Chamber Leadership


LaCosta Beene

We made Vilonia home for our family in 2000.  Since that time, we have been very involved in our community with hopes of seeing Vilonia GROW and prosper.    My husband, Todd is on the Vilonia Planning Commission and I serve as the President of the Vilonia Chamber of Commerce.  

Todd and I have 2 children, Taylor, she graduated from Vilonia High School and Parker who is currently a Junior in the Vilonia School District.


Our most recent Vilonia Project was building Eagles Nest Shopping Center located on Main Street.  We also own Southern Exposure Tanning Salon located there.  We are extremely invested in seeing Vilonia be the best community it can be.


As the Chamber President my hope is to promote local Brick and Mortar commerce in our area.  Vilonia will thrive, but only if we as a community support our local businesses.  

Vilonia has become HOME to us and God has truly blessed us in this city.


Shawntel Brown

Shawntel Brown is the Business Service Coordinator for the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (CAPDD), a non-profit, multi-purpose, multi-funded organization that provides workforce development activities throughout the Central Arkansas Region.  Shawntel started her career at CAPDD in 2001 and brings over 20 years of experience working with various industries. Her primary goal is to assist businesses in the areas of recruiting, retention, sustaining and training and has developed a reputation as a foreword thinking WIOA Business Service Team leader. Her team focuses on thinking outside the box, developing new and innovative tools to serve the job seekers and businesses in Central Arkansas. Shawntel has served on the Vilonia City Council since January 2018, and has served with Vilonia Chamber of Commerce since 2019. She attends Vilonia Assembly of God church and sits on the ESGR Central AR Committee that serves our Armed Forces in the Guard and Reserves.  

Shawntel lives in Vilonia AR and has two sons, Cody Halsted and Dillon Halsted, both graduates from Vilonia School District.


Jackie Fowlkes

Vilonia has been my hometown most of my life. I am married to Johnny Fowlkes, who is a native of this community. We have 3 Children and 8 grandchildren, who have graduated or are attending Vilonia Schools. We feel this is the best place in the world to raise a family! We love the small community feel, but convenient to shopping, activities, colleges, etc.


As owner of Vilonia Realty, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in Vilonia and Faulkner County  over the last several years. Our goal is to help provide continued growth as well as promoting  and providing services for existing businesses to be successful!  It is important for every business, large and small, to be a member of the chamber, so we can work together toward these goals.


Jessica Bradford

We have lived in Vilonia almost 10 years. THIS is home and our community we love. My husband Matthew Bradford and I have started a few businesses here and we hope to open more and help others achieve this as well. We have three children: Boston, Willow, and Ember, who attend the wonderful Vilonia school district.


I joined the Vilonia chamber hoping to be an active member of society and help our community grow and thrive.

Past President

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman has been the Fire Chief for the City of Vilonia since 2007. He is the past president of the Vilonia Chamber of Commerce, as well as the current president of the Vilonia Lions Club. He is married to wife Jen and has four kids who have all grown up in Vilonia. The businesses in this town are key to the City of Vilonia and its expansion into the future. We have many great businesses and are continuing to grow. The business owners are amazing hometown people willing to go above and beyond to help our community. The executive board of the Vilonia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the citizens, businesses and business owners of this community by assisting them with any and every need they may have.

Steve Austin

Growing up in Vilonia fostered a strong love and passion for this town.  Seeing it thrive is extremely important to me.  I serve this great community in many capacities, both personally and professionally.  Currently, I serve on the Vilonia Planning Commission, Vilonia Chamber of Commerce, Vilonia Lions Club, Vilonia Eagle Football Foundation, the Vilonia Sports Network, and Vilonia School Board. I attend the Vilonia First Assembly of God and my faith in God is the most important thing to me, followed by family and community.

Amanda Burlison

My name is Amanda Burlison. I am 39 years old. I am married and have 5 children and 1 grandson. I grew up in Pottsville Arkansas, where I graduated high school. After graduation, I pursued a career in logistics. I moved to Memphis, Dallas, and San Francisco before coming back home to Arkansas to raise a family and go to college. I attended University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton for two years then transferred to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Wellness. I used my degree to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield for a while then decided on a career change. I worked at Ridout in Cabot selling flooring. That is where I met my husband, Adam and started working with him installing flooring and doing remodels. That is when I decided to get my real estate degree and start a family business in investing in properties, as well as helping others selling, buying, and investing in real estate. As a full time professional real estate agent, I pride myself on offering superior personal service before, during and after your transaction. Knowledge, commitment, honesty, expertise and professionalism are the cornerstone of my business.

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