glodeane brown1_0.jpgGLODEANE BROWN | General Manager

Glodeane Brown is a graduate of the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College (2019), Corporate Communications (2005) and Interior Design (2000) programs at Sheridan College. She served on the CAFKA Board from 2017 to 2019 and was the Programming and Operations Coordinator from 2019 to 2020. Glodeane is a former freelance interior design consultant and has professional experiences in customer service and administration. She is the Editor and Founder of Culture Fancier, an art blog that covers arts events and regularly features interviews with local and international artists and creative professionals. In 2020 Glodeane received an Arts Awards Waterloo Region award for her contribution to the local arts community.






michelle purchase3.pngMICHELLE PURCHASE | President and Board Chair

Landscape Architect / Educator / Artist

Elected to the board in April 2015. Michelle Purchase operates an independent printmaking studio out of Globe Studios in Kitchener and is a  part-time instructor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. Born and raised in the Niagara Region, she earned degrees from the Universities of Waterloo and the University of Guelph in geography, fine art, and landscape architecture. For ten years Ms. Purchase was a professor in the School of Environment and Horticulture at Niagara College, prior to that she worked for environmental consulting engineering firms in the Waterloo Region. She sits on the Region of Waterloo Public Art Advisory Committee and is a guest curator of Special Projects for the sculpture garden at the Art Gallery of Guelph.  She has sat on numerous art juries and has assisted municipalities with their public art acquisition.  In 2019 Ms. Purchase received a Waterloo Region Arts Award for her work in the arts community.


Jessie Lacayo_0.pngJESSIE LACAYO | Treasurer

Accountant / Art Administrator

Elected to the Board March 2016, Jessie Lacayo is an arts administrator with a background in community services. She completed her MFA at the University of Victoria in 2001. Jessie has served as the Director/Curator of Gallery 101 in Ottawa and as the Marketing Manager of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. She worked as an Administrative Co-ordinator at Carizon Family and Community Services and is currently completing a degree in Business Administration at Conestoga College.



lauren weinberg.pngLauren Weinberg | Secretary

Founder, Open Sesame

Lauren Weinberg is the founder of Open Sesame, an online shop that was also a Downtown Kitchener art gallery and performance space from 2015 to 2019. Lauren is a former art critic and Art and Design Editor for Time Out Chicago. She lives in Waterloo.




tara cooper.pngTara Cooper | Director

Artist / Educator

Tara Cooper is a printmaker, photographer, animator, installation and book artist and an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Fine Arts. Recently she has participated in residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center (Snowmass, Colorado), The Wassaic Project (Wassiac, New York) and Landfall Trust (Brigus, Newfoundland). Tara is co-editor of Printopolis (along with Jenn Law), a volume examining contemporary print in Canada published by Toronto’s Open Studio and co-director of the documentary Follow the Bones (along with Terry O'Neill), a film that tells the story of Northern Alberta’s Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Tara is a resident of Kitchener. 


Sharl 2 th_0.pngSharl G. Smith | Director

Artist / Architect

Originally from Jamaica, Sharl Smith lived in the U.S. for 17 years before moving to Canada in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Architecture with honours from New York Institute of Technology, where she was also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of NYIT’s Campus Newspaper. She practiced at architectural firms in the U.S. for 6 years before moving to Canada in 2015. She now operates Sun Drops art studio in Waterloo where she creates beaded sculptures and jewelry.




Žana Kozomora | Director

Artist / Curator / Arts Administrator

Žana Kozomora is an emerging interdisciplinary artist, curator and arts administrator based in Kitchener and originally from Sarajevo, BiH. She is a graduate of the Honours B.A. Fine Arts Studio Program at the University of Waterloo with a Professional Practice Specialization (2015). She curated a solo exhibition of the artist collective XVK at Cambridge Galleries | Idea Exchange (2018), acted as assistant to Co-curators Jane Tingley and Nina Czegledy for the 2020 exhibition Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene, and is currently the Curatorial Assistant at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her involvement with CAFKA began as a volunteer in 2014 and she has served on the Programming Committee since 2018. She is excited to continue working with CAFKA as a board member supporting the transformative role of contemporary art in public spaces.


Conan Stark | Director

Teacher / Artist

Conan Stark is an artist and teacher working at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in downtown Kitchener, where he is the head of the visual arts dept.  He is a graduate from the University of Waterloo obtaining a B.F.A. (2002) and later a B.E.D. (2003) from the University of Western Ontario. As an arts educator in the Waterloo region he is inspired by the diverse community of artists and practices.  He is intent on extending his art classroom to enhance his students' learning by engaging in community art projects and initiatives. He was born in Northern Ontario growing up in a low tech atmosphere and moved to the region in the mid 1980s. This contrast presents itself in the themes and production of his work through his fascination with both traditional and contemporary art practices.