Board of Directors

  • Friends of YRCC Board of Directors

    • Charles Balentine, President
    • Laura Underwood, Secretary
    • Joe Ruddell, Treasurer
    • Anthony Hicks, Mayor Appointee
    • Dr. Stephanie Adams
    • Dixon Cooper
    • Barbara Lofton
    • Synetra Morris
  • The Board of Directors operates as a 501 ( c ) (3) which was established in 1995 to serve as an advisory board to the Yvonne Richardson Center. The center was constructed in 1995 by the City at a cost of $371,200. The facility itself consists primarily of a gymnasium, a conference room, a computer room, and an office.

    Staff Contact

    Charles Balentine


    There shall be a board of directors composed of 10 persons. The terms shall be staggered. 


    The members of the first class shall hold office for a term of one year, the members of the second class shall hold office for a term of two years, the members of the third class shall hold office for a term of three years). 

    Each director shall hold office for the term for which he or she is elected and until his / her successor is elected and qualified.

    Interested in becoming a board member? Please save the Board of Directors Candidate Application (PDF), fill it out and email it to


    Vacancies on the board of directors shall be filled by appointment made by the remaining directors.

    Board of Directors Bios

    • Synetra Morris
      Board Member

      Synetra Morris

      Board Member

      Synetra Morris is originally from Helena-West Helena, AR, and a graduate of Central High School. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a Bachelors in Business, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She furthered her expertise by seeking and attaining Administration Credentials from Arkansas State University. Ms. Morris was previous employed as a teacher and director for Arkansas State University ABC Preschool for 4 years. She continued her career as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal for the Helena- West Helena School District for 12 years, and is currently a team member of Fayetteville School District as an Assistant Principal at Owl Creek Elementary School. She is also a member of the Helena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Board of Directors of Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) and serves on the Women of Worship Ministry Core Team at St. James Missionary Baptist Church. She is the mom of  a daughter, Devin, a student at Alpert Brown Medical School and a son, Tyson, a student at the University of Arkansas.

    • Laura Underwood

      Laura Underwood


      Laura Underwood is the wife of Craig Underwood. Laura grew up in Dallas, Texas and is a graduate Baylor University (B.S. ED 1984) and The University of North Texas (Masters in Business Education with a minor in Personnel and Industrial Relations 1985).  Craig and Laura were married in 1985 and have three sons, Kyle (wife Sydney and grandson Mac), Troy and Brent. Laura began her career in the area of human resources and then followed her passion of education to Fayetteville High School where she taught from 1987-1995. Laura began her career at Underwood’s Fine Jewelers in 1999.  Laura has been active with several nonprofits: Central United Methodist Church, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Fayetteville Junior Civic League, PEO Chapter AT, Root Elementary PTA, McNair Middle School PTO and Fayetteville High School Football Booster Club. In 1996, Laura ran for the Fayetteville School Board and was elected to serve the Fayetteville community. Laura served for ten years on the Fayetteville Board of Education. She currently serves as the Corporate Treasurer/Secretary, as well as the Public Relations and Office Manager for Underwood’s in Fayetteville.

      Today, Laura continues to be active in the community serving on the Washington Regional Hospital Hospice Board, the Friends of Yvonne Richardson Center Board, Chairs the Friends of Mount Sequoyah and leads  a variety of classes at Central United Methodist Church.

    • Dr. Stephanie Adams
      Board Member

      Dr. Stephanie Adams

      Board Member

      Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned a B.S. degree in Business Management, and an M.S. of Education in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University, and an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Currently, Dr. Adams serves as the Associate Director for Academic Engagement in University Housing at the University of Arkansas. Professionally, Dr. Adams is a member of the National Association of Student Personal Administrators (NASPA), serves as a journal reviewer for the Journal of Negro Education, and serves on several committees representing the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas.

      Personally, Dr. Adams serves as the president of the Northwest Arkansas Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Board member of the Yvonne Richardson Community Center, is a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and is one of 21 charter mothers for Jack & Jill of American Inc. Northwest Arkansas Chapter.  She attends St. James Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Curtiss Smith. Dr. Adams has been married to Dr. Paul D. Adams, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, for 17 years and they have three beautiful children – Sydni Jean (13), Paul Dante’ (11), and Havyn Denise (8).