Garland County Imagination Library

STAFF

Anita Watson

Board Chair

Anita Watson joined the Garland County Imagination Library in 2016 when Garland County Imagination Library expanded to include Montgomery County. She was responsible for raising funds and registering children in Montgomery County. After being on the Board for a year she expanded her duties and served as the Board Vice Chair and is now the Board Chair.

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.

Janet McAdams

Board Vice Chair

Janet joined Imagination Library of the Ouachitas board in October 2015 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. She joined the board a few months prior to retiring and served as the Chair for two years. Janet helps with grant writing to support the efforts of the board. She is a registered nurse who worked for the Arkansas Department of Health for the last 28 years of her career the last four years as Garland County Administrator before retiring December 2015. Prior to this she was a Regional Director of Hometown Health. In this role she worked with local health unit administrators, community leaders and health educators in 17 counties to identify and work on community needs.

Gail Greenberg

Board Secretary

Gail Greenberg was raised in Ada, Oklahoma; but was born in Little Rock, Arkansas so she is a Razorback! She received her BSE in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville in 1968. She and her husband, Irv, spent 20 years in the Air Force so she was a substitute teacher during those years. She did teach actual 3rd Grade and 6th Grade at Little Rock Air Force Base but found that she was better at being an Executive Secretary than teaching. Her favorite subject in college was “Kiddie Lit” (Children’s Literature) so she was quick to volunteer when the Garland County Imagination Library was begun by Hot Springs National Park (HSNP) Rotary Club in 2012. She served as the Executive Secretary of Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club for 25 years,1992-2017.

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

Board Treasurer

Ann Sutton Prince is a retired Certified Public Accountant with over 45 years of experience in public practice and medical office management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock after graduating from Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, AR. She has served on the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, the Arkansas Society of CPAs Board, and the DeGray Chapter of CPAs. Her community board services include the United Way, the Salvation Army, the Oaklawn Rotary, the Lakeside Alumni Association, and Quachita Children’s Center.

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

Speakers Bureau

Dr. Penny L. Beed moved to Arkansas from Iowa in 2012 after her retirement from the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa. She received both her M.A. in Reading Disabilities and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Literacy Education from the University of Iowa. An educator for 43 years, she taught all ages K-12 in public schools for 23 years and undergraduate and graduate students at the university level for 20 more years. Additionally, she served as an international consultant in literacy education for 13 years.

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.

Salli Forbes

Dr. Salli Forbes

Research and Grant Writer

Dr. Salli Forbes is Professor Emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was the Director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy until her retirement in June 2019. A literacy educator for 39 years, Dr. Forbes served as a junior high and elementary school teacher in schools in Illinois and Iowa. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy. Her research and publications focus on reading fluency, student engagement and motivation, responsive teaching, and educational change.

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.

Marla Stewart

Marla Stewart

Board Member Supporting Pike County

Marla has served on the board since 2018. She graduated from Murfreesboro High School, LPN nursing program at Waynesville MO Vo-Tech, and Henderson State University with a BA and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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.

Sharon Westerman

Board Member

Sharon is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a degree in secondary education and master’s degree in special education. She is currently a dyslexia interventionist in a secondary public school.

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.