The following individuals were recently hired or promoted in Northwest Arkansas. To be included in an upcoming list of new recruits and promotions, email us at [email protected]


Joanna Bell, City of Fayetteville

Joanna Bell has been hired to fill a new position as Director of Arts and Culture at the City of Fayetteville. Bell was most recently director of marketing and communications at TheatreSquared.

In the new position, Bell will lead the planning efforts of the city’s premier arts and culture plan which will guide the implementation of projects and programs to build the capacity of arts and culture organizations in Fayetteville.

Prior to working at TheatreSquared, Bell served as program director for the American Theater Wing, a New York-based organization that founded the Tony Awards. In this role, she oversaw programs ranging from grants, awards, professional development initiatives, Emmy-nominated media productions and national partnerships.

The new position is housed within the city’s Department of Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs. Bell begins his new role on July 25.


Amanda Cheatham, Washington Area

Amanda Cheatham, APRN, recently joined the Washington Regional Hospitalists group, where she assesses and treats hospitalized patients.

Cheatham earned a doctorate in nursing practice and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Cheatham has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field and most recently worked as an advanced practice critical care provider.


Kaitlyn Fondano, specialized real estate group

Kaitlyn Fondano was recently promoted from Head of Development and Construction to Director of Development for Specialized Real Estate Group, having worked with the company since 2019.

In his new role, Fondano is responsible for the feasibility, design, rights (zoning, etc.), financing and construction of all SREG development projects. Fondano will also manage the construction and completion of South Yard, a new three-phase residential and commercial development in Fayetteville.

Prior to Specialized, Fondano worked at Desert Viking Development in Phoenix, Arizona, a company known for investing in historic properties, adaptive reuse projects, and commercial and residential developments.


Jeffrey Mann, Walton Arts Center

Jeffrey Mann was recently hired into a new position as chief operating officer at the Walton Arts Center.

Mann will directly oversee all operations, marketing and public relations for the arts center facilities in Fayetteville and the Walmart AMP in Rogers. He will also guide the center’s programming and education initiatives.

Most recently, Mann was vice president of Nashville-based Outback Presents, an independent live event promoter. He also spent five years with Live Nation as general manager of the Xfinity Center and the Orpheum Theater in Boston. Previously, Mann was COO of the International Association of Venue Managers, a global trade association for venue professionals.


Kyndal Murach, Washington Area

Kyndal Murach, APRN, recently joined the Washington Regional Brain and Spine Surgery Clinic, part of the Washington Regional JB Hunt Transport Services Neuroscience Institute, where she provides patient care in clinical and hospital settings.

Murach earned a doctorate in nursing practice and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky.

Murach has over three years of experience as an acute care nurse practitioner and served five years as a registered nurse. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


Curt Owens, Walton Arts Center

Curt Owens was recently hired as director of programming at the Walton Arts Center. He replaces the recently promoted Jennifer Ross.

A native of Pine Bluff, Owens joins the Walton Arts Center after 11 years with NETworks Presentations, a traveling production company for the Broadway theater community.

Owens has worked on over 40 productions including War Horse, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Prior to joining NETworks, Owens worked in both the production and presentation divisions of Broadway Across America.


Jennifer Ross, Walton Center for the Arts

Jennifer Ross was recently promoted from director of programming to vice president of programming at the Walton Arts Center, having worked with the nonprofit since 2002.

During her tenure, Ross served as Director of Artist and Guest Experience as well as Director of Production and oversaw not only the artist recruitment process, but also the entire production team, guest rentals and promoters.

Most recently, Ross served as director of programming. In his new role, Ross will be responsible for booking all Walton Arts Center programming.


Trish Watkins, World Trade Center Arkansas

Trish Watkins, longtime director of grants and finance at the World Trade Center Arkansas, has been promoted to the center’s chief of staff. Since joining WTC Arkansas in 2016, Watkins has also overseen human resources and the center’s participation in the State Trade Expansion Program Grant.

Watkins has nearly 40 years of experience working for the U of A. She has worked in the U of A’s Division of Agricultural Research and Extension, Center for Small Business and Technology Development of Arkansas and the Office of University Development.

She is currently Chair of the Staff Senate at the University of Alberta, a role she previously held for three years. Watkins was also the 2012 Agriculture Division Employee of the Year and the 2009 U of A Employee of the Year.


The advertisements above are for individuals recently hired or promoted in Northwest Arkansas. To be included in an upcoming list, email us at [email protected]


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