Who We Are
Our board of directors is comprised of members of the Russellville community who advocate for Russellville Downtown. The board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month and donates their time and talents to all that Main Street Russellville does.
Paula is best described as having a servant’s heart. She is happiest when surrounded by children and family. Paula was a foster parent to six precious children and was a house parent to six teenage girls at a local youth ranch. Paula serves on the board of directors for the Russellville Kiwanis club as well as being the treasurer for Main Street Russellville. Paula grew up in Russellville during her teenage years and just wanted a way to give back to the community. When not working, Paula likes to read Christian fiction and travel with her husband.
Jennifer, a native of the River Valley has been in banking for over 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech, Majoring in Accounting. She is an active member of the community supporting organizations like Main Street Russellville where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Mistletoe Market Committee raising funds for the LV Williamson Boys and Girls Club and the River Valley Board of Realtors. Jennifer is an member of First United Methodist Church where she has served on the Finance Committee and leads an Impact Youth Group.
Emily wears many hats. Both figuratively and literally. She co-owns Dog Ear Books in Downtown Russellville with her mother, Pat Young. When not slingin’ books she also owns a retro arcade that has a full service coffee shop. When deciding to open up both businesses there was no doubt as to where they’d be located. “There was no other option than being downtown. With the Art Walks, concerts and overall vibe, it’s the only place I’d want to set up shop.” She’s a team leader with 1 Million Cups and has been active with the group that is bringing a dog park to Russellville. When not working she likes to read as many books as possible, cuddle her dogs, Ampersand and Max, and watch crime documentaries on Netflix.
DR. VICKIE HENDERSON
Vickie Henderson, M.D. practiced OB/GYN at Millard Henry clinic for 20 years and delivered 5,000 babies in the River Valley before her retirement. She now serves as Chief Medical Officer at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. A national speaker at faith-based and healthcare events, she is also an author.
She is an active member of First Baptist Church, as well as the community. In addition to being a board member for Main Street Russellville, she serves on the Arkansas Tech Department of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board and the Friendship Foundation Board.
Susie is the NCAA Compliance Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Arkansas Tech University. She previously served Arkansas Tech as Vice President for Student Services and University Relations. Susie has supported multiple community organizations in her 40 years in the River Valley including as a Main Street Russellville founding board member 1992 and most recently as Chair for City Corporation 2019. She earned her MS in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech and her BA in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.
Danielle is best described as a servant leader. She is happiest when contributing to the community. An Associate Member of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville, and current board member of the River Valley Adult Learning Alliance, Danielle has spent hours working with children and leaders to benefit our community. She was inspired to become a leader downtown after working at Dog Ear Books on West Main Street. “I love the community and the culture we have in the Russellville Downtown. I really want to continue to build the downtown district.” When not working, Danielle can be found reading, writing, knitting, or watching Harry Potter movies with her two daughters and husband.