President & Chief Executive Officer
Judith S. Wooten, MHA, FACHE, joined the Arkansas Hospice team as vice president and chief operating officer in 2002. She was named president and chief executive officer in 2011. Her healthcare career began as a patient representative in a large, tertiary care, teaching hospital in 1980, where she “fell in love with healthcare.” Judy earned a Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in 1985. Since then, she has been a hospital administrator, a managed care executive, and a management and healthcare consultant. Judy is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a Certified Hospice Administrator. She is the past president of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas and serves on the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In recognition of her healthcare leadership and service, Judy was named the 2020 recipient of the ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior Level Healthcare Executive.
Katherine T. Jones
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Katherine T. Jones joined Arkansas Hospice in 2007 as Director of Finance and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas and an extensive background of more than 20 years in healthcare finance, billing, and related regulatory affairs. As an industry advocate, she has served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas for more than six years. Her expertise in this role has been vital in representing hospice and palliative care financial interests and supporting the hospice industry in regulatory and legislative matters. Kathy has worked extensively with Arkansas Medicaid on changes and issues that impact all hospice providers in the state. In 2013, she was named Nonprofit CFO of the Year by Arkansas Business. Currently, Kathy oversees Arkansas Hospice’s Health Information Management, Information Technology, Billing, Finance, and Materials Management departments.
Brian Bell, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Brian Bell joined Arkansas Hospice in 2016. He is board certified both in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, and he is one of only a few Fellows in the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in the state. Dr. Bell has been working in hospice care since 2006 and is currently on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he teaches all hospice and palliative medicine fellows. Currently, he serves on the Professional Education Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Over the past four years, he has given multiple lectures to UAMS case management students to better educate them on hospice and palliative care. Dr. Bell has served on the Arkansas Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (POLST) Taskforce since 2017 and worked with the legislature and others in its passage. Previously, he was on faculty at two medical schools in South Carolina and started the first hospice and palliative medicine fellowship in that state in 2014.
Anita Deal, RN
Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Anita Deal joined Arkansas Hospice in 2009 and was promoted to Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer in 2021. She graduated from Baptist School of Nursing in 1991 with highest honors. An accomplished nursing professional in both clinical and administrative roles, Anita has more than 30 years of nursing experience with 28 years focused on hospice and palliative care. She has 25 years of experience in supervision of hospice nursing, social work, and chaplain staff in both the home and inpatient settings. Anita oversees clinical education and mentoring, quality improvement, EMR software support, and clinical practice throughout the organization.
Kim Kirkman, Ed.D
Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer
Kimberlee Shaffer Kirkman, Ed.D, joined Arkansas Hospice in September 2022 as Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer. Kirkman assumed the role after more than a decade of service in higher education at Taylor University and Harding University. Her tenure at Taylor coincided with a record year of fundraising. Before her time at Taylor, Kirkman was the executive director of the American Studies Institute at Harding University. She developed student leadership programs, hosted nationally recognized speakers in the lecture series, established program endowments, and solicited support in alignment with the university’s mission and program for record fundraising at ASI.
Kirkman earned her Ed.D from Harding University and is the author of scholarly research on mentoring.
Kirkman has been married for more than 35 years to her husband, Brett, and they are the proud parents of four grown children and two grandchildren.
Executive Director, First Choice Senior Care
Kayla Bogle joined the Arkansas Hospice team on January 1, 2022, when her home-care agency, First Choice Senior Care, joined Arkansas Hospice’s Family of Care.
Kayla built First Choice Senior Care from the ground up, and she currently serves as its executive director. Kayla’s background includes 30 years of experience operating nursing homes, marketing for hospice care and managing several departments in a rehabilitation hospital. She has a passion for helping seniors and their families navigate care as they age.
Kayla has received numerous awards for sales and quality achievements in hospice and long-term care. First Choice Senior Care has won Excellence in Leadership, Provider of Choice, and Employer of Choice awards under her leadership. She is a Certified Senior Advisor® and Certified Dementia Practitioner®.
Kayla holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arkansas State University.
These organizations ensure that Arkansas Hospice and the Arkansas Hospice Foundation maintain the highest of standards, and uniquely bind us to the community. The current members and officers are:
Kelly Carney, Chair
Rhonda Finnie, Chair-Elect
Michael Brown, Vice Chair
Brooke Bumpers, Secretary
Dr. David Reding, Treasurer
Barbara Sugg, Chair Emeritus
Bruce Holsted, Arkansas Hospice Foundation Chair
Patricia Stanley Luppen
Bruce Holsted, Chair
Dr. Lewis Shepherd, Jr., Chair-Elect
Karen Flake, Vice Chair
Vivian Trickey Smith, Secretary
Dr. Robert Skinner, Treasurer
Kim Pruitt, Chair Emeritus
Kelly Carney, Arkansas Hospice Chair
Anna Kay Frueauff
Dr. Mary Ann Rollans
You can take part in leading the fight for providing comfort care for those who are most vulnerable through the Arkansas Hospice Foundation. Click for details.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.