Psychology/Criminal Justice, December 2011
I was the kid that lived in Russellville his whole life that always said "I'm moving away after high school and never coming back." As I grew older, and hopefully wiser, I realized how much love I had for Russellville and Arkansas Tech. In December 2011 I graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Throughout my high school years, until the day I graduated from college, I worked in the family business. Everyone always thought I would follow in my Dad's footsteps and continue the family business. That was far from the truth and not close to what I wanted. I really wasn't sure what career path I wanted to take, but knew one thing; I wanted to help people and be able to make a difference in their lives.
After graduating, I thought the best difference I could make in someone's life was in law enforcement. I was offered a position with a nearby county sheriff's office and accepted the position. After spending all summer at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and then 8 months in the field I realized it wasn't the job for me. I began looking for new jobs across the state and found one here in Russellville. Finding this job was almost too good to be true. I applied for the Community Relations Director position with AMCARE In-Home Personal Care in early February 2013. I accepted the position at the end of February and have begun my journey with this wonderful company.
At AMCARE I'm responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with local businesses and other healthcare professionals. I plan, implement and analyze public relations and marketing strategies to raise awareness of the resources available to families through health fairs, local Chambers and community events, social media, newspapers, and radio media. There are times when I think to myself, "I'm getting paid to do this?" I honestly love my job and the people that I get to work with. Not only do I get the pleasure of building a relationship with local business men and women, but I get to build relationships with our clients and know that I'm helping to make a difference in their lives.
I'm proud to be able to give back and serve the Russellville community and currently sit on the River Valley Alzheimer's Walk and Russellville Events and Promotions committees. I am also part of the Senior Network Group of Russellville. If it were not for the education and counsel that I received at Arkansas Tech, I would not be where I am at today. I have to give a special thanks to my advisor, Dr. Jason Warnick. There were times I wanted to quit, but with his encouragement kept on through the tough times and finished my degree. The most important thing that Tech gave to me was my wonderful wife. I met Stefanie (Poole) Turner my freshman year of college and we married in May 2008, after she graduated from Tech. We now have a beautiful, energetic and loving little girl, Tinley Paige, and just recently found out we have another one on the way. It is through all the gifts that Arkansas Tech has contributed to my life that now, as an alumnus, I am able to give back to the University and community I love.