Holly J. Alderman, MPA

Holly has been active in arts programs throughout her lifetime. She served on the Athens Public Art Task Force in 2010 to design the public art policy. She also helped develop an inventory of local public art.

Marc Beechuck

Marc is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and University of Georgia with degrees in the field of Urban Planning. He has been an Athenian since 2006 often cooking in local establishments and wandering through our parks with his dogs. Marc believes visual art, performance and discussion are sensible tools for community development, not to mention that we should all lighten up a little bit.

Samanta Carvalho

Samanta works as a Community Development Specialist for the Athens-Clarke County Department of Housing and Community Development where she helps to coordinate services to help the homeless and very poor families in Athens. She has been living in Athens for twenty years and has volunteered for various projects and events in support of local artists, film makers, and musicians.

Joan C. Curtis, EdD

Joan is CEO of Total Communications Coaching and has authored four books related to communication. She has over twenty years’ experience as a communications coach and trainer. She’s an active member of the Georgia Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Center.

Didi Dunphy

Ms. Dunphy received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is an accomplished artist having exhibited at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Design, Atlanta.  Features on Ms. Dunphy’s work have been included in Southern Living, Craft, CMYK as well as reviews in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and more.  Ms. Dunphy’s playful design works of skateboards, see saws, and swings have been featured in Vogue, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest as well as books published by Rizzoli and others.  Ms. Dunphy, formerly a Visiting Professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Arts, UGA, she is now the curator for the Hotel Indigo and Classic Center Galleries here in Athens.

Laura Hoffman

Laura brings to ACAC her experience as an artist (dance, film, theater), producer, fine arts administrator, development officer, dance movement therapist, and graduate of the UGA Landscape Architecture MA program. She’s lived in Athens 14 years; longer than any of her other many locations including NYC, LA, Chicago, Santa Fe, Brattleboro, VT. Her diverse background reveals a dedication to personal and community expression via the arts, and the built environment.

Michael Lachowski

Michael is an artist and photographer in Athens with a BFA in photography from the University of Georgia and is the public relations coordinator at the Georgia Museum of Art. He is a co-founder of the seminal Athens band Pylon, has run a store and ad agency, Candy, and publishes the culture magazine Young, Foxy & Free in Athens, Atlanta and Savannah. He is a member of Southeastern Museums Conference, ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Georgia Museum of Art, and regularly exhibits his art and photography.

Ashley McCormack, Ph.D.

Ashley is a former Fanning Institute Fellow and graduate of the UGA School of Social Work, where she focused on the use of cultural assets in community development. She has lived in Athens since 2006 and has served the community in a number of capacities, including parent volunteer and hospice volunteer.

Leara Rhodes

Dr. Leara Rhodes, journalism professor in the Grady College at UGA, is a writer and editor with two books: Democracy and the Role of the Haitian Media (Mellon Publishers, UK, 2001) and The Ethnic Press: Shaping the American Dream (Lang Publishers, NY, NY, 2010). Her arts participation has included costuming, directing, acting and publicizing  for Town and Gown Players productions. She was the publicist for the Classic City Band and booking agent for Rose of Athens’ Victorian Carolers. She serves on the advisory board of the Steffen Thomas Museum in Buckhead, Georgia.

Lance Wilder, Ph.D.

Lance Wilder is a faculty member in the English Department at the University of Georgia, where his work often involves the intersection of literature and the visual arts. He and his wife have lived in Athens for 17 years and are now introducing their toddler son to all that the community has to offer.

Marilyn Wolf-Ragatz, Ed.D.

Marilyn is an art educator and presently serves as Chair of the ACAC. She was a member of the Athens Public Art Task Force prior to the formation of the Cultural Affairs Commission. Marilyn moved to Athens in 1981 and has since taught in Clarke County, Oconee County, and at the University of Georgia. She has worked through the years in support of various arts organizations.