Board of Directors
Christine Verdonk - Board
Beth McLean Wiest - Board
Bob Davis - Board
Erna Regehr - Board
Johann Zietsman - Board
Royal Sproule - Board
Christine is a proud born and raised Calgarian. Growing up in south Calgary, much of her time revolved around dance, and after graduating high school, she joined Calgary’s Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as a performing member where she also spent 7 years as a member of the board. She is also a member of the Western Showcase committee at the Calgary Stampede, where as Chair of the Artists’ Studios sub-committee she helps to put on the Calgary Stampede Art Show every July.
She holds a BComm and an MBA from the University of Calgary, and spent time studying in Glasgow, Scotland and Vienna, Austria. She currently works as a community engagement and outreach professional. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, snowboarding and spending quality time with her family.
Beth McLean Wiest
For over 20 years Bob has engaged the diverse landscape of rural communities and non-profit organizations witnessing many and varied challenges and opportunities.
Bob has served in positions ranging from Executive Director/General Manager positions with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Rosebud Centre of the Arts, the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Drumheller Chamber of Commerce to Business Analyst with Community Futures Highwood, and Project Coordinator (Hockey Canada) and Administration Assistant (Hockey Alberta).
As a volunteer, Bob has served multiple roles including Capital Development, Finance, Marketing and Executive Committees, including and Board Chair. He has completed the Credit Union Director Development program and facilitated the Community Futures Board Development program.
Bob has encountered numerous examples of community and organizational courage and risk ranging from local sports associations, churches and community events, to chambers of commerce, credit unions, regional tourism boards and arts and education institutions.
Bob lives in Strathmore where he is currently the General Manager for the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Society/Charity), Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (Society), Old Trout Film Division (social enterprise), and volunteer director with the International Festival of Animated Objects.
Erna Regehr - Board
Erna is a senior change management consultant with extensive experience in HR, management, business planning, and large-scale projects in IT and Supply Chain. Over 25 years of this has been in the oil industry, with an additional three years in Christian Education administration.
Education background includes a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Religious Studies (Music Major), A.R.C.T. in Piano, and a Masters in Business Administration. A number of additional certifications have also been completed including the Prosci Change Management.
Erna’s life has also been characterized through service work in Christian and secular settings. One year was spent in full-time service in Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program. Another year was dedicated as national chair for Petro-Canada’s United Way campaign. Church service work has been on-going, including many musical commitments and leadership opportunities, and most recently facilitating a strategic visioning process. A memorable event was assisting in a three-day “church-raising” on the Hobbema reserve. She currently serves on the Board for Rosebud School of the Arts.
Erna and her husband Eric Rose enjoy many pastimes together, including hiking, photography, scuba diving, travel, and spending time with family including several grandchildren.
Johann Zietsman - Board
Johann grew up in South Africa under the Apartheid regime, which lead to his life-long passion for the transformative value and role of the arts in a community.
After serving in the military, he graduated as an architect, followed by a Masters degree in music from Ithaca, NY. Returning to SA in 1982, Johann started a career of various arts executive positions. During this time he was actively involved in the political transformation of his homeland through pioneering work in the arts, resulting in recognition from Mr. Nelson Mandela’s government.
In 2002 he was recruited as CEO of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), based in NY. From 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, and Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Mesa, Arizona.
In December 2009 Johann became President and CEO of Arts Commons in Calgary, Canada.
Royal Sproule grew up in Rosebud and joined RSA when it was still a high school in 1982. He performed as an actor in Rosebud Theatre’s first ever production Commedia Del Arte on the old outdoor stage. Royal has worked in the performing arts for the past 30 years as an actor, writer, composer and an award-winning director. From 2006-2014 he directed The Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller, AB. Royal recently sat on the board of The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. He is a working pen & ink artist, musician in the Wheatland Band, and a co-operator of Smoke Signal Media.