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

Laurel Hoard | Treasurer

Laurel Hoard, BASc, MHSc, RD, CDE, is an experienced health system planner, a seasoned front line health care provider, and a leader at the provincial level as president of a regulated health professional college. Laurel has received an Outstanding Partnerships Award by the Canadian Diabetes Association as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She received her Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Guelph. She was President of the College of Dietitians of Ontario Council, a Board Member of the Hastings Children’s Aid Society, and Chair of the Moira Secondary School Parent Council.

Anne Cunningham | Honorary Board Member

Anne Cunningham has been involved with the Quinte Arts Council on and off since the late 1970’s! She was born and educated in Lindsay, Ontario and  obtained her Teaching Certification at Peterborough Teachers’ College. She has lived and taught in Lindsay, Kitchener, Sault Ste. Marie and Belleville. While living in Sault Ste. Marie, Anne obtained a BA in Political Science at Laurentian University, and during her teaching career obtained a further two years of academic and education courses at Queen’s, Ottawa and York Universities. She studied towards a MA in Psychoanalytic Theory at Sheffield University Medical School, England and attended the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program.

Anne has taught all elementary grades, and as well, has been a music consultant and special education resource teacher.  She has previously been on the boards of the Sault Ste Marie Community Concerts Association, the Quinte Arts Council and the Quinte Symphony (previously Eastern Ontario Concert Orchestra) where she also served as president of the board for several years.

Anne was deeply involved with the Hastings County Women Teachers Association as a board member, treasurer and president.  She also was elected for two years to the Federation of Women Teachers Associations Board of Directors in Toronto. She has taught Workers’ Health and Safety courses at Loyalist College, and for the FWTAO, the Hastings and Prince Edward County Board of Education and the Ministry of Labour. During the past fifteen years after her retirement from teaching, Anne has run the Cunningham Centre – a tutoring and counselling service for elementary and secondary students.  Currently, Anne is a member of the Rotary Club, the University Womens Club where she is treasurer and committee chair, and the Belleville Yacht Club.  She has two children – Iain, who runs a technological consulting firm in Toronto, and Jennie who has a law  practice in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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.

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.

Lise Lindenberg | Honorary 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.

Debbie McKinney | Board Member

Debbie McKinney is currently a realtor with Re/Max Quinte Brokerage Ltd since 2009. Debbie has a diverse background having lived in Europe for 3 years after studying English at Queen’s University. Debbie worked in Public Relations in Toronto and then as a freelance writer when she moved to Belleville with her family in 2005. Her knowledge and background in marketing has been a valuable asset to selling homes in Belleville and Prince Edward County.

Debbie resides in Belleville in Old East Hill with her husband Kelly and together they have four active adventure enthusiast children, Alex, Harry, Hanna and Piper. Debbie is a team player and committed to her family and to community involvement, she played adult recreational soccer for 6 years, she also coached her children in house league soccer over the years, participated in Dancing With The Stars in 2011 & 2012, has been either a volunteer or participant in The County Marathon since 2010, she was a board member for Belleville Ladies Sales and Ad Club for 3 years and serves as a proud and active board member for Pathways to Independence Foundation  since 2012.

Chris Bennett | Board Member

Chris Bennett is the owner of Art Works, an arts center, creative services and dance studio in Belleville. Chris believes in being the change, participating in it and expressing your ideas with like-minded people to work towards making change happen.  For him, this is much more than an overstatement, as he uses his passion for creating enticing mammoth murals. An art form that emerges with the atypical medium of spray-paint, but for him this brings his work to life, and gets all types of individuals talking.