October 2017 - Kay Williams, Grant County
Kay Williams is a volunteer and board member for the Grant County Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She has served on every committee since 2013 and has been Secretary, Treasurer, and currently serves as Chair. In that capacity Kay facilitates monthly SPSF meetings; manages the fundraising, programming, and scholarship activities; and leads the volunteers in board recruitment, enrollment and engagement.
Since the Fall of 2016, Kay recruited an almost new volunteer organization, recruiting eight new members out of 12 volunteers. This year she is leading the organization in meeting the fundraising goal for 2017 of $7000. She is fearless in setting powerful pertinent goals for Grant County SPSF, and then managing and leading to achieve these goals.Kay was a single parent while going to college and understands the financial struggles that occur. She is now an accountant for a small accounting firm and has been there for 18 years. She feels honored and humbled to contribute her skills and to be a part of Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
November 2017 - Brenda Ryland, St Francis County
Brenda Ryland has been a member of the St. Francis County Single Parent Scholarship Fund since 2006. She currently serves as secretary of SFCSPSF. Choosing to become a part of such a worthwhile organization was not an issue first and foremost because, service is a large part of her legacy. Working to assist the single parents of SFCSPSF, encouraging them to complete their applications whether it be in the grocery store, on the streets or anywhere else, highlights her tenure of service. Brenda states, “Seeing them complete their degree and obtain employment makes our community, county and state a better place for all.” As we all know, it is difficult to attain financial self-sufficiency without an education. Being an educator, Brenda understands the value of setting and achieving goals.
December 2017 - Becky Timmons, River Valley Area
Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Timmons, Director of Assessment and Accountability at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS), began her career there in 1988. As a faculty member in the business division, she saw firsthand how single parents struggle to work, maintain good grades, and provide for their children. In 2007, Dr. Timmons was instrumental in creating an adult degree-completion program, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. She became involved with the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund in 2014 representing the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith by serving on the Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian (CFS) counties board. Dr. Timmons helped facilitate a partnership between the UAFS foundation and the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF). The UAFS Foundation provides additional scholarship money to students who receive Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship funds and meet the minimum criteria of the Foundation general scholarship guidelines. Dr. Timmons now serves on the Region 8 Scholarship Committee serving six River Valley Counties. Dr. Timmons and her husband, who is a professor at UAFS, live in Fort Smith.
January 2018 - Spring Sneed, Craighead County
Spring Sneed has been a volunteer for the Craighead County Single Parent Scholarship Fund since 2015. She has served as Chair since 2017. Spring’s 17 years’ experience in the financial industry have been a valuable resource. She has been diligent in raising funds for single parent resources in her area. She has written and received grants to operate an after school and summer healthy snack program for children of our single parents, as well as for scholarships! Spring says, “By developing these healthy eating programs for the kids of our single parents, I feel this deepens our relationships with our single parents as well as relieves some of their financial burden.” In addition to administering our scholarship program in Craighead County, Spring has harnessed the leadership of others to help organize an ongoing fundraising events through Sodexo at ASU’s event arena for the past few years. Spring resides with her husband of 18 years in Caraway.
February 2018 - Shauna Turner, Regions 6 & 7
Shauna Turner has been a key volunteer for ASPSF for the past 4 years. She has served in the capacity of Secretary and as Fundraising Committee Chair. Shauna has also been a key fundraiser in Sevier County, increasing the number and amount of donations which are vital for this affiliate. Recently, she began working as a Regional Volunteer in newly formed Regions 6 & 7, contacting students as part of our annual follow-up study. “I wish I had known about this wonderful program when I was in school. Now my mission is to make sure that every single parent utilizes these services.” Turner is a resident of Dierks, Arkansas. She and husband Kyle Turner have three wonderful children. Professionally, she works as a Cosmetologist with a huge following. Shauna’s attitude and wiliness to help work on any task assigned has earned her the nomination of February Volunteer of the month.