About - Board of Directors

Lise Andreana, Chair
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.

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Ron Ferguson, Treasurer
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.

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Gwen Laing, Secretary
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.

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Mark Skeffington, Exhibits Chair
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.

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Wendy Cheropita, Town Council Representative
Wendy Cheropita, Town Council Representative

Wendy spent 20 yrs. in senior leadership roles with top global wine & spirit companies; like Diageo Canada perfecting valuable business skills in, strategy, brand management, collaborative planning, financial management and marketing.

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Patti Knipe, Volunteers
Patti Knipe, Volunteers

For over 30 years, Patti specialized in the design and implementation of human resources strategies for small, mid-size, and merging companies.

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