UAMS College of Public Health Welcomes Seven New Board Members

By Yavonda Chase

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with all of these impressive professionals,” said College of Public Health Dean James M. Raczynski, Ph.D., who also sits on the board. “We welcome our new members and appreciate the continued advocacy and support all board members provide.”

The new members are:

  • Melinda Faubel, director of external affairs for AT&T Arkansas and the AT&T Foundation liaison for Arkansas, who has extensive experience in engineering, human resources and corporate philanthropy
  • Steve Jones, senior vice president and director of water services for Garver, an engineering, planning and environmental services firm headquartered in North Little Rock
  • Jayme Mayo, a physican assistant whose work as the in-house medical provider and wellness director at Nabholz Construction has led to her being named Arkansas’ “Worksite Wellness Healthcare Hero” and featured in HBO’s documentary on obesity, “Weight of the Nation”
  • Martha Jane Murray, an architect and director of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) program, the first employer-assisted energy benefit program in the United States
  • Denver Peacock, an attorney and principal of The Peacock Group, a public affairs and public relations firm, who has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and corporate communications
  • David Rainey, Ed.D., a retired educator and state legislator who served as superintendent of the Dumas School District from 2011-2014 and in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2005-2011
  • Greg Ramon, chief executive officer at Little Rock Wastewater

The new members join nine others already on the board. They are attorney Hershel Cleveland, former speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives; Anthony Fletcher, physician at Baptist Health Cardiology and Medicine Clinic; Allan Gates, environmental attorney at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard; Janet Jones, owner and president of Janet Jones Company Real Estate; Ruth Shepherd, president and CEO of Just Communities of Arkansas; Advisory Board Chairman Gordon Silaski, president of Centennial Bank’s Little Rock market; Jodiane Tritt, vice president for government relations at the Arkansas Hospital Association; and Wesley Walls, architect of the UAMS College of Health Building and principal at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.