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UAMS Graduates 969 Health Care Professionals

May 19, 2018 | Degrees and certificates were awarded to 969 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 19 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Degrees were presented to 157 in the College of Medicine; 282 in the College of Nursing; 111 in the College of Pharmacy; 54 in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; 57 in the Graduate School; and 308 in the College of Health Professions.

Interim UAMS Chancellor Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., presented the Chancellor’s Award to Joseph H. Bates, M.D., professor and associate dean for Public Health Practice in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Joseph Bates, M.D., received the Chancellor's Award. Bates is a professor and associate dean for Public Health Practice in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Joseph Bates, M.D., received the Chancellor’s Award. Bates is a professor and associate dean for Public Health Practice in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

The award is presented to a person whose service to UAMS is deserving of special recognition. Previous recipients include Sam M. Dixon, former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, Jack Stephens, Lawrence Schmieding and Willard and Pat Walker.

Bates is recognized internationally for his research that greatly improved the understanding and treatment of tuberculosis. He spent 35 years at UAMS, including 21 years as vice chair for the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine.

Upon his retirement from UAMS in 1998, Bates became deputy health officer and chief science officer for the Arkansas Department of Health. He was instrumental in establishing the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

Jerad Gardner, M.D., and Lanita White, Pharm.D., were the Chancellor’s Teaching Awards recipients. The awards program was established in 2004 to recognize excellence in teaching among faculty at UAMS.

White was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Society and Health Education Excellence. The award recognizes the design and implementation of courses or activities that advance the topics of society and health. It can be through areas of cultural awareness, health care economics, health equity, health literacy, health systems, interprofessional education, collaborative practice, public and population health, patient- and family-centered care or educational scholarship.

Lanita White, Pharm.D., received the Chancellor's Teaching Award for Society and Health Education Excellence.

Lanita White, Pharm.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Society and Health Education Excellence.

White is an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy. She directs the UAMS 12th Street Health & Wellness Center, a student-led, interprofessional clinic that offers free health screenings and wellness services to Little Rock’s underserved neighborhoods and populations.

The center provides an opportunity for students from all UAMS colleges to volunteer, work with students from various health care professions and provide care to those most in need, all under the supervision of faculty and licensed volunteers. Last year, more than 1,000 UAMS students volunteered at the center.

White was a finalist for the Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes Award in Innovation in 2016. She also won the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association’s Dr. Jocelyn Elders Living Legend Award that year.

Gardner was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. It recognizes direct teaching, mentoring or educational scholarship between a faculty member and any learner. It can be in all settings, including the classroom, online, clinic or laboratory.

Gardner, an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s departments of Pathology and Dermatology, is known nationwide for his presence, teaching and patient advocacy on various social media outlets.

Jerad Gardner, M.D., received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Jerad Gardner, M.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

His efforts have garnered him numerous awards and praises, including the College of American Pathologists Resident Advocate Award in 2015. He is the youngest recipient of the award. In 2017, he was named a Top Five Honoree on the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s “40 Under 40” list.

During commencement, degrees and certificates conferred include the doctor of philosophy, doctor of medicine, doctor of pharmacy, doctor of nursing practice, master of science, master of nursing science, bachelor of science in nursing, master of public health, doctor of public health, certificate in clinical and translational science, master of health administration, postbaccalaureate certificate in public health and a variety of degrees in allied health disciplines including certificates, associate and bachelor of science degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master of imaging sciences, master of physician assistant studies and doctor of audiology.

The following are graduates of the five UAMS colleges and graduate school who authorized the release of their name and hometown. Graduates are divided by college and hometown unless otherwise noted.

UAMS College of Medicine

The following graduates received their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.


Samantha Jolly


Kristen Crumley


Cody McLeod

Olivia Ragni


Emily Barrett

Meredith McKinney


Ryan James

Christopher Martindale


Fabiola Obregon

Ankur Pradhan

Michael Severson


Marissa De La Paz

Calico Rock

Chad Cragle


Barrett Burger


Joseph Plugge


Caroline Arnold

Steven James

Jacob Leffert


Jesse Wray


Erin Creighton

Julie Sherrill


Dennis Berry

Mikaila Calcagni

Nikhil Kamath

Rebecca Moore

Fort Smith

Thanh Dai

Breandan Kelly

Madison Lampkin

Cassandra Lautredou

Steven Mehl

Erik Meyers

Sean Parham

Jimmy Vo


Jason Stevenson


Shannon Petrus

Hot Springs

Karen Hall

Jessica Hook

Allison Hudgens

Adam Price

Zachary Tilley


Michael May


Taylor Salyer

Little Rock

Jonathan Aronson

Ryan Banning

Andrew Bradsher

Tess Coker

Andrew DeClerk

Matthew Dinehart

Davis Fleming

Savannah Fletcher

Claire Foster

AjaNia Hearne

Charles Lavender

Curtis Lowery

Christopher Moutos

Upton Siddons

Kirby Von Edwins

Brooke Wilson

Melissa Winter


Steven Sadler Morrison Jr.


Emily Holthoff

Mountain Home

Gladys Zimmerman


John Johnson

Kiley Jones


Amy Fletcher

Pine Bluff

Lauren Taylor


Jasmine Haller

Christopher Sonntag


Drake Hardy


Blake Hollowoa

Hans Wang


Tracy Kaufman


Sarah Carlock

Wilson Huett

Chelsea Wolfe

Van Buren

Aaron Owen

Martin Tremwel

White Hall

LeQuan Dang


Morgan Benefield


San Diego, California

Rebecca Elinger

Denver, Colorado

Alex Lencioni

Urbana, Illinois

Hannah Radecki

Shawnee, Kansas

Christopher Wallace

Bernie, Missouri

Grant Cagle

Lamar, Missouri

Jackson Boice

Las Vegas, Nevada

Paul Parcon

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Jonathan Hester

Brentwood, Tennessee

Alexander Croft

Jackson, Tennessee

Kaleb Wolfe

Houston, Texas

Aneel Henry

Texarkana, Texas

Nupur Lala


UAMS College of Nursing

The following graduates received either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), a Master of Science in Nursing (M.N.Sc.) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree.


Lauren Zeigler


Gerrica Lynch

Lisa Mitchell


Sandra Mosley

Bella Vista

Candra Ransweiler


Christi Burke

Devin Devlin

Lindsey Knight

Lauren Lamb

Hannah Rider


Sarah Cook


Courtney Cassinelli


Brandon St. Pierre


Alexa Cash

Kayleigh Ward


Dabney Herrold

Amanda Scott

Kara Sullivan

MacKenzie Yates


Shela Upshaw

Des Arc

Meredith Stogner


Kenzie Bullock

Hannah Cummings

Reva Martin

El Dorado

Karrah Clark

Ashley Head

Sarah Sixbey


Ashlea Brewer


Tina Pennington

Fort Smith

Dusty Colburn

Kally Sivage


Heather Teague


Victoria Loudermilk

Heber Springs

Stephanie Thompson


Dzifa Agbodjah

Dahranesha Moss


Kandace Davison

Marilyn Faye Hughes

Keri Perez

Hot Springs

Virginia Laliberte

Tiffany Miller

Ashley Pendergraft-Dippel


Melinda Baum

Katie Hutton

Morgan Winningham

Junction City

Heather Graves


Bessie Smith

Little Rock

Tanya Adams

China Allen

Cynara Bennett

Lori Berry

Mary Bornhoft

Caitlin Bowe

Emily Davis

Ariella Frazier

Lindsey Gates

Brooke Knapp

Sarah Latham

Sara Ledford

Cassandra Love

Tammy Lukacs

Joanne Mazander

Rochelle McFerguson

Ona Onyia

Elizabeth Patrick

Doug Reeves

Christopher Stone

Rebekah Thacker

Katherine Thompson

Pamela Wade


Jenifer Rooney


Alana Kaucher


Lauren Allensworth

Lexie Allensworth


Michelle Head

Kaitlin Leonard


Alexis Welch


Micah Grant


Rebekah Ayecock

Jerica Cheatham


Heather Arnold

Mountain Home

Caleb Kaspar


Vanessa Falwell

North Little Rock

Aimee Jorgenson-Stough

Chelsea Presson

Chester Roberson

Jacob Sandefur

Jacqueline Smiley

David Steinfeld

Megan Thompson

Jennifer White

Hannah Williams

Sidney Wood


Kelly Cox


Pamela Reed

Mauri Rogers

Susan Schorer

Katie Stickler


Megan Goad


Stephanie Brandon

Helen Dorris

Lauren Blair Langston

Pine Bluff

Tiffani Hubbart

Shaudrey Ramey


Alexa Shipp

Poplar Grove

Vallerie Bloesch


Brittany McFatridge


Lauren Cummings


Lindsey Glover

Saint Paul

Mina Bradford


Michelle Joyner

Tory Mote


Amber Covert

Amanda Gonzales

Maegan Mooney

Melissa Rowe

April Schrader


Rebekah Ferrell

Brenda Goss

Hayley Montoya

John Payne


Imani Smith


Kimberly Sims


Abriam Key


Kathleen Burns

Mandy Carter

Kelsey Hicks

Hilary Musgrove

Holly Snipe


Erika Jones

Van Buren

Shannon Holdren

West Fork

Margaret Oliver

White Hall

Jessica Harper


Jill Davis


Emily McGee


Montgomery, Alabama

Jessica Harris

Cypress, California

Tara Burns

Murrieta, California

Nathan Ernst

Oceanside, California

Candelaria Perez

Palmdale, California

Rawshedah Hollins

Belleville, Illinois

Raven Gray

Sterling, Kansas

Amanda Stark

Greenfield, Massachusetts

Kellie Bishop

Steele, Missouri

Carrie Tate

Beatrice, Nebraska

Lauren Harrison

Mount Airy, North Carolina

Laura Varnier

Liberty Center, Ohio

Donielle Swanson

Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Jessica Musgrove

Memphis, Tennessee

Marissa Boggs

Hughes Springs, Texas

Kaitlen Stewart

Texarkana, Texas

Kaitlyn Kinder

Brittny Mills

UAMS College of Health Professions

The following graduates are listed by degree program.

Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

David Couch — Jonesboro

Sherrita Dismuke — Little Rock

Jennifer Johnson — Cabot

Deborah Logue — Cabot

Jill Tate — Hoxie

Samantha Turner — Groton, Connecticut

Associate of Science in Medical Radiography

Melissa Bouffard — Elroy, Wisconsin

Kayla Brink — Springdale

Holly Derrick — Prescott

Alexa Dillon — Searcy

Maria Luna — Springdale

Haley Siegrist — Crosses

Hailey Wallace — Pangburn

Associate of Science in Surgical Technology

Shelby Harden — Maumelle

Maranda Shaw — Little Rock

Bachelor of Science in Cardio Respiratory Care

Courtney Hovorka — Bryant

Layné King — Cabot

Ashley McBryde — Little Rock

Kendra McCraney — Helena

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Sylvia Alobuia — Conway

Audra Birtcher — Ashdown

Rockeisha Bonds — Little Rock

Hannah Brown — Benton

Sara Bryant — Hot Springs

Consuelo Cisneros — De Queen

Jessica Coffman — Springdale

Mikayla Feemster — Dierks

Rachel Freyaldenhoven — Vilonia

Evelyn Kight — Nashville

Anna Long — Portageville, Missouri

Jessica Mann — Bryant

Florencia Olguin — Bauxite

Sharese Polite — Ashdown

Kayla Pruitt — Conway

Erica Shirley — New Boston, Texas

Bachelor of Science Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Shelby Herring — Siloam Springs

Alycia Parker — Marion

Nichole Stultz — Magnolia

Emma Thompson — Fairbanks, Alaska

Allison Wilkins — Sheridan

Nickelette Williams — Lonsdale

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Sciences

Billy Jones — North Little Rock

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Davina Addie — Little Rock

Randa Couch — Hot Springs

Scott Russell Keen — Fayetteville

Mindy Widener — Hot Springs

Laura Williamson — McCaskill

Krystal Yu — Mountain Home

Bachelor of Science in Ophthalmic Medical Technology

Sara Peppard — Hot Springs

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Imaging Sciences

LaTisha Addison — Texarkana, Texas

Brianna Allen — New Boston, Texas

Tomi Brown — Batesville

Dionna Gaines — Ashdown

Courtney Luneau — Harrison

Abigail Parkerson — Bentonville

Kelsey Watts — Monticello

Certificate in Emergency Medical Sciences

Guthrie Boyd — Russellville

Nathan Clark — Pottsville

Doctor of Audiology

Charlotte Coats — North Little Rock

Hillary Jones — Paragould

Lindsey Sloan — Springfield, Missouri

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kristi Abbott — Fort Smith

Kaitlin Bowin — Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Madeline Leigh Cagle — Conway

Megan Elizabeth Campbell —Russellville

Sarah Chancellor — Springdale

Gracie Frizzell — Maumelle

Kristen Holmes — Turrell

Alex Nevitt — Muskogee, Oklahoma

Michael Garrett Osterbur — Edwardsville, Illinois

Kaitlyn Peterson — Forrest City

Paris Richardson — Lowell

Alexis Marie Robinson — Huntsville

Kyle Roliard — Houston, Texas

Sabra Snyder — Pine Bluff

Sean Stone — Pocahontas

Tristen Swengle — Owasso, Oklahoma

Scott Van Camp — Fayetteville

Master of Imaging Sciences Radiologist Assistant

Kristina Lowrey — Glenwood

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Katlyn Anderson — Hot Springs

Hannah Banning — Clarksville

Brooke Carr — New Boston, Texas

Tyler L. Childs — Hot Springs

Seth Eiland — Camden

Christina Haigwood — Batesville

Jeff Hillhouse — Coweta, Oklahoma

Abby Rainwater — Little Rock

Aubrey M. Roth — Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rebecca Ellen Schultz — Hot Springs

Ada Natalia Sochanska — Northfield, Illinois

Erica Williams — El Dorado

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder

Sydney Carter — Bryant

Kristin Castilla — Ridgeland, Mississippi

Zaneta Frederick — Texarkana

Jenifer Hawley — Little Rock

Kelsey Hays — North Little Rock

Morgan Miller — De Queen

Kinnari Satra — Mumbai, Maharashtra

Jesse Wilson — Cabot

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

Emily Gimpel — Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Nancy Meier — La Mirada, California

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Auditory Based Intervention

Jenifer Hawley — Little Rock

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Dietetics and Nutrition

Lauren Allbritton — Lonoke

Alex Bradley — Texarkana, Texas

Margaret Wright — Dallas, Texas

Jacqueline Wyman — Painesville, Ohio

Emily Youngblood — Little Rock

UAMS College of Pharmacy

The following graduates received their Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.


Megan Chapman


Ashton Thomas


Michael Forthman


Michael Weeks


Luther Gossage


Katrina Bradley


Catherine Ford

Samuel Wolf

Calico Rock

Kelsey Gocke


Taylor Neeley


Courtney Emberton


Kanesha Day

Mary Smith

Roland Gresham


Brooke Gipson


Taylor Lemonds


Jeston Whitsell


Julie Isenhower

Tyler Stone

Fort Smith

Sarah Henry

Will Hough

Rachel Meier

Yusra Samman

Alison Thomas


Jessica Ramirez Carmen


Christian Holbrook

Charlene Pike


Katelyn Barton

Erika Beshears Livingston


Ashley McPhee

Kelsey Harner Spire

Jeffrey Wheeler

Hot Springs

Randi Jeffers

Dipali Patel


Melissa Brown

Barry Garner

Audrey Williamson

Little Rock

Megan Adams

William Betzner

Ashley Bizzell

Meggan Edmondson

Mariam Khan

Nadiya Khan

Sathyanand Kumaran

Caleb McMinn

Nicholas Murray

Kelly Newton

Kyleigh Stout

Madalyn Van Valkenburg

Laramie Wall


Michaela Brown

Andrew Gibbs


Andrew Brooks


Jessica Holley


Levi Ellison

Stephen Stricklin

North Little Rock

Bradley Briggs

Katie Midkiff


Kodi Liddell


Sarah McMinn


Aaron Baker


Jake Cash


Jessicca Baker

Malorie Moreland


Joseph Ryall


Kati Trejo


Samantha Spicer


Victor Vargas

Van Buren

Kaleigh Angleton

Mercedez Flanagan


Ashley Leach


Hilary Dowd

Kenneth Hathcock


Cameron, Missouri

Kelly Newton

Joplin, Missouri

Adebayo James Orunpekun

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Allyson Keen

Maud, Texas

Samantha Reeder

Queen City, Texas

Jessica Reid

UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

The following graduates are listed by degree program.

Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health

James Booker — Texarkana, Texas

Charese Simpson — Pine Bluff

Doctor of Philosophy Health Promotion and Prevention Research

Stephanie Ryan McCoy — Little Rock

Doctor of Public Health

Emily English — Little Rock

Master of Health Administration

Mackenzie Clyburn — Little Rock

Daniel McFarland — Shreveport, Louisiana

Booth M. Owens — Little Rock

Nancy Gail Purnell — Nashville

Greg Pryor — Benton

Rebecca Stone — Paron

Master of Public Health

Jonathan Aram — Springfield, Missouri

Kailyn-Marie Bostic — Denver, Colorado

Grant Cagle — Bernie, Missouri

Megan Chapman — Alexander

Alisha Crump — District Heights, Maryland

Claire Chesshir Foster — Little Rock

Lauren Griever — Hamburg

Dominique Hamby — Van Buren

AjaNia Hearne — Little Rock

Jana S. Jacobs — Arkon, Iowa

LaTasha Moore — Falcon

Jennifer Morales — Benton

Halie Moreno — El Dorado

Isaiah Ozuna — Little Rock

Dipali Patel — Hot Springs

Sam Siegel — Conway

Lorraine Stigar — Little Rock

Lauren Taylor — Pine Bluff

Memory Waddle — Hot Springs


UAMS Graduate School

The following graduates are listed by degree program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Tyler Alexander — Pine Bluff

Kimberly Cooney — Little Rock

Wezley Griffin — Bryant

Rachel Hendrix — Kingman, Arizona

Xingui Liu — Hunan, China

Daniel Meeker — Olathe, Kansas

Elizabeth Naglak — Searcy

Johnasha Stuart — St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Ayasha Thomason — Little Rock

Kirk West — Lamar

Sarah Zimmerman — Harrison

Graduate Certificate — Clinical and Translational Studies

Margaret Woods — Little Rock

Master of Science

Jill Hinsley — Jacksonville

Morgan McKinney — Dallas, Texas

Tyler Ratliff — Conway

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