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Board of Trustees

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

 Claire Fiser President
 Nikki Parnell
 Vice President
 Andi Smith Secretary
 Michael Nauman Treasurer
 Jenny Teeter
 Past President
 Simon Bagnall Trustee
 Ben Beaumont Trustee
 Brooke Bridges Trustee
 Cameryn Burch Trustee
 Carl Carter
 Don Cole Trustee
 Scott Darnell, MD
 Jeff McNeil
 Hayden Shurgar
 Matthew Steliga, MD Trustee
 Jonathan Wardlaw
 Jill Kennedy
 ParentCrew President
 Ashley Beazley
 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

Claire Fiser most recently worked for 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 2nd grade at Anthony. Since the addition of a son in September 2019, Claire is volunteering her time to serve on The Anthony School Board and to support other local nonprofits. 


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.


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 Arkansas. She has worked as a development therapist for 24 years with 3-5 year olds in central Arkansas and is currently working for LRSD. Andi and her husband, Carey, live in Little Rock and have a daughter who attended The Anthony School.


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.


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 fifth grader at The Anthony School) and Owen (a first grader at The Anthony School). Jenny and her husband, Jeremy, live in Little Rock – minutes from The Anthony School! 


Simon Bagnall is a Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Stephens Inc. in Little Rock.  Simon joined Stephens in 2007 after emigrating to the US from the UK.  Prior to joining Stephens he worked in corporate finance, strategic consulting and as an attorney in London, England on a wide range of corporate transactions including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity.  He received his law degree from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Master's degree in international business law from King’s College London, England.  Simon and his wife Amy, a partner at the law firm Kutak Rock in Little Rock, have three sons all of whom are students at The Anthony School.


Ben Beaumont is senior director of policy and public affairs at the University of Arkansas System, where he assists the university president and the UA Board of Trustees with internal and external policy research and development, strategic communications and government relations. He previously served as director of communications for the UA System and the Clinton School of Public Service and managed public relations at the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a master’s in higher education leadership and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ben and his wife, Claire, have three children currently attending Anthony.


Brooke Ivy Bridges is the Affiliate Resource Development Director for Arkansas Imagination Library, a statewide partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She is also a grants consultant with Terrapin Consulting. Previously, Brooke has worked in institutional advancement and development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Museum of Discovery, and Camp Aldersgate. A Little Rock native, Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Hendrix College. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Brooke is a Rotarian and a Past President of the Rotary Club of West Little Rock. She and her husband, Kyle, have one daughter who attends The Anthony School.


Cameryn Burch is the Learning Services Coordinator at Mount St. Mary Academy. She has been instrumental in developing their Learning Services Program over the past couple of years. 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. She helped start the Youth Advisory Council(YAC) at Arkansas Chidlnre’s. YAC consists of teen patients and patients' siblings from all parts of Arkansas. This council helps develop and practice self advocacy skills along with  providing a forum  for teens to voice their thoughts, ideas, share concerns and make recommendations regarding Arkansas Children's new and current programs, policies, environment, and overall care as well as develop and practice self-advocacy skills.  She is a current member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She serves on the  advisory board for Jerricho Way and is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Little Rock Alumni Board. In addition to her volunteer work in Little Rock she is  currently assisting with a  capital campaign True to the Wine and Blue for the Pi Beta Phi chapter at Ole Miss. Previously Cameryn served on the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Advisory. Cameryn graduated from The Anthony School in 2004. Her sister, father, aunt, uncle, and cousin are also graduates of The Anthony School.  Cameryn and her husband, Justin have an 8 month old daughter, Catherine Lawernce. 


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.

Lesley Don Cole, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer for Methodist Family Health, Inc., an Arkansas based adolescent and youth behavioral health provider. Don has almost forty years in public accounting experience at international, regional and local accounting firms. Originally from Alma, Arkansas, Don earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree from the University of Central Arkansas and is a licensed certified public accountant. Don and his wife Nancy have been residents of Central Arkansas since 1989 and have been actively involved in not-for-profit and community organization over the years. They are members of St. James United Methodist Church and Don serves on the Board of Central Arkansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They have three children, all of which are alumni of the Anthony School as well as Little Rock Central High School. Their daughter Christina, who graduated from Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas School of Law, is an attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas in Northwest Arkansas. Their twin sons, Joshua and Matthew recently completed their undergraduate degrees at Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas, respectively. Joshua is entering his master’s year at Hendrix College pursuing an accounting degree and Matthew is entering his first year of law school at Washington University in St. Louis

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.

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.


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.


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.

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 7th 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.


Ashley Beazley is the Business Analyst Team Lead at PerfectVision in Little Rock. Previously, she has worked in business analyst roles at PeopleWorks, Stephens Inc., and Staffmark. Her professional focus has been on implementing forward-thinking solutions, improved efficiencies, and system improvements. Ashley enjoys working with technology, which helped her lead the implementation of a laptop program at a local school. 

A Little Rock native, Ashley attended The Anthony School. She earned her B.S.B.A. in Management, with a concentration in Human Resource Management, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She and her husband, Brent, have a daughter who attends The Anthony School. Ashley has taken an active role in the TAS ParentCrew, currently serving as Vice President.

2021-2022 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

Aug 19 - Exec
Sept 1 - BOT
Oct 6 - Exec
Nov 3 - BOT
Dec 1 - Exec
Jan 5 - BOT
Feb 2 - Exec
Mar 2 - BOT
Apr 2 - BOT Retreat
Apr 6 - Exec
May 4 - BOT