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Our Team

Our Team


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. Since coming to Tennessee Craft, she has successfully led efforts to create their permanent collection, developed a guest artist demonstration series held at each Fall Craft Fair and is most fully engaged when seeking ways to bring innovative programming to Tennessee Craft’s enduring mission. Although her creative outlets are diverse, she is currently brushing up on her pottery skills and painting.

Shaina Strom, Communications Manager
Shaina Strom has worked for arts and cultural organizations for over a decade as a writer, communications professional and arts advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration and Non-Profit Management from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Hired in September of 2017, Shaina leads communication and marketing initiatives for Tennessee Craft to increase the breadth and depth of resources available to artists and emerging artists.

Kim McCurdy Waag, Membership Manager
Hired in January 2018, Kim McCurdy Waag earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a specialization in Information Technology from the University of South Florida. Her thirty-six 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.

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.











2018 Board Members

Pat Moody (Memphis)

Vice President
Richard Dwyer (Johnson City)

Natalie Cuicchi (Nashville)

Amy Hutton (Nashville)

Past President
Tim Hintz (Smithville)

Members At-Large

  • Sally Bebawy (Nashville)
  • Nick DeFord (Gatlinburg)
  • Maggie Fancier (Nashville)
  • Ginna Foster (Nashville)
  • 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), YLC Board Intern
  • Caitlin Reed (Nashville), YLC Board Intern

Chapter Representatives

  • East: Sarah Glazer (Knoxville)
  • Midstate: Doug Lawrence (Nashville)
  • Northeast: Reneau Dubberley (Johnson City)
  • Plateau: Jessica Hagar (Doyle)
  • South: Nancy Wallace (Winchester)
  • Southeast: Colleen Williams (Chattanooga)
  • Southwest: Pat Chaffee (Memphis)

Tennessee Craft Charter

Minutes from recent board meetings








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