Jerri Stanard, M.A.Ed Founder & Executive Director

Jerri began K12 Gallery & TEJAS as K12 Gallery for Young People in September 1993. She holds a MA in Art Education from the University of Dayton and a BFA from Wright State University. Jerri loves children and everything connected to creative intelligence. In 2008, Jerri won the honor of the Pamela Houk award from The Dayton Art Institute for her tenacity to further art education. In 2002, Stanard was recognized as one of the Dayton Daily News Top Ten Women of Dayton for K12 Gallery, her community contributions and her numerous art awards. In 2000, Jerri won the Ohio Arts Council’s Emerging Leader Award. Jerri began her career as an art teacher for the Dayton Public Schools and later joined the Sinclair Community College staff as a gallery coordinator. Through her pertinacious vision and strong work ethic, she has guided K12 Gallery & TEJAS through its growth over the last 26 years.

Rebecca Sargent, MFA Program Director

Rebecca is an artist, educator and arts administrator. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Wright State University. Rebecca joined the K12 Gallery & TEJAS team full time in 2012, after teaching part time since 2000. In addition to coordinating TEJAS Gallery exhibitions and on site programming, Rebecca teaches painting and drawing classes, the Artist in Training Afterschool Program and the AP Studio Arts Program. In her artwork, Rebecca creates oil paintings and mixed media pieces that depict abstract structures and spaces. Her artwork can be seen on her website at

Rebecca Cantrell, MA, ABS, MPA, CNP Development & Marketing Director

Rebecca received a post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and earned her Master's in Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management concentration from Wright State University. Cantrell also holds a dual MA graduate degree in Applied Behavioral Science. As Development and Marketing Director, her principal charge is to create numerous, efficient, and compelling opportunities for donors to support K12 Gallery & TEJAS - making their giving experience both satisfying and rewarding.

Dawn Yu, Finance Manager

Tina Stewart, Program Manager

Eric Hall, Full Time Artist in Residence

Evie Lewis, Full Time Artist in Residence

BK Elias, Lead Mural Maker

Jackson Stanard, Intern