Leadership at Arkansas Children's Northwest

Get to know the leadership team at Arkansas Children's Northwest. We are champions for children in Springdale and surrounding areas.

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Administrator - Arkansas Children's Northwest

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, serves as senior vice president and administrator for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The new campus, now under construction in Springdale, Arkansas, represents a $427.7 million investment over the next five years. 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 both New Jersey and Texas.

Montague received 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.

Diana McDaniel, FACMPE, Vice President of Operations, Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Diana McDaniel, FACMPE, serves as vice president of operations for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. She is responsible for providing oversight and direction for operational, administrative and ancillary services at ACNW.

McDaniel most recently served as the executive director of Medical Administration for Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), overseeing physician workforce planning, contract administration and credentialing for more than 500 medical staff providers. 

Her journey with ACH began in 2007 when she became a volunteer in Child Life. After spending five years with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics, she joined Medical Administration at ACH in 2011 as senior project director before becoming executive director.

Robert S. Williams, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer - Arkansas Children's Northwest

Robert S. Williams, M.D., FAAP, serves as chief medical officer (CMO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW). 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 Medical Center 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 and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA, Chief Nursing Officer - Arkansas Children's Northwest

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

Howard comes 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.

Michael received a Bachelor of Nursing from Waynesburg College in 1996. He went on to complete a master’s in Management, a master’s in Health Administration and a master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.