Our Team

Janet Jarrell | Executive Director

Janet (she/her) is a published author in books, magazines and poetry. She has extensive experience as an editor-in-chief and associate editor. She spent over ten years profiling local artists for print, writing historical pieces and building and maintaining lasting relationships with the artistic, cultural and heritage community. Janet was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. After highschool, she headed West to go to school and live in British Columbia. She studied Business, marketing and economics. Her education includes strategic planning, legal studies and finance for nonprofits. She moved her family back to the Belleville area in 2002. She is a part-time Professor at Loyalist College in Belleville.

Janet is the Co-Chair for the Alliance of Arts Councils of Ontario and a community partner with the City of Belleville Economic and Destination Development Committee. She is engaged in her community as Chair for five years of Options for Social Growth, as President of the Justice Studies Board at Loyalist and 15 years with the Board of Directors for her local soccer association. She is dedicated to the strategic vision of the Quinte Arts Council and keeping arts on the table.

Contact: janet@quinteartscouncil.org

 

 

Fiona Campbell | Director of Communications & Outreach

Fiona (she/her) is a freelance writer, journalist, editor, communicator and endurance runner. She’s also a passionate storyteller who never outgrew her love of the question, “Why?”

Over the past 19 years she’s written for national magazines and websites, and has worked with NGOs, not-for-profits and corporate clients. She is also past production editor for Ecological Farming in Ontario and former Canadian editor of Bankrate Canada.  She enjoys teaching workshops and mentoring new writers, and sits on the board of the Creative Nonfiction Collective. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, a BAA in journalism from Ryerson University with a specialty in magazine writing and publishing, and a BA in international development from the University of Guelph. Fiona lives in Madoc with her two teenage kids, one dog, and too many books, and is  working on a collection of creative nonfiction essays.

Contact: communications@quinteartscouncil.org

 

Kim Lidstone | Bookkeeper

Bio to come.

Morgan McNeilly | Social Media Community Manager

Morgan previously studied drawing and painting at OCAD University and is currently working towards her BFA in New Media through the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University. She merged her passions of fine arts and digital communications and has been a part of two live media events that were nominated for TARA awards. During school semesters she co-hosts a weekly live radio show and controls the audio mixer to ensure quality levels throughout the broadcasts. Although most of her experience is in media production, her sights are set on digital content creation and management of social media channels.

Allen Steinberg | Special Events Coordinator  

Allen graduated from Loyalist College’s Public Relations program in 2021 and has a background in Journalism and Communications. Since 2019, he’s been working on growing his band Arm’s Length, releasing two EPs and receiving acclaim from major music blogs like Stereogum and Pitchfork. He’s currently sorting out touring plans and writing a full-length album. Allen is integrated in Quinte’s art community and is looking forward to bringing local artists together at future events.

Heather Christiansen | Program Director

Heather is an arts educator and arts administrator. Her 23 years of experience extends from Ontario to British Columbia working with a variety of non-profit arts organizations, ranging from youth and professional orchestras, community choirs, dance and musical theatre groups.

Heather has a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. She began her career in Toronto working for LIVENT (professional theatre company), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the North York Performing Arts Centre gaining experience in arts marketing, development and operations. She followed her passion for the performing arts and directing choirs to Vancouver to pursue her love of arts education, the ocean air and the thrill of hiking mountains!

Moving to the Quinte area in 2017, Heather enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children. She loves paddle boarding, the peaceful sights and sounds of nature and reading a good book. Heather is excited to join the QAC team to support the growth and collaborations of artists and arts organizations in the Quinte community.

Andrew Gray | Graphic Designer, Umbrella

Andrew Gray (he/him) is a graphic designer and documentary filmmaker with a degree in Film Studies and a diploma in Digital Production. He enjoys working at the Belleville Public Library, designing the annual programme for DocFest and making documentaries with his brother Adam.

Contact: drewgraymatters@gmail.com