Appointed with input from the arts community, the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Board of Directors governs the agency through The Arts Board Act, 1997.

The Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Arts Board has a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas such as artistic excellence, entrepreneurship, business, strategic planning, governance and finance. They also have extensive experience serving on other provincial boards of directors in a variety of public benefit sectors. Each individual’s diverse background contributes to the leadership that they provide the Arts Board in the development of policy priorities with an emphasis on providing relevant, accessible, and tailored services to meet the needs of our stakeholders.

Board Members

Rachel Heidecker (vice-chair), Osler –  technology, management and marketing specialist

Rachel Heidecker is a leader in business strategy and transformation, specializing in technology, innovation, management and marketing. She obtained her Chartered Director designation, is an MBA and B.Sc graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and received a post-graduate diploma in software technology from the University of Calgary. She was previously a director and manager at the University of Saskatchewan. Rachel is passionate about the arts and may be seen in a variety of flamenco dance performances around Saskatoon.


Jason Aebig, Saskatoon –  communications professional

Jason Aebig is a partner with Creative Fire communications and public relations in Saskatoon, where he leads the agency’s strategy practice. He is a former chair of Saskatoon’s United Way and former chair of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association. Most recently, he served as chair of Remai Modern, where he was a driving force behind the new gallery, the recruitment of its first CEO and the acquisition of Picasso's extensive linocut collection to Saskatoon. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Saskatoon Chamber. In 2017, he was recognized for his extensive community service by Leadership Saskatoon.


Dwayne Brenna, Saskatoon –  educator, actor and writer

Dwayne Brenna is the award-winning author of several books of humour, poetry, and fiction. His book of poetry, Stealing Home, was shortlisted for several Saskatchewan Book Awards and his first novel, New Albion, won the 2017 Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award. Dwayne has acted at the Stratford Festival and has appeared on television in various nationally and internationally broadcast programs. He is also the author of several books on theatre research. Having completed his PhD at the University of London (England), he is an active proponent of internationalization at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is employed.

Jyotsna (Jo) Custead, Saskatoon – retired human resources specialist

Jo has had a life-long interest in building stronger and caring communities and is recognized as an outstanding leader in our community, having served as board chair of YWCA Saskatoon, Saskatoon United Way & Area and TCU Place. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Persephone Theatre, Heritage Saskatchewan and as treasurer of YWCA Canada. Numerous other organizations have benefitted from her involvement. She is recipient of Governor General of Canada 125 Medal and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal. She was a nominee in the Culture and Heritage category for Saskatoon’s YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Most recently, Jo was inducted in the Saskatoon Council of Women’s Hall of Fame. 


Gale Hagblom, Saskatoon – urban planner and artist

Gale was born and raised in Saskatoon. She has had three distinctive careers. The first was in early education as a childcare provider and preschool teacher. She followed this with training in new media at the Banff Centre for the Arts. This education led to a 15-year career in design and communications. In 2006, Gale took a leave to complete a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She transitioned into her third profession after completing an MA in Geography and Planning from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently works as a planning consultant and maintains a professional art practice.


Edie Marshall, Riverhurst – visual artist and educator

Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan painter who is interested in the environment, the history and culture of the land. Most of her work is about the prairies where she finds an unlimited and often overlooked source of colours and shapes, ideas and images. Edie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, with Great Distinction. She has work in public collections at the University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More Gallery in Saskatoon and in private collections around the world. Edie teaches painting at the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre. She has been program coordinator at the Art Gallery of Regina and at CARFAC SASK. Edie has served on several provincial and national boards, advocating for visual arts. Edie recently moved to Riverhurst, SK, with her husband, where she applies her art and teaches.


Nancy Martin, Regina – retired senior public servant, former arts administrator

Nancy Martin’s career is comprised of many years of public and non-profit service as Executive Director of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC), as a senior policy advisor with the Saskatchewan Government in Executive Council (Cabinet Planning) and in the policy and planning area with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport and includes past experience as a board director with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and Prairie Debut Inc. She currently serves on the board of Caring Hearts (formerly Regina Palliative Care and Bereavement Centre) and as chair of the Western Development Museum. A lifelong supporter of arts and culture, Nancy remains an enthusiastic symphony attendee, theatre goer and museum and gallery observer both at home and wherever else her travels may take her.


Lionel Auburn Peyachew, Regina – visual artist and educator

Lionel is an associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the First Nations University of Canada. In 2000, he graduated with an MFA from the University of Calgary and has since been teaching sculpture, Indian art history, traditional Indian art and painting. He also has a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Lethbridge and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Lionel has been a practicing artist for most of his career and has been awarded with five major public commissions since completing his thesis specializing in sculpture. Peyachew has won numerous awards including three with the Canada Council for the Arts and three awards with the Aboriginal Achievement for the Arts. 


Rae Staseson, Regina – educator, media artist

Professor Rae Staseson, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina, is also a media artist and curator. Her work has been exhibited internationally in 14 countries and is represented in several collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Centre and the Saskatchewan Art Board. The focus of her work for the last decade has been a series of video and sound projections tracing themes of home, site/place and memory. As an administrator and curator, Rae opened, directed and curated for Concordia’s Media Gallery, hosting innovative exhibitions by local, national and international media artists. She joined the University of Regina in 2014, and is leading the faculty in new directions with the recent renaming and rebrand of the Faculty of Fine Arts, now known as the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

List of board members from 1948 to present.