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Board of Directors

Rebecca Fernandez Short

Rebecca Fernandez Short has a degree from Trinity University, Texas, USA and a post-graduate from University of East Anglia, UK. She has volunteered in the arts community as Chair, Arts Awards Waterloo Region; founding Board Member, Region of Waterloo ARTS Fund and on Economic Development Advisory Committee, City of Kitchener. She serves on the Board of Advisors, Waterloo Region Small Business Centres. Her business career in Canada, UK and US was in market research and marketing at Conoco Chemicals, Uniroyal Tires, BFGoodrich and Geon. She is a co-founder of Machteld Faas Xander, a marketing communications firm, and Axonify, an online training SAAS company.

Neil Sarginson

Neil has a deep interest in music and the arts, with an eclectic taste in both.  With over twenty-five years of progressive roles in the I.T. industry, finances and contract negotiations, he brings a depth of business knowledge and acumen to the board.  Neil currently holds the role of AVP Global I.T. Procurement at Manulife in Waterloo.

Meghan Whitfield
Past Chair

Meghan Whitfield is a Senior Advisor with the Office of Advancement at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a passion for fundraising in education, culture, and the arts. Meghan has extensive experience in Gift Planning, Annual and Leadership Giving both at the University of Toronto and at Trinity College. Prior to that, Meghan fulfilled a number of roles in fundraising for the Royal Ontario Museum. Meghan lives in Kitchener with her partner and young daughter.

Veronica Chapman

Devin Santos

Marilyn Allen

Marilyn is the Treasurer of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. She received degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto. After training as a chartered accountant and working in several sectors, Marilyn began a 30 year career as a school board financial administrator and executive. She was involved in local and provincial educational initiatives as well as in training and advisory leadership roles. Her volunteer activities included several positions in the arts arena as a gala organizer, treasurer and director. Now retired, she continues to volunteer as a United Way Waterloo Communities Board member and recently served as President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River.  

Jerre Davidson

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jerre Davidson studied at The Scottish Ballet School and later danced professionally. These early experiences are fundamental to her identity and her love of dance and music is evident in the flowing cast glass sculptures she creates. Each sculpture explores the shifting rhythms of a particular space and she uses gestural shapes, light, shadow and reflection, to captures these spatial rhythms. Jerre studied at various centers of excellence in glass education, including Pilchuck, WA; The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; and North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness, Scotland. She has received a number of awards, including a first place award of excellence in sculpture at the Canadian Society of Artists Exhibition. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Scotland, USA and Canada. Jerre works out of her studio in Elora, Ontario.

Soheila Esfahani

Soheila Esfahani has practiced as an artist and educator for more than fifteen years in Waterloo Region. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. Esfahani is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Esfahani’s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council’s Art Bank. She is a recipient of 2016 Waterloo Region Arts Awards (Visual Arts category) and was nominated for the Jameel Prize at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK in 2015. Currently, she is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and teaches in the school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario and is a member of the Red Head Gallery, an artist–run centre in Toronto.

Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill makes 3 things—short video profiles for clients, big art projects with artist Tara Cooper, and feature documentaries.
The things he makes are based on true stories. The key to a great story is fieldwork and footwork. He travels all over to collect the stories—to the dusty basement archive of a museum, a dinosaur dig in the Badlands, or in Tornado Alley on the Great Plains. Research is key.
Terry’s approach is based on the theories and techniques and tools of creative non-fiction.
Whether that’s a short profile for a client, or a big metal sculpture, it’s all about telling a sticky story. But, what makes a story sticky? His answer—avoid generalizations; be specific and don’t forget about the unexpected. Look for disruptions. Look for surprise.
When Terry is not making things he teaches design and filmmaking—it’s a real hoot, and he is pretty darn good at it.

Sarah Schilbe

Astero Kaolgeropoulos

Angela Vieth
Council Liaison


Angela Vieth has been involved at the grass roots level in the Kitchener-Waterloo community since the day she arrived. Currently she volunteers with The Kiwanis Club of KW, The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee and other community organizations. She is an active member of St Jerome’s University Catholic Community. Vieth has served on various committees in her capacity as Councillor. She is the Owner and Managing Director of Your KW Host, a company that offers custom relocation and group tours. She is a passionate advocate for the community and she looks forward to, and is honoured to continue to serve the residents of the amazing city of Waterloo for the next four years.