Board of Directors

Jenny Woods | Chair

A self-motivated professional, Jenny Woods has operated independently since 1994. A member of Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Quinte BNI and Habitat for Humanity, Jenny specializes in corporate and estate clients. Having navigated successfully through many audits, Quinte Business Accounting Services proudly produces financial statements ready for presentation to any financial institution or government department.

Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson, MBA, FCA | Past Chair

Queen’s B.Comm.1969,
York MBA 1973

Dan obtained Chartered Accountants designation in 1973, became a Fellow in 2000.  He was a partner in a C.A. firm in Toronto until 1989 when the lure of the Quinte area and the purchase of a 150 acre farm in Prince Edward County convinced him to move his wife, Cathy, with two daughters to Belleville. He is a retired partner at Welch & Company and was in charge of the Napanee office. Dan has served on Heritage Belleville for seven years, one year as Chair, President of the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce in 2001, and President of the Napanee & District Chamber of Commerce in 2004

Robert Kranendonk | Secretary

Robert is a post-secondary educator specializing in Art & Design with more than 15 years’ experience. He has taught in both Canada and the United States in the fields of Graphic Design, Advertising, New Media and Animation, Animation, Public Relations, Media Experience and Art & Design Foundation. He has been involved in Advisory Committee meetings for each of the respective programs listed, with the exception of the Animation Program at Loyalist College. He has also been a member and active participant of the Advertising Educators Association of Canada from 2003 until 2008.

Robert has had numerous amounts of coverage in the media for his work as an educator. In June of 2003 he was recognized for his creative use of a Segway Scooter in the classroom as an educational tool in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He received coverage in many of the local T.V. and media outlets. Robert was featured in a documentary about Artists in Social Media by 4 Squared which was aired as part of DocFest Belleville.

Robert was instrumental in creating and launching the Art & Design Foundation Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario in 2009. He is currently the Coordinator and Professor of that program. Since 2008, He has regularly attended meetings and is an active participant with the Foundation Art Theory Educators of Ontario. He was a mentor and advisor to the creation and development of the Graphic Design Program at Loyalist College. He is currently in process of developing a Fine Art Diploma at Loyalist College. He fostered connections and relationships with the Quinte Arts Council by arranging and hosting student run exhibitions of member artists. In 2013, he was recognized as Art Supporter of the Year and received the top distinction award from the Quinte Art’s Council along with Municipal, Provincial and Federal Honours

Robert has worked as an Artist, Art Director and Graphic Designer for companies in both Canada and the United States. As an artist, Robert has exhibited in Canada and the United States and has won numerous awards and accolades for his work in both countries. He continues to create and exhibit his art.

Robert Blanchard | Board Member

Bob has recently rejoined the world following a long-term, life-changing illness. This has sparked a recharged focus on earlier educational, social and community interests.

As a retired secondary school vice-principal, Bob continues to strongly believe in opening doors and expanding horizons…both for himself and his surrounding community. This has been the result of a career-long emphasis on maximizing the potential each individual brings to the table. He has been a strong advocate for all students and has encouraged this in his school placements and in his outside activities.

Bob also believes in the power of the arts to fulfill and complement the lives of us all. Through personal enjoyment, career development or to the extent of encouraging art as a form of therapy, participation can be transformative…it can be curative.

In addition to all the “heady stuff”, Bob possesses a strong administrative track record with regard to system management, effectiveness and change/evolution. His work with individuals, groups, committees and power-brokers should complement the strengths of current Board members and assist in promoting broader involvement in our vibrant arts community.

Lise Lindenberg | Board Member

Lise Lindenberg, a high school teacher, has been teaching Drama, Art and ESL in Belleville for 14 years. Prior to that, she operated a small family business called Porcupine Needles with her mother, sister-in-law, and her husband. Over the 17 years they were in business, they made a wide variety of hand-painted casual clothing. She has been an active member of the Belleville Theatre Guild since her own high school days, and sat on that board for 11 years in a variety of capacities. Since 1993, she has directed numerous full-length plays and musicals in the Quinte region at the Pinnacle Playhouse, at Centennial Secondary School, and for the Gleaner’s Food Bank. Lise has a strong interest in other cultures and is very excited by the lively theatre scene in Belleville and area.

Andrea Kerr | Board Member

Andrea is a Learning Support Coordinator for the Arts, Libraries, Literacy, and Technology at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. She supports Arts Education in Kindergarten through to Grade 12, connects classrooms to local artists, and facilitates opportunities for students to participate in gallery visits, cultural events, and performances in our community.

Andrea believes students should view and understand artistic expression from multiple perspectives and create for an audience beyond the school walls. The Arts surround us and creativity can be fostered and learned across all disciplines, so that our students will be able to value, question, generate, challenge, and extend ideas.

Andrea has worked with several organizations to co-plan student events such as the HPEDSB Bandfest, Annual Secondary Art Show at the Parrott Gallery, and the Downtown Belleville Student Art Show.  She is currently working on projects to support Indigenous arts and expression, and the use of technology to transform, document, and assess the creative process.

Joel George | Board Member

Having spent the majority of his youth living in Belleville, Joel developed a love for the natural beauty and sense of community found within the Quinte area. While attending Quinte Secondary School, he developed a love for creating short films and sharing those stories with friends and family. It was this love of story that called him into the film and vVideo world.

Joel has travelled internationally, volunteering a lot of his time and expertise to help others and he brings a lot of heart and soul to the table with a level head. With inspiration from contemporary directors such as David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes, Joel aspires to create thought-provoking and entertaining pieces that inspire people to take a closer look at the world around them.

After living, working and studying in Toronto, Joel graduated with Honours from Humber’s Film and Television Production program and quickly found himself working in various roles within Toronto’s film and video industry. Earning awards and nominations for his work as a Screenwriter, Director, Cinematographer and Editor, Joel’s dramatic works have toured some Canadian Film Festivals and brought him international recognition as a camera professional and storyteller.

Though he and big city life seemed like a perfect match, Joel felt undeniably drawn back to the beauty of the Quinte area, where he now serves his family as a loving husband and father.

Brigitte Frances | Board Member

We welcomed Brigitte to the board at our AGM in September. Information is coming soon.