Susan Brandoli, BA, BFA, MFA, Executive Director

Susan Brandoli is an artist, writer, curator and lecturer living in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
Brandoli is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program, Interdisciplinary (Visual Arts and Critical Theory), Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and also holds degrees in History (BA), and Visual Arts (BFA, distinction) from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. She has been with the Caetani Cultural Centre since January, 2013.

Brandoli has taught as a sessional instructor in Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. Brandoli served as the Director/Curator of the Vernon Public Art Gallery Society for twelve years, and was co-owner of the Fugitive Gallery, Vernon, BC. Brandoli worked at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Sask., and was a founding member of Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Regina, Sask.

She is the author of Counterv(e)il: Truth, Apostasy and the Anxious Object: two installations in video and performance published by DMV Publishing, Germany, and several journal publications.

Her creative works and writings have focused on the discourse between critical theory, feminist perspectives, memory and personal experience.

Andrew Mercer, Music Coordinator

Andrew Mercer is a musician, entertainer, promoter, agent, and Manager with Modern Celtic band Cod Gone Wild.

In 2002 he was the Winner of  The Edge Magazine National Songwriting Competition. He has won numerous awards for leadership and athletics. He has previously worked at UBC Okanagan in marketing and promotions, before pursuing his dream of music on a more consistent basis.

Andrew graduated in 2008 with a degree in B. Com., Faculty of Business Administration Memorial University, St.John’s, Newfoundland. During his studies, he was the Student Programs Liaison Development Officer Assistant Answers, Student Success Programs, Memorial University and also the Senior Sponsorship Coordinator – Answers, Student Affairs, and Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Following this, he was employed as the Manager, University Center, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Events and Promotions Coordinator, Alumni & Community Relations, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, and later as Project Manager – Answers, Student Success Programs, Memorial University, Newfoundland

Liz Thomson, Administrative Assistant

Liz Thomson has been on staff at Caetani since July 2018.  Caetani marks a return to work for Liz, as prior to coming on board, Liz was retired from the fire department (2016) and was operating a bed and breakfast.  Liz is completely charmed by the Caetani story and is very happy to be involved in all the interesting events and programs going on.  Outside the office, Liz really enjoys traveling with her partner Brian, hanging out with her kids and grandkids, riding the rail trail and exploring the local wine industry.

Janelle Hardy WritingJanelle Hardy, Artist in Residence Program Coordinator

Janelle Hardy is the Caetani Artist-in-Residence Program’s part-time Host and Administrator. She’s an artist, a Yukoner, a podcaster and a solo mother, and she teaches transformational memoir-writing online and in-person. You can learn more about her at

Summer Students Research, Program & Events Assistants

Shaughnessy Barker – Communications and Marketing Assistant

After graduating from Vernon Secondary School in 2017, Shaughnessy has been studying in the Communications, Culture and Journalism program at Okanagan College since 2018, due to her great love for the arts, history, and the community. She will be helping organize many of the Caetani Centre’s events this summer, as well as taking care of its social media and the Centre’s online presence.
To get ahold of her, please send her an email at

Alex Lockwood – Digital Archive and Research Assistant SaveSave

A graduate from Kalamalka Secondary School in 2018, Alex currently attends Queen’s University where she is studying Political Science and Psychology. Over the course of this summer, Alex’s position at the Caetani Cultural Centre will involve research and archiving as well as playing an active role in event operations. To contact Alex, please email her at