David Hogue, President
David Hogue received his college education from Louisiana College, Northeast Louisiana University, and the University of London, England. After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana College, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law.Mr. Hogue has devoted several years of his law practice to representing parents, and then the children, involved in child abuse cases. Based on this he has enjoyed advising the CASA Board and helping train volunteer advocates over the years. Shortly after moving into the Faulkner County Civil Attorney office, he joined the CAA Board where he serves presently.
David is a husband and a father of two boys, residing between Conway and Enola in Faulkner County.
Patrick Lewis, Vice President
Patrick Lewis was raised in Central Arkansas. He, his wife Kaylen, and their two daughter’s Darby and Dylan, moved to Conway in 2016. Patrick graduated from Catholic High School in Little Rock in 2000, and went on to receive a degree in finance from the University of Alabama in 2004. Patrick works for Arvest Bank, currently serving as the Commercial Loan Manager in Conway.
Haley Gardner, Secretary
Haley Gardner is a CPA at Hawkins & Garrett, CPA’s, PLLC here in Conway. She is a native of South Arkansas and came to Conway in 2007 to attend the University of Central Arkansas where she obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in Accounting and Finance. Haley, her husband Cole, and their daughter Hannah Beth are happy to call Conway home.
Jennifer Morehead is a nonprofit veteran with experience in development, marketing, communications and public relations, and currently works at Hendrix College as director of annual giving. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in psychology with an emphasis in gender studies and is completing her master’s degree in college student counseling and personnel services from Arkansas State University. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Jennifer serves on the board of directors for the Conway Public School Foundation, volunteers with Out of the Ashes Pit Bull Rescue, and is a member of the Conway Morning Rotary Club. A northeast Arkansas native from Pocahontas, Jennifer relocated to Conway 15 years ago and resides in Conway with her husband, Jeremy, and rescue dogs.
Anushree Jumde. Anushree (she also goes by A.J) was born in India and was raised in both India and Little Rock, Arkansas since she came to the United States with her family when she was 11.5 years old. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science- Planning and Administration. During her time at UCA, she worked as a research assistant and volunteered her time to assist graduate students in their dissertation projects. Through policy and administration courses, her interest peaked in the policy arena which led her to attend the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Service and Administration in 2014. She worked as an intern for Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) the summer before starting graduate school at Texas A&M. After graduation, she started her career as a congressional staffer for Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) and then was hired to work for Rep. French Hill (AR-02) in 2015. She worked her way up to the position of District Director in 2017.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time volunteering, exploring central Arkansas, and reading.
Adena J. White is an accredited public relations professional working at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce as director of communications. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University in speech communication and journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a master’s degree in applied communication studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Adena is an officer for the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a member of Arkansas Tech University’s alumni board, and chairwoman of the Conway Community Race Relations Initiative’s communications and outreach subcommittee. The Arkansas native was raised in the small town of Center Ridge and resides in Conway with her husband, Matthew.
Andrea G. Woods
Andrea G. Woods, J.D., PHR, serves as Executive Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Nabholz Construction in Conway, Arkansas. Andrea also serves on the Board of Directors for Nabholz Companies’ parent group, The Nabholz Group, Inc. Nabholz is licensed to provide construction services in 35 states, with office locations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Connecticut.
Ms. Woods is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. Woods graduated cum laude from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, with additional honors of Order of the Barristers and Order of the Curia. After working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Ms. Woods represented businesses in civil litigation matters before returning to Arkansas. She served as Assistant City Attorney and Acting City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock, responsible for civil litigation defense, civil nuisance abatement, and day-to-day advising of City employees and elected officials before joining Nabholz in 2005.
Andrea currently serves as Chair of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance for the 20th Judicial District. She is former Chair of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Arkansas Bar Association Board of Governors and two terms on the House of Delegates. Woods is also an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law and was appointed in 2019 to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
Ms. Woods and her husband, Jeff, have been married 24 years and have two children.
Elwood Smith, Life Member
As a member of the CASA and Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) board since 2001, Mr. Smith has focused on expanding our ability to serve more abused or neglected children in the 20th Judicial district. He continues to support plans and programs that will enable CAA to assure that every neglected child in our district ends up in a safe, loving and permanent home environment.
Louise Furst, Life Member
Having been a board member since the year 2000 I’ve had the privilege of watching the growth and success of Court Appointed Special Advocates and Children’s Advocacy Center, now known as Children’s Advocacy Alliance. Working with our staff and volunteers makes for a warm heart and thankfulness that so many care about the well-being of children. I have three daughters, five granddaughters and seven great grandchildren who have supported my efforts along the way.
Liz Hamilton has grown up in the design profession. Liz’s ability to approach a project from a holistic standpoint allows a seamless integration throughout the design process. While maintaining a firm grasp on the intricacies of every project , Liz excels in honing every detail from start to finish. From custom residential design to managing several projects spanning a campus’s ever-evolving masterplan, Liz thrives on her ability to provide the very best service to each of her clients. Liz’s dedication to her family and her community are integral to her design philosophy: love what you do, do it well, and do it right.
Branden was born and raised in Mountain Home. He worked law enforcement for 18 years before becoming the general manager of the Neighborhood Pet Shoppe in Conway and Safari Pets in Cabot. Through Neighborhood Pet Shoppe, Branden helps ensure pets find their forever homes through agencies such as Faulkner County SPCA, C.A.W.S., and the Conway Animal Welfare Unit. Branden started working with the organization by securing a donation of a fish tank setup for the child advocacy center. He continued serving the agency by being auction co-chair for the annual Festival of Chairs fundraiser. Branden is a strong believer of the philosophy that if everyone would give a little, as a community we could accomplish so much. He is the proud father of two children, Carrie and Wesley.
Amber Hester was born and raised in Conway. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and 2008. Amber has been married to her high school sweetheart Drew, who is also a Conway native, for 12 years. After working in public accounting for 9 years, she transitioned to her current role running the financial side of their family owned construction company, Drew Hester Construction, Inc. She and Drew have 2 sons, Parker, age 7, and Mason, age 4, who both attend Conway Christian School where Amber regularly volunteers. She and her family are active members of Conway’s Second Baptist Church.