Board of Directors

Amy Brothers Riston is the President of Main Street Blytheville. She was born in Blytheville, AR and raised in Burdette, AR. She currently works at ArkMo Crop Insurance. Amy serves for many local organizations including MSB, Ritz Foundation, Blytheville Emergency Squad, and she is the Vice President of Cooking for a Cure Board of Directors. As you can see, Amy loves to volunteer! As the admin for two popular community social media pages, she helps bring awareness to all of the wonderful things that happen in the Greater Blytheville Area that others may not know about. In her free time, Amy enjoys making memories with her kids, photography, and going to cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies! 

Christina Dever Gillespie is the Vice President / President Elect of Main Street Blytheville.  She was born in Kentucky but has called Blytheville home since she was 3.  She is currently the VP/ Owner of D&H Signs and the HR Director of Dever Industrial.  Christina is married and has 3 wonderful children.  She enjoys supporting all things Blytheville especially our veterans, with work through the American Legion.  She also serves on the Cooking for a Cure Board of Directors, as the treasurer.    When Christina isn't volunteering, she loves to travel, go to concerts & spend time with her friends and family. 

Chad Lovell is the Treasurer for Main Street Blytheville. He was born & raised in Blytheville, Arkansas and considers it his hometown. He attended Burdette & Blytheville School System along with Arkansas Northeastern College, and is currently employed with Impact Health Nucor Steel Hickman’s Medical Clinic, Great River Medical Center Emergency Room, along with his personal cleaning services. Chad serves for many local organizations including Main Street Blytheville,  Ritz Foundation, Relay for Life and Blytheville Emergency Squad. One of his favorite quotes is "I Love You to the Moon and Back". Chad says it is an honor and pleasure to be able to serve our community. He loves Mississippi County with all his heart and soul.

LaRay White is the secretary for Main Street Blytheville. She is also the  VP of Community and Business Development at Farmers Bank and Trust in Blytheville, AR. Her focus is to help those within her community to have access to financial literacy tools, products and services to help them grow a solid financial foundation. She has been in the Financial Services industry for over 20 years. She has held positions as Insurance Agent, Financial Advisor and Community Relations.  She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi Banking School. She is a current board member of the Mississippi County Regional Chamber of Commerce and of Main St. Blytheville, a Commissioner for the Blytheville Historic District, a Director of the International Association of Women and she serves as President of the Board for the Mississippi County Literacy Council. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Dean and their two sons who are currently attending the U of A. She has a passion for helping others and for volunteering to help all of Mississippi County to grow.

LaKristen Spiller serves as the Past-President of Main Street Blytheville. She is a graduate of Blytheville High School and Henderson State University where she earned her MBA. She has been employed with Nucor Yamato Steel Company for 8 years and has worked in Accounts Payabale, Shipping, and currently in Maintenance. She enjoys teaching fitness classes and volunteering her time to help others in need.  When she is not spending time volunteering with Main Street and Relay for Life, she is enjoying time with her son, Karson. 

Barbara Hopkins, a Blytheville High School graduate, moved to Dallas, TX after graduation to begin a corporate career. In 2007, she moved back home to be closer to family.  She joined Nucor-Yamato Steel, a community pillar, in 2007 and has held various roles throughout the company. She has volunteered her time working with Relay for Life, St. Jude, and United Way.  She is a 2010 Blytheville Leadership Institute (BLI) graduate.  Mary Gay Shipley’s compassion for the City of Blytheville was contagiously inspiring to her. In 2015 she served 2 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA of the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas) on behalf of children in Mississippi County.  Barbara enjoys crafting and outdoor activities with her husband Anthony. They value the fabric of family and the importance of community stewardship.


Randy Lemmons is not a native of Blytheville, he attended college at Truman State University in Missouri however, after living in Blytheville for the past 23 years, he now calls it home.  Randy works for Farmers Bank and Trust, as Senior Vice President of Information Technology.  Where he handles all IT matters, both behind the operations as well as customer facing technology.

    Over the past 23 years, Randy has served his community in many ways.  He has served several terms on the Main Street Board of Directors and chaired the committee for Mayfest.  In 2017, Randy served as President of the Chamber of Commerce.  Randy has also served on several committees for the Chamber of Commerce including Small Business and the Christmas Parade.   He served on the Board for the YMCA and volunteered for United Way. 

Steven Henderson has lived in Blytheville since 1992. He is a third generational steel worker and currently serves as the Plant Manager for Nucor Skyline Armorel. He is a proud husband and father of four. Steven loves the challenging, rewarding, and exciting opportunity he has to help Nucor teammates achieve their goals. He takes great pride in seeing the steel made here in Blytheville in finished products, infrastructure, and even the frame of his truck. He loves this community and wants to see it, and all of Mississippi County, grow and thrive. Steven says, "Each of  us have the responsibility to contribute to the continuous improvement of our city, and never miss an opportunity to make our community better."

Michael Smith is a dedicated and experienced program coordinator and career placement specialist with a passion for helping individuals achieve their professional goals. With a background in Industrial Technology and a focus on workforce development, Michael has been instrumental in the success of the W.O.R.K program at Arkansas Northeastern College. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Steel Technology from ANC and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organizational Leadership from UAFS. Michael is also an active leader in the community. He currently serves as Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Epsilon Sigma Sigma, Blytheville Ritz Foundation Board, Versatile 25 Scholarship Organization, Main Street Blytheville Board, Healing in the Hood Organization, and on the Arkansas Community Colleges Board. Michael has been recognized for his leadership and community involvement through several awards, including the Man of the Year award from the Blytheville Leadership Institute and the Power of One Standout Leader award from the Osceola Chamber of Commerce. 

Shawna Laws Jolly