Board of Directors
Beaver Water District, formed under Arkansas Act 114 of 1957, is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. The District is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county. The board meets monthly, on the third Thursday.
Bill Watkins is principal attorney at the law firm of Watkins, Boyer, Gray & Curry, PLLC in Rogers. He is a former board member of the Rogers Public Education Foundation, past president of the Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club, and past chairman of board of Main Street Rogers, which works to revitalize the city’s downtown while maintaining its history and charm. Mr. Watkins is also past chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce. (Benton County)
Chris Weiser is owner and Chief Executive Officer of J.V Manufacturing, Inc., based in Springdale. J.V. Manufacturing is a family-owned business that produces Cram-A-Lot® Solid Waste and Recycling Equipment. Mr. Weiser currently serves as Chair of the Springdale Water and Sewer Commission and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority. He also serves on the board of Hope Cancer Resources, formerly NARTI, where he served as past chair. Additionally, he is a member and past board member of the Springdale Rotary Club. (Washington County)
Woody Bassett, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, has practiced law for 40 years and is a partner in the Bassett Law Firm LLP in Fayetteville. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from the Arkansas Law School in 1977. He served as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on a case in 1996, and he received the outstanding lawyer award from the Arkansas Bar Association in 2003. Mr. Bassett’s current areas of service include Washington Regional Medical Foundation Board, Washington Regional Medical System and Washington Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, and Life Styles Board of Directors. Mr. Bassett also is active in Washington County and in Fayetteville on other community projects and charitable fundraising groups. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church. (Washington County)
David A. Short is retired President and CEO of Arvest Bank, Benton County, and he previously served as President of the Beaver Water District Board of Directors. Most recently he received the Sam Walton Award for his contributions to the community from the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. His Arvest career took him to Bartlesville, Okla., where he served as a board member and fund drive chairman for the United Way, as well as the Public Library Trust Authority; to Siloam Springs where he was a board member of the Child Development Center; and to Bentonville, where he has been president of the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation. (Benton County)
Mary L. Gardner, of Prairie Creek near Rogers, owns Powerhouse Industrial Supply in Springdale with her husband, Jeff. She has a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting/Computer Information Systems from the University of Arkansas. She also has completed the wives program within the School of Biblical Studies at Harding University. Her career over 22 years has been in New Automotive Accounting as Controller, working at six franchised dealerships in three states. Ms. Gardner has interests in family, healthy living, good stewardship and personal liberty. In addition to serving on the District’s board, she is Treasurer for the Washington County Tea Party and is active within the churches of Christ, where she participates in home group studies. (Benton County)
Leigh Ann Johnston, who joined Tyson Foods in 2001, is Director of Sustainable Food Strategy. Johnston is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy and related efforts. This entails working with all business units within Tyson Foods to achieve the company’s sustainability strategy, assisting the company in building partnerships with internal and external stakeholder groups, and leading the development of the company’s sustainability report. She serves as Tyson Foods’ representative on the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and as Chair of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Egg. Johnston is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, cooking, and managing Red Kite Coffee Company, which she co-owns. (Washington County)