Watson Chapel’s Nelson named ASBA President


Maxine Nelson, a 23-year member of the Watson Chapel School Board, was named president of the Arkansas School Boards Association during the annual meeting earlier this month.

The meeting was held in conjunction with ASBA’s annual conference at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Nelson served two terms on the ASBA Board as the Region 11 Director, representing school boards in Cleveland, Dallas, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

She recently served as president-elect of the ASBA Board of Directors. She earned the Pinnacle Board Member Award from ASBA in 2000, which designates she has completed at least 200 hours of board development training.

Nelson retired from Jefferson Regional Medical Center with 34 years of service, where she was a registered nurse in the Coronary Care Unit.

She has served as a member of the Pine Bluff 20/20 Coordinating Committee and is a member of the College Heights Church of Christ, where she volunteers with the church health fairs.

She also has worked with Arkansas Community Organizations, an advocacy group that assists low-income families.

Nelson is the mother of five children and 17 grandchildren.

ASBA is a not-for-profit organization that has provided programs and services for all of the state’s locally elected school boards for more than 50 years.