Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Big Welcome to Arkansas Advocates

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families will launch a Northwest Arkansas satellite office Thursday with a public grand opening and introduction of the first Northwest Arkansas Director, Laura Kellams. The new office is in the Jones Family Resource Center, Suite 127, 614 E. Emma in Springdale, and there will be an open house beginning at 5 p.m., hosted by Northwest Arkansas AACF board members Lynn Donald-Carver, the Rev. Lowell Grisham, Dr. Diana Gonzales Worthen and The Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Trust. State Senator Sue Madison and other dignitaries will make brief remarks beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For 30 years, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has been one of the leading public interest groups, conducting research and addressing important public policy issues. They are the good guys. The Northwest Arkansas office will help AACF further its mission of developing and carrying out public policies that ensure all children have the resources and opportunities they need to lead a healthy and productive life and realize their full potential.

Laura Kellams is joining AACF after working as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more than 11 years, covering politics, government and regional affairs in Northwest Arkansas. Kellams has a journalism degree from the University of Arkansas and has lived in the northwest corner of the state for 20 years.

Welcome to the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and best wishes for a successful operation in Northwest Arkansas.

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