruth volunteers her time with her church youth group, is active in Arkansas Project Zero for children in foster care, and acts as a parent volunteer at Pulaski County Special School District.  She is a parent of two children with disabilities and her and her family make their home in Sherwood. 


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