Who We Are
Our board of directors is comprised of members of the Russellville community who advocate for Russellville Downtown. The board meets the third Wednesday of each month and donates their time and talents to all that Main Street Russellville does.
Tarshawn Whitehead has lived in Russellville for 12 years and is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelors Degree in Health & Physical Education Wellness. Tarshawn is from Fort Smith and graduated from Southside High School. He is married to his wife Mackenzie, who currently works as a 6th grade science teacher at Russellville Middle School. She also is the Middle School Track & Field Assistant Coach, as well as the High School Volleyball Assistant Coach. Tarshawn started his career at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley four years ago as the Dardanelle Unit Director. Currently, Tarshawn is the Prevention Specialist for Community Service, Inc for Pope & Yell County. Tarshawn volunteers with Special Olympics as a coach and recently went to Orlando as a unified partner in the 2022 USA games. He is a member of the River Valley Progressive Mens Club and River Valley Collective Voices. In his free time he loves to fish, sing, and spend time with his wife. A fun fact about Tarshawn is that he has a twin sister and they were both born in Bremerhaven, Germany.
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.
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.
Kent is from Russellville, AR and has spent most of his life in the River Valley. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Science in Accounting & Economics/Finance. Kent is a committed member of the First Baptist Church in Russellville. He runs a software company in Downtown Russellville called The Redpointe Group that was established in 2016. It is a full-service custom software company that builds both mobile and desktop applications. Kent is a proud parent of his son Judah and a devoted husband to his wife, Abbie McCoy.
Rachel Storment-Jones was born and raised in Russellville, AR. She is a graduate of
Russellville High School (2005), a first-generation college student, and an alumni at
Arkansas Tech University graduating with her Bachelor’s in Communications in 2009 and
with her graduate degree in 2014. She has worked in marketing and public relations in the River Valley since 2012 as well as for Arkansas Tech University as an Undergraduate Admissions Recruiter, Upward Bound “Next Step” Instructor, and for the College to Career Center. She worked for Arkansas Nuclear One and Russellville School District before accepting the Marketing and Community Relations Manager position at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System in April of 2022. Rachel’s love for downtown Russellville began with her first job at C & D Drugstore while in high school, where she met influential community leaders and her love for downtown has only grown throughout the years. She is an associate member of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville and member of New Life Church. She lives with her husband Caleb and their son Mason who attends Russellville School District. Caleb has worked for Arkansas Nuclear One since 2012 and co-owns SeeLite, an outdoor and sporting goods company.
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.
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 for current residents and future visitors.
Phat Chau is from Vietnam, which is widely known as the second largest coffee producer in the world. He is currently studying Hospitality Administration: Event Management & Tourism at Arkansas Tech University and will be graduating this May. He has a passion to learn about different cultures as well as share with people his country's culture. Being an intern at Main Street Russellville is a great opportunity for him to achieve his goals. Here he can learn western culture through the annual events that take place in Downtown.