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.

Governance | Leadership Council | Community Advisory Board | External Advisory Committee
CTSA RepresentativesStakeholder RepresentativesInternal Advisory Board


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).

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council consists of leaders representing TRI’s programs.  The Leadership Council convenes regularly to provide strategic guidance to TRI’s executive leadership and assist in charting and prioritizing programmatic, organizational and financial issues.

Community Advisory Board

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

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.

CTSA Representatives

Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D.Medical University of South CarolinaPrincipal Investigator (PI)
Mark Burge, M.D.University of New MexicoDeputy Director, Research Implementation and Participation
Marc Drezner, M.D.University of Wisconsin–MadisonPI (Chair)
Robert Kimberly, M.D.University of Wisconsin–MadisonPI
Rebecca Jackson, M.D.The Ohio State UniversityPI
Justin Starren, M.D., Ph.D.Northwestern UniversityDeputy Director, Informatics
Consuelo Wilkins, M.D.Vanderbilt UniversityCo-Director, Community Engagement

Stakeholder Representatives

Jerry AdamsPresident/CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance
Jonathan DismangArkansas State Senator
Jim HendrenArkansas State Senator
Nicole HartCEO ARVets, Inc.
Raymond MontgomeryPresident, White County Medical Center
Michael KnoxExecutive Director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission
Michael MooreVice President, University of Arkansas System
Frank ThomasVice President, Stephens Inc.
William Tsutsui, Ph.D.President, Hendrix College

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.

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