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AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

The Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at ACRI has two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA positions available.  Both positions will build capacity for their respective programs as well as the organization itself.  Read the position descriptions below for a complete list of the expectations and benefits.

Arkansas Farm to School Program Coordinator

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For more information please contact Emily English at esenglish@uams.edu or 501-364-3390. 

Emily English, DrPH, MPS

Emily English

Emily English is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She directs the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at Arkansas Children's Research Institute. Emily received her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and her Master and Doctorate of Public Health from the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to graduate school, Emily worked on and managed small, organic farming operations in Arkansas and Oregon.

Cale Nicholson, MA

Cale Searcy

Cale Nicholson is a Program Manager in the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at Arkansas Children's Research Institute. Cale received his BA in English from the University of Central Arkansas and his MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. Cale has developed and supported multiple teaching gardens across the state and southern region of the country, including the Community Supported Agriculture farm at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, the Teaching Garden and the OxfTeaching and Girls Club in Oxford, Mississippi, and the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Jenna Rhodes, MA, MPS, MPH

Jenna Rhodes

Jenna Rhodes is a Program Manager in the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at Arkansas Children's Research Institute. She received a BS in Biology from Northwest Missouri State University. She later completed a concurrent degree program and received a Masters of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service, and a Masters of Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  As a part of her graduate work, she performed qualitative data collection and analysis from school and community partners involved in several new Arkansas school gardens, as well as worked on economic development projects related to walkability and strengthening local community organizational capacity, including the creation and continued coordination of a diverse community coalition.

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Judith Weber, Ph.D., RD

Judith Weber, PhD, RD

Dr. Weber is the Director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a childhood obesity researcher with over 20 years of experience in obesity prevention, including energy balance, and dietary and physical activity assessment. She has a history of consistent funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for studies addressing individual and environmental risk factors for obesity and related chronic diseases, school-, worksite-, and community-based obesity prevention interventions, and methodological issues in dietary and physical activity assessment. Dr. Weber obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in 1994, and completed her postdoctoral training in Physiology in 1999, from the University of Arizona. She is also a Registered Dietitian. In her role as Lead Investigator, Dr. Weber is responsible for the direction of all aspects of the overall program.