Velvatex College of Beauty Culture
Barbara A. Douglas
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Douglas was born in Roland, Arkansas and is the seventh of ten children. She is a mother of many but a biological mother to four (Rachel, Raymond Jr., Roberta, and Randy) a grandmother of six (Richard, Raphael, Raymond III, Robyn, Jaylen, and Manuel) and great-grandmother to Ryan.
- BA Degree, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas
- Master of Divinity, Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, Tennessee
- Licensed Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor
- Certified Pastoral Counselor
Present Positions and Affiliations
- Pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
- CEO, Velvatex College of Beauty Culture
- Executive Director of Stewart Residential Home
- Owner of BM Style Crest Beauty Salon
- 2000 and 2002 Arkansas Minority Small Business Person of the Year
- Board of Director for Healing Hearts and Spirits
- Former Appointee to the Arkansas Workforce Investment
- Former Board of Director and present member of the Chamber of Commerce
- Former President and current member of the South Central Jurisdictional Black Methodist Church Renewal
Rachel R. Willis
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Recruitment/Marketing
Mrs. Willis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the first of four children. She is a loving wife to Robert Willis. Together they have two children (Richard and Robyn) and are grandparents to Ryan.
Mrs. Willis obtained her cosmetology license from Velvatex while in high school and went on to gain her instructors license and has taught as head instructor at Velvatex since.
She loves spending time with her family in her free time. While doing this she and her children became Second Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo and as a family gained a passion for deer hunting. In her present free Mrs. Willis enjoys health and fitness.
Barbara R. Douglas
Director of Financial Operations
Financial Aid Administrator
B.A. Degree - Psychology
Associate Degree - Chemistry
M.A. Degree - Business Administration
Certified Forensic Interviewer