About Us

Excel by Eight is a team of policy makers, healthcare professionals, educators, nonprofit leaders, and community organizers.

Since 2011, Excel by Eight has been known as the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with a mission to ensure all children read at grade level at the end of third grade. With the support of our more than 30 partner organizations, AR-GLR has proudly received national-recognition for our work to help improve parent and community engagement, school readiness, classroom instruction, attendance, and summer learning.

But we recognize there’s more progress to be made. That’s why we’re renaming our efforts to help all children, starting from birth, meet their full educational and health potential, with Excel by Eight.

With Excel by Eight, we are committed to increasing children’s health and education outcomes by:

  • Building models for change in communities around the state.
  • Identifying policy barriers that make it difficult for communities to build and strengthen their grids of resources.
  • Enhancing  public understanding of early childhood development to encourage action  to build strong resource grids statewide.

Our Team

Angela Duran

Angela Duran

Executive Director, Excel by Eight Angela Duran is executive director of Excel by Eight. She has spent more than 25 years engaged in program and policy development, strategic planning, research and evaluation, and project and organizational management in the...

Jennifer Glasgow

Jennifer Glasgow

Assistant Director, Excel by Eight Jennifer Glasgow is assistant director of Excel by Eight and is responsible for leading the initiative’s communications efforts. She previously worked as an economic development consultant and researcher. This experience, combined...

Camille Hart

Camille Hart

Community Consultant, Excel by Eight Camille Hart is a public health professional who is passionate about helping build better and healthier communities. As a community consultant with Excel by Eight, she supports E8 communities in Conway, Monroe, and Union counties....

Ann Patterson

Ann Patterson

Project Director, Partners for Inclusive Communities Ann Patterson has focused on program development and policy issues across the lifespan. Her most personally rewarding experience has been her work on children’s health and mental health, including positive social...

Jessi Rice

Jessi Rice

Community Consultant, Excel by Eight Jessi Rice is a community consultant with Excel by Eight, supporting policy and local planning work in Independence, Pulaski, and Sevier counties. Early in her career, Jessi led global learning and community development programs...

Anna Strong

Anna Strong

Executive Director, Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Anna Strong is a member of the Excel by Eight Foundations Executive Committee. As executive director of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ARAAP), she leads health...

Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward

President, Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health Jamie Ward is the owner of Curricula Concepts, Inc. Her current focus is using her more than 25 years of experience to train early educators and caregivers on the importance of engaging families and health and...