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Board Members & Staff

The Arkansas Parole Board is composed of seven (7) members appointed from the State at large by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Each member is appointed for a term of seven years, except that the terms shall be staggered by the Governor so that the term of one (1) member expires each year. Each member is a full-time official of the State. The Chair of the Board is designated by the Governor and serves as the agency's Director. The Board annually elects a Vice-Chair and a Secretary to serve as their remaining officers for the year.  The Vice- Chair and the Secretary may assume the duties of the Chair pursuant to State law and Board policy. If a vacancy occurs on the Board prior to the expiration of a term, the Governor will fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term, subject Senate confirmation. In any matter before the board, four (4) members shall constitute a quorum. However, the affirmative vote of five (5) members is required to adopt any action of the Board. The Board is supported by a professional staff comprised of Hearing Judges and the employees assigned to the Administrative, Fiscal & Human Resources, Parole Services, and Revocation Support Sections.

 Commissioners

John Belken

John Belken

Andy Shock

Andy Shock

Abraham Carpenter, Jr.

Abraham Carpenter, Jr.

Dawne Benafield Vandiver

Dawne Benafield Vandiver

Jerry Riley

Jerry Riley

Lona McCastlain

Lona McCastlain

 

Revocation Hearing Judges

  • Attorney - Carol V. Bohannan
  • Attorney - Lisa Mills Wilkins
  • Attorney - Evelyn D. Gomez

Administrative Staff

  • Executive Administrator - Brooke D. Cummings
  • Executive Assistant to the Director - Kelly Knuckles
  • Victim Input Coordinator - Kenya Woods
  • Investigator - Scott Howard
  • Computer Support Analyst William Bowman

Fiscal & Human Resources

  • Business Operations Manager - Jessica Leija
  • Fiscal Support Specialist - Rachel Butler
  • Administrative Specialist III (Receptionist) - Sharron Doss

Parole Services

  • Administrative Support Supervisor Tamara Salaam
  • Administrative Specialist III Hollie Cook
  • Administrative Specialist III Evan Jackson

Revocation

  • Administrative Support Supervisor - Christie Little
  • Administrative Analyst - Sharon H. Lewis
  • Administrative Specialist III - Maya Heard
  • Administrative Specialist III - Monica Adams
  • Administrative Specialist II - Britni Pugh
  • Administrative Specialist II Jennifer Thompson

Contact Information

Arkansas Parole Board
Two Union National Plaza
105 W Capitol Avenue #500
Little Rock, AR 72201-5730

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