Saint John Arts Centre’s volunteer Board of Directors serve for up to two consecutive terms of three years.

Current Board of Directors

Christine Gilliland, Chairperson
Christine Gilliland is a self-employed communications and fundraising professional supporting both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She’s convinced that a vital arts and culture sector creates vibrancy in neighbourhoods and that together, strong business and creative sectors attract people, advance commerce and culture, build our community, and spur economic development.


Pat Joas, Treasurer
Raised in Toronto with a great love of all the arts, Pat Joas worked as a bookseller for 38 years, most recently as manager of the University Bookstore, UNB Saint John, until her retirement in 2012.  Always active within the book community–both regionally and nationally–Pat co-organized the Lorenzo Reading Series in Saint John for 13 years, served on two Canada Council juries, and numerous Atlantic provincial juries for the literary arts.  She spent 8 years on the executive of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (4 years as president), and 6 years on the board of the (national) Canadian Booksellers Association, serving as president from 2004-2005.  An enthusiastic, lifelong visual arts practitioner, Pat regularly participates in the Arts Centre’s programs, and is eager to contribute in any way she can to the continued success of this innovative and irreplaceable community gem.

Emily Saab, Secretary
Emily Saab is a multi-disciplinary artist, organizer and musician from Saint John, New Brunswick. Emily’s artistic practice revolves around material exploration through sculpture, drawing, video, and playing drums as a member of the local experimental music ensemble, Usse. Her involvement with the Saint John Arts Centre began in 2006 as a recipient of the James Venner Russell Foundation’s scholarship to participate in the Centre’s inaugural Portfolio Development Program. Emily graduated from Mount Allison University in 2011 with a degree in Fine Arts and holds the position of Executive Director of Third Space, Saint John’s artist-run centre for contemporary art.

David Emerson
David Emerson has been an employee of the University of New Brunswick since 2001, and currently serves as the Senior Director, Government Relations, in the Office of the President. David is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Urban and Regional Planning program. He is certified at the Fellowship level as an economic development professional, and is a Past President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Saint John Port Authority. David is a former member of the New Brunswick Police Commission, and a former chair of the Saint John Board of Police Commissioners. David is a resident of Saint John, where he resides with his wife Ann and their five children.

Cathy Fynn
Cathy Fynn is a writer and project manager based in Saint John, NB. Cathy is Executive Director of the Writers’ Federation and a contract researcher/writer. She also writes fiction, and served as writer-in-residence at the Saint John Free Public Library in 2016-17 where she edited the Sharing our Stories compilation, published in 2017. Cathy has a first class honour degree in history from UNB and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Lisa-Ann Scichilone
Lisa-Ann is a visual artist/art instructor with a degree in early childhood education. She works on her contemporary designs out of her home studio where she also holds adult and youth painting instruction. Lisa-Ann is an active member with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

As a director of the Saint John Arts Centre board, Lisa-Ann is keen to support art and art education opportunity in Saint John and surrounding communities. She strongly believes that a strong arts and culture presence creates a tighter unity among residents.