At Arts for Learning, we’re mourning the loss of a beloved staff member, Tina Lassiter, who passed away on January 10 after a long illness. Tina served as A4L’s Finance and Administration Manager for the past three-and-a-half years, but as CEO Chris Everly says, she was much more than that.
“She was really an ambassador for us, which you wouldn’t typically think of for a finance and administration person. Everybody came away from an interaction with Tina feeling better about our organization. What she was doing wasn’t merely entering numbers for us. She was helping to build the organization and ensure its financial stability.”
Tina showed tremendous dedication both to Arts for Learning—including finding ways to work even after she became sick—and to her family. “She always found a way to integrate her work and her other responsibilities as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother,” Everly says.
I just think of her as a bright light kind of person. She will always stand out for many of us as somebody special. And you didn’t have to have a long interaction with her to come away with that feeling.”
As a Texas-raised girl, Tina had a “heart as big as Texas,” Everly says. And for Arts for Learning staff, board members, and artists who knew and cared about Tina, her death leaves a Texas-sized hole in our own hearts. We express our deepest sympathy to her family.
We’re honored that Tina’s family designated Arts for Learning as the charity where people can choose to donate in her memory. The family will be notified of any gifts made in her honor: DONATE HERE.