Category archives: People

Stories of Empowerment

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Bring your tribe of women to the fourth installment of Stories of Empowerment. In honor of Women's History Month, ESSE and Women's Foundation of Arkansas are partnering with Amy Robinson of Fayetteville-based Tribe of Women for a special program on advancing gender equity, that will take place March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Esse Purse Museum. They will engage[...]

The Art of Architecture

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The very thing I got in trouble for at school, I turned into a career,” laughs Reese Rowland, FAIA, principal with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. He is also one of six 2017 Arkansas Governor’s Art Award recipients. How does Rowland feel to be one of the awardees? “Surprised, shocked, humbled!” stated Rowland. You turn 50; your head is constantly down proje[...]

2017 Governor's Arts Awards

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The Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas. Established in 1991, the award is presented for outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas by individuals as well as corporations. Selection is made by an independent panel of Arkansas arts professionals from public nominatio[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Milena Erceg

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Watch out fellas — She’s got the beauty and the brains! Meet Milena Erceg of Oaklawn. Being the first employee interviewed at Oaklawn for our February feature – she made for an inviting and comfortable experience. She is a personable person with a steady demeanor; a delight to be around. Milena moved to Chicago from Yugoslavia in 1971. In 1978, she mov[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Inez Hunter

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From Malvern Arkansas, Inez Hunter is a Supervisor Mutuel Teller at Oaklawn, a place she began working 35 years ago as a teller. Inez was led to Oaklawn by mention of a friend. “I love it; the people, the teammates.” The camaraderie is fluid throughout all of the staff at Oaklawn. Through the experience of meeting them, a mutual respect and love for th[...]

Beading A Bond of Love - Cont'd

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"Beading A Bond Of Love" is one of the articles featured in February's issue; Written by Audrey Coleman :: Photography by Cindy Momchilov.     This piece is a love story and a testimony and rendering of a love of art in the form of glass bead making. The couple is Tom and Sage Holland. Tom, a ceramic artist and Sage, an accomplished bead d[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Deborah Lokanc

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woman finding a home away from home, but nonetheless connected with her Kentucky roots, Deborah Lokanc from Louisville is the Director of Horseman Relations.  In 2002, she received a call at Churchill Downs from Bob Holthus, an American Thoroughbred trainer, and shortly thereafter graced Oaklawn with her warming presence. Deborah accommodates anyth[...]

The Oaklawn Steadfast Cont'd - Kim & Yossi Barron

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Beginning as an assistant manager at the track kitchen 25 years ago, Yossi Barron from Israel is now Oaklawn’s Director of Purchasing. Keeping it in the family, Yossi is married to Kim Barron of Florida, Oaklawn’s Director of Marketing and employee of 33 years. She ended up at Oaklawn by working seasonally for a catering company. The two met at Oaklaw[...]