Executive and Administrative Staff

Tom Masseau, Executive Director

Tom Masseau has over 30 years of experience advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Prior to arriving at Disability Rights

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Susan Pierce, Grants Manager

Susan Pierce is the Grants Manager at Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) in Little Rock, Arkansas, having previously held the positions of Director

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Kerri Michael, Communications and Outreach Manager

Kerri Michael joined DRA as Communications and Outreach Director in May of 2019. Kerri earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology

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Mary Forst, Director of Finance and Administration

Mary joined the DRA staff in March of 2020. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Arkansas at 

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Ashlyn Whelchel, Administrative Assistant

Ashlyn Whelchel joined DRA in July of 2019. A native of Fort Smith, she moved to Little Rock during her senior year of high school. Prior to

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Lani Jennings-Hall, Finance & Marketing Specialist

Lani joined the DRA staff in September of 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a focus in statistics from the University of Central

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Legal and Advocacy Staff

Thomas Nichols, Director of Legal and Advocacy Services

Thomas Nichols joined DRA in September of 2015. He received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Henderson State

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Christian Adcock, Advocate

Christian Adcock has been with DRA since November of 2013 and has worked in a variety of issue areas for the agency.  He is currently

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Kyla Bishop, Attorney

Kyla Bishop joined DRA in August 2019. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law, Kyla earned her bachelor’s

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Jennifer Goodwin, Attorney

Jennifer Goodwin earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Prior to joining DRA in August of

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Jacqueline Gorton, Advocate

Jacqueline Gorton joined the staff of Disability Rights Arkansas in October of 2016. She brings decades of experience to her position as 

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Mollie Hernandez, Advocate

Mollie Hernandez began work at DRA in May of 2019. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a graduate of Arkansas State University,

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Rose Lewis, Advocate

Rose Lewis joined DRA in 2018 to work on the Representative Payee program. She has more than 10 years’ experience in case management,

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Debbie New, Advocate

Debbie New joined the staff of Disability Rights in March 2020. Debbie has a master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied

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Cortney Spangler, Paralegal

Cortney Spangler joined Disability Rights Arkansas in April of 2019. She graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas Pulaski

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Reagan Stanford, Staff Attorney

Reagan Stanford joined DRA in April of 2019. Prior to joining DRA she worked directly with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault,

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Kris Stewart, Advocate

Kris Stewart joined Disability Rights Arkansas in July of 2016. She holds a bachelors degree in social work and has over 24 years of experience

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Michael Thornton, Self-Advocate Coordinator

Michael Thornton joined the DRA staff in December of 2020. A native of North Little Rock, Michael serves as the self-advocate coordinator



Boomer is a proud graduate of The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. He is the guide dog of DRA staff advocate Mollie Hernandez. Although

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