Arts Huntsville Staff

Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director

Allison Dillon-Jauken joined Arts Huntsville in June 2009 as Executive Director, where she oversees its four core program areas: arts community promotion and support, arts education, public art and community events. Key accomplishments during her tenure include establishment of a $100,000 pass-thru grant program funded by the City of Huntsville, creation of the SPACES Sculpture Trail across Madison County and development of a Public Art Master Plan for the City of Huntsville. From 1999 – 2009, Allison served as Managing Director of Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT). During her tenure at NCT, she expanded the Theatre’s family programming and completed a $6.7 million capital campaign to expand and renovate the Children’s Theatre’s facility. Before joining Nashville Children’s Theatre, Dillon-Jauken was Associate Director of Development for The New 42nd Street – the New York City non-profit organization charged with the redevelopment of 42nd Street’s historic theatres. ‘

Allison serves on Alabama’s Arts Education Leadership Team and supported the development of Alabama’s Plan for Arts Education and the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium. She also serves as Board Secretary for the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County and Leadership Nashville. In 2015, she was named one of the “Women Who Shape the State” by and received the “Community Ally” Red Ribbon Award from the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association. Allison received an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a BA in Drama from Stanford University.


Teresa Miller, Business Manager

Teresa joined Arts Huntsville in February 2008, bringing over twenty years of accounting and financial management experience to Arts Huntsville’s operations. As Business Manager, she is responsible for Arts Huntsville’s day-to-day financial activities, and she oversees Panoply budgeting as well as financial management during the festival. Before serving as Arts Huntsville’s Business Manager, Teresa held the position of Controller/Accounting Manager for The Girl Scouts of North Alabama, and her past work as a controller extends to a number of manufacturing corporations including Floral Design, Inc., Quadrum Telecommuni-cations, Inc., and Palco Telecom, Inc. Teresa earned a BS degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Downtown Merchants Association in her hometown of Arab, Alabama.


Cat Turner, Events Manager

Cathy “Cat” Turner joined Arts Huntsville in November 2018. She recently relocated from Arizona where she worked for Scottsdale Arts as their Events and Corporate Relations Manager. Cat has over 20 years of experience in the event business having worked in the entertainment industry with corporate and touring music for TBA Global and Clear Channel. Cat has a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird. She is thrilled to be able to join the Arts Huntsville Team and work on events with such great history and community support.

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Ashley Hudson, Community Engagement Manager

Ashley joined Arts Huntsville in January of 2017. She is a Huntsville native who enjoyed Panoply at a very young age. Without hesitation, she jumped at the opportunity to become Arts Huntsville’s Community Outreach Manager and currently coordinates interactives and volunteers for the organization.

Ashley holds a BS in Psychology from UAB and has over 15 years of nonprofit and sales experience. One of Ashley’s most notable achievements was organizing one of the first fundraising events to net over $100,000 in her region at the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Ashley’s passion for the arts extends to her home front, and she even founded and chaired an after school arts program at her daughters’ elementary school. When she isn’t recruiting volunteers or championing for the arts, she’s keeping busy with her husband Scott and two daughters, Kate & Harper!

If you’ve never volunteered before or if you’re interested in investing time into our great community, please consider Panoply! With more than 1,500 volunteers annually, it’s a unique experience that keeps driving back volunteers of all ages year after year. Email Ashley at to get involved!

Patrice Johnson, Marketing & Communications Manager

Patrice Johnson joined the Arts Huntsville team in December 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Business Administration with minors in Marketing and Public Relations. She also has her Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from West Virginia University with concentrations in Business Administration and Public Affairs. She is a marketing and public relations professional with more than ten years’ experience in business relations, communications, social media management, public affairs, business management, project management, photography, event coordination, and finance.

Patrice is a military spouse and credits embracing her everchanging life and environment to she and her family enjoying the world and all it has to offer.

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Julie Hornstein, Special Projects Associate

Julie Hornstein brings more than forty years of experience in non-profit arts management to her position as Special Projects Manager. She has worked with arts councils, symphonies, art galleries, historical museums, operas, arts advocacy organizations, arts education associations and theater companies in positions ranging from volunteer to Executive Director in six states. She has been on the board and served as President of both local and statewide arts organizations and helped arrange statewide and regional conferences. In addition to her current position at Arts Huntsville, she is Executive Director of the statewide Alabama Orchestra Association and serves as Costumer for Independent Musical Productions.

Karen Anderson, North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative Director

Karen Anderson has over 30 years of teaching experience at all levels.  She recently retired from Huntsville City Schools where she was the choral director at Huntsville Middle School and Huntsville Junior High for nineteen years. She also served as president of the Huntsville City Schools’ Choral Directors Association and was the coordinator of choral activities for Huntsville City Schools.

Mrs. Anderson graduated from Murry State University with degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance.  She received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. She is a past member of AMEA, AVA, and ACDA professional organizations.  Her husband, Tim, is a software architect with Siemens.  She has two daughters.  Lauren teaches math at Fairhope High School, and Amanda is pursuing a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy at Belmont University in Nashville.

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