Conway Cradle Care Board Members
Dr. Jennifer Penner
Jennifer Penner is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hendrix College. Jennifer frequently teaches and travel abroad with college students. She is also involved in a study abroad program in Rwanda that educates and empowers young girls at Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology, a part of the Rwanda Girls Initiative.
"I'm so happy to be a part of Conway Cradle Care because it shapes the future of the community by investing in and empowering two generations-the young women and men that we reach through our mentoring program and the babies and toddlers that we reach through our infant and early childhood program."
"Conway Cradle Care provides much needed services for young parents in our area to complete their schooling. As an educator, our graduation rate is highly important to me, and CCC helps so many students who might not otherwise finish school."
Secretary & Public Relations
Melissa Dunbar-Gates is a freelance television journalist. Melinda also serves on the Conway Regional Fitness center board; and has previously served on the Blackbird Academy of Art board. She also enjoys volunteering with the Symphony Designer House, school PTO, and leading bible studies for young moms.
"I have witnessed teenage mothers and their babies thrive when given the support they need and Conway Cradle Care offers exactly that."