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.

    • Emilie Stagoski
      Program Coordinator

      Emilie Stagoski

      Program Coordinator

      Emilie, a St. Louis, Missouri native, made her way to Fayetteville and the YRCC in the fall of 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in Global Studies. Throughout college Emilie found herself working in Texas at a summer camp. While at camp, Emilie realized her passion for relationship building and youth development. After graduation Emilie worked with international high schoolers in a boarding school program and went on to be a summer camp director herself before coming to the YRCC.

      Emilie loves the outdoors and being active in all kinds of sports and activities. She is excited to work with the YRCC and the Fayetteville community. She hopes to foster discussions and relationships amongst members of the community and encourage cultural learning while providing opportunities to create life-long memories.

    • 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.