Together we thrive.

Meet the Team

Executive Director

Josh Hall, LCSW

Josh leads the Hark program as it connects individuals and families to resources and support offered by local health and human services providers. His role is to guide, train, and support the team in making the most direct community connections in order to effectively and efficiently move individuals in the direction of thriving through empowerment and self-determination.  Josh received his Bachelors Degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma and his Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Arkansas. During his career in human services, Josh has gained extensive experience in a multitude of social work practice areas including clinical services, program development, curriculum development, clinical supervision, poverty, multicultural issues, community development, and social justice advocacy. Josh is an active volunteer in the community, focusing on mentoring and social justice. 

 

He is also husband to his wife, Melissa, and father to his two sons, Luke and Josiah.

 

Director of Technology, Security, & Marketing

Ali Johnson

Ali oversees the technical strategy of Hark and is devoted to providing a holistic online platform that empowers both individual and provider users to connect to resources in Northwest Arkansas.  After graduating from the University of Arkansas and being a 4-year letter winner of the Razorback soccer team, Ali began her professional career with J.B. Hunt Transportation. There she gained pivotal experiences across multiple facets of the Fortune 500 company, ranging from operations to national account sales. After JBHT, her operations and sales background carried her to a technology company in Fayetteville, AR, Field Agent. At Field Agent, Ali oversaw the build of one of the company’s first daughter applications, ClassCheck, focusing on leveraging location-specific technology that empowered its users to attend class. Her role building ClassCheck was invaluable upon starting with HARK at the Center for Collaborative Care where her passion for Northwest Arkansas and vocation are able to collide.

 

A native of NWA, Ali and her husband Justin love hanging out with their three kiddos, playing any type of pickup sport, and embracing community wherever they are.

DIrector of Community Liaisons

Sara Allbright, LCSW

To develop and support Community Liaisons as they facilitate coordinated care and promote progression towards individuals thriving.

Sara provides supervision and support to our Community Liaisons and leads HARK’s coordinated care efforts.  Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree in family and human services from John Brown University and a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Arkansas.  Prior to her time at HARK, Sara’s postgraduate professional focus was in mental health services with a special emphasis on trauma therapy practices as well as serving as a clinical supervisor for the NWA region.  Sara has also worked in various settings including primary care clinics, outpatient and inpatient mental health agencies, and various non-profit organizations. Sara’s extensive human services experience informs and guides the ongoing development of Community Liaisons and drives her passion to see all people have the opportunity to thrive.  Sara also serves as a lecturer for the University of Arkansas School of Social Work and provides supervision for social work licensure.

Sara and her husband both came to NWA for their undergraduate degrees and have since called it home.  They can be found spending most nights walking their dog, watching their favorite sports teams, or preparing for their first son who will be arriving this fall.

Director

Christy Gutierrez

Christy's role is to specifically meet the unique needs of the community by surveying and assessing individual clients concerns and working to suffice them by collaborating with providers in the community

Community Liaison

Alyssa Goddu, LMSW

A California native, Alyssa has grown to call Northwest Arkansas home. She is honored to play a part in creating change at the systemic, community, and individual levels through her role at HARK. Alyssa has her Bachelor’s of Science from John Brown University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Arkansas. Her experience in social services includes working with children and youth in foster care, school-based mental health, and the veteran community. Alyssa is passionate about working towards a more inclusive, just, and equitable future for this region. 

Community Liaison

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie's role is to connect individuals and families in Rogers to resources in the community as well as assist in coordinating care with other providers so that they can thrive. Bonnie calls Rogers home and is humbled to be a part of systemic change in the community.

Community Liaison

Christina Capelle

Christina's role is to walk alongside individuals in the community who desire to e more connected to resources. She functions as an advocate and teammate for people seeking support to access service. She is passionate about empowering people toward growth.

Community Liaison

Joe Collura

Joe has lived in Northwest Arkansas the majority of his life and loves it! Joe is passionate about building healthy communities and knows we all need someone to walk with us who sees our full potential and speaks into that it is lived out. Joe believes that this happens through a connected community of people willing to stand with each other until everyone is thriving. He sees his role as a Community Liaison as an opportunity to invest in a stronger community, advocate for those in need, understand and approach gaps in resources with creativity, and serve the community he loves.
Community Liaison

Paulina Guzman

Paulina’s role is to serve individuals and families in Springdale by assisting them in the process of getting connected to resources in the community. Paulina is passionate about empowering and advocating for individuals and families who are in need. Paulina is originally from Honduras but has called Northwest Arkansas her home since 2011. She views her role with HARK as an opportunity to serve others and help them thrive.

Tanya Deasis

Tanya’s role is to be the bridge between individuals and the resources available in NWA. She believes that by helping people, our whole community can be better. She is especially passionate about advocating for those who don’t have a voice in our community and will fight for them to have an equal opportunity.

Community Liaison

Taryn Maddocks

Taryn is honored to have the role of walking alongside, empowering, and supporting the incredible individuals and families of Rogers as they navigate resources. She believes true change occurs through the collaboration of the community. Taryn has called Rogers home since 1999 and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the community she loves.

Community Liaison

Abbey Barr

Abbey grew up in Northwest Arkansas and was happy to return home after graduating from Oklahoma State University. She is honored to have a part in helping NWA individuals and families be the best they can be. Abbey loves that as a community liaison she is able to point clients in the direction of resources that have the potential to positively impact their lives.
Community Liaison

Shawntill Puryear

Shawntill's role is to identify, create, and sustain effective and innovative relationships with housing partners.  She believes that working collaboratively and strategically to assess and expand current housing stock will help increase and diversify housing opportunities. 

Community Liaison

Laura Gutierrez

Laura is originally from Panama and grew up in Northwest Arkansas. She is committed to fighting for those who are vulnerable in order to create a better community. She works to empower individuals by connecting them to the available resources in the area. She values the experiences of every individual and seeks to dignify and empower each person. 

Laura nació en Panamá y creció en el Noreste de Arkansas. Ella está dedicada a luchar por las personas que son vulnerables para crear una mejor comunidad. Ella busca la manera de empoderar a las personas, conectándolas a los recursos disponibles en el área. Ella valora las experiencias de cada individuo y busca empoderar a la comunidad. 



Hark is hiring!

See our job openings below.

Community Liaison (Bilingual/Spanish/English)

Community Liaison (Bilingual Spanish/English)

 

Purpose Statement

Community Liaisons provide comprehensive needs assessments in order to develop individualized resource plans, provide comprehensive follow up and collect data to improve individual stability and inform ongoing resource development in the community.

 

Position Relationship

Reports to:  Director of Community Liaisons 

Coordinates with: Community organizations and Excellerate Foundation Staff and Leadership

 

Position Qualification

Required experience and training:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Family and Human Services, Psychology or other related field 

Desired experienced and training:  Previous experience in conducting assessments and comprehensive knowledge of community resources

Special requirements of the position:  Bilingual in Spanish and English 

 

Key Skills

  • Excellent communicator

  • Ability to learn and utilize innovative technology

  • Skilled in conflict resolution

  • Highly Flexible and Adaptable

  • Excellent people skills

  • Excels and operates in a fast paced environment

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Conducts assessments with individuals to assist in determining relevant resources and guide individuals through the resource connection process. 

  • Refers individuals to appropriate outside organizations; provides follow up to insure the individual’s needs are met and outcomes of these services. 

  • Assists clients through the process of applying for financial assistance.

  • Become highly educated in the human services sectors of NWA. 

  • Develop trust and a positive working relationship with individuals, families, communities, and providers/organizations. 

  • Advocate for individuals and families. 

  • Work on call shifts as assigned. 

  • Develop a working relationship with other Community Liaisons. 

  • Participates in the Hark at Excellerate Foundation meetings and trainings. 


  • Responds to inquiries from providers regarding available resources and referral processes through offering information and/or direction. Providers include but are not limited to landlords, social workers, school staff, and healthcare providers.

  • Conducts oneself in a manner consistent with the professional standards of Hark at Excellerate Foundation. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Liaisons.

 

Interested applicants should email their resume to info@harknwa.com

Updated 10/14/2020

 

 

 

Community Liaison

Community Liaison

 

Purpose Statement

Community Liaisons provide comprehensive needs assessments in order to develop individualized resource plans, provide comprehensive follow up and collect data to improve individual stability and inform ongoing resource development in the community.

 

Position Relationship

Reports to:  Director of Community Liaisons 

Coordinates with: Community organizations and Excellerate Foundation Staff and Leadership

 

Position Qualification

Required experience and training:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Family and Human Services, Psychology or other related field 

Desired experienced and training:  Previous experience in conducting assessments and comprehensive knowledge of community resources

 

Key Skills

  • Excellent communicator

  • Ability to learn and utilize innovative technology

  • Skilled in conflict resolution

  • Highly Flexible and Adaptable

  • Excellent people skills

  • Excels and operates in a fast paced environment

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Conducts assessments with individuals to assist in determining relevant resources and guide individuals through the resource connection process. 

  • Refers individuals to appropriate outside organizations; provides follow up to insure the individual’s needs are met and outcomes of these services. 

  • Assists clients through the process of applying for financial assistance.

  • Become highly educated in the human services sectors of NWA. 

  • Develop trust and a positive working relationship with individuals, families, communities, and providers/organizations. 

  • Advocate for individuals and families. 

  • Work on call shifts as assigned. 

  • Develop a working relationship with other Community Liaisons. 

  • Participates in the Hark at Excellerate Foundation meetings and trainings. 


  • Responds to inquiries from providers regarding available resources and referral processes through offering information and/or direction. Providers include but are not limited to landlords, social workers, school staff, and healthcare providers.

  • Conducts oneself in a manner consistent with the professional standards of Hark at Excellerate Foundation. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Liaisons.

 

Interested applicants should email their resume to info@harknwa.com


Updated 10/21/2020

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