Board of Directors (2013-2014)
The Rotary Centre for the Arts 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.
BACK ROW (L-R) Ron Rubadeau, Christopher Wiebe, Robin Jarman, Tim Spiegel,
FRONT ROW (L-R) Corrie Omand, Lisa Murray, Eileen Sadlowski, Sonia R. DiRenzo, Leanne Avdich
MISSING: Susan Einerssen
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, Corrie Omand - Currently an Employee Benefits Specialist at ENCOMPASS Benefits & HR Solutions, Corrie assists employers with taking care of their employees. Professionally, Corrie has over 12 successful years in sales, marketing, project and people management. As the former Executive Director and Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Downtown Penticton Association, she also has experience working within a non profit environment. In her spare time, Corrie is passionate about making a difference. She has organized countless fundraising events for organizations in the Kelowna area including the Kelowna Community Food Bank, the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, the United Way and JCI. Corrie is a creative individual with a passion for art and dance.
TREASURER, Leanne Avdich is a Chartered Accountant currently working as a Finance Manager at the University of British Columbia at the Okanagan campus. Leanne graduated from Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009 and has spent 5 years in public accounting before moving to industry. She has past experience as acting treasurer of the Sandman Harvest Foundation and has worked with other not-for-profit organizations during her experience in public accounting.
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.
DIRECTOR, Susan Einerssen has owned and operated a commercial art gallery since 1997. Susan has always had a passion for the arts, starting with amateur theatre as an actress. Over the years her involvement in the arts includes being a volunteer for Evergreen and POSH. She has had experience as being a Director with a two year directorship for the Scott Tournament for the Hearts, and the Cash Spiel for the Kelowna Curling Club.
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, 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.
DIRECTOR, Tim Spiegel is Senior Managing Principal of SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd, a professional cost consulting firm based in Kelowna. He has been practising successfully as a professional QS for 37 years. He has a B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has sat on a number of public and private sector boards including as a Lieutenant-Governor Appointee to the Governing Council of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), a Governor in Council Appointee to the Board of Directors of The Royal Canadian Mint, the Board of Directors of Ubiquity Bank of Canada and the Board of Directors of The Quantity Surveyors Society of British Columbia.
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.