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.

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.

Chris Phibbs, Secretary

Now in her third year on the Pumphouse Board, Chris is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake, she served on the Board of the Etobicoke Art Group from 2002 to 2007 and was President of Central Connection Art Group in Toronto from 2006 to 2009.
Chris has had a lifelong interest in the arts and has become an avid landscape painter since relocating to Niagara on the Lake. She has a passion for Plein Air and has enjoyed painting trips to Italy and Morocco as well as regular excursions to Algonquin Park. For the past 5 years, Chris has been an enthusiastic member of the Pumphouse, participating in many classes as well as volunteering.

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.

Deedee Alexandre, Membership & Volunteer Relations

Deedee is a native of the Niagara Peninsula. With an Honors B.A. in History from Waterloo and a B. Ed. from Brock University, Deedee enjoyed a career as a teacher at the secondary school level, where she served as Branch President for the Ontario Secondary Teachers Federation (1997-2007).
Now retired, Deedee is enjoying painting and other hobbies. She has a wealth of experience in leadership roles working with people both professionally and as a volunteer. Prior to joining the Pumphouse Board, Deedee was president of the St. Catharines Art Association. She looks forward to working with the Board and members and volunteers from the Pumphouse and the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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.

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.