Board Members

Lenora Newsome, P.D. | President | Smackover

Lenora Newsome, P.D., was originally appointed to the Board on August 13, 1991 by then Governor Bill Clinton and has been reappointed to serve on the Board of Pharmacy subsequently by Governors Mike Huckabee, Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson. 

Lenora graduated from the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 1980. She then did a residency in Hospital Pharmacy at Harris Hospital Methodist in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where her major was pre-pharmacy.

Lenora is a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Arkansas Pharmacists Association. As of 2018, she is serving as the representative for District 6 on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association and the National Pharmacists Association of Arkansas. Lenora in currently working as a Pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy in El Dorado. She is a member of the New Providence Baptist Church in Smackover.

Rebecca Mitchell, Pharm.D. | Vice President/Secretary | Greenbrier

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca “Becca” Mitchell to serve as a member of the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy.

Dr. Mitchell is a licensed pharmacist in 17 states and a Fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.Prior to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UAMS in 2008, she worked in independent and chain retail pharmacy. She currently serves as the VP of Regulatory & Quality at US Compounding in Conway where she provides expertise in sterile compounding, hospital outsourcing, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and the federal regulations applicable to 503B Outsourcing Facilities. She oversees compliance with State Boards of Pharmacy nationwide and has extensive experience with compliance audits, including hosting more than 30 inspectors from FDA, DEA, NABP, PCAB, & State Boards of Pharmacy in the past five years. In addition to being the current President of the Arkansas Pharmacist Association’s Compounding Academy, she has served on a USP Expert Panel and various committees for IACP. Becca and her husband, Brian, live in Greenbrier with their two boys, Cole and Mason.

Debbie Mack, P.D. | Past President | Bentonville 

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Debbie Mack to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy in May, 2016 Debbie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She holds an active pharmacist license in both Texas and Arkansa

Debbie served as a community pharmacist in Texas for her family-owned independent pharmacy.  In 1988, she joined Walmart Pharmacy as a staff pharmacist and served in multiple areas of pharmacy operations including Pharmacy Manager, District Manager, Operations Coordinator, Regional Manager, and Divisional Manager.  In Debbie’s current role as the Senior Director, Practice Compliance, she ensures corporate compliance with regulatory requirements and state legislative changes for Walmart Pharmacy in 17 states, including Arkansas.  In 2015, Walmart honored Debbie with the Buzz Cruickshank Leadership Award for setting the example in leadership for Walmart Health and Wellness.

In addition to serving on the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Debbie is currently the President-Elect of the Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores. This role allows her a seat on the Texas Pharmacy Congress and the Texas Pharmacy Summit.  Debbie is an active member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association and serves on the Professional Affairs & Ethical Practices Committee.  Debbie is a member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law and serves on the education committee.  In addition, Debbie has professional memberships in the Texas Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).  Debbie served on the NABP steering committee for community pharmacy accreditation.

Debbie maintains her certification in Healthcare Compliance and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.

Debbie and her husband, Gary, have two sons, Cody and Wesley, and three grandchildren. 

Lynn Crouse, Pharm.D. | Board Member | Lake Village

Lynn Crouse, Pharm.D. of Lake Village is the CEO of My Village Pharmacy and owner of Eudora Drug Store in Eudora, Hunter Pharmacy in Lake Village, Baker’s Pharmacy in Crossett, City Drug in Monticello, Gannaway Drug Store in Warren, Portland Drug in Portland, and two stores in Mississippi.

In July 2018, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Crouse as a Board Member to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. He will serve a six-year term that will conclude on June 30, 2024.

Crouse previously served as the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) 2017-2018 President, APA District 5 President, APA Area 4 Representative, and has served on various APA committees. He is also a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Crouse also serves as a community member on the board of the Lake Village Clinic.

Crouse earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1989), a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Louisiana State University (1990), and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also completed a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine at the University of South Florida School of Medicine (2013). He is on schedule to complete the Advanced Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by the end of this year.

Crouse and his wife Michelle have three daughters and reside in Lake Village, Arkansas.

Brian Jolly, Pharm.D. | Board Member | Beebe

Brian Jolly was appointed as a Board Member to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Asa Hutchinson in August 2019. Brian received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UAMS College of Pharmacy and then completed a postgraduate residency in pharmacy practice at UAMS Medical Center. He is currently Director of Pharmacy for Acute Care and Infusion Services at UAMS Medical Center, where he is responsible for overseeing pharmacy operations, contracting, and supply chain for the hospital and outpatient infusion areas. Brian also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UAMS College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice. He is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the Arkansas Association of Health-System Pharmacists (AAHP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). He has obtained professional certification from ASHP in pharmacy informatics and from ASHP/ISMP in medication safety. He has also served on various committees within the Vizient and Captis group purchasing organizations. Brian and his wife Jennifer live in Beebe with their two sons, Noah and Andrew, and daughter, Lauren.

Steve Bryant, P.D. | Board Member | Batesville

Dr. Bryant is a 1969 graduate of Alma High School.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Arkansas State University in 1973 and earned his pharmacy degree from the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 1976

Throughout his career, Steve has been extremely active in the profession of pharmacy.  He currently serves on the PACE Alliance Board, Medicaid Board, and the Arkansas Pharmacists Services Company Board of Directors.  He served for twelve years on the Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Pharmacy Therapeutics Committee and approximately twelve years as chairman of the Arkansas Pharmacists Political Action Committee. Steve has carved out a number of innovative directions in pharmacy by establishing a home I.V. practice, a home healthcare nursing agency, hospice, a kidney dialysis center, and as a provider of immunosuppressive medications for kidney, liver, and heart transplant patients.

He helped bring Smith Drug Company and the PACE Alliance program to Arkansas.

Dr. Bryant is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the Independence County Pharmacist Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

He has been a member of the Batesville Airport Commission for ten years, two of which he served as chairman.  He is also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and is a Young Eagles Flight Leader. He is married to Sharon, and they have two daughters, Monica and Mallory. Mallory is married to Air Force First Lieutenant Justin Burton.

Carol Rader | Public Member | Fort Smith

Carol Rader was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Asa Hutchinson in August, 2015.  Carol is a retired Human Resources Director for Hiram Walker/Pernod-Ricard, USA, LLC in Fort Smith and a former registered nurse.  She graduated from Northside High School, completed her nursing degree at Westark Community College (now UAFS), earned a B.S. in Organizational Management from John Brown University, and a M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University.  During her tenure at Hiram Walker/Pernod Ricard she was an active member of the Manufacturing Executives’ Human Resources Association, the Western Arkansas Human Resources Association, and was a member of the Executive Board of the Fort Smith Manufacturing Executives’ Healthcare Coalition.  

Upon retirement six years ago, she volunteered for a one-year commitment as office manager for St. Boniface Catholic PreK & Elementary School where three of her six granddaughters attend.  The one-year commitment turned into a most rewarding second career as she begins her sixth year in that role in August, 2015.  She is an active member of St. Boniface Parish and a board member and recording secretary of the St. Boniface Catholic School Endowment Fund.  Carol has been married to Steve for 31 years.  She has two children, Dr. Lori Boyd, an audiologist at The Center for Hearing in Fort Smith, and a son, Jody, who recently retired from the U.S. Navy and now resides in Ohio.

Amy Fore, MHSA, FACMPE, FACHE | Public Member | Fort Smith

Amy Fore, M.H.S.A., FACMPE, FACHE is the Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Clinic Fort Smith Communities. Mrs. Fore joined Mercy Clinic-Springfield as a post-graduate Administrative Fellow in 2008. Since that time, she has served in several leadership roles in multiple communities and Ministry Wide Councils. In her current role, she has oversight of ambulatory operations in the 13 county service area of Western Arkansas. Prior to joining Mercy, Mrs. Fore was a part of the leadership team for St. Vincent Health System Pharmacy in Little Rock, AR. During her thirteen years in healthcare leadership, she has published journal articles in AMGA’s Group Practice Journal, ACHE Early Careerist Newsletter Momentum; MGMA’s Connexion; and has co-authored a book, Integrated Delivery Systems: A cure for the healthcare delivery crisis. She also is an experienced presenter and has given talks at local, state and national conferences. Mrs. Fore is a member of the American Medical Group Association, member and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and member and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She currently serves on the MGMA Honors Selection Committee, ACHE Early Careerist Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Reynolds Cancer Support House.

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