Amy Thomason, President

Amy has lived in Hot Springs Village since 1995, and retired in 2020 from the Arkansas Hospice Foundation. While working she volunteered for several organizations, including the Imagination Library of the Ouachitas as founding board member, and serving the HSV Area Chamber of Commerce as Chairman. She continues serving in retirement not only with Ouachita Speaker Series, but also Arkansas Learning Through The Arts, the Veterans Clergy Partnership of the Ouachitas, Member of PEO Chapter CU, and as a Bible teacher and Bible student at Village Bible Church.

MG Tom Arwood

Major General Tom Arwood and his wife, Peggy, moved to Hot Springs Village in 1997. They immediately got actively involved in state, county and Village management.

Tom was President of the HSV POA Board of Directors, and was on the boards of Regions Bank, St. Joseph and St. Vincent Hospitals. He was also on the Executive Boards in Saline and Garland County for eight years. He was Chairman of the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation board and was active on the Golf and Good Samaritan boards.

In 2008, Peggy and General Arwood received the President’s Award for Couple of the Year, from the POA, and, in 2012, he was voted the Hot Springs Village Voice Community Leader of the Year.

General Arwood was inducted in the US Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Arkansas Veterans Hall of Fame in 2016.

Carolyn Bowers

Carolyn and her husband, Rob, moved to the Village in 2000. For the past 21 years, she has been active in this community serving on the boards of the HS/HSV Symphony Guild and the HSV Community Foundation. She also serves on the Finance Committee of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Co-Chair of the 20th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research. She also enjoys singing at her church and with her gospel group, Rejoice. She has served on the board of the Ouachita Speaker Series for several years and was recognized for her volunteerism in 2017 as "Citizen of the Year".

Joanie Corry

Joanie moved to the Village in 2013 and became an HSV Breakfast Lion where she became very involved with the vision screening for day care and kindergarten students. She is Past President of the Lions and currently serves on the Lions of Arkansas Foundation Board. Presently, she is on the POA Board and serves as the Chair. She has been involved with the Ouachita Speaker Series since 2018.

Cindi Erickson

Cindi moved to HSV in 2012, and has served the Village in several capacities, including POA Board Chair in 2019-2020. She has served on multiple POA committees, founded Boomers Rock, and served on the HSV Community Foundation board. She retired from John Deere in 2012, having held multiple accounting and IT positions. She returns to the OSS board after a prior stint that ended in 2017.

John Hollansworth

John was on the original Ouachita Speaker Series board. He moved to the Village thirty years ago and has been involved and a part of many of the village activities which include the Village Community Foundation, Friends of Hot Springs Village, Boys and Girls Club, Good Samaritan facility, POA Government Affairs Committee , and various other efforts to make this such a great place to live.

Susan McCarty

Susan McCarty moved to the Village in 2011. She's a graphic designer and photographer and has worked with the Miss Mississippi Corporation for about 30 years, producing books and taking thousands of photos during the Competition weeks. She is a Rotarian and is also a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland County. She has enjoyed being involved with the Ouachita Speaker Series since 2014, and has been enriched by every program and is excited about future speakers.

She was the Village Voice’s Citizen of the Year in 2018.

Barry Niswanger

Barry moved to Hot Springs Village in 2003. He retired from Regions Bank after 40 years. He is on the board of Hot Springs Village Community Foundation. He has attended every OSS speaker event since the beginning and is looking forward to a new season.

Martha Smither

Martha and her husband Wilbur moved to HSV in 2000 and enjoyed many years of participating in the community. Wilbur was the founding President of Ouachita Speaker Series in 2012. He based the mission on the SMU Tate Lecture Series in Dallas which presented many thought-provoking speakers in 40 years. And Wilbur was a behind-the scenes advocate for many POA initiatives. They both earned the POA Board President’s Award in 2012 for their extensive volunteerism supporting the community. Martha’s current volunteerism includes Arkansas Learning Through The Arts, which she founded and is Board President, HSV Community Foundation as former chair, Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild Board and former chair, and ASO Children’s Concert in Hot Springs, Altrusa Board member, DAR member, PEO Chapter DE. She received the HSV Voice Citizen of the Year Award in 2013. Her interests are playing the piano, random golf, organizing things, and reading.

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