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JULIE WHITENECT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie is a printmaker, based in Saint John. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University ’14. Julie is very engaged in the local arts ecosystem and has been with ArtsLink NB for the past 5 years. Julie believes that “the arts” is one of the most important tools we have to engage our communities and revitalize our economy. She is committed to assisting the advancement of arts and culture in our province. julie@artslinknb.com; 506.608.9914


JERI KNOPP, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

Jericho Knopp is a journalist turned arts administrator based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. She’s worked in business, fundraising, teaching, and retail; and her work has appeared in the CBC, Civilized, Leafly, Huffington Post, the Telegraph Journal, Buzzfeed, and The Georgia Straight. She spends her spare time trying to keep up with the ever-expanding corpus of great literature, sneaking a few romance novels in between classics. She also loves exploring, embroidery and cross stitch, hiking with her greyhound, baking, and promptly devouring everything she’s baked. jeri@artslinknb.com


HAILEY HOOPER, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Hailey is a lover of all things nerdy. From board games and books to long division and video games. With a background primarily in retail management, she has mastered the art of customer service and strives to learn something new every day. Born and raised in Saint John, Hailey has evolved with the city’s ever-changing landscape and growing charm. She is a big advocate for the importance of arts education in schools, and at home, in the hopes that her children will always have a creative outlet for self-expression. hailey@artslinknb.com


OUR BOARD

JULIE SCRIVER,  PRESIDENT

PR-6Creative director at Goose Lane Editions, Julie has a background in dance (way back), English and French literary studies, and a smattering of life behind the scenes in theatre. She’s brought her expertise to bear on all manner of art publications, exhibitions, and interpretive sites for such clients as the Frick Art & Historical Center, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Saint John Waterfront Development, the Canadian War Museum, and many organizations, independent writers, and artists. Photo Credit: Bob Morgan


JOHN EDWARD CUSHNIE, VICE PRESIDENT

John Edward Cushnie is a professional artist living in New Brunswick with a practice focused on the intersection between the individual and civil society and the ways in which this relationship is framed
through common lenses such as education, violence, finance, geography, and popular culture.
John has served as an instructor at Mount Allison University, OCAD University, and Western University, and on numerous committees and boards including ArtsLink NB and the Bayview Credit Union. John is also the founder and CEO of Sterling Martinique, a unique multimillion-dollar art project corporation.


CANDICE OSTROSKI, SECRETARY

Candice is a watercolour artist located in Bathurst NB, and finds inspiration in the landscape and people that surround her in the Chaleur Bay region. For the last few years, she has been very busy helping to manage and promote arts in Northern New Brunswick. Candice is the secretary and marketing director of the Bathurst Art Society. She has also organized and presented community art events, recognizing that the arts make life more beautiful and unites people. The subject of promoting the arts in small cities and rural areas has been of particular interest to this artist, and she hopes that she can keep being a force for good when it comes to the arts in the North of the province.


ZAMANTHA Z. ZARATE- TREASURER

Zamantha Z. Zarate is a Mexican born CPA residing in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. She lived and studied in Mexico where she received a Business degree majoring in International Business.
In 2012, Zamantha came to Canada to pursue a Master in Business Administration degree. Upon graduation, Zamantha accepted an Accounting Associate position. It was in this role, where she decided to apply for the CPA program. She completed her CPA designation in 2018. As a new member of the Board, Zamantha is looking forward to both deepening her understanding of the Arts Sector, and giving back to the New Brunswick community.


CHRISTIE GOODWIN

Christie Goodwin is currently acting principal oboist and has been a core member of Symphony New Brunswick since 2011.  She held the position of principal oboist of the Niagara Symphony until 2012 and has previously held principal and section-leader positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra.  Christie has been featured with orchestras both as an oboe and English Horn soloist on multiple occasions and has appeared as a freelance musician in ensembles throughout Southern Ontario and the Maritimes.

Originally from small-town Alberta, Ms. Goodwin completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia and the Artist’s Diploma program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.  Christie teaches oboe at the University of Moncton, has taught courses and guest-lectured at Mount Allison University and teaches private lessons from her home studio in Dieppe. She acts as co-ordinator, administrator and project manager for Ventus Machina.


MARIAH SOCKABASIN

Mariah Sockabasin is a Wabanaki Fashion Artist from Neqotkuk. In 2015, Mariah graduated with a Diploma in Fashion Design from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Mariah is currently exploring with dyeing techniques on moose & deer leather. She creates everyday wearable art that embodies strength and pride in oneself. Her work touches on personal themes of the artist, her interest in history and how the old mixes with the new. Mariah is always aiming to incorporate her traditional teachings and materials in her pieces. Her goal is to promote conversational pieces that educate and share her culture.


SONIA LANTEIGNE

A New Brunswick native, Sonia Lanteigne obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at Dalhousie University and her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Université de Moncton. She was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1999 and has practiced law, both in the private and public sectors since. Sonia is passionate about the arts in NB as a means to push communities to engage thoughtfully and make steps toward social progress.


CAROLINE WALKER

Originally from Bathurst, Caroline studied history (BA, Dalhousie University) and art history (MA, Carleton University), followed by a career in arts administration at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, then the Arts Development Branch, NB Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. While with the Arts Branch, she managed the NB Art Bank and worked on files including the establishment of ArtsLink NB. Now living in Charlotte County, she is a Board member of the Charlotte County Archives and a seasonal horticultural worker.


ADAM HODNETT

Adam Hodnett is a former journalist/photographer turned content marketer. He started Folk Media Communications Inc. in 2015. His focus is on storytelling-based video communications, and strategic messaging. He has worked at several newspapers across the country, had work aired on CBC radio, and was a frequent contributor to the Telegraph Journal’s Escapade and Salon sections. Adam believes there is a unique and compelling culture in New Brunswick, worth promoting, supporting, and growing. He believes that the arts are how we know ourselves, and that cultural exportation and tourism are under-appreciated industries that could profoundly alter our local economies. He is a serious defender of New Brunswick. He lives in Bathurst, but insists that all of “the north” is his home


ASHLEY GAUJEAN

Ashley Gaujean was born in Thunder-Bay, Ontario where her love of media and performing originates. She completed her DEC and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in Montreal, Quebec. It was in Montreal where she began performing stand-up comedy and writing about the comedy scene. After many years in the big city, Ashley was drawn to the sense of community and support that the residents of Saint John inhabit. In Saint John she’s been able to continue exploring the different parts of working in media and performing whether it be through government, agency or freelance. She is happiest when expressing herself through words or holding a microphone.


ANNIE TAYLOR

Annie Taylor is a photographer and visual artist originally from Ottawa currently living in New Brunswick. She works across several art mediums including film photography, drawing, painting, and pottery. Her interests have always been in combining analog and digital techniques – working with her hands and technology – to create and communicate beautiful finished products. Annie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited her artwork provincially, is a Laureate of the Imagining Canada’s Future: Future Challenges Grant awarded by the University of Ottawa Office of Undergraduate Research and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (May 2015) and received the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Arts Scholarship in Photography (April 2015). Her artwork can be found in private collections across Canada.
She completed a Master of Architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University where she has developed and refined her design sensibility: a honed attention to detail, rigorous work ethic, and an ability to create and communicate concepts beautifully. She currently works as an Intern Architect in Fredericton & Saint John, New Brunswick.