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

Bill Yoder

Bill Yoder

Executive Director

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Lonnie Emard

Lonnie Emard

Director of Apprenticeship

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Lisa Wiggins

Lisa Wiggins

Director of Client Relations

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Jarett Wilson

Program Manager

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Dawn Smith

Program Manager

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Logan Hunt

Grants Manager

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Jenny Sales

Talent Recruiter

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Nichole Parsons

Talent Recruiter

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Amanda Champlin

Amanda Champlin

Talent Recruiter

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Caitlynn Raines

Talent Recruiter

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Kathy McMillion

Office Manager

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Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan

Senior Consulting Editor

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Clint Hankinson

Clint Hankinson

Director of Marketing

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Don Walker

Director of Training

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Ashley French

Ashley French

Director of Talent Management & Recruiting

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Kristen Shryock

Talent Program Manger

Work-Based Learning

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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.