1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

Mark Clara
Chair

Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Gallery since 2011. A graduate of Lakehead and the University of British Columbia, Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. As Chair of the Renewal Committee, Mark has used his experience in project and contract management to help guide the Gallery towards the new facility on the waterfront.

Susan Merlo
Treasurer

Susan has been a board member since 2012. She works as the Supervisor of Payroll and Pension Services with the City of Thunder Bay. Previously, Susan worked at Thunder Bay Hydro. She brings over 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and management to her role as Treasurer of the Gallery board. For the past 12 years, Susan has also volunteered with youth hockey teams in the city.

Christine Bates

Christine joined the Art Gallery Board in 2018. Christine served in senior leadership positions until retiring in 2015 from Confederation College where she was Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development. Christine brings her passion for excellence in leadership to the Board and her expertise in organizational planning will help guide the Gallery in the coming years.

Katherine Hamilton

Katherine joined the Art Gallery’s Board of Directors in 2016. Katherine has spent the last decade working in the land acquisition and management industry. Currently she is a Real Estate Officer for the Ministry of Transportation. Katherine is an active volunteer with the Lake Superior Division Alpine race committee. She is a past board member of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and has participated in public art and city beautification initiatives.

Sheelagh Hendrick

Sheelagh has been a Board member since 2015.  She brings strong experience as Deputy City Clerk with the City of Thunder Bay. Sheelagh has a heart for programming for children and youth. Her work in implementing the P.R.O. Kids program, which links disadvantaged children and youth with recreation, sport and cultural programs in the community, received the Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Non Profit Innovation. Sheelagh is an experienced facilitator, guiding strategic planning initiatives and community consultations.

Sarah Kerton

Sarah joined the Art Gallery’s Board of Directors in 2016. She has a Masters of Natural Resource Management and is passionate about the environment and our local community. She worked for the City of Thunder Bay for eight years as the Municipal Sustainability Coordinator, and now works as a fitness instructor, academic researcher, and a Realtor®, while being a Mom to two young kids. Sarah pursues her own artistic endeavours and contributes regularly to The Walleye.

Clint Kuschak

A member of the Art Gallery board since 2015, Clint is a familiar face at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium where he provided administrative leadership for several years. He has also provided management guidance to the Atikokan Intergenerational Centre for Arts & Alternatives, Live from the Rock Folk Festival, and Shelter House Thunder Bay. Clint is a long-standing member of Lakehead Rotary Club. Clint’s experience in fundraising, marketing, and change management is a great asset to the Gallery.

Martin Mascarin

A board member at the Art Gallery since 2015, Martin has participated in the arts in Thunder Bay in many capacities. He is current president of the North of Superior Film Association. Almost always carrying a camera, Martin is a regular contributor to in The Walleye. Martin was the Communications Officer at Fort William Historical Park until his retirement in 2015.  He received a Certificate of Appreciation in 2010 from the Ontario Public Service and a Thunder Bay Achievement Award for outstanding community service.

Mark Nisenholt

Mark has enjoyed a rich career in the visual arts as an educator and artist. He served as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Lakehead University until his retirement in 2015. He helped to develop the vibrant visual arts program that now attracts more than half its students from outside Thunder Bay. A talented printmaker who earned his MFA from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York, Mark has participated in dozens of group and solo exhibitions.

John Sims

A board member since 2014, John is retired from the Ontario government where he supported community development in the culture, sport and tourism sectors for over 34 years. He has a keen interest in amateur sport, photography, the arts, and digital communications. John has a strong commitment to growing his community and has volunteered for a variety of organizations including the United Way of Thunder Bay. A lifelong resident, John joins his wife Debbie in striving to make Thunder Bay a vibrant place for all.

Louise Thomas

A board member since 2014, Louise owns and operates the Ahnishnabae Art Gallery which showcases the work of nearly 200 artists from Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and the United States. The gallery is dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Roy Thomas, who is recognized as one of Canada’s important Woodland artists. An Indigenous woman from the First Nations community of Sucker Creek, AB, Louise is committed to the importance of contemporary Indigenous art. In 2010, Louise was honoured with the Cultural Business Award at the Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Awards.

Saul Williams

Saul joined the board in 2018. He is a well-known Woodland artist from North Caribou Lake First Nation. Since his first exhibition in 1971, Saul has continued to paint while doing other work, including carpentry, firefighting, and teaching in northern schools. His vibrant paintings are held in private collections as well as the McMichael Gallery (Kleinberg, ON), the Woodland Indian Cultural Education Centre (Brantford, ON) and the Royal Ontario Museum. A record keeper of his people’s beliefs, Saul is a strong mentor of Indigenous youth, especially those interested in art.

Kristy Holmes
Appointed - Lakehead University

Kristy is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Lakehead University. Kristy received her PhD in Art History from Queen’s University in 2008 and has taught at Queen’s, Mount Allison University, and Lakehead University. In 2009, she held a Research Fellowship in Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada. She has been a member of the Art Gallery Board since 2016.

Marian Stevenson
Appointed - Lakehead Public Schools

A visual arts teacher at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Marian has been encouraging youth to explore their creativity since 1989. She has been a board member representing the Lakehead School Board since 2003. Marian has received recognition for her many arts endeavors with students. She and her colleagues received a Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award for their work with the Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture program that runs at Westgate Collegiate.