Alumni advisory board welcomes six new members

Henderson State University’s Alumni Advisory Board welcomed six new members in July.

The board carries out the HSU Alumni Association’s goal to promote the welfare of Henderson State and its alumni, and friends of the university. It includes 15 members and alumni chapter representatives.

Courtney Brown (‘77) resides in North Little Rock with his wife, Henri. He retired after serving over 30 years in telecommunications for Southwestern Bell and AT&T. He was active during his time at Henderson as a member of the Confederation of Black Students, ROTC, and two-time basketball intramural champion. He graduated from Henderson with a B.S.E. degree in Physical Education.

Katie Hatley (‘87, ‘17) is the CEO and Charter Superintendent of Graduate Arkansas Charter in Little Rock where she resides. Hatley played basketball for Henderson during her undergraduate years and received her degree in physical education, and her EdS in District Level Leadership. She also received an MSE from Jacksonville State University. Hatley comes from a large Reddie family, including her son, Allen Tatum.

Josh Jackson (‘10, ‘13) just moved to Sherwood with his wife, Amy, who is also an alumna. Josh is a Showband Alumnus who returns in the summer to work at band camp. He is the assistant band director of the North Little Rock School District. He studied Music Instruction Education during his undergraduate years and received his Masters in Advanced Institutional Studies in ESL.

Rory McKinney (‘18) resides in Grand Prairie, Texas. Rory studied Human Services as a student and remained on campus until last year as an advisor for the TRIO program. He currently works for ACH Child and Family Services as the Permanent Managing Conservatorship-Permanency Specialist.

Ricki Rebollar (‘14, ‘17) earned his general studies degree during his undergraduate years and received his Masters in Mental and Clinical Health. Until recently, Rebollar worked as Henderson’s Spirit Squads Coach and Assistant Director of Student Activities. He was just named Director of Student Involvement at Centenary College of Louisiana in July and now resides with his son, Timothy, in Shreveport.

Amanda Ritter-Maggio (‘05, ‘12) is the newly named Associate Professor of English for Texarkana College, but started her career in higher education at Henderson while serving as an adjunct English instructor during her graduate program. She studied English and German during her undergraduate years and received her MLA in English. Amanda resides in Hope with her alumnus husband, Peter.

Other Alumni Advisory Board members include: Annette Scogin - President, (‘89); Nikki Chandler (‘13); Keith Crews (‘84); Dallas Hardison (‘15); Lloyd Jackson (‘02, ‘06); Traci Martin (‘99); Lisa Mundy (‘96); Dean Norsworthy (‘93, ‘99); and Annetta Trice (‘89)

The board members meet three times a year, attend various alumni events, and engage in other ways to support their fellow Reddies. Some of their responsibilities include: selecting alumni award recipients, voting on new alumni advisory members, reviewing Alumni Association scholarships through Henderson Foundation, and promoting the HSU Alumni Association and volunteering at events.

Her MSE from Jacksonville State University and her EdS from Henderson District Level Leadership.