The Arts Center Staff

Lauren Brown Shepherd, Executive Director

Lauren has been Executive Director since 2013 after spending her youth as an AACA volunteer and performer. Prior to returning to her hometown to accept this dream job, Lauren worked as an associate communications consultant in New York City. Lauren has an MA in Literary Studies from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a BA in English Writing with a concentration in Applied Music from Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to administrative and other program duties, she is especially involved in performance and theater programming for The Arts Center and is passionate about building AACA’s youth programming.

Lauren’s favorite role is “Momma,” which she’s been since she and PE teacher/baseball coach husband, Chris, welcomed daughter Olivia Sloane in January 2015. The Shepherds enjoy going on adventures with their boxer Gizmo. 

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Leslie Arnold, Marketing & Gallery Coordinator

Leslie is a recent graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan University, where she majored in Communication Studies with a minor in Theatre. She has always been involved with the arts, so it wasn’t long after her transition to Athens that she found The Arts Center. She has been involved as a volunteer since 2016, and has been serving as Marketing and Gallery Coordinator since fall of 2018.

In addition to her work at The Arts Center, Leslie is also a classical dance and drama instructor at ConcordArts studios in Knoxville, and a professional photographer in the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas. Her favorite part of her jobs is spreading a knowledge and appreciation of the arts in her community.

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Jedi Gabel, Operations Coordinator

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G. David Brown, Technical Director

G. David has been involved with Athens Community Theatre since the early 1980s. His involvement at The Arts Center is as thorough as it is varied. He has acted with ACT, as well as directed, produced, and designed and ran lights and sound for ACT and other productions and events at The Arts Center since it’s opening in 2005. He is a volunteer technical director for The Arts Center and by day is a school psychologist, serving the Deputy Director for Meigs County Schools.

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Art Kimball, President

Recently retired from 43 years in banking, Art is a longtime AACA supporter, performer, director, and producer. He managed many AACA productions including Jazzy Little Christmas, Sisters, and the House Blend Series.

Traci McKenzie, Vice President

Mother, professional, volunteer, director and actress, Traci McKenzie is active in many aspects of AACA.

Jim Bagley, Secretary & Treasurer

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Sarah Kennedy, Vice President

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Shelley Griffith, Past President

Retired general practitioner, Shelley is an ACT veteran and regular on the tech crew for ACT productions.

Bob Roseberry, Past President

A founding board member of AACA, Bob Roseberry has been involved in AACA programs for nearly 40 years. He is President/CEO of Financial Guidance Partners, LLC.

Other Board Members

Clarice Baggett, Joshua Bragg, Autumn Lowry Carusillo, Dave Graybeal, Abriel Hardaway, Ron Kyzer, Mia Matias, Katie Sumner, Pam Thigpen, and Ashley Willis

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