Meet the Team Mondays
Every Monday for the next several weeks we will be showcasing the amazing team at Hempstead Hall. We want to know you better, so we thought we'd get the conversation started by sharing a little about us. Tune in each Monday to see a different team member's answers and get to know The Hall a little better.
Akili Moses Israel, Director of Industry Outreach and Community Education/Kids' College
Hobbies: I am a hobby hopper because I LOVE learning. I have many hobbies including making soap, and other bath and beauty products, gardening, foraging and herbalism.
Favorite place to go in Hempstead County: Historic Washington feeds my love of history and Rick Evans Grandview Prairie feeds my love for nature.
Favorite place to go in the region: My favorite place in Lafayette County is my home. I’m from the city and have always wanted to live in the country. I am fortunate to wake up surrounded by nature every day.
Favorite Quote: “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”- Anonymous
Event you’re most looking forward to at the Hall: It’s a hard act to follow when one of my first events at HH was hosting a former president. I am very much looking forward to the Four Tops Concert.
Describe your job in your own words: My job essentially is to help enrich the lives of those in our community by providing learning opportunities that will improve their employability, learn more about our community or simply have fun learning.
Best part of working at UAHT: Being an active part of the community and helping to make Hempstead and Southwest Arkansas a great place to learn, play and earn.
One goal for our region: Help to bring new industry
Favorite movie: Avengers:Endgame was awesome, who doesn’t love a super hero? My favorite movie of all time is The Wiz. I know, I’m old y’all, but watch it and you may agree. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in a musical about the Wizard of Oz? You can’t get much better than that.
Who is your hero (real or super): My Arklatex grandparents are a constant source of inspiration and I feel them in all that I do here. My quest to find out more about my ancestors and heritage led me from urban California to the rural outskirts of Lafayette County.
People would be surprised that I: ...made a knife at our new James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historical Trades! We had the benefit of learning from two giants in the bladesmithing community, Jerry Fisk and Lin Rhea. We got to experience the blacksmith shop in Historic Washington, which is the birthplace of the iconic Bowie Knife, the state knife of Arkansas.\