Director of Arts & Vision

Tacie N. Jones is a social practice artist, creative educator and co-founder and Executive Director of LoCo Arts, 501c3. Tacie holds a BFA in Studio Arts from George Mason University, a Virginia teaching license in Visual Arts PREK-12, and a Master of Research in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Prior to graduate study abroad, she taught middle and high school art at North Spring Academy, a residential school and behavioral healthcare facility in Leesburg, VA. Here she was instrumental in the school’s VASEF accreditation, and initiated from scratch a fine arts program, after-school clubs and activities, and Honors Art for students with exceptional interest in the subject. As LoCo Arts’ Executive Director, Tacie sets the strategy, direction and vision for the organization and is primarily responsible for coordinating implementation of its strategic goals and objectives. Tacie endeavors to unearth a culture of understanding through creative methods that strengthen the individual and hence shape a spirited understanding of community.

Board of Directors

Phyllis Newbill

Phyllis is the parent of three LoCo Arts children and an educator and education researcher.  Her areas of research include science education, informal education, and critical and creative thinking.  She is the Studio Associate for Outreach and Engagement at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).  In addition to her volunteer work with LoCo Arts, she is an active scout leader, camp director, and school volunteer.


Meggin Hicklin

Meggin serves as the Exhibition Program Manager at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and is a resident of Giles County. She received an MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities and a BA in Art History from Virginia Tech in 2015, as well as a BA in Studio Art from Radford University in 2002.

Nikki Pynn

Kim Kirkbride

Kristen Corboy

Susan Sisk (Board member at-large)

Biansa Cox (Board member at-large)