Desarae Nelson has announced candidacy for the South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative board.
Nelson is a lifelong resident of Clark County. She is a graduate of Arkadelphia High School Class of 2007, received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Ouachita Baptist University, a master of science in sports administration from Henderson State University and a doctorate of higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Nelson is also a South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative Youth Tour 2006 participant. She is the daughter of former Board of Directors NRECA Director Gold Status Frances Eason-Nelson and NFL Legend Terry Nelson.
She is the director of TRIO student support services/TRIO director at UALR. She currently serves as the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs President, a member of the Chi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs board member, UALR Staff Senate, and other volunteer leadership roles. Nelson is a member of Mt. Morriah Missionary Baptist Church.
“South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative has been a part of my family and my life for as long as I can remember,” Nelson said. “I will proudly serve my community, county and South Central as a youthful leader and a true representation of the diversity of the customers served.”
Nelson added she comes from a family of trailblazers and is a trailblazer of her own.
Her mother served on the South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative Board for over 25 years before she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away a year later. She was NRECA Director Gold, which is the highest certification achievable.
“I grew up with her serving on the board and have spent many of my adult years supporting her and advocating for support and funding for education programs and access to resources for rural communities along side our state representatives,” Nelson said. “My mother was the first African American and female to serve on the board and it would be my honor to continue to be a trailblazer in the rural electric cooperative world by ensuring her legacy of service to Arkadelphia, Clark County, and the surrounding counties continues. I would proudly serve as a youthful leader and a true representation of the diversity of the customers served. I would certainly be A Legacy You Can Trust.”