Krystle F. Browning (Director) has served in the Arkansas Army National Guard for 19 years and she currently holds the rank of Major. She serves as the Administrative/Executive Officer for the 871st Troop Command Battalion in Hot Springs, AR., where she is second in command of a 392 Soldier Battalion. She is responsible for the daily operations of manning, equipping, and training the Battalion. Krystle manages 23 full time employees by providing guidance, direction, and purpose in order to achieve the Battalion Commander’s goals, priorities and objectives.
Krystle received her Bachelor of Social Work from Philander Smith College and her Master of Social Work from Texas State University. Krystle has received numerous awards and decorations in dedication for her military service to her country. After serving a 10-year career for the Arkansas Army National Guard, Krystle decided to venture into real estate. Krystle currently owns and operates Brown Key Property Management, LLC.
Krystle’s professional affiliations include membership in the National Guard Association of the United States, a Life Member in the National Guard Association of Arkansas, National Association of Black Military Women, and the American Legion.
Krystle’s civic affiliations include membership in the Chi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she serves as the Connection Co-Chair, the Junior League of Little Rock, the Philander Smith College Greater Little Rock Alumni Chapter, and the Second Baptist Church, where she serves on the Usher Ministry.
Krystle resides in Little Rock and during her leisure, she loves spending time with her family, building her relationship with God, participating in community service events, reading books, working out, shopping, and traveling!
Roxie Hannah Browning (Board Member) is a native of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas State University with a B.A. in Radio and Television, post baccalaureate program of study in Secondary Education from Henderson State University; U.A. Little Rock, M.A. of Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; and University of Central Arkansas M.S. Educational Leadership. Mrs. Browning began her professional career as a classroom teacher in the Little Rock School District. Her experience at Hall and Parkview High, Horace Mann Magnet Middle, the Summer Program “Camp Can Do” at Bale Elementary, Principal at Little Rock Preparatory Academy Middle as well as School Improvement Specialist (SIS) at the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) gives her the unique perspective of education at all levels.
In the educational setting, Mrs. Browning has worked in concert with many stakeholders to provide leadership, implementing systems, and developing capacity to include the following areas:
Hall High Achieve Team
School Improvement Leadership Team
Building organizational and management systems
Schoolwide AVID strategies
Alternative Learning Environment classroom
School of Innovation application and designation process
City Year Liaison
LRSD’s Aspiring Leaders Institute
LRSD’s Literacy Committee Membership
In her free time, Mrs. Browning serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageants, a member of UCA’s Black Alumni Association, and Saint Mark Baptist Church. She is an active member of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she served as the Co-Chair of the Educational Development Committee, past chair of and continues to serve annually as the host of Delta Presents Mothers’ Day Brunch and the Co-Chair of the annual Founders Day event.
Mrs. Browning enjoys mentoring youth, volunteering in the community, bringing awareness to social justice matters, singing, reading, and traveling. She lives in Little Rock and has been married to her husband, United States Air Force Master Sargent Jeffrey Browning for 13 years. She is most proud of being a Mom to son Jai Parker and daughter Reese Aubrey Browning.
Willie Chapple is a graduate of Cotton Plant High School, Class of 1989. He holds several degrees including a BA in Agriculture Economics, a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development, and a MA in Computer Resources and Information Management.
Willie Chapple enlisted in the AR ARNG in 1989 and served with the 2/153rd Infantry in Brinkley, Arkansas. Chapple attended the Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the Arkansas Military Academy (AMA) in 1997 and commissioned as a 2LT in the Signal Corps.
Chapple served a combined total of 29 years 3 months and 5 days. He deployed to Honduras with the 39th Infantry Brigade in 1992 and deployed to Afghanistan 2010-2011 for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chapple is retired from the Army and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has three children; Willie Jr, Caitlyn and Ashton. He is a life member of NGAA, NGAUS, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and the Signal Corps Regimental Association. He operates Will’s Enterprise, LLC. where he specializes in Computer/Cell Phone repair, Bounce House Rentals,
T-Shirt design and Real Estate Investor.
La’Portia Jackson is a Licensed Cosmetologist and Instructor. In 2011, she started her own business, New Beginnings Beauty Academy in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A major milestone of this school was becoming Federally Accredited by the Department of Education in 2014. She has successfully graduated over 200 students to obtain their license in Cosmetology. She enjoys helping these professionals grow and advance their careers in the vast field of Cosmetology.
She is a 1LT in the United States Army where she currently serves as the Executive Officer of the United States Army Europe Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters Support Company, in Wiesbaden, Germany. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently obtaining her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. While attending Capella University she received her Post Baccalaureate Certification in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services.
La’Portia is an Active Member of Eta Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She is a member of Amos Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where she enjoys singing in the Choir.
She is dedicated to Counseling and Mentoring Soldiers as well as others in the Community. Her greatest reward is knowing she can make and has made a difference. When she is not working she enjoys traveling worldwide as well as spending time with her friends and family.