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Kyra Lee Brown 

Born and raised in Edmonton, the heart of Treaty No. 6 territory, Kyra Brown appreciates her Cree/Portuguese mixed bloodline.

Her career is dedicated to nurturing meaningful relationships that support stronger healthier communities. Kyra is a passionate supporter of initiatives that promote opportunities for marginalized groups, Indigenous populations, and women through her extensive volunteerism and work.

Kyra's background in Indigenous child and family development, is complemented by certifications in various wellness therapies. A life-long learner, her educational path focuses on nurturing growth and leadership in herself and others. She believes in healing and wellness through self-exploration, which includes Indigenous cultural teachings and practice wherein she feels a deep sense of comfort.

The ‘rippling pebble' theory is central to Kyra's life and work. She believes that one's energy and actions affect those around them; healthy, creative and positive personal growth naturally communicates its powerful uplifting energy to others because we are all related.

Jamie Chapelsky

Jamie Chapelsky 

Jamie Chapelsky graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Art & Design, and from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Communications. Along her journey to the EAC, she worked in communications roles for both the Downtown Business Association of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta. As a supporter of Edmonton’s music scene, Jamie also served as a board member (Media Coordinator) of the Up+Downtown Music Festival. When not busy working, she enjoys catching some live music or theatre, playing soccer, travelling, and drinking copious amounts of caffeine.

Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen 

Andrew Chen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Ph.D of Sociology. He interned at the United Nations New York headquarter a year before his graduation. He then moved to Edmonton in 2012 and worked with the Government of Alberta in three ministries before joining the EAC.

Andrew's specialization covers the areas of research, data management, statistical analytics and organizational performance measures. He loves to explore the facts and find the evidence behind all kinds of information, and transfer them into implementable strategies and actionable tactics.

In his leisure time, Andrew loves basketball, fishing and hiking; however, these days he's kept pretty busy with his energetic two-year-old daughter. 


  

David Cheoros 

David Cheoros studied theatre and management at the University of Waterloo, and directing at the University of Victoria.

In Edmonton, he has worked with Fringe Theatre Adventures, the Comedy Arts Festival, the Film and Video Arts Society - Alberta, Theatre Network, LitFest and Metro Cinema.

He is also a playwright and producer whose work focuses on original stories from Alberta history.

 


 Wendy Ching

Wendy Ching 

Wendy earned her CPA, CMA designation in 1995 and has honed her skills in both the private and not for profit sectors. While working in the private sector she was closely involved with the implementation of a range of projects from payroll to sales, distribution and inventory management. She was engaged also with the financial evaluations of new initiatives and product lines for the organization. In 2004, Wendy's career took a new direction as Director Finance for a prominent not for profit seniors' housing and care organization in Edmonton. Here she managed and supported all aspects of finance, payroll and operational functions within the organization.

Wendy is an avid marathon enthusiast and has completed many marathons nationally and internationally, as well as the occasional triathlon. Wendy is a dedicated volunteer with the Rotary Run for Life where she is the Vice Chair and Volunteer Coordinator.

Shirley Combden 

Shirley Combden joined the Edmonton Arts Council in 2006 as the Financial Officer. Prior to that she spent many years in public practice. In addition to her work at the EAC, she also works for other not-for-profit organizations including the Edmonton Heritage Council since its inception in 2010. 

Shirley enjoys the rewards of working in the not-for-profit sector so much that she can often be found volunteering at her church, her kids' school or in the multiple births community... when she isn’t too busy driving her kids to soccer! 

  

 

Robert Harpin 

Robert Harpin graduated with a degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006. Since then he has been involved with the Edmonton Arts community working for three years at the Works Art and Design Festival and then as the programming officer at Latitude 53.

In his spare time Robert Harpin creates installations and collage based pop art (sort of). These works have appeared in various locations throughout the city including an art garage sale, an office cubicle in the river valley, and a bizarre child’s bedroom in a mostly abandoned apartment. Robert Harpin also loves cats and techno (much to the detriment of his wife).


 

Melanie Haynes 

An Alberta native, Melanie left Calgary as a teen and spent formative years in many locations including San Diego, Las Vegas, and Ukraine before landing in Toronto. There, she worked in a HR capacity within non-profit organizations before leaving the big city behind and returning to Edmonton in 2017.

Initially Melanie tested out the Edmonton HR scene within different sectors, but returned to the non-profit world in 2018 when she joined the EAC as the HR Specialist. She's happy to finally proclaim an end to her travels and call Edmonton home with her children, her dogs, and her hedgehogs.

 

Sally Kim

Sally Kim

Sally Kim started with the Edmonton Arts Council in 2007 as Grants Officer. Prior to that, she worked as the producer/general manager at The Works Art & Design Festival. In 2005, she managed a sculpture competition in Southern Alberta. While working to promote the Festival City brand for Edmonton Tourism, she coordinated events for Alberta Scene at the National Arts Centre and ancillary events to the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. She donates her time to various organizations, mostly working casinos.

 Grace Law

Grace Law 

Grace Law joined the Edmonton Arts Council in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and possesses a strong background in arts administration and public art project coordination. From 2011 to 2015, she worked for The Works International Visual Art Society (producer of the The Works Art & Design Festival & The Places Public Art Program). In all her positions she is driven by her commitment to community engagement and inclusion.

Grace is motivated to contribute her expertise to initiatives that: support a diverse range of artists working in the public sphere; to come alongside Edmontonians to reimagine their lives through their connection to the work of artists.

As an arts administrator, cultural programmer, community organizer, and visual artist, her interests include civic engagement and social change, race and Asian identity, feminist history and aesthetics, climate justice, spirituality, and religion.


When compelled, Grace continues to make art. Currently her work responds to the challenges of a city in flux with public art interventions and social practice.

 Anastasia Maywood

Anastasia Maywood

Anastasia Maywood is from Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan and joined the Edmonton Arts Council in 2022. She holds a BA Honors (Drama) from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and an MFA in Choreography from York University (Toronto, ON). Prior to joining the EAC, Anastasia worked in post-secondary education for over 10 years in various positions, most recently at MacEwan University as a Program Manager for School of Continuing Education, International.

Anastasia has worked as an independent choreographer, dancer and producer, was the recipient of the 2015 Good Women Dance Collective's New Dance Award and has presented her work in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. She is an active volunteer and advocate for the Edmonton's arts community, recently concluding her role as President for both the Good Women Dance Collective and Common Ground Arts Society's boards.

She still choreographers and performs, with her work mainly focusing on clown/physical comedy and contemporary dance.

Victoria Modine 

Victoria joined the Edmonton Arts Council in summer 2019 as the Customer Service Lead at TIX on the Square.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Classical Studies.

Following graduation, Victoria worked for a small gallery in London, England before returning to Edmonton where she has worked for the Art Gallery of Alberta and Edmonton Opera.

After hours, you can find Victoria on the soccer field, watching BritBox, or lounging with her beloved cat Neville.

 
  

Bob Rasko

Bob Rasko

Since August 2011, EAC Churchill Square Happenings programmer, Bob Rasko, has produced a diverse schedule of offerings open to the public including: Sunday Swing 'n Skate, Live at Lunch, CypherWild and Zumba on the Square.

Danny Ross

Daniel Ross 

Prior to joining the Edmonton Arts Council in 2019, Daniel studied Math and Economics at the University of Alberta and Interior Design at Parsons in New York. As an advocate for the local design and manufacturing community, Daniel has previously worked with the City of Edmonton to develop the Edmonton Made program and has also consulted for various Edmonton-based industrial and interior design firms.

Outside of the office, Daniel is highly passionate about international travel, house plants, small dogs, and Japanese pottery.


Sanjay Shahani - Executive Director

Sanjay Shahani is an arts professional who has worked in the arts for more than 25 years. He has produced  documentaries such as Don't Pity Me, Jaromír Skrivánek, and the series Different, Yet the Same: A Look at Canadian Cultures Today. He has also produced theatre and is especially pleased to have contributed to Twisted Metal and Mermaids Tears, a community-engaged, professional theatre work that represented the plurality of South Riverdale in Toronto. Sanjay has also contributed to the growth and development of arts organizations in South Asia and North America, and continues to act as volunteer advisor to culturally diverse performing arts organizations. He is particularly proud of his stint as the founding Chair of the Prismatic Arts Festival in Halifax. Prismatic is multidisciplinary arts festival that is dedicated to advancing the work of artists and arts organizations of colour and of Indigenous descent.   

Most recently, Sanjay was the Strategy Lead for Arts and Culture at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, designing the foundation’s arts and culture investment strategy. Before being appointed to lead the foundation’s strategy, he oversaw province-wide granting to the sector. Prior to joining the foundation, Sanjay was a Theatre Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council where he worked with colleagues to develop the Extended Projects Program and the Multi-Arts Projects Program as a response to the growing intercultural creative expression of artists and arts organizations from culturally diverse and Aboriginal backgrounds.

Besides his artistic work, Sanjay has done scholarly work in education and cultural anthropology. As an educator, he has taught at post-secondary institutions in North America.

 Jenika Sobolewska

Jenika Sobolewska 

Staff bio coming soon. 

Bobbie Todd 

After a decade in Calgary, and 5 years with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Bobbie returned to Edmonton in 2016. She worked with the 2017 Works Art & Design Festival before coming to the EAC in the fall of that year. Bobbie's background as a dance professional led her to arts administration. Having spent her youth in a studio, Bobbie graduated from the Grant MacEwan Dance Program, worked as an Independent dancer/choreographer for the next ten years, and served as the Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance from 2000 to 2005.

David Turnbull

David Turnbull 

David has been with the EAC since 2009. He holds a Master of Art Conservation degree from Queen's University, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. As an art student he became more interested in other artists' creative processes and materials than he was in being an artist himself. The most rewarding part of his job is meeting artists and understanding the work they do, while thinking about how artists can build communities and bring people together.

Jenna Turner 

Jenna Turner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a French minor, from the University of Alberta. Before coming to the Edmonton Arts Council, she held positions in not-for-profit, market research, and government communications. One of her more interesting gigs took her to folk festivals across Canada as a festival liaison for a beer company. Jenna volunteers her talents to various Edmonton festivals and musical organizations. In her spare time, she plays experimental music, dabbles in silversmithing, and goes on long nature walks with her family. 

Stephen Williams

 

Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams joined the Edmonton Arts Council in 2010 after holding positions with the Government of Alberta and the Canada Council for the Arts. Before moving into those roles he was an active trumpet player, stage manager, community band conductor and music educator in Northern Alberta. Stephen holds a music Diploma from Grant MacEwan College, a Bachelor of Music degree from the U of A, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. He lives in Edmonton with his family, including the cats Mary and Pippin.


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