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Arkansas PBS Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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Arkansas PBS Foundation Board is proud to welcome newly elected board members Catherine Bays, Museum of Discovery chief development officer; M. Gayle Corley, attorney with Corley Law Firm; Dr. Chris Jones, executive director of Winrock International’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; and Peggy Matson, Arkansas State Board of Collection Agencies director. Embodying the spirit of public media, we’re thrilled to have their support and for the wealth of expertise in their fields they bring to the board.

“The addition of these directors compliments our board members’ skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable contributions and perspectives as we further our fundraising activities to fulfill the missions and goals of Arkansas PBS,” Dr. Lynne Rich, chair, said. “We are extremely fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen public media in Arkansas.”

Meet Our Incoming Board Members

Catherine Bays is Arkansas’s Museum of Discovery’s chief development officer where she manages fundraising for the museum. She has previously worked in development and membership with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, Arkansas Repertory Theater and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bays founded the Classical Ballet Academy Company in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.

M. Gayle Corley is an attorney with Corley Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. Corley assists clients with estate planning, elder law, trust administration, probate, premarital agreements and real estate transactions. She is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and New York and is an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration. Corley is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Dr. Chris Jones is the executive director of Winrock International’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Jones previously served as executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts, and assistant dean for graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and math from Morehouse College, and a Ph.D. in planning, a master’s in nuclear engineering and a master’s in technology and policy, all from MIT.

Peggy Matson is director of the Arkansas State Board of Collection Agencies. She is a graduate of Harding University and holds a juris doctorate from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Current Arkansas PBS Foundation Board Members

The Arkansas PBS Foundation Board also includes: Dr. S. Lynne Rich, chair, associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway; Phil Kaplan, vice chair, attorney, Little Rock; Jonathan Rhodes, secretary/treasurer, community developer, Cherokee Village; Dr. Linda Beene, former director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Conway; Annette Herrington, CPA, Little Rock; Dr. Calvin Johnson, former UA Pine Bluff education dean and interim chancellor, Pine Bluff; Scott Pace, partner, Impact Management Group, Little Rock; Courtney Pledger, executive director, Arkansas PBS, Conway; Larry Ross, president, Ross Consulting, Sherwood; and Ronnie Williams, vice president for Student Services, UCA, Conway.

About the Arkansas PBS Foundation Board

The Arkansas PBS Foundation exists to support Arkansas PBS’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted, multiplatform public media content and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans with opportunities to connect with Arkansas’s only statewide public media by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The Arkansas PBS Foundation builds and strengthens relationships between Arkansas PBS, donors and audiences and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.