Cassandra Caldwell, Director
Cassandra Caldwell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she served in the United States Navy. Following an honorable discharge from the service, she entered the workforce and began attending college. She earned Associate of Science degrees in Legal Studies and Biology. She went on to study Medical and Molecular Biology at Rogers State University.
Cassandra was named Director of the Arkansas Waterways Commission in February 2020. She previously served as an Administrative Programs Officer with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Waterways Program, where her passion for our nation’s inland waterways was born. Prior to beginning a career in waterborne commerce, Cassandra spent several years in the medical field, working for a private practice physician. She also worked for many years as a corporate paralegal, with a strong focus on contracts, regulation and compliance, and business development.
Cassandra is a certified Inland Maritime Port Manager. She is a member of the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives. She serves on the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center Board with the University of Arkansas, the National Waterways Conference Navigation Caucus, the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Board of Directors, and serves as the voting member for the State of Arkansas on the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Council on Water Transportation. She also serves on the State Freight Advisory Committee.
Cassandra and her husband, Jon, collectively, have four children, one dog and two cats. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and listening to live music.
Lawanda Campbell, Business Operations Specialist
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.
Amanda Vardaman, Program Coordinator
Amanda joined the Arkansas Waterways Commission staff as the Program Coordinator in August 2022. Amanda came to the Commission with over a decade of experience working in the private sector, and with non-profit boards and committees. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in several areas such as internal auditing, accounting, developing education and training programs, personnel and program management, marketing, event planning, and managing social media presence.
Amanda is highly motivated, creative, and organized. She is passionate about eco-conscious modes of transportation and promoting effective change. She is very excited to have the opportunity to share her passion, skill, and talent with the Commission and to serve the citizens of Arkansas.
When not at work, you will most likely find Amanda around town, serving her community, or somewhere outdoors, enjoying nature.