Left to right: Heather McKinney, Terri Baker, Victoria Simmons, Cristal Ramirez and Amy Johnson. Our staff is composed of five women who have years of experience working with domestic violence survivors. We have a court project liaison, a court advocate and two attorneys on staff to ensure that survivors receive all of the necessary information and resources they need to navigate through the court systems and ensure their safety and protection.
Terri is our Court Liaison. Terri has been with STOPDV since the planning stages of the agency back in 2019. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from UCA. Terri has 20 years of experience working with non-profits, specifically with survivors of family violence. As our Court Liaison, Terri assumes many different roles such as providing safety planning information and resources to victims, to managing referrals, our office and non-profit as a whole.
Amy is our Crisis Intervention
Specialist. She has worked with victims of domestic violence for the past four years, and advocates for survivors of domestic violence who are navigating through the criminal justice system. As a Crisis Intervention Specialist, Amy asisst survivors with petitions for an order of protection, safety planning, provides trauma-informed supportive services and referrals to agencies that can assist survivors in their healing processes.. Along with her Crisis Intervention Specialist duties, Amy also manages our internship and volunteer programs.
Heather is the Protection Order Attorney for STOPDV. She has been representing petitioners of orders of protection in Faulkner County since 2018, and has been with STOPDV since the beginning when we were first funded in 2019. She has been a practicing attorney in Conway since being licensed in 2006, and initially began her work as an attorney ad litem for children in divorce and custody cases prior to working with domestic violence survivors. As the Protection Order Attorney, Heather helps survivors use their voice to regain control of their lives and give them the protection they need.
Cristal is the Compliance Court Advocate for STOPDV. In 2012 she obtained her family Service Credentialing from the University of Connecticut. In the last four years she has provided advocacy to victims of domestic violence navigating the criminal justice system working closely with prosecutors as a victim advocate. Cristal can assist victims in Spanish and English providing bilingual services to those in need of it. She is passionate and committed to assisting victims of domestic violence while making sure offenders are held accountable for their actions.
Victoria is the Court & Child Victim Advocate for STOPDV. She graduated in May of 2020 with her BA in psychology from the University of Central Arkansas, and had the opportunity of interning with STOPDV her last semester of her undergraduate degree. As a Conway native, she has taken pride in serving the Faulkner County community, dedicating time and efforts into creating fundraisers for local nonprofits in her spare time. She plans on getting her Masters in Social Work from UALR so that she can, one day, run her own mental health care private practice. Her passion lies within making sure marginalized and vulnerable populations are served, regardless of their age or socioeconomic status.
Andria Russaw has called Conway, Arkansas home since 1986. She has worked for Centennial Bank for more than 20 years and currently serves as a Director of Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys photography and spending time with her three grown children.
In December of 2019 joined the Board of Directors for STOP DV, and quickly was surprised to learn the number of domestic violence occurrences in Faulkner County and was inspired more to help. She serves as Chair of the STOPDV Board and Development Committee, which manages fundraising efforts and coordinates events.
Chris Rippy has lived in Conway for over thirty years. A graduate of Conway High School and the University of Arkansas, he attended the UALR Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. After founding and developing an Elder Law and Estate Planning practice in Maumelle, Chris moved his law practice to Conway in 2014.
Shortly after completing law school and passing the bar exam, Chris accepted a part-time position with the 20th Judicial District's Prosecuting Attorney's Office, focusing his time prosecuting Domestic Battery crimes and representing Petitioners who were seeking Domestic Orders of Protection against their abusers. During this time, Chris saw the need for a holistic approach to domestic battery and was honored to be a founding member of STOPDV.
He and his wife Christin got married in 2005 and have three children; Alli, Emily, and Andrew. As a Conway native, Chris is thoroughly invested in his community. He and his family are heavily involved in their local church and many other community activities.
Jill Walden is a life-long resident of Conway and a graduate of Conway High School. She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Central Arkansas - a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Jill has worked at Lisa Stephens Certified Public Accountant, PLC for over 23 years, and serves as Vice President and Income Tax Manager. Jill also serves as Agent of the Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission for the firm. She has one son, Ryder, who is 12 and he is her main man.
In September 2019 Jill joined the Board of Directors as Board Treasurer and is extremely honored to be a part of the inaugural board. Domestic violence is a real and often-overlooked problem, and she hopes to be part of the solution.
Randy Higgins has been a long-time resident of Faulkner County. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Verna for 38 years, with whom he has two sons, Matt and Mitchell, both of which are graduates of UCA. He has two grandchildren as well, Maddox, 5, and Avery, 1.
Randy and his family are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier for nearly 28 years, where he serves as the chair of the Finance Ministry. He graduated from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Reserve Training program in 1995 and had served as a reserve law enforcement officer in Faulkner County for 25 years; 16 years with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and currently 9 years with the Greenbrier Police Department. He is also a graduate of the class of 2007 Faulkner County Leadership Institute.
Randy is currently serving his 5th two-year term on the Faulkner County Quorum Court, that represents District 2, including his hometown of Greenbrier. He chairs the Courts and Public Safety Committee and is a past member of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Grievance Committee for Faulkner County Employees. Randy was selected by the Faulkner County Quorum Court to represent Faulkner County as one of 75 delegates to the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts, and was also elected by the delegates he works with to serve on the Governing Board of the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts and is also currently serving as the vice president of the Governing Board.
Along with these positions, Randy has had a wonderful career working for the same company for more than 34 years, starting as a field technical representative and making his way to his current position of Region Business Operations Manager.
Shelia Isby, a life-long resident of Conway is a graduate of Conway High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas. She was the first minority to be elected to the Conway City Council winning a city-wide election with 66.4% of the votes in 1998 and is currently serving her eighth term. She is the wife of Will Isby, has one daughter Brittany Miller (Kevin) and two granddaughters (Karsyn and Kaiya) and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her grandson in January.
As a founding member of the Conway Regional Women’s Council, she was instrumental in establishing Dazzle Daze, which has raised thousands of dollars for health-related items for our area. She has been a co-chair of Dazzle Daze during two separate terms. She currently serves on the Advertising and Promotion Commission, Arvest Bank Board, Stop DV Board, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a mentor for Young Empowered Sisters (YES).
A 1994 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute, Isby has been recipient of the Martin Luther King Commission Distinguished Citizen Award, the Dan Nabholz Award and in 2015 received The Minority Enterprise Development Lifetime Achievement Award. Shelia has been employed with Counseling Associates, Inc. since 1996 and serves as their Human Resources Coordinator.
The reason she serves on the Stop DV Board as with all her Community Involvement, she’s very passionate about serving her community and she believes everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and no one should ever suffer any type of abuse at the hands of another. She is passionate about her love for God, her family and serving her community.
Representative Spencer Hawks is a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker RPM Group and a state legislator. As a legislator, Hawks serves on the House Judiciary Committee where legislation involving domestic violence issues are considered. He has been married to his wife for ten years and has three children. Hawks is passionate about serving his community through both public service and philanthropy.
Everette Cornell Maltbia is Founder and Senior Pastor of True Holiness Saints Center, Inc. in Conway, Arkansas where he has faithfully served for more than two decades.
Pastor Maltbia attended the University of Central Arkansas while simultaneously receiving his ordination into the Gospel Ministry by the Church of God In Christ Inc. A Conway native, Pastor Maltbia began his career as a licensed minister in 1989. Pastor Maltbia, while studying Business Administration at the University of Arkansas, made the decision to dedicate his life exclusively to the pastoral ministry.
Over the years Pastor Maltbia has demonstrated his leadership not only as Senior Pastor of True Holiness Saints Center, Inc. but also to the City of Conway by serving on the board of directors of the following organizations: United Way of Faulkner County, Salvation Army of Faulkner County, Faulkner County Leadership Institute, Conway Regional Health System Community Advisory Board, Community Foundation of Faulkner County, the University of Central Arkansas’s Inaugural Parent and Family Council, Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and as a founding member of the Conway Community Race Relations Initiative. Pastor Maltbia was also appointed as Chaplain of the State of Arkansas’s House of Representatives 87th General Assembly.
Pastor Maltbia currently serves as a member of the City of Conway’s Civil Service Commission, Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors, Chaplain for the Conway Police Department, Chaplain for Veasley Funeral Home and Cremations, and a member of Conway Ministerial Alliance. Pastor Maltbia has most recently been appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the University of Central Arkansas’s Board of Trustees and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Throughout Pastor Maltbia’s career he has received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding leadership both locally and nationally. His acknowledgements first began in 1989 when he was featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper at the age of 17 as the Youth of the year. In 1994 he received recognition from the International Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Chandler David Owens, for his dedication and commitment to the Church of God In Christ. In 1995 he received the state of Arkansas Certificate of Recognition from Governor Jim Guy Tucker. In 1996 he was given the key to the city of Conway from Mayor David Kinley and again in 2002 by city of Conway Mayor Tab Townsell. In 2001 he received Honorary Assistant Attorney General of the State of Arkansas by Attorney General Mark Pryor. In 2010 he received a citation from the State of Arkansas’s House of Representatives 87th General Assembly by Speaker of the House Robbie Wills. Pastor Maltbia has also received the Ten Outstanding Young Arkansan Award, the President’s Award from the University of Central Arkansas, and numerous awards and recognition from the University of Central Arkansas’s Athletic Department, Greek Community, and Student Organizations.
Pastor Maltbia is married to his high school sweetheart, Natasha Maltbia. God has blessed them with two beautiful children, Kennedy and Connor.
Andrea has called Faulkner county her home for the past fifteen years alongside her husband Kevin and their seventeen-year-old son Paxton. She has served Faulkner county and surrounding communities as a Registered Nurse at Conway Regional Medical Center since 2007.
Andrea joined the board of directors in 2019 and was truly overwhelmed how widespread domestic abuse is in our community. Domestic violence is such a taboo subject, she hopes to facilitate conversation and shed light on the trauma that people are faced with in DV situations..
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