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.

    • Erin Lowrey
      Recreation Program Assistant

      Erin Lowrey

      Recreation Program Assistant

      In the summer of 2019, Erin became the Recreation Program Assistant at the YRCC. A Fort Smith native, she moved to Fayetteville in 2010. Erin holds an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design (2006) from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. In 2019, she completed a double Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to working at the YRCC, Erin worked in customer service for an airline. During that time, she gained unique insight by interacting with people from all over the world, and by visiting a broad range of cultures.

      Because of her academic and professional experiences, Erin loves talking with kids about the arts and cultural diversity. She also enjoys helping kids learn to express themselves creatively, and offers private art lessons in her free time. In the future, Erin hopes to further serve her community by teaching children creativity in public schools, or in a therapeutic setting.