The Junior League of Fort Smith

Empowering women to act as agents of social change since 1960.

2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

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Kellie Black, President

 Kellie has been a Fort Smith resident since 2000.  She is a graduate of Southside High School, received her B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Arkansas, and her Master's Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University.  She has been married to her husband Jantzen for 10 years and has a 4-year-old daughter, Avery and a one-year-old baby girl, Marin.  She taught math at Southside High School for 2 years and has worked in HR- Talent Management at ArcBest for 7 years.  She is currently the Senior Manager of Culture & Growth at ArcBest. 


Kellie became a JLFS member in 2014 and has held the following placements:

  • Done in a Day (2014-2015)
  • Philanthropy Chair (2015-2016)
  • Fund Development Vice President (2016-2017)
  • Nominating Placement (2017-2018)
  •  President-Elect (2018-2019)

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Megan Nichols, President-Elect

Megan is a Commercial Loan Officer with BancorpSouth and has more than 8 years of banking experience.  She is a graduate of Lavaca High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.  She is currently attending the Barret Graduate School of Banking.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2019. Megan recently received the “Young Alumni of the Year” award from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, College of Business.  She currently serves on the Executive Board, as Treasurer, of Girls Inc. of Fort Smith.  Megan is passionate about the work of JLFS because of its long standing history in the Fort Smith community. She is honored to be a part of an organization that empowers women and provides a wonderful platform for women who believe there is no greater reward than serving others. 


Megan Nichols has been a member of JLFS since 2016 and has held the following placements:

  • Special Events Coordinator, Day at the Derby (2017 – 2018)
  • Fund Development Chair (2018 – 2019)

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Christina Scherrey, Fund Development VP

Christina is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  She is a graduate of Southside High School and later the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville with degrees in International Economics and Spanish Literature.   She also attended the University of Arkansas School of Law where she received a Juris Doctorate degree in 2006.  She has worked for the Sebastian County Public Defender’s Office as a Deputy Public Defender for approximately 12 years now.  


She has been involved with JLFS since 2015 and has had held the following placements:

  • Fostering Fashion, Booths Co-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Fostering Fashion Booths Chair (2017-2018)
  • Community Impact Vice President (2018-2019)

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Regina Newman, Financial VP

Regina has been a resident of Fort Smith since 2012.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.  She was employed as an elementary teacher at Webbers Falls Public Schools (OK) for 13 years before joining the staff of Kimmons Jr. High in Fort Smith in 2017, where she teaches 7th grade English.  Regina has one daughter, Rilea, who will be attending the University of Hawaii, Hilo in 2019-2020 as part of the National Student Exchange program through Oklahoma State University.   


Regina has been involved with JLFS since 2015 and has held the following placements:

  • Fostering Fashion Ticket Co-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Fostering Fashion Ticket Chair (2017-2018)
  • Done in a Day (2017-2018)
  • Skills 4 Life/Independent City Chair (2018-2019)

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Trish Puckett, Communications VP

Trish was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas until the age of 15 when she moved to South Mississippi with her mother and sister.  While in Hattiesburg, MS, she graduated from Oak Grove High School and earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Trish went on to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law where she received a Juris Doctorate degree in 2009.  After working in Mississippi and South Carolina for several years, Trish returned home to Fort Smith in 2015.  Trish now works as Vice President of Gateway Construction, Inc., where she works closely with her father.  In her free time, Trish enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and volunteering.


Trish became involved in JLFS in 2016 and has held the following  placements:

  • Holiday Home Tour (2017-2018)
  • Chair, Holiday Home Tour (2018-2019)


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Laura Pearn, Community Impact VP

 Laura has been a Fort Smith resident since 2011, when she moved from Albuquerque, NM and attended law school. Laura was born in New Jersey and attended high school and college in Florida. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, a Master’s Degree in Forensic DNA from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. She is currently employed as an Associate at the law office of Ledbetter, Cogbill, Arnold and Harrison.  She will be participating in Leadership Fort Smith as part of the Class of 2020.  Laura is currently engaged and has a high school aged daughter. She is a member of Community Bible Church and volunteers in the child-care area. 


Laura has been a member of JLFS since 2015 and has held the following placements: 

  • Skills for Life (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Done in a Day (2016-2017)
  • Chair, Done in a Day (2017-2018)

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Kathleen Bullock, Membership VP

Kathleen moved to Fort Smith from Houston, TX in 2015. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma Baptist University and her Master's Degree in Business Administration from John Brown University.  She has been married to her husband, Thomas, since September 2017 and their baby girl, Heidi, will turn one this August.  Kathleen has worked for ArcBest for a little over 4 years in HR- Talent Management. 


 Kathleen has been involved with JLFS since 2015 and has held the following placements:

  • Skills 4 Life Co-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Skills 4 Life Chair (2017-2018)
  • Membership Vice President (2018-2019)

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Amanda Tolbert, Sustainer to the Board

Amanda is Vice President and Assistant Controller at First National Bank of Fort Smith and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She is a graduate of Mena High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Arkansas.  She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Brady (21) and Sarah (18).  Amanda has been a member of the Junior League of Fort Smith since 2007 and she was awarded Sustainer of the Year in 2017.  Even though she sustained in 2015, she still remains very active and passionate about JLFS. 


Amanda has held the following placements:

  • Sustainer to the Board (2019-2020)
  • Sustainer to the Board (2015-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Holiday Market (2015-2016)
  • Holiday Home Tour, Tickets (2014-2015)
  • Provisional Trainer (2013-2014)
  • President, Board of Directors (2012-2013)
  • President Elect,  Board of Directors  (2011-2012)
  • Financial Vice President,  Board of Directors  (2010-2011)
  • Chair,  Community Research  (2009-2010)
  • Chair,  Advisory Planning / Bylaws  (2008-2009)
  • Member at Large, Done in a Day (2007-2008)