Mental Health Council of Arkansas Hires Amy Blackwell as Events Coordinator

Executive Director, Pam Christie proudly announced Monday, June 17, 2013 Mental Health Council of Arkansas hired Amy Blackwell as the Events Coordinator.  Amy’s main focus will be coordinating the 41st Annual Behavioral Health Institute in Hot Springs, AR, August 6-9, 2013,  as well as other marketing and events as necessary.


Amy Blackwell brings with her nearly twenty years of experience in the nonprofit management and event planning to the Mental Health Council of Arkansas.



“As the Board began to consider the desired experience and attributes for the Mental Health Council of Arkansas, Amy Blackwell immediately became a clear choice to serve as our new Event Coordinator,” Christie said in a press release. “Amy has been instrumental in helping grow membership and marketing support for other nonprofits and we are pleased to have her join the council.”  Her familiarity with convention and conference services planning combined with her experience working with volunteer Board of Directors will provide the Mental Health Council the experienced event professional it needs to continue to move progressively forward.”


Amy is new to the Little Rock area. She moved in 2012 from Tulsa, OK, where she was the Sponsorship and Events Manager for the Spirit Bank Event Center. This event center is a 4,500 seat arena, home to the Tulsa 66ers NBA D-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Amy handled concerts, rodeos, thrill shows, wrestling and MMA events, cheerleading & basketball tournaments, circuses, and family shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Disney Live, Harlem Globetrotters and Sesame Street Live. Amy also has worked for nonprofits such as:  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Sooner Chapter, Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, and Community Health Charities of Oklahoma.


The past year she has worked for the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Arkansas Chapter. AFP represents more than 30,000 members in 222 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.



“It is imperative to ask ourselves every morning, what will I give those around me today,” Amy has believed since her career began as a professional volunteer in 1997. Throughout her career she has learned “Effective volunteer leaders are the “keys” by which we unlock volunteer hands and minds.”



If you would like more information about the Mental Health Council of Arkansas, or the 41st Annual Behavioral Health Institute please call 501-372-7062