BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“It’s great for all the people who wouldn’t normally go out and see something, it brings the art to the people.”

ROBERT AZEVEDO

CHAIR

BIO

Robert Azevedo is originally from Atlantic Canada, but now lives and works in Vancouver BC. He received a BFA in Dance from SFU and works as a freelance dancer and performer. He is currently studying to become an ASL-English Sign Language Interpreter at Douglas College. Where these two interests intersect is in his passion for accessibility in performance. www.robertaze.com

CAROLINA BERGONZONI

VICE CHAIR

BIO

Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar. I hold an MA in Philosophy and an MA in Comparative Media Arts. I have been been teaching dance and Philosophy for Children (P4C) since 2008. In 2011, I graduated as a Dance Educator (Community Dance Facilitator), from then, I have been working on building communities of movers and thinkers. I am honour to be part of the Board of Vines Art Festival so that I can share my love for Arts and Nature.
Follow me online: www.carolinabergonzoni.org

JANA JORDAN

SECRETARY

BIO

Jana Jordan is a graduate from Langara College with extensive experience in administrative support and event coordination. A passionate volunteer who supports a variety of organizations and causes. Has been a dance enthusiast for most of her life.

HEATHER JUDD

TREASURER

BIO

Heather is an accountant with a public accounting firm in Vancouver, where she works with not-for-profit organizations and private companies focusing on financial reporting and compliance issues. She holds a B. Sc. in Mathematics from McGill University, a Diploma in Accounting from the University of British Columbia, and is currently working towards obtaining her CPA designation. When not working as an accountant she also teaches and tutors math, physics, and verbal reasoning and critical analysis skills.
She believes art is a powerful tool for starting dialogue, and is excited to be part of this initiative using art build community and address environmental issues. When not working she plays piano, and loves cooking and hiking.

KIMIRA BHIKUM

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Kimira is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. She is currently completing her final year in the MFA Design/Production program, specializing in set design. Her research explores the possibilities of using virtual reality in the creative process to enhance the communication between a director and a designer. Originally from South Africa, she attained a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Technology where she specialized in prop-making and scenic painting. She has worked in both the film and theatre industry and will continue to master my skills as an artist.

CATHERINE MBERI

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Catherine is a Zimbabwean living and working in Vancouver BC. She is an accountant at a public practice accounting firm working towards obtaining her CPA designation. She holds a BA. Accounting & Finance from the UK and a Diploma in Accounting from UBC. Catherine enjoys creating fashion designs using African print and learning about different cultures through traveling and attending cultural festivals during the summer. Excited to learn more about art and nature through Vines Art Festival.

JOYCE ROSARIO

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Joyce Rosario is currently Interim Artistic Director at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver BC, Canada. She has been with the PuSh team since 2013. Previously, Joyce spent 10 years in the Canadian dance milieu as a curator, producer and manager. Her training is in Theatre Production/Design from University of British Columbia’s Theatre program, and she was once nominated for a Jessie Richardson award for Costume Design. Her first foray in performance was as a teenage participant in ‘Turning Point’, a new genre public art project by Suzanne Lacy. Joyce is a first-generation Canadian of Filipina descent. She is privileged to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

CHEYENNE DAWN SEARY

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Cheyenne Dawn Seary is an indigenous artist of the Mi’gmaq Nation.Born and raised on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, she has aspired since her youth to create movement, dance, and to sing with diverse communities.

Having a love for dance, Cheyenne joined All Bodies Dance Project in 2015. In 2017, she performed for Vines Art Festival in an All Bodies Dance piece “Spare Parts” choreographed by Harmanie Taylor. Cheyenne is very honoured and excited to be a board member of Vines Art Festival.

ALYSHA SEIRANI

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

Alysha Seriani (she/hers) is a film and video producer and educator, with a fierce passion for empowering youth and their communities. Alysha studied filmmaking, media history, and gender studies at Simon Fraser University, and has directed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries, such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Images Festival, SFU Gallery, and the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, and are distributed by CFMDC and Video Out. She has produced work on various formats from 16mm film to 4K video, from feature films to video journalism to multi-channel installations.

She also has extensive experience in youth programming and media literacy education, with organizations such as VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Museum of Vancouver, Writers’ Exchange, the KidSafe Project Society, the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), and the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) among others. Alysha brings frameworks of social justice and anti-oppression, social-emotional learning (SEL), and popular education to each program she develops and facilitates.

TIFFANY SHIM

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

From Culinary Arts to emerging Dance Artist and, now Animal Health. Tiffany Shim started dancing 5 years ago with The Dance Initiative/GSG Productions Inc. studying Contemporary/Ballet, Hip Hop and, the business of how to create and promote your own show. She then continued with learning Street-Styles fundamentals with SOULdiers Company; was a part of Miscellaneous Productions theatre company as Dance Captain as well as one of the lead actors and is forever looking forward to learning much more about the arts industry with Vine Arts Festival.

JOHN STEIL

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

After growing up at the northern edge of the prairies, John lives in Vancouver in the Railtown area. John is a community planning consultant with a large Canadian based engineering and planning firm with projects throughout Western and Northern Canada. He is Chair of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Day job aside, John is a painter, printmaker and poet. He has shown his work in a variety of public and private art galleries in Vancouver including Artemis Gallery, Seymour Art Gallery, East Vancouver Cultural Centre, Britannia Art Gallery, Chapel Arts, Cityscape Gallery, etc. John is a regular participant in the Eastside Culture Crawl. www.johnsteil.com

AMANDA GOODMAN

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

DANIELLE VALÉE

MEMBER AT LARGE

BIO

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Pandora Fieldhouse
2325 Franklin Street
Vancouver, BC 
V5L 1S2

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