YRCC Staff

    • Tenisha Gist
      Director

      Tenisha Gist

      Director

      A native of East Tennessee, Tenisha Gist relocated to Fayetteville, AR in January of 2005. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Art and a Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Education. Prior to becoming the YRCC’s Director five years ago, Tenisha’s experience focused in developing mental health wellness strategies and providing recreational therapy activities for youth with disabilities.

      Following three interviews, Tenisha’s pursuit of serving her community soon aligned with her life’s purpose. She continues to enjoy her role as one who seeks to build community through collaborations as well as equipping others with the tools to impact people, programs, & policy.

    • Sarah Livengood
      Program Coordinator

      Sarah Livengood

      Program Coordinator

      Sarah is a North Carolina native who has worked as a counselor and program director at multiple Girl Scout Day and Resident Camps. She has also worked as a teaching and research assistant while earning her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.A. at Georgia State University. Most recently she was the lab manager for the Paleoanthropology Lab at the University of Arkansas where she earned her second M.A.

      She started volunteering at the YRCC in spring 2016 and was hired as a recreation assistant for summer camp before being promoted to Program Coordinator in August 2016. She still actively volunteers for Girl Scouts and is the troop leader to a multi-age level troop at the YRCC, and loves every moment she gets to spend with the girls in her troop.

    • Janae Pitts-Murdock
      Program Recreation Assistant

      Janae Pitts-Murdock

      Program Recreation Assistant

      R. Janae Pitts-Murdock, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Public Policy & Management, United Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Memphis. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy of African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric.

      Before relocating to Fayetteville with her husband and 2 sons from Memphis, Janae served as Lead Pastor and employed by the City of Memphis as the Coordinator of Teen Services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center where she was responsible for teen programming at 18 public library locations.