The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is managed by a 14 person board, representing a broad spectrum of involvement in the arts. It serves the three cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the four townships of Wilmot, Woolwich, North Dumfries and Wellesley that make up Waterloo Region.
Members of the board are elected; a director may serve a maximum of six years (up to two three-year terms consecutively), after which he/she must be off the board for a minimum of one year before being eligible for reappointment.
Board members volunteer their time and expertise, and reflect the diversity found in the arts community at large.
Bill Chesney has worked in professional theatre as a set and costume designer and scenic artist for more than 30 years, and has designed sets and/or costumes for more than 200 productions. Recent work includes set and costume designs for Lighthouse Theatre Festival in Port Dover as well as a 25+ year creative association with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) in Winnipeg. Highlights of his work with MTYP include “Comet in Moominland”, based on the children’s classic by renowned author/illustrator Tove Jansson, and “House at Pooh Corner”, an innovative and immersive presentation of the beloved children’s classic.
A master scenic artist, Bill was the Head Scenic Painter for the Pantages Theatre and touring Canadian productions of “The Phantom of the Opera”, and designed and executed an interior mural entitled “Change is Gradual” for the Guelph Community Health Centre. Bill is a faculty member in Theatre and Performance in the Communication Arts department, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, and has also served as Associate Dean of Arts – Undergraduate Students, since 2007.
Adele began her career in the creative nonprofit sector with the Stratford Chefs School, where, as its founding Executive Director, she helped establish the School as Canada's premiere destination for chef training. Subsequently, as executive staff and through her consulting firm PSI, she has worked with numerous organizations and agencies including ArtsBuild Ontario, Culture for Kids in the Arts, Oakville Galleries, Stratford Festival, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization), CUSO (Canadian University Students Overseas), University of Guelph and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Raised in New York City, Adele received a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago. After service in the Peace Corps, she moved to Canada and has lived here since. Adele was in the inaugural class of the University of Toronto's Executive MBA program and is a member and former board director of Arts Consultants Canada. CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designated since 1999, she is an active community volunteer and a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.
Lindsay Golds has been with ArtsBuild Ontario since July 2011 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015. She developed and delivered nine Municipal Cultural Planning workshops across Ontario and assisted in the development of Bricks&Mortar, Ontario’s first inventory of provincial arts spaces. Based in Kitchener, she has focused on expanding ABO’s core programs; SpaceFinder, Asset Planner and Arts Facilities Mentoring Network to better support spaces province-wide. Lindsay also manages space and tenants at 44Gaukel in downtown Kitchener – ensuring artists have access to affordable rehearsal and administrative space.
Lindsay received her BA in History from Acadia University and completed her MA in Museum Studies in the UK at the University of Leicester. In 2017, she obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
Helen Jowett was re-elected as Regional Councillor for Cambridge in 2018.
She believes strongly that a healthy prosperous community is achieved by the ability of leaders in business, education and government to collaborate and engage constituents.
Helen is a Certified Human Resources Professional and Mediator and holds a Master's in Business Administration. She has also been an advocate on various business and community boards.
Helen is past Chair of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of Conestoga College, along with a host of other volunteer work.
Helen was also past chair on Canada's Technology Triangle, the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Junior Achievement. She was also President of Sunrise Rotary, a member of the Prosperity Forum and the Barnraisers Council.
A lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, Betty Anne has pursued various professions inspired by her passion for the value of human creativity - most recently as the manager of Arts, Culture, Festivals and Events for the City of Waterloo - from 1999 until her retirement in 2013. In 2013 the City of Waterloo Council approved a ten year Culture Plan. From 2007 to 2012, she served on the Board of the Directors of the Creative City Network of Canada, a national peer to peer network organization for municipal culture workers. Her board tenure included 3 years as President. From 2005 to 2008 Betty Anne participated in the 'Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership' initiative with the Province of Ontario. In addition to her service on the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund Board, she is also a member of the Region of Waterloo's Advisory Committee for Public Art.
Rick Nixon (Canada, 1956) is a sculptor/multidisciplinary artist. He received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2006 and his Masters in Art History from York University. As a recipient of the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship he apprenticed with internationally renowned sculptor David Mach in Scotland. He has exhibited his work nationally and has recently exhibited at Cambridge Galleries and the MacLaren Art Centre. He is a recipient of a Research in the Americas Grant from York University and numerous Ontario Arts Council grants. He currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario.
Karen Redman is the Regional Chair of the Waterloo Region, elected in October 2018, and has been dedicated to public service for more than 20 years. She has represented the community at several levels of government including federal, municipal and the board of education. She served on Regional Council as a representative for the City of Kitchener, and on the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund Board, from 2014 to 2018.
Karen has a Master's degree in Political Science, as well as an Honour's Bachelor's degree in English.
She was Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region from 2010 to 2018. In other community activities, Karen has served as Chair of the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener 2014-2015 and as a Board Member of Martin Lutheran University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary). She is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Ian Ring is a composer and musician, focused on the creation of concert repertoire, mostly for solo piano. An avid advocate for self-publishing and DIY recording, Ian manages his work through a solely-run publishing company, doing every part of music production including composition, performance, recording, audio engineering, notation of scores, copyright, publishing, managing royalties, and marketing. In addition to his concert portfolio, Ian's work has been used in film soundtracks, dance choreography, live theatre, and in collaborative recordings with other artists.
Ian impacted the local music scene in the 1990s with the funk-groove band The Dervishes, and acted as the long-time primary pianist and arranger for singer Derek Hines. He holds a Fine Art degree from UW, and is well versed in a wide variety of artistic forms. Ian was born in Kitchener, and resides minutes from DTK. Aside from music, Ian also enjoys biking, gardening, reading, community building, and coding open source technology projects.
Kathleen Sheehy hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she trained with the Arden Theatre Company and the Walnut Street Theatre. She moved to Kitchener in 1992 and joined Theatre & Company where she served for 12 years as an actor, stage manager, subscriber relations manager, props mistress, and teacher. During her tenure there, the company made its home in various adapted performance spaces until, in 2001, the company moved into its new purpose built home, the King Street Theatre Centre (now the Conrad Centre). The very first performance in that space, 'Queen Milli of Galt' by local playwright Gary Kirkham, took place there on September 11, 2001.
In 2004, Kathleen and 5 colleagues established Lost & Found Theatre with the performance of an original play created by the ensemble, 'Radio Leacock'. As of 2016, Lost & Found has developed and premiered five plays by regional playwrights, and forty-five other full productions, staged readings, and Young Company productions. Kathleen continues to serve in the capacities of actor, grant writer, and all around "cook and bottle washer".
Born in Listowel, Ontario, Carol Ann moved to K-W in 1968 and has spent her adult life either actively involved in or fervently supporting the Arts community. Having completed degrees in Vocal Performance (WLU) and Bachelor of Education (Western), she has sung in many choirs (both amateur & professional) throughout her life, including a 20+ year stint with the Elora Festival Singers. In addition to her love for choral music, she has performed as a soloist in both classical, pops & musical theatre genres throughout North America, established and managed a 70-voice community choir, and adjudicated at music festivals across the province. Through her private voice studio and seasonal business (Waterloo County Carollers), she has remained connected to the community and the local arts scene.
As a filmmaker, Rob's work has been screened at international venues such as the Not Still Art Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Cincy Fringe Festival (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Videoholica (Varna, Bulgaria), O Five TV (Paris, France), FIFA International Film Festival (Montreal, Quebec), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (New York, NY). He has received awards for Best Documentary - Local Focus Film Festival, Best Experimental - Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, and the Columbus Film/Video Consortium. Rob also co-directed Better Day: The Sarah J. Felker Story, which premiered on OutTV Canada.
As a visual artist, he has exhibited at galleries internationally and regionally such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Canada), the Robert Langen Gallery (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), LOOP Gallery (Toronto), the Limner Gallery (New York City), the Museum of Fine Arts (Florida State University), Crossing Art (Flushing, NY), 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles), and Galeria SPP (Bratislava, Slovakia). Rob's photo documentary series, Sideswiped Tomorrows, was exhibited in the Nitra Gallery's Bunker Space (Nitra, Slovakia). He also presented at the Multipoint International Painting Symposium (Nitra, Slovakia).
In addition to degrees from the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University, Rob holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. He has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Centennial College, Toronto School of Art, and currently teaches media at Forest Heights Collegiate Institute.