April 22, 2016

COPH Advisory Board Gains New Members

(left to right) row 1, Jim Raczynski, Janet Jones, Allan Gates, Anthony Fletcher; row 2, Denver Peacock, Martha Jane Murray, Greg Ramon, Gordon Silaski; row 3, Melinda Faubel, Jayme Mayo, Ruth Shepherd; row 4, Hershel Cleveland, Wesley Walls and David Rainey. Not pictured: Steve Jones and Jodiane Tritt

(left to right) row 1, Jim Raczynski, Janet Jones, Allan Gates, Anthony Fletcher; row 2, Denver Peacock, Martha Jane Murray, Greg Ramon, Gordon Silaski; row 3, Melinda Faubel, Jayme Mayo, Ruth Shepherd; row 4, Hershel Cleveland, Wesley Walls, David Rainey. Not pictured: Steve Jones, Jodiane Tritt

The Advisory Board for the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) has seven new members, bringing the total number of members to 16. The Board is composed of leaders in state government, the business community, health care, law, and the nonprofit world who embrace the importance of public health and the College.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with all of these impressive professionals,” said COPH Dean Jim Raczynski, Ph.D.. “We welcome our new members and appreciate the continued advocacy and support all board members provide; and especially thank our board Chairman, Gordon Silaski, as we grow as an Advisory Board and as a college of public health.”

New members:

Melinda Faubel, Director, External Affairs, AT&T. Since joining AT&T in 1981, Ms. Faubel has worked in network engineering and planning, and human resources, as well as on education and economic development projects as the AT&T liaison to the Arkansas Foundation.

A native of Little Rock, Ms. Faubel holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and an MBA degree from the University of Dallas.

Steve Jones, Senior Vice President and Director, Water Services, Garver Engineering.  Mr. Jones has more than 30 years’ experience in water resource development and in design and implementation of water and wastewater utility infrastructure. As a senior project manager, he provides quality control on projects with water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Jayme Mayo, Physician Assistant and Wellness Director, Nabholz Construction. Ms. Mayo has been the in-house medical care provider and has led health-improvement efforts at Nabholz for nine years. For her innovative program at Nabholz, she was named Arkansas’ “Worksite Wellness Healthcare Hero” and was featured in HBO’s documentary on obesity, “Weight of the Nation.”

Ms. Mayo has also worked with the Department of Defense, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Clinton Foundation and many businesses across the country on successful worksite wellness programs.

Martha Jane Murray, Director, Clinton Climate Initiative’s Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) program. Ms. Murray wrote and received grants of more than $4 million, which supported the creation of the HEAL program, the first employer-assisted energy benefit program in the United States.

Ms. Murray was a practicing architect for 15 years, the first LEED-accredited professional in Arkansas, and an adjunct professor for seven years at Tulane University’s School of Architecture in New Orleans. She and her husband are co-owners of a shoe manufacturing business in northeast Arkansas.

She has a BA degree in Art from Hendrix College and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee.

Denver Peacock, Principal, The Peacock Group. Mr. Peacock has more than 20 years’ experience in public affairs, public relations, communications and logistical support. He is also an attorney. His clients have included the Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Municipal League, Arkansas Department of Health, Walton Family Foundation, The Peabody Hotel Group, Arkansas Rice Federation, FedEx, Napster, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He worked on two presidential campaigns and served a stint at The White House.

Originally from McCrory, Ark., Mr. Peacock is a graduate of Ouachita University and the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).

David Rainey, retired educator and state legislator. Mr. Rainey has served as a building administrator and superintendent for the Dumas School District, as well as a state legislator and director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences. He also was an advisor to schools, school districts, and state departments of education across the Southeast on initiatives to improve school performance.

Mr. Rainey has a BS degree in History and Government from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an MS degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and an EdD degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from UALR.

Greg Ramon, Chief Executive Officer, Little Rock Wastewater (LRW). Mr. Ramon has nearly 30 years’ experience in wastewater management, having led several large utilities. He joined LRW in 2014.

Mr. Ramon has a BA degree from National Louis University in Evanston, Ill., and an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix.

Other COPH Advisory Board members:

Hershel Cleveland, attorney at law; former speaker, Arkansas House of Representatives

Anthony Fletcher, physician, Baptist Health Cardiology and Medicine Clinic

Allan Gates, environmental attorney, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard

Janet Jones, owner and president, Janet Jones Company Real Estate

Jim Raczynski, COPH Dean

Ruth Shepherd, president and CEO, Just Communities of Arkansas

Gordon Silaski, Advisory Board Chair; president, Little Rock Market, Centennial Bank

Jodiane Tritt, Vice President for Government Relations, Arkansas Hospital Association

Wesley Walls, COPH building architect; principal, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects