MEET OUR STAFF

Scott Varady

Scott Varady

Executive Director and General Counsel

Scott Varady joined the Razorback Foundation as Executive Director and General Counsel in December 2015 after serving more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel.

In his previous role, Varady provided legal advice and representation to the University of Arkansas, including the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He also consulted with the Razorback Foundation’s outside legal counsel on various matters.

Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock and with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C. Varady also served as a staff member for the late Senator Dale L. Bumpers and former Representative Bill Alexander. Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.

Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985. Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who served as a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.

 

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Billye Veteto

Billye Veteto

Chief Financial Officer

Billye Hawkins Veteto joined the Razorback Foundation in October 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, she worked more than six years at the University of Arkansas Foundation. Before joining the University community, Veteto worked in public accounting as an auditor for Tullius Taylor CPA and Arthur Andersen LLP.

A native of Farmington, AR, Veteto graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and marketing. She and her husband Jeremy have two sons, Carter and Tagg.

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John Matsko

John Matsko

Senior Associate Director

Matsko joined the Razorback Foundation team in 2013 as Associate Director and was promoted to Senior Associate Director on July 1, 2014. He oversees all development activities and strategies for the Annual Fund and Priority Points Program, manages the Foundation's external team and assists with all major gift fundraising. Additionally, he serves on the athletic department's senior staff.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he was Assistant Athletic Director for Development at West Virginia University from 2008-2013. Other past positions include Assistant Director for Development at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2006-2008 and several positions at the University of Kansas from 2001-2006.

A native of Durham, NC, Matsko received his bachelor's degree in finance from Louisiana State University in 2000 before earning a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas in 2002. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education from Kansas. He and his wife Casey have daughter, Eila and a white-chocolate lab, Chloe.

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Marvin Caston

Marvin Caston

Senior Director of Development

Marvin Caston joined the Razorback Foundation in 2009. The former Arkansas fullback began his professional career with the Razorbacks in 2005 in the compliance office as an Assistant Athletic Director for compliance. He also served as Chairman of the "A" Club membership drive, Co-Director of the Athletic Prevention Programming & Leadership Education Program and Assistant Athletic Director in the student life office.

Prior to his experience at Arkansas, Caston held a compliance position at the University of South Florida.

Caston played for the 1998 Razorbacks team that shared the SEC Western Division title, played Michigan in the Citrus Bowl and ended the year ranked No. 16 in the nation. He was a member of the 1999 SEC Academic Honor Roll and earned a bachelor's of arts and a master's in education from the University of Arkansas. Caston is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators, the Black Coaches Association and works as an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Social Work.

A native of Winnsboro, LA, he and his wife Tommi have two sons, Thomas and William.

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Norm DeBriyn

Norm DeBriyn

Director of Development

Norm DeBriyn joined the Razorback Foundation in 2002 following 33 years as head coach of the Razorback baseball team. DeBriyn temporarily served as the interim Executive Director, and now serves as an Associate Director.

As head baseball coach, he guided the Razorbacks to the program's first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance and amassed a record of 1,161-650-6, which ranked him as the 14th-winningest coach in Division I history.

The Razorbacks made four NCAA College World Series appearances under DeBriyn, with 15 NCAA postseason berths and three conference championships. He earned six Southwest Conference Coach of the Year awards and one Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honor.

A native of Ashland, WI, he and his wife Caroline have two sons, Todd and Marty, and one daughter, Carrie Jo.

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Susannah Shinn

Susannah Shinn

Director of Development

Susannah “Susie” Shinn joined the Razorback Foundation in May 2016 is based in the Foundation Office in Little Rock. She comes to the Razorback Foundation after serving the past three years as the director of annual giving at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. While she was at Episcopal, she was responsible for planning, developing and implementing fundraising efforts for the school including all annual giving campaigns, alumni relations and special events.

Prior to that, Shinn spent three years as the director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County and three years as the marketing and community relations liaison at Community Clinic at Saint Francis House in Northwest Arkansas.

Shinn has both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

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Mica Strother

Mica Strother

Director of Development

Mica Strother joined the Razorback Foundation in May 2016 is based in the Foundation Office in Little Rock. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Baldwin & Shell Construction. From 2012-15 she owned Strother Strategies, Inc., working as a fundraising consultant for political candidates and non-profits in Arkansas. She was the finance director of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns. She also worked for seven years as the director of appointments to boards and commissions for Governor Beebe and was the Assistant Attorney General and Director of Community Relations for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office from 2003-05.

Strother earned her bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University and her Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is married to Greg Hale and has one son, Eli.

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Terry Prentice

Terry Prentice

Associate Director of Development

Terry Prentice joined the Razorback Foundation in October 2014.

Prior to his appointment, the former Razorback track and field standout worked for the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation as a part of the annual giving team.

Competing as a decathlete, Prentice garnered All-SEC and Honorable Mention All-America honors while helping the program claim five SEC championships in indoor and outdoor track and field from 2009-2012.

As a student-athlete, Prentice served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Council for Diversity. He also worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student-Athlete Success. A native of Pomona, California, Prentice earned his master's degree in sports management from the University of Arkansas in May 2014 as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2012.

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Hunter Sagely

Hunter Sagely

Assistant Director of Development

Hunter Sagely, a native of Ft. Smith AR, joined the Razorback Foundation as the Special Initiatives Coordinator in the spring of 2014. Having recently received his master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Arkansas, he will oversee the Collegiate membership, Young Alumni Program and assist in all special events and annual fund programs.

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Dean Weber

Dean Weber

Assistant Director of Development

After 41 years with Arkansas Athletics, Dean Weber joined the Razorback Foundation as Assistant Director on July 1, 2014. He moves into this new role after serving as the Director of Equipment Operations for the past five years.

Prior to this, he oversaw all athletic training operations for men's sports teams. During his lengthy career as an athletic trainer, he earned numerous awards and honors. In 1984, Weber was selected to the United States Olympic Team as athletic trainer after previously serving on the athletic training staff at the National Sports Festival three times. He is a 1998 inductee into the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame, a 2000 inductee in the UA Sports Hall of Honor and a member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.

Weber has two children, Matt and Ben, and 12 grandchildren, Drew, Taylor, Taylor, Caleb, Spencer, Abby, Kendall, Mason, Emily, Tyler Hays, Conner and Eli David.

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Charlotte Faucette

Charlotte Faucette

Member Relations

Charlotte Faucette joined the Razorback Foundation in 1995. As an Administrative Assistant, she serves on the Membership Team to provide support and assistance to Razorback Foundation members. She also serves as liaison for the A Club, an organization comprised of former University of Arkansas athletes.

A native Arkansan, Faucette attended Oklahoma City University. She and her husband John live in Fayetteville, AR, and have two daughters, one grandson and one granddaughter.

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Cassy Julich

Cassy Julich

Receptionist/Member Relations

Cassy Julich joined the Razorback Foundation in August of 2013. Julich, a native of West Fork, AR serves on the Membership Relations Team to provide support and assistance to all Razorback Foundation members. She and her husband Cody reside in Fayetteville, AR with two daughters Addison and Chanie.

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Jackie Rollins

Jackie Rollins

Member Relations/Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Jackie Rollins joined the Razorback Foundation in 1993. Initially hired as an Administrative Assistant, she also held the title of Chief Financial Officer from 2002-2011 and now serves as Assistant to the Executive Director. Rollins has two sons and four grandchildren.

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Debbie Scoggin

Debbie Scoggin

Member Relations/Matching Gift Coordinator/Account Payables

Debbie Scoggin has been with the Razorback Foundation since 1999 following six years as an Administrative Assistant in the women’s basketball office. In addition to providing support to Foundation members, she manages matching gift donations and accounts payables.

Scoggin is a native of Fayetteville, AR, and attended the University of Arkansas. She and her husband Steve have two miniature schnauzers, Joker and Callie.

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Julia Woods

Julia Woods

Member Relations

Julia Woods joined the Razorback Foundation in 2002. As an Administrative Assistant, she serves on the Membership Team to provide support and assistance to Razorback Foundation members. She also works closely with external staff members to manage the 23 Razorback Clubs.

Woods and her husband Eddie have a son, daughter and three grandchildren.

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Board of Directors

Mike Akin '79

CEO, Akin Holdings, Inc.
Monticello, AR ▼ Read More

Mike Akin is CEO of Akin Holdings, Inc., an owner/operator of multi-family housing, hotel, commercial and industrial real estate. From 1988 until its sale in 2008, Mike served as president and CEO of Akin Industries, a manufacturer of contract furniture catering to the university housing, health care, and hospitality markets with distribution across the U.S., Canada and South America.

Akin earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in 1975 and is currently a member of the board of directors for Union Bank of Monticello and the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation. From 1997-2003, Akin served on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and he was a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees from 2003-2013. He served as chairman of the UA Board of Trustees in 2012.

Charles Balentine '11

Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Balentine was a four-year letter winner for the Razorbacks from 1982-1985. The 6'6" forward hit 58.3 percent of his shots during his career as a Razorback, but none were more important than the one against undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Carolina. Balentine was selected by the Sacramento Kings as a sixth-round pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

He earned his Bachelor of Art in Communication from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Balentine was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2013.

Kevin Scanlon

Executive Vice President and Director of the Private Client Group at Stephens, Inc.
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

A native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Kevin Scanlon is a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of Stephens University at Wake Forest University. Scanlon was a Razorback football letterman in 1978-79 and, as starting quarterback, led the team to the 1979 Southwest Conference Championship and the 1980 Sugar Bowl where they faced eventual national champion, Alabama. For the 1979 season he was selected All Conference quarterback and the Southwest Conference Player of the Year. He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2010.

Scanlon has been in the investment industry for 35 years and has been with Stephens, Inc. for the last 28 years. He is currently Executive Vice President and Director of the Private Client Group at Stephens, Inc. Prior to his appointment as the Head of the Private Client Group, overseeing 18 Stephens offices in 9 states. Prior to his appointment as the Head of the Private Client Group, he was previously Managing Director for Growth and Development and Managing Director for the Professional Strategies Group at Stephens. He is a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Services Marketing Associate Private Client Services committee. He is a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Services Marketing Associate Private Client Services committee and a member of the FINRA District 5 Business Conduct Committee. Scanlon is also a member of the University of Arkansas Walton School of Business Dean’s Executive Advisory Board.

Richard D. Chapman '76

Chief Financial Officer, Walton Enterprises, LLC.
Bentonville, AR ▼ Read More

Richard D. Chapman received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1976 and serves as Chief Financial Officer of Walton Enterprises, LLC, where he has been employed since 1983. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the Walton Family Office in Arkansas. From 1976-1983, he worked for the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Chapman's community involvement includes service on the boards of the University of Arkansas Foundation, Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Additionally, Chapman serves on the boards of Arvest Bank Group, Inc., the holding company for a diversified financial services company, and First Solar, a S&P 500 company that designs, builds and operates utility scale solar power plants.

Chapman is married with two children and lives in Bentonville, AR.

Dr. James S. Counce '79, '86

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Jim Counce was a four-year basketball letterman from 1975-1978 and an Academic All-American in 1978 when the Razorbacks played in the Final Four. He earned his Bachelor of Art in chemistry in 1979 and his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1986. He completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Cornell University Medical Center/New York Hospital in 1993.

Counce is currently a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Northwest Arkansas. He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2009.

Ed Drilling ‘78

President AT&T Arkansas
AT&T Services, Inc.▼ Read More

Ed Drilling joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1979. During his career, he has served in various operations positions including customer service, sales and marketing, and the external affairs organization. He was named President of the Arkansas Division in 2002.

Ed has served on numerous boards over the last 30 years, including: past Chairman of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Children's Hospital Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, former President of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, UAMS Arkansas BioVentures Advisory Board, former President of Fifty for the Future, former Vice Chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Drilling also serves on the Simmons First National Corporation Board. He received the Pinnacle Award in 2003 from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the highest honor the chamber gives for service to the community.

Drilling holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of Emory's Advanced Management Program.

 

Angela McBride Ryan

President, McBride Distributing Company
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Angela McBride Ryan is a lifelong Fayetteville resident and a 1986 graduate of the University of Arkansas. She is the President of McBride Distributing Company – the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler that services five counties in northwest and north central Arkansas. She is the third generation president of McBride Distributing and currently serves on the board of Arvest Bank, Fayetteville. Angela has served on the boards of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Arkansas Association, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and served as Board President for the following organizations – Seven Hills Homeless Center, Fayetteville Country Club and Washington Regional Foundation.

As president of McBride Distributing, she takes a leadership role often reserved for men and was recognized in 2000 as one of Arkansas’s 40 under 40, received the Girls Scouts Women Building our Economy Award in 2004 and was honored with the Clark McClinton Award in 2013 by the Fayetteville Downtown Rotary.

Angela and her husband, Randy, have one son, Zachary, currently attending the University of Arkansas. They are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.

Richard N. Massey '84

Partner, Westrock Capital Partners
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

Rick Massey is a Partner of Westrock Capital Partners. He also serves as Chairman of First Federal Bank, Bear State Financial Holdings, LLC and First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Inc. He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President/General Counsel at Alltel Corporation. He is also a director of Fidelity National Financial, Inc., is lead director of FIS, Inc. (both Fortune 500 companies) and a director of Black Knight, LLC, a privately held technology company.

Massey earned his JD with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1984.

Kenneth Mourton '72, '75

Partner and Managing Member, Ball and Mourton, Ltd., PLLC
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Kenneth Mourton is a partner at Ball and Mourton, Ltd., PLLC, a tax and business law firm. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Law degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Mourton owns and operates several businesses in various states related to beverage distribution, lodging, warehousing and travel. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bar Association. Mourton sits on the boards of the Arkansas Rural Endowment Fund and Southwestern Energy Company in addition to serving as Chairman of the Razorback Foundation Board of Directors.

John R. Rutledge, Jr. '01

President and CEO, First Security Bank Pulaski County
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

Originally from Searcy, John Rutledge, Jr. was a Razorback football letterman and member of Sigma Chi fraternity from 1997-2001. After graduating from the Walton College of Business, he returned for his Master of Business Administration degree.

Rutledge is president and CEO of the Pulaski County market for First Security Bank, a career path he began while in college. Since his first job with the company in 1998, he has been employed by either the bank or its investment banking company, Crews and Associates.

Rutledge serves as chairman of the Business Alumni Advisory Council of the Walton College of Business, vice chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and incoming chairman of the Finance and Stewardship Committee of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Greater Little Rock Regional Chamber and Baptist Health Foundation.

Jim Williams, Jr. ‘66

C.E.O., LandPlan Development Corp.
Dallas, TX ▼ Read More

Jim Williams, Jr. is the founder and C.E.O. of LandPlan Development Corp. Since 1998, LandPlan has owned, developed, zoned and master planned residential medical, retail, senior-living and extended stay hotel projects in 19 towns and cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

While earning his undergraduate degree at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Williams was a two-time All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle, a member of the 1964 national championship football team and captain of the undefeated 1965 Southwest Conference Champions. He went on to earn his MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business. A devoted Razorback, he is proud to have been named the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by the School of Business at the University of Arkansas. In 2010, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor and in 2012; he represented his Razorback team by being inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and has previously served as President of the Cotton Bowl and on the Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas Area Rapid Transit System, and Goodwill Industries boards among others.

Todd Simmons

Chief Executive Officer of Simmons Foods, Inc. and Affiliates
Siloam Springs, AR ▼ Read More

Todd Simmons, is the Chief Executive Officer of Simmons Foods, Inc. and Affiliates located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Todd attended Georgetown University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Minor in Theology. He began working at Simmons at the age of 19 and has trained in all areas of the business. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2012.

In 2015, Todd was named to Arkansas Business’ 40 under 40 and was also honored as “Industry Leader of the Year” for Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma by The Poultry Federation.

Todd has served as a Board of Director for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Pet Food Institute, Walton Arts Center Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Poultry Federation that represents Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. He currently serves on the Boards of the National Chicken Council, Signature Bank of Arkansas and Tyson Center for Faith & Spirituality in the Workplace.

Todd and his wife Shelley live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with their daughter Caroline and son Charlie.