Board and Staff

TACA Board & Staff

TACA’s activities and business are managed by the Board of Directors, which is comprised of passionate arts patrons and supporters. The Board of Directors meets six times annually to receive reports from working committees and to attend to other matters of governance.

Board of Directors


Board Chair

Tara Lewis

Immediate Past Chair
Michelle Thomas

Vice Chair, Development
Meredith Camp

Vice Chair, Grants
Jim Nugent

Board Vice Chair
Wanda Gierhart- Fearing

Cheryl Alston

Nominating & Cultivation
Michael Meadows

Purvi Patel Albers

The Carlson Foundation President & Executive Director
Terry D. Loftis

Chairmen Emeriti
Jane C. Dunne
Ed Fjordbak
Linda H. Gibbons

Tracey Barclay
Nancy Carlson
Milene Carvalho
Michael Dalton
Barbara Daseke
Alan Dorantes
Lauren Embrey
Tracy Fitz
Shane Hendricks
Kim Hext
Gus Hinojosa
Dresden Huston
Tierney Kaufman Hutchins
Caroline Kohl
Debbie Lively
Carol March
Sandra Moon
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Katie Robbins
Jill Tananbaum
Regina Taylor
Zannie Voss
Yvette Wheeler
Donna Wilhelm
Dawn Wright


Terry D. Loftis
Carlson President & Executive Director


Julie Bice
Senior Development Manager

214.520.3930 x103

Lani Burgar
Director of Finance & Administration

214.520.3930 x100

Leah Hammett
Board Liaison, Executive Assistant & Project Manager

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Greg Oertel
Programs & Marketing Manager

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Maura Sheffler
Deputy Director, Programs & Marketing

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A Message from Terry D. Loftis
Responding to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

In accordance with advice from health experts, TACA staff is working from home. Business operations will continue as normal, with staff available via business email addresses.

To read the entire statement, click here. 
For resources related to COVID-19, click here.