Founder of CA Youth in Theatre, Gai Jones has been installed into the following Halls of Fame: Outstanding Arts Educator for Orange County; CETA Outstanding Educator; CA State Thespians; EdTA Hall of Fame, CA; has been granted a Theatre In Our Schools Award with AATE; PTSA Service Award; she is a member of DAR, Zeta Phi Eta, AATE, EdTA. While teaching eighth grade speech/drama in Fullerton, Calif., she completed a master’s in theatre as the first woman to receive the degree at CA State University, Fullerton in 1968. She taught theatre at El Dorado High School, Placentia, Calif., for 34 years. Upon retirement, the Black Box Theater was named The Gai Jones Theater. Gai lives with husband Dr. Wendell Jones in Ojai, Calif., and is supportive of daughters Marcie Jones, elementary educator; Karyn Carney, educator; son-in-law Michael, who recently returned from service in Iraq, and grandson Laith.