Staff

Bri Clark

Program Coordinator

Bri Clark, a native of North Little Rock, has extensive experience working with companies in Central Arkansas on broadcast and digital marketing campaigns. She is deeply committed to empowering individuals to reach their full potential through targeted business strategies.

Previously, Bri worked at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, where she played a crucial role in establishing strategic partnerships by organizing and hosting their Women Empowering Women series. It was during this time that her dedication to supporting women’s economic growth in both personal and professional spheres took root. Bri has emerged as a staunch advocate for providing resources to women, particularly women of color, in line with our mission of bridging the wealth gap for women throughout Arkansas.

In her new role as Programs Coordinator, Bri will bring her passion, planning, and exceptional communication skills to oversee WFA’s programs and initiatives. She will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing recruitment and outreach strategies as well as general project management for all of our programs and initiatives. If you have any questions in general regarding the Women Empowered or Girls of Promise® Initiatives, please contact her at bclark@womensfoundationarkansas.org

 

Kennedy Kasten

Communications and Development Coordinator

Kennedy Kasten has dedicated the start of her career to advocate for increased opportunities for women in Arkansas. She recently graduated from the University of Arkansas in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has extensive experience working with nonprofits and has held positions involving project management, recruitment and retention, strategic field plan design and execution, people leadership, and political campaigns. During her time in Fayetteville, Kennedy served as an economic policy and education ambassador for Free the Facts, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and served as a Panhellenic Recruitment Chair for her chapter in 2022. She was always engaged in various student life activities and has been known to never miss the kickoff of a Razorback football game.

She currently serves as a founding board member of the Arkansas chapter of the National Organization for Women (Arkansas N.O.W.). She is an experienced political and judicial campaign staffer, working on multiple local and statewide campaigns while specifically seeking out women candidates to support. She recently volunteered as the Pulaski County leader and state-wide volunteer trainer for a ballot referendum in 2023, serving as a trailblazer of grassroots momentum in the state. She continues to grow her political experience as an active member of multiple political groups in Arkansas.

She has been working part-time with the WFA since September 2023 helping in Development and Communications. She will now serve as the full-time Development & Communications Coordinator and will be strategically managing and executing WFA’s social media presence, planning stewardship events for donor groups, and overall developing donor communication and engagement. She is very excited to join the team full time and eager to meet all of you! If you have any questions regarding general communications or development engagement, please don’t hesitate to contact her at kkasten@womensfoundationarkansas.org.

Whitney Scales

Operations Manager

Whitney Scales has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education, specializing in instructing children with special needs. She holds an Associate Degree from Arkansas State University-Beebe, with a plan to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Education. 

Ms. Scales’ passion for youth development, student programming, and the empowerment of Arkansas youth has led her to see success in the field of Administration. She started her role in Operations Management in 2017 facilitating day-to- day educational activities and operations. 

As Ms.Scales continues to expand her knowledge, she aspires to create her own specialized childcare initiative that will service children across the state of Arkansas. 

As a native of Lonoke, Arkansas, Ms. Scales is committed to WFA’s mission of creating economic security for communities within the state.

Kristen Phantazia Smith

Program & Communications Specialist

Kristen Phantazia Smith, our Program & Communications Specialist, is thrilled to be part of the team maintaining the WFA’s digital presence as well as assisting with the expansion of the organization’s brand recognition and programmatic reach.

Kris graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Journalism (News/ Editorial) and African/African-American Studies. While on the U of A’s campus Kris studied music and stayed involved in the arts. She believes in the transformative power it holds and regularly participates in any capacity she can throughout her community. This manifests itself as performing, philanthropy, and partnership.

Kris’ passion for social and racial justice sparked her interest with all things communication and digital marketing after witnessing the impact and reach that social media had when the Black Lives Matter movement began in 2014.

She believes that it is so important that the personalities behind profiles are amplified so that real-life connections are being made, even through a screen. Kris is excited to be able to continue life changing work through the scope of empowering and uplifting Arkansas’ women and girls as she continues to journey forward with the WFA.

Dr. Megan Godfrey

Save10 Project Coordinator

Megan Godfrey is an experienced educator, policymaker, researcher, and team leader. She spent 14 years as a public school educator of immigrant students, has a PhD in curriculum and instruction, and served two terms in the Arkansas legislature. She is the founder of Room 100, an educational and political consultancy built on her core values of excellence, engagement, and empowerment. Megan is married with two kids, she speaks Spanish fluently, she is an avid Jazzerciser, her favorite tacos are al pastor, and she loves the Razorbacks.

As SAVE10 Project Coordinator, Megan facilitates WFA’s initiative to empower Arkansas women to save for life and retirement. With her background in public education and her fierce commitment to expanding opportunity, Megan brings passion and purpose to her role of leading the SAVE10 for Arkansas Educators initiative and elevating the life-changing message of improved financial security for women across Arkansas.

Dr. Mia Phillips

Operations Manager

Dr. Mia Phillips is a seasoned administrator and educator who has extensive experience in creating and executing strategic operations, particularly in the non-profit, religious, and higher education sectors. She is a proponent of using systems, strategy, and data to increase the operational and programmatic efficiency of organizations to strengthen their ability to carry out their mission and achieve their goals.

Her primary mission in life is one that is inspired by her father: to make a positive impact on every person and every place she encounters. She currently serves on the Vera Lloyd Foundation Board and previously served as Chair of the board for the Arkansas Minority Film and Arts Association. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and an advisor for the L.O.V.E. Gospel Choir at UA Little Rock.

A native of El Dorado, Arkansas, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from UA Little Rock. She and her husband Jonathan are the proud parents of two children, Jillian and Jonathan II.

Kara Wilkins

Women's Economic Mobility Hub Coordinator

Kara Wilkins is the owner of KWilkins Consulting Group and is a solutions-focused communications and community engagement strategist. With an extensive background in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, she has honed her skills in communications, outreach, public policy, economic development, and advocacy/government relations.

As the Women’s Economic Mobility Hub Coordinator, Kara helps to lead the WFA’s ongoing efforts to garner additional support and resources for women entrepreneurs in Arkansas, particularly Black women owned businesses. In her spare time, she is a co-host of the Blackbelt Voices podcast, which has been featured in national publications such as Vanity Fair and O (Oprah) Magazine and was recently named one of Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders by Arkansas Business.

Madeline Burke

Social Media and Communications

Madeline Burke helps create and publish content that strengthens the WFA brand and raises awareness about organizational projects and initiatives.

Madeline is a second-year master’s student at the Clinton School of Public Service. Her areas of interest are economic development and social justice. She graduated from the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Legal Studies, Madeline also received research grants and published several papers examining different legal or policy issues. After graduation and prior to attending the Clinton School of Public Service, she worked as a journalist covering stories on local politics and businesses at a media company in Little Rock. Madeline loves spending time with her mom, friends, and rescue pup Tinkerbell. She also enjoys painting, traveling, and going on walks.

Anna Beth Gorman

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Beth Gorman, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, has committed her professional life to public service with a specialized focus on advancing the status of girls and women in our society. In her tenure with the Women’s Foundation, she is leading the effort for the Foundation to be the leading equity partner in building women’s economic security across the state of Arkansas. The Foundation has seen tremendous growth under her leadership while focusing on two signature initiatives, Girls of Promise and Women Empowered. 

In 2022, she was the Democratic Nominee for Arkansas Secretary of State. In the same year she was recognized as one of the 250 most influential leaders in Arkansas by Arkansas Business. She is widely recognized as a business and community leader, practitioner of economic development and is a sought after expert on the value of including women in the economy.

Prior to her tenure with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas she was the Chief Membership, Volunteer, Program Officer for Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, serving as an executive with the Girl Scout organization for several years. She began her career in Public Service working for the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, as well as a Master of Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a past chairman of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, active in Club 99 Rotary, board member of Arvest Bank Little Rock, Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, and founding board member of the Southern Capital Project.

Becky Flynn

Director of Development

Becky Flynn is an experienced fundraising professional with a background in securing individual donations, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants, plus executing large events and comprehensive fundraising campaigns. A central Arkansas native, Becky is passionate about working to better her community and state. She believes strongly in the ability to create change by bringing together the talents and resources of many toward a common goal.

Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her work in nonprofit began at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, where she spent six years raising money for music and music education throughout the state. During Becky’s time as Director of Development, she helped the ASO surpass its goal on a 3-year, $7 million fundraising campaign; she led the creation of Sharp – Young Professionals of the ASO; and she led ASO’s Arkansas Gives Day to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.

A planner who loves the details and a good checklist, Becky enjoys taking on big projects and events. As the Marketing & Event Manager at War Memorial Stadium and then as the Education Events Lead at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, she had the opportunity to bring together large groups for great experiences. Her favorite events to execute have been the Soiree Women’s Leadership Symposium, WFA’s Power of the Purse, and Arkansas Razorback football games at War Memorial.

In addition to her passion for the work of the WFA, Becky serves on the Hendrix College Alumni Association Board of Governors, the UA Little Rock Alumni Association Board, and she is the Vice President of Membership for the 4300 Club at the Home for Healing. If you would like to join Becky in her work to ensure economic security for Arkansas women and girls by making a contribution of your own time or resources to the WFA, Becky can be reached at bflynn@womensfoundationarkansas.org.

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