Meet Our Recruiters

Janet Ligon

UAMS East Campus- Helena, AR

Name: Janet Ligon

Counties Served: Chicot, Crittenden, Desha, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and Saint Francis

Bio: Janet has been a recruiter for UAMS East for the eight years and offers such programs as Day in the Life, Club Scrub, MASH and CHAMPS camps. She also helps students in the preparation for medical school, nursing school, pharmacy school and many more. Janet is originally from Hot Springs Arkansas but has been married to Shaw Ligon and living in Phillips County for 33 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is the mother of three children and three grandchildren.

Contact Janet: JBLigon@uams.edu

Jesse CargillUAMS North Central Campus- Batesville, AR

Name: Jesse Cargill

Counties Served: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Marion, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and White

Bio: Jesse joined the UAMS North Central Regional Campus in January 2017 as a Recruiting Specialist.  Mr. Cargill works closely with area schools (K-12), colleges, and universities in an 11 county region to encourage young people in Arkansas to pursue a health career.  Mr. Cargill comes to us with 8 ½ years of experience in the field of education and has 12 years of healthcare experience.  He most recently was a Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) faculty member at National Park College in Hot Springs and before that served as Director of Health Science Technology Education programs for the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  Cargill also has a background in healthcare as a Radiologic Technologist working previously for White River Health System and Sherwood Urgent Care.  Mr. Cargill graduated from Batesville High School and the University of Central Arkansas holding a B.S. in Radiography.  Mr. Cargill is registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), holds a license in the state of Arkansas as a Radiologic Technologist, and possesses an Arkansas Teaching License for Medical Professions 7th – Post Secondary and as a Secondary Vocational Administrator.  In his spare time, Mr. Cargill enjoys hanging out with family and friends, traveling, and being active in his church.

Contact JesseJACargill@uams.edu

UAMS Northeast Campus- Jonesboro, ARYalanda Merrell

Name: Yalanda Merrell 

Counties Served: Clay, Craighead, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, and Woodruff

Bio: An ASTATE alumni and Northeast Arkansas native, Yalanda has been serving 10 counties through our Jonesboro offices at UAMS Northeast since 2010. As a former news anchor and reporter for KAIT, Yalanda has built strong relationships within these communities. When she’s not working with high school and college students, she enjoys kayaking and fishing with her husband Shaun, and son Hunter, on the South Fork River in Cherokee Village. Yalanda also serves in her local church as a teacher and small group leader for teenagers.

Contact Yalanda: yyoung@uams.edu

UAMS Northwest Campus- Fayetteville, ARAna Sanchez

Name: Ana Sanchez

Counties Served: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington

Bio: Ana Sanchez is a native of Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Latin American Literature and a minor in English as a Second Language from the California State University Northridge in Northridge CA and a Master’s of Art in Latin American Literature from CSUN. Prior to joining UAMS, Ana taught Spanish and Latin American Literature in Los Angeles and in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Ana has also worked with local nonprofit organizations where she assisted newly arrived immigrants and migrants adjust to life in the United States. Her professional background includes community organizations, teaching, and recruitment at the Springdale Public Library. Ana is a certified ESL teacher and mentor through the ProLiteracy Program and the Washington County Literacy Council.

Contact Ana: APSanchez@uams.edu

UAMS South Campus- Magnolia, AR

Name: Stephen AtteberyStephen Attebery

Counties Served: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Dallas, Ouachita, and Union

Bio: Stephen became a recruiter with UAMS South Central Campus in February 2018.  Stephen works with local high schools and universities to promote health careers and assists in advising those seeking to enter professional health careers.  Having become part of UAMS in 2015, Stephen also serves as behavioral health faculty with UAMS South as well as participates in diabetes research conducted through the UAMS Center for Health Literacy.  Stephen holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration emphasizing Management and Finance from Southern Arkansas University and a Master’s of Education in Agency Counseling from the University of North Texas.

Contact Stephen: SAAttebery@uams.edu

UAMS South Central Campus- Pine Bluff, ARLaTaaka Harvey

Name: LaTaaka Harvey

Counties Served: Arkansas, Cleveland, Drew, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Prairie, and Saline

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Contact Renisha: LTHarvey@uams.edu

 

UAMS Southwest Campus- Texarkana, ARDestiny Carter

Name: Destiny Carter

Counties Served: Clark, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Pike, and Sevier

Bio:  Destiny became a Recruiting Specialist in September 2019, after 15 years with UAMS. She works closely with high school and college students interested in pursuing health careers; as well as medical, pharmacy, and physician assistant students who choose to do rotations at the Regional Programs Southwest Campus. During her time with UAMS she has served as Library Director and Health Educator for the Family Medicine Residency Program.  Destiny, a native of Texarkana, holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-Texarkana. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their 14-year-old son, and their three dogs. She also like travelling, photography, and local history. ​

Contact Destiny: DNCarter@uams.edu

 

UAMS West Campus- Fort Smith, ARLighla Whitson

Name: Lighla Whitson

Counties Served: Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Perry, Polk, Pope, Scott, Sebastian, and Yell

Bio: Lighla graduated from Lyon College in 2008 where she majored in Anthropology and History and minored in religion and Japanese. I’ve always had a wandering spirit and I love to explore other cultures so I take every opportunity to travel that I can get. While in college she spent a semester in Japan and fell in love with the country. One semester wasn’t quite long enough for her, though, so after graduating she took a job teaching English in Japan with a company called AEON. She was fortunate enough to spend about 3 years there and loved every minute of it!  After returning home, she took a position with Upward Bound at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith where she helped low income and first generation high school students prepare for college. She also continued her work with English as a Second Language by teaching at the Literacy Council of Western Arkansas and later joined the board. Lighla believes in service in all things and could never feel fulfilled in her work without doing something meaningful and in service to others.

Contact Lighla: LWhitson@uams.edu