MASC Staff

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Micheline Shoebridge 

Executive Director 
Micheline Shoebridge has worked in cultural industries for the past 25 years. Starting off in the world of arts education, Micheline managed the Canadian Screen Training Centre, an Ottawa-based film and television training organization for 6 years. She then spent the next fifteen years managing and producing documentaries, dramatic series, short films, music videos and commercials, in both English and French, sharing stories from Nunavut to Tajikistan. Micheline was part of the team that founded the internationally award-winning Awesome Arts Program in 2009, bringing it to the MASC umbrella from One World Arts in 2012. Micheline was also MASC’s Seniors Program Director for 7 years before joining forces with Wendy Hartley as Co-Executive Director from March 2019-June 2021 when Wendy retired. Micheline believes strongly in the power of art as a catalyst to bring people together and improve the communities we live in.
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French Program Director

Chantal Racine has 20 years’ experience in television and video production, spent mostly with Groupe média TFO where she covered stories on her two favourite subjects: education and French culture. As production coordinator, as director, and as producer, she has travelled across Ontario to meet and interview hundreds of inspiring francophones in many different fields. Her passion and strong production experience have led her to direct and produce music clips with local artists such as LeFLOFRANCO and Yao. Now mixing her production and event management experience with her knowledge of francophone arts and culture, she continues working with her beloved community as MASC’s French Program Director. This year, she is excited to offer high-quality arts education programs in an ever so rapidly developing virtual world.
Alejandro Salgado
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English Program Director and Equity and Diversity Director
Alejandro Salgado Cendales is an artist, advocate, and active member of Ottawa's BIPOC and immigrant artistic community. He is the founder and director of the Multicultural Artists' Coalition (MAC-CAM), and he is a member of the City of Ottawa's CFSS - Equity and Inclusion Committee. Pulling from his rich cultural background as a Colombian shaped by the intersections of Western, Indigenous, African and popular knowledges, Alejandro has a commitment to equity and diversity issues, especially for cultural, political, social, and economic decolonization. His research and community-based work aim to facilitate dialogues between academic, institutional, and marginalized communities through policymaking, artistic programming and cultural projects' production. Alejandro has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2013) and a Master in Fine Art (MFA) at Queens College, City University of New York (2017).
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Jessica Ruano
Communications Director and Community Program Director
A graduate of Canterbury High School and the University of Ottawa (M.A., Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy), Jessica Ruano has fifteen years’ experience working in marketing and communications for a variety of arts organizations and artists in Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond. She has also worked as an arts journalist and reviewer for multiple publications. As a theatre director, producer, and writer, she is perhaps best known for her documentary dance-theatre production of The Ghomeshi Effect that toured across Canada and for which she received the 2017 Ottawa International Women’s Day Award for Media. She lives in Hintonburg with her baby daughter Joy Apitak (an unofficial honourary member of the MASC Board of Directors), and she is currently writing a memoir about queer relationships and unconventional parenting situations. 
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Katryn Hepworth

Bilingual Booking Coordinator
Katryn Hepworth grew up in Ottawa where she graduated from the University of Ottawa and obtained a diploma with double major in Theatre and Psychology. She has over ten years of experience in customer service and sales. In 2017, she moved to Toronto where she pursued a career in Traveling, working as a Flight Attendant and flying around the world. She felt the need to return to her roots and work in the arts where her true passions lie.

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Yana K.M
Office Manager & Bookings Coordinator
Yana K.M has been involved in Arts and Education fields for the last 20 years. She was trained as a photographer in New York, spent 2 years researching traditional shadow theatre in Java and received a Master of Advanced Studies in Contemporary Puppetry Theatre from University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). While being active as an artist, Yana worked in various arts organizations and taught Visual and Performance Arts to children and adults in Russia, Europe, Asia and Americas. In 2015 Yana co-founded the Living Myth company that united mutually attuned individuals on mythical journeys across the globe to experiment with various arts in magnificent natural settings. These days Yana lives in Ottawa and she is happy to join MASC, an organization that combines her passions for Arts and Education.
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Faith Seltzer
Artistic Director of the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival
Faith Seltzer has worked with the City of Ottawa as a Cultural Funding and Awards Officer, where she managed a multi-disciplinary arts and heritage portfolio and was responsible for all aspects of the Ottawa Book Awards and the Karsh Award for photography.  In her previous role as Community Arts Officer, she implemented a variety of multi-disciplinary arts projects bringing professional artists into community settings. She has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in anthropology and art history.
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Design Manager
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Chris Jackson graduated from art college a century ago and has been rewarded with a life-long career in the arts. For the most part, he has worked as a graphic designer. He has also written and illustrated half a dozen children’s picture books as well as illustrated the same number of books for the educational market. These books led him to be on the MASC roster for 10 years or so, taking his drawing/reading workshops all over Eastern Ontario. Now as Design Manager he regularly terrifies his colleagues with an avant-garde approach to typing. Apart from his work at MASC, Chris paints, draws, supports the preservation of Tapirs, can play six chords on a Ukulele, and is presently learning Welsh. His happy place is in a canoe on a quiet river. Chris has a love of cooking - mostly plant based now. He is right-handed and a painful whistler - ask anyone!
Wendy Hartley
Wendy Hartley 

Executive Consultant

Throughout her 20 years at MASC, Wendy Hartley has held many roles and is still learning, always learning! Joining the organization as the Bookings Coordinator in 2001, Wendy then took on the role of English Program Director role for 12 years. The best part of her work is appreciating the connections between artists and their audiences through their inspiring artforms, as well as fostering rich relationships with artists, partners, volunteers and staff. Wendy has been the strong guiding force behind the MASC Arts Awards for 15 years and in 2015,  founded Your Story, MASC’s popular teen literary event. In 2019, Wendy and Micheline Shoebridge joined forces as Co-Executive Directors at MASC until June 2021. Wendy is now enjoying her retirement while keeping her conneection with MASC strong as an Executive Consultant.
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Aminata Touré
MASC intern
Currently a third year international student in organizational communication at the University of Ottawa, Aminata Touré was born and lived in Senegal where she obtained the equivalent of a DEC in science before coming to Canada for her studies. She is passionate about detective, fantastic, horror and fantasy novels. She currently lives in Gatineau and visits her family as often as possible.

MASC Interns

Over the years, we have been very lucky to work with some incredible interns. Their time at MASC is spent assisting us in our programming and honing their skills so that they can one day pursue this work themselves. We are grateful for the time and energy they have spent helping us tackle all the projects that help our organization move forward. Thank you!

Heidi Muamba
Communications Intern (September to November 2020)
Currently in her final year of her Bachelor's degree in Communications at the University of Ottawa, Heidi Muamba plans to earn her diploma by April 2021. Passionate about event organization, she hopes to one day open her own event management company. Courageous and ambitious, she looks forward to gaining experience at MASC before starting out on her own professional endeavours. 
Louann Lamarche Garceau
MASC Intern 
In her third year at the University of Ottawa, Louann is pursuing her studies in communications and would like to complete a bachelor's degree with a minor in marketing management. The world of event planning, and especially public relations, has always fascinated her. Originally from Montreal, she has spent the last three years discovering the beautiful city of Ottawa, and she looks forward to becoming acquainted with Ottawa's artistic community this winter with MASC. 
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Vanessa Lovell
MASC Arts Admin Intern 
Vanessa was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. From a young age, she showed interest in dance, whether it was doing Traditional Caribbean dance or getting down with her cousins to the latest hip hop songs. Once Vanessa finished high school, she moved to Toronto to pursue an Arts Degree at Ryerson University. While in Toronto, she began to focus mainly on street dance styles such as House, Waacking, Popping and Hip Hop. Since her return to Ottawa, she has been very involved in the street dance community from organizing events to judging local street dance battles and teaching classes. Though dance has been her main outlet, Vanessa has volunteered with various organizations offering administrative support and has been privileged to sit on a few assessment committees.

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.”

Written by Joan Commanda Tenasco, an Anishinàbekwe from Kitigan Zibi near Maniwaki, Quebec. She is a semi-retired Algonquin language teacher and continues to develop curriculum. She also works as a translator to ensure the continuous existence of the Anishinàbe language.

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