The Disability Rights of Arkansas (DRA) Board of Directors are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound and ethical governance and ensuring it has adequate resources to advance its mission. The board plays a crucial leadership function in shaping the DRA’s future, ensuring its success, keeping it on track, and is focused on its mission and strategic plans and objectives.
Being an impactful board member requires understanding the mission of DRA and bringing unique perspectives to help the staff execute the organization’s vision. Board members must bring their expertise and insight to the board and serve their 4-year term in various committees, including finance, fundraising, governance, and public policy. As a volunteer, unpaid position, directors on the board understand the impact of concentrated group efforts for the sake of a mission greater than themselves. DRA strives to consistently maintain board and committee members that capture diversity in the traditional sense of race, culture, gender, professional background and capabilities, knowledge of specific industries, and geographic experience.
DRA Board of Directors
Raysha Clark – President, Little Rock
Earl Jasper – Vice President, Rogers
Shannon Rivas – Secretary, Hot Springs
Laura Lehnen – Treasurer, Van Buren
Sabrena Harris – PAIMI Advisory Council Representative, North Little Rock
Nancy Sullivan, Little Rock
Jane Browning, Hot Springs Village
Gina Benavente, Fort Smith
Bethany Baldwin, North Little Rock
The DRA Board of Directors welcomes public comment at its meetings and is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the public to participate. Email DRA if you would like to provide public comment.
FY 2024 Board Meeting Dates:
- November 9, 2023
- January 11, 2024
- March 14, 2024
- May 16, 2024
- July 18, 2024
- September 12, 2024
All meetings will be held hybrid and run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Join the Board
If you are interested in making a difference for people with disabilities in Arkansas, you are welcome to apply to become a member of our Board of Directors. Having a background in disability rights advocacy, law, accounting, or marketing is a plus.