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The Arts Center Staff

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Lauren 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. Contact Lauren

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Jennifer E Nunley
Program Manager

Jennifer has been managing AACA programming since January 2014. She’s been a singer and performer longer than she can remember. At the tender age of eight, she decided music was going to be her life, and even though it took over 20 years to get there, she’s a local voice teacher, singer, and choir director. She has a BA in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Lee University. When she’s not curating an upcoming exhibit or designing logos for the next show, Jen spends her time “making things happen” with planning, marketing, and execution of AACA programs. Her husband, Brad, and two “kids” Max (pictured above) and Twink help her keep track of the many hats she wears. Contact Jennifer

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Lindsey Kimball
Administrative Coordinator

Lindsey has a long history of support and volunteerism for the arts in our community. She is the Lighting Director for the Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theatre, and has been involved in some way in almost all of the programs at The Arts Center. She brings this love of the arts and mission of The Arts Center to her work as administrative coordinator. Lindsey calls this “a dream job” because she gets to work with friends and family in a place that values the arts as much as she does. When she’s not working or volunteering at The Arts Center, she enjoys making music with her husband, Andrew Kimball, and singing to her new daughter, Taylor Rae. Contact Lindsey


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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. Contact G. David Brown

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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Joe Littleton
Past President

Joe is the Information Security Officer at SouthEast Bank. He’s also the bassist for local band, September Song.

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Shelley Griffith
President

Local newspaper contributor and retired general practitioner, Shelley is an ACT veteran and regular on the tech crew for ACT productions. 

 
Art Kimball
Vice President, Performance

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 House Blend Series


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Traci McKenzie
Vice President Engagement

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

 
Bobby Roseberry
Vice President, Membership

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Sarah Kennedy
Secretary/Treasurer


Board Members


Berry, Jonathan
Bragg, Joshua
Carideo, Melonie
Carusillo, Autumn
Mayfield, Scottie
Royal, Lori
Thigpen, Pam