The executive staff at Arkansas Children's are dedicated to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.
Dr. Frederick (Rick) E. Barr serves as executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer for Arkansas Children’s. He also holds the Jonathan R. Bates, MD Endowed Chair for Improving Child Health.
In his role, he elevates physician leadership and bridge operational, clinical and academic pursuits across the organization.
From October 2017 through November 2020, Dr. Barr served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, as well as pediatrician in chief for Arkansas Children’s and interim president of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.
Dr. Barr also co-directed the formation of the child health practice collaborative to oversee and guide activity at and between Arkansas Children’s and UAMS including physician operations, clinic operations, research, education and finance subcommittees.
Brent Thompson, J.D., serves as Arkansas Children’s executive vice president/chief legal officer. Prior to joining Arkansas Children’s, he served as chief legal officer for Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a system with more than 900 licensed beds and 6,000 employees. Thompson’s experience also includes his role as an assistant general counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
Thompson earned his law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law and is an alum of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He has extensive experience in litigation, hospital policies and procedures and hospital compliance with federal laws.
Jamie Wiggins Ph.D. (c), MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, serves as the executive vice president/chief operating officer for Arkansas Children’s. He has considerable experience in children's hospital clinical and administrative operations with a deep understanding of pediatric healthcare safety, quality and innovation.
Prior to Arkansas Children's Jamie served as Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer & Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Hospital New Orleans. Wiggins has also held leadership positions at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Children's Minnesota, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
He earned his Associate Degree in Nursing from Pitt Community College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing and Health Systems Leadership from the University of California – San Francisco, and Master of Business Administration from Nicholls State University. Wiggins is a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing candidate at LSUHSC-NO, where he is researching the association of the nursing professional practice environment on pediatric acute care outcomes. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified Nurse Executive-Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Ashlie Hilbun, Ed.D., CFRE, serves as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Arkansas Children’s. She leads planning efforts, advances business strategy and oversees strategic marketing for the state’s only pediatric health system.
Previously, Hilbun served in the Arkansas Children’s Foundation as vice president of philanthropy, co-leading the system’s fundraising strategy and crafting external messaging. She has also served as a senior development officer and executive director of philanthropy for Arkansas Children’s Foundation.
Before joining the Arkansas Children’s team, she led development and external relations for the University of Arkansas J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, where she worked as a thought leader, coordinating strategic program development with leadership, philanthropy and advocacy. She also worked in disaster recovery in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Hilbun earned a doctorate of education from the University of Arkansas, holds a master’s degree in social work from Tulane University and is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport.
Crystal Kohanke, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, ACC, serves as senior vice president and chief people officer for Arkansas Children’s.
Kohanke has a wealth of strategic experience in diverse organizations and industries ranging from healthcare to education, marketing services and the financial sector. She most recently served as group vice president of Human Resources for CHRISTUS Health South Texas, where her responsibilities have included the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
Kohanke earned a BBA in Accounting from St. Mary’s University and her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management Systems from Chapman University. She is a SHRM-certified professional, a certified stakeholder centered coach, an associate certified coach and holds the Professional in Human Resources certification.
She has been recognized with the DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council and the National Diversity Council and received the Women Leadership Award in the corporate executive category from the San Antonio Business Journal.
Erin Parker, MBA, CHC, CHPC, CHRC, serves as the senior vice president/chief information officer for Arkansas Children’s. She is responsible for building partnerships while leading the organization’s focus on systems security, infrastructure, and digital initiatives that make healthcare more accessible and seamless for workforce, providers, and patients and their caregivers.
Parker has a deep knowledge of the state’s only pediatric health system, as well as dynamic leadership experience and a track record of driving culture, strategic development and compliance. She most recently served as vice president/system compliance officer for Arkansas Children’s, capping 14 years of progressive leadership roles with the system.
Parker holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a bachelor’s in professional accountancy from Ouachita Baptist University. She is certified in health care compliance (CHC) and healthcare privacy compliance (CHPC), and she is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Chief Information Officer cohort.
Jason Williams, Psy.D., M.S. Ed., serves as senior vice president and chief mental and behavioral health officer at Arkansas Children’s and division chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He has extensive knowledge in the field of Psychiatry and Psychology and is known for his leadership at the local, regional and national level.
As the Chief Mental and Behavioral Health Officer, he is responsible for further developing the Arkansas Children’s mental and behavioral health service line structure to meet the needs of children with mental, behavioral and developmental challenges across the system.
Prior to Arkansas Children’s Dr. Williams served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and as the Director of Operations in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He received his master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California, and his doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California. He completed an internship and postdoctoral training program at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Dr. Pete Mourani serves as the senior vice president and chief research officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI). He is the fifth president of ACRI. Additionally, he holds the Ross and Mary Whipple Family Distinguished Research Scientist Endowed Chair.
Dr. Mourani also serves as the site Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member for the prestigious eight-site National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) supported Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (CPCCRN), which performs impactful clinical research in the field of pediatric critical illness and injury.
He previously worked at the University of Colorado and Children’s Colorado Hospital as professor of pediatrics in the section of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Mourani has served as the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Clinical Research Organization (CCRO) and most recently the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute.
Enid Olvey, CFRE, serves as senior vice president of philanthropy for Arkansas Children's and president of Arkansas Children's Foundation, where she leads fundraising strategy, leadership, direction and operations.
A member of the Arkansas Children’s team since 2003, Olvey has held many roles in the Foundation, gaining experience in advancement services, campaign planning and strategy, case development, corporate giving, direct marketing, donor relations, major and principal gifts and prospect research.
Olvey holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lyon College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).