Before joining the Vocational Rehabilitation field, Christy served in the Army for 8 years as a Communications Specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the United States Army Garrison at Camp Carroll, Korea, the Headquarters Company of the 101st Airborne Support Group Corps of Ft. Campbell, KY and the 769th Engineer Battalion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon leaving the military she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Nicholls State University and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1999 she received an Ombudsman Certification by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.
With 20 years in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation as an Ombudsman/Advocate, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Manager, and now an Administrator, she has seen a wide variety of situations and helped Vocational Rehabilitation participants and staff through some of the most challenging times, most notably through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and through several economic downturns.
Today, Christy Lamas is the Deputy of Field Operations with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. She is also the Vice President of the Central Arkansas Women’s Shelter Board and an active member of New Life Church in Conway, AR. Christy is dedicated to helping those who have experienced difficulties in life become independent, both psychologically and financially. On the weekends she enjoys fishing for trout on the Little Red River from her kayak. Married to Alex Lamas, a Registered Nurse with Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and an avid fisherman, they live with their two cats and their wonderful son, Liam, a budding piano player and trivia buff, who also enjoys helping others.