John holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He has held marketing and product management leadership positions with Entergy Corporations and Acxiom. He is President of The Riggins Group, a marketing advisory firm focused on helping technology startups launch and grow.
Cheryl Vines is the retired Executive Director of the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, a state agency that provides a wide array of services to Arkansans who have sustained spinal cord disabilities. Ms. Vines holds a BA from California State University, Fresno and a MA from The Florida State University. She serves on the board of directors of several disability related organizations on the national and state level. She is a member of several organizations, including the National Wheelchair Basketball Assoc. and the Arkansas Therapeutic Recreation Society.
Darren holds a BS in a Business Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s of Accountancy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Darren is also the founding principal of ValueMetrik, a CFO outsourcing, business coaching, and financial management consulting firm to small and medium size businesses.
Diane is a licensed Professional Engineer who holds a BS in Structural Mechanics, as well as an MS and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She and Tom manage InvoTek. Diane is the Manager of Regulatory and Technical Affairs at Rheem Manufacturing and serves on government and industry regulation committees.
Jean has a BA from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio, and a MA in English from St. Louis University. She is retired from teaching English Composition and Literature at SLU and at Florissant Valley Community College. She contracted polio as a child in 1950 and still deals with the effects. She has lived in Fort Smith since 2000.
Dick is a retired engineer and was married to Jean for over 50 years. In 2012 Jean was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy and Dick cared for her until her passing in August of 2016. You can learn more about Jean and Dick on their Be X blog page.
MaryAnne is the state-wide Transition Manager for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. She holds an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas and is a certified brain injury specialist. She was a Rehabilitation Counselor of Spinal Cord Disabilities for over 10 years and has worked closely with InvoTek and Be-X as an advocate for people living with spinal cord disabilities.
Ron Cox joined the Be Extraordinary board in November, 2012. He is the Executive Director of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to joining the Botanical Garden, Ron worked at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith and was the Vice President for Development. Ron and his wife, Becky, have lived in Fayetteville since 1979. Ron retired from the US Army Reserve after thirty years service at the rank of Colonel.
Austin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was two years old. He graduated with Honors from Greenwood High School in 2013 and has continued his education by taking online classes. Austin is an avid sports fan, and enjoys playing sports video games. He has been a Be-X client since November 2012.
Julie holds a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. She has gained experience in practical Respiratory Therapy by caring for Austin. This was her inspiration for obtaining a Respiratory Therapy Degree. Julie is currently the Children's Director for First thru Third Grades at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith.
Steve holds a BS in Accounting from Arkansas Tech University, a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive). He has worked at ArcBest Technologies, formally Data-Tronics Corp., since 1990.
Tom has been working with people who have severe disabilities since 1988. Tom is President of InvoTek and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas. Tom holds BS and MS degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a BA in Theology from St. Gregory University. He is a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA), the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Bob has experience in administration across a broad range of health-care related activities, including fund development and philanthropy. Bob is presently Executive Administrator of Arkansas' Freewill Baptist Family Ministries. Bob has served on the board of directors for many community service organizations over the years. Bob is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. Bob has an extended family member that is a Be-X client.
Bill has over 38 years of experience in computer technologies and business development. He has worked in several technology-based companies where he helped integrate customer needs with relevant hardware and software. He is an entrepreneur and a solutions finder at heart with an eye for customer usability. His wife Debbie is a speech language pathologist.