Karen Slater, Chairman

Karen founded P.E.A.R.L. and serves on the board of directors to help individuals in Northwest Arkansas find lasting recovery from addiction. As a previous BCDC graduate of 2013.

Karen used the accountability that the Benton County Drug Court provided to foster self-discipline and begin working toward her personal and professional goals. Over time, this grew into increased self-confidence and self-esteem, which further helped her overcome her struggles with addiction. With the help of Drug Court and an anonymous 12-step recovery program, Karen was able to stay honest, open-minded and motivated to keep moving forward.

But, Karen realized not everyone had access to the same programs or support that she had. And, from her own experience, she knew how important such compassion, reliability and accountability could be in stepping away from self-serving thoughts and finding lasting recovery.

Chris Hart , Vice Chairman

As a Mental Health Paraprofessional (MHPP) and Certified Integral Therapist (CIT), Christopher has long been committed to helping others. But, Chris recognized that many people who needed and wanted help continued to struggle in their recovery, having limited access to practical resources and support.

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Justin Hattenhauer, Treasurer

My name is Justin Hattenhauer and I have a financial planning practice with Northwestern Mutual in Fayetteville. I enjoy serving in a local ministry and playing the saxophone as well. I wanted to get involved with PEARL because it was a unique opportunity to make a big difference to these women who are going through such a challenging and delicate time to better themselves. God has given so much to me, and this is one way I choose to give back. I look forward to serving and seeing our organization positively affecting recovering lives!


Debbie Walker, Secretary

Retired after working over 35 years as clerical support staff in several different industries, including medical, real estate, shipping, and transportation. She co-owned and managed a self-storage facility for over 10 years.
In additional she has substantial event planning knowledge of both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Debbie also brings more than 30 years of extensive personal knowledge of 12 Step organizations.


Emmalene Wencl

Bio coming soon


Diane Boss

Diane Boss is Director of Food Services & Events Management at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). Diane oversees events and meetings for three locations. Events range from simple meetings to large conference type events for faculty, staff, and students and external customers of the community.

Diane is in her ninth year working at NWACC. She is passionate about bringing the community together with the College to work together and to support each other. Diane works hard at building relationships. She is dependable and honest in her work ethic. 

Diane loves the arts and education. She loves helping people and enjoys seeing people succeed in all walks of life. You can reach her at dboss@nwacc.edu


William Prettyman

Will Prettyman co-founded the firm after receiving his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, graduating cum laude.  Along with firm co-founder, Josh Mostyn, Will shared the honor of receiving the TC & Rosemary Carlson Memorial Award for outstanding study in Constitutional Law.

Prior to graduation, Will clerked for two large, private law firms in Little Rock, Arkansas.  During his last year of law school, Will clerked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.  Will was a member of the Dean’s List, a member of the Black Law Students Association, the Community Life Committee, and worked in the Innocence Project Clinic, reviewing the case files of Arkansas inmates convicted of capital offenses.

Prior to attending law school, Will worked for the tax division of Southwestern Energy and for the President of UMDNJ University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.  Will’s practice concentrates on Family LawGuardianship, and Ad Litem representation.  Will also handles matters concerning Personal InjuryEmployment, and General Litigation.


Laurel Bruder

My Husband and I moved to Arkansas in 1999 and quickly fell in love with NWA. We own and operate American Window Tinting, the longest continuously running window tinting company in Fayetteville.

I have a passion for helping the recovery community in NWA, and was grateful when I was invited to sit on the board for PEARL I am looking forward to witnessing the growth of this amazing organization

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Brandi Cunningham

I am a local realtor with Coldwell Banker, Harris, McHaney & Faucette. I also have an extensive background in working with Alternative Court clients through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, UAMS and Decision Point. In addition I have experience in training on federally funded data collection tools, statewide training and data collection and follow ups for several years for the Arkansas Access Recovery Grant.

I have always been passionate about helping others and have a heart for those suffering with addiction who are in need of a second chance. Through my experience I have personally witnessed the positive effects of long term treatment that is provided through the drug court and Veterans  court program.

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Aaron DeCelle

Aaron DeCelle served 22 years in both the Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve both as an enlisted Soldier and Officer.  He currently serves as the Director of the Northwest Arkansas Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program.

Born and raised in Alameda, California, Aaron left his home state at age 19 to pursue his education and a career in the Army.  A Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Idaho, he received his Regular Army commission as an Armor Officer serving in a variety of locations in the US, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Egypt, and Iraq.  He has held several command and staff assignments with his last duty working as a Disaster Preparedness Planner and Lead Agency Representative for Military Support for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Aaron moved to Northwest Arkansas and Retired as a Major in 2014.  

Four years after his retirement, Aaron founded the Northwest Arkansas Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program.  This all volunteer program partners with the Veterans Administration and Veteran Treatment Courts in Benton, Washington, Madison and Sebastian Counties by providing mentors for Veterans with