Conway Public Schools Foundation Announces 2024 Hall of Honor Inductees

CPSF to honor Distinguished Alumna, Educator, and Friend of the District

CONWAY, Ark. (December 8, 2023) ⎯ Conway Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) will honor Rev. Cornell Maltbia, Jack Bell, and Cheryl and Steve Daniels for their contributions to Conway Public Schools at the foundation’s 2024 Hall of Honor Gala on Tuesday, March 5, 2023, at 6 p.m., in the Conway High School Cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

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  • Longtime Conway High School educators Cheryl and Steve Daniels will be honored as the 2024 Distinguished Educators.   
  • Jack Bell, a member of the Conway High School Class of 1970, will be honored as the 2024 Distinguished Alumnus.  
  • True Holiness Saints Center founder and senior pastor Rev. Cornell Maltbia will be honored as the 2024 Friend of the District.  

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Cheryl and Steve Daniels 

After graduating from Forrest City High School, Cheryl attended the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned her degree in special education and cheered for the Bears for four years. She taught for 36 years, including 10 years with North Little Rock Public Schools, and served in Conway High School from 1992 until her retirement in 2018. Throughout her career, she was involved in Special Olympics, including the first AAA Unified Sports State Basketball Championship team. In 2005, she established Caring Cats, a community service organization that includes special needs students with general education students in projects such as the Angel Paws Christmas Program and Powder Puff games benefiting Special Olympics. She received the 2005 Conway High School Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 Lloyd Westbrook Good Neighbor Award from the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2023 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team Member of the Year. She volunteers with the Deliver Hope Board of Directors, the Cara McCollum Birthday Book Project, the Conway Ministry Center Food Pantry, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cheryl and Steve Daniels headshot

After graduating from Ole Main High School in 1975, Steve attended Arkansas Tech where he played baseball. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. He began his 38-year education career in North Little Rock. In 1991 the Daniels moved to Conway. Steve coached football, boys track and softball. He taught physical education, health, and driver’s education. He became assistant principal at Conway High School in 2005. Daniels was named athletic director in 2010 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2018. Under his leadership, Conway’s athletics program saw many improvements, including a new indoor practice facility and stadium press box, and won numerous conference and state championships. He served as the 7A Conference president from 2010 to 2012 and was named the 7A Athletic Director of the Year in 2014 and 2018 and Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year in 2017-2018. He was involved in the Athletic Administrators Association as a fundraiser and later as secretary of the AHSAAA Executive Committee. He received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Award of Merit and the AHSAAA Meritorious Service Award in 2018. He also received the Walter “Buddy” Coleman Lifetime Achievement Award and served on the AAA All-Star Committee in Conway. In 2023, Daniels was inducted into the Arkansas High School Athletic Administration Hall of Fame. Now retired, Daniels enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and volunteer service with his wife.  

Cheryl and Steve Daniels have been married for 37 years and have two children, twins Kyle Daniels and Kayla White, and two granddaughters, Leighton and Lynleigh White. The Daniels attend First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Jack Bell 

Jack Bell is a 1970 graduate of Conway High School and co-captain of the 1969 Wampus Cat football team. After graduating from Hendrix College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and the University of Central Arkansas a master’s degree, he was the school psychologist at Conway Public Schools for 31 years. After his retirement, he was chief of staff for Mayors Tab Townsell and Bart Castleberry for approximately 15 years and served at different times as Director of the City of Conway Sanitation Department and Director of the City of Conway Regional Airport. He is the father of the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County and has served on numerous boards for various organizations thru the years. He currently serves on the UCA Alumni Board, the United Way Board, the UCA Purple Circle Board, the Reynolds Community Council, and the First Security Bank Board of Directors. Jack and his wife Ginny have three children and six grandchildren.

Jack Bell headshot

Rev. Cornell Maltbia

Everette Cornell Maltbia is Founder and Senior Pastor of True Holiness Saints Center, Inc. in Conway, Arkansas where he has faithfully served for more than three decades. Over the years Pastor Maltbia has demonstrated his leadership not only as Senior Pastor of True Holiness Saints Center, Inc. but also to the City of Conway by serving on the board of directors of the following organizations: United Way of Faulkner County, Salvation Army of Faulkner County, Faulkner County Leadership Institute, Conway Regional Health System Community Advisory Board, Community Foundation of Faulkner County, the University of Central Arkansas’s Inaugural Parent and Family Council, Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and as a founding member of the Conway Community Race Relations Initiative, and the City of Conway’s Civil Service Commission. Pastor Maltbia was also appointed as Chaplain of the State of Arkansas’s House of Representatives 87th General Assembly. Pastor Maltbia currently serves as a member of Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors, Chaplain for the Conway Police Department, Chaplain for Veasley Funeral Home and Cremations, and a member of Conway Ministerial Alliance.  Pastor Maltbia has most recently been appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the University of Central Arkansas’s Board of Trustees. Pastor Maltbia is married to his high school sweetheart, Natasha Maltbia. God has blessed them with two beautiful children, Kennedy and Connor.

Cornell Maltbia headshot