Board of Directors

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  • Tony Beardsley
    • Tony Beardsley

      Tony Beardsley

      President

      tbeards1@yahoo.com


      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.alsdorf@gmail.com


      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, 2019
      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.

  • 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


       

  • Heather Wright
    • Heather Wright

      High School Principal


      Heather Wright was hired as the High School principal in September of 2017. Prior to that she taught Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas Arts Academy High School. She holds Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of Arkansas and an Educational Specialist degree in Secondary Administration from Arkansas State University.

      In addition to her duties as principal, Heather also has two daughters that attend Arkansas Arts Academy elementary school and volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. In every spare moment she can find, she enjoys reading and exploring the great outdoors with her family.

  • Pam Lewis
    • Pam Lewis

      Pam Lewis

      K-8 Office / Registrar


       

  • Nicole Lindley
    • Nicole Lindley

      Nicole Lindley

      High School Office / Registrar


       

Additional Staff

Rebecca Dudley

Administrative Assistant

rdudley@artsk12.org

Nathalie Brunnell

CPA Chief Financial Officer

nbrunell@artsk12.org