President – Lavina Grandon. A retired teacher with 32 years of experience in rural schools, Lavina Grandon led the opposition to Governor Mike Huckabee’s effort in 2003 to consolidate all schools in Arkansas with under 1500 enrollment. She lives in north central Arkansas where she coordinates a food pantry and helped form a school foundation. She serves on the board of Southern Echo and Rural Schools Collaborative. Grandon is the founder of Rural Community Alliance and has been a board member since 2005.