Staff & Board

Jessica Evans
Executive Director 
jessica.evans [at] artisancenter.net

As Executive Director, Jessica provides administrative leadership for the Center including marketing, program development, and strengthening relationships with artists.  She works closely with artists and community partners to market the Center and its programming, curate exhibits for the gallery and museum, and plan arts-focused events.

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Jessica, a Boyd County, KY-native, earned her BFA in Ceramics from East Tennessee State University in 2006. Throughout her career, Jessica has held positions at ETSU’s Reece Museum and Slocumb Galleries and worked as Marketing and Exhibits Manager for the ETSU Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site. Five years and nearly fifty exhibits later, she took time off to spend with her growing family. Prior to joining the staff at the AAC, she taught clay classes and hosted events at Jonesborough, TN’s McKinney Art Center.

Chris Boyd
Director of Fundraising and Development
chris.boyd [at] artisancenter.net

As Director of Fundraising and Development, Chris advances and promotes Appalachian culture and traditions by building relationships with people and regional entities in an effort to develop the Creative Industry in Eastern Kentucky.

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Chris, a Knott county native, received a Communication Degree from UVA Wise in Virginia.  It was there that she developed her love for Appalachian culture.  Chris served on the Artisan Center’s Board of Directors for 3 years, prior to being selected for this role.  She currently serves as Chamber of Commerce President in Knott County.  

Thelma Hall
Gallery Manager
thelma.hall [at] artisancenter.net

As the Gallery Manager, Thelma is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the gallery including procuring and displaying art, maintaining inventory, and interacting with the thousands of guests that visit the Center each year.

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A lifelong resident of Knott County, KY, Thelma has years of experience interacting with the public and managing a retail environment. Before joining the staff at the Center in 2013, Thelma was a homemaker.

Doug Naselroad
Master Artist-In-Residence
info [at] artisancenter.net

As the Master Artist-in-Residence, Doug oversees all aspects of the Center’s luthiery (stringed instrument) program. Additionally, he hosts our monthly radio show, the Knott Downtown Radio Hour.

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Doug’s extensive experience in design and production of stringed musical instruments includes Lead Setup at Collings Guitars in Austin, TX.  He learned many of his techniques from Homer Ledford, the famous dulcimer maker. Doug is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.  In his role as MAR in Hindman, he founded the Luthiery Shop in AAC’s wood studio.


Board of Directors

The Appalachian Artisan Center is governed by a volunteer board of directors with strong ties to the community and the arts.

Bill Weinberg, Chair
Clean Gas
Stephanie Damron, Vice Chair
Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Mary Reed, Secretary
Appalachian Crafts

Sonya Bergman
Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Michael Flynn
Kentucky School of Craft, HCTC
Lacy Hale
Appalachian Media Institute, Art by Lacy Hale
Doug Jones
Jones Insurance Agency
Dr. Jennifer Lindon
Hazard Comm. & Technical College
Jacob Mack-Boll
Hindman Settlement School 
Tracy Niece
City of Hindman Mayor
Fran Redmon
Redmon2 Marketing + Design
Jerry Slone
Alice Lloyd College
Bryan Swafford
Hazard Comm. & Technical College
Zach Weinberg
Knott County Judge/Executive
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