Photography by Sarah Oden

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   And, she’s off! This working mother of two, three if you count the family’s one-year-old goldendoodle, is making strides in her community. A partner at Gill Ragon Owen, P.A., Jenny Teeter still has time for civic leadership – serving on the Anthony School Board of Trustees, UAMS College of Health Professions Advisory Board of Directors and Fuse Co-Working Board of Directors. However, her commitment to Methodist Family Health, both personally and professionally, is steadfast.

   After graduating from UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, this newlywed started an internship at Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. Now, after 14 years, she continues in a leadership position that inspires clients and colleagues. Jenny was initially introduced to Methodist Family Health as a client of the firm and then through the firm’s sponsorship of Southern Silks. Jenny attended this signature fundraising event for Methodist Family Health and realized the critical support that it generates each year.

   “Methodist Family Health provides psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual healthcare to thousands of Arkansas children and families each year. They have come a long way since they were founded as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage in 1899, and they are now a complete continuum of care for Arkansas children and their families who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. I am very proud to be a part of the Southern Silks event, which allows the organization to continue to offer help and hope to those who need care and guidance,” Jenny explains.

   Methodist Family Health offers inpatient and outpatient programs as well as services for families struggling with behavioral, emotional and psychiatric health issues. Facilities include an acute and subacute behavioral hospital in Maumelle, psychiatric residential treatment centers in Central and Northeast Arkansas, a day treatment school in Little Rock and the Arkansas Centers for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES) as well as therapeutic group homes and school-based and outpatient counseling clinics throughout the state. This mission fulfillment work is made possible through a network of devoted friends and patrons who contribute their funds, talent and effort. Methodist Family Health Director of Communications Kelli Reep elaborates, “Our fundraising events are made possible because we’ve got folks, like Jenny, who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to make things happen. We, like any other nonprofit organization, could not do our work effectively without these gifts of funds and service.”

   Jenny has served as a member of the planning committee for Southern Silks Stakes. She boasts this year’s virtual event Southern Silks Stakes will be no exception to the highly anticipated fun and games that guests have come to expect. “Tom Brannon is our color commentator again this year, and we have worked diligently on the auction,” Jenny notes. “The auction items are stellar and we have some unique packages. We always have an amazing time!” Next year as chairmen of the event, Jenny and her husband Jeremy plan to welcome guests back to Southern Silks Stakes and hope the community will join this Southern tradition and help improve the lives of the children and families that need the critical resources Methodist Family Health provides.

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