Staff

Ami Curry

Ami Curry

Executive Director

Ami Curry is the Executive Director for the Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter. The Executive Director is selected by the Board of Directors and assumes supervisory responsibilities of the total residential program operations. The Executive Director carries out the mission statement, policies and procedures for the Children’s Emergency Shelter. She fulfills the duties of the Director of Social Services as required by DHS Minimum Licensing Requirements. Ami is responsible for ensuring that all programmatic requirements of the DHS Minimum Licensing Requirements are met. Ami has worked at the CES since 2004 and previously served as the Director of Social Services. Prior to working at the CES, Curry worked with special needs children as an Early Childhood Development Specialist at Kids First for 3 years. She is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching. In her free time, Ami enjoys playing ping-pong, miniature figures, kittens, working out and spending time with her family, friends and daughter, Jazmine.

Jensen Long

Jensen Long

Director of Development

Jensen Long took on the role as Director of Development for the Children’s Shelter in 2023.  Her duties include organizing and managing the fundraisers for the Shelter, Havana Nights being the largest and one-third of the operating budget.  She also manages donor relations, social media, and the annual giving program.  Her focus is to ensure the organization lives out its mission while accomplishing its financial goals. Jensen graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Human Development and Family Science.  She enjoys being a wife and mom of two kids, calling the Hogs, traveling and working out.

Dannah Goodnight

Dannah Goodnight

GetREAL Program Coordinator

As the GetREAL24 program coordinator, Dannah is responsible for operational and administrative duties relating to the Children’s Shelter’s independent living program, GetREALU. This includes managing the clients’ individual Self-Sufficiency Plan, and administering program and GRU facility rules and guidelines; developing and implementing life skills training and services for clients; and marketing the GRU program to prospective clients and referral sources.

Devan Engster

Devan Engster

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Devan Engster is responsible for bookkeeping and payroll for both the Children’s Emergency Shelter and the Children’s Emergency Shelter Foundation. She was hired in February 2018, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After college she worked for an accounting firm until she began working for herself, doing accounting and bookkeeping for local small businesses. She is a Fort Smith native who enjoys running, working out, and volunteering in the community.

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