Staff & TCCL Board of Directors

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is a registered charitable organization that sustainably operates and activates a beautiful heritage building on Lake Ontario.  We are always on the lookout for prospective board members with a keen interest in the arts, a dedication to community, a fresh attitude and appropriate experience.

Interested in applying to be a Community Board Member of the Tett? See details here

Staff

Nadine Baker

Title: Facility Manager
Represents: Staff

facilitymanager@tettcentre.org

Nadine Baker has passionately supported the not-for-profit arts and cultural sector both in Toronto and Kingston for 20 years. With her background in design, fine arts, and business administration, Nadine became involved with the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning,  in 2010 during its infancy as an a charitable arts organization. As a founding Director of the Tett Centre’s Board of Directors, Nadine was a key leader in the development of management and sustainable business strategies in preparation for the centre's re-opening in 2015. With her team of dedicated staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, and in partnership with Kingston’s department of Cultural Services, Nadine's leadership shines as the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning continues to thrive as a meaningful contributor to Kingston’s arts scene. 

Danielle Folkerts

Title: Marketing & Programming Coordinator
Represents: Staff

arts@tettcentre.org

Danielle Folkerts has been involved with the Tett Centre since its opening as an inspiring arts instructor and innovative program coordinator on the Tett's Teaching Artist Roster. She joined the Tett Staff Team in late 2017 as Arts Administrator and is now the Marketing and Programming Coordinator. Danielle is excelling in her role of creating, implementing, and marketing dynamic programming for the community, and supporting the Tett Centre's wonderful resident artists and arts organizations. 

Jesse MacMillan

Title: Technical Director

Catherine Snider

Title: Tett Centre Custodian

A warm welcome to Catherine Snider, our Tett Centre Custodian. We are excited that she is part of the Tett Staff Team!

Matt Withers

Title: Facility Assistant

Susanna Gordon

Title: Rentals Coordinator / Office Admin.

Susanna Gordon is our Rentals Coordinator at the Tett Centre. Please contact her at rentals@tettcentre.org 

Board Members

Sophie Kiwala

Title: Chair
Represents: Community

Sophie joined the Tett Board in May of 2019, and currently serves as the Interim-Chair. She grew up in Kingston, moved to Toronto and had a successful twenty-year career in retail floriculture. She spent five years living abroad in Turkey and France before returning to Kingston in 1998.  Sophie is a former Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and during her time in office, she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, a post which served to deepen her passion of the arts and culture sector.

Travelling extensively, Sophie feels that to know a nation’s art is the best way to know its people.  She believes that art has the capacity to explain more about the story of the human heart and spirit than the landscape can ever tell.  Over many years, she visited local art galleries and artists collectives all over the world and was particularly inspired by the stories of artists she met while travelling through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. 

Sophie knows that people often turn to the arts for relaxation, inspiration, and also for comfort in times of crisis. She believes that human beings can derive a deep personal fulfillment through the creation and appreciation of art and that is why being on the Board of the Tett is so exciting for her.

Dave Kerr

Title: Board Affiliate - Past Chair
Represents: Community Member

Dave joined the Tett Board in 2013, was Treasurer from 2015-2018, currently serves as Past Board Chair and sits on the Governance and Finance Committees. He is a semi-retired geological engineer and father of a fabulous, precocious 12-year old daughter. Dave is driven by social justice issues, loves amateur metalworking and, apparently, political campaigns!

Jan Allen

Title: Interim Vice Chair
Represents: Community

An artist, curator, writer and arts advocate, Jan joined the Board in 2020, after a long career at Queen’s Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She brings to the Board great enthusiasm for the mission of the Tett Centre, previous experience on the boards of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) and the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), and a history of active service on the City of Kingston’s Arts Advisory Committee. In 2019, her contributions to the sector were recognized by the Medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, the OAAG Lifetime Achievement Award and the Arts Champion Award of the City of Kingston’s Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Janet Crocker

Title: Secretary
Represents: Community

Janet is an independent consultant specializing in communications, stakeholder engagement and change management. Most recently she led a large public sector communications and marketing team as Director, Strategic Communications, MPAC. She spent ten years writing for major Canadian magazines (Toronto Life, Canadian Business) and has also worked as a Registered Psychotherapist. She is a strong believer in the power of creativity to heal and unite individuals, organizations and communities. In her spare time, she paints, collages and throws pots – strictly for the joy of it. She joined the Tett Board in 2020.

Jo-Anne Lachapelle-Beyak

Title: Director
Represents: Community

Jo-Anne’s career in the arts paint a broad palette. She trained as an opera singer, started a community theatre company, consulted with school boards on the arts, and managed a variety of cultural institutions including museums, an art gallery and an artist-run centre. In addition, Jo-Anne has designed and implemented educational programs for kindergarten children up to older adults and is a practicing multi-media artist. She has used her arts background to develop culturally focused learning travel and her last position supported the expansion of seniors programming in the Kingston area. As a lifelong learner Jo-Anne’s education includes Fine Arts, Anthropology, Museums and Art Gallery Management, Travel and Tourism and Education. Jo-Anne’s special interest, as a member of the Board, is to support community engagement.

Jennifer Ross

Title: Director
Represents: Community

Anne-Sophie Grenier

Title: Board Affiliate - Co-Chair of the Tenant Sub-Committee
Represents: Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

Anne-Sophie is the Executive Director of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Center. She holds a Master's of International Arts Management from Southern Methodist University and HEC Montreal. She also holds a B.A. in Communications Studies (Video Production) with a minor in Political Science from Concordia University. Before coming to Kingston, her career brought her across many different fields - communications for a non-profit operating in Canada and Uganda, documentary television, and the production of major music, arts, and sporting events. She is interested in the role that multi-arts centres and cooperatives play in fostering innovation and creative placemaking. As both a video maker and performer, Anne-Sophie believes in the power of storytelling, and hopes to build better opportunities for artists locally and globally.

Barbara Hammond

Title: Director
Represents: Community

Barbara joined The Tett Board in 2017. She is a retired teacher of French with the Limestone & District School Board. Barbara has had a long-held passion for the arts and a desire to support children in every area of the Kingston community . She has contributed, in the realm of decor, to high-end events for The Limestone Learning Foundation, for many years. The most recent LLF event was held at The Isabel Bader Centre. Barbara's philosophy is in the words of the incomparable Steve Jobs: "Design is not just what it looks like & feels like...Design is how it works."

Sam Kapoor

Title: Treasurer
Represents: Community

Sam joined Board in 2018 and is presently Treasurer of the Board, sitting on both the Finance and Recruitment Committees. As a Finanial Planner at the Bank of Montreal, he brings more than 30 yrs of  global business experience in strategy, general management and investment.  He holds an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and has undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from India. Sam brings governance experience in not for profit in health care sector.  He is passionate to give back to the society as a volunteer in whatever free time is available.

Colin Wiginton

Title: Board Affiliate - Liaison with City of Kingston
Represents: City of Kingston Cultural Services

Colin Wiginton works as the Cultural Director for the City of Kingston—one of Canada’s oldest cities—where he helped to develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in 2010.  That work has resulted in critical investment in the arts, heritage and culture to grow and strengthen the sector.  Projects he has led during his tenure include the visioning of an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy for Kingston, redeveloping of the J.K. Tett Centre as an arts cluster, seeding the creation of the Kick & Push Festival and helping to establish Kingston’s first public art master plan and program.  Cultural development and cultural inclusion are fundamental to this work and, through his leadership, Wiginton has ensured the arts and heritage remain priorities for the City of Kingston and the community through a combination of innovative projects, programs and partnerships.  Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20 year career in the visual arts and public galleries with a particular interest in arts education.