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.
Ian MullerIan is a doctoral candidate in history at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying the intersection of culture and foreign policy in Canada. Growing up in Fergus, Ian's interest in the arts was deeply influenced by his grandfather, a longtime Guelph-based artist. Ian holds a BA from the University of Guelph, and a MA in history from the University of Waterloo. In addition to experience with the Ontario public service, Ian's work in the not-for-profit sector includes advocacy, strategic planning, project management, and team leadership. Ian is currently a casual photographer, especially motivated while spending time in the Canadian outdoors.
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.
Jeffrey KlompusJeff 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.
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.
Kayla-Wray AmyKayla-Wray is an arts administrator and graphic designer who believes that the power of the arts can break down the barriers that divide and isolate us. Born in Montreal and raised in Guelph, she has grown into her creativity and chosen to concentrate her career on community organizations. She holds an Honours BA in French and Sociology from McMaster University, and a post-graduate diploma in Not-for-profit Management from the University of Western Ontario. Over the past seven years, Kayla-Wray has worked and volunteered with a number of cultural organizations including the Hillside Music Festival, Lakeshore Arts, Evergreen Brickworks, and TIFF. She is currently working as the Operations Manager at Lakeshore Arts (Toronto) where she plays a key role in marketing, board development, fundraising, and membership development. Kayla-Wray loves to learn, loves to travel, and loves to collaborate!
Danna EvansAs 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 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.
Laurel McKellarLaurel 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.
Greg PinksGreg 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.