Jill McMillan Palm
Jonathan Harwell-Dye is an arts administrator with nearly 17 years of combined experience in the arts and creative industries. He was previously senior communications manager for a global art and design university and director of communications for a nonprofit arts organization and local arts agency. He began his career as a graphic artist in the newspaper industry and went on to be online manager, creative director, and editor. Trained as an illustrator, Jonathan was a co-founder of the Three Cities Group Artist Collective and gallery curator at the Contemporary Arts Exchange in Macon, GA. An advocate for the economic and social benefits of the arts, he was named a GeorgiaForward Young Gamechanger in 2014 and commissioned as a regional leader by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission in 2015.
Jonathan holds a B.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies/scientific illustration from the University of Georgia, certification in creative placemaking from The Ohio State University in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, and studied business design and arts leadership at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is married to Stacey Harwell-Dye, minister of missions and outreach at West End United Methodist Church. They share their home with Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog, who’s happiest when he’s underfoot or playing in the snow.
Legal Consultant & Program Coordinator, VLPA
Kara Sheridan joined the Arts & Business Council in March 2020 as the Legal Consultant and Program Coordinator. In her role, she oversees the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts program while also managing the recruitment and coordination of other volunteer efforts for the organization. She also continues to practice law at a firm in Downtown Franklin, focusing on immigration.
Kara is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law where she was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. During her last two years of school, she was a Student Attorney in the Trademark Clinic, filing applications on behalf of clients, and the Community and Economic Development Clinic, handling transactional legal issues for nonprofit organizations and artists. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where she studied music business. She is admitted to the Tennessee bar.
In her free time, Kara works with artists as a freelance concert photographer and collaborates with other creatives in music and photography throughout Nashville.