With a heart for children and the ministry of The CALL, Jill Bobo joined the staff in July 2018 as the Development Director. In this position, Bobo is responsible for securing the funding necessary to realize the strategic goals and objectives of The CALL. Bobo develops resources to support programmatic needs and to sustain growth and expansion statewide.As the Development Director,she provides leadership for fundraising efforts across Arkansas and works in close cooperation with the Board of Directors,the Executive Director, and local leadership teams from the 52 county affiliates of The CALL.
Originally from Arkadelphia, she graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1995. Bobo obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in marketing and a minor in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999.
She began her career in advertising, where she spent two years working with national brand clients to develop successful advertising campaigns. From there, she advanced her professional career into sales, where she traveled throughout South Arkansas as a regional pharmaceutical representative. After twelve years in the sales industry, she decided it was time to establish herself in the community in which she lived.In November 2012, she joined the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) as the Director of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation. Her duties at the college included fundraising, program coordination, grant writing, special events, and cultivating donor relationships. At the college, Jill worked to maintain and grow the existing foundation events, add new scholarships and endowments, and develop other forms of funding while continuing to evaluate the college’s future mission and needs. She believes this experience will benefit her greatly in her role at The CALL.
Bobo’s civic, volunteer and community service efforts have included the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber Contact Committee, First United Methodist Preschool Board member and Sunday School teacher, Leadership Texarkana graduate, and David Adams Memorial Board member. Sheis also a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arkansas, where she had the opportunity to chair her husband’s Man of the Year campaign. Jill was recognized as one of the“40 under 40” by Four States Magazine in Texarkana and the “20 under 40” list by the Hope Star.
Jill and her family recently relocated to Hot Springs. She and her husband Mitch are the parents of two daughters, Addie Blaire and Britann.