Glass House Collective (GHC) was founded in 2012 to “bring life back to Glass Street and Glass Street back to life” through artist-led and community involved projects. GHC’s work recognizes and celebrates the distinctiveness of Glass Street’s people, place and culture with the goal to inspire, support and ignite the spark that will bring about positive community change. Glass House Collective works together with residents and partners to make Glass Street and the surrounding community cleaner, safer, and more inviting.
Entrepreneurial and Beta-minded, we gather diverse teams of talent to help revitalize historic Glass Street in East 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.
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.
Tara Poole is the Director of Development & Operations at Glass House Collective. She manages grants and donations for the organization, assists with financial issues, and works to streamline systems and procedures. After spending several years overseas teaching English, Tara returned to Tennessee to pursue her Masters in Business Administration. She worked as a nonprofit consultant before joining GHC and is especially interested in the economic side of community development. Tara enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two little girls, especially in the outdoors.
Whitni began visiting Glass Street as a freelance writer curious about the community and art aspects of Glass House Collective’s work, and officially joined the team in September 2016. Her background is academic, teaching in New York City for four years prior to moving here in 2014, and also working as adjunct writing faculty at SAU; but Whitni has always been fascinated by urbanism, and embraced the busy pace of revitalization work right out of the gate. She is passionate about music, outdoor adventures, yoga, travel, and listening to and telling stories within creative community.
Nicole Nikki Lewis has been serving Glass Street throughout all of 2016, but was officially hired last September as Community Coordinator for Glass House Collective. She has a background in corporate logistics, but feels a strong sense of commitment to connecting residents with resources, serving as a liaison between partners with residents, supporting and mentoring the neighborhood’s young residents, and modeling a sense of openness to new experiences particularly when it comes to the great outdoors.
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 the owner and director of Studio Everything, a work space located on Glass Street. He is an alumni member and former 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.
Teal Thibaud, Founder & Director
Tara Poole, Director of Operations
Nicole Nikki Lewis, Community Coordinator
Whitni McDonald, Communications Coordinator
Buck Gentry, CFO
Peter Murphy, Board Chair
Sarah Robbins, Secretary