Meet The Board Members

A bit about our Board Members...
The 
Arkansas Safe Schools Association is a statewide, non-profit organization consisting of School Resource Officers, School Safety Personnel, School Administrators and others dedicated protecting our children and helping our schools maintain a safe and orderly climate, thereby creating a positive learning environment. Our goal is to provide consistent, up-to-date, affordable, quality, training that is available to all law enforcement agencies and school districts across the state.  This training, along with a communication network of school safety professionals will make Arkansas Schools a safer place to learn.  


Arkansas Safe Schools Association and CJI Curreent and Past Board Members

Meet the Board...

President - Dwayne Yarbrough (Yar-bro) - Arkansas Attorney Generals Office

Dwayne Dwayne Yarbrough, is a Community Educator in the Office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. He has worked in the office for nearly 23 years and helped to develop the youth-oriented law education curriculum, “Smart Choices, Better Chances”. As a program lecturer, during his career he has received and accepted many invitations to speak to student, parent, educator and law enforcement groups on topics including law education, youth violence prevention, cyberbullying/bullying awareness, internet safety, criminal gang awareness and ID Theft and Scams awareness at schools, conferences and trainings, to civic and senior citizens groups in and out of Arkansas. After 14 years, at the end of 2016 he resigned as a certified part-time II police officer with the Jacksonville Police Department. He has represented the Attorney General’s Office on numerous committees as he serves on the board of the Arkansas Safe Schools Association, the Arkansas Drug Endangered Children’s Committee, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He has two adult children, Brandon & Brianna and 2 grandsons, Jayden and Max and one granddaughter Nixon. 
   
  Vice President -Ms. Otistene Smith - Public School Program Coordinator - Division of Public School Accountability - Federal Programs - Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)

Mrs. Otistene Smith is a Program Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Education, Federal Programs Unit. Mrs. Smith has worked with the Department for 26 years in various positions such as: Public School Administrative Advisor-Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools, Program Support Manager-Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP), and Standards Assurance Specialist-School Improvement Unit, where she did on campus standard reviews by visiting and monitoring school districts statewide assuring standards were in compliance with reviews of Title I, IIA, IV, V and VI Programs and reviewing drug education and prevention grants.Mrs.Smith works with Title I under the Every Student Succeeds Ac in reviewing applications for Priority and Focus schools, Federal Programs Complaint resolutions received from organizations, parents and schools, private schools across the state, attending different advisory board meetings on prevention and safe schools throughout the year.. She is a member of many committees such as: Mid-south Center for Prevention and Training, State Grievance Review and Mediation, Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant, Data Reporting, Arkansas Safe Schools Association, and Advisory Boards.

Prior to working with ADE, Mrs. Smith was a Public Health Educator Supervisor, with the Arkansas Department of Health here in Little Rock. She worked for nine (9) years for this department.. Mrs. Smith is a product of Crossett High School, Crossett, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degrees at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas. Her area of studies is Health Education, with a minor in General Science and her Master of Science in School Health Education with an allied area in School Administration...
   
  Secretary/Trreasure - Ms. Chris Foley - Adminstrator of Program Development and Finance - Arkansas Department of Educations (ADE)

Bio Coming Soon. 
   
  Reporter -Mandy Love - SRO Quitman Police Department

Officer Love has been in Law enforcement for 15 years.  She has been a School Resource Officer for 13 of those years and started her career with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office where she was the SRO at Hackler Intermediate School and Pinkston Middle School. Officer Love is currently an SRO with the the Quitman Police Department and serves the Quitman School District. Along with being a certified law enforcement instructor, Officer Love is also a D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. Instructor 
   
Arkansas Safe Schools Association At Large Members/Conference Planning 
   
   Dwayne Yarbrough (Yar-bro) Past President - 2018-2020 Arkansas Attorney Generals Office

Dwayne Dwayne Yarbrough, is a Community Educator in the Office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. He has worked in the office for nearly 23 years and helped to develop the youth-oriented law education curriculum, “Smart Choices, Better Chances”. As a program lecturer, during his career he has received and accepted many invitations to speak to student, parent, educator and law enforcement groups on topics including law education, youth violence prevention, cyberbullying/bullying awareness, internet safety, criminal gang awareness and ID Theft and Scams awareness at schools, conferences and trainings, to civic and senior citizens groups in and out of Arkansas. After 14 years, at the end of 2016 he resigned as a certified part-time II police officer with the Jacksonville Police Department. He has represented the Attorney General’s Office on numerous committees as he serves on the board of the Arkansas Safe Schools Association, the Arkansas Drug Endangered Children’s Committee, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He has two adult children, Brandon & Brianna and 2 grandsons, Jayden and Max and one granddaughter Nixon. 
   
  Eric Huber Past President 2015-2017 - Lieutenant Fort Smith Public Schools Police

Eric Huber is employed with the Fort Smith Public Schools as the Supervisor of Safety and Security and the Lt. for the Fort Smith Public Schools Police Department. He has been with the Fort Smith School District for 16 years. He currently oversees the Safety and Security of 19 Elementary schools 4 Junior High Schools 2 High Schools and 1 Alternative Schools and 1 Adult Education Center along with several administrative buildings. Eric serves a school district size of over 15,000 students and over 2,000 employees and works with the districts school safety committees. Eric plans with the District and school crisis teams and participates in ongoing crisis management planning and training. These program elements allow students and staff to share the responsibility as guardians of safety in their schools.

Prior to working with the Fort Smith Public Schools Eric was a Sergeant with the Barling Police Department for 10 years. Eric been a Police Officer for over 26 years. Eric is a graduate of Paris High School and is also a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy Class 95B. Eric has been married to his wife for 27 years and has two sons and two daughter in laws and two grandsons.
  
   
   
Officer Phil Blaylock - Past President 2012-2015 SRO Morrilton Police Department

Phil Blalock has been in law enforcement for over 19 years and just completed his 8th year as a school resource officer for the Morrilton Police Department. He started his law enforcement career with the Conway County Sheriff's Office. Along with being a certified law enforcement instructor he also is a part time firefighter for the Morrilton Fire Department. He also has attended EMT school and assist the local ambulance service with various calls. Phil Blaylock also holds several positions on their local boards including 100 proof (underage drinking and driving) and FFMA. He also is a certified Crisis Negotiator along with being an Active Shooter instructor. Mr. Blaylock has also served on the LEPC (Local Emergency Preparedness Committee) for over 11 years and has conducted several Crisis Plan workshops with his school district.
 
   
 

(Ret.) Sgt. Richard Davies - Past President

Richard Davies recently retired from full time law enforcement with the Pine Bluff (AR) Police Department, Richard Davies specialized in awareness, intervention, prevention programs involving juvenile crime, gangs, drugs and other law related education programs. He was also involved in the Police Exploring Program, supervised the Neighborhood Watch Program, coordinator of the bi-annual (8-week) Citizen's Police Academy and the yearly National Night Out, A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, and with over 3,200 hours of training, Richard holds a Senior Certificate (law enforcement highest certificate level). He was a nationally recognized School Resource Officer before being promoted to Sergeant and Supervisor of the cities Law Related Education and Community/Public Relations Programs. He also served on the Crisis Negotiation Team, Public Information Officer, and as President of the Arkansas Safe Schools Association. Richard, a certified law enforcement instructor, continues to train officers, teachers and school administrators all over the country to better prepare them to be more effective working with the School Resource Officer programs in the public school system

   
   
   
Jimmy King - Assistant Principal Arkadelphia School District

Jimmy King is the assistant principal at Goza Middle School in Arkadelphia, AR. He has been in public education for 26 years. He is an Arkansas State Teachers Association board member, a member of the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators​, Arkansas Administrators Education Association, and Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Jimmy has been involve
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 with the Arkansas Safe Schools Association for the past 13 years. His wife Kathy is a media specialist at Goza Middle School and they have two daughters
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 Casey and Bailey and two grandchildren, Madison and Porter.
   
(Ret.) Sgt. Chris Salley
   
Brett Meek - Assistant Principal - Greenbriar School District

Brett Meek has been in education for 30 years all in the Greenbrier School District. He started in 1989 as a Social Studies teacher and, High School Football coach and 7th basketball coach. After coaching both Junior High and High School football, he became the district Athletic Director and Junior High Assistant Principal in 2002. During his 12 years as Junior High Assistant Principal he served 4 years as Athletic Director and 1 year as Transportation Director. In 2013 he became High School Assistant Principal  and currently holds that position. He is a member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and Arkansas Activities Association. In 2016 he was voted Arkansas Association of Educational Office Professionals, (AAEOP) Administrator of the Year.Brett graduated from Salem High School(Arkansas) in 1981, earned his BSE degree from UCA in 1989 and his MSE from UCA in 1998. His family includes his wife Laura, one daughter Kayli and grandkids Braelynn (8) and Paxten (3). stepdaughter Logan, and grandson Pryce (3) and niece Mikala all of the Greenbrier area.  

   

SRO Greg Meharg - Beebe Police Department
Officer Meharg has been in Law Enforcement for over 17 years. He has been a School Resource Officer 12 of those years. Officer Meharg spent 11 years as a Resource Officer with the White County Sheriffs' Office/Riverview School District. Officer Meharg served as SRO supervisor for 5 of the 11 years with the Department. Officer Meharg currently works with the Beebe Police Department and is the current officer for the Beebe School District. Officer Meharg also serves his community as an elected Arkansas Constable for the Harrison Township and a Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor for the Arkansas Game And Fish. Officer Meharg was a Nominee for the Arkansas Cool-Aid SRO of the year in 2012.

   
   
   
Jeff Holt - Russeliville School District
   
  Criminal Justice Institute Support Staff
   

Vicki French = SSID Program Coordinator

Vicki French is currently the Program Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas System, Safe Schools Initiative Division.  She earned both a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Vicki is also a licensed teacher for the state of Arkansas and is certified to teach high school Business Technology for grades 7-12. In addition to past experiences in teaching at the high school level, she also taught college business classes as an adjunct business instructor for Black River Technical College. Prior to teaching, she worked as a tax preparer, tax instructor, and office supervisor for H&R Block. Vicki enjoys spending her free time with her husband Jason and their two sons, Drake and Liam.