Glass House Collective

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Glass House Collective is…

Entrepreneurial and Beta-minded, we gather diverse teams of talent to help revitalize historic Glass Street in Chattanooga. We see our work through three lenses, that help us prepare for impact: Creative Placemaking projects and programs that help artists and entrepreneurs capture and shape the flavor of the neighborhood; Feet on the Streets getting people out of their cars and into transforming experiences – through creative public events; New Partnerships Using creativity as a resource for renewal to bring people together – those who have never been here before, as well as those who have lived and worked here for years.

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Teal Thibaud

Executive Director

As one of the three original founders of Glass House Collective, Teal is a native of Chattanooga and enjoys yoga, meeting new people, and the outdoors. Previously, Teal was Director of Marketing and Outreach for Glass House Collective before she stepped in the role of Executive Director. She is passionate about connecting people, proving good design makes a difference, and creating lasting relationships with our neighbors.

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Katherine Currin

Founder, Left the organization in the Spring 2013

As one of the three original founders of Glass House Collective, Katherine spent three years as Glass House Collective’s Executive Director leading our programs, staff, fundraising efforts and strategic initiatives. She has a degree in Environmental Policy from the University of the South. She is a native of Birmingham, AL. Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their little baby boy, Sam.

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Rondell Crier

Resident Artist

Rondell moved to Chattanooga from his hometown New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005. He has an extensive background in creative management, artistic production, and community arts. Rondell is an alumni member and current Creative Director of YAYA Inc, a youth arts empowerment organization in New Orleans (over 20 years combined), and continues to develop his creativity and community engagement here in Chattanooga.

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Nori Moss

Good Neighbor Network Coordinator

A native of East Chattanooga Nori knew that she wanted to have a great impact in her city. She’s a graduate from Chattanooga State with emphasis in broadcasting and the University of Phoenix with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She’s currently pursuing her Masters in Administrative Justice and Securities. She’s a radio morning show personality for Power 94.3 WJTT and the traffic reporter for WDEF News 12 “This Morning”. In March of 2011 she founded “Nori Cares” a not-for-profit group that helps the people of Chattanooga give back to each other through a continuous cycle of giving.

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David Barlew

Collaborator: Community Design Architect

David Barlew, a Chattanooga native, earned a Professional Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004. While in college, He studied urban design in Kraków, Poland. Between 2008 and 2010, He transitioned into the leadership position of David Barlew Architects. David served as the lead architect for the Community Design Vision project and is currently the lead architect for the Facade Program.

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Nick Turner

Collaborator: Design Director

Nick is a graphic designer living and working in Chattanooga. He has experience in a variety of environments, ranging from large ad agencies to lean start ups. His belief that good design can impact communities and create change drives his work and lead him to us. In addition to creating design for print and web, Nick likes to draw, cook, and play music.

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Kelly Fitzgerald

Collaborator: Project Coordinator/ Architect

Kelly moved to Chattanooga after graduating from Auburn University. She has a degree in Architecture and loves all things design-related.  Her passions include improving community, collaboration, public interest design and civic engagement.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking for friends and family.

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Shawanna Kendrick (Fall of 2012)

Community Organizer for the District Design Vision

Shawanna led the Community Design Vision process with architect David Barlew. She has eight years of TV news experience under her belt which, in turn, inspired her to become more involved in positive community efforts. She currently works for Orchard Knob Middle School here in East Chattanooga.

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Alexis Willis (2012-2013)

Community Liaison

Alexis Willis is originally from New Orleans and is proud to call Chattanooga home with her beautiful daughter, Riley. She is a graduate from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelors Degree in English. Alexis is Founder of Natural Beautiful Me, a platform to empower women to embrace their natural beauty and value their identity. She is also Co-Founder of BAMM Chattanooga a Business and Management MeetUp that encourages and cultivates success in one another.

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Garth Brown (2011-2012)

GHC Headquarters Architect

As one of the three original founders of Glass House Collective, Garth was the Design/Build Project Coordinator and lead architect on 2523 Glass Street. Previously, Garth was an Outreach Fellow at Auburn University’s Rural Studio, an Intern at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School in Warren, Vermont, and an in-house designer and builder for Sellers & Company Architects. He has a bachelor’s in English from Washington & Lee University and a Masters of Architecture from Clemson University.

Board Members

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Peter Murphy

Peter serves as chairman of the board for Glass House Collective. He is a partner at McCarthy, Murphy & Preslar Law Firm. He is a father to two awesome boys and serves as a board of directors for Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

 

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Aggie Toppins

Aggie is a graphic designer and educator at the  University of Chattanooga.  She is principal of The Official Studio, a design practice that focuses on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive projects for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. She lives at the bottom of a mountain with her husband Jason and their two silly dogs.

 

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Ashley Finch Noojin

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Sarah Robbins

Sarah is a senior planner in the Community Design Group at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency. When she’s not working she is busy serving on the YMCA’s board of directors and continuing her involvement as advisor for Kappa Delta Sorority. Sarah is a recent mom to a beautiful little boy and we couldn’t be more excited for her!

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Lillie Wills

Lillie Wills is a consummate community volunteer since retirement from BellSouth in 2006.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the following organizations:  Causeway, Glass House Collective, The Hunter Museum, The Women’s Fund and Chattanooga State’s Global Scholars. Lillie has two wonderful children, Parquina and Zeffon, and three amazingly talented grandchildren, Zaige, Kingson and Ivory.

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Lauren Lowery

We worked with Lauren while she worked for the Neighborhood and Community Development office for the City of Chattanooga. Recently, Lauren moved to Norfolk, Virginia and is working in their city hall as the Management Analyst at Office of Budget and Strategic Planning.