Board of Directors

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Mary Jane Boon, President / Treasurer

Mary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA (Newmarket) is the Canadian CFO of Ammeraal Beltech Inc., a global leader in the conveyor belting industry.  Mary Jane earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University and after years of working in finance departments, completed her Certified Management Accountant designation.  She has built a resume of experience with privately- and publically-owned corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations.  In addition to the development of her financial management career, she has been active with community theatres for over twenty years.  Mary Jane is an award-winning lighting and set designer, working with a number of theatre groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  In addition, she was involved with the administration of The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill and is a past President of that organization.

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Leah Dietrich, Vice President

Leah Dietrich (Toronto) is a Human Resources professional with specialized knowledge and experience in the areas of employee relations, training and development, talent acquisition, change management, and compensation. Her current role specializes in talent management for a financial institution. She has earned her B.A. Honours in Psychology and Master of Industrial Relations, both at Queen’s University. Leah has been a lover of theatre at an early age and has directed, performed, wrote, or otherwise been involved in several productions throughout high school and university. Since then, she has volunteered for the Fringe, SummerWorks, and Luminato festivals in Toronto. She has a particular interest in education-based theatre for youth and young adults. Leah is thrilled to be a part of Theatre Ontario!

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Betsy Chaly, Secretary

Betsy Chaly (Toronto) is a bilingual marketing and communications professional with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of industries, including media, arts, telecom, government, and education.  Currently, she is the Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Indspire.  Prior to joining Indspire, Betsy provided consulting support to OCAD University, Tourism Northern Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario, AIDWYC, and Don River.  Previously, she was the head of the marketing and communications departments at SOCAN, the Canada Media Fund, and CanWest MediaWorks, and she held various progressive roles at Bell.  Betsy is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and she serves on the board of directors of Art Starts.  She earned her MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick and also holds a B.A. Honours in Geography and B.Sc. in Biology.

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Neil Wiancko, Member-at-Large

Neil Wiancko (Toronto): As Factory Theatre’s Development and Partnerships Manager, Neil oversees all fundraising revenue streams including individual giving, major donor acquisition, corporate sponsorship/donations, and foundation donations.  Prior to joining Factory, Neil spent seven years working at Public Outreach, a fundraising consultancy, where he managed national long-term individual giving campaigns for Canada’s largest NGOs and small charitable organizations. His leadership of national fundraising events for Plan Canada, Red Cross, Oxfam, SickKids Hospital Foundation, CAMH and others has solidified his belief in and support of the intersection of fundraising and marketing required to attract and maintain a sustainable donor base. Outside of fundraising and donor engagement, Neil’s passion lies in music and the arts. Having spent 10 years performing acoustic folk music across Canada, he has worked tirelessly to support the arts both locally and nationally through his organization of community music groups and large-scale Canadian folk festivals.

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Lily Baird

Lily Baird (Kingston): My life has been spent in an office most of my adult life.   I first worked at Bell Telephone on the old fashioned switchboards in Sudbury.   Moved to Sault Ste Marie in 1964, worked in a provincial lab. Then, after moving to Kingston and staying home for a few years to raise my children, I went on to work on the switchboard, as a clerk and then secretary for Department of National Defense. I retired around 2005.

I have been involved in community theatre for fourteen years all with Domino Theatre in Kingston.  Working back stage with props, construction, etc, on many productions has proved to be very enjoining for me.   I was elected to the Domino Theatre Board as secretary in September 2006.  

My husband and I joined the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) eight years ago.   Thus, I became part of the Executive in 2009-10.  I was elected Vice-President/Festival Liaison in 2010 and President in 2012.  In June 2014, I was elected Past President and also as the EODL Theatre Ontario Representative.

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Bodene Corbitt

Bodene Corbitt (Toronto): I have been active in community theatre for the past 23 years as an actor, sound designer and stage manager.  I will be directing my first full length play at The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill next spring and hope to continue to direct in the future.  I am a member of the Board of the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario and of Scarborough Players, and a past Board member of Theatre Scarborough. I retired from Canada Post (Letter Carrier) two years ago and am very active in volunteer positions outside of theatre.

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Elley-Ray (Toronto) Elley-Ray  is an international, award-winning actress, writer, director and producer who has been in over 275 productions. A multiple Dora, Jesse, Gemini, and Pauline McGibbon award nominee and holding Ken McDougal and Harold awards, her recent accomplishments include the feature film Then Again, directing and voicing Z-Baw for Imagination Films, commercial spots for Zellers and TD Bank and two 3D animation feature films (Alley of Dreams, Papagiorgio the Great.) She was chosen as one of the Mille Femmes in LuminaTO for outstanding contribution to the arts including hosting the red carpet at Dora Mavor Moore awards and serving as a juror in the "Best Voice" category for the Emmys.

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Vera N. Held

Vera N. Held, M.Ed. (Toronto) runs VNH Communications. She enhances individual/team productivity and develops engaged, communicative staff. In 1998, the Canadian Booksellers Association voted her best-seller How Not to Take it Personally one of 15 leading business books in Canada. Published in five languages, it’s sold 30,000+ copies worldwide. Vera’s business column "Make It Work" runs monthly in Careers, The Toronto Sun. In 2017, Vera joined the Board of Directors of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada. She completed a three-year BOD term at Toronto’s Variety Village in 2016, and became the Co-founder and President of the Centre for Jewish Culture and Education in January 2015. In 2013, Vera was the Top Individual Fundraiser for Women Build, Habitat for Humanity GTA. A lover of theatre, language and culture, Vera has traveled extensively. In 1983/84, she taught EFL in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002, she was inducted to the Humber College Alumnus Wall of Distinction; she’s been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who for many years. Vera’s new Theatre Ontario course is called, "Propel Your Professional Career Forward."

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Ray Jacildo

Ray Jacildo (Toronto): As a young theatre practitioner, Ray Jacildo brings a fresh and dynamic outlook into what Theatre Ontario can be. Before Theatre Ontario, Ray served as Director for SWITCH, an organization working with the TDSB to install millions of dollars worth of renewable technologies across Toronto. As Management Coordinator of Theatre 20 he worked on the company’s establishment, fundraisers and premiere production. Ray has also worked with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and City Hall. Over the past two years Ray has performed in over 25 productions, winning a Dora Award for Best Ensemble, and has spoken about his youth work in conferences across Canada and UK.

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Carri Johnson

Carri Johnson (North Bay) has been involved with Gateway Theatre Guild since 2003 and is currently serving her third term as president. Her passion is stage management, but she has dabbled in acting and producing. She has also been involved with Canadore College’s Rep 21 (Stage Manager) and Nipissing Stage Company (actor, stage manager and board member). Carri has a long history of board and committee membership, serving multiple terms as president on four boards (AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, Canadian Academy of Audiology, Rotary Club of North Bay-Nipissing and Gateway Theatre Guild). As Festival Stage Manager for the Theatre Ontario Festival (2007 and 2016) and was last year’s Festival Co-Chair she has had the opportunity to be a part of Ontario’s thriving community theatre scene.

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Eyal Katz

Eyal Katz (Toronto) is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Giant Step Inc., an award-winning digital marketing agency. Eyal has over 15 years experience creating digital marketing campaigns and online applications for many brands including Disney, Dell, CARP, Gogo’s Crazy Bones and more. A full-stack developer, technical lead and software architect for over 100 interactive productions Eyal built software for every screen, from web and mobile to theatres, kiosks, POS and ATMs. Eyal received a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Toronto and serves on the board of directors of the Off Centre Music Salon.

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Gil Katz

Gil Katz (Toronto) is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Giant Step Inc., an award-winning digital marketing agency. Gil has over 12 years experience creating digital marketing campaigns and online applications for over 100 clients ranging from startups to global brands. A member of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and other associations, Gil speaks at events, judges marketing awards and serves on the board of directors of the Off Centre Music Salon. Gil received a Hon.B.Sc. in Mathematics and Interactive Media Design from the University of Toronto and a Certificate from Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich Business School.

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Linda Lloyd-McKenzie

Linda Lloyd-McKenzie (Brantford): Although her parents would state she always had a flair for the dramatic, Linda had only acted a few times in school and had never gotten involved as an adult. It therefore came as a surprise to her that what started as minor involvement with her daughter in a children’s play awakened a passion in her that has blossomed into nearly a decade of acting, directing and producing community theatre in and around Brant County. Linda strives to promote theatre and the arts in general and holds memberships with several local cultural groups. She helped establish the Youth Theatre Program and Summer Youth Camps for Paris Performers’ Theatre in Paris, Ontario where she is the Artistic Director.  She has worked on various community theatre boards, and is currently the Secretary of Stage 88 Brantford. Linda resides in Brantford and is supported in her passions by her husband, Dan and their two children, James and Elizabeth.

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George Randolph

George Curtiss Randolph, Jr. (Toronto) is a pioneer in performing arts education and former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal. George has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience. His expertise in developing performing arts programs has resulted in over 1,000 alumni armed with the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts’ (registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.) signature Triple Threat® (act, sing, dance) training. The legacy of this training is currently represented by award-winning TV and film actors, producers, recording artists, directors, choreographers and performers on the world’s stages and screen, including Broadway (N.Y.), West End (London) and Canada’s famed Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and Mirvish Productions

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