Pine Bluffs natives Jerricka Handley, Kedrick Jones and Kanesha Adams recently completed the New Leaders Council Institute, an extensive six-month program for young professionals.

NLC Arkansas is a community of young professionals who are eager to strengthen their leadership skills and apply them to making Arkansas stronger, according to a news release.


Handley is the business owner for Handley Global Group LLC. “She consults with business owners and consumers to provide quality products and services that are effective, efficient, and cost saving solutions,” according to the release.

Handley has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master of Arts degree in human resources management from Webster University.


Jones is president of the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network and the IT network specialist for Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas.

“Mr. Jones is well rounded within community involvement, leadership, web design, social media management, business management, software management, end-user training, IT support, management, and mentoring,” according to the release.

A 2018 Leadership Pine Bluff graduate, Jones is also a board member of Leadership Pine Bluff Alumni and LINQ for Life. He earned the 2019 Young Professional of the Year Award. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and is pursuing his master’s degree in information technology management at Western Governors University.


Adams was recently named the education programs coordinator of The Generator at Pine Bluff. She is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Leadership department at the University of Alabama, an educator and business owner. Adams received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she studied criminal justice and sociology. At UALR, Adams joined the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., was a member of Friday Fellows, worked with AmeriCorps-Children International, and conducted research as a McNair Scholar.


“NLC Arkansas fellows are progressive advocates, risk takers and emerging leaders in their fields. Fellows come from multiple industries. They are educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, corporate professionals, lawyers, and non-profit leaders,” according to the release.