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Jannie Cotton Resume

Jannie Cotton

Licensed Professional Counselor #P9412031

P.O. Box 6416 Sherwood, Arkansas, 72124


Phone: 501-658-7401



Professional Counseling Associates

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) | October 2005 – September 2018

Clinical Director | January 1999 – September 2005

  • In charge of the daily operations of $7+ million company to ensure we met the mental, behavioral, and emotional healthcare needs for persons with complex financial and mental health concerns. 

  • Promoted the highest level of ethical behavior on the part of all center personnel and clients.

  • Assured the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitored compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

  • Attended and participated in all legislative sessions from 2005-2018 to prioritize policy development and funding for mental health and juvenile justice needs.

  • Ensured that customers had a voice for concerns and that client advocacy was at the forefront. 

  • On-call as a licensed professional counselor, 24/7, seven days a week. 

  • Provided clinical services and behavioral/classroom consultation to over 35 UAMS Head Start Centers for more than 15 years.

Division of Children and Family Services

Assistant Director | May 1996 – June 1998

  • Created and implemented policies and procedures for the Division of Children and family services.

  • Served as a liaison for the director for federal and state funding and legislative updates.

Dana’s House (Emergency Shelter)

Consultant | October 1994 – May 1996

Centers for Youth and Families/Stepping Stone

Youth Services Administrator | September 1993 – May 1996

Stepping Stone Youth Shelter

Director | May 1983 – May 1996

Rowland Unified School District

Elementary Substitute Teacher/Teacher | January 1980 – January 1983

Maryvale Girls School

Childcare Worker | July 1978 – January 1980

Learning Tree Day Care Center

Teacher | August 1976 – August 1977

Little Rock School District

Substitute Teacher | September 1975 – June 1976

Educational Background

  • Masters of Science Degree in Counseling, 3.933 GPA, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. June 1986 – May 1988

  • Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA, 12 Graduate Hours, September 1982 – January 1983

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development, Magna Cum Laude, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR, September 1971 – August 1975

  • High School Diploma, Horace Mann High School, Little Rock, AR, September 1968 – June 1971

Previous Political Experience

  • Served on Healthcare Reform and Legislative Committee for Children and Adult Services that ensured the health and welfare of mental health clients in the state of Arkansas from 2005-2014

  • Served on the Executive Board as Secretary and Past President of the Mental Health Council which represented 15 community mental health centers from across the state

  • Served as a delegate from Arkansas representing mental health for Hill Day in Washington, DC through the National Association of Behavioral Health for over ten years

Community Service: Leadership Positions, Accomplishments &Awards

Leadership Position

  • President Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC, 2007 - 2011

  • Vice-Chair Person, Board of Directors for Delta Presents Outreach Foundation

  • Executive Board Member of Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc


Accomplishments & Awards

  • 2019 Monroe "Billy" Murdock Woman of the Year Award

  • 2018 Delta Dear of the Year Award

  • 2013 Senator Erma Hunter Brown Leadership Award

  • 2012 LRAC Physical and Mental Health Award

  • 2010 Women of Excellence Award

  • 2009 Cluster Delta of the Year Award

  • 2008 Spirit of Delta Award 

  • 2006 Woman in the Mirror Award 

  • 2006 Step Up Support Center Community Service Award 

  • 2004 Delta of the Year Award for Exceptional Eervice 

  • 2003 ICON Award Professional Counseling Associates Award

  • 1991- 1997 National Chairperson Award from the National Association of Black Social Workers 

  • 1997 Top 5 Women of Excellence for Public Service Award

  • 1996 Dr. R.K. Young Humanitarian Award 

  • 1995 Outstanding Youth Provider Award

  • 1995 Center Stage Award for Outstanding Service at Center’s for Youth and Families 

  • 1987 & 1993 Exemplary Leadership Award 

  • 1992 Community Service District Award 

  • 1988 Arkansas Mental Health Community Service Award 

  • 1987 Positive Role Model for Youth in the East End Community Award

  • 1986 Outstanding Young Woman of America Award

Religious, Civic, & Volunteer Activities

  • Member of New Zion Grove Worship Center

  • Serve on the leadership team of the “I Love My Church” Financial Committee

  • Member of National and State Black Social Workers Organization

  • Taught three 6-week sessions on financial empowerment and sustainability

  • Provided consultation and training for Sickle Cell Support Services Foundation

Length of Time in Legislative District & In Arkansas

  • 15 years: Length of time in the legislative district

  • 1953: Born and raised in Arkansas

    • After college in 1976, I moved away to Atlanta, Georgia and then moved to Rowland Heights, California

    • 1983: Returned to Arkansas to live

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