Dr Sherry L Price – Board President
Sherry Price has over 40 years of experience working with industrial, banking and educational organizations: TD Bank, Cyanamid Canada, and Okanagan College. She has a wealth of experience as a Human Resource Manager, Consultant, and Professor, with her main focus directed towards either strategic planning or human resource management. Community service has included Municipal Counsellor, Vernon Chamber of Commerce Past President and Board Member, Board Member of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Advisory Committee Member for CN Rail, Riverside Mill, and Okanagan College.
Now retired, Sherry now has time to continue her education as a student in a number of art courses. She brings a well rounded and varied perspective to the Caetani board.
Angelika Jaeger (aj) – Past President
Aj is active in the art world and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She conducts regular workshops in mixed media and collage, as well, she has organized numerous art exhibitions throughout the Okanagan. Aj served for several years as the President of the Vernon Public Art Gallery and as Chairperson for the North Okanagan Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists. Aj is a long time supporter and active member of C3 and one of the lead organizers of the successful ‘Splash of Red’ event. She is also part of the Kelowna Artists Collective ‘Ars Longa’, now in its 10th year.
Craig Leverman – Treasurer
Craig Leverman, MBA, MA, B.Ed. brings a wide range of experience to the Board. He received his Masters Business Administration from Queen’s University, specializing in Finance and Marketing. Craig completed his Masters in Urban Sociology from Carleton University. He has served as President, Vice-President and Director of Membership for the Kalamalka Country Club. Craig is the Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the City of Vernon. He serves as a Judicial Council member with the BC Teachers’ Federation, the executive member responsible for Occupational Health and Safety for the Vernon Teachers’ Association and Co-Chair of the District Joint Health and Safety Committee for the Vernon School District. He has also taken on the duties as the President of the Strata Council for Silver Creek Lodge at Silverstar Mountain and is a Board Director for the Caetani House serving as the Society’s Treasurer. Craig believes that the Caetani house has a unique role to play in the Vernon cultural community. As a new addition to the Board, he is looking forward to working with the other Board members in creating a dynamic, engaging facility that is an integral part of the Vernon community for residents and a must “experience” for visitors.
Maria Besso – Director
Maria Besso was born January 30th, 1961 in Alexandria, Egypt and immigrated with her family to Canada on February 15th, 1967. She grew up in Notre Dame de Grace, a suburb of Montreal, and attended English, Catholic schools, St. Monica’s Elementary, and MaryMount High School. She went on to study Geology at Concordia University and graduated in May 1982 with her B.Sc Spec. Geology. She worked throughout northern and western Canada, for the Geological Survey of Canada, Kelvin Energy, Gulf, and Esso and ended up in Calgary where she met her husband Greg Ockert. They married in 1989, had their first child, Patrick, in 1991, and moved to Coldstream BC in June 1993. Elizabeth and Michelle were born in 1994 and 1998, and Maria stayed home and enjoyed raising her children. While raising her children, Maria got involved with the politics of education, served the school Parent Advisory Council, and this led to running unsuccessfully for School Trustee in the 2000 election. In 2007 Maria got involved in politics again in a campaign to protect agricultural land in Coldstream and this led to a successful election to Coldstream Council in 2008. She served as a Municipal Councillor for 6 years, until November 2014, and has recently returned to a career in Real Estate that she had started in Calgary back in 1986. Maria loves skiing, music, and photography, and has done a lot of work with volunteer and non-volunteer Boards. She was on the Board of the Okanagan Symphony Society and the Okanagan Regional Library. She was a founding member of the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake (SPrKL), which was incorporated on June 27th, 2008. Maria presently sits on the Board of many organizations that serve Greater Vernon, including; SPrKL, The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, the Okanagan Equestrian Society, the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary, the Mackie Lake House, and the Caetani Centre. Maria is a vocal advocate for the importance of arts and culture in our society.
Nadine Wilson – Director
As the owner of Nadine’s Fine Art & Frames in downtown Vernon, Nadine offers custom framing for personal and corporate customers, and have been a custom framer for 25 years. The gallery also features 25 local artists, offering a large diverse selection of the finest artists in the Okanagan who show and sell their work. They are delighted to feature a different artist each month, an event very popular in the community creating a strong visual impact. June first of this year marks the tenth anniversary of Nadine’s Fine Art, a milestone based on customer service, personal attention, and a variety of services, framing, art supplies, and art lessons. Art classes take place for 24 weeks every year for adults and children in the storefront in watercolor, pencil and charcoal drawing, acrylic and oil painting, and guest artists are invited and encouraged to conduct workshops at any time. The art supplies we provide are artist quality and the selection is comprehensive.
Nadine is currently Past President of the Downtown Vernon Association, a non-profit organization which has been in effect since 1990 as it is. Nadine has participated in the Board of the DVA for 4 years this year, spearheaded moving the Board to the Governance Model, chaired both the Board and the Governance Task Group to rewrite Policy and Bylaws in 2014/2015. She is delighted to be currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Caetani Cultural Centre, a non-profit serving the art community in its infinite forms with the backdrop of an incredible heritage home willed to the City of Vernon, by the late Sveva Caetani, and is looking forward to learning more.
Karen Winsor Geatros – Secretary
Karen relocated to Vernon in 2012 from Regina, Saskatchewan. Karen was actively involved in educational instruction and counselling for over 30 years. She worked extensively with adults and retired from a post-secondary institution, Sask Polytechnic, in 2012. Her educational background includes a BA, BEd, PGD, and MEd. She practiced as a Registered Psychologist and was actively involved in the professional associations guiding psychologists. Karen volunteered for non-profit organizations in Regina. Since moving to Vernon, Karen has become involved with the Newcomers group, the Probus Club and the Vernon Golf and Country Club. Karen is an avid skier and enjoys kayaking, hiking and biking. Golf has become a passionate pursuit for Karen, through taking lessons and spending time on the course improving her game. Karen raised two daughters in Regina. Both have been pursuing their careers and family life. Karen has three grandchildren and she spends time with them at their various activities. Becoming involved on the Board of Directors for the Caetani Cultural Centre provides a new challenge. The Caetani family bequest of the house and artifacts provides a fascinating historical perspective. Sveva Caetani gave Vernon a unique artistic and cultural gift. Being involved with the Board of Directors gives an opportunity to realize the dream of sharing the Caetani heritage with the community and encouraging the house to become a part of the highlights of Vernon for visitors.
Kristin Froneman – General Member & Splash of Red Committee Member
Kristin Froneman is a Vernon-based writer, photographer, and digital and print media, specialist. A graduate of the prestigious photojournalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Kristin is also a recipient of the Harvey Southam bursary in writing and editing from the University of Victoria. Kristin has worked as a reporter at a number of community newspapers in British Columbia and Ontario, and also as a photographer on Vancouver Island and in Toronto. She most recently served as the entertainment editor at the Vernon Morning Star from 2000-2017. Kristin is currently employed as a copywriter for Read Head Copywriting in Vernon and is a member of the Spoke Writers’ Collective, which has hosted a writing festival at the Caetani Cultural Centre since 2017.