Tara Smith, Executive Director
Tara lives in Dover-Foxcroft with her son, daughter, cat and fish. She is inspired by the human capacity to care for one another authentically, and connect creatively. Tara believes that sharing resources, interacting with our environment and caring for each other is the heart of our existence. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1997 from the University of Delaware. Tara is grateful today to be integrating her interests and passion through living and working in the Maine Highlands region.


Allison Smith Arts Director –  Maine Highlands Council for the Arts

Allison Aldrich Smith has been a singer and musician all her life. She studied music at Boston University College of Fine Arts and taught music in public schools for 25 years. She brings creativity, broad cultural insights, and organizational skills to Central Hall Commons.






Hunt Smith, Maine Highlands Council for the Arts

Hunt is a life-long folk and blues musician playing fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin. For fifteen years Hunt taught and played at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. He brings his broad-ranging background in many facets of the arts to the Central Hall Commons Maine Highlands Council on the Arts. Hunt is also a noted maritime artist.


Wanda LeBrecque, Maine Highlands Working Communities Challenge Coordinator








Seana is in her second year of VISTA service for Central Hall Commons. Focused on developing community engagement through programming that serves the population of Piscataquis and parts of Penobscot Counties. Increasing sustainability of Central Hall Commons by raising awareness and developing programming that serves to bridge the gap between generations in the region. Her passion is in supporting the development of peer to peer recovery, sobriety and education in the region.

Seana joins us from Detroit, Michigan with a background in Public Relations and Entertainment Business. She and her husband settled in Central Maine with their two cats and look forward to being a part of the community. 

Jonny Craik, Custodian & Maintenance extraordinaire

Originally from Rhode Island, Jonny moved to Maine to be closer to family and enjoy the natural splendors of the great outdoors hiking and kayaking. He enjoys making Central Hall Commons a clean and safe place for all to enjoy.