American Heart Association Central Arkansas is blessed by volunteers and contributors who advance the organization’s mission in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Atop the long and distinguished list is the Circle of Red, a collection of individuals who have gone above and beyond in their support of AHA’s work. Tireless in their advocacy, the outstanding individuals represent the best our state has to offer against these dreaded diseases that have impacted so many families. We are proud to recognize this year’s Circle of Red members and express our profound gratitude on behalf of the thousands of Arkansans who have benefited from their generosity.

Gina Pharis

2024 Circle of Red Chair

Community Supporter


Heather Baker

President and Publisher

AY Media Group


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Debi Barnes

Debi Barnes Consulting


Dr. Arnessa Bennett

Director of Special Projects & DEI

North Little Rock Mayor’s Office


Trish Birch

Community Supporter


Char Boulch

Chief Nursing Officer

Saline Memorial Hospital


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Tjuana Byrd Manning

Circuit Judge

Pulaski County


Lisa Gaddy

Early Childhood Educator

Arkansas State University


Donna Hall

Chief Financial Officer

Bank of Little Rock


Brandy Harp

Principal Broker

Jon Underhill Real Estate


Jamie Jones


Friday, Eldredge & Clark


Kimberly M. Lee

Financial Inclusion Officer

Hope Credit Union


Dr. Jean McSweeney

Professor Emeritus

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Dr. Karla Montgomery

Medical Doctor

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Katrina Owoh

Chief Financial Officer

Clinton Foundation


Nikki Smith

Executive Director

American Heart Association-Central Arkansas


Sarah Thomas

Community Relations Specialist

Healthy Connections


Alexandria Washington


The BIG Agency


Dorothea Wilson


KARK/Fox 16


Circle of Red members not pictured:

Katrina Banks, APRN


Dr. Charity Smith

Principal Education Associate

Fetterman and Associates International


Olivia Ramsey

Community Supporter


Danyelle Walker

Owner and Attorney

Law Office of Danyelle Walker


See all of the 2024 survivors featured in the May issue of AY Magazine here.