Cotton Chou recently Mercy Fort Smith in July as director of performance excellence.
Chou is a native of Taipei, Taiwan, and first arrived in the United States at age 26 to study architecture in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He practiced architecture for 5½ years and earned his license before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia, and then Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After relocating, Chou earned his master’s in business administration from the University of Herefordshire in England and continuously practiced architecture for three years in Edmonton. He later worked for the government of Alberta’s health department for more than nine years to help enhance the public health care system across the entire province. In 2016, Chou and his family relocated back to the United States and came to Fort Smith in 2019.
In addition to architecture, Chou holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma master black belt, ISO QMS 2008 P. auditor, associate in project management (CAPM) certificate of completion and LEED Green Building Strategies and Green Associate (LEED GA) certificate of completion.
Chou and his spouse live in Fort Smith with their two dogs, Goku and Gohan.
Russell Gibson, director of the City of Fort Smith Department of Information and Technology Services, was recently reappointed to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. The appointment expires Aug. 1, 2023..
Tonya Sarlls, vice president of Operations for the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications.
Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
Dr. Casey Stewart, M.D., a pediatric physician at River Valley Primary Care Services (RVPCS), recently began offering Autism screening and accepts outside referrals. As a provider, Stewart makes patient care her top priority, a news release states.
Stewart sees patients ages 17 and under and accepts referrals for Autism screenings. RVPCS accepts most insurances.
Stewart graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 1996. She completed her residency in 1999 at UAMS. She is also Board certified through the American Board of Pediatrics. Stewart has been with RVPCS since 2006.
River Valley Primary Care Services has 10 locations in the River Valley area. The home office is in Ratcliff, 9755 West State Highway 22. Stewart’s practice is located at the RVPCS Northside Clinic, 4900 Kelley Highway in Fort Smith.
Mardi Taylor joined Mercy in November as a senior media relations and communications specialist for hospitals and clinics in the Fort Smith region where Mercy serves.
Taylor works with news media to promote Mercy and also provides social media support for Mercy’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. She covers hospitals and clinics in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Booneville, Paris, Greenwood, Mansfield, Charleston, Sallisaw and other locations. She also works closely with local teams to provide internal communications.
Taylor most recently served as executive editor at the Times Record in Fort Smith, where she worked for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, including copy desk director and page designer. She began her career as a news and features reporter in Palestine, Texas, before becoming an editor. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she grew up. Her family has a long history in the health-care field: her father was a pharmacist, and her mother owned a health-food store.
Taylor is married to Kevin Taylor, a sportswriter with the Times Record, and they have two sons. They live in Alma.