The Staff of the FOA

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.

JR Lawrence, Technical and Facilities Director

J.R. has been volunteering with his family since 2011 and joined the staff in early 2018. He’s holds a degree in Radio & Television Production from Arkansas State University. With over a decade of experience in telling stories through photography, video, and design, he’s excited to share this passion with the community at the Foundation of Arts. In his spare time he enjoys working outside in the garden and tending to the family’s chickens.

Brandon Bishop, Office Manager

Brandon is a Jonesboro native and 10 year veteran of the Foundation of Arts. Credits include Les Miserables, Titanic, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, The Nutcracker Ballet, and Jesus Christ Superstar, just to name a few. He also has extensive competitive All Star cheer and dance training and was a UALR Trojan cheerleader from 2008-2009. When he isn’t singing, tumbling, or dancing across the stage, you can find him being assisting patrons, volunteers, and staff at the FOA.

Megan Dacus,  Education Programs Manager

Megan is a ballerina and recent A State grad. She has been involved at the FOA for many years now as both a student and teacher, so she’s a natural fit to lead the goings on in the Arts Center!


_DSC0816Kelly Kelley, Bookkeeper

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.

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.

Meridith Pierce, Associate Director/Marketing

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 balances staying home with her two children and working part time at the FOA. Aside from her love of theatre, she enjoys cooking, eating, sleeping, traveling, and being with with her family.

Jenny Box, Customer Service Associate

Jenny, along with her husband and three daughters, has been participating in shows and classes at the FOA for several years now. She began working for us in January of 2018 and on any given day, you can find her greeting families and students with a smile either in the box office or the Arts Center.



Elea Pulliam, Marketing Assistant

Elea is no stranger to the FOA! She’s worn many hats around here, but is currently a dietetics major at ASU while helping out part-time with our PR.