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Cedric Patterson pictureCedric Patterson

Fiscal Support Analyst 

Patterson joins the AMHC with more than 10 years of experience as an accounting technician. He began his educational career in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he obtained his associate degree in accounting from the National Education Center. He went on to earn an additional associate’s degree from Pulaski Technical College, and later a bachelor’s degree in health science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Patterson is currently working to obtain his master’s degree in human resources management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.



Beatriz Mondragon, B.S.

Health Program Specialist

Mondragon joined AMHC in November 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Prior to joining the commission, Mondragon was employed at the Arkansas Human Development Corporation. She also has experience working with the Mexican Consulate Health window providing health education and preventive screenings including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and HIV. Mondragon is certified in HIV Prevention Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Freedom from Smoking Facilitator, Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter and Diabetes Prevention Program. She has over three years of professional and volunteer experience in project management, outreach coordination, community engagement, health education and disease prevention.



Locaya Stewart pictureLaCoya Stewart, B.S.

Health Program Specialist

Stewart joined the AMHC in October 2017 as a fiscal support analyst, and in 2018, was promoted to the role of health program specialist. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in business administration, Stewart held a position at the Arkansas Department of Human Services and later served for 13 years at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, nine of which were spent on the Dental Outreach team.




Este Fraizer pictureEste Fraizer, MPA


Frazier joined AMHC in March 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a master’s degree in public administration. Previously, Frazier served 16 years as financial analyst, project manager and affirmative action officer at the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute. She has also served as a bookkeeper for the Pine Bluff School District for three years.




Brittany Desmuke pictureBrittany Desmuke, M.A.

Media Specialist

Desmuke joined the AMHC in July 2018. She obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Arts in mass communication with emphases in strategic communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While working toward her master’s degree, Desmuke worked as a writer and graduate assistant in UA Little Rock’s Office of Communications and Marketing. There, she gained experience in writing, editing, interviewing, social media engagement, content production and more.



Onekia Freeman

Human Resources Analyst/ Executive Assistant

Freeman joined the AMHC in July 2019. She has 16 years of state government experience, spending the past seven years at the Arkansas Department of Community Correction where she served as a career planning and placement specialist/work advisor. In this role, she assisted returning citizens with job placement, vocational training and educational assessments. 



Daphne Gaulden 

Grants Coordinator

Gaulden joined the AMHC in July 2019. She brings to the agency over 20 years of experience in areas ranging from management of chronic disease, nutrition and physical activity programs, policy and media advocacy and grant writing. Gaulden is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to minority health, health inequities and addressing the social determinants of health. Prior to joining the AMHC, Gaulden was a program and policy analyst at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in Little Rock. She also has experience working with the American Heart Association, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department. She holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Grambling State University and a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.