The Junior League of Fort Smith

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

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Ashleigh Buckley, President

Ashleigh grew up in the River Valley area and is a graduate of Southside High School in Fort Smith.  She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and attended law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  Ashleigh and her husband, William, practice law together at The Buckley Firm and are proud parents to their two-year old son.  Ashleigh and her family are members of Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith.   She is passionate about the League's mission to develop and empower women to build better communities and is excited to see what we can accomplish this year. 

 Ashleigh has been involved with JLFS since 2013 and has held the following placements:

  • Co-Chair, Done in a Day (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Done in a Day (2015-2016)
  • Community Impact Vice President (2016-2017)
  • Chair, Day at the Derby (2017-2018)

Kellie Black, President-Elect

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 8 years and has a 3-year-old daughter, Avery and a brand new baby girl, Marin. She taught math at Southside High School for 2 years and has worked in HR - Talent Management at ArcBest for 6 years. Kellie has been involved with JLFS  since 2013 and has held the following placements:

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

Angela Jones, Fund Development VP

Angela has been a Fort Smith resident since 2006, when she moved from Mena, AR to attend college. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UA Fort Smith and is currently employed as a Planning Analyst at ArcBest Corporation. Her husband, Reece, has been a resident of Fort Smith since birth. Together they enjoy Sunday trail rides, time at Lake Ouachita, and experiencing local events with friends. Angela loves the Fort Smith area and is excited to see how this area is going to continue to grow. Angela has been a member of JLFS since 2013 and held the following placements: 

  • Co-Chair, Independent City (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Independent City (2015-2016)
  • Education & Training Chair (2016-2017)
  • Fund Development VP (2017-2018)

Quyhn Evans, Financial VP

Quynh has been raised in the Fort Smith area most of her life.  She is a graduate of Southside High School.  She received her bachelor's degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University.  She currently works for Dillmeier Glass.  She has worked there for over ten years and her current position is Financial Manager.  Quynh has been involved with JLFS since 2014 and held the following placements:

  • Tickets Co-Coordinator, Holiday Market (2015-2016)
  • Treasurer, Day at the Derby (2016-2017)
  • Financial VP (2017-2018)

Candi Schmitt, Communications VP

Candi Schmitt was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After a 14 year career in the automotive industry, Candi has recently begun working in real estate.  She has been married to her husband, TJ, since 2015. They have a 14 year young Jack Russell Terrier,Harley, and a 12 year old Turkish Angora cat, Pickles. In her free time, Candi enjoys going to concerts traveling, and cooking for family and friends. She had held the following  placements:

  • Children's Emergency Shelter (2014-2015)
  • Skills 4 Life (2015-2016)
  • Children's Emergency Shelter (2016-2017)
  • Independent City (2017-2018)


Christina Scherrey, Community Impact VP

Christina Scherrey 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 Doctor degree in 2006.  She has worked for the Sebastian County Public Defender’s Office as a Deputy Public Defender for approximately 11 years now.  She has been involved with JLFS since 2015 and has had the following placements:

  • Fostering Fashion, Booths Co-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Fostering Fashion Booths Chair (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 recently welcomed their brand new baby girl, Heidi, this August. Kathleen has worked for ArcBest for a little over 3 years in HR- Talent Management. Since moving to Fort Smith, Kathleen has been involved with JLFS and has held the following placements:

  • Skils 4 Life Co-Chair (2016-2017)
  • Skills 4 Life Chair (2017-2018)

Renee Durham, Sustainer to the Board

Renee is the General Manager of Harry Robinson Buick GMC and has been a member of the Junior League of Fort Smith since 2001 .  She is a graduate of Southside High School and  earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University Arkansas Little Rock. After joining the team at Harry Robinson Buick-GMC in 1996, she went on to attend the National Automotive Dealers Association - University of Dealership Management. She and her husband, Scott,  have 6 children and attend Community Bible Church.


She  was privileged to serve as the 2010-2011 President and on the Board for 3+ years. She was an active member for 10 years and learned from every placement.  JLFS provided Renee with lifelong friendships, memories, connections and training opportunities.  The things she learned through JLFS and AJLI helped her grow personally and professionally while inspiring her to involve her work place in voluntarism.  Renee has held the following placements:

  • Table to Table Committee (2003-2004)
  • Children’s Emergency Shelter Committee  (2004-2006)
  • Holiday Market Merchant Co-Chair (2006-2007)
  • Holiday Market Merchant Chair (2007-2008)
  • Ways & Means VP (2008-2009)
  • President Elect (2009-2010)
  • President (2010-2011)
  • Sustainer (2012 - present)