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MacLaren Art Centre

Board of Directors

Chair

Matt Follwell

Matt Follwell (Chair), is a Radiation Oncologist and Chief of Oncology at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. He is an art lover, collector, and supporter. Matt was a Board member of Gallery TPW in Toronto from 2005-2009, is currently a committee member of Art@RVH (2014 present), and has been a Board member of the RVH Foundation since 2016. Matt is passionate about the arts and the continued success of the MacLaren Art Centre and committed to supporting the Board, leadership, and staff to strive for curatorial excellence and community engagement.
Treasurer

Kathy Chen-Hammond

Kathy Chen is the Controller at Canadian Base Operators Inc. and four affiliated companies under Black and McDonald Limited. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Queen’s University (Class 2025). Kathy has lived and worked in Barrie and the surrounding areas since 2007 and enjoys volunteering with focuses on seniors and youth groups. She is currently a Board Monitoring Committee member at Catulpa Community Support Services, a registered non-profit agency serving children, youth, adults and families with special or unique needs. In the past, Kathy was the funding treasurer for Rotaract Club of Barrie as well as a treasurer for Simcoe County Young Professionals Association. In addition to art appreciation, in her spare time, Kathy practices hot yoga and spends time with her husband and daughter.
Angela Aujla
Board Member

Angela Aujla

Angela Aujla is a South Asian Canadian visual artist. Her mixed-media, narrative artwork explores the complexity and interplay of history, memory, culture, and identity with a focus on diasporic and material culture. Aujla’s artistic practice is influenced by her academic study of visual culture, anthropology, and feminist postcolonial theory. She is a Professor of Sociology specializing in Critical Race Studies, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Theory with a demonstrated history of working in postsecondary education at Simon Fraser University, York University, Humber College, and Georgian College. Aujla has extensive experience in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy and initiatives and currently works in the Equity, Diversity, and Belonging Office at Georgian College. She believes that the MacLaren is an integral part of the community and looks forward to collaborating with other community members, and to contribute her experience and expertise for the betterment of the MacLaren Art Centre and by extension, the community.
Board Member

Amy Bagshaw

Amy Bagshaw (she/her) is a practicing visual artist and educator from the Simcoe region. She earned her BFA from Queen’s University in 2002, and MFA from Stony Brook University, New York, with a focus on fibre installation and intermedia in 2006. A Graduate Women’s Studies Scholar, her art practice extends to Intersectional Feminism and contemporary craft practices. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe and has created public art for the City of Barrie and Alliston, ON. Amy has received an Ontario Arts Council Grant, has had a Residency at The Banff Centre and her work can be seen on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008) and Brava Kilo’s album cover Hang On, You Demons (2018). Her paper “Notes from the Portal: Feminist Teaching Strategies in/post-pandemic Art and Design Classrooms,” was published in Teaching in a Post-COVID Era (Springer, 2021). She currently teaches in the prestigious Interior Design department of Toronto Metropolitan University, (formally known as Ryerson) and is an instructor and Program Coordinator of the Museum and Gallery Studies Program at Georgian College. She lives in Alliston with her family. Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Programming Committee.
Vice Chair

Joshua Valler

Joshua completed his articles at a local law firm in Barrie and worked there as an associate upon his call to the Ontario Bar. Joshua practices in the areas of general civil litigation and employment law. Born and raised in Barrie, Joshua graduated with honours from the J.D. program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Joshua previously obtained a Bachelor Arts (Honours) from York University where he majored in Law and Society.

Prior to practicing law, Joshua worked in various capacities for the Federal Government including roles as a Special Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Barrie, a Legislative Assistant to a Senator, and as a Special Assistant to the Minister of National Defence.

During law school, Joshua was a student to the Regional Senior Justice for the Ontario Provincial Court in Ottawa where he was responsible for assisting the Court with research on complicated legal issues. Joshua also continued in the public service by taking on a role as the Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in addition to his legal studies.

Joshua has appeared at both the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as well as the Ontario Court of Appeal on a wide range of complex legal matters.
In 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Josh received the Barrie Advance Readers’ Choice award for Favourite Employment Lawyer. In 2022 Josh also received the Barrie Advance Readers’ Choice award for favourite lawyer.

In his spare time, Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, Tonka. Josh also has taken on leadership roles with various different community organizations across Barrie.

Board Member

Angela Francis

Angela Francis (Vice President) studied Fine Arts at Georgian College; Graphic Design and Animation at The Art Institute of Toronto; and Visual Arts at The University of The West Indies in Trinidad. With over 30 years of experience, Angela shares painting in her studio in Barrie and has led art programs for the MacLaren. Angela is interested in growing opportunities for emerging artists and public art around the city. Over the years, Angela has served as a juror for the City of Barrie Arts & Culture Investment Grant Program. She is committed to reaching more communities through her BIPOC and LGBTQ alliances.
City Councilor

Jim Harris

Jim Harris is a life-long Barrie resident with a history of giving back to the community. He has volunteered for many local service groups and served as a board member for the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children and Simcoe Community Services Client Rights Advisory, among others. Jim earned the 2018 Chief of Police Award from Barrie Police Services for his research that evaluated the impact of their Crisis Intervention Team Training Program on officers in the field. As a volunteer and in his professional life, Jim has championed a variety of projects within the city, including most recently chairing the City of Barrie Performing Arts Centre Task Force. He is currently the Director of Operations and Planning for New Path Youth and Family Services. Jim completed his undergraduate degree at Wilfred Laurier University has a MPA from the University of Liverpool. He is presently a Barrie City Councillor for Ward 8. Jim joined the MacLaren Board in 2019.
Board Member

Tim Krywulak

Tim Krywulak is the Associate Dean for Design, Visual Arts and Computer Studies programs at Georgian College. Previously, he was a Professor in the Research Analyst and Big Data Analytics programs. Prior to joining Georgian College, Tim was a researcher and project manager with organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Conference Board of Canada, and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. He holds a PhD in Canadian History from Carleton University and Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. Tim has also taught courses with Carleton University, Seneca College, and the Royal Military College of Canada. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2018, and is Chair of the MacLaren’s Policy ReviewTask Force.
Board Member

Jessie Larche

Jessica Larche is the Managing Director at Larche.
Board Member

Michael Kuluva

Michael Kuluva is a fashion designer for his namesake fashion brand. He has shown his fashion collections on the runways at New York Fashion Week for over ten consecutive years. Michael graduated with a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, CA. Michael is also a retired professional figure skater. While active, he toured over 600 cities and 40 countries with shows such as Disney On Ice and Holiday On Ice. He was part of the 1998 Jr. Olympic Team; the 2001 US Figure Skating Team; and he is the 2004 Major League Figure Skating Professional World Bronze Medalist. Michael currently serves on the patient council for Creaky Joints Canada and has sat on numerous boards for arthritis research and activism. He is committed to expanding fashion in the Barrie and Simcoe community in addition to advancing LGBTQ+ initiatives.
Board Member

Gary Pearson

Gary Pearson is the Principal of Pearson Engineering Ltd, a civil consulting and engineering firm providing municipal consulting services and land development services to private sector clients. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa. Gary is a member of numerous industry associations including Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association and Building Industry and Land Development Association. Supporting the community has always been a top priority for Gary. He is pleased to sponsor local hockey and baseball teams as well as events such as the Barrie Film Festival and the Lakeside Party organized by the Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka. Outside of his professional life, Gary enjoys playing golf and spending time at his family cottage on Georgian Bay. He joined the MacLaren Board in 2018, and is a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
Board Member

Craig Nixon

Craig Nixon was elected as Ward 2 Councillor in the 2022 Municipal Election. He is currently serving his first term as Ward 2 Councillor.

MacLaren Art Centre

Staff

Contact MacLaren staff by email by using the following email convention: 

Curatorial, Collections, Education

Rachel Deiterding

Curator: Exhibitions, Collections & Programs

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Natalie Fisher

Education & Community Art Assistant

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Aaron Guravich

Preparator & Facility Coordinator

ext. 272

Christina Mancuso

Education Officer

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Yasmeen Kazak

Yasmeen Kazak

Curatorial Assistant

Marlisha Lewis

Community Art Coordinator

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Operations, Development

Ashleigh Oke

Gallery Operations & Finance Manager

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Lexus Avila

Executive Assistant, Special Projects

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Peter Bogle

Development Associate

ext. 277

Andrea Araujo

Development Associate

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Rosalind Naccarato

Administrative Assistant

ext. 278

Marketing, Communications, Event Services

Event Services

Event Services

Event Services

eventservices@maclarenart.com
ext. 256

Kayla van Zon

Marketing Inquiries