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Team Members Profile

Natalie Baber

Child Care Manager

501-374-7383 ext 208 natalie@ourhouseshelter.org

Michelle Barnes

Director of Housing

501-374-7383 ext 204 michellebarnes @ourhouseshelter.org

Barbara Ann Beckham

MSW Intern

501-374-7383 ext 142 barbara.beckham@ourhouseshelter.org Barbara Ann "B.A." was born and raised in the small town of Inverness, Mississippi.  She went to Delta State University where she received her Bachelor or Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family & Consumer Sciences. She is currently in her second year in the MSW Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She previously interned at The Bridgeway in North Little Rock, Arkansas where most of her time was spent in outpatient services. She hopes to grow into a skilled and competent social worker during her time at Our House.  

Yolanda Bell

Employment Coach AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 ext 119 yolanda.bell@ourhouseshelter.org Yolanda received an AAS in Business Science from Pulaski Technical College and plans on working towards a BA in Business Administration in the near future. She has spent the last 10 years in accounting, most recently as a Data Management Specialist for Goodwill Industry of Arkansas where she she assisted clients in preparing for prospective careers. She came to Our House through her interactions with the CAFSI program and decided to participate in a year of national service as an AmeriCorps Employment Coach. Yolanda believes that the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing the progress of the clients she works with and seeing their hard work pay off. Outside of Our House, she is a member of her church's Young Adult Ministry.

Morgan Benton

Community Engagement VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 230 morgan.benton@ourhouseshelter.org Morgan has always had a passion for service and was introduced to Our House when she volunteered here in high school. She has previously served in AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps and studied sociology and gender studies at the University of Central Arkansas. During her service as a VISTA, she hopes to strengthen her peers and community from the inside out. Outside of service she enjoys spending time with friends, eating, and music.

Rachael Borné

Reentry Program Coordinator

As Reentry Program Coordinator, Rachael provides support and resources to individuals who have criminal charges on their backgrounds. She is interested in increasing access to legal assistance, safe housing and stable employment for all people, regardless of social or economic circumstances. Rachael graduated from Vassar College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Correlates in Hispanic Studies and Art History. In her free time she likes to work on craft projects, plan dinner party menus, tend to her house plants and perfect her Zumba skills 501-374-7383 ext 218 rachael@ourhouseshelter.org

Meagan Bowen

MSW Intern

501-374-7383 ext 144 meagan.bowen@ourhouseshelter.org Meagan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor's in Psychology and is currently working toward her Master's of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She hopes to play a part in changing lives for the better during her internship at Our House. Outside of work she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and three dogs.

Tim Brooks

Employment Coach AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 tim.brooks@ourhouseshelter.org

Janesha Brown

Substitute Teacher

Janet Brown

Lead Infant Teacher

501-374-7383 ext 140 janet@ourhouseshelter.org

Brian Davis

Shelter Supervisor

501-374-7383 ext. 221 sheltersupervisor @ourhouseshelter.org

Adrienne Dawson

Youth Program Specialist

501-374-7383 ext 220 adrienne@ourhouseshelter.org

Miranda Deaton

Career Center VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 211 miranda.deaton@ourhouseshelter.org Miranda is a new arrival to Arkansas having previously lived in Michigan and Kentucky. She has a BA in Psychology and Stone Carving as well as an MS in Social Work. Before beginning her service at Our House, she worked as a Graduate Fellow in the Kentucky Legislature's Health and Welfare Committee. She considers the empowerment of others to be her life's goal and hopes to make a positive impact in her new community through service at Our House. Outside of service, she enjoys painting and camping.    

Kimberly Foret

Infant Teacher's Aide

501-374-7383 ext 140 kimberly@ourhouseshelter.org Kimberly first volunteered at Our House while in high school and returned after receiving her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2015. As an infant teacher's aide she hopes to foster positive interactions between the children she works with as well as their parents. In her free time she enjoys amateur calligraphy, reading, and watercoloring.

Stanley Giles

Volunteer Relations VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 147 stanley.giles @ourhouseshelter.org

Ben Goodwin

Assistant Director

501-374-7383 ext 209 ben@ourhouseshelter.org As Assistant Director, Ben manages fundraising, communications, performance measurement, capital projects, and other strategic initiatives of Our House. Ben joined Our House in 2009 after previous experience at Southern Bancorp and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is a Rhodes Scholar with bachelor’s degrees in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (Oxford University, UK) and Mathematics (Hendrix College).

Becca Green

Youth Program AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 becca.green @ourhouseshelter.org

Laura Greene

Donations Procurement VISTA

501 374-7383 ext 214 laura.greene @ourhouseshelter.org

Nick Harrington

Communications VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 231 nick.harrington @ourhouseshelter.org Nick is a Little Rock native with a BA in International Relations from Hendrix College. He has previously done Communications work for the Institute for European Studies in Brussels, Belgium as well as the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in Conway where he discovered his passion for work in non-profit organizations. He chose to participate in a year of national service as a VISTA at Our House in order to provide a better future for his community and to further Our House's mission to empower the homeless of Arkansas. In his spare time he enjoys board games, bluegrass music, and studying insects.

Carl High

Shelter Supervisor

Carl had been doing electrical work for 25 years before he came to Our House as a resident. During that time, he participated in Our House's job trainee program as a weekend shelter supervisor. When he was able to move out of the shelter, he was hired as a full-time shelter supervisor which he has now been doing for 8 years. He is also involved in several Our House alumni groups and is an active participant in community service in Little Rock. Carl believes that the most rewarding thing about Our House is seeing people grow from the first time they walk through the doors to when they leave having succeeded in their goals.

Ruthie Hokans

CAFSI Case Manager

501-374-7383 ext 136 ruthie@ourhouseshelter.org

Desirae Holmes

Youth Program Manager

501-374-7383 ext 289 desirae@ourhouseshelter.org Desirae graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 with a B.A. in Business and Economics. After graduating she decided to follow her desire to enter the non-profit world and serve marginalized youth. She hopes to provide the youth she serves with skills in critical thinking, leadership, as well as the capacity to empathize with others. Outside of work she is active in her church's youth ministry and enjoys traveling and trying new foods.  

Priscilla Howard

Career Center VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 149 priscilla.howard@ourhouseshelter.org

Mindy Huberty

Youth Program Specialist

501-374-7383 ext 244 mindy@ourhouseshelter.org Mindy earned a degree in Family Studies from Abilene Christian University and has previously worked in a non-profit for women and children in Texas. She chose to pursue a career at Our House in order to be a part of something that would both challenge her and make a difference in the lives of others. She hopes that the youth she works with will remember what she teaches them and strive to make a difference in the lives of their peers as well. In her free time, Mindy enjoys crafting and travel.

Corbin Huffstutter

Youth Program Specialist

501-374-7383 ext 220 corbin@ourhouseshelter.org Corbin graduated from Harding University in 2012 and, after serving as a camp counselor and member of a medical mission in Mexico, became introduced to Our House through a Youth Worker. He decided that he would be interested in becoming a Youth Worker himself and has been employed at Our House ever since. Corbin believes that positive reinforcement is key in making a difference in the youth that he works with and strives to help them grow closer with their community. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and cat as well as playing guitar and soccer.

Latoya Jackson

Child Development AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 latoya.jackson @ourhouseshelter.org

Jo Lewis

Employment Coach AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 ext 119 jo.lewis@ourhouseshelter.org

Maureen Martin

Director of Children's Programs

501-374-7383 ext 238 maureen@ourhouseshelter.org Maureen earned a J.D. from the University of Denver before starting at Our House. She chose Our House because she believes in it's mission and work in creating a positive outlook for the future. Every day she enjoys the pure joy, excitement, and life that the kids she works with bring to the Children's Center. In her free time, Maureen enjoys spending time with her family, running, and traveling.

Bianca McCrary

Children's Programs VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 240 bianca.mccrary@ourhouseshelter.org

Bianca is a recent graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She received her Bachelor's of Psychology with a Minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies, which has led her to receive her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential, a nationally recognized certificate.  She previously served as a Summer AmeriCorps VISTA in 2015 as well as 2016 at Our House before transitioning into her year-long position as the Children's Programs VISTA. She chose Our House because she was instantly compelled by their Mission and their effectual programs; it was visible that they were making a profound impact and that they were combating homelessness successfully.  She hopes to become more conscientious to the homeless population and to generate more pertinent ideas and strategies that will improve this major issue in Arkansas.  Her hobbies include reading, crafts, volunteering, and salsa dancing! She believes that the camaraderie at Our House has been the most rewarding thing about serving here.  The Administration, Staff, and National Service Members all work as a giant team that is readily available to help and support one another.
Breanne McLendon

Career Center Manager

501-374-7383 ext 210 breanne@ourhouseshelter.org Breanne graduated from Central Baptist College in Conway with a degree in Biblical Studies and Religious Education. She previously served for seven years as the Director of a non-profit organization called Center for Student Missions in Nashville and Los Angeles. Upon returning to Arkansas, she decided to pursue a career at Our House in order to change the way that people view poverty and homelessness and provide an opportunity to succeed for all members of her community. She spends most of her spare time with her family and friends.

Georgia Mjartan

Executive Director

501-374-7383 ext 201 georgia@ourhouseshelter.org Georgia celebrated her eleven year anniversary as Executive Director of Our House on September 1, 2016.  Under her leadership, Our House has enjoyed dramatic growth in its programs, budget, staff, facilities, client volume, and mission impact. Georgia was named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” in 2011, and Our House was named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” in 2015. Our House is increasingly recognized as a model program, contributing to national conversations around homelessness, garnering national news coverage, and attracting investments from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and many other out-of-state funders. Georgia recently led a process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for Our House’s next five years, with the goal of building on this momentum and increasing Our House’s impact. Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community.  Active in our community, Georgia serves on a variety of boards, is a foster and adoptive parent, and has become very involved in bettering our state’s foster care system.  She is married to Dominik Mjartan, CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners.  Together, they have three children all under the age of three. Georgia holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communications from the University of Ulster in the UK, and a post-graduate diploma from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Georgia was one of twelve Americans awarded the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study on the island of Ireland, and, in recognition of her achievements in the field of affordable housing, she was awarded the Fannie Mae Fellowship to attend Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

Shelby Morrow

Youth Programs AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 shelby.morrow@ourhouseshelter.org

Jennifer Oakley

Executive Assistant

501-374-7383 ext 250 jennifer.oakley@ourhouseshelter.org

Kelly Owen

Development VISTA

501-374-7383 ext. 228 kelly.owen@ourhouseshelter.org Kelly is currently in her second year of service at Our House having previously served as an Employment Coach in the Career Center through AmeriCorps. She decided to begin her service at Our House after finding herself feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled by her previous professional experiences and wanted to contribute something significant to the service of others. During her year of service as a VISTA, Kelly hopes to set new standards for fundraising events at Our House as well as improve upon existing programs and events. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family.  

Chase Pearson

Child Development AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 chase.pearson @ourhouseshelter.org

Chris Ramsey

Lead CAFSI Case Manager

501-374-7383 ext 241 chris@ourhouseshelter.org Chris Ramsey serves as the lead case manager for the Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute (CAFSI). CAFSI is an innovative homeless prevention program offered by Our House.  For the past 10 years, his professional focus has been offering direct services to at risk children and youth, and also stabilizing families through creative case management. In 2013 he was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to community involvement. In 2014, he earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he is also pursuing his MA in Counseling with emphasis in Rehabilitation.  Chris currently resides in Bryant Arkansas, where he and his wife of 11 years raise three beautiful children.

Jason Reed

Finance Manager

501-374-7383 ext 203 jason.reed@ourhouseshelter.org

Joy Ritchey Reynolds

Grants Manager

501-374-7383 ext 206 joy@ourhouseshelter.org

Justin Robinson

Store Manager

501-904-5440 store@ourhouseshelter.org Justin was born in Stuttgart and grew up in Altheimer, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has an extensive background in law enforcement working as a Deputy Coroner, a Police Officer, and a Detective. He is also a licensed Arkansas Realtor. Justin currently oversees the operations and donations for the resale store, From Our House to Yours which is owned and operated by Our House Inc. In his free time he enjoys working out, music, and traveling.

Stanford Ross

Shelter Supervisor

501-374-7383 ext 221 sheltersupervisor @ourhouseshelter.org

Breanna Sanders

Child Development AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 breanna.sanders @ourhouseshelter.org

Justin Sanders

Director of Client Services

501-374-7383 ext 235 justin@ourhouseshelter.org

Arnie Shilling

Facilities Manager

501-374-7383 ext 213 arnie@ourhouseshelter.org

Shawna Sizemore

Youth Programs Specialist

Drew Smith

Housing Case Manager

501-374-7383 ext 219 drew@ourhouseshelter.org Drew has a BS in Sociology from the University of Tulsa and an MA in International Development from Eastern University. During his graduate studies, he spent two years in Madagascar where he provided developmental aid to several tribal communities. He has also previously worked in a program for homeless youth in Tulsa. Drew believes that the discoveries that Our House's clients make about their own gifts and talents is the most rewarding aspect of the program and looks forward to seeing what all clients can accomplish through their own hard work and tenacity.

Caroline Spencer

Development Director

501-374-7383 ext 120 caroline@ourhouseshelter.org

Catherine Steele

Children's Programs VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 140 catehrine.steele @ourhouseshelter.org

Dominique Stubblefield

Infant Teacher's Aide

501-374-7383 ext 140 dominique.stubblefield@ourhouseshelter.org

Kaylyn Tackette

BSW Intern

501-374-7383 kaylyn.tackette @ourhouseshelter.org

Hayley Thompson

Pre-School Teacher

501-374-7383 ext 140 hayley@ourhouseshelter.org Hayley is a graduate of Hendrix College with a BA in Film Studies. Before beginning her career as a teacher, she served for one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Little Learners at Our House and helped begin Splice Microcinema, a non-profit in Little Rock. She has long had a passion for working with children and hopes to continue the work that she had been doing at Our House as an AmeriCorps volunteer and form close relationships with her students and their families. She also enjoys music, which she hopes to use as a key part of the Pre-K program at Our House.

Blake Tierney

VISTA Leader

501-374-7383 ext 113 vistaleader@ourhouseshelter.org After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Hendrix College in 2014, Blake joined the Our House team as a Summer VISTA with the Our Club Youth Program. Blake knew he wanted his career to revolve around serving others, especially youth, in the community and helping them become their best selves. He could imagine Our House in that career path, especially through the model of previous Hendrix alumni serving here. Our House was the best start that he could have imagined; here, he has made an impact, joined a family, and grew into his own. His goal this term is to leave Our House with a streamlined system of recruiting, retaining, and raising up National Service Members. Outside of his service, he can be found engaging in a variety of athletic activities (Brazilian jiu-jitsu, swimming, dancing, cycling, soccer) or relaxing with friends and family around a movie, video game, or board game. In addition, he serves with a number of other organizations including the Multi-Faith Youth Group, Second Presbyterian Church, and Mercy Community Church of Little Rock.

Glendaliz Torres

Toddler Teacher

501-374-7383 ext 140 glendaliz@ourhouseshelter.org

Kristopher Turnage

Operations Support VISTA

501-374-7383 ext 236 kristopher.turnage @ourhouseshelter.org

Ben Washington

Employment Coach AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 ext 119 ben.washington@ourhouseshelter.org

Lakia Watkins

Youth Program AmeriCorps

501-374-7383 lakia.watkins @ourhouseshelter.org

Cynthia Watson

Children's Programs Cook

501-374-7383 ext 249 cynthia@ourhouseshelter.org

Veronica Williams

Janitor / Assistant Cook

501-374-7383 ext 249

Justice White

BSW Intern

501-374-7383 justice.white@ourhouseshelter.org Justice comes from the small town of Blevins, Arkansas. After serving in the Army for four years he decided to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock which he will complete at the end of this year. He decided to participate in an internship at Our House in order to further its mission of equipping the homeless of Arkansas with the tools and skills they need to better their lives. Outside of work, Justice enjoys playing guitar, going to the gym, and spending time outdoors.