UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Elects New Board of Advisors Members

By Susan Van Dusen

The new Board of Advisors members are:

Viviane Ajarrista of Little Rock

A native of France, Ajarrista has a degree in aeronautics and space engineering and worked for Airbus on various programs, including the European space shuttle and an anti-ballistic missile project. She also served as councilor in the cabinet of Alain Juppé, former prime minister of France and mayor of Bordeaux. Since moving to Little Rock, Ajarrista has served on the boards of Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Boathouse Club.

Elizabeth “Liz” Birrer of Little Rock

Birrer is a physical therapist with 40 years of experience that includes serving as president of TRI Rehab of Germantown, a rehabilitation clinic she established for pediatric and adult clients, as well as schools, in Maryland’s Montgomery County area. She later treated children with special needs, including autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays and orthopaedic conditions.

Laura Doramus of Little Rock

Doramus is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She served as an active volunteer in the Little Rock School District for 17 years and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She is a volunteer with the UAMS Cancer Institute MVP program where she assists new myeloma patients on their first day of treatment, and for Partners Card, an annual fundraiser for the Cancer Institute Auxiliary.

Annemarie Dillard Jazic of Little Rock

Jazic is vice president of online experience and digital marketing and director of contemporary sportswear buying and merchandising for Dillard’s Inc. She co-founded two companies, Posh-True and Aegix, and serves on the Arkansas State Fair board of directors. She has chaired a number of local charitable events, including the CARE Paws on the Runway.

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida

Sutton serves as managing director in the Public Finance Department of Raymond James & Associates, an investment and wealth management firm. During his 25 years with Raymond James, he has worked in its Chicago, Nashville and St. Petersburg offices. An avid cyclist, Sutton completed a five-day bike ride in January 2020 during which he raised $7,000 for the UAMS Myeloma Center.

William “Bill” H.L. Woodyard IV of Little Rock

A Little Rock native, Woodyard is president of Central Licensing Bureau, a company that provides licensing services to the insurance industry. In 2018, he served as president of the Envoys, an advocacy group of the Cancer Institute. Woodyard previously was a member of the Arkansas Hospice Foundation board of directors, holding the position of chairman in 2009.


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