Education Coordinators

Sarah Eastham

Sarah Eastham, BA

Central Education Coordinator

Ms. Eastham coordinates with the regionally based education coordinators to create successful continuously expanding collaborative infrastructure for educational rotation opportunities, as well as working to increase the cultural awareness and appeal of rural based health care to retain current and future health care professionals to meet increasing demand, specifically in underserved areas.  Ms. Eastham collaborates on existing projects while also identifying, creating, developing, and initiating new and innovative projects and programs that can be shared with partners and communities statewide.

Before joining Regional Programs, Ms. Eastham worked for four years with a similar outreach education program with the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation’s Stroke Program, working to increase state wide awareness and education of the signs and symptoms of stroke and also coordinating with approximately 50 Arkansas hospitals to bring vascular neurologists to underserved communities through Telemedicine.

Renisha Ward

Renisha Ward, M.Ed

HBCU Education Coordinator

Ms. Ward is currently serving as the Education Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Arkansas and is working to support underrepresented minorities by bridging the gap between the student undergraduate experience and entrance into professional level programs through regionally based resources and advising for students on both the UAPB and Philander Smith campuses. These next level“pipeline”development opportunities will increase the number of URM students throughout all professional education programs at UAMS.

Ms. Ward began her career with Wesley United Methodist Pre-School, Jefferson County Methodist Faith and Family Mentoring Program (Program Director), and served for 14 years as a 2&3 grade teacher in the Pine Bluff School District. Ms. Ward also served as the lead teacher at 21st Century After-school/Summer Enrichment Program. Before accepting the role as HBCU Education Coordinator, Ms. Ward worked as the South Central Recruitment Specialist with UAMS Regional Programs where Ms. Ward helped to connect students with health-related careers through programs such as A Day in the Life, Club Scrub, and Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) and Community Health Applied in Medical Public Service (CHAMPS). She organizes academic advising and shadowing opportunities for students at the collegiate level.

Alex Holladay

Alexander Holladay, MS

CHCA Education Coordinator

Mr. Holladay is the new Education Coordinator for the Community Health Centers of Arkansas, where he will coordinate a joint partnership between UAMS and CHCA, aiming to grow the number of rural physicians in the state of Arkansas.

Mr. Holladay comes to CHCA from the UAMS College of Pharmacy, where he served as the Director of Recruitment for five years. During his time with the College of Pharmacy, the scope of the college recruitment efforts grew exponentially both inside and outside of the state. The number of out of state students and under-represented minority students both increased during his time there while also keeping a strong Arkansas foundation for the program with the Pharmacy is Right for Me campaign across the state. Before UAMS, he was the Director of Student Services for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In this role, he helped ease the transition from 6 colleges to 5. He was also instrumental in the Final Step program, aiming to help bring back students to finish their degrees after several years away from the University.

Mary Ashleigh Harper

Mary Ashleigh Harper, M.A.T

ARHP Education Coordinator

Ms. Harper is currently serving Southeast Arkansas as their Education Coordinator through a joint partnership with UAMS and Arkansas Rural Health Partnership. She is working to engage and guide students into health careers, as well as increase the number of physicians in southeast Arkansas.

Prior to her work at UAMS, Mary Ashleigh was a first grade teacher at Noble-Allbritton Elementary School in Hamburg, AR. She previously served in the office of Governor Asa Hutchinson as coordinator of the First Lady. She aided Mrs. Hutchinson in serving the children of Arkansas and raising awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Arkansas. She is an alumna of the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration and University of Arkansas-Monticello where she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching.