AMHC Commissioners are highly respected thought leaders in their respective fields. The Commissioners meet regularly to provide oversight and feedback on matters that impact staff, leaderships, and the individuals and families that AMHC serves.
Vanessa DavisChairLittle Rock, Arkansas
Grace Donoho, EdDVice-ChairSpringdale, Arkansas
Shawndra Jones, PharmDSecretarySpringdale, Arkansas
BS, MA, EdSParliamentarianWidener, Arkansas
Kelly D. Bryant, M.S.Pine Bluff, Arkansas
William Greenfield, M.D.Little Rock, Arkansas
Bruce JamesLittle Rock, Arkansas
Melisa LaelanSpringdale, Arkansas
Linda McGhee, MDPrairie Grove, Arkansas
Kris Ikenna Nwokeji, M.D.Newport, Arkansas
Sederick Rice, PhDPine Bluff, Arkansas
Willa Black Sanders, MPHMaumelle, Arkansas
Vanessa Davis is assistant director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services for Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity. She received a Bachelor of Science in counseling and guidance and a Bachelor of Science in music education. She is a member of the Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council.
Dr. Grace Donoho retired from the Jones Center for Families in Springdale where she served as director of education/grants administrator. She currently facilitates the Gaps in Services to Marshallese Task Force and serves as chair of the Adult Education Advisory Committee at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale.
Dr. Shawndra Jones is currently the manager of a retail pharmacy. She received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff; PharmD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and an MPA, with emphasis in healthcare administration, from the University of Texas in Tyler, Texas. Jones holds certifications in lipid management, diabetes self-management, respiratory care and smoking cessation. Her primary interests are community health promotion, patient education and healthcare policy.
BS, MA, EdS
Mr. Crumbly is a retired superintendent of the Earle School District and a former Arkansas State Senator.
Kelly Bryant has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and master’s degree in environmental management from Webster University. She is currently the environmental manager at Clearwater Paper and has over 20 years of environmental experience. Prior to joining Clearwater Paper, she was the environmental group leader for Evergreen Packaging and International Paper in Pine Bluff.
Dr. William Greenfield received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Auburn University and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. After medical school, he completed training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he is currently an associate professor and director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology. His professional interests focus on patient care, education, advocacy and research. In addition, he serves as the vice chair for the Arkansas section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and president of the Arkansas Medical Dental and Pharmaceutical Association.
Bruce James has served as an assistant professor of business and economics at Philander Smith College since 2006. He is the director of the Philander Smith Management Institute, a degree completion program that offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in organization management. He serves as the chair of the Division of Business and Economics and has served as a vice president for Academic Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College. He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of New Orleans. Prior to academia, he worked as a consultant with the UALR Small Business Development Center, as a private consultant for non-profit organizations and provided consultation service to several churches across the country. He is a Little Rock and has studied at the University of Houston, completed his graduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and post-graduate studies as a SREB Doctoral Scholar in financial economics at the University of New Orleans. James is passionate about addressing the economic impact on the social determinants of health in Arkansas.
Melisa Laelan is founder of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and a certified court interpreter. She has served as a community liaison for the University of Arkansas and as a logistics specialist for the U .S. Army.
Linda McGhee is the director of the UAMS Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program in Fayetteville and her hospital affiliations include Washington Regional Medical Center and Northwest Medical Center-Springdale. Since 1992, she has been the medical director of the Washington County HIV Clinic, the states’ first county HIV clinic. She is also the medical director of the National Hansen’s Disease regional clinic in Springdale.
Dr. Kris Ikenna Nwokeji was born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Nigeria. He returned to New York where he completed his pediatric residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center. In 2009, Dr. Nwokeji was led to Newport, Ark., to practice as a pediatrician in an underserved area. Since then, he has served as the medical director of Pediatrics at Unity Health Harris Medical Center and has been active as a medical chair person of the Patient Safety Committee. He supports a health-centered community through numerous volunteer activities in the local school system and child care centers.
Dr. Sederick C. Rice is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and is a board member of the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas.
Willa Sanders retired from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as an assistant dean for governmental relations and special projects. She obtained a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Sanders is a past-president of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and presently serves as an active member on that board.