Now in its 45th season, Persephone theatre is overseen by a 13 person board of directors. This diverse group of dedicated citizens brings a wide spectrum of skills and experiences to Persephone’s governance.
The board comprises financial, legal, and HR professionals, corporate managers, education and building management experts. For all the variety of backgrounds represented, their common thread is a passion for Persephone Theatre.
Nikki Hipkin is a senior consultant and owner of K2 Research and Consulting Ltd. She provides management consulting services in the areas of labour relations, compensation, employee engagement, and evaluation. She has been working with organizations for nearly 20 years to identify, gather and understand data to support strategic development.
Nikki holds a Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies and Philosophy) from the University of Saskatchewan, and has additional training in governance, leadership development, facilitating group decision-making, and organizational diagnosis.
Nikki has been on the Board of Persephone Theatre since 2013 and currently serves as President.
Kelly is the Director of Finance at the Global Institute for Water Security. His position includes oversight of the $143 million Global Water Futures program, aiming to position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions and address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures and extreme events.
Previous roles have included: Senior Manager overseeing the work of six managers and approximately 40 staff responsible for financial reporting and budgeting processes at a large wholesaler; Senior Manager at a global accountancy firm with a focus on audit and advisory services for publicly traded companies and assignments in Chile and Australia; CFO and Corporate Secretary at a TSX-V listed company that operated in Canada and the United States with responsibility for public market equity financing, joint venture financing, treasury management, financial reporting and regulatory compliance in Canada and the United States, and the successful acquisition and integration of a TSX-V listed company.
Outside of work Kelly has acted as Official Agent for provincial and federal political entities and is an amateur cellist. He was twice a bronze medalist at the Canadian Biathlon championships and has taken mid-career breaks to focus full time on rock and ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies.
In May 2018, Marla retired from her role as Partner/Senior Vice President with Deloitte after 38 years in public accounting. Marla is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Licenced Insolvency Trustee with expertise in personal and corporate financial restructuring. She worked on a variety of special consulting assignments and restructuring engagements including assessing financial position, corporate governance, management and performance enhancement.
Marla held various leadership roles within Deloitte at the local and national level. Marla has served on numerous boards including the YWCA and the United Way of Saskatoon and Area. Marla currently sits on the Saskatoon Public School Foundation board and is the Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals.
A former teacher, Marla instructed at the post-secondary level, was a frequent seminar and conference presenter and in-house faculty for Deloitte partner leadership programs. Marla was honored with the Athena Award recognizing excellence in business and the professions, community service and leadership development of women. Marla is married and has two adult daughters.
Jamie is a principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, a public affairs firm with offices in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Ottawa. He was a principal in MGM communications, a western Canadian- based advertising agency. He was also the Director of Government Relations at Cameco, and recently, a Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, at the University of Saskatchewan. Jamie is a graduate of the U of S, and holds Master’s degrees in Diplomacy from Norwich University, and a Master’s of Addiction Counselling from the Betty Ford/Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota. He has been a volunteer board member on the Canadian Special Olympics, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the United Way, the Friendship Inn, and Persephone Theatre.
David is the Executive Director of Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation, an education charity originated at The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to support compassionate citizenship learning in all classrooms. A veteran of more than two decades in local broadcast management (most recently as Vice-President and General Manager of Bell Media Saskatchewan) David Fisher has also been very involved with community volunteer work.
David is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.) and Ryerson University (B.A.). David is married to Judy, an Occupational Therapist, and father of two grown children, Jade and Ben.
Jackie is a retired educator who spent 32 years with Saskatoon Public Schools as a teacher of English and Drama, and as a Student Services Counsellor. In 2005 Jackie was recognized by the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation as an Educator of Distinction. Theatre has always been an important aspect of Jackie’s life, and her relationship with Persephone is a long-standing one. She acted out at home as a child, performed on stage as a student, studied drama at university, and directed countless high school productions. Jackie has been a Persephone subscriber for more than three decades, and is completing her fifth year on the Board. Jackie currently works as a Customer Service Agent for WestJet. She canvasses and volunteers for several organizations, with the Alzheimers’ Society being a particularly significant cause to her. Jackie is married to Brian, a retired high school principal, and has two children, Justin and Madison.
James was an educator with the Saskatoon Public School Board for thirty-two years. After retirement he taught in the Adult Basic Education Program at Sask. Polytechnic. Throughout his teaching career he has taught music and English and directed choirs, bands, musicals and plays. He also directed many shows for Saskatoon Gateway Players and Saskatoon Summer Players. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, James has lived in Saskatoon and been involved in its cultural activities for over fifty years. At present he is Director of Saskatoon Chamber Singers and University Chorus.
Ross retired from the City of Saskatoon after 21 years of service, where he finished his career as Manager of the Facilities Branch, responsible for all maintenance and operational requirements for city owned facilities.
Ross has been on the Persephone Board since 2015 and has chaired the Building Committee for the past two years. Ross and the committee have focused on the development and implementation of a reserve and long-term plan for the funding of major repair and replacement expenditures. The reserve and long-term plan form part of Persephone Theatre’s comprehensive facility maintenance plan. Ross is married to Kim, a retired teacher, and a proud father of two grown sons.
Rangi Jeerakathil is a partner with MLT Aikins LLP and practices in the areas of environmental, energy, and indigenous law, including corporate social responsibility. Rangi grew up in Prince Albert and lives with his family in Saskatoon.
As a seasoned human resource leader, Sherry has a passion for building competency in others and for helping people and organizations do their best thinking. Sherry has extensive experience leading change, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, project management, and team development. Her unique combination of professional knowledge and operational savvy helps bring multiple stakeholders together in collaborative ways that help them to integrate their strategic thinking with practical application.
Sherry holds the professional designation of Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and has a Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM). Sherry is a certified in PROSCI® Change Management, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Crucial Conversations facilitation (Vital Smarts).
Sherry is a Persephone Theatre Board member because she feels that theatre encourages us to take a hard look at ourselves, our values, and our behavior, and it builds our skills for listening and empathizing with our fellow humans. Theatre makes a valuable contribution to the world by bringing people together in a time when social networking is not very social at all.
Gregory Power is the Chief Operating Officer for the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan where he is responsible for the overall financial management, human resources, communications, information technology and strategic projects and administrative programs for our province’s medical school. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Information Technology at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine in Halifax, where he supported curricular renewal, the creation of a new campus site in New Brunswick, and transformed information technology services to enable distributed medical education across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Before moving into senior administrative roles in higher education, he led a consulting practice in Atlantic Canada that served a diverse array of public and private sector organizations across Canada and the United States.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Terice currently works as a recruitment specialist in the HR department at the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked for the university for over 10 years in a variety of roles. Terice holds a Master of Education degree and Bachelor of Science degree from USask.
In her spare time, Terice loves to travel, eat good food, and give back to the Saskatoon community.
Dawn has unending appreciation and love for the arts, and Persephone Theatre in particular. Her first experience with Persephone was attending the musical Chelsea Hotel (2013) and she has been hooked ever since. She is looking forward to enthusiastically advocating for the theatre as a board member.
Dawn has also been involved with other aspects of the Persephone organization as a billet host for visiting performers. In her spare time, Dawn is a competitive Irish dancer and a novice potter. Dawn and her husband Bob share their home with two rescue dogs, Pluto & Zeke