2018 Student Scholars

Professional Development Day (PDD) is a unique opportunity for Arkansas graduate and undergraduate students to immerse in high-impact project management and organizational leadership training. Our aim is to offer this opportunity at no cost to a handful of nominated students. In partnership with our Sponsors, this is one way the Central Arkansas Chapter contributes to proactively building strategic business intelligence in our state.

Among their peers, our PDD Student Scholars stand out as dedicated learners of project management excellence. It is our privilege to welcome these students to PMI, our Chapter, and PDD!


Lucas Rayburn

School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
Degree: Business Administration – Business Analytics and Human Resources
Volunteer Activities: Lucas is a volunteer at Our House in North Little Rock as well as the President of the Association of Information System (AIS), Student Chapter. The AIS chapter brings students interested in information technology and business together to exchange ideas and interact with professionals in the field. As President of the chapter, Lucas interacts with current students, alumni, and the community.
Future Plans: Following graduation from UALR, Lucas plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Population Health Intelligence at Thomas Jefferson University. Afterward he plans to continue working in the healthcare industry on big analytics projects. Lucas values the role of project management in supporting evidence-driven decision making.
Special Interests: Lucas is an outdoorsman and loves to camp, float, boat, bike, hike, and sky dive.


Ibraheem Ejalonibu

School: UALR
Current Degree: Master’s in Business Information Systems
Completed Degree: MBA, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Future Plans: Following graduation from UALR, Ibraheem plans to work as an IT project manager and pursue a PhD.
Special Interests: Ibraheem is especially interested in technology management and enjoys volleyball and serving as a soccer referee.


LaTanya Blair

School: University of Phoenix
Current Degree: Business Administration – Project Management
Completed Degree: Business Administration – Retail Management, Texarkana College
Volunteer Activities: LaTanya is an election poll worker, as well as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the PMI Central Arkansas Chapter.
Future Plans: LaTanya has a passion for volunteer service and entrepreneurship. She plans to use her future development business as a platform for helping third world countries.
Special Interests: LaTanya is especially interested in architecture and enjoys traveling, shopping, and reading.


Jonathan Jackson, CAPM

School: Harding University
Degree: Business Administration – Information Systems (Project Management Concentration)
Achievements: Jonathan earned the PMI Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) Certification in 2018! He is a three-time GAC Champion, the 2016 Little Rock Invitational Steeplechase champion and Harding Cross-Country Freshman of the Year 2013, and attended the Second Team All-Conference in 2017. He also gave a presentation: “The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle.”
Volunteer Activities: Jonathan is a Track and Cross-Country Assistant Coach, a Children’s Bible class leader and Bison for Christ leader, as well as a volunteer for the Delta Therapy Dogs Society.
Future Plans: Following graduation from Harding, Jonathan plans to work as a PMP-certified IT project manager for a Fortune 500 company. He is passionate about adhering to ethical business practices and hopes to land a role where he can help a company grow its success while becoming more efficient in its operations.
Special Interests: Jonathan enjoys cycling, dog training, fishing, and backpacking.