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Cody Decker

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Cody Decker serves as the associate provost and chief data officer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock). A former EAST student, EAST scholar, and EAST employee, Cody is an avid technologist with interests in using data and technology to improve businesses and the lives of people that they serve. Cody volunteers as a board member for Arkansas State Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Pulaski and Perry County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) board of directors. Cody earned his doctorate in integrated computing from UA Little Rock and completed the management development program at Harvard.

Ganelle Holman

The Giovanna Group

Ganelle Holman is the owner of The Giovanna Group strategic consultants, where she increases the transformational capacity of organizations through strategic decisions about equity, mission, and evaluation. Her company most recently wrote the strategic plan for the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub at Winrock International. This summer she will develop an annual giving plan and digital media platform for the Syrian Emergency Task Force in Little Rock and Washington, D.C. Ganelle holds a bachelor's degree in theatre and a master's degree in secondary education from UA Little Rock. She is a candidate for MPS from the Clinton School of Public Service, and serves as the Research Fellow at the Center on Community Philanthropy. She is the vice president of the SoMa Little Rock board of directors and secretary of the Little Rock Water Reclamation Commission. Ganelle enjoys membership in the Rotary Club 99 and Junior League of Little Rock. A native of Little Rock, Ganelle lives with her 2 year-old daughter, Bronx, in the Quapaw district of downtown.

Chris Jones, Ph.D.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

Dr. Christopher M. Jones is executive director Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. A native of Pine Bluff, AR, Jones has spent his career promoting science, engineering, equity and inclusion and continues to do so at the Innovation Hub. Jones holds five degrees, two from Morehouse College and three from MIT. He and his wife, Dr. Jerrilyn D. Jones, an emergency room physician, along with their three daughters live in Little Rock.

Jonathan Teske

Facebook TechStart

As a kid travelling the world in a military family, Jonathan needed a personal outlet to express his inner nerd. That outlet came in the form of building with LEGOs and playing video games. In high school, this love of exploration and creation led to an interest in advanced math and tinkering on computers. After graduating college with a degree in film, Jonathan decided to move back home and return to his high school to coach a variety of sports and teach math. For four years, Jonathan taught everything from Algebra to Calculus and coached football and softball. Seeing a shift in his classroom demographics, he decided to pursue a Master’s in education and eventually became a teacher of English as a Second Language. This degree not only gave Jonathan the tools to support the growing demand for teachers working in diverse student populations, but also positioned him to advocate for every student’s right to learning digital literacy and computer science skills. After six years of successfully spearheading efforts to turnaround declining schools in Maryland, Jonathan wanted to expand his reach and impact as many students as he could, so he pursued an MBA from the University of Maryland. With an MBA in hand and a desire to build a more diverse learning community within computer science education, Jonathan wanted to be part of a company that also shared these values. Jonathan is the sum of his parts, a mix of all of his experiences, now trying to funnel them into doing good for the world, one student at a time.

Sue Owens

Champions For Health

Sue is an experienced management professional with skills in leadership, relationship building, business development and strategic planning. After serving over 20 years in the banking industry, she discovered a profound passion for impacting Arkansas children through her work as marketing director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, followed by serving as executive director for Economics Arkansas for 13 years. Sue is now bringing her cumulative expertise to create a health revolution on K-12 school campuses!

Brandon Guillot

Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas

Brandon has a MS in Aeronautical Science in Aviation Management and Aviation Safety Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a BS in Aviation Management from Louisiana Tech University; Brandon holds a FAA Private Pilot and Remote Private Certificates. He is an Accredited Airport Executive, is the Planning Coordinator and a former Operations Manager at two commercial service airports. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaching airport operations and UAS management at graduate and undergraduate levels. Brandon has over 15 years of UAS experience and is the owner of Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas, training UAS pilots in addition to aerial photography services. He has assisted airports and pilots with developing plans for the safe integration of UAS at the local, regional, and national levels, and serves as a member of the FAA Safety Team.

Anna Beth Gorman

Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

Anna Beth Gorman has committed her professional life to public service with a specialized focus on advancing the status of girls and women in our society. She has spent the last seven years advocating the value of the Girl Scout program, and youth services as a preventative tool in helping youth achieve their potential. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Bernie Skoch


Bernie Skoch graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974 with an industrial engineering degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force & after a 29 year career retired at the rank of brigadier general. Skoch has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions developing, managing & implementing communications and information systems. Skoch was named Commissioner of CyberPatriot in 2010 & oversees the planning and implementation of the program.

Charlie Fitzpatrick


Charlie is a biologist, geographer, social studies teacher, and now geotech evangelist for K12 schools.

Rob Brisk

The Wellington School

Robert Brisk is the Head of The Wellington School. He assumed the position in July 2007, following a national search and the unanimous endorsement of the Board of Trustees. His credits include nationally recognized curricular innovations, faculty professional development initiatives, successful capital campaigns, anda mater and strategic plans. During his tenure at Wellington, he has championed forward thinking and progressive educational programs that serve the school's mission to inspire each person to discover and strive to meet his or her unique potential.

Julie McGuire

IMTS TV – International Manufacturing Technology Show TV

Julie McGuire believes “you never know where your career will take you.” She started as an EAST facilitator in Arkansas. Since then she’s worked with the Smithsonian Institute, Discovery Channel, and more in the manufacturing technology and agriculture industries.

Adam Gambrel

IMTS TV – International Manufacturing Technology Show TV

Adam Gambrel has always known he wants to be in video production. Currently in his 20s, he’s already produced videos about manufacturing and led a full film crew to produce a TV channel for a trade show!

David Kersey


David Kersey, an Arkansas native and graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, is an educator, entrepreneur, and artist. David moved back to Arkansas in 2015 from Los Angeles, CA where he worked at The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures on films such as The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Wreck-It Ralph. During David’s time at Disney Feature Animation he worked on two Academy-Award winning production teams, Frozen and the animated short film, Feast. David is now the Executive Director of PIXEL™ A School for Media Arts, that brings world-class education dedicated to careers at the crossroads of art & technology. David’s personal mission with PIXEL™ is to tell students they can achieve the creative career of their dreams regardless of where they’re from.