Board Members

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Becoming a member of the Compassion Fayetteville board means you have adopted the principles of Compassion Fayetteville and those of the Charter for Compassion as your own. Compassionate Fayetteville is made up of folks just like yourself – people that care about their communities and want to see them transform into compassionate cities. Below is our Board of Directors and Advisors, all of whom are volunteers that are trying to change the world, one compassionate action at a time.

Dian Williams              President             
Bruce Garland            Vice-President  
Ed Williams                 Treasurer              
Sue Garland                Secretary              
Denise Hoy                  Member at Large
Carlos Chicas             Member at Large

Dian Williams
Board President
Dian Williams is currently living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Reverend Dian Williams is presently co-minister with her husband in their online ministry. She previously was part of the ministerial staff at Unity Church in Houston as an associate minister from June 2003 through December 2010. She oversaw the Adult Education Program, Pastoral Care Services, and Wednesday Nite Live services. Dian became on ordained Unity minister in 1998. She has served as Board President for SCUCA, the South Central Unity Churches Association. Along with her husband, Rev. Ed Williams, Dian served as co-minister at Unity Center of Tulsa from 1998 through 2003. Prior to studying at Unity Village, Dian served as a registered nurse for eight years and spent seven years as a successful real estate agent. Dian holds an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Redlands, Redlands California. Dian and her husband Ed have four children and nine grandchildren.


Edwin Williams
Board, Treasurer
Edwin Williams is retired from ministry and the military. He currently serves as the Treasurer of Compassion Fayetteville. He is also on the Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity, IAMU, board as their Secretary. Additionally, he serves on the Terra Studio’s board as their Secretary and is the CEO of he and his wife’s online ministry, Ministerial and Pastoral Care Services.
Ed was formerly employed at Venturetech in Houston as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and President. Additionally, Ed was the Executive Director of 501 c(3) non-profit; America in Recovery and was the Corporate Chaplain. He served on the ministerial staff at Unity Church of Christianity in Houston as the associate minister from June of 2003 to October 2009. Ed is a graduate of the Continuing Education and Ministerial Education Programs from Unity School of Religious Studies in 1996 and 1999. After having served twenty years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Ed was called into ministry in 1999. Ed served 4 years as co-minister with his wife, Reverend Dian Williams at Unity Center of Tulsa for over four years, before coming to Houston. Ed has a diverse background of experience and knowledge in both federal and civilian worlds. Ed holds an Undergraduate Degree in Microbiology and a Master of Arts in Management, specializing in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior.

Sue Garland
Board Secretary
Born in western Pennsylvania, Sue Garland spent most of her life in Houston, TX, moving to Fayetteville in late 2012. She lived four years in Little Rock in the late sixties, and has always loved Arkansas and the Ozarks.

Education: BA and MBA from the University of St Thomas, MSW from the University of Houston. Certified 1976 as Ophthalmic Medical Technologist by JCAHPO.  Certified 2008 as a Life Coach by Coach Training Alliance.

Professional:  15+ years as COMT surgery assistant, managing office and surgical practices; 4 years in- and out-patient psychotherapist; 15 years dialysis social worker and private practice consultant. Intermittent private coaching practice.

Volunteer services: Participated in establishment of Arkansas’ first Montessori School (Little Rock); Numerous church-related activities, including Board (8 years), fund-raising, lay prayer ministry, choir; Participated in city-wide inter-faith activities (Houston, Little Rock); involved in Compassion Fayetteville past three years; currently tutoring ESL.
Personal: Married; four adult children; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grands. Loves travel, reading, spending time with family and friends.

Bruce Garland
Board, Vice-President
Bruce was born in New England, but has lived his life mostly in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas. He attended PA Military College and received a BA and a commission in the Regular Army upon graduation.  He is a combat veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam.  He worked many years in distribution management and sales before retiring.
Bruce has five years’ experience facilitating groups in a grief support center for children who had been traumatized by the sudden loss of a parent or sibling.  He was ordained as an interfaith minister in June, 2012, and currently volunteers at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, and for Circle of Life Hospice. He volunteers with Compassion Fayetteville.
Having traveled through this area on the way to visit family further north, he and his wife, Sue, fell in love with Fayetteville and NWA long before moving here in late 2012. Both of us love the “feel” of the area; the mountains, the seasonal shifts, and particularly the people. This is home.


Denise Hoy, Ph.D.
Member at Large
Principal, ALLPS School of Innovation







Carlos Chicas has 20+ years of experience in Marketing and broadcasting, he currently is the Sport Anchor & News Director for Hola Media Group, La Semana, & Azteca America Arkansas TV. He has a Masters in School Counseling; currently working as a counselor at Fayetteville West Campus (ALLPS). He is married to Deysi Chicas and has three children, Kelly (20) Carley (19) and Carlitos (12). He lives in Rogers.

Carlos Chicas
Member at Large