Leona Baxter, President

Leona Baxter is a partner in the firm of Oland Baxter and has practiced law in British Columbia for the past 22 years in the areas of maritime, transportation and personal injury litigation.  Since relocating to Kelowna in 2001, she has volunteered as a board member with numerous not-for-profit organizations and is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Art Gallery.  Leona brings experience and interest in strategic planning.  When not working, or driving her 12 year old twins to their various activities, Leona is an enthusiastic participant in Ballet Kelowna’s In Motion adult ballet classes.

Laura Doncom, Secretary

Laura Doncom (nee Gray) was born in Kelowna, trained with The Canadian School of Ballet, and is a former dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet company.   Laura was a founding member of the Society in 2002 and served on the Board from September 2003 for six years, serving as President for three years.  She continued to serve at the Committee level on the Finance and Human Resources Committees and re-joined the Board in 2014.

Doug Whitehead, Treasurer                                                                                           

Doug was a CGA for 33 years, primarily in Vancouver. His experience includes public accounting and auditing, and employment with private and public corporations. Doug retired, and moved to Kelowna in 2009. He has done volunteer accounting work for social and sporting groups, and has served  as Treasurer with Society for Learning in Retirement, and Chamber Music Kelowna Society. He brings experience with financial statements, budgeting, and compliance work.

Linda Ashton, Director

Linda Ashton is a recently retired fund development professional.  For 26 years she had a proven track record in donor relations and fundraising management through capital campaigns, annual, major, and planned giving.  As a volunteer member of several boards, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Linda gained enormous experience that led to many successful fundraising and stewardship events.  She is now delighted to be sharing her skills with Ballet Kelowna.

Tanja Halsall, Director

Tanja Halsall, MA, CPHR, provides consulting services to various local businesses through her consulting company Potentia Human Resources and Engagement Consulting.  She is also an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan; teaching and acting as a Personal Development Coach within the Masters of Management Program. Tanja has 30 years of Human Resource and management experience including significant coaching and career development for professionals in Professional Services, Health care, Manufacturing, Hospitality, and the Not-for-Profit sector. 

Dr. Richard Hooper, Director

Richard Hooper is a M.D. graduate and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Cardiology and Internal Medicine with previous teaching appointments at The Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.  For the past decade, Dr. Hooper has been the Principal Negotiator, and then Regional Clinical Program Director, for the development of the Interior Health Authority’s Cardiac Services Centre for Rural British Columbians.  He is an experienced leader in numerous medical and non-medical organizations with a special interest in the development of innovations in medical education.

Anne Laurie, Director

Anne Laurie served previously on the Board of Directors of the Ballet Kelowna Society as our Human Resources Chair from May 2008 until October 2010.  She recently retired from Interior Health where she worked as a Labour Relations Specialist.  Prior to that was Regional Human Resources Manager for the provincial government.  Anne brings Human Resources expertise to the table, particularly as Ballet Kelowna continues to grow and becomes a more complex organization.

Dorothy Mills, Director

Dorothy Mills is a CPA, CGA and has lived in Kelowna since 1978.  She has served on the KGH Foundation Board since 2014, has been a director of the Friends of Mission Creek since 1996, and a director of the Central Okanagan Land Trust since 2015.  Dorothy loves horseback riding, skiing, and walking, as well as travel and experiencing other cultures.

Deborah Owram , Director

Retired as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of Executive Council, Government of Alberta. Previously was Assistant Public Service Commissioner with over 20 years experience in senior human resource positions. Served on the Alberta Government Management Pension Board and served 6 years on the board of the Kelowna Art Gallery including position of Secretary.