Community Connections is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families. Many children with special needs live in a cycle of school and therapy with little opportunity for extra-curricular activity. At the same time, families of children who are diagnosed with disabilities often lack education and a support network. Community Connections was established in 2005 when Todd and Amy Denton (owners of Pediatrics Plus Therapy Services) and some of their staff saw that many children with disabilities did not have the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts like their siblings and peers. From this need, Community Connections was created to provide extra-curricular activities for children with disabilities and support for their families.
Courtney Leach, Executive Director
Courtney Leach earned her Bachelors degree in Public Relations and Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. She left distribution management to come serve as executive director of Community Connections in 2008 when her middle son, Alex, was born with a chromosome deletion. Courtney fell in love with the vision of supporting families of children with special needs and offering the kids quality extra-curricular activities. Courtney and her husband, Trip, have three sons and one daughter- Quinten, Alex, Bentley and Abigail, and serve on staff at New Life Church in Conway.
Liana Sardinha, Executive Assistant
Liana Sardinha earned her Bachelors degree in Teaching and diploma in Computer Science in South Africa. She moved to America with her late husband, Mike, in 1996. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Micah, who graduated from Conway High School in 2016. Liana has worked over the past 20 years as a United Methodist Youth Minister, Substitute teacher in Conway Schools, and has been involved in various youth activities in the community. She has a sincere compassion for children with special needs and their families which led her to join Community Connections in 2016.
Board of Directors:
Todd and Amy Denton, President and Vice President
Carrie Gifford, Treasurer
David and Krista Tapp, Secretary
James and Terry Barnes
Jim and Sara Batcheller
Bentley and Sydney Blackmon
Brandon and Brittany Huffman
Brock and Christina Martin
Rich and Vickie Robertson
Steve Jr. and Angela Strange
Steve Sr. and Claudia Strange