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
Kristin Froneman – Communication and Programs Coordinator
Kristin Froneman is a Vernon-based writer, photographer, and digital and print media, specialist. A graduate of the prestigious photojournalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Kristin is also a recipient of the Harvey Southam bursary in writing and editing from the University of Victoria. Kristin has worked as a reporter at a number of community newspapers in British Columbia and Ontario, and also as a photographer on Vancouver Island and in Toronto. She most recently served as the entertainment editor at the Vernon Morning Star from 2000-2017. Kristin was formerly employed as a copywriter for Read Head Copywriting in Vernon and is currently a member of the Spoke Writers’ Collective, which has hosted a writing festival at the Caetani Cultural Centre since 2017.
Gabriel Newman, Tours
Gabriel Newman is an educator, storyteller, writer and actor living in Vernon, BC. He completed his BFA in theatre at the University of Victoria and MFA in Interdisciplinary Performance from UBC. He has performed in coffee shops, alleys, World War II batteries, parks, heritage properties, heritage buildings, carriage houses, street corners, store fronts, farms, community halls, ranches, senior’s centres, and every once in a while, in theatres. His Ghost Tours of Vernon have been entertaining locals and tourists for the past eighteen years.
When not performing he has worked as an educator and community coordinator with the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, O’Keefe Ranch, and Okanagan Science Centre. In 2018 he was named as one of the “Changemakers of the year” by the BC Museums Association, and won the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Heritage Education and Awareness” from the BC Heritage Association. He is also a sessional instructor in theatre at Thompson Rivers University.