Board of Directors

Since incorporation in 2001, EAST has developed and grown thanks to the guidance of a Board of Directors who come from many places with a diverse set of experiences and skills in education, business, industry, nonprofit, and government. Serving set terms, this board has changed membership over the years, but not mission or passion for the work the EAST does to prepare students, schools, and communities to thrive in the modern world.

Board of Directors

Since incorporation in 2001, EAST has developed and grown thanks to the guidance of a Board of Directors who come from many places with a diverse set of experiences and skills in education, business, industry, nonprofit, and government. Serving set terms, this board has changed membership over the years, but not mission or passion for the work the EAST does to prepare students, schools, and communities to thrive in the modern world.

Officers
Chairperson
John A. Riggs, IV

Owner,
Red Head Farm, LLC

Vice-Chairperson
Brent Staley

President,
Staley Electric

Secretary
Melanie VanZandt Bradford

Grants & Special Projects Coordinator,
The Arkansas Dept. of Education

Members
Chair, Recruitment Committee
Jason Everett
Agency Owner,
Everett Agencies of Liberty National
Chair, Development Committee
Mildred J. Franco
Executive Director,
The Generator, an Innovation Hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff
Previous Past Chairperson
Dale Johnson
Senior Vice President,
Advanced Commercial Banking Division, Retired, FIS
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
Brent Staley
President,
Staley Electric
Mitch Bettis
Owner/President,
Arkansas Business Publishing Group
John G. Chamberlin
Owner,
Chamberlin Research
Brad Chilcote
Vice President,
WD&D Architects
Sarah Anne Daigle
Technology Consultant,
Currant Technology Group
Dr. Dean R. Kahler
Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment,
Management
University of Idaho
Julie C. Robbins
Director of Client Services,
MHP/Team SI
Dr. Jim Rollins
President,
Northwest Technical Institute
Pam Sullivan
Vice President,
Services Practice Executive,
FIS
Victoria Washington
President,
Vision IT Consultants
Dr. Charlotte Williams
Professor and Director,
Community Philanthropy,
Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy
Staff
Matt Dozier
President/Chief Executive Officer
matt@EASTstaff.org

The EAST Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 2001 and based in Little Rock, Arkansas.