Staff & Board of Directors

Kathleen Buckley, Executive Director

Katie Buckley is an arts administrator from Rothesay, New Brunswick. She holds a BA from the University of King’s College in Halifax and an MA in Art History from SACI College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy. Katie has worked with a number of arts organizations including the Saint John Arts Centre, the New Brunswick Museum, and most recently the New Brunswick International Sculpture Symposium (Sculpture Saint John). Her writing has appeared in Visual Arts News and CreatedHere Magazine.


Lindsay Jacquard, President

Lindsay Jacquard is an arts educator and administrator from Nova Scotia, now living in Saint John, New Brunswick. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University. She is passionate about encouraging and enabling creative pursuits, working with organizations such as the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Imperial Theatre. Lindsay’s own artistic practice involves painting, portraiture, strangeness, and play.

Graeme Stewart-Robertson, Vice President

Graeme Stewart-Robertson is the Global Hub Coordinator for People Protecting Landscapes and Seascapes, a project of WWF-International, supporting the vital role Indigenous and local communities around the world play in protecting and safeguarding land and seascapes essential to global conservation goals. Contributing to environmental and arts initiatives across Atlantic Canada, Graeme brings his unique insight and passion to issues ranging from arts advocacy to climate change. With over thirteen years of experience in designing, implementing and managing community-based projects, his work challenges our collective relationship with landscape and nature and continues to explore the depths of how we define humanity and its role in natural systems.

Ben Peterson, Secretary

Ben Peterson (he/him/his) is a queer settler and an architectural historian raised in Saint John. Ben holds a BA in Architectural History and Theory and Law from Carleton University and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. Ben works in development planning and built heritage. He is fond of speaking publicly and his writing has appeared in publications including Visual Arts News and RENDER: Graduate Journal of Art and Culture

Allie Ruigrok, Treasurer

Allie Ruigrok is a project manager, graphic designer, freelance photographer and soon-to-be law student born and raised in Saint John. She has been working with Uptown Saint John, the local business improvement association, since 2015, and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick. Allie is passionate about community collaboration, public policy, and environmental law.

Jericho Knopp, Communications

Jericho Knopp is a freelance journalist, arts administrator, and embroidery artist based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. She is a fierce supporter of the arts, and believes that artistic work is critical to the provincial economy. She currently works as ArtsLink NB’s programming director. Previously, she’s worked in business, fundraising, teaching, and retail; her literary interests lie primarily in long-form non-fiction, spanning topics such as gender politics, social justice, the environment, and arts and culture. Her work has appeared in the CBC, Created Here, Visual Arts News, the Huffington Post, the Telegraph Journal, Buzzfeed, and the Georgia Straight. In her spare time, she spends time in the woods, eats baked goods, and creates cross-stitch and embroidery art as Jeri Stitches.

Matt Shields, Member at Large

Matt Shields is a lifelong lover and supporter of the arts. He is a part-owner of casual lifestyle boutique Pristine, and a freelance consultant and designer. Living and operating a business in Uptown Saint John, Matt strongly supports investing in and cultivating the arts community in our city. Matt has a wide variety of practical skills and years of experience in the fashion, design, and manufacturing industries. Matt believes creating a safe platform for artists to share their message is a vital part of any community, especially given the current social climate.

Christiana Myers, Member at Large

Christiana Myers is a Saint John-based curator, writer, and artist. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Previously the Programming Coordinator of Third Space, she is now employed at the New Brunswick Museum and teaches part-time at NBCCD. She has exhibited her work and participated in arts panels throughout New Brunswick, as well as Montreal, Toronto, the UK, Finland, and the Netherlands. In 2018 she was selected for an editorial residency at Canadian Art magazine in Toronto for which she continues to write critical reviews. Her writing has also appeared in Visual Arts News, CreatedHere Magazine, and in books and catalogues circulated by St. Thomas University and the New Brunswick Museum, among others.

Laura Oland, Member at Large

Laura Oland is a PhD Art History Student currently based in Saint John, New Brunswick. She holds a BAH History degree from Acadia University and a MLitt Art History Dress & Textiles degree from the University of Glasgow. Since moving back to Saint John, Laura has been active in the Saint John community, as an employee at the New Brunswick Museum, a board member for IACT and the Saint John Community Arts Board, and sales associate at The Urban Shoe Myth. Laura is passionate about history, art, and Saint John, as she is keen to further the development of the arts and culture scene in Saint John.

Abigail Smith, Member at Large

Abigail Smith is an event planner and community organizer based out of the South End of Saint John.