Executive, Board & Staff Members
Board & Executive Officers:
Melanie Fernandez - Programs
Megan Gariepy - Development
Alison Lam - Communications
Nancy Moniz - Communications, Resident Groups & Stakeholders
Petra Nyendick - Executive Director
Diliana Popva - Communications
Lindsay Schoutsen -Treasurer
Brenda Shewchuk - President
Carol Walmsley - Secretary
Petra Nyendick, Executive Director
Originally from Toronto, Petra Nyendick moved to Indiana in 2001, living in Indianapolis and Terre Haute. After realizing the need for a commercial art gallery in Terre Haute, Petra became founding director of 333 Visual Art Gallery. The success of that gallery and attached working studio morphed into the launch of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum. Petra’s success as owner/operator of Halcyon and director of the Swope Art Museum’s Summer Youth Art Program led to her opportunity to become Executive Director of Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts.
While in Indiana, she was a member of Arts Indiana’s Regional Advisory Council, and a member of the board of directors of various arts organizations: The Terre Haute Children’s Choir, Blues at the Crossroads Festival, and Wabash Valley Art Space. At Art Spaces, Petra also served as Chair of the Site Selection and Acquisition Committee.
Most recently, Petra served as the Executive Director of Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events, an innovative arts centre dedicated to presenting diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible art and musical practices. While in Guelph, Petra served on the Guelph Arts Council board, chairing the Communications Committee.
These positions are the most recent facet in a life’s work in art; a long, strong involvement in the arts as a successful artist, agent and arts organizer. She brings to the NPCC her committed vision of the guild of the creative community and its importance to society as a whole.
Petra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors at York University in Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Indiana State University.
Cory Therrien, Administrative Assistant
"An evening art class led me to Neilson Park Creative Centre.. After taking many art workshops and classes across the GTA, I took a class offered by the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto-based at Neilson Park. I am now a member of the Toronto and Hamilton calligraphy guilds.
I graduated with a degree in Office Administration and a certificate in Marketing from Ryerson University. My past work experience included different roles in marketing. Some of my responsibilities included purchasing and supervising the distribution of marketing materials, reporting on brand and product line pricing and margins, co-op fund administrator, budget planning and coordinating the company’s trade show participation throughout Canada.
Claudia Di Nucci, Programs Coordinator
Claudia Di Nucci values NPCC's purpose to promote the appreciation and study of the arts within its community. She is a long time resident of the Etobicoke community, where she is involved with many groups. Claudia is a member of KUT 7; a collective of artists of all artistic disciplines, functioning under the auspices of the Milkweed Collective. She also volunteers her time as a Board member of Franklin Carmichael Art Group. She is a recent graduate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management studies and holds an Honours Bachelor in Art History. Claudia participates in arts and culture as a practising artist, volunteer, instructor and administrator.
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