Deidre Smith, Director
Deidre Smith assumed the duties as Director for the Arkansas Waterways Commission in July, 2017. Before moving to Arkansas, Deidre served as the Waterways Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for over six of her 32 years with ODOT before retiring the end of August, 2017. From 1996 to 2000, Deidre served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma State School Board Association where she headed the Technology Committee for the State’s School Board Association. In September 2006, Deidre completed the Certified Public Manager’s Program. She currently serves on the American Association of State Highway Transportation Official’s Standing Committee on Water Transportation, the Board of Directors for the Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center, Board of Directors for the Arkansas River Historical Society, and the Executive Committee for the National Waterways Conference.
J.W. Misenheimer, Administrative Analyst
J. W. started working for the Arkansas Waterways Commission in October 2017. J.W. acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in film and mass communications from Southern Arkansas University.
After college, he started his own company, Misenheimer Media, a freelance production business that creates videos and graphic designs. J.W. will be helping with research, education, marketing and web development for the AWC.
LaWanda Campbell, Business Operations
First employed with Arkansas Waterways Commission as an Administrative Assistant in 2002, LaWanda retired after 35 years of service with the State of Arkansas In January 2016 as a Budget Operations Specialist.
In October 2017, LaWanda returned to the Arkansas Waterways Commission to her former position. LaWanda is a graduate of Alabama A & M University and Pulaski Technical College. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling.