Merrimack Hall Executive Staff
Debra Jenkins, Founder
Debra Jenkins, winner of the prestigious Virginia Hammill Simms Award for outstanding contribution to the arts, has been on the faculty of such institutions as the Montgomery Civic Ballet, The Birmingham Ballet Company and Huntsville Community Ballet. She has worked as a volunteer in many capacities for most of Huntsville's premiere arts organizations, including serving as Chairman of Panoply 1997. She was the first Director of Public Relations for The Arts Council, Inc. of Huntsville. Until 2012, Debra served as Merrimack Hall's volunteer Executive Director. Today, she serves as Chairman of the organization's advisory board, and continually works to grow Merrimack Hall's Johnny Stallings Arts Program.
Melissa Reynolds, Program & Operations Director
Melissa has a great love for the arts, which started at age two when she began dancing. She was raised in Texas and moved to Huntsville as a teen. She is a graduate of Athens State University, holding a BA in History and a minor in Political Science. In addition to her role at Merrimack Hall, Melissa teaches dance locally, and her choreography has been awarded nationally. With her passion for the arts and dance she is very excited to be a part of the Merrimack Hall Team. Click here to e-mail Melissa.
Claire Lindsay, Marketing Manager
Claire has recently moved back to Huntsville from beautiful upstate New York where she received her Bachelorís degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communication from SUNY-Oswego. She has always enjoyed performing, but singing is what she fell in love with at a young age. Having a passion for the performing arts and a background in office administration and advertising, Claire is excited to be a part of the Merrimack team. Click here to e-mail Claire.
Rachel Collazo Davis, Connection Manager
After spending two years providing speech and language therapy to special needs children in the Alabama School System, Rachel is thrilled to join the Merrimack team where she can combine her passion for serving people with special needs along with her love for art, dance, and choreography. Rachel holds a bachelors degree in Communications Disorders from Auburn University, where she also choreographed competitive dance routines. She comes to Huntsville as a third generation community servant (it's in her DNA), eager to contribute to the life-transforming quality of Merrimack's programs for special needs children and adults.Click here to e-mail Rachel.
Katie Stapely, Volunteer Coordinator
Katie is a photographer and a yogi. She received her BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. Katie has been practicing yoga for 13 years and co-teaches the special needs yoga classes alongside her mother, Tiril. She also teaches adult yoga three days a week and coordinates all volunteer activities and recruitment at Merrimack Hall. Katie is often joined by her dog, Allie, at work. She and Allie are both very excited to be a part of the Merrimack team. Click here to e-mail Katie.
Maci Hladky, Box Office Coordinator
After spending many years performing on stage, Maci has found a love for what happens behind the curtain as well. As an experienced stage manager she is excited to combine her knowledge of tech and performance to better help serve Merrimack Hall and the community. Maciís youngest sister has been involved with JSAP for many years and has benefited greatly from the program. The opportunities that JSAP provide to those with special needs are astounding and Maci is excited to have the opportunity to be working to help others the way Merrimack has helped her family. Click here to e-mail Maci.
Hayley Henderson, JSAP Artistic Director
Hayley Smith Henderson is a Huntsville native with a love for the performing arts dating back to age three. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Dance Performance. Since graduation Hayley has been performing locally and professionally. Dance has always been Hayleyís fist love and passion; however, coming in at a very close second is Alabama football. Click here to e-mail Hayley.
Martez Clemons, Venue Coordinator
Martez Clemons was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He has returned to Huntsville from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa where he studied drama and technical theatre. He has been part of many many theatre companies here in Huntsville and is an-award winning Stage Manager. Martez is excited to be of yhe Merrimack Hall Performing Arts team. He would like to thank everyone who has helped him make it this far in life and the people that showed him his love for the arts. Click here to e-mail Martez.
Ashley Dinges, Consultant
Ashley Dinges is a consultant specializing in marketing, branding, and fundraising strategy. She is the former Executive Director of Merrimack Hall and is now based in New York City. In Huntsville, she served on the boards of the Downtown Forty-Seven, American Advertising Federation, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She holds her BA from the University of Michigan, is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County's Connect program, and the Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. Click here to e-mail Ashley.
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Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
3320 Triana Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35805
256 534-6455 (534-MILL)
Box Office Hours:
10am - 5pm
One hour before each