Our ARHP Staff



Lynn Caldwell Hawkins



(501) 588-3938


Lynn Caldwell Hawkins is currently contracted to the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer through UAMS Regional Programs.  Lynn has more than 17 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations focusing on community and network development, program implementation, grants management, and advocacy to build and/or strengthen existing programs or in developing programs to improve the quality of life for rural Arkansas.   Lynn has and continues to identify and create partnerships to carry out the goals and objectives set forth in Healthy Communities, the organization’s largest project covering 19 counties in the Southeast Arkansas Delta.  Lynn currently participates on state and regional boards and commissions, including the Arkansas Division of Rural Services Commission, Congressman Rick Crawford’s Delta Regional Economic Advancement Council, and the UAMS East Advisory Council representing the Arkansas Delta region.


Heather Perry

ARHP project director    Mental Health OUtreach Program


(870) 820-1167 


Heather Perry is currently contracted with Arkansas Rural Health Partnership as the Project Director for the Mental Health Outreach Program.  Heather received her Bachelor Of Science in Psychology in 2014 and Master of Public Health with a specialization in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2016.  Heather has worked in the health care industry for over a decade, specializing in diabetes education as well as Medicare enrollment and prescription assistance.  She is a volunteer for Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), a member of American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), Arkansas Social Workers in Health Care (ASWHC) and the Arkansas chapter of Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).  She resides in Warren where she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two children.


Wendy Talbot

Komen Project Director
Access Project Pink/Reach Every Woman


(870) 541-7661

Wendy Talbot is the Director of Patient Experience at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff and the Project Director for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership’s Access Project Pink (APP)/Reach Every Woman (REW) program. 

Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  Wendy began her career working in the Retail Marketing Division of Tyson Foods Corporate Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. 

In 1997 she moved to Pine Bluff and began working at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  In 2004, Wendy wrote a grant to improve breast health and mammography services across South Arkansas. The grant was funded and ignited JRMC’s Reach Every Woman partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Reach Every Woman later merged with Access Project Pink, expanding services to 19 counties in Southeast Arkansas and the Arkansas Delta.  APP/REW assists residents across the service area daily with their breast health needs.  Wendy is married to Jack Talbot and has three children. In her spare time, she attends her children’s sporting events and enjoys cooking. 


Shessa Pieroni

arhp project director delta Healthy Communities program


(501) 681-0097 /
(870) 632-7299

Shessa Pieroni is contracted as the ARHP Project Director for the Delta Healthy Communities Outreach Program.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.  She began working in administration at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 22 years ago and worked her way up to Director of Strategic Planning for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  She now teaches Diabetes Empowerment Education Program Classes (DEEP), Cooking Matters classes and is also involved in grant writing, research, and responding to the ARHP Information Line for Patient Navigation.


Janet Pack

ARHP Resource coordinator


(870) 415-2795

Janet Pack has been with ARHP for four years as a Delta Cares Counselor offering Diabetes Education, Insurance Enrollment, Prescription Assistance, and healthy cooking classes. Janet is a lifelong resident of Ashley County and has served the community as a nurse for 26 years.

Janet enjoys working in the new, fully-equipped teaching kitchen at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, which she describes as the perfect place to learn how diabetes affects the whole body, how to prepare healthy recipes and receive nutrition counseling to keep your body healthy and active.


Cara Cox

Arhp project director        opiod outreach program


(479) 659-4654

Cara Cox is the ARHP Project Director for the Opioid Outreach Program (OOP).  OOP will expand locally available screening, education, outreach, case management and counseling services for those at-risk or diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD). ARHP’s goal is to decrease the opioid-related morbidity and mortality rate in the service area.

Cara graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and is currently working towards a Master’s in Health Administration. Prior to joining ARHP, Cara worked for Congressman Bruce Westerman as grants coordinator and field representative. 


Sonya Waldrup



(870) 265-9393

Sonya Waldrup began working with Arkansas Rural Health Partnership in 2018 as a Delta Cares Counselor.  Sonya has been the Prescription Assistance Program Intake Specialist at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village for seven years.  She began her career at CMMC in 1997 as a pharmacy technician.  Her prescription knowledge, passion for patient care, and friendly personality made her the perfect candidate to transition to the Intake Specialist position in 2011.