IMG_2347 b&w.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.

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glodeane brown1_0.jpgGLODEANE BROWN | Progamming and Operations Co-ordinator

Glodeane Brown is a graduate of the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College (2019), Corporate Communications (2005) program  and Interior Design (2000) programs and at Sheridan College. She served on the CAFKA Board from 2017 to 2019. Glodeane 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.






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 | 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.


tom nagy_0.pngTOM NAGY | Vice Chair

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.


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 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.