Board of Directors

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  • Tony Beardsley
    • Tony Beardsley

      Tony Beardsley

      President


      Term expires June 30, 2021
      707 Crest Drive
      Fayetteville, AR 72701
      479-957-6595 Cell
      479-422-5884 Home

  • Howard Alsdorf
    • Howard Alsdorf

      Howard Alsdorf

      Vice President

      howard@artsk12.org


      Term expires June 30, 2021
      1305 W. Cottonwood St.
      Rogers, AR 72758
      479-263-0468 Cell
      479-899-6262 Home

  • David Russell
    • David Russell

      David Russell

      Vice President

      EMAIL: drussell0390@cox.net


      Term expires June 30, 2021
      2750 Penny Lane
      Rogers, AR 72758
      479-685-0655 Cell

  • Alicia Knotts
    • Alicia Knotts

      Alicia Knotts

      allypedsrn@yahoo.com


      Term expires June 30, 2019
      3216 SW Stoneway Avenue
      Bentonville, AR 72712
      479-221-2541

  • Joe Derouen
    • Joe DeRouen

      Joe DeRouen

      joe@artsk12.org

      Term expires June 30, 2018
      3607 W. Hemlock St.
      Rogers, AR 72756
      479-685-5736 Cell

  • Asele Mack
    • Asele Mack

      Asele Mack

      asele.surina@gmail.com


      Term expires June 30, 2021
      415 NW 7th Street
      Bentonville AR 72712
      404-825-1715 Cell

  • Anthony Porchia
    • Anthony Porchia

      Anthony Porchia

      Treasurer

      porchiaanthony@yahoo.com


      Term expires June 30, 2021

District Staff

  • Mary Ley
    • Mary Ley

      Mary Ley

      Chief Executive Officer


      Mrs. Ley became Chief Executive Officer of Arkansas Arts Academy on July 1, 2014. She was previously the Executive Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for Bentonville Public Schools. Her experience also includes being the Special Projects Director in Colorado Springs School District 11, where she and her team flipped two failing schools into successful STEM schools. Mrs. Ley also has 28 years of experience teaching visual arts.

  • Barrett Johnson
    • Barrett Ashley Johnson, Ph.D.

      Barrett Ashley Johnson, Ph.D.

      Fine Arts Director


      Dr. Johnson joined Arkansas Arts Academy following a seven-year tenure as Creative Director of Dream Fine Art in Fayetteville, producing and marketing Fine Visual Art by both local and regional artists. In addition to being author of the Cambridge Scholars-published study of the pedagogical methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger, Dr. Johnson is a professional visual artist and classically-trained composer. As an educator he brings years of experience creating curricula in performing arts.

      Dr. Johnson received a Bachelors Degree in Composition from Baylor University, a Masters Degree in Composition from University of Arkansas Fayetteville, and Doctor of Philosophy in Composition from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, with a minor in Music Education. His university music composition instructors include Dr. Richard M. Willis, Milton Babbitt, Marlos Nobre, Lukas Foss, Dr. Robert Mueller, Stephen David Beck, and Dr. Dino’s Constantinedes.

      Dr. Johnson also performed post-doctoral work in music education at University of Texas at Austin. While there, he joined the faculty of the ground-breaking UT String Project, a program providing weekly performance and musicianship lessons and classes to nearly three hundred students ages four through eighteen.

  • Aaron Jones
    • Aaron Jones, MA

      Aaron Jones, MA

      Arts Integration Specialist


      Aaron Jones is the Arts Integration Specialist at Arkansas Arts Academy and the education liaison with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
      Before he began his position with us, he served as the Interpretation Manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

      Aaron is an art educator. His experience ranges from teaching public schools at the K–12 level to being a university professor teaching studio, art history, and art education. In addition to his museum and arts education background, he’s also an artist working primarily in acrylics, watercolor, and ink.
      Aaron has a Bachelor’s degree in studio with an emphasis in painting and certification in art education K–12 from Oklahoma Baptist University. Aaron additionally holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma.

  • John Hines
    • John Hines

      John Hines

      Technology Director


  • Matt Young
    • Matt Young

      Matt Young

      EMS Principal


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  • Donna Daniel
    • Donna Daniel

      Donna Daniel

      Admin Administrative Assistant


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  • Pam Lewis
    • Pam Lewis

      Pam Lewis

      K-8 Office / Registrar


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  • Nicole Lindley
    • Nicole Lindley

      Nicole Lindley

      High School Office / Registrar


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Additional Staff

Debbie Zupan

Administrative Assistant

nbrunell@artsk12.org

Nathalie Brunnell

CPA Chief Financial Officer

nbrunell@artsk12.org