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Board of Trustees

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

 Jenny Teeter, JD President
 Claire Fiser
 Vice President
 Andi Smith Secretary
 Nikki Parnell Treasurer
 Matthew Steliga, MD
 Past President
 Cameryn Burch Trustee
 Carl Carter
 Trustee
 Scott Darnell, MD
 Trustee
 Debra Fiser, MD
 Trustee
 Jeff McNeil
 Trustee
 Michael Nauman
 Trustee
 Mary Anne Seibert
 Trustee
 Hayden Shurgar
 Trustee
 Jonathan Wardlaw
 Trustee
 Jeremy Teeter
 Trustee & ParentCrew President
 Jill Kennedy
 ParentCrew Vice President
 *Elizabeth Campbell Emeritus
 
If any members of the TAS community would like to reach out to the board, you are welcome to email the board at [email protected]

Board of Trustees Bios

Jenny Holt Teeter, JD, is a Director and Shareholder with Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.  Jenny received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College where she graduated cum laude, with Distinction and received her Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.  Her law practice focuses on matters involving general employment law, regulatory compliance and general corporate and nonprofit law. Jenny enjoys working with nonprofit and educational organizations in her free time. She serves as Immediate Past Chair of the UAMS College of Health Professions Advisory Board and enjoys volunteering with the EAST Initiative. She is mother to Charlotte (a third grader at The Anthony School) and Owen (in PreK3 at The Anthony School). Jenny and her husband, Jeremy, live in Little Rock – minutes from The Anthony School! 


Claire Fiser worked the past 8 years as a consultant for Community Wealth Partners, a Washington, D.C., based consulting firm that supports nonprofits and philanthropic foundations around the country. Claire's consulting work consisted primarily of program management focused on leadership development and racial equity, strategic planning, and growth strategies. Prior to working as a consultant, Claire worked for the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation and several nonprofit arts organizations. Claire also led The Anthony School's Board of Trustees in the strategic planning process in 2018. Claire has an MBA and an MA in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a BA in French from Davidson College. Claire is married to Wesley, an Anthony graduate, and they have a daughter in the 1st grade at Anthony. Since the addition of a son in September 2019, Claire is looking forward to volunteering her time to serve on The Anthony School Board and to support other local nonprofits. 


Andi Smith is an Arkansas native who obtained her BS in Speech Pathology and MSE in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Central. She has worked as a development therapist for 20 years with 3-5 year olds in central Arkansas and is currently working for LRSD. Andi is a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and serves on the Nominations Committee, the Altar Guild, teaches the 3rd grade Sunday school class and annually volunteers with VBS.  Andi and her husband, Carey, live and Little Rock and have a daughter who attends The Anthony School.


Nikki Parnell, CPA is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior to joining LRCVB, Nikki worked in public accounting, performing both audit and tax services, followed by working as the CFO for the Museum of Discovery, a local non-profit. Nikki earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts from Hendrix College and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Nikki is a northeast Arkansas native, but has called Little Rock home for 15 years and has enjoyed volunteering with various local non-profits over the years. She is a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church, a Junior League of Little Rock sustainer, and a board member of the Arkansas chapter of the ACLU. Nikki and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, both students at The Anthony School.


Matthew Steliga M.D. is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the UAMS College of Medicine and W.P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Dr. Steliga received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed surgery residency at the University of Tennessee- Memphis, and fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at Texas Heart Institute and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Dr. Steliga has been on faculty at UAMS since 2009. Areas of clinical focus involve thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgery while research interests include tobacco cessation, and quality improvement in cancer care. He teaches and mentors medical students and surgery residents, and serves on several committees including the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee.  Matthew and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters at The Anthony School. 


Cameryn Burch is the Learning Services Coordinator at Mount St. Mary Academy. She received her undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s in Reading with a Dyslexia Therapist endorsement at the University of Central Arkansas. Cameryn is also a Certified Child Life Specialist and works at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Other activities include being a member of the Junior League of Little Rock. Cameryn graduated from The Anthony School in 2004. Her sister, father, aunt, uncle, and cousin are also graduates of The Anthony School.  

 

Carl Carter, Jr., is a proud long-term employee of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He is also REALTOR® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, REALTOR® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of a couple posing as clients in 2014. He was recently appointed as a Delegate to the National Safety Council, where he advocates for the safety of lone workers. He has a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of AR in Little Rock, AR, and an Executive Masters in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. He lives in Sherwood with his wife, Kim, and their three children, Luke, Chloe, and Collin.


Scott Darnell, M.D. is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who works at several hospitals in Central Arkansas. After graduating from UAMS in 2007 and completing his residency in 2010, he has worked full-time at White County Medical Center, Saline Memorial Hospital, and the Arkansas Heart Hospital, where he is currently the director of the emergency department. Recently, Scott and sever of his emergency medicine colleagues opened Cabot Emergency Hospital. Scott grew up in Little Rock and attended The Anthony School. He is married to Natalie and they have three sons, Owen, Henry, and Benjamin, who all attend TAS. Natalie has taken an active role in ParentCrew, including serving as past president. Scott has coached Owen’s TAS basketball team for the last few years and has been a yearly volunteer with STEAMapalooza. He looks forward to continuing to serve TAS as a member of the Board.


Debra H. Fiser, M.D. is an Arkansas native who obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine. Dr. Fiser completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine and a critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  She earned board-certification in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.

Dr. Fiser joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics of the UAMS College of Medicine in 1981 where she served as Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and as Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). In 1995 she was appointed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS and Chief of Pediatrics at ACH and, in 2006, she was named UAMS Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Medicine. In 2013, she stepped down as Dean to return to teaching and research as Professor of Pediatrics.  In 2018, she retired from UAMS and was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Fiser has held national offices as President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs and as President of the pediatric section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  She is an elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Board of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians.

She has won numerous national, state and campus awards, including the Women in Medicine Silver Achievement Award in 2001 from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Citizen of the Year from the March of Dimes in 2009, and the Distinguished Service Award from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2014.  She is a member of St. James United Methodist Church and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Philander Smith College.

Both of her children attended The Anthony School and a grandchild is now a student here. 

Jeff McNeil grew up in Little Rock while attending school at Jefferson Elementary, Grover Washington Elementary, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Booker T. Washington Junior High, and Hall High Senior High graduating in the high school class of 1982. Fayetteville was the natural next step for extending high school while unknowingly choosing a difficult college route of engineering. Struggling at times but persevering through the often-irksome countless hours of math, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering was achieved in the summer of 1986.  

 

A career in commercial construction was immediately launched so to put the tedious work of consulting engineering out of question. Starting at Pickens-Bond Kelly-Neslon, then moving to Vratsinas Construction Company and finally settling down at Dave Grundfest Company (DGC), a 34-year career of bending nails has proved satisfying. Jeff has worked on construction projects in 18 different states throughout the US from New York to Florida and west as far as Colorado and Oregon. As a partner with DGC, Jeff’s current focus is developing their satellite office in Bentonville.  An Arkansas Professional Engineer (PE) certificate was obtained in 1995. Professional associations include membership to American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Concrete.

 

Personally, and most importantly, a family career was started in 2004 marrying Sheila C. Barnard. Sheila and Jeff are the proud parents of two sons, Joshua and Ian McNeil. Joshua graduated from the 8th grade after attending TAS for nine years and Ian is in his eighth year at TAS. The McNeil family attends Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock.


Michael Nauman is a 25 year resident of Little Rock.  Currently he serves as the President and CEO of Brady Corporation (BRC, NYSE)  He holds a B.S. degree in Management specializing in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and is a CPA and CGMA.  He has a passion for technology, learning and the community with 4 US patents and having served on the Board of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority  and the Museum of Discovery for two terms each.  He is currently also serving on the boards of the AR Stem Coalition and The Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council.  Both of his children graduated from The Anthony School. 


Mary Anne Seibert, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and has been the Director of Counseling Services at Hendrix College since 2002. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hendrix in 1994, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. Mary Anne’s husband, Rob, graduated from The Anthony School in 1984. They have two children, Zoe and Turner, who have attended The Anthony School since each was in PreK3. Zoe graduated in 2018 and is a sophomore at Little Rock Central High School. Turner is an 8th grader at The Anthony School.

 


Hayden Wilbourn Shurgar is a native of Little Rock. She attended high school at Mount St. Mary Academy, received her undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, and received a juris doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law. Hayden started her legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office where she served for six years. She is now a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP. Hayden is married to Thomas Shurgar, and they have three children—Will, Gibb, and Amelia—who all attend The Anthony School.

 
Jeremy Teeter was raised to value service and support those who cannot support themselves. He is the father of Charlotte (who attends The Anthony School with a love of all things STEAM) and Owen (who is in PreK3 at The Anthony School and is still learning the ropes) and husband to Jenny (who may just be Superwoman). Jeremy has a passion for the arts and technology and regularly volunteers for programs like TAS STEAMapalooza and the EAST Initiative. He is currently engaged in small business advocacy and utilizing his relationships and skills to affect public policy. 



Jonathan Wardlaw was born and raised in Little Rock and is a Landscape Architecture graduate from the University of Arkansas.  He worked in the landscape architecture field for a few years upon graduation and then started dabbling in real estate, which led him to real estate finance.  He worked as a loan officer and bank Vice President for 8 years. During this time, he and his wife, Babs, who is an Audiologist, took over a hearing service business, which they both currently operate full time. In 2016, Jonathan also started a side project centered around the sport he loves. He founded and manages the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club, which is Little Rock’s minor league soccer team. Jonathan and Babs have two children: Abe, who graduated from The Anthony School in 2019 and now attends Central High School, and Murphy, who is in the 5th grade at The Anthony School. 
 

Jill Kennedy is a native of Fayetteville and, after a few stints in Dallas, has called Little Rock home for the past 14 years. She holds a degree in Political Science with minors in Communications and Public Administration from the University of Arkansas, where she was also a member of the Arkansas Union Society Debate Team. She works for Ally Financial as a Sr. Learning & Development Specialist, focusing on Instructional Design and technology. Jill is also a Certified Transportation Broker and holds multiple certifications in the fields of Adult Learning, Project Management & ROI.  Jill has held several positions through the years with ParentCrew and is excited to be a part of the Board of Trustees. Jill is married to her college sweetheart, Jason, and they have one son, Jack, who is entering 3rd grade at Anthony. In her free time, she enjoys exploring our state’s natural treasures, volunteering for political campaigns and supporting Audubon Arkansas.

 

2020-2021 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

Wed, Aug 19 - Exec
Wed, Sept 9 - BOT
Wed, Oct 7 - Exec
Wed, Nov 4 - BOT
Wed, Dec 2 - Exec
Wed, Jan 6 - BOT
Wed, Feb 3 - Exec
Wed, Mar 3 - BOT
Wed, Apr 7 - Exec
Wed, May 4 - BOT

All meetings at 5:30 p.m. in the library.