Board & Staff

  • Jennifer Welter
    Executive Director, Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, Inc. (CAPCA)

    Jennifer Welter
  • Delia Anderson Farmer
    Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc. (EOAWC)

    Delia Anderson Farmer
    Vice President
  • Richard “Toby” Atkinson
    Executive Director, Ozark Opportunities, Inc. (OOI)

    Richard “Toby” Atkinson
  • Randy Morris
    Executive Director, Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. (CADC)

    Randy Morris
  • Charlie Morris
    Executive Director, North Central Arkansas Development Council, Inc. (NADC)

    Charlie Morris
    Immediate Past President
  • Rhonda Ahrent
    Chief Executive Officer, Black River Area Development Corp. (BRAD)

    Rhonda Ahrent
  • Marc Baker
    Executive Director, Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. (C-SCDC)

    Marc Baker
  • Leslie Barnes
    Executive Director, Community Services Office, Inc. (CSO)

    Leslie Barnes
  • Carolyn Davis
    Executive Director, Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corp. (SEACAC)

    Carolyn Davis
  • Stephanie Garner
    Executive Director, Arkansas River Valley Area Council, Inc. (ARVAC)

    Stephanie Garner
  • Priscilla Johnson
    Executive Director, Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, Inc. (MCAEOC)

    Priscilla Johnson
  • Chris Petty
    Interim Executive Director, Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, Inc. (CRDC)

    Chris Petty
  • Bobbie Salter
    Executive Director, Mid-Delta Community Services, Inc. (MDCS)

    Bobbie Salter
  • Helen Snyder
    Interim Executive Director, Central Delta Community Action Agency (CDCAA)

    Helen Snyder
    Terry Bearden
    Terry Bearden
    Executive Director

    Terry Bearden, NCRT, is ACAAA’s Executive Director. She is certified as a Master Trainer by the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers (ANCRT) and is President of the ANCRT Board of Directors.

    Terry serves on several ROMA Next Generation workgroups, committees, and learning communities convened by national partners. She is a certified Family Development Credential Program Instructor and Portfolio Advisor, grant-writer, MACA Poverty Simulation facilitator, CFED IDA Financial Literacy Trainer, CFPB Your Money, Your Goals facilitator, and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas Community Development Institute–Central. Terry has presented and served on panels at local, state, regional, and national conferences. She is a member of the ACAAA ROMA, Peer Assistance, and Conference committees, Arkansas Homeless Coalition, and National Fair Housing Alliance.

    John Moran
    John Moran
    Communications Director

    John Moran is ACAAA’s Communications Director. He joined the Association after having spent over a decade previously serving as the Media Coordinator for the Arkansas State Employees Association—invaluable nonprofit-arena training for the art of trying to generate a maximum amount of attention on a minimum amount of budget. Since joining ACAAA, John has been endeavoring to usher the Association forward into more up-to-date modes of communication while still maintaining the respectfulness and seriousness with which the subject matter of Community Action deserves to be treated.

    Erin Jacobson
    Erin Jacobson
    Grants and Special Projects Director

    Erin Jacobson joined ACAAA in October 2020 as its Grants and Special Projects Director, and is also serving as the program manager of the Arkansas COVID-19 Fresh Start Housing Stabilization Program. She is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology, drawing on over 15 years of non-profit experience, including her time with several area nonprofits focused on increasing access to the justice system, affordable housing, and related social advocacy work. An Ohio native, Erin has lived in Arkansas since 2011, where she continues to be inspired by leaders across the state working to reduce poverty and empower low-income Arkansans.