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Arkansas center for data Sciences

ACDS is a non-profit dedicated to building and retaining top Data Science and IT talent in the state of Arkansas. We partner with companies large and small across all industries to facilitate apprenticeship programs across the state of Arkansas.


Our vision is for Arkansas to become a global leader in the transformation of existing industries through the application of data analytics and related computing capabilities involving the integration of technical and business skills, advancement of talent pipelines and ongoing upgrades to relevant workforce skills.

Meet Our Team


Bill Yoder

Executive Director

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Marie Stacks

Director of Operations & PMO

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Lonnie Emard

Director of Apprenticeship

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Lisa Wiggins

Director of Client Relations

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Ashley French

Director of Talent Acquisition

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Kelsey Hedrick

Operations & Project Manager

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Crystal Hartman

Chief Chaos Officer

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Jim Morgan

Senior Consulting Editor

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Katie Frazier


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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.

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