Directors & Members

Members of the Foundation

Brenda-Ann Marks

Brenda-Ann Marks

Brenda-Ann has been associated with the Rozsa family and the Foundation since 1986, when she began her fund development career in Calgary’s performing arts sector. She has held management positions at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Faculty of Fine Arts and The Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary, Calgary Opera and at other Calgary non-profit sector organizations. In addition, she has consulted with a wide range of arts groups and social service and development organizations. Brenda-Ann recently completed a Masters in Integrated Studies (focusing on Cultural and Literary Studies) through Athabasca University; she is currently engaged in creative writing studies and volunteers in the social service sector.  Brenda-Ann has been a member of the Rozsa Foundation Board of Directors since 2004 and has chaired the Rozsa Award jury since 2005. 

Karen Rice

Karen Rice

Karen Rice is the eldest granddaughter of Ted and Lola. She joined the Foundation in 2000 as a way to honour her grandfather's legacy of education and giving back to the community. Karen was very active in different children's organizations, such as Between Friends Camp Bonaventure, before she graduated with her degrees in Sociology and Education. She worked as an elementary teacher before choosing to stay at home with her two children. Through the years Karen has been a very active volunteer in her children's school and the education and fundraising initiative that the school created. Karen continues to be very active with the school, her teenage children and their extracurricular activities and currently works as a freelance photographer.

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Rozsa de Coquet is the Chairman and President of the Rozsa Foundation. She has been active in many other relevant non-profit organizations, which has included Secretary of the national Philanthropic Foundation Canada Board, and Vice-Chair with the National Music Centre Board. Municipally, she was appointed inaugural Chair of Calgary Arts Development Authority and, in the family tradition, served as a Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society and the affiliated Foundation. In the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Mary also holds the position of Moderator of the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod; and, she is a national Director of the International Women's Forum of Canada.

Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from Trinity University in Texas, an Education Degree and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary. In 2008, she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Women (Arts and Communications category) by the Women’s Executive Network; in 2011 she was acknowledged the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Calgary Association of Fundraising Professionals; in 2012, she was a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal; and in 2015 she was the Honens Honours recipient and named to the Order of Canada.

Mary Cristina Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Cristina Rozsa de Coquet

MC Rozsa de Coquet has held many leadership positions at Pioneer Camps in Alberta. For the past four years, she has co-directed camps for elementary and junior high students as well as been part of the staff team supporting outdoor education groups. She has actively recruited and built her camp teams, both created and supervised group activities, taught outdoor skills and led adventure trips, and interacted with children one-on-one. She has relied on this experience during her student teaching assignments, as she completes her teaching degree with an elementary education specialty. MC is trilingual, an accomplished flutist, and enjoys the challenges of grant-making. She has volunteered for the Rozsa Foundation in numerous capacities including her current position on the board.

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner has been involved with the Foundation since it was established by Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa.

A Public Relations and Media graduate of Michigan State University, cum laude, Ruth Ann used her skills working in the PR Department of the United Nations in New York City. Concurrently, she was a senior flight attendant with Pan American Airlines, flying many inaugural flights to Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. She started a successful skin care and cosmetic business when her children were still at home.

In the family tradition, Ruth Ann served as a Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society and was instrumental in organizing the first Annual Dream Auction Gala, raising funds for the CPO. Ruth Ann has been a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Caravan Committee for 35 years, where she acts as a program announcer and media relations coordinator. In that capacity, she has worked closely with CTV and KSPS-TV as well as many local radio stations. She has also served as a volunteer with the Cowgirl Cattle Company and the Millarville Ride for Stars.   

Scott Rozsa

Scott Rozsa

An accomplished, multi-talented copywriter, marketing and public relations professional, Scott is currently Editor/Art Director/Columnist at The Sportspage Weekly in Dallas, Texas.

Board of Directors

Paul Moulton

Former Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council, Mr. Moulton’s career in the arts has taken him to theatres and academic institutions across Canada, but he cites Edmonton as home to many of his career highlights. Among these was the opportunity to serve as the inaugural facility director of the Winspear Centre when it opened in the fall of 1997. He spent the last 3 years as Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. Prior to that he spent four years employed as executive director for the Arts and Heritage Foundation (AHF) of St. Albert, an organization responsible for the operation of St. Albert’s Public Art Gallery, Museum, and Heritage Sites. He left his position with the AHF at the end of 2012. Paul has also worked extensively as a volunteer in the sector. He has been President of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), he was the first Chair of the Edmonton Arts Council as well as the first President of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and served 6 years as chair of the board for the CKUA Radio Network.

Mary Cristina Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Cristina Rozsa de Coquet

MC Rozsa de Coquet has held many leadership positions at Pioneer Camps in Alberta. For the past four years, she has co-directed camps for elementary and junior high students as well as been part of the staff team supporting outdoor education groups. She has actively recruited and built her camp teams, both created and supervised group activities, taught outdoor skills and led adventure trips, and interacted with children one-on-one. She has relied on this experience during her student teaching assignments, as she completes her teaching degree with an elementary education specialty. MC is trilingual, an accomplished flutist, and enjoys the challenges of grant-making. She has volunteered for the Rozsa Foundation in numerous capacities including her current position on the board.

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Rozsa de Coquet

Mary Rozsa de Coquet is the Chairman and President of the Rozsa Foundation. She has been active in many other relevant non-profit organizations, which has included Secretary of the national Philanthropic Foundation Canada Board, and Vice-Chair with the National Music Centre Board. Municipally, she was appointed inaugural Chair of Calgary Arts Development Authority and, in the family tradition, served as a Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society and the affiliated Foundation. In the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Mary also holds the position of Moderator of the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod; and, she is a national Director of the International Women's Forum of Canada.

Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from Trinity University in Texas, an Education Degree and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary. In 2008, she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Women (Arts and Communications category) by the Women’s Executive Network; in 2011 she was acknowledged the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Calgary Association of Fundraising Professionals; in 2012, she was a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal; and in 2015 she was the Honens Honours recipient and named to the Order of Canada.

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner

Ruth Ann Rozsa Rayner has been involved with the Foundation since it was established by Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa.

A Public Relations and Media graduate of Michigan State University, cum laude, Ruth Ann used her skills working in the PR Department of the United Nations in New York City. Concurrently, she was a senior flight attendant with Pan American Airlines, flying many inaugural flights to Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. She started a successful skin care and cosmetic business when her children were still at home.

In the family tradition, Ruth Ann served as a Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society and was instrumental in organizing the first Annual Dream Auction Gala, raising funds for the CPO. Ruth Ann has been a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Caravan Committee for 35 years, where she acts as a program announcer and media relations coordinator. In that capacity, she has worked closely with CTV and KSPS-TV as well as many local radio stations. She has also served as a volunteer with the Cowgirl Cattle Company and the Millarville Ride for Stars.   

Alec Milne

Alec Milne

Alec is a Principal and Partner with Calgary-based consulting firm, Framework Partners Inc. With broad experience in domestic and international consulting, his passion for an analytical approach toward problem solving has earned him a 20-year reputation for quality and service in economic valuations, research, analytical studies, feasibility studies, business plans, satisfaction surveys and market assessment studies. Alec is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA).

Roman Cooney

Roman Cooney

Roman Cooney is currently Vice-President, Communications at TransAlta. He has held senior communications roles at National Public Relations, Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary.

Bruce Halliday

Bruce is a respected and resourceful strategic advisor and executive coach for leaders. He draws on leadership experience that spans sectors, industries, functions and continents. First introduced to the Rozsa Foundation in 2006, Bruce became active in support of arts managers through the Rozsa partnership with the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business.  

An advocate for arts education, Bruce saw first hand the value of arts education within the public school system through the eyes of his wife Lynda Halliday, a Calgary, elementary school music educator.

Working with actors and exploring applied improvisation as a development tool for communicators and business leaders, has been a career-long interest.

Bruce has held senior leadership and consulting roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors and has served as president for professional and community organizations.

Currently Bruce is active with clients of his executive coaching practice. He also serves as adjunct coach with the Center for Creative Leadership and senior advisor with Osborne Business Advisors.

Bruce is a Certified Executive Coach and member of the International Coach Federation. He holds the Certified Professional Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

Brenda-Ann Marks

Brenda-Ann Marks

Brenda-Ann has been associated with the Rozsa family and the Foundation since 1986, when she began her fund development career in Calgary’s performing arts sector. She has held management positions at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Faculty of Fine Arts and The Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary, Calgary Opera and at other Calgary non-profit sector organizations. In addition, she has consulted with a wide range of arts groups and social service and development organizations. Brenda-Ann recently completed a Masters in Integrated Studies (focusing on Cultural and Literary Studies) through Athabasca University; she is currently engaged in creative writing studies and volunteers in the social service sector.  Brenda-Ann has been a member of the Rozsa Foundation Board of Directors since 2004 and has chaired the Rozsa Award jury since 2005.