STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ED portrait-200 x 200.jpgGordon Hatt | Executive Director 

Gordon Hatt (BA 1983, MA 1985, Art History, University of Toronto) arrived at CAFKA after working as Curator of Zone A for Nuit Blanche in Toronto, October 4, 2008. He was Director/Curator at Rodman Hall Arts Centre in St. Catharines from 2004 to 2007 and from 1988 to 2004 he worked in a variety of capacities at Cambridge Galleries, the last seven of those years as curator of temporary exhibitions.  At Cambridge, he developed a programming philosophy of audience development through the presentation of advanced contemporary art and he brings this philosophy to CAFKA.  Gordon has been active in the development and the promotion of Canadian artists for over 30 years. He has written numerous articles, essays and interviews. Gordon Hatt has acted as Executive Director of CAFKA since 2008.

gwhatt at cafka.org

 
 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018

 

michelle purchase3.pngMICHELLE PURCHASE | President and Board Chair

Landscape Architect / Educator / Artist

Elected to the board in April 2015.  Michelle Purchase is a licensed Landscape Architect and full-time professor at Niagara College in the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies. Michelle teaches courses in Landscape Design, Computer Drafting, Plant Identification, and Ecological Restoration.  She obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, and her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Before teaching she worked in environmental consulting for 8 years preparing landscape plans, vegetation inventories, and ecological management plans. Michelle is also an artist working out of Globe Studios with representation at several galleries in Ontario. Her interest in native plants and ecology strongly influences her work.

 

 

bryn ossington.jpgBRYN OSSINGTON | Secretary

Account Manager, Sortable

Elected to the Board in 2017, Bryn Ossington has worked in Waterloo Region’s non-profit and charitable sector in a number of different capacities over the past 14 years.  For example, he served as Executive Director of the WL Student Publications for seven years, was founding Publisher of the Community Edition Newspaper, past Coordinator and Curator of Steel Rail Sessions, and the former Donor Relations Officer at the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. Very recently, Bryn commenced a new role as a Publisher Account manager at Sortable, one of the Region's fastest growing startups. Bryn also works concurrently at Conestoga College as the Program director of the Non-Profit Sector faculty and teaches a course in Senior Leadership and Management. 

 

 

Jessie Lacayo_0.pngJESSIE LACAYO | Director

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.

 

 

tom nagy_0.pngTOM NAGY | Director

Management Consultant

Elected to the Board March 2016. Tom Nagy graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1998 with his BA SC degree in Electrical engineering. He had a successful career at RIM where he was employed for 10 years. As a independent consultant he specializes in the management of intellectual property. In 2011 Tom obtained a BMus, Jazz and Contemporary Music.  He is a performing musician and composer; technical director at The Jazz Room in Waterloo; and member of the board of directors at the Grand River Jazz Society, and the Da Capo Chamber Choir.  He is also the executive producer of albums recorded during The Live at the Jazz Room Series.

 

 

victoria kent copy_1.pngVICTORIA KENT | Director

Owner, Yeti Café

Elected to the Board April 2013, Victoria Kent is a musician, artist, writer, librarian and the owner of the Yeti Cafe in Kitchener. She has lived in Halifax, Glasgow, Berlin and Toronto. Her art projects include the bands Rick of the Skins, Ye Olde Syrup Shoppe and Lennon/McCartney/Kent, and the healing performance known as Staring Therapy. She has been active in artist-run culture as a member of the programming committee of the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, NS and the Don Blanche Residency in Shelburne, ON.

 

 

 

 

glodeane brown1_0.jpgGLODEANE BROWN | Director

Interior Designer / Culture Blogger

Elected to the Board in 2017, Glodeane Brown is a graduate of the Interior Design program and Corporate Communications program at Sheridan College. She is a 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.

 

 

 

cherie fawcett_1.jpgCHERIE FAWCETT | Director

Artist / Curator

Re-elected to the board in in 2017 after maternity leave, Cherie Fawcett is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She moved to the Waterloo Region in 2007 to complete her BFA at the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation in 2012, she was presented with the RCAA Howe Award for her artistic practice and her work Co-Directing/Curating the student-run Artery Gallery in downtown Kitchener. For the past few years, Cherie has curated for local galleries and spaces including a guest curation at Cambridge Galleries (VSVSVS: space mods, 2013). She was the Curator in Residence Walter Fedy (2012-2013) and was on the Programming Committee for the Elora Centre for the Arts (2012). Cherie currently works as the Gallery Assistant at Idea Exchange, Art + Design (formerly Cambridge Galleries) providing curatorial assistance and administrative support for three gallery locations.

 

 

aaron francis.jpgAARON FRANCIS | Director  

Manager, University of Waterloo

Elected to the Board in 2018, Aaron Francis is a project manager, creative director and musician. He is the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the University of Waterloo. He has previously served on the boards for Open Ears and MT Space and currently sits on the City of Kitchener’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Aaron is a resident of Kitchener.

 

 

lauren weinberg.pngLauren Weinberg | Director

Art Critic / Gallery and Bookstore Owner

Lauren Weinberg is the founder of Open Sesame a downtown gallery and shop featuring contemporary art, books and design. She often turns her shop over to act as a local event venue for artists and musicians. Lauren is a former art critic and Art and Design Editor for Time Out Chicago. Lauren is a resident of Waterloo.  

 

 

 

tara cooper.pngTara Cooper | Director

Artist / Educator

Tara 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.