Mary Rozsa de Coquet, President
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.
Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director
Geraldine Ysselstein is an arts manager, advocate, creative thinker, and community collaborator. In the last 10 years, she has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations who are involved in arts, culture, heritage, and nature-based activities.
As an arts leader, Geraldine is working to strengthen the arts and culture sector by focusing on its human resources – the people who work and volunteer in the arts. In her creative time, she enjoys backpacking and x-country skiing, going to folk festivals, and writing and illustrating children’s books.
Sarah Adams, Communications and Events Coordinator
After graduating ACAD in 2005, Sarah began her path in the non-profit arts sector by joining the Board of Directors at Truck Gallery. While maintaining a visual arts practice, working as an art critic, and starting her small family, she co-founded Pith Gallery in 2008, and eventually joined The Old Trout Puppet Workshop as Marketing and Communications Coordinator in 2011. She held the role of Production Coordinator at CJSW 90.9FM from 2013 to 2015.
Sarah brings to the Rozsa Foundation a wide swath of non-profit arts experience, and a deep passion for Alberta's arts community.
Ainsley Soutiere, Administrative Assistant
A vocal performance graduate with degrees from the University of Southern California and The Juilliard School, Ainsley has a passion for the sustainable future of the arts, and especially for the operatic art form. She has spent the last few years bringing opera to new audiences through her work at Portland Opera, as well as working with the newest generation of indie opera companies in Calgary- the Cowtown Opera Company and the Calgary Concert Opera Company.
Along with being the administrator for the Rozsa Foundation, Ainsley is also the executive assistant to the Calgary Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, the Manager of Artist Relations for the Cowtown Opera Company, and the Education Coordinator for the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.
Andrew Long, Grants Officer
Andrew has been immersed in the arts for over 20 years. He holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, and received additional arts management education through York University’s Schulich School of Business. In addition to his work as an actor, he has founded and managed a non-profit theatre company, managed and programmed one of Canada’s only Oscar®-qualifying film festivals, run a major logistics arm of VANOC’s 60-day Cultural Olympiad in 2010, and helped administer the City of Richmond’s Arts Centre and Public Art Program. Since moving to Calgary in January he has continued to act on screen, and was the Production Manager for the 2013 Calgary International Film Festival.