HOW DID YOU BECOME A PART OF THIS FOUNDATION & BECOME A BOARD MEMBER? The overall concept of helping individuals started with a simple conversation between myself and my now wife, Suki O'Neal. This led to her to wanting to move forward with a benefit to help a friend of hers. From that point, it has been nothing short of amazing to watch her and her dearest of friends accomplish amazing goals while touching other people’s lives & hearts. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE PAST OR DO YOU FEEL YOU POSSESS THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ROLE OR TITLE ON THE FOUNDATION BOARD? Because of my unwavering support for her and the amazing group of women involved, I was asked to help lead the group in a boardroom manner that would help them establish a strong stand-alone foundation built with structure and based on principles and respect unlike that of the original foundation which failed due to no executive order.OCCUPATION/PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Domtar Industries SPOUSE’S/SIGNIFICANT OTHER’S NAME: Suki O'Neal. CHILDREN: One pet named Tucker. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES & INTERESTS? Traveling with my wife and just enjoying life. I love to make people laugh.
Suki Coburn O'Neal
My name is Suki O'Neal and I am currently the Vice-President of the Friends for a Cause Foundation. Not only am I an officer of the board, but I am also one of the co-founders of this amazing organization. Established back in 2014, my friends and I wanted to create an organization that would pay it forward in the community and allow anyone who wanted to dedicate their time, talent, resources or money to the needs of our community. We set up to primarily raise money for cancer patients of any type offset costs that insurance does not cover such as gas, hotel and other non-medical expenses that can rack up. Over time, we were approached with other needs in the community and have rallied to help out all those that we could. We have supported and raised money for ALS and donated money to the Klondike Leadership Academy, which is a local leadership program offered free to students in the community. I firmly believe in our motto: Any friend. ANY cause. It ALL matters. Because at the end of the day, we are all supporting each other and our passion to make a difference in the local community. Personal and fun facts: I've been with my wonderful husband, Warren, for eight years and married for three. He is also one of the co-founders of Friends. I am a community educator for HealthCARE Express and totally love my job! I am currently trying to finish my bachelor's degree with hopes of graduating in the next year or so. My hobbies include shopping, ATV riding, and traveling to exotic places with my husband and friends. Anyone who knows me knows two things about me. I am a huge Mickey Mouse fanatic and my favorite color is purple!
I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and amazing son. I am the Controller for Healthcare Express. I love to travel, read, and empower others. I believe everyone has a special gift to give and should share it whenever possible. I believe in FFAC because of my mom. She was diagnosed with cancer almost five years ago and is a survivor. Knowing that FFAC helps cancer victims and families, no matter what type, with a network of people, love and support in many ways to offer some peace of mind to those who need it most.
Karen Davidson Dillinger
Karen Dillinger is a native Texan and an adopted Arkansan. She grew up in Atlanta TX, attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia AR, and lived in Little Rock for over 15 years. She is now back in her hometown and works for Commercial National Bank as a credit analyst. Karen loves to travel and is involved in the Texarkana community through her work with Christus St. Michael’s Friends of the Foundation, the Susan G Komen foundation and Friends for a Cause. Volunteering has been a passion for several years, beginning with her work with the CARTI Auxiliary in Little Rock. One of the first things she did when moving to Cass County was to search for organizations with which to volunteer. “Being part of the organization and founding of Friends for a Cause has been an exciting process. It has been amazing to see the results of many hours of hard work and diligence from all of the founding members and volunteers. We now have the beginning of a good base of hard-working and dedicated volunteers. We couldn’t do half of the things we have planned without these amazing people.”
Brittney Frost grew up in Texarkana, Tx and attended Hooks ISD. She went on to get her Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Business from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. She now works for Guaranty Bank and Trust as a Personal Banker. Brittney loves to spend time with her family and two English bulldogs (Lucy and Lola), and is involved in the Texarkana community through her work with Friends for a Cause and participating in different volunteer activities with Guaranty Bank and Trust. Volunteering has been a passion of hers for several years. She has been a part of Friends for a Cause since the beginning. “We would not be where we are today or accomplished what we have planned without our amazing members and volunteers.“
My passion with FFAC is because I have had first hand experience with Cancer in my immediate family multiple times. I have seen what it can do to Family, Finances and also just everyday life in general. At FFAC we don't restrict what the family can use the money for and I love that because at least the Survivor can use the money for the personal things that people do not realize they need. And also FFAC is like family we all care and give our hearts and time to do the things we LOVE To DO.
My name is Donnie Spriggs I’ am 23 and have been a resident of Texarkana my whole life. I attended Redwater ISD then went to Texarkana College to start my degree. I am the Marketing Director for Silver Star LLC (Silver Star Smokehouse). I am so excited to serve as a board member - Friends for a cause!