Board of Directors
Elected by GAC’s membership, the Board of Directors guides and supports Guelph Arts Council’s work to champion and growing 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.
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.
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.
Gabriella VegvariGabriella Vegvari has lived in Guelph for 48 years and considers it her hometown, even if she wasn’t born here. She has worked at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs since 1999. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Waterloo, in history and music, as well as a Master of Arts degree in musicology from the University of Western Ontario. For most of her life her creativity has been expressed through piano and voice until almost six years ago, when she discovered new avenues of creative expression through stained and mosaic glass, as well as Saori-style weaving. Gabriella believes every person has a creative spark within themselves – discovering how to express it is the first part of a person’s artistic journey.
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.
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.
Petra NyendickPetra Nyendick is the Executive Director of Silence in Guelph. This position is the most recent facet in a life’s work in art; a long, strong involvement in the arts as a successful artist, agent and arts organizer. She brings to Guelph her committed vision of the guild of the creative community and its importance to society as a whole. Petra holds a MFA from Indiana State University and a BFA from York University. Petra has served on the board of directors of Wabash Valley Art Spaces, where she was Chair of the Site Selection and Acquisition Committee, The Terre Haute Children’s Choir, and the Wabash Valley Youth Orchestra.