An Arkansas native, Will studied at the University of Arkansas School of Architecture for 2 years, received his BFA in graphic design at the Kansas City Art Institute (2004) and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt in New York City where Thrive was birthed as a Thesis project in 2007. Will was a design intern at the Smithsonian Institute, and then worked for a year at the William J. Clinton Foundation in Harlem, NYC as a Fellow in the Department of Domestic Policy. Today, Will is the director of Helena Second Saturdays, Creative Director of the Design Measures program and the Helena Entrepreneur Center, and is the marketing and fundraising director for Thrive.
Hailing from Bloomington, Illinois, Terrance obtained his BFA in design from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2005. After working in the exhibit/signage design industry he obtained his masters degree in Design Management at Pratt Institute, NYC in 2009. Terrance serves as the director of The Helena Entrepreneur Center (HEC) and Director of Accounts for business administration and development activities at Thrive. As director of the HEC he works with new and existing business owners in Phillips County to develop their long-term business plan and marketing strategy. Terrance’s ability to work with small-business owners and his personal creative background make him uniquely qualified to serve as the Co-Director of Thrive.
The Honorable Judge Kathleen Bell is a resident of Helena-West Helena, and is very active in civic affairs. She is a founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County and is a strong advocate for the community and its citizens of all ages.
Doug Friedlander relocated to Phillips County eight years ago. In that time he has served the community in a variety of roles, including teaching in the public school system, helping found the Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County, and serving as Chair of the Delta Bridge Project Steering Committee and the Leadership Goal Team. In March 2010, Doug was named Executive Director of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce.
Steven Murray has served as the chancellor of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas since 2003. He holds a BA and MA in English and a doctorate in higher education. A consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, he chairs the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and serves on the Arkansas Commission for the Coordination of Education and the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.