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 the establishment of a $100,000 pass-thru grant program funded by the City of Huntsville, the creation of the SPACES Sculpture Trail across Madison County, and the 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 graduated from 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.
Cat Turner, Events Manager
Cathy “Cat” Turner joined Arts Huntsville in November 2018. She relocated from Arizona, working 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. Ashley’s most notable achievement 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 daughter’s elementary school. When she isn’t recruiting volunteers or championing 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!
Patrice Johnson, Arts Equity and Marketing Manager
Patrice joined the Arts Huntsville team in December 2019. She holds a Bachelor 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 an additional ten years of experience in business relations, communications, social media management, public affairs, business management, project management, photography, digital and traditional advertising, branding, messaging development, and event coordination.
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Danielle Hart, Development and Media Relations Manager
Danielle joined Arts Huntsville in February of 2021. The Huntsville native is thrilled to be back home once again and now serving the (amazing!) local art community as Arts Huntsville’s Development & Media Relations Manager.
For the past seven years, the two-time children’s book author has been an independent communications specialist focusing on public relations, marketing, and business development for authors, artists, and tech – she briefly jumped sides and joined the media as a news journalist. Before that, she has ten years of corporate experience in retail merchandise planning & allocation and photographic management.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in fashion merchandising and apparel design from Georgia Southern University and has continued her learning through graduate-level courses in technical communication from UAH.
Danielle is uber excited to have joined the Arts Huntsville team and is contemplating hanging her 3rd and 7th-grade Panoply-showcased art in her office. Her two kiddos, Kylie Laine and Kolton cheer on this effort!
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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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Jennifer Johnson, Public Art Program Manager
Jennifer Johnson joined Arts Huntsville in February 2022 as the area’s first Public Art Program Manager. An artist in her own right, Jennifer has over 20 years of professional experience as a graphic designer and has personally worked in other media, including painting, illustration, indoor mural work, painted objects, tech theatre, and a variety of other artistic experimentations.
Jennifer began her study of fine art at UCLA and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of West Alabama.
While originally from southern California, Jennifer has resided in Huntsville since 2007. Since relocating, she has actively served in the local nonprofit and arts community in a variety of capacities, both professionally and as a volunteer. She is thrilled for the opportunity to serve artists and the public through the management of Huntsville’s public art program.
You can contact Jennifer at JJohnson@artshuntsville.org.
Camille Sommer, Business Manager
Camille Sommer joined the Arts Huntsville team in March 2022. She is a Huntsville native who, after living in Atlanta and Phoenix for many years, returned to Huntsville with her husband and daughters. She has a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and an MBA from Arizona State University. Camille has worked in accounting and data analysis for much of her career but counts her years as a stay-at-home mom as the most rewarding job ever.
During that time, she volunteered as a peer counselor with La Leche League International and created a homeschool preschool program with several friends. In Huntsville, she’s been privileged to work at the Huntsville Public Library, Huntsville Museum of Art, and Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. Outside work, she enjoys sewing bespoke clothing and quilts. A true art enthusiast, she decorates her home with paintings, drawings, and LEGO structures created by her daughters, and she visits art museums anytime she travels out of town.
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