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2023-2024

STEVEN DENNIS, PhD, MBA

President

Steven was the founder and CEO of a social and market research firm specializing in program evaluation, data management and custom research programs. He also taught research and program evaluation methods to graduate students at the University of Alberta. As a social scientist, he assisted governments, NFPs and businesses by mining data to measure performance and inform consumer engagement efforts. Among his clients were museums, galleries and arts organizations seeking to assess their community impact and discover alternative ways to engage their audiences. The Dennis family also supports the arts through a Community Foundation by awarding an annual scholarship to a high school graduate pursuing a career in the visual or performing arts. Steven and his wife, Sandra, retired in Nanaimo.

STEVE SCOTT

Vice President

Steve is most happy to provide his business and creative direction skillset to the Nanaimo Art Council, as well as include any connections of his several long-term relationships within both the TV/Film industry, and the business world. The future is brighter when we all come together.

Steve Scott’s strong creative passion led him to be a Production Designer and Art Director in the TV and Film industry, which he has been part of for almost 28 years. He has procured 68 film credits to his name, and has received a LEO nomination, as well as an Emmy nomination in Art Direction. His film credits are in a wide variety of genres: Drama, Comedy, Horror, and Action/Sci-Fi.

In addition, he has been the creative director/owner of a freelance marketing company for 32 years, where they provide Branding, Marketing and Website Builds for several small and medium international companies and entrepreneurs.

Steve is most happy to provide his business and creative direction skillset to the Nanaimo Art Council, as well as include any connections of his several long-term relationships within both the TV/Film industry, and the business world. The future is brighter when we all come together.

SANDRA MILES

Secretary

Sandra’s career encompassed a variety of industries in administrative and management positions, and she specializes in corporate governance and working with Boards of Directors. Sandra’s most recent experience was obtained at the Nanaimo Golf Club where she was both a Director and the Board Secretary. She holds a Business Administration diploma from Calgary’s Mount Royal University. She also has a keen interest in strategic planning, the foundation to any organization’s growth and sound development. Although not an artist, she appreciates the goals and objectives of NAC and wishes to contribute to the effectiveness of a progressive, professional organization.

DANA SMILEY

Treasurer

Dana Smiley has been a member of the Nanaimo Arts Council since early 2000. She held a variety of positions starting with working the front desk at North Town Centre, planned many member shows, and organized some Art Around Town exhibitions. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016, holding various positions including Vice Chair and acting Treasurer, and kept the organization’s accounts as bookkeeper from 2017 until 2019.

She organized campaigns for the Cancer Society and presently organizes the Arts and Craft Sale held at the Nanaimo Golf Club, where she has been a golf member since 2007. In 1967 she and her husband moved to Nanaimo where they raised a son and daughter, and now have 3 grandchildren.

In 1983 she took an Accounting Technician Course, subsequently working as a bookkeeper for various Nanaimo companies until 2007. She presently works from home doing books for Creative City Networking of Canada.

Dana started painting in 2000. She currently works in acrylic, and also operates a small business dealing in knitted toques and other items. She is looking forward to being part of the NAC Board to help move the organization into the future.

MISHA ZVIKEC

Director at Large

Misha earned a BSc degree (Biology and Chemistry) from VIU in 2021 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree (Analytical Chemistry) at the University of Victoria. She is a lab instructor at VIU. Misha joined the Nanaimo Arts Council in 2022 assisting with grant applications. She has a passion for the arts and happy to support the arts in her home community.

STEPHANIE ROTH

Director at Large

Stephanie began singing at the age of 10 and landed her first professional job at the age of 16. After graduating from Sheridan College (Musical Theatre Program), she won a role in the Canadian premiere of The Who’s Tommy. Since then, Stephanie has performed throughout North America in a wide variety of productions ranging from classic and contemporary music theatre to fronting various pop and rock ensembles.

With over 36 years experience in the Musical theatre industry, her credits include US Broadway Tour of RENT, the original Canadian company of The Who’s Tommy, the Canadian premieres of Pelagie and The King of Thieves, 4 seasons at the Stratford Festival and numerous leading roles in Regional Theatres country-wide.

Presently, Stephanie is on the faculty at The Canadian College of the Performing Arts in Victoria, teaching Connections – acting through song. Her passion for education extends beyond the classroom, as she continues to make a significant impact on the next generation of performers.

As a working actor, Stephanie is set to take on the role of Violet in 9-5: The Musical this summer, adding another exciting chapter to her illustrious career. Her dedication to the craft and versatile talent has consistently earned her recognition and admiration in the performing arts community.

In 2022, Stephanie established the Stephanie Roth Performing Arts Studio, offering comprehensive performing arts programming for all ages. Students range in age from 4 to 82 years old. Her expertise extends to teaching private and group classes, musical theatre, acting and audition workshops. As a coach, Stephanie meets her students where they are, building them up and encouraging them to be brave enough to reveal their best performance.

Beyond her role as a performer and educator, Stephanie is a distinguished director, producer, and creator. She has received two grants from her community, acknowledging her outstanding work. Projects such as “Brave” and “Something’s Coming!” have showcased Stephanie’s commitment to bringing youth-based live variety revues to seniors at local healthcare centers and creating musical theatre showcases for ages 55+.

In 2023, Stephanie partnered with The Arts Council of Ladysmith & District and was honored with the New Horizons Grant for Seniors, a federal grant supporting senior engagement through the arts. This recognition further highlights her unwavering passion for using the arts to connect with and inspire diverse audiences.

Stephanie’s dedication to nurturing talent at all ages is the hallmark of her success. Her expertise and enthusiasm inspire students to achieve their full potential, creating a lasting impact on the world of performing arts. Stephanie resides in Ladysmith, B.C., with her partner Kraig Waye, where she continues to inspire and guide aspiring performers to pursue their dreams.