Board of Directors

The CSA Board is a distinguished group of individuals who love their community, care deeply about young people, and believe in the power of the arts to change lives and shape the next generation of leaders. 


Business executives, marketing designers, political representatives, educational advisers, and other influential community leaders have united to develop CSA into the premiere center for the visual and performing arts.


Their goal is for the school to serve as a role model for children and youth and provide opportunities for all young people to participate in the arts.



Rick has 40 years of experience in education. He has served in elementary and special education in Missouri, Mississippi, and Arkansas. In addition, he was Director of Special Education for four years, Principal at Parker elementary for four years, and Principal at Trusty elementary for 14 years.


Rick holds a degree in music from Hendrix College and a Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He served as Executive Director at Community Services Clearinghouse for eight years and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. He is also the grandparent of a CSA student.


WAYNE KING | Vice Chair

Wayne was raised in Fort Smith, attended Fort Smith Public Schools and then attended Westark Community College which is now UAFS.  He is an Executive Broker for Weichert King Realty Group and has held a Real Estate license since 1971.  He is past President of the Fort Smith Board of Realtors, former board member of River Valley Habitat for Humanity and has been active in starting and operating several businesses in the Fort Smith area. 


Wayne is an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Fort Smith.  He and his wife Charlotte recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  They have three sons; Chris, Kevin, and Russell and eight grandchildren.


ROBERT WIGHT | Treasurer

Robert comes to CSA with a background in both music and finance. He holds a BA degree in Music with an emphasis in piano and a BS degree in Economics and Finance and a Masters degree in Business Administration. Robert has been playing the piano since a young age. During high school, he performed at DogPatch U.S.A. and then spent his summers during college performing at Magic Springs Park in Hot Springs as well as traveling throughout Arkansas with the music evangelism team of the Arkansas Baptist Student Union. During college, he also taught piano lessons.


Robert is currently serving as pianist and music associate for the First Baptist Church of Alma where he has served for the past 28 years. He is the Chief Financial Officer for the Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center.  Robert enjoys watching young people explore and gain mastery in the arts. He is excited to be part of CSA and the mission to broaden the positive impact of the arts in the lives of the next generation. He grew up in Dardanelle. Robert is happily married to the former Deborah Wagoner.  He has two grown sons, Ryan and Mason.



Selena is a native Arkansan. She grew up in the River Valley and attended Greenwood Public Schools. Selena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ouachita Baptist University and after a professional career is now retired. She and her husband Randy are active in the music ministry at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Selena has traveled internationally with members of the International Mission Board to provide healthcare to remote villages around the world. One of her favorite things to do on mission trips is to find the local market because that is where local artisans are displaying their artwork. Musicians are always playing in the market as well. “The arts provide a common language that breaks down cultural barriers.”

The arts were emphasized in Selena’s home because it’s something you can take with you throughout life. “It is important to me to give children the same opportunities I enjoyed. While helping to establish CSA it will be a priority for me to ensure children from all economic backgrounds have access to quality arts education that supplements what they receive in their schools or at home.”



Robin Westphal Clegg is a Fort Smith native. She is married to Elliot Clegg and has two children, Christianne, 20 and Robbie, 13. Robin works at Robert Westphal & Co. She is the managing partner of Westphal Leasing, LLC., President of Ozark Oil & Gas, Inc., and Secretary of Foundation Life Insurance Company of Arkansas.

Robin graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Administrative Management in 1980. She has served as President of the Clayton House Board and President of LWML in her church. She served on the United Way Board of Columbia County, Magnolia Junior Charity League, and as President of Magnolia New Comers Club. Robin is a member of the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation Board, and a member of Fort Smith Association of Petroleum Landmen.



Jim Rowland is a native of Arkansas and has spent his entire career working with young people. Jim received a college football scholarship to attend the then Arkansas State Teachers College and graduated with a BSE degree in 1963. He received his Master of Science in Education degree from the same institution and his Secondary Administrative Certification from the University of Arkansas. In 2003, he was certified as an Athletic Administrator.

Jim served as the president of the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators from 1995-1997. He was awarded the AAA State Award of Merit in 1994 and was named Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year in both 1999 and 2001. He served on the National Federation of High Schools Advisory Board for four years, received a National Federation Citation in 2000, a Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and 2013, and a AAA Citation Award, District 4, in 2014. On October 7, 2009, the football stadium at Southside High School was named in his honor. Jim was inducted into the Southside and Northside Halls of Honor in 2014. In 2016, he was inducted into the Ring of Honor for the Southside High School band. Jim has been married to Norma for 53 years. They have two sons and seven grandchildren.



Ben has an extensive background representing employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters and related litigation. He has appeared before administrative agencies on behalf of employers on numerous occasions, including work before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Arkansas Employment Security Division. He also represents clients in both state and federal court proceedings.

Ben has substantial experience with the federal and state statutes and regulations governing the employer-employee relationship. He has evaluated and addressed employer needs concerning a host of legal issues involving the workplace, from the drafting of employee handbooks to the management of complex, multi-party lawsuits. He has worked with employers in handling the all of the legal aspects of traditional labor-management relations, including union elections, contract negotiations, labor and employment-related arbitration, strikes, and litigation.  Ben has an active commercial litigation practice, and handles the preparation and trial of the full range of business and commercial disputes. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas.

Ben is actively involved in the Fort Smith community serving on such boards as The United Way of Sebastian County, Fort Smith Symphony, Leadership Fort Smith, Westark Area Counsel Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, and the Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church.



Karen Slagle graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Economics. A member of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the The Momentary, Ms. Slagle devotes her time to several area charitable organizations. Early in her career and before returning home to Arkansas, Ms. Slagle was in the Communications and Press Office at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and has also served as a panelist for the NEA.  She has been collecting art for many years. Ms. Slagle and her husband Roy enjoy traveling, playing golf, riding motorcycles and checking out the local food and art scene in the cities that they visit.  She finds great joy in spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and the rest of her family. 

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Melissa grew up in Paris, Arkansas.  She kept busy with a schedule of dancing, piano and baton twirling.  She was also a member of her Junior and Senior High band program where she played percussion and clarinet/bass clarinet. Melissa has had a passion for the arts her entire life. 

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Arkansas and was a majorette with the Razorback Marching Band.  After graduation, she took to the skies to satisfy an itch for travel as an American Airlines flight attendant where she would stay until early retirement eleven years later.  She and her husband, Henry, moved to Fort Smith in 1999. 

Since returning to Arkansas she has been involved in volunteering with the Junior League of Fort Smith, American Heart Association, Mercy Advisory board, First United Methodist Church youth group, Immaculate Conception/Fort Smith Public Schools and cooking at Hope Campus.  She is a group leader in the Bible Study Fellowship Women’s day group and recently took over as president of the River Valley Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association.  She coached the Southside High School and Ramsey Junior High Majorettes for sixteen years and currently serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma.

Melissa and Henry have two children.  Isabella is a junior at the University of Arkansas where she is the Feature Twirler in the Razorback Marching Band.  Joseph is 16 and has taken percussion lessons at CSA for the past four years.  He was also in the CSA production of Clique last summer.  He’s an aspiring film maker and working toward his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America.  

Melissa has personally seen what an impact the arts have made in her life as well as her children and believes in the CSA mission to develop confident leaders and outstanding citizens through educational and artistic excellence.



Peggy is a retired elementary principal from the Fort Smith Public Schools where she served for 39 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Arkansas Tech University and a Masters in Education along with a Specialist in Educational Leadership from ATU. 


Peggy received the honor of National Distinguished Principal as well as Designated Master Principal.  She is a mentor at Fairview Elementary, a volunteer at Cook Elementary, and serves as a Substitute Principal in the Fort Smith Elementary Schools when called on.  She is a member of the Fort Smith Retired Teachers Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Smith Public Schools Foundation.  Peggy is a member of Grace Community Church and part of the Children’s Ministry Team.



Rebecca Yarbrough grew up in Fort Smith. Attended Fort Smith Schools, Westark Community College and some time at U of A in Fayetteville. Was married to Jerry Yarbrough and raised 3 children. She has always loved children, THEATRE, ART, and MUSIC. Rebecca had a drama/speech teacher in high school who made a difference to her in her high school years. She has been a mother, girl scout leader, PTA president, school board member, and a full time volunteer. Rebecca belongs to the Hardscrabble Garden Club, PEO chapter AS, and she volunteers at the Community Rescue Mission. She enjoyed working on the fund raising projects with Earl Douglas, he was an inspiration. Rebecca is now ready to take on the new building for CSA and is so excited to see it begin to happen as it will mean so much for so many in Fort Smith. 



Mary has always had a special interest in working with kids in the areas of arts and education. She grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas and attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.


Mary currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of UAMS West Central Center on Aging, and has served on numerous boards and councils in Fort Smith throughout the years. Among those include serving as Co-Chair of the Marshals Museum Kickin’ Up the Dust Gala, FSPS Foundation Board, and chairing multiple committees while active in the Junior League of Fort Smith, Inc. She co-chaired the Riverfront Market Art Show benefitting Habitat for Humanity, served on the Old Fort Museum Board, Girls Club and Fort Smith Heritage Foundation Boards, and was active with multiple PTA’s while her children were attending school.


She is a member of First United Methodist. Married to Robert A. Young, III, they have raised four kids and have seven grandchildren. One of Mary’s favorite projects was restoring an ancestral home that was moved from Mt. Holly, Arkansas to property in Crawford County.