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Tanya and Terrance James reflect the generosity and goodwill that they admire throughout Central Arkansas; every encounter with the couple guarantees an optimistic outlook. Friend and fellow Youth Home patron Valerie Pruitt realizes the critical role of young professionals like the James’ in the continued success of organizations in the Capital City. “I encouraged Terrance to consider joining the Youth Home Board of Directors and his service has been remarkable. I’m proud to have had a hand in his role with Youth Home.” Valerie continues, “ The couple shares a strong faith and love of community in everything they do. It’s people like Tanya and Terrance that are the future of philanthropy in Arkansas. ”
Their business and civic leadership blend seamlessly into a life that’s filled with family gatherings, fundraisers and lots of fellowship. “The lifelong friendships that have been forged is what we cherish most,” Tanya notes. “It motivates us to continue to volunteer our time and resources.”
The energy that surrounds the couple is equal parts impressive and enchanting. As Arvest Bank Vice President & Private Banking Advisor, Tanya provides financial concierge services for clients regarding their mortgages, consumer loans and accounts. Her unparalleled client relationships are the result of her tenure of almost two decades with Arvest Bank. “I’m blessed to be at the forefront of the bank’s community endeavors and Arvest Bank whole-heartedly supports volunteerism among colleagues.”
Like Arvest Bank, Tanya and Terrance are invested in a variety of organizations including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Junior League of Little Rock and Saint Mark Baptist Church as well as Youth Home. Ellon Cockrill elaborates, “A born servant-leader Tanya’s energy, intelligence, integrity and hard work inspires those around her to become involved in her causes – of which there are many.” It’s the couple’s pragmatic approach that garners respect and inspires others to join the fun of philanthropy. Junior League of Little Rock President Jennifer Goss attests, “Tanya is an enthusiastic leader for Junior League of Little Rock who embodies our inclusiveness and independent thinking as we continue to welcome all women who value our mission. Her energy and thoughtfulness in our development efforts help to put our organization in a better position.” Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Executive Director adds, “Tanya and Terrance are an unbelievable blessing to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since 2016, Tanya continues to deepen her family’s role with the foundation. This dynamic couple leads with commitment and compassion and we’re a better organization because of their efforts.”
For Tanya and Terrance, promoting “human acts of selflessness and compassion” is a God-given responsibility. “We hope and pray that our service is an example that everyone can make a difference and change lives for the better,” Tanya explains. And for countless Arkansans, the results are measurable.