James Morgan, Ph.D.

Jim Morgan raises sheep in Washington County, Arkansas. He and his wife Teresa’s focus is to make the farm sustainable financially, socially, and environmentally. Besides raising breeding stock, they direct market their lamb at the Fayetteville Farmers Market and to local restaurants. Jim has been a member of the FORGE Board of Trustees since 1995. Jim’s background in sustainable agriculture and political issues has led to his involvement in promoting sustainable communities that use their natural resources wisely. Jim also works for, writes and gives presentations for national sheep associations.

Jessica Fritts

Jessica Fritts

Secretary/Treasurer

Jessica Fritts is a practicing attorney licensed in the state of Arkansas since 2017. A native of Huntsville and a graduate of Huntsville High School, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and agricultural business from the University of Arkansas in 2013. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2016 and is finishing her masters of law (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Jessica lives in Huntsville.

Herb Culver

Herb Culver

Board Member

Herb Culver grew up on a duck farm in Indiana. After working in residential construction for 25 years, Mr. Culver then operated Bean Mountain Farms, a greenhouse nursery specializing in organic, open-pollinated and heirloom varieties of vegetable, herb and flower plants. He is currently developing Gather Together Farms, a farming cooperative in Combs, Arkansas. For the past 30 years he has lived on an off-grid, solar powered homestead in Newton County. He enjoys promoting local and organic food production, seed saving and gardening. Mr. Culver has been a member of FORGE for 15 years.

Lenita Davis, Ph.D.

Lenita Davis, Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Lenita Davis is currently chair of the Marketing and Advertising Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she also serves as the Executive Director of the Sales Program. A tenured full professor, Dr. Davis’ published research spans three key areas of marketing: sales, retailing and services. She has published frequently in an array of leading journals, including the Journal of Retailing, Psychology and Marketing, the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Dr. Lenita Davis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from Xavier University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University.

Gregory Modica

Gregory Modica

Board Member

Gregory Modica is the owner of Government Supply Services (GSS), an online facilities vendor of office, technology, and industrial supplies. GSS is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), a Small Business Administration (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), an Ability One business, and a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Modica is a graduate of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas program, the International Economic Development Council’s Basic Economic Developers course, and the Arkansas Small Business Administration’s inaugural class of its Emerging Leaders course. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Board of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and served two terms on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Advisory Council. His passion in life is to mentor veterans and entrepreneurs in underserved communities on how to start a business, build networking relationships, find resources to develop personally, and grow their business. Modica holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and a B.S. in Aviation Science (magna cum laude) from Utah Valley University, where he was also a Military Science Honor Graduate. Modica is U.S. Army lieutenant and licensed private pilot.

Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez

Board Member

Mary is the Director of Immigrant Programs for Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Before becoming a member of the FORGE Board of Trustees, Mary served on Boards of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuilding Together, The Fayetteville Community Foundation, The Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas and the Multicultural Center of NWA. Mary is a certified credit counselor and has a BS/BA degree in Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis. She worked as a contract manager for the aviation industry and as an English teacher in Argentina. Mary is an artist and her family runs a restaurant in Fayetteville.

Contact

Phone: (479) 738-1585
Email: forge@forgefund.org
Fax: (479) 738-6288
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1138
Huntsville, AR 72740

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Mission

FORGE, through its community based lending activities, seeks to promote community development and enhance the quality of life and economic sustainability of agrarian communities by linking...

Investors with Borrowers
Urban and Rural Communities
Consumers with Producers
Low income groups with Basic Affordable Credit

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