Board Members

Dary Jessome

Corporate Secretary

Dary Jessome joined the Nocturne team in 2014 and is responsible for corporate governance, contract management, insurance, and risk management. Dary is a lawyer, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on energy law.

Stephen Pamenter

Human Resources

Born and raised in Halifax and currently a partner in a recruitment agency in Halifax, Stephen is active in the local sports community and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.  He holds a Certified Human Resource Professional designation (CHRP), and serves as Chair of the Board of the Human Resource Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS). Stephen is also a Board Member with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) and serves on a Human Resources committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax

Wynne Van Thielen

Director (Marketing)

Wynne has over 10 years of experience in client services and marketing roles and received her Bachelor of Public Relations and Certificate in Marketing from Mount Saint Vincent University. As Account Director at VERB Interactive, Wynne manages digital marketing projects from concept to implementation. In her free time, she can be found exploring hiking trails around the province with her dogs and trying to keep her cool in the hot yoga room.

Lucie Taussig

Director (Communications)

Lucie Taussig landed in Halifax two years ago. Prior to her arrival in the Maritimes, she was in France studying English, History and Political Sciences. She became acquainted with Arts at a very young age as her parents took her to museums every weekend. When not volunteering for Nocturne, Lucie works as the Communication and Culture Officer for Alliance Française Halifax, a non-for-profit organisation that works to promote the teaching and learning of French, and encourage communication between francophones, francophiles and all Canadians. Lucie joined the Nocturne team in 2015 and is thrilled to be part of the most attended festival in Halifax.

Gabriel Soligo

Director (At Large)

Gabriel is a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studies Intermedia and Fashion/Textiles. Originally from Ontario, Gabriel has found a home in Canada’s east coast arts communities—he relishes in Halifax’s artist run centres, co-ops, and galleries. He is experienced in facilitating conferences and events with artists, he has also been part of the NSCAD Student Union’s Executive Council for the past two years serving the last one as president.

Yeha Ahn

Director (Volunteers)

Yeha is one of the newest additions to Nocturne, joining the board this year. After moving to Nova Scotia from Seoul, South Korea she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University. With a deep interest in arts, education and publishing, Yeha has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations like The Center for Book Arts, Frontier College, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. When she has free time, Yeha enjoys travelling, and spending time with her greyhound Stan.

Brianne Bezanson

Director (At Large)

Brianne joined the Halifax Nocturne team in 2016 after many years of being an enthusiastic Nocturne attendee. She comes with an extensive background researching feminist literature, completing her B.A.(H) at Mount Saint Vincent University, and M.A. at Dalhousie University. She is currently the Manager of the Spring Garden Road DAVIDsTEA and Certified Trainer for the Atlantic Provinces. Brianne can usually be found drinking hot espresso & tea beverages while enjoying a Joseph Boyden novel and playing board games.  

Staff Members

Pierre Tabbiner

Graphic Designer

Born and raised in Halifax, Pierre graduated from NSCC’s Graphic Design program in 2003. He’s worked with local brands like Made With Local, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, and East Coast Music Week. His career has seen him as Art Director and Creative Director at Halifax’s advertising agencies – for which he’s won dozens of awards, and publication in magazines such as Communication Arts. Once the 5 o’clock whistle blows, Pierre is a tireless crafter; dabbling into painting, string art, woodworking, cross stitch, wool felting; you name it. #MakersGonnaMake