Chairman of the Board
Steve is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prism Education Center. Steve worked in the business arena for a number of years within various positions of management, while the last 30 years has been spent serving in various roles and positions in Christian ministry. These positions not only provided him with opportunity for human development but also provided a platform for extensive travel around the world and have thus created a broad global base of experience, relationships and world view. Today Steve serves on the Core Leadership Council of Congress-WBN, a synergy of global initiatives focused on effecting human, social and national transformation through the propagation of value-based development of principles, patterns and approaches. He also leads The Community, a local church in Fayetteville.
He and his wife, Diane, have six children and eleven grandchildren and make their home in West Fork.
As the Executive Director of Prism Education Center, Misty Newcomb serves as the “hands-on” member of the Board of Directors for Prism Education Center. Prior to this, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Office for Education Policy, a service unit for policymakers and education leaders in Arkansas that operates out of the Department of Education Reform in the University of Arkansas. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Newcomb has served children and families through humanitarian and educational programs both in the United States and internationally. She is involved in numerous service positions outside of Prism Education Center. She is on the Board of Directors for the Bright Path Foundation. She serves on the Arkansas State Council for AdvancEd. Additionally, she is a Director inside of Congress-WBN's Education and Human Development Sector. Misty and her husband Clay live with their four children in Northwest Arkansas. Their children attend Prism Education Center. When not engaged in the previously mentioned activities, she and her family can be found enjoying their favorite past times—hiking or running through the Ozark Mountains.
Kristie Spielmaker is an Import Operations Manager in Global Logistics at Walmart Stores, Inc. Kristie has worked with Prism in a variety of capacities since its inception in 2009. Kristie’s interest in education stemmed from her experience with her own children and the years she spent working with at risk children and teens in the foster care system. She resides in Fayetteville with her husband, Josh, and their three children, Mallorie, David, and Eva, who attend Prism Education Center. When she isn’t working, Kristie can be found spending time with her family, cooking, running, or reading.
Ben Lagrone develops social studies curriculum and helps facilitate professional development for Springdale Public Schools as a Teacher-on-Special Assignment (TOSA). Ben also presents at conferences on project-based learning and technology integration. He earned an Ed.S in Educational Leadership at Arkansas State University after completing a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Arkansas. He is married to Jessica, a lead teacher at Prism North. They both share a long-held commitment to impact young people and build educational excellence in Northwest Arkansas. Ben and Jessica have two children that both attend Prism Education Center. They spend as much time as possible outdoors as family backpacking and camping.
Tyrel Denison is a web and mobile developer for Field Agent. He has worked for many years in the technologies industries, building web, mobile and computer applications. He is also a regular contributor to the radio news program Ozarks At Large on KUAF 91.3FM, where he discusses the latest news in the technologies industry. Tyrel and his wife, Sarah, live in Fayetteville where Sarah is an instructor at the University of Arkansas. They have three children, who are all enrolled at Prism Education Center. Tyrel’s hobbies include backpacking, playing music, reading, and running for hours at a time in the woods.
Terrell "Spence" Spencer
Terrell "Spence" Spencer is the founder and owner of Across the Creek Farm in both West Fork & Fayetteville. Spence has a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Water Science and while working on his master's in stream ecology, rediscovered an assumed extinct species. Spence and his wife, Carla have three children who attend Prism Education Center. His interests in education came from seeing the impact of the parent-teacher collaboration on his sons and the positive impact this has had in his home.
Malachi Nichols is a Ph.D. student at the University of Arkansas within the Department of Education Reform. Malachi has been involved with Prism since 2013, serving in many roles such as Robotics Teacher, AmeriCorps Member, and Director’s Assistant. Even though Malachi is no longer employed by Prism he is still involved at all campuses on a volunteer basis. Malachi’s interest in values-based education was cultivated through his work at Prism and he continues to pursue this passion through his research on the effects of character traits and non-cognitive skills on student outcomes. He currently lives in Fayetteville with his wife. When not studying, he enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and hiking.