Aaron Neeb, Chair – Music teacher and project coordinator Aaron Neeb grew up near Crediton, Ontario on a dairy farm. After attending South Huron District High School, Aaron pursued his musical studies at the University of Western Ontario where he studied french horn. In 2011, Aaron graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music, Honors Music Education. He then attended the Althouse Faculty of Education where he studied Intermediate/Senior Music and History. In 2012, he graduated from the faculty of education and was the recipient of the Don Wright Faculty of Education Music Scholarship, an award given based on academic excellence in instrumental music pedagogy. Aaron is currently employed with the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board and the Avon Maitland District School Board as a supply teacher and as the Youth Cultural Coordinator for “Imagine South Huron”. Imagine South Huron is a youth entrepreneurship program that assists youth in commercializing their talents in arts, culture and heritage in South Huron. Through Imagine South Huron, Aaron has coordinated a number of enterprises including the South Huron Youth Jazz Band, the Arts Cafe Coffeehouses, and the Musicality School of Music.
Chris Spaleta, Vice Chair – Christopher Spaleta is a writer, actor and director for independent film, television and theatre. He grew up in Goderich, studied English and Screenwriting in Ottawa, and lives with his wife Maria on a farm in Central Huron. In addition to his duties on the HAHN board he is a member of the Rebuilding Oversight and Steering Committee for the reconstruction of the Square in Goderich.
Deb Sholdice, Secretary – Deb spent many happy years in her youth as a volunteer usher at the Blyth Festival. In 2000, she returned with her son to a volunteer orientation session and has been a fixture ever since, first as a member of the community company for all three productions of The Outdoor Donnellys and as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2007, the organization was searching for a General Manager and Deb was ultimately selected for the position. Since that time, she has worked closely with many organizations and businesses to promote arts and culture in their rural region.
Rick Sickinger, Treasurer – Rick has been working with the County of Huron as the Cultural Development Officer since 2011. In that time he has coordinated the County’s Cultural Mapping Project (2011/12) and the development of a new Huron County Cultural Plan (2013/14). Prior to his role as the Cultural Development Officer, Rick did similar cultural development work as the coordinator for Huron Arts & Heritage Network from 2007 to 2011. Rick comes to Huron County via Stratford where he worked for 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors for Blyth 14/19 , is a committee member of Art aRound Town and has previously been involved as a Board member with Foundation for Education and Regional Tourism Organization 4.
Bonnie Sitter – Bonnie is interested in all art forms and enjoys her hobby of photography especially photographing the natural beauty of HuronCounty. Recently the book The Beauty and Bounty of Huron County was published and this coffee table book with her colour photos along with photos by Telfer Wegg and David Bishop has been a great success. She is a member of the ART AROUND TOWN board in Exeter and is presently on the board for the South Huron Trail 10th Anniversary celebrations. Her Huron roots go deep and she is a 4th generation Huron County Resident. Her love of history was instilled at an early age and she is now planning a book about Famous People who were born in HuronCounty and became know nationally and internationally. She is currently working with Telfer Wegg on an agricultural book covering Ontario AGriculture with crops, stock, buildings and machinery that she hopes will be used in schools as a teaching aid to help connect people to the land where their food is produced. Bonnie is involved with the Heritage Quilt Exhibit that is staged every two years and the Bach Music Festival of Canada, both of which are held in Exeter.
Jenna Ujiye – Born in Kamloops BC, Jenna has been involved in arts and culture since a very young age. Moving to Huron County when she was a child, she started singing and acting including performances with the Goderich Little Theatre and Blyth Festival. Jenna has also won scholarships and awards for singing; Rotary Canada, The Canadian Open, Youth Talent Search to name a few. Jenna holds a degree in communications and diplomas in media and advertising graphic design along with a post grad in online advertising. During her time at post secondary school she took an interest in photography and helped to initiate the Huron Camera Club. She sits on many committees and boards and volunteers with a variety of local and community events. Currently Jenna performs backup singing with Emm Gryner, sings casually in a local band and is involved with the Goderich Little Theatre. Working as the Tourism Marketer for the County of Huron, Jenna is able to use her creative skills to do her work, which is also very in tune with what the Huron Art and Heritage Network does.
Meighan Wark – Meighan Wark is Director of Cultural Services and County Librarian at the County of Huron. Since taking on the position of Director of Cultural Services in 2011, Meighan has overseen the development of new strategic plans for the Huron County Museum, Gaol and Library as well as the completion of a new Municipal Cultural Plan for the County of Huron. Meighan is currently co-chair of ARUPLO (Administrators of Rural/Urban Public Libraries of Ontario) and in 2013 sat on the Provincial Nominations Committee for the Ontario Museum Association. Membership and committee work has included participation in the Canadian Library Association, University of Western Ontario Graduate Student Association, Canadian Rural Research Network, Canadian Museum Association and former Executive Secretary of Librarians Without Borders. Meighan has been on the Board of Directors of HAHN since 2011.