KVPACS Board of Directors, 2014-2015

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors responsible for running the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The RCA is the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and dedication of countless volunteers and supporters. It exists thanks to those who served on committees and boards and supported feasibility studies and fundraisers.

RCA Board photo

BACK ROW (L-R) Robin Jarman, Jonathan Pokhoy, Christopher Wiebe, Lisa Murray, Cayley Humphries
FRONT ROW (L-R) Eileen Sadlowski, Sonia R. DiRenzo, Portia Tickell, Natalie Walstrom
MISSING: Ron Rubadeau

PRESIDENT, Sonia R. DiRenzo is a chartered accountant currently working in public practice at Grant Thornton LLP. She began her career in accounting after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2006. Her industry sector experience primarily consists of financial institutions, private owner managed companies, public sector entities and not-for-profit organizations.

VICE PRESIDENT, Eileen Sadlowski was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She and her husband Mark relocated to Kelowna with their four children in 1997. They chose Kelowna to raise their family because of all the beauty and opportunity this community has to offer. She has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983 and has worked in financial positions in a variety of industries. Since 2001, Eileen has been the Director of Finance for School District No. 23.

SECRETARY, Lisa Murray's background includes over 10 years of experience in coaching, mentoring, and developing approaches to realize her client's goals. Lisa is a Bachelor of Management (BMgt) Degree Holder, a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), and a Novations Behavioural Interview Trainer with experience in a variety of industries. She is a member of the Kelowna Women's Soccer League; the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA); and the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA). Lisa looks forward to contributing her HR expertise to the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society.

TREASURER, Jonathan Pokhoy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree in 2008 before beginning his accounting career at Deloitte in Winnipeg. He worked in the Corporate Audit function until he received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2010, at which point he transitioned to the Financial Advisory team to focus on business valuation and transaction services engagements. He was then the head of finance at a private construction company before moving to Kelowna and beginning work at his current post as a Finance Manager at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus.

DIRECTOR, Cayley Humphries is a veteran software developer and visual designer. He is currently the Product Director at FreshGrade, a venture-funded education technology startup based in Kelowna, BC. He previously served as FreshGrade's Technical Director, designing and developing their core technology. Prior to joining FreshGrade, Cayley spent 7 years in the Okanagan valley designing and developing software products including video games and live streaming media platforms. Cayley holds a Bachelors of Applied Visual Communications degree from Medicine Hat College. He has extensive experience leading agile teams and is a Certified ScrumMaster. Cayley is active in the local community, as a member of both the Kelowna Motionball Marathon of Sport, and Kelowna Terry Fox Run organizing committees. He has also served on the industry advisory panel for the Kelowna Centre for Arts and Technology's
Graphic Design and Web Development diploma program.

DIRECTOR, Robin Jarman has had a career as a teacher and consultant in the performing arts. He has had business experience and for the last 22 years has been a professional tour guide. He is a musician, actor and artist.

DIRECTOR, Ron Rubadeau recently retired as Superintendent School District 23. Ron remains active in musical theatre, sailing and many other community organizations. Ron has served as president or a member of at least 2 dozen boards in our community. He and wife Donna have been a resident of Kelowna for 35 years, where they raised two kids and enjoy spending time with their grandkids. At some time, Ron found time to obtain a Dr. in Education.

DIRECTOR, Portia Tickell was born in Victoria and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she spent her childhood with her head buried in books, writing, and daydreaming under huckleberry bushes. She has spent the last twenty years as a script supervisor working on feature films and television shows all over the world. Her publishing career includes writing for the Alberta based magazine, Zoot Capri, and creating extensive training programs for the International Alliance of Theatrical and State Employee Union, used to train script supervisors across Canada. Portia owned and operated the much celebrated children's bookstore in Vancouver, Once Upon a Huckleberry Bush, bringing children the best of children's literature, and most importantly a place for them to dream big. She is a member of the Youth Media Alliance and is creating a series called Monty's Magical Museum, a project that empowers children, promotes tolerance, and encourages children to follow their dreams. Portia lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband, daughter, and ever-expanding animal pack.

DIRECTOR, Natalie Walstrom was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has had a love for fine arts since being a child. That love took her to Toronto after high school to study merchandising communication at Ryerson University. She moved to Kelowna two weeks before the Okanagan Mountain Park fire to take on the role as Marketing Manager for the Orchard Park Shopping Centre. After spending over 15 years in a property management career, Natalie made the decision use her skills in the world of philanthropy. After spending time as a member of the KGH Foundation Board of Directors, she took on the job of Development Manager. Natalie's task was to create the campaign in support of the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre. It is the Foundation's largest fundraising effort with the goal of raising $12 million to purchase advanced surgical equipment needed in the IHSC.

DIRECTOR, Christopher Wiebe was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2002. His practice areas at Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy LLP include labour and employment law and general litigation. Chris advises and represents businesses, employers and individual clients on a wide range of contract, labour and employment matters. Chris joined the RCA board in 2013.