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.
March 2018 - Matt Hicks, NWA
Matt Hicks joined the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA board of directors in 2012. He is currently a Vice President and Fayetteville Marketing Leader for First National Bank of NWA. Matt’s professional skills have been valuable in his roles as a member of the finance and scholarship policy committees before serving as treasurer 2013-2014. Matt stepped up as vice-chair for most of 2015 to fill a vacancy. During his term as Board Chairman, he was instrumental in the creation of new financial policies and guidelines and lead the search for a new Executive Director in 2017. When asked why SPSF NWA’s mission is important to him, Matt said, “NWA provides a much-needed boost to some amazing individuals that are working hard to better not only their situation but the lives of their children as well. I helped with applicant interviews for the first time 11 years ago and haven’t left – I guess you could say that the message and impact of SPSF NWA stuck with me!”
April 2018 - Dave Lowe, Perry County
Dave Lowe has been a volunteer for the Perry County Single Parent Scholarship Fund for 5 years and has served as Treasurer for four years. He was instrumental in assisting Perry County Single Parent Scholarship Fund to remain viable and active in the summer of 2017, in addition to increasing the number of scholarship recipients by over 100% in the Fall of 2017 and the Spring of 2018. Before retiring and relocating to Perry County, Dave worked in the banking industry in Louisiana for 15 years, and as an entertainment artist and a juggler in New York City for 12 years. Currently, he operates Dave’s Retreats located at Heifer Ranch (part of Heifer International) in Perryville, Arkansas. Dave has volunteered with Heifer International for 22 years. Through Dave’s Retreats, Dave is able to support Heifer Ranch and benefit local organizations in Perry County. Dave passionately believes in the mission of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund and has been a high level donor to the organization in 2017 and 2018.
May 2018 - Skip Davis, Region 1
Skip Davis plays a vital role in student successes in Van Buren County. He is the main point-of-contact for students and spends many hours helping them with the application processes. He receives applications, schedules interviews, recruits other volunteers to assist with interviews, as well as participates in interviews himself. Since the formation of Region 1, Skip has been supportive and helpful in ASPSF's transition process. He was quick to accept the new changes, which just began this past January. He also serves on several of ASPSF's statewide and regional committees, involved with program training and leadership. He is very motivating and encouraging of others to become active volunteers in Van Buren County. Skip is always quick to assist the Regional Program manager, volunteers, and students with anything needed.
June 2018 - Kelly Sullivan, Pulaski County
Kelly Sullivan, SPSF of Pulaski County board member, is a true working leader. Kelly serves on the Marketing and Fundraising committee where she was instrumental in securing training and design support for the fall 2018 application promotion through Facebook. With over 3500 people reached, it was our most successful ad campaign on social media. Kelly is always willing to be a second set of eyes on anything from invitations to grant material. In an organization as small as we are, her help is priceless. As a Giving Circle member, Kelly gives her resources, talents and time to support the student programs. Her annual gift provides the support needed to grant a scholarship for a student each year, but along with her financial support Kelly shows up. We can always count on Kelly to be at events, building relationships with the students and their families. We have often heard Kelly expressing admiration for the parents and the work they are doing. She exemplifies the virtue of serving from the heart.
July 2018 - Douglas Boultinghouse, Cleveland County
Douglas calls himself a juggler of many things, and there is no truer statement. In the short time he’s been a volunteer with the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, he has served as secretary as well as media and communication liaison. He is one of our youngest volunteers and states “he understands the challenge and financial burdens of a college student, since he graduated only seven years ago”. Douglas brings new insights to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. He strives to do his part in letting single parents, the community, county, and others know we are here to give a helping hand to the single parents of Arkansas who are striving to create a better life for them and their families.
August 2018 - Kathy Bartlett, Region 8
Kathy Bartlett joined the ASPSF family in 2004 as a board member in Johnson County. She has served in several capacities throughout her time with ASPSF. Kathy is a key member of the Region 8 team and serves on the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. She is also part of the fundraising committee that is bringing the Beauty & the Beads event back to Region 8. Kathy’s wealth of knowledge concerning ASPSF is invaluable. She knows our students, understands the difficulties they are facing, and does all she can to empower them to reach their goals. This knowledge has also made her instrumental in implementing the ASPSF 2.0 model. Kathy graduated from Arkansas Valley Vocational Technical School with a technical certificate in Business and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from The University of the Ozarks. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Education in Instructional Technology from Arkansas Tech University. Kathy is a go-to volunteer, willing to do whatever needs to be done, to support single parents and the scholarship program.
September 2018 - Brian Wood, Benton County
Brian Wood has served as an active volunteer with SPSF of Benton County for over five years. He is the Senior Client Advisor/Senior Vice President of Arvest Private Wealth Management. Brian presently serves as Board Chair as well as serves on the Advisory Council, the Administrative/Operations Committee, the Finance Committee, and he has just joined the Capital Campaign Leadership Team. Brian has been nominated by the SPSFBC staff as Volunteer of the Month because he’s been by our side through lots of changes the past year. He has met with us, talked things over with us, and encouraged us more than any volunteer is expected to do. As Board Chair, we know it is part of the description, but we feel he has gone above and beyond. He is a constant positive force and a great advisor!