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Akoulina Connell, Executive Director

Akoulina grew up in Sussex, N.B., did her B.A. in English literature at St.F.X., a year of the Interior Design program at Ryerson, and then an M.A. in English Literature at McGill. Prior to taking the Executive Director post at artsnb, she was Managing Editor at Goose Lane Editions, and has a background in communications for the Federal government, with career sidebars in marketing and IT. When she isn’t in the office or on the road on artsnb business, she is a dedicated arts and soccer mom. Writing and time outdoors are also high on her priority list.

Joss Richer, Program Officer

Originally from Montreal, Joss and his family made Fredericton their home 20 years ago. A visual artist with a particular interest in drawing and sculpture, he has taught art to children, adults, and seniors for the University of New Brunswick and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and continues to teach drawing classes through the continuing education program at the NB College of Craft and Design. Joss has served on the board of Gallery Connexion as treasurer and chair of the selection committee, and has also chaired the exhibition committee at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. Prior to joining artsnb, he worked for UNB for over 15 years, initially as webmaster, and more recently as manager of UNB Online. Joss holds a B.Sc. from the Université de Sherbrooke, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph.

Nathalie Rayne, Marketing, Communications and Translation Specialist

Nathalie Rayne is the Marketing, Communications and Translation Specialist for artsnb.  She received her B.A. at the University of New Brunswick. She then received a certificate in Television Production from Algonquin College in Ottawa, where she made a documentary produced by the NFB which aired on CBC.  She is a freelance video editor and spends her free time in various editing suites in and around Fredericton.  She enjoys working on short films, which tell New Brunswick Stories, with her husband Tim. In 2011 she won the excellence in editing award at the Silver Wave Film Festival for the short film Hold Fast.

Natalie Sappier, Aboriginal Outreach Officer

Natalie Sappier, artistically known as The Water Spirit is an Aboriginal Visual Artist from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. She completed her Diploma in Surface Design in 2005 and, in 2013, received her Diploma in Graduates Studies from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She is known for her storytelling through symbolic stylized painting of her Wolastoq Heritage. She has public displays of work in her community and The University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.She has taken part in a group exhibition Ekpahak: Where the tides end at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery where she is also involved in ActionArt youth workshops.