Trisha Montague, Senior Vice President and Administrator

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Administrator - Arkansas Children's NorthwestTrisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, serves as senior vice president and administrator for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Montague has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership in patient care delivery and pediatric nursing practice. Her career has been dedicated to the care of sick children and families and she has been privileged to work with a variety of children’s hospitals across the United States. Her previous experience includes building new spaces and programs for children’s hospitals in New Jersey and Texas.

Montague earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver where she started her career at Colorado Children’s Hospital. She continued her formal nursing education with a Master of Science degree in nursing administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


Michael Howard, Chief Nursing Officer

Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA, serves as chief nursing officer (CNO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of nursing/patient care services at ACNW.

Howard came to ACNW from the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where he served as the director of pediatric emergency services. For more than nine years he led the emergency services team and facilities, which includes two emergency departments, an urgent care center, a center for abused children and a staff of 120 personnel.

Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Waynesburg College in 1996. He went on to complete a master’s degree in management, a master’s degree in health administration and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.


Dr. Robert Williams, Chief Medical Officer

Robert S. Williams, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer - Arkansas Children's NorthwestRobert S. Williams, M.D., FAAP, serves as chief medical officer (CMO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Previously, Williams served as an assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He worked closely with electronic medical record systems as the information technology medical director at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine before being named the medical director for pediatric emergency medicine.

Williams earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California and received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed both his pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children's Hospital.