Board of Directors

Chris Joannides

Chris Joannides – Executive Director

Chris Joannides was born and raised in a small Illinois farming community with a population of just 1,500. He graduated from Orion High School in 1985 and began selling cars at a local dealership. He moved to Cheyenne, WY in 1989 to work for Halladay Motors where his father was General Mgr. Starting on the ground floor selling cars, Chris worked his way up to General Mgr/ Vice President, attending the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealers Academy along the way.

Looking for a change of pace, Chris bought out of the family dealership and enrolled in college in January of 2009. He graduated with an Associates in Human Services before moving on to the University of Wyoming and graduating with a Bachelors in Social Work. In 2015, he began pursuing a Masters in Social work.

Since 2012, Chris has worked for Comea House and Resource Center. Located in Cheyenne, Comea serves up to 100 residents through various onsite services including a men’s dorm, women’s dorm, 12 transitional apartments, and a family dorm that holds 12 individuals. As a full-time case manager, Chris’ duties ranged from crisis management to directing residents to appropriate resources for healthcare, medication, housing, and employment needs.

Chris is married and has one daughter. His hobbies include golf, riding Harleys, and weekend camping in the family travel trailer.

 

Greg Pair

Greg Pair – President

Greg Pair is a Deacon at Immaculate Conception Church, where he is also the Director of Ministries. Greg is a Fort Smith native and has served on several boards in the area. Currently, Greg serves as board president for the Riverview Hope Campus and St. Vincent DePaul Society. In the past, Greg has served with other non-profit groups including Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus and the Latino Task Force.

 

Jeremy May

Jeremy May – Vice President

Jeremy May has been with 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 home. Jeremy earned a Marketing degree from the 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.

 

Shanita Christian

Shanita Christian – Treasurer

Shanita 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. Shanita 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.

 

Dr. Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner – Secretary

Margaret 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. She 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.

 

Judge David Saxton

David Saxton – Member

David Saxton is a Judge in the Fort Smith Division of Sebastian County District Court. He has severed in this office for the last 24 years. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the chief deputy prosecutor for Sebastian and Crawford Counties. He 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.

 

Kathryn Stocks Lewis

Kathryn Stocks Lewis – Member

Kathryn Stocks Lewis is a partner with the law firm of Jones, Jackson & Moll, PLC and has been in private practice in Fort Smith for the past 25 years. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kathryn has served on several non-profit boards in the past including Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly and Abilities Unlimited.

 

Bryan Peters

Bryan Peters – Member

Bryan Peters recently retired from the 188th Wing. He is a life-long resident of the local area and calls Greenwood home. He was a volunteer softball coach for the Greenwood Boys and Girls club for nine years.

 

John Mcintosh

John McIntosh – Member

John McIntosh is the executive director of 64/6 Downtown and co-organizer of The Unexpected. He 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.

 

Mitch

Mitchell Minnick – Member

Mitch Minnick is the executive director of the Fort Smith Housing Authority. He is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but has called Fort Smith 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.

 

Sam Fiori

Sam Fiori – Member

Sam Fiori 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, Sam is CEO of KMAC and began serving in this role in December 2004. He was instrumental in growing the company to its present size of almost 300 restaurants in nine states.

 

Martin Schreiber

Martin Schreiber – Member

Martin Schreiber, Ed.D., 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 Masters 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.

 

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Jon Hendrickson – Member

Jon 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!)

 

Doug Brooks

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.

 

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Marshall Sharpe – Advisor to the Board

Marshall 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. Marshall 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 VP 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. He 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.

 

Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin – Advisor to the Board

Rick 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. Rick actively works to improve the quality of life in Fort Smith.

 

Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson – Member

Stacy Johnson is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Sparks Health System. Johnson has worked in healthcare for nine years. She previously served as Marketing Director at the Van Buren hospital before becoming the Assistant Marketing Director for Sparks Health System. Prior to her healthcare career, she worked in television news in Fort Smith and Texas, as well as at a local advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in Journalism. Johnson is married with three children. She is active with the Sparks “Partners in Education Mentoring Program” at Darby Junior High, as well as her church, Immaculate Conception and IC School.