Board Members

Angelika Jaeger (aj) – Chairperson

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.

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 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 WilsonNadine 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 watercolour, 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.

Rachael Zubick – Director

From being onstage to writing and directing and a passion for clay, felting and lamp work Rachael Zubick has been involved in the arts from an early age.  When not pursuing artistic expression, Rachael  can be found at the helm of the the City of Vernon Community Policing Office. With a BA from SFU and a passion for environmental criminology and crime prevention through social development, Rachael is a firm believer that through collaboration and a shared vision anything is possible.

Dr Sherry L Price – Director

Sherry Price has over 40 years 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.

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