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Asa Hutchinson - Governor
Asa Hutchinson was elected as the 46th Governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, winning 55% of the vote.
Raised on a farm near Gravette, Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson is no stranger to dedication, perseverance, and hard work. During law school, he started dating his college sweetheart Susan and hitchhiked to see her in Memphis where she was teaching. Although not making the best impression with his mode of transportation, they will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this year. Susan and Asa have four children and five grandchildren.
Governor Hutchinson Asa and Susan love every corner of Arkansas. From the timberlands in the South to the hill country in the North and from the rice fields of the Delta to the small communities in the Ozarks, Arkansas is home sweet home. After graduating from the University of Arkansas Law School, Asa practiced law in Bentonville. At the age of 31, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the youngest United States Attorney in the nation. As United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Asa successfully prosecuted drug traffickers, white-collar criminals and a terrorist group known as the Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord (CSA), a white supremacist organization in northwest Arkansas. After a three-day standoff between law enforcement and the CSA, Asa personally helped negotiate a peaceful surrender of James Ellison and other members of the Neo-Nazi group.
Asa has been a cornerstone for the Arkansas Republican Party for many years. Through his leadership as State Party Chairman in the early 1990's, the state GOP grew and initiated numerous reforms that became the foundation for today's two party system. He championed efforts in election reform, ultimately leading to public funding for primary elections and easier access to the polls. Asa also challenged the status quo in Arkansas from the unconstitutional formation of a partisan ethics commission to congressional districts that diluted minority votes.
Governor Hutchinson HuntingAsa practiced law all over the state of Arkansas for 21 years before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996. While in Congress, Asa was an early supporter of out patient treatment centers for our veterans in Arkansas and concentrated on greater highway funding for the state. Asa also supported tax reductions for the first time in 16 years and a balanced budget. In 2001, when Asa left Congress, our nation had its last balanced budget.
After being elected to his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed Asa as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2001. In January, 2003, Asa was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the first Under Secretary of the newly-created Department of Homeland Security.
Asa has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a small business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur. He serves on the board of directors of two companies and as advisor to numerous others. Asa's record in business and public service gives him a unique background to serve the people of Arkansas as Governor.
Commissioner - Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Alan has a passion for people with disabilities and is committed to helping provide positive outcomes for the clients of ARS.
He is actively involved in several organizations focused on children and adults with disabilities and their families. In addition, Alan brings an incredible amount of knowledge of state government, regulatory, and supervisory experience to our agency. Most recently, Alan has worked as the Regional Director of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. Prior to the Institute, he worked with the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission for thirteen years and was the CEO of that commission for almost nine years.
ACTI Administrator - Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
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 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.
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 Commissioner of Access and Accommodations
Linda Morgan has been named Associate Commissioner of Access and Accommodations, formerly Special Programs,for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Morgan has been an occupational therapist for nearly two decades with the bulk of her career spent at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. For ARS, she has provided assessments in the area of assistive technology (AT) and ergonomics as part of AT@Work and Retaining a Valued Employee (RAVE) programs. She holds a M.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) Certification. Morgan is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS I, II, III).
Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Morgan worked for Southwestern Bell in a variety of management positions, including purchasing manager, forecasting, information systems, and human resources. Morgan and her husband, have a daughter and two grandchildren.
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.