Staff and Volunteers

AX‘s success hinges on hard work and support from our local community – we can offer great programming because we have great staff and volunteers.

Our volunteers help in countless ways, but here are a few examples:

  • Serve on committees
  • Help coordinate events
  • Greet gallery visitors
  • Promote arts and culture programming

Yes, I’d like to volunteer with AX!


Our Staff

Jane Simpson, BA  Executive Director

Jane has worked extensively in marketing and communications in both the private and public sector. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Honours English from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Certificate in Business Communications from St. Mary’s University. Jane is also an award-winning writer and the regional representative for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB).

Laura MacInnis-Fulton, BA – Fund Development and Business Officer

Laura MacInnis-Fulton has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from St. Thomas University and worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years as a reporter and managing editor that included efforts promoting the arts. She previously did writing for non-profit agencies. In her spare time, Laura is a supporter of the province’s art, music, theatre, and film scene including involvement in the NB Film Co-op.

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Peter Powning, D.Litt, RCA – President

Peter has been active in arts and culture organizations for more than forty years. His work has been exhibited on six continents and he has an active studio practice producing public art commissions and gallery exhibitions. Peter is a founding director of AX, was on the founding board and vice president of ArtsLink (Arts Association of New Brunswick) from 2008 – 2012, on the Advisory Council of the NB College of Craft and Design 2011 – 2015, as well as the New Brunswick Arts Board as vice-chair 1990-1991 and the Premier’s Advisory Committee for the Arts, 1987-88.

Peter is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts, 2017, the 2006 Bronfman Governor General’s Award, and an honorary doctorate from UNB in 2014.

Megan de Graaf, BSc, MSc – Vice President

Megan holds a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and is a farm and woodlot owner in southern New Brunswick. Megan’s vocations are as a Forest Ecologist and fibre artisan; she has worked in the non-profit sector for fifteen years and serves on the Boards of Directors for two New Brunswick charities.

Donna Floyd – Treasurer

Donna Floyd graduated from UNB Saint John in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and obtained her CGA designation in 2002. Donna has worked in the accounting industry for more than 18 years, in both industrial accounting and public accounting, and in 2009, she opened an accounting firm of her own. Donna is actively involved in her community, currently serving on the Board of the Sussex Regional Library as well as past Chair and Treasurer of the Sussex Area Community Foundation Inc. When she’s not in the office, Donna loves baking and spending time with her husband Derrick as well as family and friends.

Bonny Hill, BAEd – Director

Bonny Hill completed a Bachelor of Art in Art Education at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been teaching art in public schools in the area for 30 years. In 2011, she was recognized by the Canadian Society for Education Through the Artswith the Canadian Art educator of the Year award for her work in the visual arts department at Sussex Regional High School (SRHS). Bonny has also been active in the SRHS theatre, directing the spring musicals, building and designing sets, and teaching choreography. Bonny is a professional artist who has held solo exhibits at the Saint John Arts Centre, Gallerie Capitol Gallery in Moncton, Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre in Saint Andrews, and SEEDS Gallery in Halifax. She was chosen for the 2017 emerging artists’ series, Studio Watch,at the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and she sits on the provincial Visual Arts Curriculum Committee.

Bonny is an active volunteer in the community – she is a member of Class Actand the Sussex Choral Society, the Sussex Artists’ Co-op, and Bloomin’ Artists.

Catherine Healy, BA, BEd, MSc, S-LP – Director

Cathy and her family moved to Sussex in 2007. After completing a BA and BEd at Saint Thomas University (1979-80), she spent a year in France to strengthen her French language skills at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.  Then followed a teaching career in Saint John, NB, St. John’s NF and Newcastle, NB. Over the span of ten years, Cathy taught both Early and Late French Immersion at both elementary and high school levels. She also taught French to employees of several businesses around the Saint John, NB area.

In 1996, Cathy received a Master of Science degree in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University.  She and her family moved to Miramichi, NB where Cathy worked in Speech-Language Pathology for many years, both in the private and public sectors. Always keenly interested in the arts and community endeavours, Cathy is happy to be part of AX.

James Brown – Director

Jamie is a president of Craft NB. His medium is steel and he produces work that ranges from the intimate to large public sculpture. Jamie previously worked in management with a large mining corporation, where he learned many successful skills that are now helping him establish a career in sculpture.