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Board of Directors

Elected by GAC’s membership, the Board of Directors guides and supports Guelph Arts Council’s work to champion and grow opportunities for Guelph’s creative community. GAC's Board members bring together a variety of skills from the artistic and business communities, along with their enthusiasm and passion for the arts in Guelph.


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Aisling O'Flanagan

Aisling is a practicing artist, who currently works out of her Guelph-based studio. Her work as a painter has led her to both study and practice in cities all across Canada. She holds an Honours BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Aisling has worked in the arts industry for the last eight years, in both the public and private sector, where she saw the direct benefits of community-based arts organizations, and their importance in supporting both artists and local culture. She is an active member of the Guelph Arts Council's Fund Development Committee.

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Laurel McKellar

Laurel is the Senior Director, Exhibitions & Program Development at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener. Much of her 12 years' experience in the arts and culture sector has been in Waterloo Region, however, she has lived in Guelph for 16 years and holds a B.A. Honours in Art History and Studio Arts from the University of Guelph. She has volunteered for Art on the Street and as a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee for the City of Guelph. She has always wanted to be more involved in her community's art scene and support local artists and arts organizations.

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Jeffrey Klompus

Jeff grew up in New York City where frequent visits to many of the arts and cultural destinations were mandated by his mom. Through these trips he gained a deep appreciation of the importance of the creative spirit to our world. Jeff says that, lacking any true artistic ability himself, he marvels at the ability of others to express themselves through their art. This left brain dominance led him to a career as a Financial Planner. He is a Wealth Advisor with Meridian Credit Union, proudly serving Meridian’s Members in Guelph. He has a Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designation and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is excited about the opportunity to support the efforts of Guelph Arts Council as a Member of the Board. 

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Michelle Dwyer

Michelle Dwyer practices in the areas of family law, criminal law and provincial offences, civil litigation and estate litigation. She is a certified practitioner of collaborative family law and assists clients with negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Michelle obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1995 and a Masters of Arts in Political Science in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. She completed a Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Michelle has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Program at the University of Guelph.


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Tamarie Dobias

Tamarie was born and raised in Guelph and maintains deep roots within the community. She was with RBC Global Wealth Management for over 17 years and held executive roles in marketing communications, sponsorship and corporate philanthropy. In 2015 Tamarie shifted her career toward the non-profit sector, bridging the transition with international aid work and post-graduate study in cultural development. She currently works as an independent consultant on projects in the non-profit sector and remains driven by the power of arts and culture to impact social change – both locally and globally.

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Danna Evans

As General Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Danna and her team manage the Sleeman Centre, Guelph Museums, River Run Centre, Farmers’ Market, Tourism, Culture, Local Immigration Partnership and Community Investment (Grants, subsidies) for the City of Guelph. Danna has worked for the City of Guelph for almost 10 years; starting her career at the River Run Centre.  Danna is proud to have worked as Front of House Supervisor, as well as the Facility Manager. Danna’s passion for Culture stems from performing arts and special event management. An alumnus of The University of Waterloo, Danna got her start in theatre as an Equity Stage Manager. In 2003, Danna moved from theatre production to theatre administration with the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, assisting event planning, technical relief and front of house. Danna is actively involved with Girl Guides of Canada as a Volunteer Leader with the Guide program.

Jane Litchfield

Jane is a writer and editor who started her career in journalism before transitioning to marketing and then digital marketing. She studied anthropology at Laurier and journalism at Carleton. She moved to Guelph to raise a family in 1994 and found it an ideal place to do so. She has been active in amateur theatre as an actor and board member. Jane served on the GAC Communications & Membership committee, which she now chairs, before joining the board. She enjoys writing many of GAC’s social media posts to help spread the word about Guelph’s vibrant arts scene.

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Barbara Salsberg Mathews

Barbara is a practicing artist, retired Visual Arts secondary school teacher, and published author/illustrator who has recently returned to Guelph. She enjoys both art-making and engaging the community with the arts. She looks forward to bringing her experience as an artist and arts educator to the work of GAC.

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Braden Phelan

Braden is a professional singer-songwriter and artist manager. Although often on the road as half of singer-songwriter duo Tragedy Ann or with The Lifers, Braden calls Guelph home. He’s active in our local music scene and looks forward to championing the arts in Guelph as a GAC Board member.

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Greg Pinks

Greg is the founder of Axiom, a Human Resources consulting business focused on HR strategy and Leadership Coaching. Greg got involved in the arts community in Guelph when his daughters were exploring their creative sides; something Greg hadn't done much of as a child. He quickly realized that Guelph has both amazing artists and venues, and joined the Board of the River Run Centre, Guelph's performing arts centre. This evolved to Greg chairing the City's Cultural Advisory Committee, providing a community voice when it came to cultural planning. While not an artist himself, Greg sees the incredible benefits of a strong arts culture on the livability of a city.

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