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Mike Beebe - Governor
Mike Beebe was elected 45th governor of the state of Arkansas Nov. 7, 2006, following more than two decades of dedication to Arkansas public service. As a state senator and attorney general, he worked for more than 20 years to represent the people of Arkansas. As governor, he will implement the positive vision he laid out for Arkansas, to move our state forward.
Gov. Beebe was born in Amagon, Ark., (Jackson County), in 1946. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1972, all the while serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Elected to the Arkansas Senate in 1982, he worked for 20 years to achieve fiscal conservatism, to reach across party lines and to solve problems. As governor, he is committed to continuing his service and leadership to our state and its people.
Gov. Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three adult children. He is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Searcy, where he has served as senior warden and member of the vestry.
William L. "Bill" Walker, Jr.
Director - Arkansas Department of Career Education
Confirmed by Gov. Mike Beebe, William L. "Bill" Walker, Jr., was sworn in as the 10th director of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education (now the Department of Career Education) on March 16, 2007.
Upon becoming director, Mr. Walker set forth a mission for the Department of Workforce Education and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to work collaboratively for the mutual benefit of the agency and its customers. On July 1, 2009, the Department of Workforce Education became the Department of Career Education, a name change designed to better reflect the agency’s focus on careers and on preparing Arkansans to become productive members of the workforce.
Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, the agency has developed many innovative initiatives designed to provide youth and adults with the technical and academic skills they will need to meet the demands of the modern workplace. He has led efforts to ensure that national skills standards and certification exams are incorporated into technical education programs wherever such standards and exams exist. Meeting the needs of persons living with disabilities has been a focus of his leadership as well, with Mr. Walker leading the effort to upgrade programs and facilities at the Arkansas Career Training Institute (formerly the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center).
An Arkansas native, Mr. Walker has a rich background in business and public service. In addition to majoring in business at Philander Smith and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he has started and managed two successful businesses. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Mr. Walker began his public service when he was elected as a justice of the peace on the Pulaski County Quorum Court. He then served eight years in the Arkansas House of Representatives and eight years in the state Senate. He also served on the Arkansas Parole Board.
Commissioner - Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Randy Laverty began his career of public service in 1975 as the Newton County director for the Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services. As county director, he was responsible for economic and medical programs, as well as children and family services.
In 1982, Mr. Laverty was named assistant director of field operations for the Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services, and was responsible for all social services programs in 17 counties. In 1985, he assumed the position of assistant director for the Department of Human Services, Division of County Operations, and served in that position for eight years. During that time he was the secretary of the Jasper School Board, holding a position on the board from 1982 to 1987.
Mr. Laverty served as executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association from 2001 to 2009 and later served as the association’s resource development director, a position he held until he was named Commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. He served 16 years in the Arkansas Legislature, in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 and in the Senate from 2003 until January 14, 2013.
Among his many leadership roles, Mr. Laverty served as chair of the Joint Audit Committee; as chair of House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee; and as vice-chair of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. He also served on the Joint Budget Committee, where he chaired several subcommittees, including the Personnel, Classification and Compensation Subcommittee.
Mr. Laverty holds a bachelor of science degree from Arkansas Tech University. He and his wife, Virginia, have three children and four grandchildren.
Deputy Commissioner - Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Randy Parker is serving as deputy commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Sevices (ARS).
Mr. Parker has over 30 years experience in the field of rehabilitation. His work history includes vocational rehabilitation counseling, assistive technology training and outreach, program coordinator in a rehabilitation center, and 10 years as program evaluation specialist in the program planning development and evaluation (PPD&E) section of ARS. Mr. Parker currently serves as the Director of PPD&E with responsibilities that include federal reporting, quality assurance, community program development and state plans.
Mr. Parker is an Arkansas native. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. A Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation was completed in 1980 from UALR. He completed the Arkansas Leadership Institute in Rehabilitation in 1999.
Chief of Field Services
Carl E. Daughtery is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Philander Smith College in Little Rock and a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He also graduated from the University of Arkansas Currents Leadership Institute in 2005.
Before being appointed to his present position in August 2009, Mr. Daughtery served as the Interim Chief of Field Services. He previously served as District Manager for five years in the Vocational Rehabilitation Field Services Program covering the North Little Rock, Conway, Russellville and Lonoke field offices.
Associate Director/Administrator of Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI)
Jonathan Bibb earned a bachelor of science degree in radiology from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995 and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2002. He is a registered radiologic technologist and a graduate of the Arkansas Academy for Public Health Leadership. Prior to his recent promotion to interim ACTI administrator, Bibb was the apprenticeship program manager for ACE. Bibb’s first job in state government was as administrator for the Mammography Accreditation and Compliance Program at the Arkansas Department of Health, a position he held for seven years.
Chief of Financial Management
Joe Baxter was born at Camp Lejeune, NC and raised in Nashville, TN. He holds a BS in Business Economics from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, CA.
Mr. Baxter is a retired veteran with 26 years of military service. His extensive budgetary and programmatic experience includes service as an Acquisition Program Manager, and as a Budget Analyst at the Pentagon.
Associate Director Special Programs
Jim Moreland has more than 30 years work experience within the field of rehabilitation having worked for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) since 1985. He began his employment with ARS as a Psychological Examiner with the Rehabilitation Initial Diagnosis & Assessment for Clients (RIDAC) program and in 1992 was appointed Program Administrator. He has also served as Program Administrator of the agency’s Alternative Financing Program (AFP), Disability Management/Return-to-Work (DM/RTW), and Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission (AKDC) programs prior to assuming the position of Associate Director for Special Programs in 2008.
Mr. Moreland is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas having a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling. He is licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Psychological Examiner.
Robert P. Treviño
Director of Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
Robert P. Treviño was born in Warrington, Great Britain. He holds a BA in political science from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a master's in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While in graduate school, he was the recipient of the Arkansas City Manager Association Scholarship and the LULAC National Education Scholarship.
Mr. Treviño currently serves as the Director of Program Planning, Development and Evaluation of the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Before joining ARS in October 2005, he served as the policy advisor for economic development to Gov. Mike Huckabee. Mr. Treviño has also served as the city manager administrative coordinator for Little Rock.
Director, Transition Services
Judy Seriale Smith has been with the agency since May 2007. She currently serves as Director of Transition Services and recently served as Interim Administrator for the Arkansas Career Training Institute. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Before joining ARS, she served as the Executive Director of Arkansans for Drug Free Youth in Camden, Arkansas, a non-profit substance abuse and violence prevention organization serving young people in Ouachita County from 1984 to 2002. She went on to serve as Executive Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission from March 2002 until May 2007.
In 1990, Ms. Smith was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives where she served for eight years. During her tenure there, she was elected Deputy Majority Leader, served as Vice-Chair of the House Public Health, Welfare, & Labor Committee and chaired its Human Services sub-committee. She also served on several local, state and national committees. In 1998, Ms. Smith was the Democratic Nominee for the Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District.
Ms. Smith’s community involvement has ranged from working with young children to helping youth develop intergenerational activities.