Eric White, President

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Eric White, President

Zone 3

 

Eric White serves as President of the Bentonville Schools Board of Education. He is employed as an Executive Vice-President of Brosnan Risk Consultants, where he is a strategic advisor in the area of security for Fortune 500 organizations. His background in law enforcement and professional security has allowed him to serve as a most qualified consultant in the area of school security. Under his leadership, school safety has been brought to the forefront of school board discussions and practices. 

 

Eric is married to Tamara White, who is a graduate of Bentonville High School and a current counselor in Bentonville Schools. Together they have two daughters, Rylee and Sydnee. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting and is always up for college football. Eric is a graduate of North Illinois University with a degree in Criminal Justice.

 

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bsbzone3@gmail.com


 Kelly Carlson, Vice President

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Kelly Carlson, Vice President

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Kelly Carlson was elected to the Bentonville Schools Board of Education in 2019 and currently serves as its vice-president. He is a Senior Vice-President at Arvest and a graduate of Bentonville High School. Kelly is known for his financial stewardship and for his commitment to the community he calls home. He is a Board Member and Vice President/Treasurer of the Scott Family Amazeum, where he is actively engaged in strategically planning the future of the museum. Kelly is passionate about the growth of Downtown Bentonville and is a Board Member of Downtown Bentonville, Inc. He is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club golf tournament and previously served with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity and Leadership Benton County.

 

Kelly and his wife, Cortney, also a 2000 graduate of Bentonville High School, have two daughters; seven-year-old Julianna Mae, who is in the second grade, and kindergarten student, Caroline Kelley.

 

Kelly enjoys golfing, running and spending time outdoors with his family. The Carlson family is actively involved in their church, Bentonville Church of Christ.

 

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bsbzone5@gmail.com


 Brent Leas, Secretary

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Brent Leas, Secretary

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Brent Leas has resided in Bella Vista for more than 25 years and is employed as a Wealth Management Manager for Arvest. 

 

Brent serves as the Secretary for the Bentonville Schools Board of Education and describes himself as a lifelong learner. He enjoys listening to students, teachers and staff on the issues they face in the course of a typical school day and then advancing resolution.

 

Brent and his wife, Stephanie, have three children:  Sophia, who attends Bentonville Schools, and Josiah and Breanna, both graduates of Bentonville High School. Brent enjoys spending time with family, reading and listening to books and visiting with friends. He is a graduate of Evangel University with a degree in Biblical Studies. 

 

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brentleas@gmail.com


 Matt Burgess

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Matt Burgess

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Matt Burgess is a veteran on the Bentonville Schools Board of Education, currently in his second five-year term. He is an attorney serving as Senior Counsel for Walmart, Inc. and is always helpful in discussing the legal ramifications of any board vote. 

 

His wife, Jennifer, is a math teacher at Bright Field Middle School. Together they share a daughter, Mary Kate, and son, Jack. Just recently, Matt was inducted into the 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He was a physical force on the gridiron there playing center for five years. Matt left the University of Missouri with both his undergraduate and law degrees.

 

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bsbzone6@gmail.com


 Willie Cowgur

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Willie Cowgur

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Willie Cowgur is a Senior Director at Sam’s Club serving in the health and wellness sector of the wholesaler’s business. Willie is in his second five-year term on the Bentonville Schools Board of Education. Born and raised in Bentonville, he has watched the community change significantly and worked hard to steward Bentonville Schools soundly as its population reflects the city’s overall growth.

 

Willie is a passionate sports enthusiast.  His wife, Martha, also a graduate of Bentonville High School, was a basketball standout. Together, they love coaching their children in a myriad of sports. Their children, Cole, Caroline and Will are all students in Bentonville Schools . Willie received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Arkansas. 

 

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williecowgur@hotmail.com


 Joe Quinn

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Joe Quinn

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Joe Quinn is a communications and public relations consultant who has been a TV anchor, a policy director for an Arkansas governor, and spent 12 years at Walmart working on projects such as hiring veterans, $4 generic drugs, and spotlighting products made in the USA.  Before joining the Bentonville board, Quinn was on the school board that opened the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy.

 

Joe and his wife, Shannon, moved to Northwest Arkansas from Little Rock in 2006. Both of their children, Jimmy and Ava, graduated from Bentonville High School.  Joe is quick to remind people that the Bentonville schools did a great job preparing his kids, and their friends, to thrive and succeed in both college and life. Joe received his undergraduate degree in journalism and broadcasting from Marietta College in Ohio. 

 

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jqschools@gmail.com


 Jennifer Faddis

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Jennifer Faddis

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Jennifer Faddis is the newest member of the Bentonville Schools Board of Education, but with five children currently enrolled in the district, she’s no rookie. For more than 13 years, she has served the district in numerous volunteer roles. Having served in the trenches, she’s able to share with her fellow board members how to better serve parents and teachers. Jennifer is also a licensed professional counselor at Still Waters Family Counseling. 

 

Jennifer’s husband, Lance, is a healthcare professional as well, and together they parent Hope, Luke, Rilinxe, Sara and Emma. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas. 

 

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jenniferfaddis2020@gmail.com