Staff

Teri Alea, Executive Director
Hired in May 2011, Teri comes to Tennessee Craft with ten years experience at Metro Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC), 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 MNAC, Teri managed workshops, forums, and online content including MNAC’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 BA degree from Belmont University’s Honors Program in Studio Art and Organizational Development, with MBA coursework during graduate assistantship at Belmont.

Hannah Cofer, Program Director
Hired in March 2006, Hannah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in ceramics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration specializing in non-profit management from Lipscomb University. With a background in non-profit management, Hannah has been instrumental in facilitating many changes to Tennessee Craft during her long tenure, including a focus on strategic planning, culture change and championing innovative endeavors, including the latest exploration of a social enterprise start-up.

Angela Wiggins, Communications Manager
Hired in July 2015, Angela has a Master of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Auburn University. She has 15 years experience leading national award-winning marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands and nonprofits across diverse industries. Angela taught professional practices at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta and was the co-founder of Betsywhite Stationery. She brings knowledge and experience in branding, strategy, marketing, event management, nonprofit management, social media and arts education to the organization and is excited to be part of Tennessee Craft’s future development. She is also a certified executive coach and works with the Nelson Andrews Leadership Center and Vanderbilt’s Strategy and Innovation Office to produce DesignShops.

Jessica Jain, Membership Manager
Hired in October 2016, Jessica has a Master of Arts in Folklore with a concentration in Public Practice from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Her graduate studies focused on museums and material culture, particularly traditional folk arts in contemporary markets. A henna (mehandi) artist herself, Jessica researched henna artistry in northern India for her Master’s thesis. She has assisted with collections research and educational programming at museums in Nashville and Washington, D.C. Before relocating to Nashville in 2016, Jessica worked in nonprofit association membership, database, and event management in Washington, D.C.

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.

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2017 Board Members

President
Pat Moody (Memphis)

Vice-Presidents
Richard Dwyer (Johnson City)

Secretary
Natalie Cuicchi (Nashville)

Treasurer
Morganne Keel (Lebanon)

Past President
Tim Hintz (Smithville)

Members At-Large

  • Sally Bebawy (Nashville)
  • Nick DeFord (Gatlinburg)
  • Eve Hutcherson (Nashville)
  • Michele Lambert (Nashville)
  • Danielle McDaniel (Nashville)
  • Linda Nutt (Kingston Springs)
  • David Stempel (Nashville)
  • Kim Winkle (Smithville)
  • Cara Young (Nashville)
  • Rose Fang (Nashville), Board Intern

Chapter Representatives

  • East: Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig (Rockford)
  • Midstate: Doug Lawrence (Nashville)
  • Northeast: Reneau Dubberley (Johnson City)
  • Plateau: Joe Lentini (Sparta)
  • South: Nancy Wallace (Winchester)
  • Southeast: Colleen Williams (Chattanooga)
  • Southwest: Pat Chaffee (Memphis)

Minutes from recent board meetings

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