Jimmy Ashley is no stranger to the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission. He was originally appointed to the Commission in December of 2001 and had previously worked with ASCC staff on local and statewide initiatives around the ADA and accessibility as well as serving as a peer counselor. In 2015, Jimmy was appointed to the commission by Governor Asa Hutchinson for a second term.
In 1980, Jimmy was a deputy sheriff in Mississippi County when he responded to a domestic dispute call in Wilson, Arkansas and was shot, damaging his spinal cord and resulting in a T10 incomplete injury. Since then, he has worked with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Army Corp of Engineers, and other groups to promote access to outdoor recreation for people with disabilities.
Mike Cranford was appointed to the Commission by Governor Mike Beebe on January 26, 2009. In 1988, while attending a holiday beach party on the Red River, Mike made an ill-fated dive into shallow water, injuring his spinal cord at C6. He attended Southern Arkansas University and has worked in the Foreman area since completing his rehabilitation. He is presently the Foreman City Recorder and Treasurer and is involved in numerous civic and service organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Municipal League and the Masons.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman who says he "works to be able to hunt." Mike's knowledge and personal experience in state and local government are a great resource to the Commission. He lives with his family in Foreman, AR.
Ronnie Wheeler was appointed to the Commission on February 22, 2011 by Governor Mike Beebe. Ronnie sustained his spinal cord injury in 1984 when a mobile home fell on him. After his injury, he obtained his Bachelors degree in Marketing from University of Arkansas at Monticello. Ronnie worked in advocacy and job development for individuals with disabilities in Southeast Arkansas for over 20 years, before retiring in 2006. His knowledge of disability regulations and involvement with disability organizations and state agencies are great resources to the Commission.
Ronnie and his wife Becky live in Crossett, AR. They have two sons and daughters in law and five grandchildren.
Jon Wilkerson was appointed to the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission by Governor Beebe on May 3, 2007. Jon, who has tetraplegia, sustained his injury while mountain biking near Seattle, Washington in 2005. He holds a Masters degree in Physical Therapy and has worked at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals in Fayetteville and Sherwood, Arkansas. His knowledge of therapy practice, his own rehabilitation experience and a keen interest in assistive technology will serve him well as a Commission member.
Jon also represents ASCC on the Arkansas Trauma Advisory Council and Chairs the Trauma Rehabilitation Sub-Committee. He lives with his family in Center Ridge, Arkansas.
John Wyrick was appointed to the Commission by Governor Mike Huckabee on January 13, 2006. John was injured in 1996 in a farming accident. He is the owner of Esquire Marble, a family owned company where he has worked for the past 35 years.
John and his wife Donna live in Mabelvale. He has two sons, three stepdaughters and six grandchildren. When he isn't working or spending time with his family, John competes in trap shooting competitions around the state. John brings a strong new business perspective to the Commission as well as an interest in the issues of community accessibility and accessible parking.