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Teri Alea, Executive Director

Hired in May 2011, Teri comes to Tennessee Craft with 10 years experience at Metro Nashville Arts Commission, more than seven years in book retail management with national chains, and three plus years in research analysis at Borders Group national returns center, plus abilities from various business positions in the creative fields, including gallery work, photography studio management, and production support at a small art agency. At Metro Arts, Teri managed workshops, forums, and online content including Metro Art’s artist registry, directory of arts organizations and other online resources; conducted grants management (over $2M annual budget); then public art project management (and managed over $10M public art fund), plus oversight of the agency’s procurement, finances and research projects throughout her tenure. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Belmont University’s Honors Program in Studio Art and Organizational Development, with MBA coursework during a graduate assistantship at Belmont (Nashville).

Bonnie Bogen, Membership Manager

Hired in October 2018, Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in History from New York University, where she worked for a decade in resource planning administration for Tisch School of the Arts. Since returning to Tennessee to raise her children, she has actively volunteered for 10 years at the Frist Art Museum, with special emphasis on programs to sustain membership, integrate the arts, and increase the participation of underrepresented populations. She is also an advocate for families and children in East Nashville, founding the MOMS Club of East Nashville, doubling fundraising revenues at Lockeland Elementary School through the creation of annual fund and corporate sponsorship campaigns, and coordinating literacy program administration and fundraising at East Nashville Hope Exchange. She is currently a founding member and the financial officer of a new Anglican church in East Nashville.

Kim McCurdy Waag, Program Manager

Hired in January 2018, Kim earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a specialization in Information Technology from the University of South Florida (Tampa). Her 36-year career brings both corporate experience and non-profit expertise to all aspects of Tennessee Craft. In addition, she is a champion for persons with disabilities and has advocated on state and local levels for accessibility and diversity in the arts for persons of all abilities in all aspects of arts advancement and engagement. Before relocating permanently to Nashville, Kim provided years of volunteer support to Tennessee Craft.

Julia Canada Wilburn, Communications Manager

Hired in March 2018, Julia leads communication and marketing initiatives for Tennessee Craft to increase the breadth and depth of resources available to artists and emerging artists. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lambuth University (Jackson, TN) and a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University (Nashville). A communications professional for more than 12 years and most recently a writing instructor for three local universities, Julia comes to Tennessee Craft with a broad range of experience in non-profit marketing, writing, and website and social media management.

 


<strong>Front Row</strong>: Elise Reecer (Attorney, Bradley LLP), Reneau Dubberley (Retired, Engineer; Wood Artist), Sally Bebawy (Research Programs Manager, Neurology Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Photographer), Teri Alea, Tennessee Craft Executive Director <strong>Second Row</strong>: Jessica Hagar (Fiber/Textile Artist, Arts Educator), Kim Winkle (Director, School of Art, Craft and Design, Tennessee Tech University; Wood Artist), Linda Nutt (Retired, Ph.D. Social Work &amp; Special Education), Danielle McDaniel (Owner, The Clay Lady's Campus; Clay Artist) <strong>Third Row</strong>: Pat Chaffee (Retired, FedEx; Jeweler), Wisty Pender (State Director, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development) <strong>Fourth Row</strong>: Amy Hutton (CPA, Pinnacle Financial Partners; Fiber/Textile Artist), Cara Young (Animax Designs; Arts Educator; Fiber/Textile Artist), Nancy Wallace (Retired, Educator; Books/Paper Artist) <strong>Back Row</strong>: Natalie Cuicchi (IT Manager, HCA Healthcare), Maggie Fansher (Director of Community Education, Watkins College of Art), Lindsay Walker (Jeweler), Nick DeFord (Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts), Synthia Clark (Photographer) <strong>Not Pictured</strong>: Dana Blickwedel (Retired, UBS), Pat Moody (Retired, Small Business Owner &amp; Metal Artist)

Front Row: Elise Reecer (Attorney, Bradley LLP), Reneau Dubberley (Retired, Engineer; Wood Artist), Sally Bebawy (Research Programs Manager, Neurology Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Photographer), Teri Alea, Tennessee Craft Executive Director Second Row: Jessica Hagar (Fiber/Textile Artist, Arts Educator), Kim Winkle (Director, School of Art, Craft and Design, Tennessee Tech University; Wood Artist), Linda Nutt (Retired, Ph.D. Social Work & Special Education), Danielle McDaniel (Owner, The Clay Lady’s Campus; Clay Artist) Third Row: Pat Chaffee (Retired, FedEx; Jeweler), Wisty Pender (State Director, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development) Fourth Row: Amy Hutton (CPA, Pinnacle Financial Partners; Fiber/Textile Artist), Cara Young (Animax Designs; Arts Educator; Fiber/Textile Artist), Nancy Wallace (Retired, Educator; Books/Paper Artist) Back Row: Natalie Cuicchi (IT Manager, HCA Healthcare), Maggie Fansher (Director of Community Education, Watkins College of Art), Lindsay Walker (Jeweler), Nick DeFord (Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts), Synthia Clark (Photographer) Not Pictured: Dana Blickwedel (Retired, UBS), Pat Moody (Retired, Small Business Owner & Metal Artist)

 

Governing Board

We thank our Board for their dedication and leadership. As a member-driven organization, we elect our Officers and Members-at-Large with approval from our membership. Chapter representatives are elected by the members of each respective chapter.

2019 Board Members

President
Linda Nutt (Kingston Springs)

Vice President
Dana Blickwedel (Nashville)

Secretary
Sally Bebawy (Nashville)

Treasurer
Amy Hutton (Nashville)

Past President
Pat Moody (Memphis)

Members At-Large

  • Natalie Cuicchi (Nashville)
  • Nick DeFord (Gatlinburg)
  • Maggie Fansher (Nashville)
  • Danielle McDaniel (Nashville)
  • Wisty Pender (Nashville)
  • Elise Reecer (Nashville)
  • Kim Winkle (Smithville)
  • Cara Young (Nashville)

Chapter Representatives

  • East: Synthia Clark (Knoxville)
  • Midstate: Lindsay Walker (Nashville)
  • Northeast: Reneau Dubberley (Johnson City)
  • Plateau: Jessica Hagar (Doyle)
  • South: Nancy Wallace (Winchester)
  • Southwest: Pat Chaffee (Memphis)

2019 Advisory Council

  • Kim Brooks
  • Paulette Coleman
  • Donna Glassford
  • Diane Hayes
  • Jim Hoobler
  • Jane Ann McCullough
  • Alice Merritt
  • Bill & April Mullins
  • Mary Schatz
  • Alf Sharp
  • Steve Sirls
  • Cathy Snyder
  • Laura Turner

Tennessee Craft Charter

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