Q&A with Board Vice President Dr. Kimberly Chapman
Where did you grow up and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas?
I was born in Magnolia, Arkansas, and grew up in Harrison and Fayetteville. My husband and I moved back to Fayetteville in 2010, and moved to Gravette in 2018.
Tell us about your profession:
I am a Family Medicine physician in Bentonville. I am a direct primary care physician, which means that my patients have direct access to me without going through an insurer.
What is your academic background?
I graduated from Fayetteville High School, then went to the University of Arkansas and graduated with a degree in Microbiology. I graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine in Little Rock in 1998, and did a three-year residency in Family Medicine in Huntsville, Alabama.
Tell us about your family:
Alan Chapman and I have been married since September 1996. We have four cats. My parents live in Harrison but will soon be moving over with us. They will be bringing two dogs and a cat.
When were you elected to the Board of Directors, and how did you come to serve?
I was elected to the Board five years ago. I was asked by Mrs. Bill Brunner (Carol) at church if I would be willing to serve.
Why is Butterfield important?
Butterfield is important because it is a place designed to allow people to retire in the area where they may have spent the majority of their adult life, among friends and colleagues. It allows people to maintain their friendships, church membership, and community involvement even when health issues, or just the natural process of aging, come along. It provides a means of financial security and stability for people as they mature.
What special positions do you hold on the Board and do you serve on any committees?
I am currently the vice president of the Board of Directors. I am on the Strategic Development Committee and the Healthcare Subcommittee.
Are there any specific areas of focus for you as a Board member?
I am very interested in the medical care of the residents of Butterfield Trail Village. I have followed the development of the UAMS at BTV Clinic and am happy to see it increasing the hours of service it offers. I am also interested in the transition of residents as they go from independent living, to assisted living, and then to healthcare, or memory care.
What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion?
I think Butterfield has a commitment by the staff to continue to go above and beyond in caring for the residents and providing the best opportunities for personal enrichment and growth in retirement years. I don’t see the leadership sitting on their laurels, but continuing to look to improve the experience and lives of the residents here.
What would you like potential residents to know about Butterfield?
Butterfield is like a small town setting within a bigger city. From a social standpoint, I think of it like a Mayberry, with its sense of community and interest in helping others and improving itself, nestled within a bigger city offering all of the larger cultural opportunities. From the security standpoint, there is strong financial leadership in place to provide peace of mind about meeting the future needs of the residents. I see it as a place where residents can be as involved and as active as they wish to be, without the financial worries that most retirees have to consider.
As a Board member, what message do you have for current Village residents?
I hope they know that Butterfield is committed to providing an outstanding living experience, no matter what age and stage of life you find yourselves in. I also hope they know that Butterfield is financially in great shape. I hope they know that Butterfield has the vision to move comfortably forward in the unnerving times ahead. Covid-19 has definitely changed the way we are living our social lives right now, but I see Butterfield as a respite from the angst around us.
Besides BTV, do you serve on any other boards or committees?
I am in the choir at First Baptist Church of Fayetteville and serve on the Women’s Ministry Committee there. Other than that, I’m a pretty boring person.
Do you have any favorite hobbies or pastimes?
I really enjoy bridge and used to occasionally come to the Friday tables at 1pm, but that has been put on hold. I love boating, reading, and watching murder mysteries. I’m currently enjoying (the TV series) Endeavour, and keep up with the original Inspector Morse, Father Brown and Grantchester. I love to mow, but I’m a demon mower and cause my husband a lot of work replacing spindles, pulleys and blades. We have a 1963 MGB that we love to tootle around in on sunny days.