Staff & Board


Program Director – Glenn Alteen

Operations Director – Meagan Kus

Communications Director – Leena Minifie

Archives Manager – Dan Pon

Curator – Vanessa Kwan

Development Director for Blue Cabin – Marlene Madison


Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Dennis Ha – Installation Photography
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Editing
Rachael Stableford – Installation


Karen Kazmer: President
Karen Kazmer, a practising visual artist, works with a diverse range of materials in her sculpture, installations and public art. She received her BFA from UBC and her MFA from York University. She is a part time instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada and the United States. Recently, a public commission, Moving Up was completed for the new Spirit Trail in North Vancouver.
Jessie Caryl: Vice President
Jessie Caryl is a lawyer whose background is in historical research, writing, and curatorial practice. She has an M.A. in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) (UBC), an Hon. B.A. in Art and Art History (University of Toronto) and a diploma in Fine Art from Sheridan College.
Karlene Harvey: Secretary
Karlene Harvey is an illustrator, artist and writer who lives in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in visual art. She has a passion for creating environments that produce meaningful community engagement. She advocates for capacity development in organizations that foster female leadership. Her career background includes programming and communications for public health, contemporary art administration and more recently, coaching and advising. She is currently an Academic Advisor at the University of British Columbia. Independently, she continues to work on her art practice. She is currently developing a portfolio of writing and illustrations for children’s books. She is Tshilqot’in, Carrier, and Okanagan and has a passion for nation building and indigenous social justice.
Charlene Vickers
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1994 and attained a BA from Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts in 1998. She completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, she explores her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands.
Deanna Bayne
Deanna Bayne returned to grunts Board of Directors in 2017 having last served from 2009 – 2012.  Deanna is an executive assistant with 25 years fundraising and advocacy experience.  She has managed the annual fundraising activities for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Canadian Cancer Society and the BCSPCA.   She has a certificate in Executive Office Administration from Mohawk College supplemented by part time studies in art at Capilano College and Emily Carr College; and she also learned a bit about the history of colonization while studying at the ephemeral Institute of Indigenous Government.   Deanna volunteers to cook for urban elders at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Fridays; and when not working or volunteering you might find her at a life drawing class or at home making ratty little rag dolls or writing bad poetry with the curtains drawn and the candles all aglow.
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Born in El Salvador, Castillo immigrated to Canada in 1989 at the age of 11. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007). A previous resident of Montreal, Castillo relocated to Vancouver in 2013.


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