Visitors from many countries enjoying Arkansas hospitality.


The purpose of Global Ties Arkansas is to unite emerging and existing international leaders in professional networks, linking Arkansas and the world to help build a state that is a thriving part of the global community.

Global Ties Arkansas is part of a national network, Global Ties U.S., that receives governmental officials, journalists and nonprofit leaders brought to the United States by the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress and Congress. These visitors are identified by U.S. Embassies in their countries as people in a position likely to influence issues related to America. More than 3,000 visitors come to the U.S. yearly. Arkansas hosts 125-150 visitors annually,and we are part of a network of more than 90 cities. Most visitors stay four or five days, but some are here one to four weeks.

Global Ties Arkansas receives international officials and leaders in government, agriculture, economic, journalistic, judicial, education, freedom of information, health, human relations, immigration, legal and social issues, social services for the underprivileged, state and local government, and non-profits from more than 170 countries.

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), Fee for Service and Youth program visitors typically spend two to four days in our city as part of a three weeklong visit across the U.S. These visitors generally stay in local hotels during their visit. Visitors with Open World programs stay 8 days and nights with local host families. Professional Fellows program participants stay one month with host families. All visitors have professional meetings with local leaders who are their counterparts in the field of their work. Some extended stay participants also work in local businesses or organizations to shadow individuals for interactive learning and a mutual exchange of procedures in their professions, which vary from country to country.

Global Ties Arkansas is a 501-(c) (3) nonprofit (NGO) organization. It is composed of an 11 member Board of Directors, four part time staff, and dozens of volunteers who host visitors for dinner at their homes, offer invitations to cultural events, transportation, or who provide homestays.

We are a small staff composed of a Director and programmers, who also accompany our visitors on presentations, meetings at job sites, cultural events, and often home hospitality. Toni Carr is our Executive Director and a programmer. Walter Nunn, is our Director Emeritus and a programmer. Tommy Priakos is a programmer and also participates in our information technology, as does Kathleen Madden as a programmer. Heidi Whitman holds a MA in community health education and writes programs. A staff person generally attends professional appointments and all cultural events with our international groups

The purposes of the program are for emerging leaders abroad to (1)meet their professional counterparts and exchange ideas in their fields and (2)learn about American culture first hand.

Toni Carr

Executive Director

Toni has been an Early Childhood teacher, public school administrator and college professor.


Walter Nunn

Senior Programmer

Walter’s experience includes university professor in political science, book publishing, and directing other nonprofits.


Tommy Priakos


Tommy is an Information Technology and International Studies graduate and a professional musician.


Kathleen Madden


Kathleen has experience in the travel industry as well as a variety of nonprofit organizations.


Heidi Whitman


Heidi enjoys working with people in all professions. She home-schooled her children and is curious about everything.


Upcomming Visitors


April Japan Techology

April S.E. Asia Young Leaders

April Bulgaria Youth Programs

April Zambia Public Service

May Europe Farm to Market Agriculture

June Europe Foreign Policy

July International Labor Relations

July International Government Accountability


President - Statistical Analysis Software, SAS Institute, Inc.

Former Dean of Instruction at Philander Smith College and retired professor of Communications at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Treasurer - Administrator, Lake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center

Treasurer - Secretary - Chief Quality Management of Central Arkansas Veterans Health

Arkansas Capital Corporation Group

United States Ambassador, Retired

Attorney : Hope, Trice, O'Dwyer & Wilson, P.A

President of the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association; former Pulaski County Board of Election Commissioners

President, Executive Recruiters Agency, Inc.

Former Director of ACIV, Owner/Founder of Rose Publishing

Former Vice President International Advancement at North Arkansas College; member of the Board of Directors and former Chair, NCIV; former ACIV Chair

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We'd love to meet you.

Toni Carr, Program Director 501-940-9743 Toni_Carr1@hotmail.com

Walter Nunn, Programmer 501-912-2187 walternunn@gmail.com

Tommy Priakos Programmer, IT and Data Support 501-920-3840 tapriakos@gmail.com

Kathleen Madden, Programmer 501-666-8368 (b)501-786-7768(c) kakmadden@gmail.com

Heidi Whitman, Programmer 316-259-5324 heidi.whitman@gmail.com

  • “I benefit from Global Ties in Little Rock. So helpful!” — Lyne Vanessa Alexandre, M.D., Haiti

  • “An amazing entrepreneur and quite amazing when her team won.” — Ben Amick, Winrock International

  • “After the program in U.S. I've been promoted!” — Liliana Gutan, Embassy of Moldova