Meet Our Team
Betsy Broyles Arnold
When Betsy learned that her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, making the decision to move her family from Tomball, Texas back home to Fayetteville, Arkansas did not require a long decision making process. Betsy, together with her twin sister, Linda became primary caregivers wanting to ensure that their mother spent her last days surrounded by happiness. Betsy had no idea that this dream would be the beginning of a journey of a lifetime; honoring her mother and life lessons that would last long after her mother was gone.
At the age of 14 when most girls are shopping with friends, going to school dances and learning to drive, Molly had become a third generation caregiver for her grandmother. Moving into the family home of her grandfather, college football legend, Coach Frank Broyles, Molly watched her family struggle through some tough, but love filled years as Alzheimer’s Disease took the life of her grandmother.
Director of Advancement
Cecilia Smith joined the Broyles foundation in 2015 to assist with grant writing. She has over five years’ experience writing grants and obtaining funding for non-profit agencies in the Northwest Arkansas Area. Cecilia is eager to put her experience to work for the Broyles Foundation. “The Broyles Foundation is a recognized expert on the topic of Dementia including Alzheimer’s Caregiving. It is a privilege to work with people who are passionate about caring for others and about raising awareness about this disease.” In addition to her professional work Cecilia is an active volunteer with the Fayetteville Public Schools and the Fayetteville Junior Civic League.
Chief Development Officer
Debbie Grooms joined the Broyles Foundation in 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in fundraising and development both as a volunteer and professionally. Through volunteer leadership rolls and non-profit development and management, Debbie has been responsible for leading efforts that raised over $800,000 to benefit schools, civic clubs and non-profit organizations. Debbie holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will utilize her expertise in grant writing, fundraising, non-profit development, strategic planning, communications and public relations to support the foundation. “The idea of offering quality education and support to caregivers when they have nowhere else to turn and the passion of the staff to help those in need inspires me to use my skills to support the foundation and its mission. There is no greater reward than knowing you offered someone hope for a better quality of life.”
Director of Administration
Linda has spent the majority of her 35-year professional career working with older adults in the senior housing and health care industry. She has been instrumental in opening over 50 new senior living residences in 13 states, including memory care programs in Ohio, Arizona and Arkansas. Her desire to learn more about dementia was heightened when her own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995. Linda holds a business degree with marketing concentration and a masters degree in Gerontology. She is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. In her nearly ten years in Northwest Arkansas, she has become the unofficial “Go-To Person” for families needing guidance in choosing resources for handling the challenges of aging.