Speakers

 

Learn more about our Speakers for this historic event.

(In alphabetical order)

Ana AguayoAna Claudia Aguayo, AR United Community Coalition

Ana Claudia Aguayo is an immigrant rights and community activist. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico her family immigrated to Springdale, AR when she was 8 years old. Ana is passionate about education reform, which arises through her own personal experiences. As an undocumented student, Ana faced many obstacles in pursuit of a higher education; nevertheless, she was able to overcome them through support of peers, professors, and community advocates. While in her studies, Ana defied the obstacles of her immigration status and came to live in Washington, DC and worked as a Congressional Intern and as Hispanic Heritage LOFT Journalism Fellow. It was through this experience that Ana found a niche in nonprofit management. In 2013 she was honored with the Cardinal Bernardin Young Leader Award for her commitment to nonprofit management and social justice. She holds a cum laude honors graduate of the University of Arkansas with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and International relations and minors in Economics and Latin American Studies and is a first generation college student.

Ana joined Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2015 and has advanced to serve several functions in Membership and Development. In her current role as Development Officer, Ana supports overall strategy for development initiatives centered on raising more than $1.4 million to support the Museum’s mission and programs as well as growing the next generation of arts supporters. Ana is also working to engage the Hispanic community with Crystal Bridges. She serves on an internal task force focused on enhancing the Museum’s inclusivity by helping translate exhibition and membership materials for Spanish speaking guests and coordinating programs to serve diverse audiences.

 

Tina DykemaTina Dykema, Veterans’ Advocate, Military Justice Improvement Act

Tina Dykema is a retired environmental land use consultant.

She graduated from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in 2001.

She is a Veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1978-1981.

She’s an active advocate for disabled veterans and an avid environmental advocate.

 

 

Vivian Flowers, AR State Rep, District 17

Vivian FlowersRepresentative Vivian Flowers’ education, volunteerism, and work in public service catapulted her to service for the state of Arkansas when she was sworn into the 90th Arkansas General Assembly as State Representative for District 17 in 2015. Now in her second term, she serves on the House Revenue and Tax and House Aging, Children & Youth, Military and Legislative Affairs Committees. Flowers is the 2017-18 chair of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus, and continues to serve in national leadership posts with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) and Women in Legislative Leadership (WILL). She served on the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Reform during her first term.

Flowers completed her undergraduate studies in political science and professional technical writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and completed her Master of Public Service degree at the Clinton School of Public Service in 2006 in the Inaugural graduating class. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as Director of Recruitment for Diversity at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and later served as Chief Operating Officer. She led the department’s diversity recruitment, program, and leadership efforts at UAMS for nearly a decade.

Flowers has established a solid record as a volunteer as well as a strong public service background that includes service in state government, the non-profit sector, journalism, and politics.

 

Tippi McCullough, President, Stonewall Democratic Caucus of AR

Tippi McCullough
(Mike Wintroath/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Tippi McCullough is a teacher and was inspired to become an activist and advocate for her community after being fired for marrying her longtime partner.  In her 32nd year of teaching, she now teaches English at Little Rock Central High School where she is a LREA Building Rep and sponsor of the Gay/Straight Alliance, Feminist Alliance, and the Young Democrats.

She is President of the Stonewall Democratic Caucus of AR, and has been a State Committee Member and Executive Committee member as well as on the Affirmative Action Committee of the Democratic Party of Arkansas.  In 2016 she was elected as a Delegate to the Democratic National Committee in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the Chair of the Hillcrest Merchant’s Association sponsored HarvestFest in Hillcrest, a member of the Hillcrest Resident’s Association Board, Co-Chair of Pridecorps Youth Board, and an active member at First United Methodist Church of Downtown Little Rock.

After being fired in 2013, she and her wife Barbara spoke about their experience in Little Rock, Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, and Dallas for the Human Rights Campaign.  She has also written for the HRC Magazine and Blog and performed on Tales from the South.

 

Capi PeckCapi Peck, Little Rock City Director

Capi Peck is a Little Rock native who was recently elected to serve as City Director for Ward 4.  She attended public schools in Little Rock and is active in the Hall High Alumni Association, The Tribe.
Since 1986, Capi and her partner, Brent have owned and operated the popular restaurant, Trio’s on Cantrell Road.  She is past president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association and was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the Public Health Advisory Board for 8 years.

Capi has served on the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission for a decade and currently serves as Chair.  She co-chaired the successful Restore Robinson campaign.

In 2017 she was appointed to serve on the boards of the Central Arkansas Library System, the Little Rock Zoo, Little Rock Parks and Recreation and the Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission.
She is a volunteer chef for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and taught Little Rock’s first Spanish language class.

In addition to her civic work, Capi is involved in many charitable organizations and is an advocate for the Little Rock School District.

 

Mireya Reith, AR United Community Coalition

In addition to serving the AR United Community Coalition, Mireya Reith is chair of the State Board of Education. She diligently works to bring the inclusion of diverse perspectives to the development of Arkansas’s education programs and policy analysis.

Reith graduated from Fayetteville High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and received a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. She is currently the executive director of Springdale-based Arkansas United Community Coalition, an immigrants’ rights organization that supports immigrant integration and community development.

Reith has had a 14-year career in the field of international political development, which has spanned five continents, working with American nonprofit organizations and the United Nations. Since her return to Arkansas, Reith has worked to bring her international experiences to her home state through efforts including developing a Latino youth civic association called the New Latino Movement, and directing Hispanic outreach for the state Democratic Party during the 2010 election season. Reith proudly served her state and country as a municipal development volunteer with the Peace Corps in El Salvador.

 

Camille RichouxCamille Richoux, AR Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Camille Richoux is the Public Relations Co-Chair for the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice. She is a fellow with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, representing the state of Arkansas.

She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Raised in rural southern Arkansas, Camille developed a passion for addressing health disparities in under-served communities.

 

Sophia SaidSophia Said, Programs Director of the Interfaith Center of Arkansas

With a degree in developmental economics from the University of Utah and another in public policy from the Clinton School for Public Service, Sophia has been tireless in her efforts to work for peace and diversity in Arkansas, and to promote interfaith work between Christians, Jews, Muslims and other religious denominations.

She was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice and Humanitarian of the Year by the Just Communities of Arkansas in 2016.

 

 

Darrell StephensDarrell Stephens, Democratic Black Caucus

Darrell Stephens is a Little Rock based Union Organizer, who is proud to serve as the state lead for the non profit Organizing for Action. Darrell, an Arkansas native and graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has a long history of public service and has participated in numerous political campaigns. Darrell currently serves as the President of the Democratic Black Caucus.

 

Kathy WebbKathy Webb, Vice-Mayor Little Rock

Kathy Webb is the Executive Director of the AR Hunger Relief Alliance and the Vice Mayor of Little Rock. The Alliance is the statewide umbrella organization for Feeding America food banks, food pantries and agencies, and hunger activists, the lead partner for the AR No Kid Hungry Campaign, and the education and advocacy clearinghouse on hunger issues in Arkansas.  Webb was elected to the Little Rock City Board in 2014, and was elected to serve as Vice Mayor by her colleagues in January, 2017.

Until January, 2013, Webb represented District 37 in the Arkansas House of Representatives, comprised of much of mid-town Little Rock.  She served as Co-Chair of Joint Budget Committee, the first woman in Arkansas history to hold that position.

Webb represents Ward 3 on the Little Rock City Board, and is the liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission, the Midtown Redevelopment Commission, and the Children, Youth and Families Commission. She is Vice-Chair of the Capital City Crime Prevention Task Force.  She is an active member of First United Methodist Church.


Other Program Participants

Mayra Esquivel Mayra Esquivel, Singer

“Mayra Esquivel is native of Mexico.  She was brought to the USA at the age of 3 years old and has been a resident of Fort Smith, AR since then.  She is currently 26 years and is a Cum Laude Graduate from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology.

Mayra has spent the last 4 years advocating for immigrant rights, undocumented youth, and social justice.  She discovered her passion for advocacy work in 2012 after learning about her undocumented status and how it had the potential to limit her in various aspects of her life.

She believes her personal struggles have taught her to be aware and empathetic of the various injustices found in society today.

 

Sarah ThomasSarah Thomas, Arkansas Yoga Collective

Mindfulness meditation groups are a wonderful way of connecting with others to share and deepen your meditation practice. These groups come in many shapes and sizes and provide community, accountability and a supportive space to connect with others.

Sarah will be leading the Marchers in a moment of silence and mindful meditation during the Rally.