Get to know the team at KIAC!

Marie-Claire Findlay-Brook
Executive Director

Marie-Claire is a long time Yukon resident and has been part of the KIAC team for many years before taking on the role of Executive Director.


Tara Rudnickas
ODD Gallery Director

Tara grew up in Toronto and received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC. She was a volunteer, exhibiting artist, board member at KIAC before joining staff as a programs coordinator in 2007. Tara has been director of the ODD Gallery since 2012.

Matt Sarty
Performing Arts & Festival Producer
Matt grew up in the small town of Westville, Nova Scotia and completed a BA in English Literatures and Art History at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. During these years in Sackville, Matt played in various bands while working at the Owens Art Gallery and CHMA 106.9, the campus-community radio station. Matt found his way to Dawson City as a touring musician in 2010 and has yet to find reasons to leave. After working as Production Assistant at the Dawson City Music Festival, Matt continues to be a tech for the festival, play in bands, and produce KIAC’s year-round Performing Arts Series and the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival.


DanDan Sokolowski
Producer, Dawson City International Short Film Festival/ Artists Residency Coordinator

Yet another transplanted Ontarian, Dan attended the first Dawson City International Short Film Festival (2000) as a visiting filmmaker. Eight years later, after many return trips as KIAC Artist in Residence, ad hoc teacher and other sundry jobs, he and his partner Laurie moved here in 2007 to produce the film festival …  he may just stick around until he gets it right. Dan continues to thrive in obscurity as a filmmaker. Please add to his visitors count at

Catherine Lalonde
Programming Manager

Born and raised a coal miner’s daughter in Sparwood, British Columbia, Catherine came to the Klondike for a two week turned two month visit in 2010 when the seed that would eventually grow many roots was planted. After three stints as a summer transient she became an official Dawson citizen in 2013. She landed her first gig at KIAC as the Kids Art Camp Coordinator in 2012 and has been in and out of the office in a variety of roles since then. Taking on the shared role of Programs Manager in October 2018 she is happy to be back at KIAC for the long haul.

Devon Berquist
Programming Manager

Devon spent her childhood in Mayo, YT before relocating  to Whitehorse where she went through the Music, Arts, and Drama (MAD) Program and graduated from École Émilie-Tremblay. After a foundation year at the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson, she pursued a BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. She has bounced between Dawson and Halifax for ten years but is now calling Dawson home, for good.


Courtney Wallace
Administrative Assistant

Courtney Wallace comes to the Yukon from a river valley in New Brunswick and has spent time in other places in the middle of this continent. She arrived in Dawson to check out the music festival and find out what the fuss was all about. She found out, and has been smitten with the town ever since.

Sophie Noel
Programming Assistant

Sophie hails from Vancouver, but was raised on a steady diet of tales of the midnight sun and decided to come see it for herself. Now, three years later, the Klondike has officially stolen her heart. She is thrilled to be joining the team at KIAC for the summer and working with the inspiring resourceful artistic community of Dawson City.

Vanessa Oliverio
Programming Intern

Vanessa comes from Kamloops BC and has been a Dawson resident for 3 years. She has been an active youth in the community and is currently working on a youth photography book. Vanessa is “thrilled to be a part of the team and looks forward to all the experiences”. We are thrilled to have you here too!