NWA Children’s Shelter welcomes new board members

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter announced that its board of directors welcomed two new board members tapped from the local Wal-Mart supplier community in recent months.

Arist Mastorides, Vice President Global Wal-Mart Team for Kimberly-Clark North America Customer Development, joined the board in August. Mastorides also chairs the Children’s Shelter Board’s Fund Development Committee.

Jeff Harsh, The Hershey Company’s Wal-Mart Customer Team Leader for the U.S. Region, joined the board in October.

“We are very fortunate to have board members who care deeply about making Northwest Arkansas a better place in which to live and particularly about ensuring that abused and neglected children have a safe haven where they can begin to heal from the hurts they have experienced and catch a glimpse of hope for a better future,” said Steve Schotta, executive director of the shelter. “Arist Mastorides and Jeff Harsh certainly fit that description. We are honored that they have agreed to serve and know that they will make significant contributions of time, energy, resources and creativity to help us achieve our daily mission and develop and attain our strategic goals.”

Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 1989, Mastorides has held numerous leadership and individual contributor roles in sales, brand-management and category-management. He is passionate about developing talent and working with customers to accelerate business results. In his current role, Mastoridese leads Kimberly-Clark’s overall engagement with Wal-Mart globally, driving category growth, sales, market share and profit.

Mastorides is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance at Miami University of Ohio. Mastorides and his wife, MaryBeth, reside in Northwest Arkansas with their four grade-school-aged children.

In his current role with The Hershey Company, Harsh is responsible for sales and profit-and-loss management of the company’s Wal-Mart business in the United States. Harsh joined The Hershey Company in June 1997 as retail sales representative. He served in several key account- and sales-management positions prior to moving to the corporate offices in 2004.

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Harsh has a bachelor’s degree in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Trisha, have two sons and reside in Bentonville.

Board members may serve two successive three-year terms before

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