Jackie Clay, Executive Director, is a writer and curator. A graduate from California College of the Arts with dual-interdisciplinary degrees, her intellectual practice centers on black visual culture. An Alabama native, she believes art and art institutions should service their publics and organizations should encourage or sustain collective community health. She continues the Coleman Center’s rigorous program of artist-driven, collaborative public works and structural experimentation. To that end, reach out and join in.

Carey Fountain, Programs Manager, is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician, ARTrepreneur, and father. At age 11, he began writing songs and composing music; this practice led him to visual art and to study at the University of Alabama. He is passionate about art and its unique ability to challenge human perspectives and inspire change to propel society forward

Lovell Johnson, Facilities Manager, is a native of York, Alabama. He has been active in helping the community all his life, credits his parents with instilling in him a positive outlook, and stays active in his church. He is the Chairman of the Board of Deacons and the Superintendent of Sunday School at the Eastern Star Baptist Church in York. He enjoys working at the Coleman Center where he keeps the many properties in constant check.

Catherine Shelton, One Mile Garden Program Director,  was born in Eutaw, Alabama where she was raised on rural cattle farm. She learned about growing vegetables and raising chickens, hogs, cattle, and turkeys. In elementary school she belonged to the Future Farmers/Future Homemakers of America where she learned the fundamentals of cooking. Her interest in food and cooking – particularly in culinary and practical uses of herbs – has developed throughout her life. She has worked at the Federation of Southern Land Cooperatives in numerous capacities. In addition to her work at the Coleman Center, she currently maintains her own organic gardens in Livingston, Alabama, and provides food to area residents.

Audra Tignor, Operations Director, is a native of Shelbyville, KY., lives in Livingston, AL and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She is active in the Black Belt community and in her church. In addition to her work at the Coleman Center, she teaches Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Tignor brings positivity, creative problem solving, and innovative ideas to her role at the Coleman Center.

Shana Berger, Co-Director Emeritus
Nathan Purath, Co-Director Emeritus

Board of Directors

Kanita Sturdivant, Chair
Eddie  Griffith, President
Tommie Armistead, Vice-Chair
Glenda James, Secretary
Gayle Green, Treasurer
Stanley Baskin
April Caddell
Steffani Clemons
Monique Davis
Kitsy Dixon
Suzanne McGahey
Joseph Tolbert