Meet Our Dedicated Team

With over fifty years of combined experience, our team members are educators, facilitators, designers, communications specialists, arts management graduates, museum studies graduates, art historians, and conservators.

Our Board is comprised of professionals from many different backgrounds. Academics, writers, lawyers, art dealers, historians and educators come together to support and enrich the Museum with their governance and guidance.

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Kirsten Kamper
Director & CEO
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image of Allie Davis, Education Coordinator
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Allie Davis
They/Them
Education Coordinator
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adavis@textilemuseum.ca
Allie is an Educator and textile artist with a passion for sustainability and up-cycling. A self-labelled “dabbler”, Allie loves to try different crafts and believes strongly in the accessibility of hands-on learning. Their specialties are dyeing and mending, and they love to teach folks how to make and repair their own textiles so they will last many years.
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Julia Brucculieri
She/Her
Assistant Curator
jbrucculieri@textilemuseum.ca
I have a background in fashion and lifestyle journalism and a deep interest in exploring fashion, clothing, and textiles as material culture. I am a deeply curious person who loves telling stories through my work.
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Sheryl Johnson
Director
My grandmother, from Barbados, made dolls and used them to tell stories about her childhood, her friends and our family. Storytelling is in my soul, similarly, the Textile Museum of Canada shares narratives of culture and history. So proud to be part of the team expanding this welcoming space to tell culturally important stories across Canada.
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Elaine Lam
Trustee
Dr. Elaine Lam, ICD.D. brings twenty years of experience in education, public policy and governance to the board. Having worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors, Elaine brings her collaborative and entrepreneurial style to building key partnerships that enable a broader reach.
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Callie Legault
She/Her
Visitor and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
clegault@textilemuseum.ca
I have a background in costume design and construction, and have a passion for exploring history through textiles. At the Museum, I enjoy connecting with other artists, textile enthusiasts, and our dedicated volunteer community.
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Maria Moreno
Programs & Tours Assistant
mmoreno@textilemuseum.ca
I grew up in Colombia and I moved to Canada 8 years ago. I have a Master’s in Museum Studies from the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain and I consider myself a Museum enthusiast. I love art and travelling, and I enjoy learning new things through them. I have a passion for art curating, making crafts, and hot yoga. I also spend my free time working as a volunteer for the City of Toronto.
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Charlie Morrison
Secretary
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Jane Motz-Hayes
Director
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Esther Knegt
Conservator & Assistant Registrar
eknegt@textilemuseum.ca
Armando Perla sitting on a white couch against a white wall. Armando has a dark coloured beard and short dark hair. They are wearing a black sheer top with solid black crisscrossing ties. They are wearing a silver watch and rings while leaning against the arm of the couch.
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Armando Perla
He/They
Head Curator
aperla@textilemuseum.ca
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Naomi Daryn Boyd
Community Engagement Assistant
they/them
nboyd@textilemuseum.ca
Naomi Daryn Boyd is a multidisciplinary designer, maker, collaborator, and facilitator from Tkaronto/Toronto. Naomi has recently completed a Master’s of Design with a focus on textiles and craft as a sustainable tool and product of community-based learning. Interests include: impromptu skill sharing sessions, crosswords, sports, and mending sweaters.
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Raven Spiratos
Manager, Community Outreach & Learning Programs
rspiratos@textilemusem.ca
Rooted in care and collaboration, I am dedicated to supporting artists and community members through intentional, accessible and inclusive programming. Spiratos is also a curator, researcher and writer with a Master’s degree in Art History and Communication, supervised by Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson.
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Tiana Atherton
Gift Shop Salesperson
tatherton@textilemuseum.ca
Tiana is a textile artist with a wide range of experience including spinning, wet felting, weaving and piecing. A recent graduate of Concordia University in Fibres and Material Practices, she loves learning and talking about the technical and historical aspects of textile creation.
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Amanda Pajak
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Administration
apajak@textilemuseum.ca
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Former Chief of Staff of the American Federations of Arts in New York, NY; holds a Masters in Arts Business from New York University and a Master’s in Art History and Dress History from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK.
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Roxane Shaughnessy
Senior Curator, Manager of Collection
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rshaughnessy@textilemuseum.ca
I enjoy researching the rich and diverse textile expressions from around the world represented in the Museum’s collection and embrace the opportunity to share their stories in exhibitions and virtual platforms.
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Mab Coates-Davies
She/Her
Senior Manager, Visitor Engagement and Operations
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mdavies@textilemuseum.ca
I have a background in public history and I love talking to visitors and hearing their stories. I’m passionate about accessibility and welcoming new audiences into the Museum.
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Caitlin Donnelly
She/Her
Digital Marketing Coordinator
(416) 599-5321 x12
cdonnelly@textilemuseum.ca
I love connecting with our supporters around the world – from long-time members to new audiences discovering the Museum virtually. I enjoy costuming and have been learning to sew my own costumes for the past five years!
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Adrienne Hood
Officer-at-Large
I have spent my career in a variety of textile-related areas. I was taught spinning and weaving for many years. After obtaining my doctorate, I became a Curator of Textiles at the ROM, until I became a Professor of History at the University of Toronto, where I taught early American History and Material Culture.
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Judith E. Harris
Past Chair
I have always had a keen interest in textiles—fabric, clothing, fashion, arts or crafts. I am a lawyer in Toronto, practicing in the areas of income tax, business arrangements, and investment products.
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Janet Belknap
Vice-Chair
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Jayashri Deshmukh
Director
An award-winning architect with over twenty years experience, I am recognized for design excellence, thought leadership, and environmental design research. My current research focuses on the future of campus design for higher education.
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Catherine Harris
Director
I have broad experience in arts, culture, and education across Canada. I am currently Manager of Hosts at the Ontario Science Centre. I am dedicated to visitor engagement, with experience in Strategic Planning, Development, and Communications.
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Alex Lin
Director
I believe many small streams make a big river. As a professional accountant, I , like other volunteers, make a small and positive contribution to the community, and the impact will be substantial.
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Robert Windrum
Chair
I enjoy the Museum as an artist, volunteer, and donor. A depth and breadth of knowledge, creativity, history, and beauty—no other museum connects something familiar to each of us to a sense of wonder and inspiration.