Meet the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Board

Angelique O'Bryan, President

Angelique O'Bryan, President

Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Humn. Agency and Founder, Consultant, Filament Consulting

“I am honored to serve on the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Board and am excited about the opportunity to give back. Domestic violence can affect anyone, and so it’s important that we band together as a community and give survivors of domestic violence the resources and empowerment that they need to plot a course for recovery. I’m passionate about anything we can do to work towards a violence-free tomorrow.”

Ashley Abel, Secretary & VP

Ashley Abel, Secretary & VP

Merchandising PMO, Walmart

“I believe in fighting for what is right, taking action against domestic violence in NWA, and hoping one day the resources of the Shelter will not be needed.”

Graydon Rochelle, Treasurer

Graydon Rochelle, Treasurer

Assistant VP – Business Banking Manger, Arvest Bank

Chantel Shuler

Chantel Shuler

Associate Buyer, Walmart

“I joined the NWAWS Board in July 2017. I have always been passionate about helping those in need, empowering others, and being a part of my community. I’m looking forward to bringing domestic violence awareness to NWA and highlighting the strength and stories of domestic violence victims.”

Deanah Baker

Deanah Baker

SVP/General Merchandise Manager- Ladies Apparel, Intimates, Jewelry and Accessories, Walmart

My husband was in education for 25+ years and his passion was in getting to know his students and their personal stories.  He has so many examples of brave young people who struggled in their home life due to various circumstances, including abuse in the home.  While Northwest Arkansas is an amazing community with so much to offer, the statistic remains that 1 in 3 people are victims of domestic violence.  My goal is to see all of our NWA neighbors thriving; not living their lives in fear or feeling helpless and alone in changing their situation.  Our strong NWA community can come alongside the Northwest Arkansas Womens Shelter to give victims of domestic violence safety, hope and support for a new beginning.

Debra Layton

Debra Layton

Interim Director, Peel Compton Foundation

“Every chance I get I support, defend, prop-up, and help women and girls that I interact with both personally and professionally. I also had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in a very matriarchal family where I had many positive female role models who knew the value of hard work, perseverance, and education. They have truly inspired me. Perspective is a wonderful thing, and I have learned that it’s not about me—it’s about giving back and one person can make a difference. It’s up to all of us to be that person!”

Harvey Millar

Harvey Millar

VP of Sales, Mars Wrigley Confectionary

“I am both honored and excited to be serving on the Board of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. I have been inspired and humbled by the people I’ve met and the cause we serve. It is important to me personally to be involved in such a valuable mission, and to help make a difference in our local community.”

Irene Sibaja

Irene Sibaja

Senior Account Director, Geometry Global

“I am passionate about giving back to the community I live in.  While there are many meaningful causes to give time to, as a mother, this one feels particularly important.  I want to help raise awareness of the impact domestic violence has, and to help strengthen an organization that can lift up and support those who have been victims.  It is an honor to be a part of this leadership team.”

Mary Callender

Mary Callender

Director of Sales & Marketing, LA Darling

“I joined the board to support a cause that has always been close to my heart.  Growing up with a strong mom, she took me and my sisters to the shelter to volunteer from a young age. She wanted us to understand that there should always be a safe place to go when you need help and that abuse was never OK.  I am here to push the message out to our community about all of the opportunities for NWA to get involved to support the shelter.”

Shelly McDougal

Shelly McDougal

Senior Director, Merchandising PMO, Walmart

Simone Schwarze

Simone Schwarze

Business Development Manager ASIA Region, Category Management & eCommerce, Nestlé S.A.

“Domestic Violence has no race, age, gender, or social status qualifications. Signs of domestic violence are easily overseen and often take place without anyone noticing. I am honored to serve on the board to help raise awareness and educate about domestic violence in our community.”

Simone Tamer

Simone Tamer