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Board Members & Staff

The Parole Board is composed of seven (7) members appointed from the state at large by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Each member is appointed for a term of seven years, except that the terms shall be staggered by the Governor so that the term of one member expires each year. They are full-time officials of this state. The chair of the board is designated by the Governor. The board elects, during the month of February, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary to serve as officers for the upcoming year. If any vacancy occurs on the board prior to the expiration of a term, the Governor will fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term, subject to confirmation by the Senate at its next regular session. In any matter before the board, four (4) members shall constitute a quorum. (Refer to Arkansas Code §16-93-201 and Board Policy Manual)

Board Members
Name Term Expiration
John Felts, Chairman 01.14.19
Jerry Riley, Commissioner 01.14.23
Dawne Benafield Vandiver, Secretary 01.14.20
Abraham Carpenter, Jr., Commissioner 01.14.21
Andy Shock, Commissioner 01.14.18
James M. "Jimmy" Wallace, III, Commissioner 01.14.17
John Belken, Commissioner 01.14.22

Revocation Hearing Judges
Carol V. Bohannan, Attorney
James L. "Jim" Williams, II, Attorney
Ashley Vailes, Attorney
Cara Boyd-Connors, Attorney

Support Staff
Solomon Graves, Administrator
Kelly Knuckles, Executive Assistant to the Director (Victim Input Coordinator)
Scott Howard, Investigator
Brandon Noble, Systems Coordination Analyst

Fiscal & Human Resources
Mahoganey Franklin, Business Manager
Vacant, Fiscal Support Specialist
Sharron Doss, Administrative Specialist III (Receptionist)

Parole Services and Revocation
Sharon H. Lewis, Administrative Analyst (Revocation)
Lois Jean Hansberry, Administrative Support Supervisor (Revocation)
Tamara Salaam, Administrative Support Supervisor (Parole Services)
Delores Jones, Administrative Specialist III (Parole Services)
Hollie Cook, Administrative Specialist III (Parole Services)
(Vacant), Administrative Specialist III (Revocation)
Amy Christie Little, Administrative Specialist III (Revocation)