TAC’s governing body is a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the Membership.
Director– Diane Gawrys
Diane comes to the Tullahoma Art Center with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena and has a rich history in the business world as well. Diane is currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga to obtain her master degree in Business. She is sure to provide the Center with remarkable guidance and success.
“We are grateful that the Tullahoma Art Center’s director comes from within; we’ve appreciated her stability, professionalism and while she served as a board member,” We know Diane Gawrys to be strategic and proactive with community leaders and are confident the Center’s services and programs will continue to be a tremendous success under her leadership.
Diane is a dedicated wife, mother of two teenage boys and community activist. She has been recognized with several awards for her volunteer work with children. With the help of her retired military husband, Diane also finds time to enjoy her varied crafts from jewelry making to the culinary arts. We are so fortunate to have Diane share her talents, expertise and passion with the Tullahoma Art Center.
President — Aaron Carmack (2015-2018)
Aaron is financial advisor for Edward Jones, he believe it’s important to invest ones time to understand what their working toward before invest any money. Aaron attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. His wife, Michelle, and have one son, Andrew, and they have lived in Tullahoma since July 2014. Prior to joining Edward Jones, he was a loan officer and an FHA underwriter. He came to Edward Jones in 2013 so he could help individuals work toward and reach their financial goals. He has been an asset to the Tullahoma Art Center by bring financial guidance.
Vice President — Beth Thames (2017-2020)
Beth is a Tullahoma native that moved back to the area in 2015 previous to the birth of her and her husband Dustin’s second child. She is a Cosmetologist and Studio Potter that owns two businesses: The Beauty Shop at Brookdale Tullahoma and Sweet Branch Clay. Beth has studied ceramics for many years and attended the Appalachian Center for Crafts and holds a Master Stylist and Colorist Certification as a Cosmetologist. She sits on multiple committees and is a board member and the Historian at TAC.
Secretary –Michelle Carmack (2016-2019)
Michelle Carmack is the Executive Director at Partners for Healing. Prior to joining Partners for Healing, Michelle worked in education for 8 years in several districts including Knox, Blount, Tullahoma and Bedford. She also worked one year with the Tennessee Department of Education as an Academic Consultant for the South Central Region. Michelle received her BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, as well as her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Michelle and her husband Aaron, who is a local Edward Jones representative, are the proud parents of one son Andrew and are members of First United Methodist Church.
Board Member— Rupa Blackwell (2017-2020)
Seasoned event producer and non-profit fundraiser
Board Member- Jaclyn Parks (2017- 2020)
Mrs. Jaclyn Parks, the spouse of SSG Brandon Parks, has worn many hats and accomplished many goals within her time working as a volunteer within the Tennessee National Guard. While it is hard to fully communicate the passion she has for helping “her guys”, it is evident in the sum of her work how important each and every service member is to her and how much she wants to be able to help them in each and anyway possible.
Mrs. Parks started in her husband’s armory as a Family Readiness Group Leader. The unit had not had an active FRG program in many years and in 2011, Mrs. Parks set about the task of starting a group from scratch, setting the FRG SOP for the unit in place, and finding her fellow officers and contacting family members to get them involved. While FRG Leader she successfully planned and executed many family functions and celebrations and was so involved with the unit, she could not only name the soldier but his wife and children’s names. Mrs. Parks was in fact so good in her role as an FRG Leader that in 2012, she was asked to join Family Programs on a state level becoming a Regional Volunteer Coordinator. In 2014, Mrs. Parks stepped away from Family Programs to make a greater impact on her state and its service members. She was elected to the position of Tennessee State Auxiliary President by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Tennessee Auxiliary. Due to her tremendous fundraising efforts and sound leadership, the Auxiliary is once again able to distribute its scholarship fund, The Katrina Tubbs Grimes scholarship to the children of enlisted soldiers and airmen in the state of Tennessee.
Outside of her position as State Auxiliary President, Mrs. Parks stays active in other military events within the state- by organizing of the state Enlisted Conferences for the past 4 years and most recently, assisting in the planning and coordination for 22 for the 22 Suicide Awareness Run- April 2016 A TRP RES/278TH ACR.
In her personal life, Mrs. Parks is an accomplished hair colorist working in a Joico Color salon and with Joico Color Education. She also runs her own online boutique store, Southern Clover Exchange, and is an avid photographer currently completing her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Digital Photography with a concentration in Arts Management.
2018-2021- Treasure: Connie Dotson
Board member position open– 2018-2021