Who we are

The Arkansas Heart Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization started in 2015 by Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. In January 2018, Dr. Murphy and the foundation’s board of directors made the strategic decision to focus solely on helping Arkansas youth learn how to plan for health in their lives. Our foundation is now known as Champions For Health.

Board of Directors

Marie-Bernarde Miller
Deputy City Attorney, North Little Rock, AR

Rodney Thomason
CEO, Medical Assets Holding Company

Beth Crowder, PhD, APRN
Director, Diabetes & Endocrinology
Arkansas Heart Hospital

Joe Hargrove, MD, FACC
Baptist Health Cardiology and Medicine Clinic

Judith Goodson
Community Volunteer

Kevin Lamb
CEO, Medical Expectations, Inc.

Bruce Murphy
CEO, Arkansas Heart Hospital
Board President, Champions For Health

Drew Jackson
President, Arkansas Heart Hospital
Board Treasurer, Champions For Health

Janet Pulliam
Pulliam & Muskheli, PLLC
Board Secretary, Champions For Health

Patrick Henry Hays
Former Mayor, North Little Rock, AR



Sue Owens

Executive Director 

Sue is an experienced management professional with skills in leadership, relationship building, business development and strategic planning. After serving 20+ years in the banking industry, she discovered a more profound passion for impacting Arkansas children through her work as marketing director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, followed by serving as executive director for Economics Arkansas for 13 years. Sue now is bringing her cumulative expertise to create a health revolution on K-12 school campuses!

Sue graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. She is originally from Iowa, but has lived in Arkansas for 38 years and considers herself a Razorback through and through! Sue and her husband Ed enjoy spending time with daughter Ellen Serafini, and son, Booth Owens, and their spouses and Sue’s newfound joy in life is spending time with her two handsome grandsons, Paul and Max. Sue enjoys hiking in the natural beauty of our state, plus she also adores cooking as a creative outlet.     


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Vickie Wingfield

Community Engagement Director

Vickie has been beating the drum of cardiovascular health and wellness education in and around Arkansas for more than 20 years. She currently serves as the program director for Champions For Health. 

Vickie began her journey of health education and community involvement in 1996 when she joined Arkansas Heart Hospital as the community relations director, then transitioned over to the Champions For Health foundation in 2015. Over the past 22 years, she has worked within the community to provide prevention, awareness, educational programs and screenings. Her real passion is speaking. Vickie says the opportunity to stand in front of a group (no matter the size) ignites her passion for helping people understand that their health is their greatest asset and should not be taken for granted. We all have the power of choices within our reach each day, and it is those choices that will ensure the healthiest life possible.

Vickie has two sons (and lovely daughters-in-law), three fabulous grandchildren and one three-legged cat. You can find her most Friday nights lighting up the dance floor – she loves to ballroom dance, Latin and swing dance.



Lauralee Neldon

Development and Health Officer

Lauralee is in charge of developing relationships throughout the communities of Arkansas while raising support for our organization. She has been with the organization since conception and brings expertise in health and public relations. As a former emergency department nurse for over ten years, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in international business. She is a graduate of both the University of Kentucky and UALR.

Lauralee is a small-town, White River girl from Batesville, Arkansas. She enjoys Pilates, has a slight addiction to documentaries and is a self-proclaimed foodie trying all the new local restaurants! You can follow her on Instagram under Coach Nellee.


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Amber Bobo

Strategy Director

Amber graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and went on to receive her Master of Science in family and consumer science, both from the University of Central Arkansas. She brings her experience and expertise in the areas of education, curriculum development, wellness and nutrition to our program. Amber is a certified health coach through the National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC). 

Amber has a genuine passion for nutrition and truly leads by example, living the lifestyle every day that she coaches others to lead. Her positive attitude and love of life are contagious, and she inspires her clients with her genuine desire to help others succeed in both work and life.

Amber loves to practice yoga and recently graduated from a 200-hour yoga teacher training. She has a love for all things Disney, but her favorite is to visit the Disney Parks with her husband, James.



Alicia McGhee

Program Officer 

Alicia is in charge of developing outreach materials and programming support. She has been with the organization for over two years and brings expertise in public health education and program design. Alicia has her master’s degree in public health from UAMS and a bachelor’s in kinesiology from Arkansas State University. She is an ACE-certified health coach and will have her health education specialist certification (CHES) in October 2018. 

Alicia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji from 2011 to 2013. During her time there she designed health education initiatives and helped implement numerous wellness campaigns around the country. She also spent a significant amount of time snorkeling and eating coconuts.