The 2024 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

Congratulations to NWACC alumna Karen Reynolds for winning the 2024 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award!

This annual award recognizes outstanding alumni who have been successful in their career fields and have made a positive impact on the community.

Karen Reynolds began her career in health care when she was only 14 years old as a junior volunteer. Since that time, she has logged over 30 years of experience in various areas of patient care. She ran and owned a rural clinic in Elkins, Arkansas. Karen received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State award of excellence in 2013. In 2014 was named, by Leslie Rutledge, the Arkansas Small Businesswoman of the year. In 2015, she received Community Bank’s Hero award and was named to the top 40 Women in Arkansas Business by First Security Bank. She was the 2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Arkansas nurse practitioner advocate of the year. She has received many other numerous nursing award nominations. Most recently she was named the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’ Top 100 Women of Impact.

Karen has severed many roles on boards and organizations. In 2014 she was an integral part of the team to establish the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association. In 2016 In order to elect more Nurse practitioner friendly legislators she helped to establish the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association PAC. In 2020, she coordinated and facilitated legislative efforts and successfully paired one nurse practitioner for every legislator. Besides being a busy professional, she is also a wife and mother raising two amazing children.

Karen will be recognized at the NWACC Spring commencement ceremony at on May 13th at 11:30 a.m. at Walmart AMP.

Mr. Dick Trammel

Each year, the NWACC Foundation recognizes an alumnus that has excelled in his/her career field and has made a positive impact in his/her community through either public service such as military or public office, civic or philanthropic engagement, community leadership, volunteerism and or involvement in NWACC recruitment and retention activities. 

The namesake for this award, Mr. Dick Trammel, has been an inspiration to the Northwest Arkansas community with a lasting legacy of service. Mr. Trammel served as a Founding Trustee of NorthWest Arkansas Community College, continues to serve on the NWACC Foundation Board of Directors, and will forever be a part of this institution's history.

Past Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

2023 - Shelley Attaway

2022 - Gregory Forrester 

2021 - Patricia Rodriguez

2020 - Jonathan J. Janacek

2019 - Luis Martinez

2018 - Raul 'Rulli' Torres

2017 - Rodney H. Bailey

2016 - Mindy K. Walker

2015 - Todd Thomas

2014 - Wes Morris

2013 - Becky Hudson

2012 - Cathy Yockey

2011 - Nichole Mannion

2010 - Stephen Sims

2009 - Rick McLeod

2008 - Sue Ann Pekel

2007 - Deb Moore

2006 - Deborah Louise Morey Weineke

2005 - Robert Hamilton

2004 - Lisa Lee

2003 - Jasmin Snarr

2002 - Mindy Ellington

2001 - Elaine Holloway

2000 - Tonya Woods

1999 - NA

1998 - Kevin McAbee