About - Board of Directors

Lise Andreana, Chair

Lise Andreana is a retired Certified Financial Planner. She rose through the ranks of London Life before being asked to join the elite Wealth and Estate Planning Group. In 2002, Lise founded Continuum II, a highly respected boutique financial planning firm in Burlington Ontario, which continues to this day. She served as Ambassador to the Financial Planning Standards Council, becoming a respected source of financial planning advice to the Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star. Lise is also the author of 3 financial planning books.
As an artist with commercial art training, Lise brings a deep love of the visual arts. She served on the Board of Directors for Halton Women’s Place from 1998-2000 and established the Andreana Family Trust Fund to assist youth and their families in 2014.

Ron Ferguson, Treasurer

Ron was born and raised in Toronto. He worked for many years as a Chartered Accountant for the Ontario Public Service, holding senior management positions in the Ministry of Finance.
He has served as Treasurer on the Boards of Willowbank, The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfast Association and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Gwen Laing, Secretary

Gwen is a Registered Nurse who moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2016 and is currently working part-time in an oral surgery office in St. Catharines. Before relocating, she visited NOTL many times with her family, always enjoying and appreciating this town's history, recreation, theatre and art galleries, including the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre. She believes art has an important place in our lives and in our community and that we need to encourage and support creativity and imagination in every child and adult.

Gwen has held many leadership roles professionally and as a volunteer both in Mississauga and Toronto. She hopes to bring her communication and organizational skills to her new position of Secretary and looks forward to working with all Board members and volunteers to celebrate art in our community. Gwen is an avid reader and enjoys time cycling and hiking along nature trails in the Niagara region.

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Victoria Wisdom, Marketing & Communications

Victoria’s lifelong involvement with the arts continued through her long career in advertising and media sales. With an extensive background in sales management and charitable fundraising, Victoria always enjoyed the “art of the sale”. From Associate Publisher/Director of Advertising for Saturday Night Magazine, to an integral role as Director of Advertising for the launch of Bravo! New Style Arts Channel (CHUM Television 1994), to heading national sales on the relaunch of the New Classical 96.3 FM (2006) and finally as Associate Publisher/VP Sales and Marketing for Zoomer Magazine’s launch (2011), Victoria has always welcomed a challenge.
Victoria was honored to serve on the Canadian Film Centre Board (1996-2007) and most recently on the Board of War Child Canada. Now embracing life in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area, Victoria has dedicated herself to this remarkable enriching community.

Mark Skeffington, Exhibits Chair

Mark is a Niagara art lover, collector, dealer and artist, with a strong passion for Canadian art. He owns two online art galleries: FineArtCollector.ca, which features works by major Canadian artists such as David Blackwood, and another devoted to painter W.J. Hopkinson.

Mark’s passion for art led him to start painting and join the Pumphouse, St. Catharines Art Association and the Niagara Artists Centre. Mark works in communications/public relations, after a previous career spent as an award-winning journalist working at several Ontario daily newspapers.

Cheryl Morris, Member at Large

Cheryl Morris has been a volunteer with the Pumphouse since 2013, and was a member of the Board of Directors in 2014-2015. With a background in corporate communications, strategic innovation programs and event management, she is comfortable using technology to improve processes to help people, and is happiest when that can be combined with the arts. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Concordia University in Montreal.

Cheryl was most recently the interim manager of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre. In 2017 she was the Special Events Coordinator for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sesquicentennial Committee. In her corporate career, she worked for Dell Research, CA Technologies, and IBM Canada. Now that Cheryl is retired, she will be spending time volunteering in NOTL, travelling and photographing landscapes around the world.

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Betty Disero, Town Council Representative

Betty Disero represents the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Council for the Board. Betty was born and raised in Toronto and moved to Niagara-on-the Lake in 2009. In Toronto, Betty worked 3 years as a Toronto School Board Trustee and 18 years as a Toronto City Councillor until she started Boomer Consulting Corporation, a Government Relations company representing municipalities, private sector companies and pension funds in the development of municipal infrastructure. Betty is a member of the NOTL Rotary, the Shaw Guild and the Horticultural Society.