Paul is married to his high school sweetheart, the father of five children, landlord to fish, turtles, birds, and dogs, and a strategist for social issues. He has helped start a few, and serves on the board of several, nonprofits. In 2006, Paul left a career in financial technology to lead his church’s international rehabilitation and development efforts. In 2016 he became the executive director of Restore Hope, a backbone organization for a collective impact initiative that resources communities to address complex issues for their justice-involved citizens.
Dru has helped start two churches, directs Integrated Ministries for the Go2 Network, and owns two family-run restaurants in Hot Springs. He is the author of Kingdom Outposts, a Fresh Theology of Relief and Development. Dru and his wife Jo have three children and 4 grandchildren.
Karen Phillips has worked for Restore Hope since 2018. She has 17 years prior experience as the Deputy Director and Director of Housing for a non-profit Community Action Agency. Karen has experience in grant management and program development, but her passion is for families. As a foster parent, Karen was able to help the parents of her foster children reunite as a family and has been working with families in the River Valley to preserve and reunite families ever since. Karen has four children and has been a bonus mom to many other children and teens throughout the years.
Heath is a Professor of English at Harding University. He is the faculty sponsor of the Harding chapter of the Roosevelt Institute and co-authored The Power of 12, a book on mentorship and community activism, with former Super Bowl Champion Keith Jackson. Heath lives in Searcy with his wife and four children.
Harrison is the father of three and husband to a wonderful wife. He is originally from Searcy, AR and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University. Harrison spent 12 years in Northwest Arkansas, where he worked in Corporate Retail, served on the Board of Directors for Young Life of Northwest Arkansas, and Chaired the organization Advocates for Disability Awareness and Education (ADAE). In 2015, he and his wife moved back home to start a Young Life chapter in Searcy. Currently, Harrison is the Young Life Searcy Board Chair and, in 2018, helped launch the Alternative Sentencing Program in White County, where he serves as a case manager.
Annie Palmer has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern American History and a Master’s degree from Harding University in Education. Ms. Palmer has been working in education for 8 years. She currently manages the Alternative Sentencing program at Crawford County Adult Education Center where she also teaches college classes through Arkansas Baptist University. Ms. Palmer works in a case management capacity through Restore Hope in tandem with local courts and justice involved adults throughout Crawford County. Beginning in Spring 2020, Ms. Palmer will begin pursuing her Ph.D in Adult Learning through the University of Arkansas.
Sarah Littleton is a graduate of Harding University, where she earned her bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah’s passion for the justice-involved stemmed from her work with Likewise College, as the connection between incarceration and community health and well-being quickly became apparent to her. Sarah has been with Restore Hope since 2016, where she has helped to develop and coordinate their Alternative Sentencing and Reentry projects. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Sarah proudly claims Arkansas as her home, and currently resides in Little Rock.
Brian Graham attended Oklahoma State University as an undergraduate and graduate student majoring in vocational education and veterinary medicine. Brian was employed as a business analyst for Protech Solutions’ Good Grid project before coming to Restore Hope with program design and case management expertise. Brian currently visits correctional facilities to begin case management services and serves as a case manager and mentor as returning citizens navigate multiple systems in their journey to successful reentry. Brian also advises on curriculum development and coordinates referrals to the Restore Hope Crossroads Entrepreneurship program offered in Fort Smith and Van Buren.
Dana joined the Restore Hope team in 2018 to help launch the Alternative Sentencing Program in White County, where she now serves as a case manager. She was a foster parent for many years and served with Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes as a House Parent. She and her husband, along with the community, were instrumental in starting The CALL in Franklin County. After years serving within the foster and adoptive community, she developed a growing passion for individuals and families in crisis. Her passion is seeing families’ lives changed and improved when given the support and resources they need. Born and raised in Searcy, Dana is married to her childhood sweetheart, Shayne, and they have four children.