Paul Chapman

Executive Director

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 Dodson

Dru Dodson

Chief Operating Officer

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.


Abbie Taylor Cox

Sebastian County Project Manager

Abbie is the Executive Director of STEPS Family Resource Center, an organization dedicated to helping children and families in the child welfare system. Additionally, Abbie is a volunteer with Chaffee Crossing Redevelopment helping Veterans and serves on the board of Harbor House Recovery Center. She has an MBA and a Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. Abbie and her husband Fred live in Fort Smith. She is honored to be a “bonus” mom to Fred’s grown children, Lori and Kevin.


Andrew Baker, Ph.D.

White County Project Manager

Heath Carpenter, Ph.D.

White County Project Manager

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.

Jennifer Hawthorne

Logistics and Services Coordinator

Jennifer served as the Executive Director of Hidden Creek from July 2013 to October 2015 and currently leads a team of women in the Wrightsville unit to find and embrace their God-given purpose. Her heart for working to solve the cycles of poverty and incarceration led her to joining the Restore Hope team. She and her husband, Tom, have lived in Little Rock for 37 years.


Sarah Littleton

Research and Projects Coordinator

Sarah is in her senior year of studying Social Work at Harding University, with plans to graduate in May. Sarah spearheaded efforts to involve Harding students with the work of Likewise College and co-authored a policy proposal to expand opportunities for mentally ill offenders in White County. She is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina.