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.
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.
Sydney Pack is a program associate for U.S. Programs. She develops and implements rural development and agriculture projects relating to community development, economic development and sustainability. As the program director of Tools to Increase Money and Efficiency, Sydney offers technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Through the efforts of this program, she has been able to form relationships with the leaders in the Hmong and Latino communities that has allowed for positive impact among these farmers and ranchers. Also, as the program coordinator for the Nonprofit Improvement Program, Sydney offers one-on-one mentoring assistance directly to nonprofit organizations and small municipalities in Arkansas. She also has a strong background in USDA agriculture programs and is the cooperative developer for the Arkansas Rural Enterprise Center. Sydney is based in Little Rock, Arkansas and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.