Staff

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.  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.

Tamara Cox, Operations Director

Tami was born and raised in Dover-Foxcroft. Though she brought up her 3 children on the “west coast”, (Oxford Hills region), in 2012 she left the grand ole State of Maine to marry her high school sweetheart in Tasmania, Australia. After several years of living down under, they moved back to Dover-Foxcroft.  Tami brings a background in operations management, marketing, and graphic design.  Tami also says she pinches herself each day when she enters Central Hall Commons, confirming how fortunate she is to live and work in the Maine Highlands with so many creative and thoughtful people.
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 has completed a BA in English from Keene State College and an MBA from Husson University. She has spent many years working with parents and children, most recently as a high school science teacher and a grade school substitute teacher. A very large portion of her life has been devoted to raising her own ten children. She lives in Palmyra where she enjoys gardening, reading, and meeting the daily challenges of living in a very old house.
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Wanda has completed a BA in English from Keene State College and an MBA from Husson University. She has spent many years working with parents and children, most recently as a high school science teacher and a grade school substitute teacher. A very large portion of her life has been devoted to raising her own ten children. She lives in Palmyra where she enjoys gardening, reading, and meeting the daily challenges of living in a very old house.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          
Seana Collins, AMERICORPS VISTA

Focused on developing community engagement through programming that serves the population of Piscataquis and parts of Penobscot Counties. 

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.