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Calli Turner

Although a native of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Calli spent a majority of her adult life outside of the state, mostly in New York City where she did corporate event planning. She is an event planner by trade, and a photographer by degree. When not working, Calli is training for half marathons, singing karaoke or watching…

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Omaya Jones

Omaya Jones

With the exception of the four in Savannah, GA, Omaya Jones is a lifelong Little Rock native. He started selling insurance in 2009 and started podcasting and tinkering with audio in 2016. Since then he’s done work for The Arkansas Times in addition to the Yarn. In addition to podcasting, he programs a monthly film…

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Brad Cameron

Brad Cameron

Brad Cameron is a strategic storyteller, program planner, and evaluation wonk. Currently, Brad runs Big Big Box, a strategic communication firm that empowers social entrepreneurs to harness the power of their stories to transform lives and communities. His greatest passion is working with people to take on enormous challenges. Step one: get all available, relevant information. Next: dump…

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Ellie Wheeler

Ellie joined The Yarn team ready to offer her research skills and to paint giant pink Yarn balls on venue windows. When she isn’t laughing and crying at the same time during storytelling events, she is working on Child Advocacy and Public Health at her day job, painting nature, or hugging her golden retriever, Sadie.…

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Patricia Ashanti

patricia ashanti

Patricia Ashanti is the Founder and CEO of Delta Circles.  She is currently a candidate of the Clinton School EMPS program.  As a native of Helena, Arkansas, she has always recognized the need for community service. She serves communities through Delta Circles, a non-profit organization providing programs and opportunities to challenge the way that African…

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Ateca Foreman

ateca foreman

Ateca Foreman has always been a goal maker, but more importantly, a goal accomplisher. In spite of professional and personal setbacks, they became setups for achieving some of her dreams. Ateca is a graduate of Hendrix College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and received her Master of Public Administration from Arkansas State University.…

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Hannah McCollester

Hannah McCollester is a proud Arkansas transplant. She moved to Stuttgart in 2009 to teach 4th grade, then worked as an instructional coach in Pine Bluff before moving to Little Rock in 2013 to manage teacher preparation and development for Teach For America’s Arkansas operation. In 2017, she sold all of her belongings and left…

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Chauncey Holloman Pettis

Chauncey Holloman Pettis

Chauncey Holloman Pettis is the CEO of Harlem Lyrics LLC and the Arkansas Women’s Business Center Director for Winrock International. Chauncey has over ten years of passion and expertise in the world of entrepreneurship and small business development. Since its inception Harlem Lyrics products have been sold in Kroger, Walgreens, Simply Fashions, It’s Fashion, Border…

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Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson, Author “Love Yourself First” “Love Yourself First” is Stephanie’s debut novel. She is the author of two other books: “Down South: A Collection of Recipes from My Mother and “Brave: A Memoir”. She was born in Emerson, Arkansas. She is an Air Force Veteran. After her military service, she earned a masters degree…

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Reyna Marquez

Reyna Marquez

Reyna Marquez is an active organizer based in Little Rock, AR. She’s currently a volunteer intern for Arkansas United, an immigrant resource center. Being the daughter of immigrants, she applies her experiences to her work with United, not just through outreach, but communicating these concerns to our legislators at the capitol. Born and raised in…

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