People of Faith: Aug. 1, 2014

Aaron named to lead Arkansas Rice Depot
The Arkansas Rice Depot has named Kimberly A. Aaron as its new executive director. She began work with the organization May 19, 2014. 
Aaron comes to the Arkansas Rice Depot from the North Texas Food Bank, where she served as executive vice president of policy, programs and research. An alumna of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA with concentration in finance. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in public affairs with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson. She may be reached at
Aaron succeeds Laura Rhea, who retired as the Rice Depot’s executive director after 30 years of service.
The Arkansas Rice Depot was formed in 1982 to combat hunger in Arkansas. Their mission is to find sensible solutions to hunger in Arkansas. The organization distributes more than 9 million pounds of food each year, feeding as much as 15 percent of the state’s population by working with partner agencies in all 75 counties.
Davenport becomes Shoal Creek Camp director 
Laurie Davenport has been named director of Shoal Creek Camp, located in the Northwest District of the Arkansas Conference, off AR Highway 22.
Born and raised in the former Little Rock Conference, Davenport is no stranger to Methodism or camping. She participated in District and Conference youth activities, including at Conference camps. Her church and Girl Scout camping experiences, as a camper and then as a counselor, made such an impact on her that she graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in parks and recreation administration.
Throughout her college years, Davenport spent time working with several established camps in Arkansas. She began her professional career with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and United Methodist churches, serving as director of Christian education for two congregations. She has volunteered with Ozark Mission Project (OMP) and various age groups at Camp Tanako. 
“It’s summer, and many of us think of camping experiences past and present,” she said. But the ‘camping’ experience can happen at other times of the year, too, and that’s what I hope people will remember. Shoal Creek is great place for the novice, one-day camper experience, a weekend retreat or a gathering place for meetings and encounters.”
For information or to make a reservation for Shoal Creek Camp, email, or leave a message with the Northwest District office: 479-783-0385.