Annett Pagan is the director of Winrock’s U.S. Programs. Annett has more than 25 years of experience working with local, state and federal officials. Since joining Winrock in 1992, Pagan has worked extensively with development initiatives that create jobs and income opportunities in rural communities. As the former mayor of Strong, Arkansas, Annett brings invaluable local government expertise to each of U.S. Programs’ projects. She is a member of the Arkansas Executive’s Forum, Arkansas Women’s Forum, the Arkansas Environmental Federation, Arkansas Forestry Association and the Arkansas Chapter of the Community Development Society. Annett also served on the first Arkansas Department of Rural Services Commission and currently serves on Governor Mike Beebe’s Global Warming Commission.
Marsha Burkhalter is the senior administrative assistant for U.S. Programs. In this position, Marsha is the support/liaison between field staff and the program office in addition to providing administrative support to the unit staff. She offers support to program staff with issuance of consultant and subcontract agreements and assists with the processing of those financial transactions in addition to managing general office responsibilities, which includes making travel arrangements, coordinating staff meetings, training needs and workshops for the director and staff and management of several databases. She also has some professional practitioner and facilitation training. Marsha is the primary contact for the Winrock Advisory Council, coordinating Winrock Advisory Council meetings and providing administrative support to Council members. Marsha comes to Winrock with more than 20 years administrative experience, having worked for various state and private agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration and the Travelers Insurance Company.
Tom Dalton is the director of Innovate Arkansas, an Arkansas Economic Development Commission program administered by Winrock International. Tom has more than 25 years of executive management experience while working with state and municipal elected officials and numerous community collaboratives. His expertise had been in the development and administration of public policy initiatives in Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His area of expertise is in managing large, complex organizations, both public and private.
Greg Henderson is the marketing and communications manager for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions (AMS), a Winrock strategic partner. Greg is responsible for the promotion and outreach of AMS which provides support to manufacturers across the state. Greg oversees event planning, public relations, advertising, social media, and marketing. Prior to joining Winrock and AMS, Greg worked as a director of online marketing for Perfect 10 distributing in North Little Rock and as a website producer for Aristotle Design. Greg was recently named to Arkansas Business’ top 20 influential people in their 20’s.
Sherry Howard is director of the Arkansas Women's Business Center (AWBC). The AWBC is located on the campus of South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado and will provide training, technical assistance and access to capital services to women entrepreneurs. Funding for the center is provided, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Howard has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur and has started and managed two businesses, most recently OH-SNAP!TM - an interchangeable jewelry line. She has worked as a business development instructor through the Community Education Department at South Arkansas Community College, teaching classes in marketing, website development and e-business. In addition, she has 16 years of retail and customer service experience.
Lisa Davis is Program Associate, Business Development for U.S. Programs. She is responsible for developing new projects and initiatives that leverage Winrock’s ability to build institutional capacity, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. In addition, she oversees the new Arkansas Women’s Business Center in El Dorado and several other U.S. Programs initiatives. The depth and breadth of her background have provided Davis with a balance of business acumen and service to others. She brings experience in the following areas: organizing and leading team efforts within a variety of environments, developing and managing projects and creating and overseeing resources. Prior to joining Winrock, Davis worked in many project management and communications capacities for various academic institutions.
Vicki Malpass is a program officer for Innovate Arkansas and U.S. Programs. She provides program-budget oversight and program implementation for economic development projects. In addition, she acts as a liaison between subcontractors and the program office. Vicki also works with Arkansas Business Publishing Group and FLEX360 to develop and publish a user-friendly Web site for Innovate Arkansas. Before receiving bachelor’s degrees in English and professional technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she worked as a registered sales assistant at Morgan Stanley offices in Washington, D.C., and Little Rock.
Linsley Matteson serves as U.S. Program’s point person for community and economic development, working with both public and private sector clients seeking to improve their communities. She focuses on how to improve local communities through business and community development. Linsley works directly with local government officials, nonprofit organization leaders and entrepreneurs providing mentoring services to increase economic opportunities. Prior to joining Winrock, Linsley spent a number of years on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Vic Snyder and Senator Blanche Lincoln. She began her career in journalism at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition as an editorial assistant. She sits on the Arkansas Community Development Society Board of Directors and the Community Development Institute Central Advisory Board of Directors.
Donna Uptagrafft has more than 17 years experience in nonprofit, community and economic development. Donna brings agile agriculture expertise to the U.S. Programs team. She represents Winrock International’s Arkansas Rural Enterprise Center on the Board of Trustees for Cooperation Works, the national network of cooperative development organizations. Donna is an expert in coordinating grant proposal teams by assessing needs, designing projects and writing proposals. She holds certifications in Community Development and Cooperative Development, and has a degree in Marketing. She is highly skilled at writing grant proposals, and has been successful in helping the U.S. Programs unit obtain more than $5 million in funding over the past decade. Donna also implements various projects, including the ARRA-funded Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant Program and various USDA-funded Rural Business Enterprise Grants.