Meet Our Staff
My family and I have lived in the Waynesville/St. Robert community since 2013 and I have served the ARK and its members as Executive Director since 2015. I understand the important role the ARK plays in the community and my team and I strive for excellence in serving its citizens. Under my directorship, we have seen record-breaking memberships and services, as well as new programs and departments. I recognize that servant-leading is a vital way to grow not just an organization but a community and I am so proud of our team and the way we serve our members and public. We have accomplished so much will continue to! We hope The ARK is a place that feels like home, with relationships that are warm and lasting and a community that you and your family are proud of!
– Jason Dow
Assistant Executive Director
It is my pleasure to introduce myself, Jessica Spencer as the Assistant Executive Director of the Ark Community & Sports Center and veteran of the US Army. My husband and I were relocated by the military to this area in 2008, where we raise our two children.
I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelors in Business Administration with Magna Cum Laude Honors from Drury University, I received my MBA in Finance in August of 2015 from the Breech School of Business and currently enrolled in the degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting and Organization Leadership.
I started working at The ARK in 2012 as the Program Director and in 2014 promoted to Assistant Executive Director. I find it so rewarding to meet people of all ages who come and go each week and benefit in some way because the ARK is here. From the young ones who come to play with friends, to the seniors who come to enjoy an activity and fellowship, to organizations and families coming in to plan their special gatherings, are all a blessing. It has also been a blessing to see all the volunteers who have given their time to make this a better place for people to enjoy. It takes a lot of work to keep up a facility like this. Being a Non-Profit means that we have to rely heavily on the dedication of volunteers and it is they who make a difference here. I hope that I can be a part of helping you become a part of The ARK’s family as well. You will soon discover why the Ark is more than a place to work out: It is a place to belong!
– Jessica D. Spencer
Health & Fitness Director
My mission as the Health and Fitness Director is help to bring a safe, fun, and supportive connection among members and instructors/trainers/staff. Group Fitness programs, personal training, and ﬁtness in general are important tools to help a person become healthy; physically, mentally, and spiritually. I love being able to help members achieve the conﬁdence in themselves, whether it’s the way they see themselves, how the physically look, or just becoming stronger. As my job as Health and Fitness Director I am able to connect with members and ﬁnd out what they personally like or don’t like in the ﬁtness department. Learning this information allows to me to help improve the areas of ﬁtness and help the ARK continue to grow and become a better family friendly environment. When I’m not sharing my love of ﬁtness with the ARK, I am at home with my wonderful husband and four beautiful children. I enjoy spending time outdoors, such as being on the river, hiking, and riding my bike. I also have a deep love for reading books. Fitness has been the one area in my life that has helped me become a stronger individual, wife, and mother. Fitness has helped me to not just be healthier and stronger, but help me have the conﬁdence in myself in all areas of my life. And I believe that this is what the ARK and instructors/trainers can bring to members as well.
– Carrie Tollison
Member Services Coordinator
I’m the Member Services Coordinator and I can usually be found at our front desk with a smile. A hippie at heart, I have aspirations of living on a fully sustainable farm making jam while my husband Chuck of 3+ years and our combined 6 cupcake- loving kiddos aged 6-17 do all sorts of ‘farm-type’ things…. Until then, I busy myself with our members, heading off any potential disasters and keeping everyone relatively happy. My favorite part of my job here at The Ark is getting to meet new people! I’ve learned in many of my previous front office positions just how important friendly customer service is and I aim to bring that Texas charm and hospitality to our lobby. Being that I’m from ‘’Deep in the heart of Texas” when I’m not at work I enjoy eating inhumane amounts of chips and queso, working out (due to the chips and queso ), reading as many books as I can get my hands on, volunteering with my husband at church, and getting pedicures with my fabulous co-workers. Don’t miss my Texas pageant wave on your way out ya’ll.
– Candace Dashiell
Kids Korner Coordinator
My name is Chelsea. I have worked at the ARK for almost a year. I am currently the Children’s Coordinator and birthday party host. I have been going to school for Early Childhood Education. Working with the children at the ARK has been the most rewarding experience for me.
– Chelsea Pugh
Member Services Team
Hello! I was raised in this area and have been here most of my life. I served in the Army for 8 years. I am married and have 4 children. My whole family works and volunteers here. We love what the Ark does and are happy to be part of it. I started out as a volunteer 2013 and became an employee a year later. I started working in childcare and moved to front desk earlier this year. It is such a blessing to work with such great people, and awesome to get to meet so many new people every day.
– Crystal Hainline
Kid Korner Team
I’m the AmeriCorps Member Training Advisor in the Waynesville R-6 School District. Throughout the school year, I provide feedback, coaching, and training to Members both onsite and during group events. I have served as an AmeriCorps Member since 2011 at East Elementary, and now servein all buildings where I observe Members with students and provide them with feedback and interactive trainings. I’m a former educator and I taught elementary and secondary music, band, choir, and piano for 19 years in the Laquey R-V School district.
I’m also currently employed at the ARK Community and Sports Center where I work with children in the evenings in the Kids Korner room.
Children engage in individual and group games; arts and craft activities as well as educational activities to introduce and continue learning concepts taught in school. I also tutor students’ grades K-5 in reading and math on Saturdays at the ARK as well as teach beginning piano lessons and wind instrument lessons.
– Norma Houston
Kid Korner Team
I’m 24 years old and have a 2-year-old son, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old step son. I have a fiancé of 4 years. I work in Kids Korner and Tiny Tots. I have been here for a little over a year. I have done Sunday morning church service reception, worked kids’ night out, and have hosted many birthday parties. This place and these people I work for and with are truly amazing. We are one big family. This is truly a great community. I love what I do and wouldn’t give it up for anything.
– Korby Jones
Hi I’m Rikki Dee Jensen, and even though I was not born in Missouri I call this place home. My family is from this area and I enjoy being close to them. I am married and have two wonderful children. I enjoy volunteering for different activities and staying active, which is how I came about being a member of the Ark. I became a member when the facility first opened and started volunteering my time and transitioned to employment in 2014. I enjoy the instructors, staff, and members and think it is a wonderful environment for my children and family.
– Rikki Jensen
I’m Jamie Hainline and I was raised here my whole life. I’m married to Crystal Hainline and we raise our four children. I help with Nerf Wars which is on the third Friday of every month. It is awesome and the reason I work here. I enjoy working out an am very much a people person. I have been working here since September and I’m looking forward to meeting you!