Bailey Faulkner

Executive Director, Ozark Mission Project

HOME: Little Rock

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Catering to You

After graduating from Arkansas State with a double major, Bailey Faulkner spent six years working for the state government. She joined Ozark Mission Project in 2013, and is only the second executive director in the organization’s 35-year history. Faulkner also has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Arkansas.

Bailey Faulkner

Executive Director, Ozark Mission Project

HOME: Little Rock

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Catering to You

After graduating from Arkansas State with a double major, Bailey Faulkner spent six years working for the state government. She joined Ozark Mission Project in 2013, and is only the second executive director in the organization’s 35-year history. Faulkner also has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Arkansas.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

My husband grew up going to Ozark Mission Project (OMP), and I grew up watching my mom, Nancy Newcomb, serve as a nonprofit executive director. Working for a nonprofit isn’t just a career, it’s a calling. Working with others on a mission allows for a far greater impact than anything we could do alone; it is life changing.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

Other than dinner with my husband and daughter, it’s our team meeting that we have every morning. The team at OMP is the most compassionate, hard-working group of people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. It’s nice to be in an environment where we all work together to provide the best mission opportunity in the country.

SURPRISING FACT:

I have dyslexia. As a child, I was picked on for not fitting into the mold. My experience helps remind me to have empathy for those who must forge a different path. Everyone has trials to overcome and burdens to carry. Now as a parent, we always tell our daughter that our words matter. Each day, we need to work hard and be kind.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

Being able to be the hands and feet of Christ, right here in my home state. At OMP, we learn how to work with others and serve our neighbors in Arkansas, providing an experience of character-building, love and acceptance. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences to work alongside other volunteers to help make someone’s house accessible so they can safely get in and out. It gives them security and hope.

PERSONAL MOTTO:

Do the next right thing, believe the best in others, and forgive the rest.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

My husband grew up going to Ozark Mission Project (OMP), and I grew up watching my mom, Nancy Newcomb, serve as a nonprofit executive director. Working for a nonprofit isn’t just a career, it’s a calling. Working with others on a mission allows for a far greater impact than anything we could do alone; it is life changing.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

Other than dinner with my husband and daughter, it’s our team meeting that we have every morning. The team at OMP is the most compassionate, hard-working group of people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. It’s nice to be in an environment where we all work together to provide the best mission opportunity in the country.

SURPRISING FACT:

I have dyslexia. As a child, I was picked on for not fitting into the mold. My experience helps remind me to have empathy for those who must forge a different path. Everyone has trials to overcome and burdens to carry. Now as a parent, we always tell our daughter that our words matter. Each day, we need to work hard and be kind.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

Being able to be the hands and feet of Christ, right here in my home state. At OMP, we learn how to work with others and serve our neighbors in Arkansas, providing an experience of character-building, love and acceptance. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences to work alongside other volunteers to help make someone’s house accessible so they can safely get in and out. It gives them security and hope.

PERSONAL MOTTO:

Do the next right thing, believe the best in others, and forgive the rest.

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