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Nanette Heard

Executive Director

Nanette Heard has been Executive Director of United Way of Northeast Arkansas (UWNEA) since November, 2010.  Originally hired as an accountant in 2004, she previously worked as a staff accountant with Jones & Company.  Nanette has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.  She has experience in writing and working with grants since 2004 and previously served as President for the State of Arkansas Assoc. of United Way.  Nanette is a graduate of Leadership Jonesboro (class of 2014) and received a certificate of achievement through Dale Carnegie in 2011.  She is active with Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce serving as a Goodwill Ambassador, Community Benefits Organization and Jonesboro Unlimited Committees.  She is also a member of Jonesboro Rotary Club, American Advertising Federation, P.E.O (Chapter AJ), SHRM and is a life member of Junior Auxiliary.  Nanette and her husband Ron have been married since 2003 and are members of First United Methodist Church.


Fun Fact:  It’s been rumored Nanette has never met a pair of shoes she didn’t like!



Shaila Creekmore

Director of Business Development

Shaila Creekmore joined the United Way of Northeast Arkansas in April 2016 as Director of Business Development. Before joining the United Way staff, she was a photographer and writer for Occasions Publishing Group for 11 years where she worked with numerous non-profits promoting and publicizing their work in the community. She is an associate member of Junior Auxiliary where she served as President and currently serves on the district committee for the Crowley’s Ridge District of Boy Scouts of America. A native of Little Rock, Shaila graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism and a minor in Sociology. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married 20 years and have two boys, Samuel and Tyler who attend Valley View.

Fun Fact: Shaila can tie just about any situation in life to an episode of Friends.


Abraham Islas 


Abraham joined United Way in March of 2019. Prior to joining the United Way team, he worked as a bookkeeper for many local construction companies and house developers. Working with these industries provided Abraham with the valuable experience in start-up businesses and those companies that need to catch-up on months or even years of bookkeeping. A native of Mexico City, Abraham graduated from Arkansas State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with an emphasis in accounting.  He plans to continue his education to earn a Master’s degree. Abraham and his wife Dacota celebrated the birth of their first child, Leonardo last year. Other interests include watching sports, working on his small business (car lot) and spending time with his family 

Fun Fact: Travelled to Spain to watch Real Madrid in the champions league. 

Erin Calhoon joined United Way of Northeast Arkansas in August of 2019 as the Director of Programs and Events. In her role at UWNEA, she facilitates programs and events benefitting the Education, Health, and Income interests of Northeast Arkansas. She relocated from Little Rock, where she was the Communications, Legal Assistant at the Arkansas Baptist Foundation. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications. During her time at Ouachita, she also earned a minor in Business Administration and was involved with various volunteer groups on campus. Her experience also includes wedding coordination, which she still enjoys in her free time. She lives with her husband, Jacob.

Fun Fact: Growing up I had a pet deer.  



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