Board of Directors


Melanie Merkling

Melanie Merkling is the CEO of Tightrope Ventures, a full service sales, marketing and analytics agency in Bentonville, Arkansas. A former Labor and Delivery and NICU nurse as well as a preeclampsia survivor, Melanie lends valuable insight from multiple industries as well as her personal experience as a patient who might not have survived without high-risk care and maternal hypertension safety protocols.

Debby Winters, PhD, JD 

Debby Winters has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia. She completed postdoctoral training in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY working on the expression of Cytochrome P450 with funding from an NIH Postdoctoral Training Grant. Winters then went on to pursue a legal career, graduating magna cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Arkansas and currently works in Intellectual Property law.

Tim McFarland 

Tim McFarland is the CEO of Elevate Performance, LLC, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has been serving leaders of organizations since 1981 and leading organizations since 1988. He has had the opportunity to serve as CEO of a commercial bank as well as CEO in the private sector.