The Staff of the FOA

img_9871 Kristi Pulliam, Executive/Artistic Director
Kristi holds an M.A. in Communication/Theatre and a B.S.E. in Theatre/Speech Communication. She taught in the Paragould School District and at Arkansas State University and Crowley’s Ridge College for a total of 12 years. After teaching and directing at the FOA for eight years, Kristi joined the staff full time in 2008 as the Community Development Director, and then added to her role at The FOA, as the Artistic Director and eventually Executive Director.
img_9867 Joe Carr, Associate Director of Tech and Development
Joe and his family first moved to Jonesboro in 2010 and joined the FOA family as a volunteer shortly after.  Before becoming a full time staff member, Joe began directing music for several of our MainStage productions.  He then joined the staff as Associate Director of Tech and Development in January of 2015.
img_9905 Carla Bell, Office Manager
Carla joined the FOA in 2010. A native of the Jonesboro area, she first spent several years working as a preschool teacher.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, and writing poetry.
alisa Alisa Becton, Education Program Manager
Alisa has been a volunteer and student at The Foundation of Arts for more than 11 years. She is currently a ballet instructor at The Arts Center and has been teaching since 2009. Alisa enjoys sewing, writing, cooking, and volunteering for her church.
Kelly KelleyBookkeeper
Kelly is a graduate of Arkansas State University where she received B.S. in Accounting. She also holds a license in I.P.A. and navigates people through the new federal and state insurance laws.
 12246723_10205526141376522_9186511622497089639_n Davis Polston, Marketing and Public Relations Assistant
Davis is a junior at Arkansas State University studying Acting and Public Relations. He first worked with the FOA in 2015 when a college course required the application of a PR campaign for a local non-profit of choice. He returned in 2016 to work as a Public Relations intern, and now handles marketing as well.
andrew-tolsen Andrew Tolson, Technical Assistant

Andrew joined the FOA staff in the fall of 2016, though he has been a faithful volunteer, both onstage and off, since early 2015. He holds a degree in theater with a minor in radio/tv. In addition to building sets and running tech with us, he is a licensed massage therapist. His many passions include singing, dancing, acting, and restoring his 1966 VW bus.

chanda-julian Chanda JulianCustomer Service Associate
Chanda joined our team in August of 2016 after being involved as a volunteer for several years. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, as well as coordinating local events for Glitter Magazine. She loves to read, write, and create in her spare time. “I love the FOA because of the creativity it inspires in people in all walks of life. The sense of community it brings to our town. It’s a great place to raise your kids!”

  Meridith Pierce, Social Media/Website Administrator
Meridith joined the staff in the summer of 2016, though she has been a volunteer since 2010. A former 3rd grade teacher with Nettleton Public Schools, she holds a masters in education. She now stays at home with her two children and continues to volunteer/work part time at the FOA. Aside from her love of theater, she enjoys cooking, eating, sleeping, traveling, and spending time with her family.