The Arts Center Staff
Lauren ShepherdExecutive 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
Jennifer E NunleyProgram 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
Lindsey KimballAdministrative 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
G. David BrownTechnical Director
Board of Directors
Jerry HagamanPast President
Jerry is an art professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College, and member of the Visual Arts Committee of AACA. He is the resident artist and framer, as well as owner of Athens Art & Frame
Joe is the Information Technologies Manager at Citizens National Bank. He’s also the bassist for local band, September Song.
Shelley GriffithVice President
Local newspaper contributor and general practitioner, Shelley is an ACT veteran and regular on the tech crew for ACT productions.
Mother, professional, volunteer, director and actress, Traci McKenzie is active in many aspects of AACA.
Matt is an Investment Representative at Athens Federal and often lends his singing and drumming skills to events and musicals at The Arts Center
Debbie MayfieldAuxiliary President
Debbie is one of the longest standing board members of AACA, and is vital to the Auxiliary Committee.
Lauterbach, Mary Dale