Dr. Kyle Ireland
Director of Student Support Services

Dr. Kyle Ireland received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a Master of Arts in teaching from Olivet Nazarene University, going on to work at Olivet for several years before coming to JBU. Kyle earned a Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership) from Liberty University in April 2018 by completing his dissertation, "Experiencing Success: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Successful Remedial Mathematics Students." Kyle has taught mathematics, trained faculty advisers on placement criteria, directed university seminar programs and worked closely with registrars to ensure placement guidelines were met. He and his wife Darcy (a mathematics teacher at Siloam Springs Middle School) have been married since December 2002 and have two daughters, Capri and Carsyn. He loves to spend time with his children, joining them in playing softball, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes and scooters, and exploring new hiking trails. Kyle loves sports, music, spending time with friends and good food. He hopes to one day take his family on a long road trip out west in a large RV to see many of the national parks.

Mr. Jarrod HeathcoteJarrod Heathcote, M.S.
Coordinator of Disability Services


Jarrod Heathcote is married to Jennifer Heathcote who works in parent and alumni relations. They have three sons: Henry, Calvin and Abel. Graduating from John Brown University in 2008 with a B.S. in youth ministry, Jarrod knows the ins and outs of JBU. Jarrod was diagnosed in third grade with a learning disability and has participated in learning centers and Student Support Services for the entirety of his academic career. He understands what it is like to have a learning disability in college and how to succeed here at JBU. Jarrod has completed his graduate work, holding a Master of Science degree in higher education leadership.

Deborah Raiees-Dana

Ms. Deborah Raiees-Dana, M.A.
Math Specialist/Tutor Coordinator

Deborah Raiees-Dana graduated from John Brown University with a degree in secondary mathematics education. She received her Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Arkansas with a focus on geographic information systems and accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. Deborah has several years of tutoring experience with Student Support Services at John Brown University and at Ozarka College In Melbourne, Arkansas. She also works as the General Academic Adviser with Undeclared Majors. Her most rewarding career has been that of a mother.

Mr. Matt GwartneyJarrod Heathcote, B.S.
Academic Assistance Coordinator


Matt Gwartney graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in family and human services and a minor a philosophy. During his time as a student he was a leader in JBU’s Audio, Video, and Lighting Technologies department, an active member of Theta Alpha Kappa religious studies honor society, and a member of the Honors Scholars Program. Following his time at JBU, Matt attended graduate school at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Matt loves to read and is an amateur woodworker in his free time.

Ms. Christa BlackstoneChrista Blackstone, B.S.
Advising Services Coordinator
/Reading Specialist

Christa Blackstone graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in music.  As a student, she was involved in CAUSE ministries, SMLT, and tutoring. Upon graduation, she spent 6 years as a JBU admissions counselor recruiting students from Missouri and Illinois as well as international students and missionary kids.  Christa is passionate about student success in college and enjoys helping students research scholarships, map out schedules, discover new study strategies, and improve reading skills.  Christa enjoys running, hiking, reading and eating great food.

Ms. Cheryl FoxworthyJarrod Heathcote
Administrative Assistant


Cheryl Foxworthy has worked as the Administrative Assistant off and on since the program was started in 2005. She loves her family – "great husband, beautiful daughter and wonderful son-in-law." She lives in Pea Ridge where her husband pastors the Nazarene church. They are blessed with a great church family.      

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