Meet Us

Meet the dedicated people who are responsible for making this happen every year!


Tyra Simpson | CO-Director

My name is Tyra Simpson, and I am senior at UCA. I am studying biology and spanish. I am currently involved in Chi Alpha Student Ministries. I am a student leader for Chi Alpha and a Co-Director for our UCA Dance Marathon. This year, I am so excited to be apart of Dance Marathon again. I am so excited to support Arkansas Children’s and the kids there!

Audrey lightfoot | public relations and marketing

My name is Audrey Lightfoot, Junior at UCA as a Elementary Education major. I am currently involved in Alpha Sigma Tau serving as the Director of Philanthropy on the executive board, Order of Omega and the UCA education program. I am an active volunteer for various organizations in the Conway community, serving as often as I can. I went to the UCA Dance Marathon last year and was truly impacted by the cause. I can’t wait to contribute to the 2019 UCA Dance Marathon for the kids!


Michael Long | co-director

My name is Michael Long, Senior at UCA as a Pre-Dental Business Finance Major. I am currently involved in Chi Alpha Student Ministries as a Student Leader, Student Orientation Staff, Pre-Dental Club, and the UCA Bass Fishing Team. Looking forward to connecting with more students this year and supporting the kids at Arkansas Children’s.

payton hamric | sponsorship

My name is Payton Hamric, I am a sophomore at UCA and a major in Public Relations and Political Science. I am currently a member of Alpha Sigma Tau and the UCA Diamond Dolls. I actively volunteer for various organizations around the Conway community. I attended UCA Dance Marathon last year and it really touched my heart. I can’t wait to see the amazing things we accomplish this year!

Claire brown | fundraising and finance

My name is Claire Brown, Junior at UCA as a Biology Pre-Med Major with a Sociology Minor.  I am currently involved in Alpha Sigma Tau serving as the Director of Fundraising, Order of Omega, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Leadership and Success, Pre-Med Club as an executive board member, and Biology Club as treasurer.  Also, I volunteer with Community Connections and Baptist Health Hospital. I am extremely excited about supporting Arkansas Children’s and motivating more students to get involved with our organization.

hannah howard | dancer and hospital relations

My name is Hannah Howard, and I am currently a senior at UCA. I am majoring in Biochemistry/Pre-Pharmacy with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. I am involved in several campus organizations including Alpha Sigma Tau where I serve on the Executive Board as the Vice President of Finance, The Schedler Honors College, President Leadership Fellows, Honors Ambassadors, American Chemistry Society, Association of Future Alumni, and Student Orientation Staff. I participated in Dance Marathon last year, and I am looking forward to serving on the Executive Board for this year’s event!