Ayn O’Reilly, PhD
Dr. O’Reilly is an experienced IRB reviewer, and has served as the prison representative for Solutions, along with reviewing a variety of other studies, including Canadian studies, prior to becoming chair. She received her master’s in clinical psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked extensively as a forensic psychologist, specializing in violent offending. She teaches and designs on-line courses in the area of criminal justice and research. She has authored and co-authored several books, as well as a variety of journal articles and presentations in the area of forensics, research, and theory. She is interested intrauma medicine, holds EMT certification and has served as ski patrol in Sun Peaks, BC, Canada.
Yousef Fahoum, DrPH, MAP, CBIS
Dr. Fahoum is a licensed behavioral therapist in neuropsychology with experience developing and evaluating clinical programs. He is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and member of the Board of Directors for CBIS certification programs. His community service activities include the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Arkansas (Past President), State Traumatic Brain Injury Protection and Advocacy Council, Trauma Advisory Council Subcommittee on Rehabilitation, the National Advisory Committee on a VA Family PTSD Multisite Grant, and the National Advisory Committee on a VA substance abuse grant. Dr. Fahoum is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Steven Barthelmeus, EdD
Dr. Barthelmeus holds an EdD in counseling psychology. An accomplished career changer, he has served with distinction in diverse public and private sector professions including corrections, law enforcement, social services, and various higher education teaching and administrative positions. A subject matter expert in crisis mediation, diversity and inclusion, and performance evaluation and enhancement, Dr. Barthelmeus draws from a rich and comprehensive body of knowledge gained from professional experiences spanning nearly five decades. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, among them a presidential letter of commendation, a law enforcement medal of honor, and citations from the Governor of the State of New York and New York State Legislature.
Deborah Gangluff, Sc.D., OTR/L
Dr. Gangluff is a licensed occupational therapist and holds a doctorate in Health Services Research from Tulane University School of Tropical and Public Health. She has served as a chair in public health and health administration graduate programs. She has 14 years of research experience. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of maternal child health, fetal alcohol syndrome, family centered care, sensory integration, medical home, social and emotional health, allied health education and secondary data analysis. She is also a member of the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Licensing Board.
Rebecca Nickleson, MS, CRA
Rebecca Nickleson has more than 10 years experience working with federal, state and industrial grant and sponsored programs. She holds a Master of Science for Human Services in Management of Non-Profit Agencies degree from Capella University, Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arkansas State University, and is a certified Research Administrator through the Research Administrators Certification Council. Rebecca began her grants administration career by being a member of the Region VI Disability Services Quality Improvement Center (DSQIC) grant awarded to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Currently, she is the director of the Office of Research Information Systems at UAMS. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society for Research Administrators International.
Deane Peck, MS, RD, LDN
Deane has more than 21 years experience as a registered dietitian. Her previous grant and research experience includes educational and behavioral interventions to decrease child obesity. She earned her American Dietetic Association certifications for Child and Adolescent Weight Management and Adult Weight Management Training. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences on topics related to the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity. She is also the CEO of Portion Size Matters and Weight2Go.
Sarita Prajapati, MD, MPH
Dr. Prajapati is a board-certified family physician and serves as a physician consultant for our Board. She received her MD from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas and completed residency training through Saint Louis University in 2004. After residency, she completed a faculty development fellowship and received her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). As an instructor and assistant professor, she spent five years teaching medical students and family medicine residents. She is currently in private practice in Austin, Texas.
Niki Spencer, BSW
Niki Spencer has more than 15 years in the social service field. Niki has worked anywhere from a Juvenile Detention Center to a Social Worker for various counties where she has held multiple positions. She has a high understanding of the mental health and dual diagnosis field. Niki recently resigned from a position at a University where she worked as an advisor for learners pursuing their doctorates and PhD’s. Currently, she is working at home and taking care of her two boys.
Lara Woloszyn, BS
Lara Woloszyn is currently the 5pm news producer at THV11 in Little Rock. She holds a bachelors of science degree in radio and television, emphasizing in broadcast journalism from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is also a member of the National Broadcasting Society. Lara began her career as an intern for THV11 in 2012. In the summer of 2013 she started as a part time sports producer. Two months later she was promoted to the morning show. Then one year later she was promoted again to the 5pm slot. Other than her love for news, she is also a huge sports fan. Her favorite teams include the Arkansas State Red Wolves, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals and Manchester United FC.