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.

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 | 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.

Brigitte Frances | Board Member

Information is coming soon.

Anne Cunningham | Board Member

Information coming soon.

Fiona Campbell | Board Member

Fiona Campbell is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, poet, editor, traveler and activist.

Over the past 15 years she’s been published in an eclectic range of national magazines and websites on topics related to food, farming, nature, the environment and social justice, and has worked with several NGOs and not-for-profits. She is also editor-in-chief for the Ecological Farmers of Ontario, and enjoys teaching creative nonfiction (CNF) workshops and mentoring new writers.

She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, a BAA in journalism from Ryerson University, and a BA in international development from the University of Guelph.

Fiona is currently working on a collection of lyrical essays and poetry called Digging Deep: On Food, Farming and a Life in Contradiction about her move back to a farm (dream meets reality), and what happens to our body, communities, identity and humanity when we become disconnected from the land and our food. She currently lives in Madoc with her two teenage kids, three cats, one dog, and too many books. Find her at

Debbie McKinney | Board Member

Chris Bennett | Board Member

Ben Reed | Board Member - Student Representative