About Us

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.

Download Our 2016 Annual Report Here

Our Staff:

Courtney Leach, Executive Director
Courtney@CommunityConnectionsAR.org

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.

 

Jessica Nichols, Director of Programs
Jessica@CommunityConnectionsAR.org

Jessica Nichols earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Counseling with a minor in Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas. She was a stay at home mom for 9.5 years but after loosing their son, Gavin, she entered back into the workforce with a passion for helping families and kids. She worked as the receptionist at Restored Life Counseling, and then became a case-worker for Pinnacle Pointe Outpatient where she worked with behavioral health in the Conway School District. She volunteers her time at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock, at the University of Central Arkansas, and New Life Church. Jessica and her husband, Derek, reside in Conway with their two daughters, Haley and Kensey.

 

 

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 Sr. and Claudia Strange
Matt and D’Lisa Haas
Nathan and Sarah Huggins
Eric and Amy Sweatt
Jacob and Gracie Lively