Board Member Information

Bryan Delozier, President

Bryan Delozier graduated high school from Springdale, Arkansas and received a BSE in Horticulture with a Business minor from the University of Arkansas.  He has worked for Cargill for 26 years, currently in the position of Cargill Flock Supervisor.  He married his wife Carla in 1998 and moved to Elkins in 1999.  They have four daughters and two grandchildren.  Two of his daughters graduated from McDonald County, Missouri and the other two daughters graduated from Elkins High School.  The 2012-2013 school year began with his oldest grandchild attending kindergarten at Elkins Primary School.

Carol Heymsfield, Secretary

Carol Heymsfield attended public schools in Fairfield, Connecticut and graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a BA in Social Work.  She moved to New York in 1981 where she met her husband, Ernie Heymsfield.  For the next 12 years she worked as an administrative assistant for various firms in NYC.  The family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1995 before settling in the Elkins area in 2001.  Dr. Ernie Heymsfield is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas.  Children Grace and Christian are graduates of Elkins High School and currently attend the University of Arkansas.

Troy Kestner, Board Member

Troy Kestner, CFP® is a Senior Vice President with Arvest Bank and a Senior Client Advisor with Arvest Wealth Management. In his role, Troy & his team guide select clients through accumulating, preserving and transitioning their wealth. Troy started in the financial services business in 1993 prior to joining Arvest in 2002. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Business and was an Arkansas Razorback Letterman in Football in 1991 & 92. Troy, his wife since 1992, and three girls moved to the country & the Elkins school district in 2011.  They are very involved in the Fayetteville and Elkins communities and are active members of Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville.  He serves as a Board Director for Freedom 5:One Ministries and the Elkins School District.  Troy enjoys the great outdoors with his family as much as possible.

Laren Vaught, Vice-President

Laren Vaught is a graduate of Elkins High School.  She has earned her BSE, MEd, and preschool through eighth grade administration endorsement from the University of Arkansas.  She served as a teacher for Elkins Elementary School for six years until she left to raise her two children, both of which now attend Elkins School District.  Laren is married to Jason Vaught who is also an Elkins High School graduate.  She has served on the Elkins School Board since 2005.  She owns and operates Razorback Rentals commercial real estate business since 2001.  Her favorite pastime is watching and loudly cheering for any Elkins Elk activity, Go Elks!

Gayla Stahman, Board Member

Gayla Stahman is a 1983 graduate of Elkins High School.  She is a third generation school board member.  Her father, Bruce Clark, served for 10 years and her grandfather, Jim Clark, served for 5 years.  Gayla is married to Ken Stahman and they have three children.  Two of her children have graduated from Elkins High School and one will graduate in 2021.  Gayla and her husband have owned and operated Tile-Rifics, Inc., since 1987 and she has been the office manager for the City of Elkins since 2007.  She is also on the Elkins Community Center Board.  Gayla’s passions are God, spending time with family, and all sports, although basketball is her favorite.