The staff of The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is here to help you create and administer permanent charitable endowment funds to strengthen and expand United Methodist ministry in Arkansas. These are the people who can help you and your local church.

Rev. J. Wayne Clark

President & CEO

Wayne became President and CEO in 2019. Before joining the Foundation, he worked almost 23 years at Hendrix College serving most of the time as Chaplain, but also served as Dean of Students, and Associate Vice President of Development. He was ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1986 and received his degrees from Hendrix College and Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He served as pastor of churches in Dallas, Magnolia, Pine Bluff, and The United Kingdom. Wayne and his wife, Rynnett, have two grown daughters, Nichola and Natalie.




Janet Kernodle Marshall  

Vice President of Development

Janet Marshall began at the Foundation as Vice President of Development in 2001. Her professional nonprofit fundraising career started in Little Rock in 1992. Janet is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a native of Wynne, Arkansas, and a life-long United Methodist. She is a past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arkansas chapter; a past President of the Arkansas chapter, Baylor Alumni Association; a past President of the Central Arkansas-Baylor Women’s Network. Janet, her husband Matt and their sons, Garrison and Reece, are members of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock.



Clarence E. Trice   

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Clarence E. Trice joined the Foundation as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Clarence is responsible for the Foundation's accounting, administrative, investment, probate, and trust activities. He is a CPA with more than 30 years experience performing and supervising audit, review, taxation, and advisory services. Clarence and his wife Kimberly are members of Highland Valley United Methodist Church in Little Rock. He has two grown sons, Trent and Matthew.





Rev. Mackey Yokem   

Director of Leadership Ministries

Mackey is a native of Little Rock and grew up in St. Luke United Methodist Church. He graduated from Hendrix College and received a Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He retired in July 2016 after 43 years of active service as a United Methodist pastor. His appointments were to the local church, District Superintendent and Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries, all in the Arkansas Annual Conference.

Mackey and his wife Cindy are the parents of four children, Erin Yokem Weber, Jenny Yokem Kyle, Grace Ann Yokem Depper, and Taylor Pearce Yokem. Mackey and Cindy are the grandparents of Abbott Caroline Kyle, Graham Bennett Kyle, John Mackey Weber, Mattie Kathleen Weber and Ruth Helen Depper.


Kristin Hartman   

Director of Accounting

Kristin Hartman became UMFA’s Account Manager in May 2011. Kristin, a Little Rock native, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She enjoys photography, painting and gardening in her spare time. She and her husband Shaun are proud parents of two sons, Coen and Arlo.





Haley Walker Klein  


Haley Walker Klein joined the Foundation as Administrative Coordinator in May 2018. In January 2020 she took over the role of managing communications for the Foundation. Haley graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. When Haley isn't spending time with her two children, Eve and Ford, she enjoys reading, live music, and treasure hunting at local antique stores.






Emily Madden

Account Manager

Emily Madden joined UMFA as the Account Manager in February of 2019.  Emily was born and raised in Little Rock where she currently lives with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Mya and Sam.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Emily enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.







Cathy Hall 

Office & Hospitality Manager

Cathy came to the Foundation in January of 2020 from the Arkansas Annual Conference, bringing many years of experience working with laity, clergy and local congregations from around the state through her work in the Center for Vitality and previous roles at Camp Aldersgate, Mount Eagle and Hendrix College.  Cathy's adult children, Corey Bacon, Drew Bacon Benham and bonus son Brian Benham, live here in Little Rock. She is a member of St. Paul UMC and enjoys cooking, sharing meals and meaningful conversation, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her two grandchildren, family and friends.







Mark Syler

Building Manager

Mark joined the Foundation in early 2019.  In addition to working at Home Depot and part-time at Saint James UMC, Little Rock, Mark keeps the Foundation in great working order. He may be behind the scenes for most events but we could not do our work without him. Mark and his wife recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary alongside their daughters and grandchildren. They enjoy splitting their time between Little Rock and Hot Springs.