The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is governed by various councils and boards that share a base of interest and support of the TRI mission. Collectively, the governance structure is composed of diverse representatives from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and external entities that provide institutional oversight, inform and guide TRI’s strategic vision, and ensure efficient resource allocation.

Internal Advisory Board | Community Advisory Board |
External Advisory CommitteeStakeholder Representatives

TRI’s governance structure ensures that translational research operates efficiently across all three TRI sites:

1. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) main campus in Little Rock and the Northwest Campus in Fayetteville
2. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI)
3. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS).

Internal Advisory Board

TRI’s Internal Advisory Board is comprised of high-ranking leaders from UAMS and its partner institutions. The board provides a forum to facilitate collaboration and for TRI’s leadership to address any challenges that may arise in carrying out its mission. The board meets twice yearly with TRI’s executive leadership team.

Christopher Westfall, M.D.Interim Dean, UAMS College of Medicine
Marcy Doderer, FACHEPresident and CEO, Arkansas Children’s System
Margie Scott, M.D.Director, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Community Advisory Board

CAB 2018The TRI Community Advisory Board is a diverse group of community members who are familiar with social, mental and physical health issues for children and adults in Arkansas and have a history of working collaboratively. For the most part they are drawn from local community organizations, predominantly nonprofit, with advocacy or service missions. The Community Advisory Board members represent the racial, cultural and geographical diversity of Arkansas, serving as a voice of the communities they represent. Members of the board advise TRI on issues important to various constituencies in the state, assist TRI in prioritizing research initiatives, and increase TRI’s visibility at the community level.


Anna Huff DavisProgram Director, Mid Delta Community ConsortiumWest HelenaMid Delta Community Consortium
Charles MooreFounder, Planting a Seed FoundationCamdenPlanting A Seed Foundation
Deacon Walter ClanreSpringdaleJabe In Nebar Assembly of God
Pastor Yoshie TobeySpringdaleKing Chapel Church
Rev. Jerome TurnerDirector of Special Projects, Boys, Girls, Adults Development Center, Pastor Mt. Everettt and New Hope Baptist ChurchesMarvellBoys, Girls, Adults Community Development Cente
Jim MilesLittle RockEnroll the Ridge; Covenant Medical Benefits, Inc.
Naomi CottomsExecutive Director, Tri-County Rural Health NetworkHelenaTri County Rural Health Network
Nicole HartChief Executive Officer, ARVetsNorth Little Rock
Sarah FacenMember, Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association
Member, UAMS Division of Internal Medicine Community Advisory Board
Little RockLittle Rock South End Neighborhood
Steve SullivanVA Chaplain; Clergy Coordinator, Rural Clergy Partnership ProgramNorth Little RockVA Clergy Partnership

External Advisory Committee

TRI’s External Advisory Committee includes nationally and internationally respected scientists and thought leaders whose expertise spans the research continuum, as well as community stakeholder members.  Many External Advisory Committee members also hold leadership positions at other Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions. The committee conducts an annual site visit to evaluate TRI’s overall function and progress in achieving goals, provides verbal and written feedback to TRI’s executive leadership and Leadership Council, and the TRI director shares the committee’s report with the Internal Advisory Board.

Timothy S. Carey, M.D., M.P.H.University of North Carolina
Phil Kern, M.D.University of Kentucky
Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.d.Johns Hopkins University
George Mashour, M.D.University of Michigan
Timothy F. Murphy, M.D.University at Buffalo
Ron Sokol, M.D.University of Colorado
Julian Solway, M.D.Chair, University of Chicago
Joel Tsevat, M.D.University of Texas, San Antonio

Stakeholder Representatives

Jerry AdamsPresident/CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance
Mark CarleoElyxor Technologies
Namvar Zohoori, M.D., Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer, Arkansas Department of Health
Raymond Montgomery, M.D.President and CEO, Unity Health
Sharanda Love, M.P.H.Director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission
Jeff StinsonDirector of Entreprenuership, Health InnovatAR