Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Development has announced its annual Stepping
Up for Ouachita luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, in honor of four women who
work in healthcare: Dr. Jana Crain, Debbie Kluck, Sherrie Sharp Thomasson and Tammy
Young. The event will take place at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark. Ticket
and sponsorship information is available at obu.edu/steppingup.
Since its inaugural event in November 2010, Stepping Up for Ouachita has raised more
than $650,000 toward scholarships for women at Ouachita. Every year the university
honors an outstanding Ouachita woman or women who have shown grace, leadership, integrity
and faith over the years.
“Stepping Up for Ouachita celebrates truly exceptional women,” said Donna Rippey (’84),
chair of the 2021 Stepping Up for Ouachita planning committee. “This year’s luncheon
will honor four women who serve others through their professions in the healthcare
industry. We know the pandemic has made us all more appreciative for those who work
in healthcare, which is why we are excited to honor Jana, Debbie, Sherrie and Tammy.”
Dr. Jana Crain
The 2021 honorees originally were to be honored at the November 2020 luncheon, but
the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event will be held
in person pending approvals from health authorities.
“We are so excited to host Stepping Up for Ouachita in 2021 after canceling last year’s
luncheon due to the pandemic,” said Terry Peeples, vice president for development.
“This event is a way to recognize and celebrate the tremendous work of women who help
others and who love Ouachita.”
Dr. Jana Crain ('92) serves as medical director for imaging centers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Colorado.
As a member of California Advanced Imaging Medical Associates Inc., she is a consultant
for collegiate and professional players and teams including the Colorado Rockies,
Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Santa Clara Broncos and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Crain received her doctor of medicine degree in 1996 from the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences, and she later completed her fellowship in MSK imaging with the
National Orthopedic Imaging Associates in San Francisco. She holds medical licenses
and is certified by the American Board of Radiology in 14 states, and she belongs
to such professional societies as the American College of Radiology, Arkansas Medical
Society and Society of Skeletal Radiology, among others.
Originally from Star City, Ark., Dr. Crain is the daughter of Kathleen and Robert
Crain. Among her philanthropic efforts, Dr. Crain supports the Precious Child Foundation
in Tulsa, Okla.; The Call in Little Rock, Ark.; and Help One Child in Los Altos, Calif.
She also recently founded the Lori Partridge Jeremiah 29:11 Scholarship at Ouachita.
Debbie Kluck serves as the office manager in the Arkadelphia Clinic for Children and Young Adults
satellite clinic located on Ouachita’s campus. She also works on campus to serve students
and student-athletes alongside her husband, Dr. Wesley Kluck (’77), Ouachita’s vice
president for student development and university physician. Debbie holds a bachelor's
degree in medical technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
in Little Rock.
Debbie and Wesley are active members of Second Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, Ark.
The Klucks have led college Bible studies since 1984, ministering to both Ouachita
and Henderson State students. Debbie also leads a women's Bible study and enjoys serving
and fellowshipping with her family.
The Klucks’ daughter, Jennifer Hopkins (’08), and her husband, Seth, live in Benton
where she is an educator, and he is a Benton police officer; Debbie is grandmother
to their two daughters, Carli and Mackenzie. Debbie’s brother, Robert Hicks, lives
in Baton Rouge, La., and her sister, Cindy, is a 1968 Ouachita graduate.
Sherrie Sharp Thomasson
Sherrie Sharp Thomasson serves as divisional vice president for RehabCare based out of St. Louis, Mo., and
recently acquired by Select Rehabilitation, overseeing therapy services in assisted
and independent living facilities across the country, managing 400 sites, more than
2,500 employees and $40 million in revenue per year. Sherrie previously served in
the same role for Kindred Healthcare, which provides healthcare services in 34 states
including long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute
units, inpatient rehabilitation units, contract rehabilitation service businesses
and behavioral health services; Sherrie worked for Kindred for 22 years.
During her sophomore year at Ouachita, Sherrie met her husband Paul (’75), who played
baseball and football for the Tigers. They celebrated 34 years together until his
unexpected passing in 2012. Sherrie earned her degree in speech pathology from the
University of Central Arkansas since Paul was hired there during her senior year at
Ouachita, and she later earned a master of science degree in speech pathology from
the University of Central Arkansas.
Sherrie has two children, Aaron (’05) and Adam (’08), who followed in their father’s
footsteps and played golf and football at Ouachita. Sherrie married Robert Thomasson
in 2018, and she is “NuNu” to seven grandchildren.
Tammy Young (’88) serves as the CEO and founder of Nutrition Consult Services, Inc., a dietetic consulting
business. For the past 30+ years, she has worked as a registered dietitian in a variety
of healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, neonatal ICU, home health,
hospice, small rural hospitals, long-term care facilities, behavioral and psychiatric
care, rehabilitation centers and outpatient diabetic management clinics.
Tammy earned a degree in dietetics from Ouachita and completed her dietetic internship
at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has held various positions
with the Arkansas Dietetics Association and is a member of multiple dietetics organizations.
She is also on the board of directors for Encompassing Hope, a Northwest Arkansas
organization that provides support for behavioral and mental illness.
Originally from Nashville, Ark., Tammy settled with her husband, James (’88), in Springdale,
Ark., where they have attended Crosschurch for 20 years and served at its various
campuses in Fayetteville, Springdale and Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. Together they have
two children, Justin (’14) and Katelyn (’18). Tammy also is a grandmother to Justin’s
Stepping Up for Ouachita is a premier event that helps raise money to assist with
scholarships for Ouachita women. The university serves more than 1,600 students, more
than half of whom are female; with over 95% of Ouachita students qualifying for financial
aid, the continued need for scholarships is great.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 luncheon, contact Carrie Roberson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (870) 245-4278.