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? Please contact Dave Kerr at board@tettcentre.org for more info and an application form.

Staff

Nadine Baker

Title: Facility Manager
Represents: Staff

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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.

Board Members

Dave Kerr

Title: Chair
Represents: Community Member

Dave joined the Tett Board in 2013, was Treasurer from 2015-2018, currently serves as 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!

Sophie Kiwala

Title: Director
Represents: Community

Ann Lablans

Title: Director
Represents: Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club

Ann comes to the Board through the Kingston Lapidary Club where her family has been members for over 22 years. Her youngest son’s interest in rocks and minerals drew them to the club along with the Club’s diverse exploration of all aspects of lapidary. His childhood interests has grown into a career as a Geologist.  She has a deep-rooted passion for all forms of art and a four generation connection with Kingston (a true Townie). Through the Tett Board she's learning in leaps and bounds the depth of the arts community in Kingston. Ann feels that the Tett Centre  is truly a gem worth investing time, talent and resources into. She has been on the TCCL Board of Directors since early 2019.

Patty Petkovich

Title: Director
Represents: Kingston Potters' Guild

Patty Petkovich’s connection to the Tett Centre extends back to 1990 when she became a member of the Kingston Potters’ Guild.  Since then she has been an active member of the Kingston Potters’ Guild teaching ceramics classes for a period of 28 years, and served as President (2011-2014).  She has had a 40 year career as a professional potter and sells her beautiful work locally and at the biannual KPG sales. Patty was a founding member of the Tett Centre Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of the Board (2012-2015) helping to create initial operating plans. She was the key driver as project manager to establish a cafe at the Tett and launched the fundraising for the Juniper Cafe's construction in 2015. Patty rejoined the TCCL board in 2019.

Sarah Cameron

Represents: The Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners

Rosemary Doyle

Title: Director
Represents: Theatre Kingston

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ROSEMARY is Artistic Producer of Theatre Kingston. She has performed at Shaw, Mirvish, The Thousand Islands  Playhouse, Kingston Summer Festival, Domino, Theatre 5, KST. Graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC, she is the founding Artistic Director of the Red Sandcastle Theatre, the first independent storefront Theatre in Toronto’s East End. Her theatre inspired the “Storefront Movement,” which saw the creation of such  theatres as The Storefront Theatre, Coalmine, and The Attic. Rosemary is also a playwright, director, set, costume and lighting designer. Theatre Person describes her best. Rosemary has been on the TCCL Board of Diresctors since August 2018.  

 

Tim Aylesworth

Represents: Joe's M.I.L.L.

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Tim Aylesworth joined Joe's M.I.L.L. in the spring of 2019 as Library Coordinator. He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing around Kingston for many years. He also runs a recording studio out of his home and teaches guitar. Tim is delighted to to be working at Joe's M.I.L.L. sharing his passion for music. He has been on the TCCL Board of Driectors since May 2019. 

Anne-Sophie Grenier

Title: Operations Director
Represents: Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

Anne-Sophie is the Operations 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

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: Ex-Officio
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 lead 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.

 

 

Kirsi Hunnakko

Title: Secretary
Represents: Kingston Arts Council

Kirsi is the Executive Director of the Kingston Arts Council. She has been a Kingston resident since she came to the city in 1996 to attend Queen’s University, where she earned her BAH in Drama. Since that time, Kirsi has worked primarily in leadership roles in the arts, culture and tourism, including work with the Haunted Walk of Kingston, the Museum of Health Care and the iSTORM Children’s Theatre Company. In addition to her background in theatre, Kirsi is a writer and trained editor who is currently completing two children’s picture books and a book of poetry. Kirsi has been on TCCL Board of Directors since 2018. 

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