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. 

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JOSH STROUD

President of the Board

Josh Stroud is a member of the Board of Directors for Main Street Russellville. 

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Tarshawn Whitehead

Vice President

Tarshawn Whitehead is a member of the Board of Directors for Main Street Russellville. 

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PAULA LATHAM

Treasurer/Secretary

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.

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CLAY ANDERSON

Past-President

Clay Anderson is a member of the Board of Directors for Main Street Russellville. Clay served as Board President in 2021.

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JENNIFER SAMUELS

Past President

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. 

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PATTY MCCUTCHEN

Board Member

Patty McCutchen is a member of the Board of Directors for Main Street Russellville. 

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EMILY YOUNG

Board Member

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.

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DR. VICKIE HENDERSON

Board Member

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. 

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RYAN CUTLER

Board Member

Ryan Cutler has lived in Russellville since 1991 and is a graduate of both RHS and ATU. His wife and him have two girls, Laiken and Macy. Melissa previously taught in the school district but now runs an online boutique. Ryan started his banking career in 2005 and is currently employed at First State Bank as the Vice President Retail Manager. They are very involved at First Baptist Church where he is an active deacon, member of the choir/worship team, a youth mentor, and a life group leader. He has served as a member of the quality of place committee with the chamber of commerce, and served six years as a board member/past president for United Way.

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CHRIS OLSON

City Council Liaison

Chris Olson is the City Council Liaison to Main Street Russellville. 

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DANIELLE HOUSENICK

Executive Director

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.

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CANNON COBB

Administrative Assistant

Cannon graduated from Arkansas Tech University in May 2022 with a BS in Hospitality Administration: Event Management & Tourism, a BA in Communications with a Theatre Option, and an Associates in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Cannon hit the ground running by coordinating a multi-platform auction for the Conway County Center for Exceptional Children as well as a Stand-Up Comedy Show at Point Remove Brewing Company in Morrilton, AR. Cannon has vast experience in the field and hopes to continue providing unique experiences that stick with people. Not only is he dedicated to creating special moments, but is also committed to furthering and expanding the community of Russellville. Cannon has called Russellville home ever since 1998 and looks forward to creating a sense of home to current residents and future visitors.