Anita moved to Arkansas in 2005 from Silicon Valley California. Anita began her career in the computer industry in St. Louis working for a company who manufactured Radiation Treatment Planning Systems and Body/Brian Scanners. She moved to California in 1980 to continue her career in the computer industry where she held various technical, sales support, project management and management roles at Tandem Computer for 19 years. She joined Sun Microsystem in 2000 and worked in various management and marketing positions until retiring in 2010.
Anita lives in the Harbor South Community adjacent to Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita with her husband.
Board Vice Chair
Gail has spent these last 9 years with Garland County Imagination Library as a supporter and data clerk. She handles the online registrations for all three counties and helps with updating of addresses for those who have a problem doing things via the internet. She has served as secretary to the board since 2018.
She and Irv are ardent supporters of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and have seen the excellent work that is provided to young people by this program. Her grandchildren have loved receiving books in the mail each month!
Ann Sutton Prince
An avid traveler, reader, and gardener, Ann is the newest Board Member with the Garland County Imagination Library serving as the Board Treasurer.
Dr. Penny Beed
Her research focused on early language and literacy development and school-parent collaboration. As a member of the board of the Imagination Library of the Ouachitas, Dr. Beed enjoys speaking to service organizations and getting books into the hands of young children by registering them at preschools, daycares and community events. She lives with her husband in Hot Springs Village.
Dr. Salli Forbes
Research and Grant Writer
Salli lives with her husband William Forbes in Hot Springs Village. In retirement, Salli continues to be committed to literacy opportunities for all children. She is fulfilling that commitment by serving on the Board of Directors of the Imagination Library of the Ouachitas.
Board Member Supporting Pike County
She worked as the school nurse at Kirby Schools, taught at Delight High School and Nashville High School. She is also a former business owner in Glenwood, AR.
Marla has been a Sunday school teacher for decades. She serves on the Glenwood Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and is the barn quilt coordinator for Pike County Arkansas Quilt Trails. One of her special interests is volunteering for The Call in Pike and Montgomery Counties.
Marla lives in Kirby with Randy, her husband of 50 years. She has three grown children and two grandsons.
Because she believes one of the best things, she regularly did with her own children was read to them often, she wishes to help get books into the hands of local parents. In addition, she wishes to educate parents on the importance of vocabulary building before a child enters school.
Sharon lives in Hot Springs with her husband of 30 years. She has four grown children, three dogs, and one cat.