Minutes from 2019 Membership Meeting & Potential Board Members' Biographies

2019 QQA Annual Membership Meeting
October 23, 2019
6:00 Meeting
Moon Distributors

  • Welcome: 6:00 p.m. Ashli Ahrens, QQA Board President
  • Approval of 2018 Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
  • Reelection of Board Members for Three Year Terms, Chuck Cliett, Chair of Nominating & Board Development Committee: Chuck Cliett
  • Election of New Board Members: Ann Ballard Bryan, Antonio Figueroa, Jena Selva, Angela Sortor, Darius Walton, Doyle Webb
  • Recognition of retiring Board Members, Ashli Ahrens, QQA Board President: Jean Block, Shana Graes, John Herzog, Gabe Holmstrom, Kathy McCarroll
  • QQA By-Laws Proposed Revisions, Chuck Cliett, QQA Board Secretary
  • Report on 2019-2020: Patricia M. Blick, Executive Director
  • Greater Little Rock Preservation Awards: Denise Ennett, State Representative-Elect, District 36
  • Awards of Merit
  • Jimmy Strawn Award: Jill Judy & Mark Brown
  • Adjourn: Ashli Ahrens, QQA Board President

Potential Board Members Biographies 

Ian Beard: Ian Beard has been a resident of downtown Little Rock since moving to town in 2005, residing first in the MacArthur Park area and since 2009 in the Dunbar Historic District. Ian is a founding partner of Stone's Throw Brewing, and previously worked at the Old State House Museum. He currently serves on the boards of the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation and Arkansas Brewers Guild, and has worked with QQA on a number of past events including Festivus and the Spring Tour of Homes Preview Party.   

Cecil Ennett: Cecil and his wife Denise were the driving force behind the National Register listing of the Kleinschmidt house in the Pettaway neighborhood and its restoration, which won an Award of Merit from the QQA in 2016 and will be featured on the 2021 QQA Spring Tour.  He is active in the Pettaway Neighborhood Association and sits on the board of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation.  Cecil has earned degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma University and the University of Oklahoma. Cecil is an Air Force veteran and possesses professional experience with other governmental organizations, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs where he currently works as a Claims Examiner/Legal Administrative Specialist.   

Anglea Boyd Matthews: Angela Boyd Mathews is a resident of the Central High Neighborhood Historic District with her husband, Bobby, and their schnauzer, Lucy.  Angela is actively involved in the Central High Neighborhood Association. She is a real estate attorney and investor with a passion for preserving the details and craftsmanship of Little Rock’s historic architecture.  She and her husband, along with Angela’s mother, Lynn, use their resources to restore vacant, blighted historic properties into affordable housing for their neighbors. In her free time, Angela enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking. 

Richard Steinkamp: Richard’s relatives first lived in the QQA Mansion District in the mid-1880’s! In 1922, his grandparents built their family home, which still stands, at 22nd and State streets. So, Richard’s personal commitment to the QQA and its preservation activities is grounded in the history of its neighborhoods. After graduating with an economics degree from the Wharton School, Richard worked for an investment banking firm in New York and Philadelphia. After receiving a law degree, he practiced in Washington, DC with the US Securities & Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice, before returning home to practice with Rose law firm. When President Clinton was elected, they returned to Washington, where Richard was an appointee in several cabinet departments, ending as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at Commerce. In 2015, Richard and Lenora retired from DC real estate and moved home, again to the Mansion area. They restored and currently live in the historic 1938 Mayer cottage.

Amber Crouch: Amber Crouch joined Crews & Associates, Inc., as the Regulatory Counsel and Senior Compliance Officer in May 2016. Crews is a full-service broker-dealer based in Little Rock and specializing in fixed-income products. Prior to Crews, Amber was an enforcement attorney for five and a half years with the Arkansas Securities Department. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and obtained her law degree, with honors, from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Before law school, Amber worked for former U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln for five years in both Washington, D.C., and Little Rock. She is a current member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Fixed Income Committee. Amber and her husband, Courtney, live in Hillcrest. Courtney is a past president of Preserve Arkansas.