The Translational Research Institute has expanded its statewide connections with the addition of four Community Advisory Board members. At the board’s June 21 meeting, TRI welcomed:

  • Emma Agnew, Community Services Manager, City of Jonesboro
  • Holli Boyett, Special Projects Coordinator, South Arkansas Migrant Education, Hope
  • Rev. Charles Heam, Springdale Adventist Fellowship 
  • Jim Miles, Administrator, Enroll the Ridge nonprofit, Jonesboro
Meeting on VA campus in North Little Rock, are Community Advisory Board members (front l-r): Charles Moore, Camden; Holli Boyett, Hope; Sarah Facen, Little Rock; Margarita Solorzano, Springdale; Rev. Jerome Turner, Marvell; (back l-r) Anna Huff-Davis, Helena-West Helena; Jim Miles, Jonesboro; Emma Agnew, Jonesboro; Rev. Steve Sullivan, North Little Rock; Rev. Charles Heam, Springdale; and Naomi Cottoms, Helena-West Helena.

Meeting on the VA campus in North Little Rock are Community Advisory Board members (front l-r) Charles Moore, Camden; Holli Boyett, Hope; Sarah Facen, Little Rock; Margarita Solorzano, Springdale; Rev. Jerome Turner, Marvell; (back l-r) Anna Huff-Davis, Helena-West Helena; Jim Miles, Jonesboro; Emma Agnew, Jonesboro; Rev. Steve Sullivan, North Little Rock; Rev. Charles Heam, Springdale; and Naomi Cottoms, Helena-West Helena.

The meeting was hosted at the North Little Rock VA by VA Chaplain Steve Sullivan, a member of the Community Advisory Board. TRI Director Laura James, M.D., provided an overview of the institute’s mission and ongoing projects while learning more about their community work. “I was excited to meet the new members of the Community Advisory Board,” James said. “This is a fantastic group. Each member does meaningful work on behalf of their communities, and they have made time to help us, too. I always feel newly inspired when I see them.”