Freshman Leadership Forum

Mission: To educate and engage freshmen in the process of shared governance at the University of Arkansas.

Vision: Freshman Leadership Forum members will develop leadership skills and increase awareness of diversity in order to effectively represent fellow students in the future. Freshman Leadership Forum members will learn the operations of ASG through interactive educational programming, serving in multiple roles within the organization, and intentional networking.

John Hedgecock

2019-2020 Freshman Leadership Forum Coordinator

John Hedgecock is a senior Business Management major from Bentonville, Arkansas. He completed the Freshman Leadership Forum program in 2017, and for the past two years, he has served on Associated Student Government cabinet as the Director of Athletic Relations and Advisor to the President. John has served as Vice-President of the Razorback Foundation Collegiate Board, is a cell group leader at Fellowship Bible Church and is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.


2019 – 2020 Freshman Leadership Forum Staff 

All members of the Freshman Leadership Forum Staff will attend FLF meetings and FLF staff meetings every week from 5:30-7:00. They will also assist in choosing the FLF members and award outstanding members with FLF member of the month/year. Members of staff will also fulfill their individual duties as specified below. Each staffer will lead a small group of freshmen (7-8). They are expected to meet with their group and discuss various ASG activities or their goals for the program in general.

Stephanie Verdaris – Assistant Coordinator

The Assistant Coordinator will assist the Coordinator with administrative tasks such as taking attendance, keeping track of office hours, recording service hours, and running the mentor program and will report these to the Coordinator regularly. This position will make sure that both staff and member meetings are running according to schedule. He will also assist the FLF coordinator on any necessary duties including funding allocations of the budget.

Katie Strickland & William Motazedi – Co-ASG Branch Coordinators

The ASG Branch Coordinators will plan the Senate Simulation and the Executive/Judicial Simulation. Additionally, the Branch Coordinators will manage the Freshman Proxy system in coordination with the Chair of Senate. The ASG Branch Coordinators will assist the Coordinator in presenting recent ASG initiatives to the Freshmen, as well as presenting relevant aspects of the ASG Constitution and Code on a regular basis.

Julia Nall & Michael Fuhrman – Co-Big Event Coordinators

The Big Event Coordinators will plan the annual Big Event in the spring, as well as the new Campus Event in the winter. The Big Event is an annual event planned by the freshmen which benefits the community in a philanthropic manner. The Coordinators will organize the freshmen and report their progress to the Coordinator regularly.

Coleman Warren – RSO Outreach Coordinator

The Student Organizations Coordinator will organize speakers from organizations across campus to talk to the Freshman about different ways they could be involved as leaders on campus during their college career. Additionally, the Student Organizations Coordinator will assist the Coordinator in recruiting freshmen through various groups on campus.

 Alison Creasey – Leadership Development Coordinator

The Leadership Development Coordinator will think of inventive ways to teach Freshmen tools they will need to succeed as a leader on campus. Programming may include but is not limited to resume reviews, interview practice, information about applications on campus, how to type a professional email, how to get a vendor to sponsor an event, how to meet with an administrator, how to manage your time, leadership tips from various renowned campus leaders, and more. Finally, the Leadership Development Coordinator will operate the ASG Mentor program

Katie Gardner – Mentor Development Coordinator

The Mentor Development Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, pairing, and implementing the mentorship program within Freshman Leadership Forum. The main focus of this position is to empower mentors to support and effectively lead their mentees. In this role, he or she will be required to set the guidelines for the mentorship program, hold mentors accountable, provide opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet up and conduct the mentorship pairing process.



2019-2020 Freshman Leadership Forum Members

Stephanie Beals

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Major: Political Science and Journalism

Grant Blanchette

Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas

Major: Finance

Alexis Brashears

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Major: English

Terah Bryson

Hometown: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Major: Nursing

Alisha Chatlani

Hometown: Rogers, Arkansas

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Sophie Chier

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Major: Psychology and International Studies

Zach Clonch

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Major: Finance

Sam Cobbs

Hometown: Rogers, Arkansas

Major: Communications

Sarah Dallas

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Major: Early Childhood Education

Lana Dranow

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Psychology/Pre-Law

Piper Duke

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major: Nursing 

Josie Edwards

Hometown: Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Major: Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Mary Eichenberger

Hometown: Clarksville, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Business/Pre-Law

Gerson Fajardo

Hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas

Major: Engineering

Billie Firmin

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Political Science

Margaret Fitzgerald

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Major: Journalism

Elizabeth Ford

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Major: Biochemistry

Emily Furlow

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Psychology

Gabi Gies

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Christian Greer

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Major: Communications and Journalism


Jessica Griffin

Hometown: Paragould, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Communications and Agriculture Leadership

Nathaniel Harris

Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas

Major: Industrial Engineering

Holland Harvat

Hometown:  Lawrence, Kansas

Major: Biology

Emily Heidemann

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Major:  Marketing


Payton Hicks

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Major: Business

Peyton Jobe

Hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas

Major: Public Health

Maddie Jones

Hometown: Joplin, Missouri

Major: Psychology

Hunter Lindeman

Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Major: Physics

Abigail Lindsey

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Major: Political Science

Lauren Loften

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Public Health/Political Science

Alexander Mackey

Hometown: Casseville, Missouri

Major: Political Science

Kaleb Manley

Hometown: Texarkana, Arkansas

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Miguel Marin

Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas

Major: International Business – Finance 

Maggie Martin

Hometown: Cabot, Arkansas

Major: English and Political Science

Anna Mathis

Hometown: Valley Springs, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Communications

Payton Mcginnis

Hometown: College Station, Texas

Major: Poultry Science and Agriculture Leadership

Tyler Merreighn

Hometown: Greenwood, Arkansas

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Logan Moss

Hometown: Rosston, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Leadership and Agriculture Development

Ana Pendergast

Hometown: Leawood, Kansas

Major: International Business and Economics

Allison Primm

From: Rogers, Arkansas

Major: International Business

Griffin Prior

Hometown: Cabot, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Business

Addison Pummill

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Information Systems – Business Analytics

Miller Redfern

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Biochemistry

Seth Roundtree

Hometown: Lucas, Missouri

Major: Political Science and Finance

Alden Sadler

Hometown: Southlake, Texas

Major: Nursing

Julia Sanders

Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Major: Finance and Political Science

Tiana Sigears

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Biology

Grant Smith

Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas

Major: International and Global Studies

Kaitlyn Smythe

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: Social Work

Lauren Stephens

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

Major: Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Grace Thompson

Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Major: Agriculture Leadership and Agriculture Communications

Trey Thompson

Hometown: Batesville, Arkansas

Major: Electrical Engineering

Colin Keady

Hometown: Alma, Arkansas

Major: Political Science and Broadcast Journalism

Ben Turner

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Major: Supply Chain Management

Reagan White

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Major: International Business

Tamia White

Hometown: Wynne, Arkansas

Major: Business and Political Science