Andrea Kerr | Chair
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.
Jenny Woods | Past Chair
Jenny Woods has been a part of the Quinte Arts Council Board of Directors since 2014. She came on as the treasurer and graduated to Chair. A self-motivated professional, Jenny owns and operates Quinte Business Accounting Services 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, QBAS proudly produces financial statements ready for presentation to any financial institution or government department.
Rick Moulton | Director
Rick was born in Toronto and moved to the Quinte Region as a child. He graduated from BCI&VS, and has a diploma from Seneca College, a B.A. from Queen’s University, a B.Ed. from Nipissing University and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University.
Rick has been working part-time as a professor at Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology in Belleville since retired from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in 2015, after a 32-year career. As a secondary school teacher Rick taught Visual Art, Stage Design, Computer Art and Communication Technology. At Loyalist he has taught numerous media courses in Art and Design as well as Photography and Art general education courses.
Rick, along with his wife Dr. June Rogers, have an 80 acre farm in the Stirling area with horses, dogs and cats. He has been an Auxiliary Police Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police and is an active member of the Porsche Club of America – Upper Canada Region. He also plays blues harp in a rock band.
Maury Flunder CMA, CPA | Treasurer
Maury was born and raised in Belleville. He attended McMaster University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993. He went on to obtain his CMA/CPA certification in 2000. Working at Nortel in Belleville from 1996 to 2008 exposed him to the Quinte Arts Council’s strong engagement with business through community festivals such as Two Weeks in May and local rotating art on the walls of Nortel.
Maury has been a volunteer board member and treasurer with the Quinte Film Alternative, helping bring the best of Canadian and international film to Belleville. He has engaged with the Downtown Belleville Business Improvement area as a board member, he is a heritage building owner and contributed variously to festivals and events in Belleville, including the odd ice sculpture, over the last 15 years.
Taylor Pender | Secretary
Taylor grew up in Belleville. She graduated from Nicholson Catholic College before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University. She recently graduated from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and awaits licensing accreditation from the Law Society of Ontario. Taylor is currently employed at Henderson Williams LLP, where she worked both prior to and throughout law school.
Since a young age, Taylor has enjoyed being involved in and giving back to the community. She has volunteered to assist many not-for-profit organizations both administratively and hands-on at various charitable events. During her time at Queen’s University, Taylor served as a board member for the Queen’s Federation of Charitable University Students where she helped raise funds for not-for-profit organizations in the Kingston area. During law school, Taylor was a caseworker at the Lakehead University Community Legal Services Clinic, where she was able to provide legal assistance to low income residents of the Northwestern Ontario.
Taylor is thrilled to have settled back in the Quinte area, where she can implement her education, experience, and skills to once again give back to the community.
Dan Atkinson, MBA, FCA | Director
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. He has also been heavily involved in the Board of Directors for the Quinte Ballet for many years. Dan has been a Director on the Board of the Quinte Arts Council since 2007, working as treasurer and Chair; he currently sits as past-Chair.
Emebet Belete | Director
Emebet Belete is an artist and educator who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A graduate of the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School, she received her BFA (Honours) and B. Ed from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has exhibited in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, France, China and Canada. She uses pastel, oil and acrylic, collage and mixed media to create images that reflect her experiences growing up in Addis Ababa, and living in Canada and Asia.
Her work can be found at the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian National Institute of Culture, and TEDA Archives (Tianjin), as well as in private collections around the world. Emebet is a recipient of 2018 and 2019 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, and 2015 – Present, Artists in Communities and Schools Projects and Artists in Education OAC Grants, which she uses to teach students in her local schools in the Bay of Quinte. http://www.emebet.ca
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 | Director
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.
Adey Singer | Youth Arts Advisory
QAC has given me the opportunity to participate in the local arts community and has supported my education in the arts.
Anissa Nielsen | Youth Arts Advisory
It has been amazing to meet so many new people at the QAC and I am looking forward to becoming more active when Covid-19 is over!