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Dr. Grover Evans

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Chief Executive Officer

Evans and Associates Company of Arkansas , LLC.

Employment History

  • Director of Leadership
  • Oldest Member
    U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team
  • Cabinet Member To the Governor
  • Special Consultant for Systems Designs
    Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
  • Director of Disability Determination
    Social Security Administration
  • Deputy Director and Interim Director With the State Building Services
    Capital Zoning Commission
  • Special Consultant for Systems Design for the Department
    Workforce Education/ Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration
  • Board Member
    The United Way of Pulaski County
  • Board Member


  • doctorate degree , Nutrition Counseling
    LaSalle University
  • bachelor's degree , music and health education
    Arkansas State University
  • doctorate , nutrition
    LaSalle University
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Mr. Evans is the CEO, ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
Mr. Evans is the CEO, Evans and Associates Company of Arkansas, LLC. He has served as Special Consultant for Systems Design for the Department of Workforce Education/ Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. He was named Client Advocate for people with Disabilities for the State in 2004. On October 1, 1996, Dr. Evans was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee as Director of Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration for the State of Arkansas.
Dr. Evans was one of six inducted in the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in October 1996. In December of 1996, he received the Community Service Award from the Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association. In April of 1997 he was one of four inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame; becoming the first African-American inducted. His portrait and brief biography is on display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He received the "Bridging the Gap" Award from the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS).
In 1993, Dr. Evans helped Congress pass the Brady Bill named after former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady, as well as the passage of the 1990 Americans with Disability Act, known as ADA.
Dr. Evans has been recognized by President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, the United States Congress, Governor Mike Huckabee, former Governors Jim Guy Tucker, David Pryor, Dale Bumpers, the Arkansas House of Representatives and numerous other organizations for his many achievements to the State of Arkansas.
Evans again showing age is only a number made the 2008 Paralympics Swim Team for Beijing, China.
He's held World, American and Paralympics record in swimming; setting 6 World records: one Paralympics record in Barcelona, 61 American records, 8 Pan-American records and winning 69 National Championships. He presently holds four American and four Pan-American records.
Dr. Evans received additional certification in the Certified Public Manager's Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also completed the Disability Hearing for Administrators and Managers by the Institute of Administrative Justice at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. in 2000. He is certified in Health Education from the University of Oklahoma. In October of 2002 the Council on Quality and Leadership certified him for personal assessment for the Department of Health and Human Services from Towson, Maryland. He received certification in Emergency Management Institute from FEMA 2006. In October 2007 he received his certification as a Master Practioner from Fitour (personal trainer). He was one of twenty from the country to complete the National Training Workshop for New Leadership Development for individuals with disabilities in Culturally Diverse Communities. He receives on going training in the ADA.
Dr. Evans was one of two, in the nation, chosen and awarded the National Easter Seal Society's Johanna Cooke Plaut Community Leadership Award and was featured and interviewed by ABC's Sportscaster Al Michael on the 1996 National Easter Seal Telethon in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Grover Evans - ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dr. Grover Evans - Paralympic Swimmer, Motivational Speaker, Disability Expert
LATEST NEWS: Dr. Evans is now hosting a live radio show Mondays at 8pm eastern time 7pm central time, available for listening online at
Grover Evans, PH.D. -
Mr. Evans is the CEO, Evans and Associates Company of Arkansas, LLC. He has served as Special Consultant for Systems Design for the Department of Workforce Education/ Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Evans is also is the former director of Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration for Arkansas. He has received many awards for his community service; including the Disability Leadership Award from the Social Security Administration, National Johanna Cooke-Plaut Community Leadership Award by Easter Seals, one of two in the nation; Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Community Service Award and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Minority Affairs Support Award, as well as, United States Postal Service Community Service Award.
Grover has been inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame and bio and photo is featured at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is an author and has published numerous articles on Wellness, Goal Setting; Believing in Yourself; Being the Best and other topics.
Currently, he serves on the State's Public Health Performance Standards Assessment Committee, Olmstead Steering Committee, Arkansas Substance Abuse Committee, Arkansas' Supported Housing Board, Arkansas Alzheimer's Board, GIST Committee and TEFRA Committee. He also serves on the City of Little Rock Workforce Investment Board, and executive committee, Vice-Chair of the City Of Little Rock Community Housing Advisory Board, Central Arkansas United Way Board, State Chairman for Government Agencies for United Way, and the Advisory Council for Education of Children with Disabilities.
He is a member of Our Lady of Good Council Parish, 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, Little Rock Christian Men's Club, American Dietitian Association, and Arkansas chapter. He and his wife, Helen, have two children and a granddaughter.

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Still Making Waves

Late at night on May 1, 1977, Grover Evans received a call from a good friend who had just lost a close companion.Evans did not listen to his grandmother or mother, and decided to drive the 44 miles down the Arkansas country highway to comfort his friend that night rather than wait until morning.

But Evans' heart proved to be bigger than his body.While driving and listening to loud music, Evans fell asleep at the wheel.His car meandered its way off the road into a ditch, flipping over several times.After being legally pronounced dead twice at a local hospital, Evans woke up and would go on to survive as a quadriplegic.

Following the accident, Evans went on to be very successful in both the sports world and political arena.At age 56, Evans will represent the U.S. in his third Paralympic Games as the oldest member of the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team. "A lot of people don't get a second chance in life," Evans said. "I'm very blessed I got a second chance.  It was motivation for me to really work harder."

Evans was a member of the 1992 U.S. Team in Barcelona, an alternate for the 1996 team in Atlanta and a member of the 2004 team in Athens.In 1996, he was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, Evans also serves as the Director of Leadership for Minorities with Disabilities in the state of Arkansas.He is close friends with the Clinton family, who were by his side following his accident.Previously, Evans was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee as Director of Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration for the state of Arkansas.

Evans helped Congress pass the Americans with Disability Act in 1990, and helped pass the Brady Bill in 1993.Previously, Evans was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee as Director of Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration for the state of Arkansas.

Evans helped Congress pass the Americans with Disability Act in 1990, and helped pass the Brady Bill in 1993.

t">Evans said he really knows his teammates this time around, and cannot wait to see what they all achieve in Beijing.He is like a father figure for some of them, teaching them to compete under pressure and watching them succeed.Some even tell him they wish their dad was as cool as him.

"He's great," O'Neill said. "He's just Grover.Everybody on the team gets along great with him.He's one of those quiet leaders where he's not outspoken and vocal in front of everybody."

And maybe the best thing about Evans is that his dreams include helping to educate those around him. "A lot of these young people haven't even reached their ability yet, and I want to see them get there," Evans said.

Although Evans has achieved so much since his accident, he still claims to be the same person he was before, just with a second chance. "I've been around presidents, kings and royalty, but I'm still me," Evans explained.

"I'm still Grover.I just try to be no one else - just me."

For Evans the most important thing in his life remains the same: Education. "Man can take away all the titles and positions from you, but he can't take away education," Evans said. "Nobody can take that away from you."

Filling minds with knowledge is extremely important to Evans, but it also presents a challenge at certain times in his life.

"The biggest challenge is education - educating our society on the role of people with physical disabilities,"

Evans said. "We function just like anyone else."

Because Evans is the oldest member of the team, he can be both the student and teacher at times.His age is not a barrier, but rather something he can use to his advantage.

"We're all going to age, but it's about how we're going to age," Evans explained. "Peter Pan and Tiny Tim are inside of me every day.

About Us - Board of Directors: The United Way of Pulaski County, 12 Oct 2004 [cached]
Grover EvansSpecial Consultant for Systems DesignDHS and AR Rehabilitation Service
The Courier, Russellville, Ark., 20 Mar 2003 [cached]
DARDANELLE -- Dr. Grover Evans of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Wednesday's guest speaker at the monthly Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, gave a presentation on the benefits of employing people with disabilities. Evans described the Ticket to Work program, which provides enhanced vocational rehabilitation services and increased opportunities for employment to people who are Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.According to Evans, the program enables persons with disabilities to work and earn as much as they can while still receiving their benefits and medical coverage. The Ticket to Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 increased beneficiary choice in obtaining rehabilitation and vocational services, removing barriers that require people with disabilities to choose between health care coverage and work, and has assured more Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the country's workforce and lessen their dependence on public benefits, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Publication No. 05-10060, June 2002, referred to by Evans. Approximately 800,000 Arkansans receive Social Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)."Think what the population will be in 2010," Evans pointed out to Wednesday's audience.
Evans served as special consultant for systems designs for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Human Services.He also served as director of disability determination for the Social Security Administration, as well as deputy director and interim director for the Capital Zoning Commission with the State Building Services.As director of DDSSA, he served as a cabinet member to the Governor. More information on the ticket program can be obtained by calling the program manager of Maximus Inc., at 1-866-968-7842 toll-free (TTY 1-866-833-2967).
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