Laisha Rosnau – Executive Director

Laisha Rosnau is a museum professional and an award-winning author of four books of poetry and two novels.

Her second novel, Little Fortress, is a fictional retelling of the Caetani story told entirely from the point of view of the family secretary, Miss Juul. Little Fortress is optioned for film by Serial Comma Productions.

Rosnau devotes her time to the preservation and celebration of arts, culture and the environment of the North Okanagan. She and her family are resident caretakers Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream.



Kristin Froneman – Programs and Communications Coordinator

Kristin Froneman is a Vernon-based writer 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 and as a copywriter and publicist for several non-profits, businesses, web developers, and arts and cultural organizations from 2017-2021.

In 2021, Kristin completed the Tourism Skills Training Program delivered by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) in cooperation with the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

She is now an experienced interpreter, public speaker and communications specialist with a keen interest in arts, culture, history, tourism and outdoor recreation. 

Kristin is also a member of the Spoke Writers’ Collective, which hosted a writing festival at the Caetani Centre from 2017-2019.