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3805 W. 12th Street, Suite 205

Little Rock, AR, United States 72204

©2018 by The Urban League of the State of Arkansas.

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Judge Olly Neal was born in the New Hope community of Lee County on a small family farm and attended Lee County Public Schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

He served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran. Prior to his law career, Judge Neal also

worked for the U.S. Postal Service; as a paint chemist; and with St. Jude/MAP-South

Supplemental Feeding Program as a supervisor.  

In 1969-1970, he helped organize and became

the first CEO of Lee County Cooperative Clinic, a patient-centered community health center.

After graduating from law school, Neal practiced law in Marianna until 1991 when he became that state’s first African-American Prosecuting Attorney the First Judicial District.

 

He went on to be elected Circuit Judge in the First Judicial District. In 1996 he began service on the Arkansas Court of Appeals and continued until December 31, 2006, when he retired.

Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman is a surgical oncologist specializing in breast and oncoplastic surgical oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). As a Professor in the Department of Surgery and as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, she is recognized as a national and international leader in Breast Surgical Oncology.

 

Dr. Tillman has pioneered many surgical techniques and provided innovative breast cancer treatment. She has developed numerous interventions that target cancer disparities and has led efforts to reduce the mortality, health disparities and the cancer burden for the state and nationally.

Dr. Tillman has over 15 years of community-based participatory research experience, specifically in the areas of cancer control, focusing on the development of applied and disparities research. She has developed several programs sustainable through the change of policy in regards to colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. In addition, her participation in clinical trials has been sustained through local and national support. By appointment, she serves on the Peer Review Committee for Cancer Control and Prevention for the American Cancer Society:  Psychosocial and Behavioral Research (CPPB). She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Advisory Board for the state of Arkansas, as a board member for the National Accreditation for Programs and Breast Centers (NAPBC), and as the state of Arkansas Pulaski County Health Officer.

 

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Kevin Hunt Sr. is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and the son of a very strong

mother and father and was influenced by his grandmother and great-

grandmother. Despite his supportive family, he dropped out of school in

junior high. His life went into a downward spiral for many years afterward.

Unable to support himself due to his lack of education, Kevin relied on his

family for their financial support.

Even after finding himself in jail, it wasn't until the death of his

grandmother that he realized that the life he was leading wasn't going to

lead to anything positive. Kevin finally understood that education would

be his ticket to a life that was productive and fruitful.

In 2001, he made a decision that would be the catalyst for changing his entire life. He enrolled in Shorter College GED program. After earning his GED in 2001, Kevin courageously enrolled in Philander Smith College where he received a Business degree in 2006 and also graduated with honors. Kevin would go on to receive a Master’s degree in 2015.