Arkansas PBS Foundation recently announced four new board members. The new board members include Catherine Bays, M. Gayle Corley, Dr. Chris Jones and Peggy Matson.
“I am pleased to welcome our four newest board members to the Arkansas PBS Foundation Board,” Dr. S. Lynne Rich, board chair, said in a statement. “These individuals embody the spirit of public media and bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields to the table.”
Bays is the chief development officer for the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock where she manages fundraising. She has previously worked in development and membership with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Arkansas Repertory Theater and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Furthermore, she founded the Classical Ballet Academy Company in Bentonville.
Corley is an attorney with Corley Law Firm in Little Rock. Corley specializes in estate planning, elder law, trust administration, probate, premarital agreements and real estate transactions. She is licensed to practice law in both Arkansas and New York and is an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration.
Jones serves as the executive director of Winrock International’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. He previously served as executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts and assistant dean for graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Matson is the director of the Arkansas State Board of Collection Agencies,which is responsible for investigating complaints of unfair collection practices, prohibited collection charges and unlicensed activity.
“The addition of these directors complements our board members’ skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable contributions and perspectives as we further our fundraising activities to fulfill the missions and goals of Arkansas PBS. We are extremely fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen public media in Arkansas,” Rich said.
In addition to the four new members, the Arkansas PBS Foundation board consists of Dr. S. Lynne Rich, chair, associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway; Phil Kaplan, vice chair, attorney, Little Rock; Jonathan Rhodes, secretary/treasurer, community developer, Cherokee Village; Dr. Linda Beene, former director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Conway; Annette Herrington, CPA, Little Rock; Dr. Calvin Johnson, former UA Pine Bluff education dean and interim chancellor, Pine Bluff; Scott Pace, partner, Impact Management Group, Little Rock; Courtney Pledger, executive director, Arkansas PBS, Conway; Larry Ross, president, Ross Consulting, Sherwood; and Ronnie Williams, vice president for Student Services, UCA, Conway.
The Arkansas PBS Foundation helps to support Arkansas PBS’s mission to enhance lives by providing learning opportunities and educational content. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org