Speaker Mills

Panel Discussion

Teresa Mills

Teresa Mills is the Chief Executive Officer for the Peace at Home Family Shelter.  Peace at Home is an emergency safe shelter for families escaping family violence.  Ms. Mills is responsible for the fund development, advocacy, strategic planning and day to day operations at the shelter.

Prior to her work at Peace at Home, Teresa was the Development Manager for the Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center where she was integral in the development of the Early Childhood Initiatives Center, a free resource and professional development program for early childhood professionals throughout Arkansas.

Teresa is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter serving as its President in 2012.  In 2016, AFP recognized her as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year.   Teresa currently serves as a board member for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  In 2013, Teresa was honored by the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General with the Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Award for her service to domestic violence survivors.  A lifelong Arkansan, Teresa attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Kelly received her MSW degree at the University of Arkansas in 2009 and has been working with under privileged and underserved since this time.  She has a background working in acute, sub acute, outpatient, and primary care settings.  Through her work in primary care, Kelly has seen the direct effect mental health struggles have on physical health and well being and works daily to improve both for her patients.

Kelly is currently serving as the Behavioral Health Director for Community Clinic in Northwest Arkansas where she spends time both in an administrative role and direct practice.  She works with the University of Arkansas School of Social Work and School of Psychology to train master’s and doctoral level students to practice in integrated settings.  In her spare time, Kelly likes to read, run, and spend time with her family and friends.

Rep. Charlene Fite is serving her third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She represents District 80, which includes portions of Crawford and Washington counties.

For the 91st General Assembly, she serves as chairperson for the House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee.  She also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Joint Budget Committee.