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, 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 was a part of the Kelowna Artists Collective ‘Ars Longa’, for over 10 years.
Craig Leverman – Treasurer
Craig Leverman, BA(Honours) 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 was the Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the City of Vernon. He serves as a Judicial Council member with the BC Teachers’ Federation, and is the past 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 serves on the SSPOA Sewage Action Fund Oversight Committee. As 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. Serving on the Board for the last 5 years, he has participated 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 PREC*, has a Bachelor of Science Spec. in Geology from Concordia University in Montreal, she also studied Management Development at the University of Calgary, and completed her BC Real Estate Degree at UBC Sauder School of Business. Maria has served for 6 years as a Municipal Councillor for the District of Coldstream, and has held numerous positions as a director on many Boards, including: the Okanagan Regional Library Board, the Okanagan Symphony Society Board, the Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary Board, and currently the Association of Interior Realtor’s Board. Maria is currently a real estate agent, and is a vocal advocate for the importance of arts and culture in our society.
Nadine Wilson – Director
Nadine Wilson has owned and operated an art gallery, fine art store and framing shop in Downtown Vernon for the past 17 years, during this time she spent several years on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Vernon Association, then as Board Chair for two years. During this time, she attended Governance Training with the Executive Director. Many years ago, Nadine felt she would rather focus her efforts in an artistic community so she has volunteered her time for the past 8 years to the Caetani Cultural Centre and is currently Chair of the Building and Facility Committee. She is an active member of the Board and brings experience and dedication to the team.
Originally from Ontario, Nadine was educated in England, Quebec and Ontario to finish high school and attended St. Lawrence College for Fine Arts Diploma and Conversational French. Nadine was employed in both Government and the Private Sector, giving her valued experience in construction contracts, account management, accounts payable supervision, software and hardware support. Nadine has had a great deal of experience in finance, managing staff and working as a team, able to inspire and support.
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.
Denise Tambellini – Director
Denise Tambellini, a student and lover of painting and art, brings a passion for community and volunteerism as seen in her deep experience spanning the last four decades.
Starting her initial volunteer work with Ronald McDonald house in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks in 1985, Denise went on to play a critical role in large fundraising and community initiatives including the 1000 Women a Million Possibilities Project in Edmonton AB that set out to raise $1M for Norquest College in 4 years; a goal that Denise and her group of volunteers were able to achieve in only two and a half years. As well as the fundraising initiatives, Denise also led support groups for new student immigrants to help them adjust to their new lives in Canada and teach them key skills to ensure their ability to thrive in their communities.
On top of her volunteer efforts, Denise also served on the Board of Directors for the Canucks for Kids Fund from its inception in the late 1990’s to 2008. Actively participating in key events including galas, telethons and a variety of other fundraising initiatives, Denise and her other board members raised over $1M to build Canuck place and support the Canucks for Kids Fund.
Previously a registered nurse and interior designer, Denise now lives in Vernon BC with her husband Steve and is an active member of the Predator Ridge community. Enjoying the active outdoor lifestyle and vibrant art scene, Denise is passionate about continuing her efforts to give back to her community and make a meaningful impact through art, culture and connection.
Tom Fletcher – Director
Thomas Fletcher, B.A., LLB., Q.C. arrived in Vernon with his wife, Brenda-Ann in 1971, to practice law at Davidson and Co. Tom became involved in community affairs shortly after settling here and was involved in incorporating The Vernon Housing Association, an entity which built an apartment for low income families.
He was a director for Big Brothers and served many years as a director of the Vernon Winter Carnival, becoming it’s Chair in 1986. He was a charter member of the Silver Star Rotary Club and during his membership his family hosted several international exchange students.
As a lawyer Tom had a varied and versatile practice, being both a barrister and a solicitor. He was a member of the Provincial Council for the Canadian Bar Association for several terms.
Now retired, Tom is honoured to be joining the talented Board of Directors for the Caetani Cultural Centre and looks forward to assisting in expanding awareness of the Centre and its benefits to the citizens of Vernon and British Columbia.
Kathy Parton – Director
I first got Involved with the Caetani house by attending a Splash of Red Event. With a strong love for art and colour I volunteered to decorate the Splash of Red and then got involved in the committee for this fundraiser. With the opening of the house to the public I have found it very rewarding to be involved with this board and learn the history of the Caetani family.
Wine Women and Woods was a charity group of women that put on golf tournaments at the Vernon golf club and Predator Ridge. Over the 10 years I was involved with this group we raised funds for the mammography unit at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and we’re very proud to say we contributed to the Digital Mammography camera.