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Arts Revelstoke Staff

Arts & Experiences Producer

Board of Directors

Arts Revelstoke Staff

Miriam Manley

Artistic & Executive Director

Miriam’s career spans the arts in both the UK and Canada, including the Arts Council of England and the Banff Centre for the Arts where she programmed, funded and developed festivals, films, events, residencies and professional development courses. The Banff Centre’s policy of putting the artist first continues to drive Miriam to support artists and the creation of new work. As Artistic and Executive Director of Arts Revelstoke, Miriam strives to balance popular acts with more challenging work, including contemporary dance, while creating opportunities for the community to meaningfully engage with the arts.

Miriam’s career spans the arts in both the UK and Canada, including the Arts Council of England and the Banff Centre for the Arts where she programmed, funded and developed festivals, films, events, residencies and professional development courses. The Banff Centre’s policy of putting the artist first continues to drive Miriam to support artists and the creation of new work. As Artistic and Executive Director of Arts Revelstoke, Miriam strives to balance popular acts with more challenging work, including contemporary dance, while creating opportunities for the community to meaningfully engage with the arts.

Allie Bruni

Arts & Experiences Producer

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Brodie Johnson

Bookkeeper

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brodie has called Revelstoke home since 2009. She works as an accounting technician at Baker Tilly Rockies LLP, and has been involved with Arts Revelstoke since 2018 as their contract bookkeeper. When she’s not immersed in accounting software, you’ll find her mountain biking, playing softball or enjoying live music in Grizzly Plaza on a summer evening.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brodie has called Revelstoke home since 2009. She works as an accounting technician at Baker Tilly Rockies LLP, and has been involved with Arts Revelstoke since 2018 as their contract bookkeeper. When she’s not immersed in accounting software, you’ll find her mountain biking, playing softball or enjoying live music in Grizzly Plaza on a summer evening.

Board of Directors

Carol Palladino

Chair

Carol arrived in Revelstoke in 1979 and has since been involved as a volunteer with many groups in the cultural and social sectors.  Since the mid 90’s her main focus has been Arts Revelstoke and Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.   Carol finds the arts, in all forms, nourishing to the soul.  She is happy to contribute her organizational and financial skills in assisting and promoting the arts in Revelstoke. Carol is currently Chair of the Arts BC Board and also a Director for the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.

Carol arrived in Revelstoke in 1979 and has since been involved as a volunteer with many groups in the cultural and social sectors.  Since the mid 90’s her main focus has been Arts Revelstoke and Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.   Carol finds the arts, in all forms, nourishing to the soul.  She is happy to contribute her organizational and financial skills in assisting and promoting the arts in Revelstoke. Carol is currently Chair of the Arts BC Board and also a Director for the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.

Kathy Siemens

Vice Chair

As a founding Vice President of the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society and a singer with Folk Roots and Dinner Theatre experience, Kathy brings both performance and operational experience to her role of Director with Arts Revelstoke. She recently retired to Revelstoke from the Okanagan and is enjoying living close to her family, watching her grandchildren grow, gardening and exploring for turtles!

As a founding Vice President of the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society and a singer with Folk Roots and Dinner Theatre experience, Kathy brings both performance and operational experience to her role of Director with Arts Revelstoke. She recently retired to Revelstoke from the Okanagan and is enjoying living close to her family, watching her grandchildren grow, gardening and exploring for turtles!

Caroline Dixon

Treasurer

Caroline brings almost two decades of financial expertise to the Art Revelstoke Board. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who specializes in forensic accounting and fraud investigations. In addition to her love of the arts, Caroline is passionate about creating fraud awareness, helping people mitigate risk and protect themselves from fraud. She has experience working in numerous industries including public sector, police services, healthcare, construction, and not-for-profits. In her spare time, you can find Caroline running, mountain biking or learning to ski with her kids at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Caroline brings almost two decades of financial expertise to the Art Revelstoke Board. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who specializes in forensic accounting and fraud investigations. In addition to her love of the arts, Caroline is passionate about creating fraud awareness, helping people mitigate risk and protect themselves from fraud. She has experience working in numerous industries including public sector, police services, healthcare, construction, and not-for-profits. In her spare time, you can find Caroline running, mountain biking or learning to ski with her kids at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Melissa Klages

Secretary

Originally from Ontario, Melissa has attended the University of Guelph, Dalhousie University and the University of Maastricht.  She moved to Revelstoke from Banff in 2008.  For the past 10 years she has been a practising lawyer in and around Revelstoke and has sat on various subcommittees for the City of Revelstoke.  Melissa is a long-time lover of the arts in all forms and wants to contribute to Revelstoke’s thriving art scene.

Originally from Ontario, Melissa has attended the University of Guelph, Dalhousie University and the University of Maastricht.  She moved to Revelstoke from Banff in 2008.  For the past 10 years she has been a practising lawyer in and around Revelstoke and has sat on various subcommittees for the City of Revelstoke.  Melissa is a long-time lover of the arts in all forms and wants to contribute to Revelstoke’s thriving art scene.

Carolyn Johnston

Director

Carolyn has been a National Park interpreter, a television producer, a professional writer, a communications consultant, and a midwife. She is now semi-retired. She has served on the boards of six non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Carolyn loves knitting, design, outdoor sports, reading, and film.  She also loves beauty, which is why she moved to Revelstoke in 2014.

Carolyn has been a National Park interpreter, a television producer, a professional writer, a communications consultant, and a midwife. She is now semi-retired. She has served on the boards of six non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Carolyn loves knitting, design, outdoor sports, reading, and film.  She also loves beauty, which is why she moved to Revelstoke in 2014.

Uri Naprstek

Director

Uri Naprstek is a retired hi-tech project manager and consultant. He grew up in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Canada in 1969 in order to continue traveling the world. Uri has volunteered most of his life, especially while his four children were growing up. His connection to the arts has been mostly through business support of his wife’s fine art endeavours. In his role as a director of Arts Revelstoke, Uri is primarily interested in the continued financial success and viability of Arts Revelstoke in the coming years.

Uri Naprstek is a retired hi-tech project manager and consultant. He grew up in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Canada in 1969 in order to continue traveling the world. Uri has volunteered most of his life, especially while his four children were growing up. His connection to the arts has been mostly through business support of his wife’s fine art endeavours. In his role as a director of Arts Revelstoke, Uri is primarily interested in the continued financial success and viability of Arts Revelstoke in the coming years.

Josee Zimanyi

Director

Josee Zimanyi has been a Revelstoke resident since 1990. She has a passion for artistry, innovation, adventure, outdoor activities and music. Josee co-founded the Modern Bakeshop and Café and spent 14 years leading the business, overseeing finances, kitchen operations and menu development. She also has 15 years experience cooking for ski lodges, tree planting camps, private groups, and the Canadian cross-country team at two Olympics. Josee created edible art installations including Michelangelo’s David and a Chocolate Gingerbread Zoetrope at LUNA Fest in 2017 and 2019.

Josee Zimanyi has been a Revelstoke resident since 1990. She has a passion for artistry, innovation, adventure, outdoor activities and music. Josee co-founded the Modern Bakeshop and Café and spent 14 years leading the business, overseeing finances, kitchen operations and menu development. She also has 15 years experience cooking for ski lodges, tree planting camps, private groups, and the Canadian cross-country team at two Olympics. Josee created edible art installations including Michelangelo’s David and a Chocolate Gingerbread Zoetrope at LUNA Fest in 2017 and 2019.

Laura Stovel

Director

Laura is a writer, historian and environmentalist who was born and raised in Revelstoke. Her deep connection with this land and these rivers and her work in social justice inspired her most recent book, Swift River: Stories of the First People and First Travellers on the Columbia River around Revelstoke.

Laura is a writer, historian and environmentalist who was born and raised in Revelstoke. Her deep connection with this land and these rivers and her work in social justice inspired her most recent book, Swift River: Stories of the First People and First Travellers on the Columbia River around Revelstoke.

Kathleen Bailey

Director