Our Board and Staff
BOARD & MEMBERS
Mary Rozsa de Coquet
Board Chair and Foundation Member
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.
Board Vice Chair
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.
Board Treasurer & Foundation Member
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).
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.
Katrina is passionate about the intersection of art, technology, business and education – all of which are reflected in her diverse career path.
A marketer by trade, she spent her early career in the technology sector first in a series of startups, then building partner marketing relationships for a global software vendor. She segued into media, joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she managed marketing and communications for CBC Radio One in Vancouver. Upon moving to Edmonton, she joined CKUA Radio where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer. She was proud to be part of the leadership team that built a new headquarters for CKUA in Edmonton in the reconstructed Alberta Hotel as well as launched a new studio in Calgary at the National Music Centre.
Katrina has a passion for teaching. Since 2013, she has been a sessional faculty member at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management program where she also sits on the Faculty Advisory Council.
In 2017, Katrina helped launch the Alberta Podcast Network, which is dedicated to fostering connections between Alberta-based podcasters and showcasing their work to reach new audiences.
Katrina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently working on a Master of Arts at the University of Alberta with a focus on Communication & Technology. She has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity (Vancouver Region), Canadian Women in Communications and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. She was named one of Edmonton’s Top 100 Businesswomen in 2013. She is also a graduate of the Rozsa Arts Management Program.
Ian Minnifee is a community builder, a promoter of diversity, and a Partner with Sagium, a Calgary-based independent financial planning firm. A proud Calgarian, Ian is a devoted husband and father, a celebrated athlete, and proud alumni of the University of Calgary.
Ian has been steadily involved in many community organizations, most notably with his alma mater, The University of Calgary. Currently acting as the Board Chair and President of the
University of Calgary Alumni Association, Ian has a strong passion for the institution that opened so many doors to his future. In addition to serving two terms in the University of Calgary Senate, Ian has shown leadership and vision as a member of the Senate Executive Committee and as an original promoter of the Senate Service Award.
Ian has been in the financial services industry since 1997 as both an advisor to clients and a Director of Business Development for a national planning organization. He currently holds his Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation and continually updates his education as the financial landscape changes. At Sagium, Ian works with successful families and professionals to prudently grow, manage and preserve their wealth. He acts as a personal guide to facilitate his client’s team of trusted advisors and helps them work through complex issues to make wise decisions, providing them with clarity at the intersection of life and wealth.
MC is a French immersion teacher with a passion for outdoor pursuits. In the summer, she directs wilderness camps. She holds numerous canoe, aquatic and first aid certifications. MC has a strong arts background ( flute, ballet, drawing) and has served on the board for eight(?) years as Board Secretary. She and the Foundation grew up together, from the kitchen table to boardroom.
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.
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.
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.
Simon brings a passion for arts management and artistic and organizational innovation to his work as Executive Director of the Rozsa Foundation. A professional theatre director by trade, Simon founded Downstage, a theatre company that is dedicated to creating conversation around social issues, and served as the company’s Artistic Director for thirteen years. While working in that role, Downstage was frequently recognized for its cutting-edge work, including being named to Alberta Venture’s list of the province’s most innovative organizations. Simon’s knowledge and experience in arts management is widespread, including sitting on non-profit boards, working with advocacy organizations and serving on arts juries.
Simon earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. He received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award in 2008, was named to Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011 and has won and been nominated for a number of professional theatre awards, including winning the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Direction in 2014.
Arts Leadership Director
Geraldine Ysselstein is the Arts Leadership Director for the Rozsa Foundation. In this role, she designs, delivers and supports the delivery of professional development opportunities for arts manager’s at different stages of their career. She also liaises with the jury, partners, nominators, nominees, and recipients of the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.
Geraldine grew up surrounded by the arts. Not only did she learn to play piano and viola and dabble with paint from a young age; but for 11 years her family hosted classical, folk, and jazz concerts plus an art and craft gallery in their one-room school house. Setting up for concerts, taking ticket reservations, and serving apple cider to the audience was her introduction to arts management. After defending her MA thesis on East German Material Culture at the University of British Columbia, she found herself working in the music department at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. From there, she also worked for Wilder & Davis Luthiers in Banff, the “Big Boreal Adventure” and Willow Springs Creative Centre in Thunder Bay, the Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, and the Calgary Civic Symphony in Calgary.
Passionate about professional development – Geraldine has completed a BA in European Studies from the University of Guelph, an MA in European Studies from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University, the Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP) from the University of Calgary, the New Fundamentals program from Banff Centre, the Artists Working in Community program from the City of Calgary, and will soon be pursuing some Adult and Community Education courses from the University of Calgary. Her approach to teaching arts management is to integrate business processes with the arts – whether it be through the art form, art materials, art exercises, art locations, or guest speaker from the arts sector.
Granting and Awards Manager
Ayla is a fourth generation Calgarian who has dug her hands into almost all of Calgary’s professional theatre companies as an actor, producer, or administrator. She has produced over 35 productions including professional theatre, arts festivals and sketch comedy shows, and was the Associate Producer of The Shakespeare Company from 2010 – 2022. Ayla holds a BFA from the University of Calgary and trained as an actor with Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She is an ensemble member (and former producer) of The Late Late Breakfast Show sketch comedy troupe and a founding member of the Bad Knaps Theatre Collective. Ayla loves making people laugh and gets a thrill seeing a project come together.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Lisa Mackay is a seasoned arts marketing professional with experience working with theatre and orchestras, and a background in museums. She is passionate about blending arts marketing skills and strategy with creativity and passion to invigorate revenue generation and support audience development.
Most recently she was the interim Director of Marketing and Sales for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Director of Marketing and Audience Development for Theatre Calgary, and has had her own consulting company where she assisted arts groups and small independent businesses with fine-tuning their marketing activities and making the most of their advertising dollars. She has also worked in senior marketing roles with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Lisa has experience and expertise in strategic planning, branding and identity, social media, advertising, and public relations.
Programs and Events Coordinator
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 opera companies in Calgary- the Cowtown Opera Company and the Calgary Concert Opera Company.
Along with being the Office and Event Coordinator for the Rozsa Foundation, Ainsley is also the executive assistant to the Calgary Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
Arts Leadership Associate
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Samuel Obadero’s journey into the arts started there in the theatre, as an actor and stage director. He directed over 50 stage plays and performed on many stages in Nigeria before migrating to Canada in 2018. Sam is also a multiple award-winning photographer, and won The Art Champion award at the Mayor’s Launch in 2019; one of his proudest moments. With a first degree in Information Technology, Sam helped setup the IT infrastructure at the biggest YMCA in the world, but the arts has always been where his heart lies. As a digital photographer, Sam he accomplished a life goal when he opened the first black-owned photography studio in Calgary, where he now mentors other young artists.