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BUSINESS PEOPLE Northwest Arkansas

January 10, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.

Michael Stevenson was named the information security officer for Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren and Sparks Clinic. He’s worked for Sparks for eight years, most recently as integration engineer in the systems department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information technologies from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

James Myatt was appointed to Cornerstone Bank’s advisory board of directors for Berryville and the eastern district of Carroll County. He started working at the bank in 2009 and has been the market president for its Berryville location since 2013. Myatt is president of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors for the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.

Robin Hughes was hired as market specialist for First Bank’s Rogers location. She joins First Bank with prior banking experience as a branch manager in Northwest Arkansas. She earned an associate’s degree from Southern Arkansas University Technical Branch and has an Arkansas Annuity License and the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System.

Joy Vander Horn was named assistant vice president/compliance officer at Cornerstone Bank. Her office will be in Eureka Springs. She began working at the bank in 2012. Vander Horn has a degree in business administration from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has the designation of Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer from the Independent Community Bankers of America. She serves on the Cornerstone Bank’s compliance and audit committees.

Ashok Subramanian was hired to lead the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s College of Business. He begins March 1. He has 10 years of academic leadership, including three as a dean at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and seven as chairman of the information systems department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Subramanian earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Bombay in India and his master’s and doctorate degrees in business administration from the University of Houston.

Micah Hale, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Arkansas, was selected to head the department beginning Aug. 15. He has been with the university since 2002 and has worked in the civil engineering industry. Hale received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He received the George D. Nasser Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, the Charles and Nadine Baum Award for Teaching from the University of Arkansas, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Department of Civil Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Cody Garrison has joined Washington Regional Medical Center as director of medical and surgical units. He worked in various clinical and administrative roles for seven years at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. He earned a master’s degree is health administration and nursing from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arkansas Tech University, and an associate of arts and an associate of applied science in nursing from Arkansas State University.

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