Stephanie Harris, Founder

Stephanie founded Women Lead Arkansas in 2013 because she was frustrated by the fact that policy and politics that directly impact women were being created primarily by men. She decided we need more women in office and created this organization to train women to run. She is a lawyer by trade and is working to build an affordable legal practice called Law to Go. 

Beth Quarles, Executive Director

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Beth is an advocate for women, children, and education. She has 11 years of experience in teaching ranging from elementary to the collegiate level. She has taught in urban, rural, and international schools. Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education (grades K-8), and Master’s degrees in Teaching English Language Learners and Instructional Leadership. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Public Service from the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service. After years of watching policy being implemented without the best interest of students in mind, Beth decided it was time to get more politically active. She attended Women Lead Arkansas’ Ready to Run campaign training and became passionate about getting women (and teachers) elected to office. In her spare time, you can find Beth reading at local coffee shops, wandering through bookstores, searching for the best brunch in town, or watching college football.

Laura Abbott, Board Member

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Ms. Laura Abbott , Health Educator by day and a grassroots Victims’ Rights Activist at all times. Ms. Abbott has collaborated with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Administrative Office of the Courts, Arkansas Department of Corrections, Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Law Enforcement Offices throughout the state after reaching out to members of the Arkansas General Assembly for victims’ rights and domestic violence reform. The collaborative partnerships created five pieces of victims’ rights and domestic violence laws  in 2015 by the 90th General Assembly. Laura was selected the Arkansas Health Teacher of the Year in 2014. In 2015, she was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse/ Rape/ Domestic Violence. In 2016, Laura, served on the Arkansas Legislative Subcommittee on Child Abuse Prevention. During 2017, Laura was chosen to be a part of the Arkansas Department of Education Health Frameworks revision committee. In 2012, a near fatal attack by her husband lead Ms. Abbott on this journey. Laura is the impetus behind “ Laura’s Card”, a victims’ rights card focused on domestic violence resources.  Ms. Abbott serves or has served on the boards of the Wade Knox Child Advocacy Center and Lonoke County Safe Haven. Ms. Abbott’s education includes a BSE and MSE in Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Laura’s philosophies include “Victims First”, “Survivor Strong”, “It Takes All of Us”, and “Team Arkansas.”

Cherokee Bradley, Board Member

Cherokee is a Program Fiscal Manager for Electronic Health Records with the Arkansas Department of Human Services. She has more than 18 years of experience in both Non-Profit, For-Profit, and Public Service operations and volunteering. Most recently, Cherokee served as Board President for Disability Rights Arkansas Inc. (7 years board member) and was previously elected President-Elect of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Inc. State Board of Directors (4 years as board member). She holds a  Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Philander Smith College, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. In her spare time she enjoys art, travel, politics and being active with her daughters Kamryn and Kahli.

Shun Strickland, Board Member

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