The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce announces members of the Leadership Pine Bluff Class of 2019. The class will hold their first session Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Chamber.


Leadership Pine Bluff Class of 2019 members include:


Rebekah Biernacki of Relyance Bank; Amber Blankenship of ATeam Staffing Services; Tavante Calhoun Sr. of UHS/Pinnacle Pointe Outpatient Behavioral Health; Deshona D. Collins of Davis Life Care/The Gardens/Whispering Knolls Assisted Living Facility; Kevin L. Crumpton Sr. of the Sixth Division Circuit Court (juvenile court);


Tiffany Curengton of Brookshire’s/Super 1 Foods; Mark Dutton of Simmons Bank; Tongia Gaston of Entergy Arkansas Inc.; Zac Gober of Express Employment Professionals; Gyrod D. Harrisof Hampton Inn & Suites; Wayne Harris of Jefferson Regional Medical Center; Earnest Ingram of the Sixth Division Circuit Court (juvenile court);


Trina Jackson of Trotter Ford-Lincoln; Rachel McAfee of Pine Bluff Arsenal; Greg Morman of Pine Bluff Cotton Belt Federal Credit Union; Alexander Noguerola of Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School; Valarie Porchia of Trinity Village; Sarah Price of city of Pine Bluff; John Proctor of Southeast Arkansas College; Paula Savage of Arkansas Department of Correction; Reid Stewart of Central Moloney Inc.; Alex Smith of McClelland Consulting Engineers; Scott Socia of Relyance Bank; Joyce L. Wilson of Simmons Bank; and Justine G. Word, Southeast Arkansas College.


Scholarship recipients


An anonymous Chamber committee selected the following scholarship recipients from the class roster:


Pat Lile Scholarship — The Pat Lile Scholarship recipient is Tavante Calhoun Sr. The primary criteria set for this award is that the individual exemplifies LPB Founding Director Pat Lile’s qualities of enthusiasm, commitment to service, optimism, honesty, objectivity, fairness and perseverance, according to the release.


The J. Thomas May Scholarship — The J. Thomas May Scholarship recipient is Alex Noguerola. The 2019 J. Thomas May Scholarship is sponsored by Simmons Bank. May is the chairman of the Simmons First Foundation.


“The primary criteria set for this award is that the individual exemplifies Tommy May’s recognized qualities of dedication to Pine Bluff and its business community, commitment to community service and economic development, optimism and positive thinking, enthusiasm, honesty, objectivity, and innate leadership ability,” according to the release.