About ACDS

About Us

Empowering You.

Transforming Arkansas.

It's much bigger than you may realize. The career opportunities within the technology field are greater than they have ever been. Organizations are leveraging technology to help them better serve their customers. Career seekers have options that are impactful, flexible, in-demand, and well-compensated.

The Arkansas Center for Data Sciences (ACDS) is a nonprofit working to grow Arkansas' IT talent pipeline. We're helping individuals, employers, institutions, and community partners create the future of Arkansas. Through technology, we're changing the world. Join us!

Meet Our Team

Lisa Wiggins

Director of Client Relations

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Ashley French

Ashley French

Director of Talent Acquisition

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Kelsey Hedrick

Kelsey Hedrick

Operations & Project Manager

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Crystal Hartman

Chief Chaos Officer

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Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan

Senior Consulting Editor

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Katie Frazier

Katie Frazier

Recruiter

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Bill Yoder

Executive Director

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Marie Stacks

Marie Stacks

Director of Operations & PMO

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Lonnie Emard

Lonnie Emard

Director of Apprenticeship

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Charles Morgan, CEO, First Orion Corporation


Mike Preston, Secretary of Commerce, State of Arkansas


Scott Spradley, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Tyson Foods, Inc.


Warren Stephens, Chairman, President & CEO, Stephens Inc.