Michael Lanier, Executive Director, EOA:
As EOA’s Executive Director, Michael oversees the operation of all EOA’s Divisions, including EOA Children’s House. Michael grew up in southeast Texas on the Louisiana border. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1976 and moved to Arkansas to enroll in the University of Arkansas for his Master’s degree in Food Science. Upon graduation, he worked for five years in the food industry doing new product development. In 1984, he returned to Texas A&M to earn his Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis on finance and accounting.
From 1988 to 2007, Michael served as the Chief Financial Officer for EOA. During his tenure, he served on various national and state boards. He also provided consultant services to other not-for-profit organizations. In 2007, he moved to Missouri where he was a partner and CFO for Silver Star Development, before returning to Arkansas in 2010 to assume the post of Executive Director for EOA.
Michael is married to Vickie, who works as the Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Community Clinic NWA. They have two children, Hunter and Wendy.
Megan Cuddy, Director of Advancement, EOA:
As Director of Advancement, Megan is responsible for moving the organization forward through fund development, special events, community outreach, marketing and public relations.
Megan grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2005, Megan with her husband Jason, moved to Northwest Arkansas where Megan began working at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for managing the grant programs for the Chamber and Drug Free Rogers-Lowell. In her 8 ½ years at the Chamber, Megan obtained over 2.5 million in grant awards for Chamber programs. Megan also coordinated the Leadership Benton County Program for the Chamber.
Megan has been a certified Prevention Specialist since 2008 and she served two terms on the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinating Council, appointed by Governor Huckabee and then again by Governor Beebe. Megan has also been a contracted grant reviewer for the state of Arkansas, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Megan is an active member and current Board Member of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas, has served on the Board of Directors for the Rogers Public Education Foundation, and currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Megan, and her husband Jason, enjoy traveling and outdoor activities with their son, Hudson.
Lance Johnson, Program Director, EOA Children’s Services:
As Program Director of EOA Children’s Services, Lance is responsible for program design and management of the Head Start, Early Head Start, Arkansas Better Chance, and Children’s House programs. Over the last ten years, Lance has gained experience working with children, families, and staff through various service components, including: Mental Health, Family Engagement, Nutrition, and Environmental Health & Safety. Lance also serves as a liaison between EOA Children’s Services and DHS, Juvenile Court, and other community social service organizations in Northwest Arkansas.
Lance is a native Arkansan, graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Post-college, Lance began his career working for Ozark Guidance Center at EOA Children’s House, focusing on mental health and social competency of children 18 months – 5 years of age. In 2014, Lance became an independent trainer in the Zero to Five: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect course and has since worked with early childcare providers and non-profit organizations to provide additional training in this preventative course.
Lance is very involved with AFS Intercultural Programs USA and has enjoyed being a host parent and volunteer with the organization. He recently collaborated with other AFS volunteers around the country in a work group focused on “Re-Imagining the Role of the Volunteer.” In his free time, Lance enjoys spending time outdoors, running, traveling, and is a proud uncle to his niece, Haisley.