Staff Biographries

Staff members are talented, energetic and dedicated arts professionals who are here to serve the needs of our community!

Kylynn Bhathena, Engagement Coordinator

Kylynn is an arts administrator with a penchant for digital marketing and content creation. She has a postgraduate certificate in Arts Management and believes in adopting diverse and inclusive means towards making the consumption of art accessible.

She has had the opportunity to work in the field of visual art, theatre, archives and performing arts across three countries, namely India, Greece and Canada. She learned the value of artistic production at a young age through experiences as a volunteer and later organizer of one of Asia’s largest and oldest cultural collegiate festivals – Malhar. More recently, she has participated as an events volunteer for Harbourfront Centre and City of Toronto. 

Kylynn’s journey with NPCC began in Summer ’20 as a co-op experience. She now joins us as the Engagement Coordinator. Her goal is to work towards the vision of NPCC by connecting with diverse communities and execution of outreach initiatives. 

She looks forward to learning more about the members and community that makes NPCC a creative melting pot!

Petra NyendickExecutive Director
 
Originally from Toronto, Petra Nyendick moved to Indiana in 2001, living in Indianapolis and Terre Haute. After realizing the need for a commercial art gallery in Terre Haute, Petra became founding director of 333 Visual Art Gallery. The success of that gallery and attached working studio morphed into the launch of Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum. Petra’s success as owner/operator of Halcyon and director of the Swope Art Museum’s Summer Youth Art Program led to her opportunity to become Executive Director of Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts.
 
While in Indiana, she was a member of Arts Indiana’s Regional Advisory Council, and a member of the board of directors of various arts organizations: The Terre Haute Children’s Choir, Blues at the Crossroads Festival, and Wabash Valley Art Space. At Art Spaces, Petra also served as Chair of the Site Selection and Acquisition Committee.
 
Most recently, Petra served as the Executive Director of Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events, an innovative arts centre dedicated to presenting diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible art and musical practices. While in Guelph, Petra served on the Guelph Arts Council board, chairing the Communications Committee.
 
These positions are the most recent facet in a life’s work in art; a long, strong involvement in the arts as a successful artist, agent and arts organizer. She brings to the NPCC her committed vision of the guild of the creative community and its importance to society as a whole.
 
Petra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors at York University in Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Indiana State University.

Alonso Rodriguez, Programs Coordinator

Alonso is from Lima, Peru. With a Bachelor in Business Administration and previous experience in the corporate sector, he decided to expand his background by studying the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College in 2019, where he graduated with honours.

Alonso’s relationship with NPCC started in January 2020 when he joined the staff as an intern. He has also volunteered at the Toronto Biennial of Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Arts and supported as Finance Coordinator for Culture’s Compass: a virtual conference sponsored by Humber’s Center for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI) in partnership with Work in Culture.

Cory Therrien, Facilities Coordinator
 

Cory Therrien is an administrative and marketing professional with a diverse range of professional experience in areas such as office management, purchasing, event coordination, and product and brand analysis and departmental budgeting.

Cory is a believer in life-long learning and strives to acquire new insights, knowledge and skills through her work and classes in college continuing education, art and calligraphy.

She has a Bachelor of Administrative Arts in Office and Administrative Studies and a Certificate in Marketing from Ryerson University.