Executive Director -- Carole Sturgis
Carole was one of the individuals who helped organize OARS in 1992, and she has acted as the Executive Director ever since. When she and her partner moved to Arkansas in 1989 there was very little being done to assist those who were HIV positive or had AIDS.
Having worked with the AIDS organization in Washington, DC, she knew the advantages of having a coordinated effort, and OARS has been "up and running" ever since.
Carole received her Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and continued working toward her Doctorate there . . . she says she still might get it if she ever finds the time, and then she laughs! Her art work is seen in many collections and galleries, and one of her Ukrainian Eggs that was exhibited at the White House is now at the Smithsonian Institution. You can view her jewelry on her web site: www.carolesturgis.com. Carole has been teaching quilting "forever" and is currently teaching throughout the United States. Locally she teaches at Sew in Heaven (Holiday Island).
She's been known to sing a tune or two. She was selected as one of the ten most admired women in Carroll County. When you don't find her behind a computer or petting her critters, you might find her in her art studio.
Clinic Director -- Charles R. Horton, MD
- Graduated from the Family Practice Residency Program in Pine Bluff, AR, at Area Health Education Center with attendance from July 1, 1984, to June, 1987. Received family practice certification for completing residency program and family practice medicine
- Graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, with attendance from August 1980 to May 1984 - received medical degree
- Graduate School at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR with attendance from August 1979 to May 1989 -- no degree received. Area of study: Chemistry
- Hendrix College with attendance from September 1976 to June 1979 - Received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry
- Graduated from Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, AR -- May 1976
- St. John's Clinic - Berryville. Berryville, AR. 1991 to present
- Clinic Director, Ozarks AIDS Resources & Services charity AIDS clinic, Berryville, AR. 1993 to present
- Mediquick Clinic. Conway, AR. April 1989 to September 1991
- Northwest Arkansas Medical Center. Berryville, AR. July 1, 1987 to March, 1989
- Family Practice Residency Program at Jefferson Regional Medical Center Area Health Education Center. Pine Bluff, AR. July 1, 1984 to June, 1987
Certification and Licensure
- Family Practice Boards have been taken 2000, 1993, 1987
- Certified in CPR and ACLS every two years since 1987
- Currently license in Arkansas and Missouri
Honors and Awards
- October, 2004 - Community Humanitarian Award from Berryville Chamber of Commerce
- March, 2004 - Red Cross Recognition for Community Services Aware
- December, 2003 - Physician Excellence Award - Carroll Health Foundation at St. John's Hospital - Berryville
- April, 1998 - Eagle Award from Washington Regional Medical Foundation
- Present member - American Academy of Family Physicians and Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians
- Past member - Arkansas Medical Society of the American Medical Association and Southern Medical Association
Lab Technician -- Neta Sue Stamps
Neta Sue is a native of Berryville and graduated from Hendrix College. She and her husband returned to Berryville in 1992. For many years she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After that, she worked in the lab at St. John's Hospital -Berryville on a part time basis and is a Past President of the Hospital's Auxiliary. As a member of the Community Care Team, she is always ready to help with the displays at the County Fair, the World AIDS Day Remembrance Programs, and other projects taken on by this group. Neta Sue is a past member of the OARS Board of Directors, and has served as the Lab Technician for our OARS Clinic for several years. She is always there with her "can do" attitude and willingness to take on "just one more task" even when her plate is full.
Clinic Assistant -- Patty Clark
Patty started nursing in 1982 as an LPN. She graduated RN school in 1990 from NACC, and has worked a range of fields including OB and ER. She now currently works at Mercy Clinic
in Berryville, and with OARS.