Board of Directors
Chris Joannides- Executive Director: Mr. Joannides was born and raised in a small Illinois farming community with a population of just 1,500. He moved to Cheyenne, WY in 1989 to work for Halladay Motors. Starting on the ground floor selling cars, Chris worked his way up to General Manager/Vice President. Looking for a change, Chris then bought out the dealership and enrolled in college in January of 2009. He graduated with an Associates of Human Services before moving onto the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work, and in 2015 earned his Masters in Social Work. Since 2012 Mr. Joannides has worked for Comea House and Resource Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which serves up to 100 residents through various onsite services including men’s and women’s dormitories, 12 transitional apartments, and a family dormitory. Mr. Joannides attends every monthly board meeting.
Greg Pair- President: Mr. Pair is Deacon at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith, AR where he is also the Director of Ministries. As a Fort Smith native, Mr. Pair has served on several boards in the area. Currently, Deacon Greg serves as Board President for the HOPE Campus and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. In the past, he has served with other non-profit groups including Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Latino Task Force. Mr. Pair attends every monthly board meeting.
Jeremy May- Vice President: Mr. May has been with the ArcBest Corporation for 10 years and currently holds a position as a lead analyst in the Marketing and Strategy Division. He is a lifelong resident of the River Valley and calls Fort Smith his home. Jeremy earned a Marketing degree from UAFS College of Business. He serves on the Alumni Advisory Board at UAFS, the College of Business Ambassador’s, and as a mentor for the Mentor Connections Program. Mr. May attends every monthly board meeting.
Shanita Christian- Treasurer: Ms. Christian is the Chief Financial Officer of Griffin Properties of Fort Smith. She is a native of Spiro, OK, but has called Fort Smith home since 1996. Ms. Christian holds both a BS and an MBA in Accounting. She is active in the community and serves on many boards including the Fort Smith Southside Rotary, Lincoln Youth Services Center, the HOPE Campus, and the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation. Ms. Christian attends every monthly board meeting.
Margaret Tanner- Secretary: Dr. Tanner is the Associate Provost for academic affairs and the Director of Graduate Studies at UAFS, where she has worked since moving to Fort Smith in 2004. Dr. Tanner is a member of Rotary in Fort Smith and has helped with some of their volunteer programs such as the Pen Pal Program and the Choices Program in the middle schools in Fort Smith. Dr. Tanner attends every monthly board meeting.
David Saxon- Member: Mr. Saxon is a Judge in the Fort Smith Division of Sebastian County District Court. He has served in this office for the last 24 years. Prior to becoming a judge, Mr. Saxon was the Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Sebastian and Crawford Counties. Judge Saxon is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Law School. He is the past President of the Sebastian County Bar Association and the Arkansas District Judges Council. He has served on a number of boards at both the local and state level. He is a co-founder of the Sebastian/Crawford County Multi-Disciplinary Team (child abuse) and is currently the president of the board of the Hamilton House Child Safety Center. Mr. Saxon attends most board meetings.
Kathryn Stocks Lewis- Member: Ms. Lewis is a partner with the law firm of Jones, Jackson & Moll, PLC, and has been in private practice for the past 25 years. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ms. Lewis has served on several non-profit boards in the past including Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly and Abilities Unlimited. Ms. Lewis attends most board meetings.
Bryan Peters- Member: Mr. Peters recently retired from the 188th Wing. He is a life-long resident of the local area and calls Greenwood home. Mr. Peters was a volunteer softball coach for the Greenwood Boys and Girls club for nine years. Mr. Peters attends most board meetings.
John McIntosh- Member: Mr. McIntosh is the Executive Director of 64/6 Downtown and co-organizer of The Unexpected. Mr. McIntosh is a Fort Smith native and downtown economic development activist, having served as past chairman of the FS Riverfront Development Task Force, FS Riverfront Blues Society and Second Street Live. Mr. McIntosh attends every board meeting.
Mitchell Minnick- Member: Mr. Minnick is the Executive Director of the Fort Smith Housing Authority. He is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but has called Fort Smith his home since choosing to attend UAFS in 2004. Mitch holds a BS in Marketing from UAFS and an MS in Community and Economic Development from UCA in Conway, Arkansas. In addition to his involvement with HOPE Campus, Mitch is a member of the Fort Smith Rotary Club, the Mercy Community Advisory Board, and the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District Board. Mr. Minnick attends every board meeting.
Sam Fiori- Advisor to the Board: Mr. Fiori is a 41-year veteran of the quick service restaurant industry in the United States, having served in a variety of roles with KMAC Holdings Corporation starting as a fry cook in 1974 at a local Fort Smith KFC. Currently, Mr. Fiori is CEO of KMAC and began serving in this role in December of 2004. He was instrumental in growing the company to its present size of almost 300 restaurants in 9 states. Mr. Fiori attends most board meetings.
Martin Schreiber- Member: Mr. Schreiber is the Vice President of mission for Mercy Fort Smith. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic Health Care System in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Martin earned his doctorate degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. He attended principal training at Harvard School of Education in 2011, received his Master’s of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley in 2009, earned his master’s degree in Philosophy in 2003, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University in 1998. He started the Mercy Neighborhood Project, which engages school systems, non-profits, religious and community health leaders to improve health outcomes. Mr. Schreiber attends most board meetings.
Jon Hendrickson- Member: Mr. Hendrickson and his wife are pediatricians at Pediatric Partners in Fort Smith. He grew up in the Kansas City area, but has been in Fort Smith since 1989. Jon is very involved with his church and has made numerous medical mission trips to Senegal in West Africa. Community activities include Fort Smith Rotary Club, Chairman of Mercy Fort Smith Board of Trustees, and serving on the Board of Community Rescue Mission. He enjoys spending time with family (especially his 2 granddaughters) running (including Fort Smith Half Marathon), and KU Basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). Mr. Hendrickson attends most board meetings.
Doug Brooks- Member: Sergeant Doug Brooks has been with the Fort Smith Police Department since September of 1998. During that time, he has supervised the B.E.A.T. Health Unit, School Resource Officers and Narcotics Unit. Sergeant Brooks is a lifelong resident of the River Valley. Mr. Brooks attends every board meeting.
Marshall Sharpe- Advisor to the Board: Mr. Sharpe is a life-long resident of Fort Smith. He graduated from Northside High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Louisiana Tech University. He managed fast food restaurants and a large cattle ranch along with serving in the Air Force as a non-commissioned officer from 1977-1981. He is retired from OK Industries after 25 years as Manager of Audit and Export Programs. He and his wife, Carol, have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Mr. Sharpe was appointed to the Homelessness Task Force in 2009 by the City Board of Directors to gather data as to why Fort Smith needs a place like the HOPE Campus. He has served as the Chairman of the Fort Smith Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments for the past 6 years. He is currently the Vice President and 2017 President-Elect of the Old Fort Homeless Coalition, a position he previously held. He also serves on the boards of the Village Harbor Property Owner’s Association and Keep Fort Smith Beautiful. Mr. Sharpe was a founding member of the Fort Smith Neighborhood Coalition and sits on the FEMA Board. He is active in choir and other ministries at Eastside Baptist Church. Mr. Sharpe attends most board meetings.
Rick Griffin- Advisor to the Board: Mr. Griffin manages Griffin Properties of Fort Smith, LLC, and Griffin Construction Company. He graduated from Oklahoma State University before returning to Fort Smith to work with his father, Richard Griffin. Mr. Griffin actively works to improve the quality of life in Fort Smith. Mr. Griffin attends most board meetings.