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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
Sister Judith Marie Keith | Member
Sister Judith Marie Keith is a Religious Sister of Mercy and native of Little Rock, Arkansas. She served as President/CEO of St. Edward Mercy Medical Center System for twenty seven years, overseeing the construction of the new Medical Center, the implementation of the Western Arkansas Emergency Medical Service System and the establishment of three rural satellite hospitals. Sisters holds a BSN degree from St. Louis University and a MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Community involvements include the Fort Smith Civil Service Commission; University of Ozarks Board of Directors, United Way Campaign Chairperson and Director of the Sisters of Mercy Reading Program at Immaculate Conception Church.