Meet the team

Hi! I am Jessa Hershner, Ph.D. I am the founder and director of Imagine Foundry, a non-profit organization in middle Tennessee offering educational programs for children in our community. Our mission is to provide fun and engaging learning activities that promote, develop, and foster knowledge and skills needed for the next generation. Our dream was to have a place in our community for kids to unleash their inner creativity - the ultimate kids' maker-space - where we provide the tools, materials, and professionals to help kids' imagined ideas become a reality.

For the past twelve years, I've taught students from preschool up to college. One common thread for them all, when given the opportunity to share their ideas, passion, and knowledge, they performed beyond expectations. I believe Imagine Foundry will give kids opportunities to shine. We will break the barriers of accessibility and make sure all kids have access to a makerspace, STEM education, extra-curricular classes, engineering design and entrepreneurship.

Presently, we are open at our location in Cookeville, TN and available for mobile events! We currently provide an open maker lab, specialized classes, music instruction via Studio Musicalis, parties, and community outreach. Please join us in bringing this bright opportunity to our wonderful community here in the Upper Cumberland ~ Let us know how we can serve you and your family!

I hope to see you at Imagine Foundry very soon!

Dr. Jessa

Mrs. Donna Bonine

Fine Arts Teacher

ELTA Founder & Member

Dr. Jessa Hershner

Maker Lab Lead Teacher

Executive Director

our board members

Dr. Teri Barnett, Board President

Mr. Jim Roman, Board Secretary & Treasurer

Mrs. Esther West, Board Director​

Ms. Emma Brown, Board Director

Dr. Donna Russell, Board Director