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 AL.com 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.
Carrie Marchese, Development Manager
Carrie Marchese arrived at Arts Huntsville in March of 2016 with over a decade of experience as a television news anchor and investigative reporter. She’s now using many of the skills she developed in her prior career—building relationships, exploring leads, and community outreach—in her current role as Arts Huntsville’s development manager.
Carrie holds a BA from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Arizona. She’s reported, anchored, and produced for TV stations in Northern California, Arizona, and, most recently, Huntsville at WHNT News-19. Along the way, her work has been recognized with a regional EMMY, an Edward R. Murrow award, and dozens of Associated Press awards. But Carrie’s proudest accomplishment by far has been marrying a meteorologist from Oklahoma and having two beautiful boys, Branson & Bennett.
This West-Coast transplant is truly amazed at the critical role the arts have played in making Huntsville a vibrant destination spot and a proud place to call home. She knows if there was ever a time to support the arts and the fast changing landscape of our community, now is it!
If you are interested in supporting Arts Huntsville or becoming a sponsor, please contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 AHudson@ArtsHuntsville.org to get involved!
Alex Abel-Boozer, Visual and Public Art Project Manager
Alex joined Arts Huntsville in 2016. Prior to moving to Huntsville, Alex was a gallery consultant at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Birmingham, where he assisted in curating exhibitions, managing the collection, and brokering art sales.
Alex came to Huntsville by way of Birmingham, where he pursued his BFA in Studio Art from Birmingham-Southern College. At BSC, he was assistant to artist Jim Neil as a Distinguished Research Fellow and assisted in installing and managing gallery exhibitions. He also travelled throughout Europe studying contemporary, modern, and ancient Roman art, and continues to have a passion for the preservation, presentation, and production of art and culture.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Arts Huntsville, please email Alexander@artshuntsville.org
Crystal Renz, Communications Associate
Crystal came to Arts Huntsville in January 2019, and she brings a lifetime of love for the arts and over 10 years of arts, marketing and non-profit experience. Crystal has worked in a variety of organizations and locations including the Arts Center of Old Forge (NY), Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art (Sedona, AZ), the Bezos Family Foundation (Seattle, WA), and the Walt Disney Company. As Communications Associate, she is responsible primarily for all of Arts Huntsville’s social media channels, newsletters, website and app updates.
Crystal earned her degree in Marketing and Art History in 2008 from the University of North Alabama in Florence. She has been active in community theatre since childhood and is an avid painter, budding chef, and macrame enthusiast.
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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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