Office Address
Arkansas State Teachers Association
225 S. Pulaski Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201-1930
Tel: 877-742-ASTA (2782)
Fax: 501-400-8276
Website Contact Form

Key Staff:

Michele Linch, Executive Director
Allison Greenwood, State Director

Ronnie Flowers, Senior Regional Director
Danielle Kelley, Regional Membership Director
Shanna Morgason, Senior Regional Director
Travis Ragland, Director of Legal Services
Margaret Zakrzewski, Executive Assistant

Staff Bios

Michele Linch

Executive Director

Dr. Michele Ballentine-Linch served in education as a science teacher for over twenty years and is now the executive director of ASTA - the Arkansas state chapter of AAE. After her career as a teacher, Dr. Linch pursued a doctorate at the University of Arkansas where she became the director of the Arkansas Leadership Academy’s Teacher Leader Institute - a post she held for over ten years.

Michele has performed faculty and administrative assignments at Arkansas Tech University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Arkansas Baptist College. Michele’s work with educators has taken her across the state of Arkansas, the U.S., and even to underserved schools in rural China. She served as a Governor’s appointee to the Arkansas Legislative Desegregation Litigation Oversight Subcommittee and Taskforce and serves on the board of the Arkansas Dressage Society.

Michele lives in Little Rock, AR with her husband, Perry, a lieutenant colonel in the Arkansas Army National Guard, their two children, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, and horses.

Allison Greenwood

State Director

Dr. Allison Cecil Greenwood is a State Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a state chapter of AAE. Her professional career began as a teacher and program manager at one of the first Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) programs. Following her work with ABC, Dr. Greenwood served as Administrator of Child and Adolescent Services and Director of Education at Lakeside Behavioral Health System in Memphis, TN. She served as principal for two schools for children with emotional disturbances and conduct disorders, and, after managing numerous psychiatric and educational programs for children, Dr. Greenwood served as the Administrator of Outpatient Offices in Jonesboro, AR. Dr. Greenwood has a doctorate of Instruction and Curriculum emphasizing in Early Childhood from the University of Memphis. She holds an MSE in Early Childhood with a certification in Educational Administration and a BSE in Early Childhood from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She lives in North Little Rock with her two teenage sons.

Ronnie Flowers

Senior Regional Director

Ronnie Flowers is a Senior Regional Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a state chapter of AAE. Previously, Ronnie was an Algebra and Geometry in the Bentonville Public School District for 12 years after graduating with his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Arkansas. As a teacher, Ronnie was voted by his peers as teacher of the year two different times for his building and for his small learning community. Ronnie became a member of ASTA in 2004 and soon helped start and was elected the president of the local ASTA group in Bentonville. Ronnie loves finding ways to save money, has fun teaching Geometry three times per week for an hour at a small private school in Rogers, plays basketball with friends, plays trumpet, and is a very active member of Northwest Church in Bentonville and Springdale. He enjoys creating songs using math and at the latest count has 35 in his repertoire on You Tube. He has been married since 1997 to his wife Kim and has two sons.

Danielle Kelley

Regional Membership Director

Danielle Kelley is a Regional Membership Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a state chapter of AAE. Danielle taught Theatre, Oral Communication, English, and Journalism for 19 years across Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama. She graduated from Mississippi State University with her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Public Relations. Before beginning her teaching career, she worked in corporate public relations in Dallas, Texas and even auditioned for a Broadway show. Danielle loves all things British and spends her spare time recreating recipes from The Great British Baking Show and Downton Abbey. She loves to sew, travel, throw parties, and is an active member of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR. She has been married to her husband Sam, who is also a teacher, since 2005, and they have three children, two boys and a girl.

Shanna Morgason

Senior Regional Director

Shanna Morgason is a Senior Regional Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a state chapter of AAE. Shanna also serves as Team Member Director for AAE's national office. Shanna has extensive experience in membership recruiting and educational sales as well as classroom experience as a secondary literacy teacher and K-4 library media specialist. Prior to joining AAE's Arkansas state chapter as a regional director, Shanna was an educational sales consultant and trainer for Kids College, a K-8 literacy and math test preparation software combining academics with online sports video games. Shanna resides in Arkansas with her husband, Scott, and their four children.

Travis Ragland

Director of Legal Services

Travis Ragland serves as the Director of Legal Services for the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA). Before joining ASTA, Travis worked as an attorney in the fields of real estate, contract, and probate both in the business world and in private practice. Prior to his legal career, he worked for over a decade as a municipal firefighter serving the citizens of city of Conway, Arkansas. Travis holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management from Arkansas Tech University and a Juris Doctorate from the UALR Bowen School of Law. He enjoys traveling, all things outdoors, and the Razorbacks. A lifelong Arkansan, Travis lives in Conway and is the father of three wonderful kids and one unruly rescue dog.

Margaret Zakrzewski

Executive Assistant

Margaret Zakrzewski comes to Arkansas State Teachers Association after a varied career in the business sector and private sector. Ms. Zakrzewski attended State College of Arkansas (present day University of Central Arkansas). After working in the corporate headquarters for Dillard Department Stores, she and her husband owned and ran a small successful business, The Lamp House. Upon closing this business, she was hired as Director of Religious Education by Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. She completed a three year theology program conducted by the Diocese of Little Rock and was in charge of all facets of the parish religious education programs. She later went on to serve as the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College. Margaret and her husband, Frank, have raised four sons. She is very active in her church and one of her loves is theater and acting.