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Kay Tuttle has a BA in English from Elon University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching high school English, she worked for over 25 years at Duke Energy where she held positions in engineering, training, power quality, product management, and marketing/communications. Kay owns Two Redheads Photography. She was on the board of The Light Factory for more than six years. She also volunteered at TLF before accepting the position of executive director in March of 2015.
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Before becoming Assistant Director at The Light Factory in 2017, Patrick worked with the organization for years behind the scenes on marketing and promotional efforts as a freelancer. He still works as a freelance copywriter, and is a partner at Field Day, a creative company in Charlotte since 2012. He holds a BS in English (Secondary Education) from Appalachian State University. He is also a member of Carolyn DeMeritt’s “Chemically Dependent” darkroom class, which takes place at The Light Factory on most Thursday evenings.
Director of Education
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Laurie has been teaching for over ten years within public schools and community centers. She earned a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Roger Williams University and an MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Laurie began working with elementary school students with special needs in New York, as well as working at Westchester Community College in the color and black and white darkrooms. Laurie moved to Philadelphia where she worked in literacy and reading techniques for ELL students. While in Philadelphia, Laurie began teaching photography outreach programs, incorporating historical photography processes within local school curriculums. In 2010 Laurie moved to Charlotte to teach a darkroom class at The Light Factory and remained to work in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and eventually work full time as education director for The Light Factory.
Director of Development
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Jenny is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and has been a fundraising professional in the healthcare and arts industries for the last 15 years. She began her career in fundraising with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Foundation. After moving to Charlotte, she was with Carolinas HealthCare Foundation for seven years supporting efforts in the adult cancer, cardiovascular, and neuroscience programs. For the past four years, Jenny has chaired the Light Factory’s major fundraising event, the Annual Art Auction, and remains a member of Carolyn Demeritt’s “Chemically Dependent” darkroom class when time allows.
Director of Community Engagement
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Dustin Shores is an artist, educator, and creative collaborator. His unwavering commitment to photographic education, accessibility to the arts, and social photographic practice have manifest in many forms throughout his career. Shores was born in 1983 and grew up in the rolling foothills of North Carolina. He received his BFA in Fine Arts Photography from Winthrop University in 2009, and he completed his MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona in 2018.