About - Board of Directors

Lise Andreana, Chair

Lise is a retired Financial Planner, author and former business owner with extensive experience in marketing, networking and working with the media. As an artist, with Fashion Arts and Commercial Art training, she brings a deep love of the visual arts. Lise served on the Board of Directors for ‘Halton Women’s Place’ (a Burlington based Women’s Shelter) from 1998-2000 and established a Niagara Community Foundation to assist youth with learning disabilities and their families in 2014.

Andrew Porteus, Vice-Chair

Andrew is a long time Niagara resident and a retired librarian and library manager. He is currently Chair of the Niagara on the Lake Public Library Board and is a regional representative on the Ontario Library Boards Association. Andrew has gained experience in curatorial skills, governance issues, grant proposals, budget oversight and event organization and has volunteered for many organizations over the years in the Niagara region and beyond.

Cindy Grant, Treasurer

Since retiring and moving to Niagara, Cindy has been a very active volunteer for many different organizations including: NOTL Horticultural Society, Public Library, Shaw Guild, was a member of Betty Disero’s campaign team, Newark Neighbours, Niagara Health Service review on the Collaborative Services Working Group, on the Executive Committee of the Newcomers Club and a member of the Steering Committee and Treasurer for Nyanyas of Niagara.

Chris Phibbs, Secretary

Chris is a retired Occupational Therapist. She was President of the Central Connection Art Group from 2006 to 2009 and Editor of the newsletter for Etobicoke Art Group from 2002-2007.Over the past 20 years she has attended many classes and workshops including Central Tech, OCAD, AGO, TSA, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Avenue Road school of Art, Haliburton School for the Arts, Dundas Valley School of Art and Visual Arts of Mississauga. During the last 4 years Chris has been an active member of the Pumphouse participating in many art classes, workshops and volunteering.

Ron Planche, Marketing & Communications

Ron is a marketing and communications professional, specializing in revenue development for both profit and non-profit sectors. He has 40 years of community service and has served on over 20 professional and Community Boards. As a former local and regional councilor in Halton region and political assistant to Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, he gained valuable insight into politics and governance. Ron has a passion for Visual Arts and a life-long interest in photography.

Jolanta Janny, Artists & Exhibits

Jolanta, a long time resident of Niagara on the Lake, is a retired teacher with a master’s degree in education and a passion for the arts. While a teacher, she was involved in policy and curriculum development. Jolanta gained experience in organizing public art shows (including promotion and installation) in community and private galleries when she established and managed ‘Janny’s Art Gallery’ from 1993-1995. She has served on the Board of directors for the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and Willowbank.

Debbie Whitehouse, Events

Born and raised in Michigan, graduate of University of Michigan and University of Missouri (BA and MSc, respectively). Happily retired after completing over 33 years with The Niagara Parks Commission, finishing as Assistant General Manager. Debbie worked with many staff and volunteers, over several decades, to manage and develop successful programs and events such as The War of 1812 Bicentennial, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens Visions from the Gardens, St Andrews Strawberry Festival and many more. After her retirement in 2013, she has shifted focus to various creative pursuits, and travel.

Deedee Alexandre, Membership & Volunteer Relations

Deedee is a native of the Niagara Peninsula. Retired from a career of teaching at the secondary school level, she is now enjoying painting and other hobbies. Deedee has a long history of working with people both professionally and as a volunteer. She looks forward to working with all the members of the Board and members of the Niagara Pumphouse and 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 on 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.