Our Team

Our Team

Get to know the people behind the museum!

A small museum with big dreams. These are our humble beginnings. Join us on our journey.Deanna WayExecutive Director

Deanna WayExecutive Director


Deanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in History & Philosophy from Carleton University and a Masters of Library & Information Science from Robert Gordon University. She is also a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College. She brings a decade’s worth of experience working in the arts and heritage sector; from museum administration, collections management, exhibit development, and heritage conservation.

Madeline HoyleMuseum Interpretive Coordinator


Madeline holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Dalhousie University. She also holds a Post-Graduate certificate from Fleming College in the Museum Management and Curatorship program. She brings years of experience in heritage interpretation and collections management to her role at QMNH.


Madeline coordinates all interpretive initiatives at the museum. She manages the museum’s volunteer team, ensuring interpretative goals and visitor experience standards are met. She leads the narrative development of exhibits, educational programs and outreach partnerships. When not researching or writing the next museum blog post, Madeline can be found leading school tours, facilitating internal events or brainstorming new exhibit ideas.


Mikayla BarneyMuseum Creative Coordinator


Mikayla holds an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in teaching and studio art. She holds a Post-Graduate certificate from Fleming College in the Museum Management and Curatorship program. Mikayla brings years of experience with community initiatives and arts leadership to her role at QMNH.


Mikayla coordinates all creative or visual responsibilities at the museum. She manages all social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube. She leads the visual development of exhibits, and gift shop merchandise. When Mikayla is not tweeting or using Adobe InDesign, she can be found leading school group hands-on-activities, supervising artistic partnerships or facilitating outreach and internal events.


Past Summer Students / Interns

Ryan GrayMuseum Assistant

Ryan is currently studying Media Production at Toronto Metropolitan University, with a minor in music. His interests include music and visual art, as well as anthropology, world history, and a passion for environmentalism. This summer, he will be joining the QMNH team as a Museum Assistant and is looking forward to developing his media skills in a professional environment and supporting the museum’s connections to the community.

Fun Fact: Ryan’s favourite museum that he has ever visited is the Vasa Museum, located in Stockholm, Sweden. This particular museum has been constructed around a preserved 17th-century ship, which has given the museum a unique style, with multiple levels offering unique perspectives to the ship.


QMNH Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is served by a variety of local leaders, experts and elected representatives who are guiding QMNH in the execution of our start-up activities and meet regularly to oversee the development of the Museum project.

  • Suzanne Andrews
    Suzanne AndrewsQMNH Chair | CEO, Quinte West Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris King
    Chris KingBoard Member | CEO, Quinte Economic Development Commission
  • David Evans
    David EvansBoard Member | Temerty Chair in Vertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Dug Stevenson
    Dug StevensonBoard Member | Executive Director, Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board
  • Kurt Gregoire
    Kurt GregoireBoard Member | Partner, Wilkinson & Company LLP
  • Peter May
    Peter MayBoard Member | President, Research Casting International
  • Robin Pilon
    Robin PilonBoard Member | Principal, Telacor/Northern Rural Net
  • Sally Freeman
    Sally FreemanBoard Member | Councilor, City of Quinte West