Board of Directors

Board of Directors Elektra Women’s Choir 2019 – 2020

Paul Knickerbocker – President

Paul has been married for 16 years to his  best friend Sharon Hayles – probably better known than he is  to the Choir Members as Owner of Diane’s Lingerie. Paul has  been an entrepreneur for the majority of his work life – 3 major careers – sporting goods / textiles & apparel / corporate travel – where he is now an Independent Contractor with a global company – Vision Travel Solutions.

Holly Kennedy – Vice – President

Holly is going into her 19th season of singing with Elektra and this will be her 2nd time serving on the Board of Directors.  Holly has been singing since before she could talk and can’t remember a time she wasn’t singing in a choir.  Born and raised on the West Coast Holly works in the beauty industry for a Vancouver based organic skincare company as a Diversion Specialist.  Away from choir Holly is proud auntie to her two nephews and loves to spend time with family and friends.

Simone Lemieux – Treasurer

Simone grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she studied mechanical engineering. She moved to Vancouver in 2015 for a position in BC Hydro, and has been happily living in BC ever since. Finding a musical community in Vancouver was a top priority, and Elektra has been the perfect fit.

Maureen Ciarniello – Secretary

Maureen has been a member of Elektra since the choir started and this is her 2nd time serving on the board. She is a former Associate Superintendent of the Vancouver School District and is currently Director of Education Services for a provincial consortium., Focused Education Resources Society. Maureen and her husband, Les, have shared musical interests. She frequents his band gigs and they often plan trips to coincide with concerts by their favorite performers.

Directors at Large

Caitlin Robinson

Singing in her 9th season with Elektra, Caitlin has also been an active board member since 2011, previously as Secretary and member at large and currently as Vice President. Caitlin is a Senior Business Analyst at TELUS helping lead their customer digital adoption strategy. Outside of work and Elektra she is also actively involved with the Foundation Fighting Blindness and serves on their fundraising committee for their annual fundraiser Comic Vision which has raised $8.4 million for sight-saving research since inception.

Russell Smith

Russell is a Director and Portfolio Manager with Odlum Brown. He is married to Gillian Smith and they have five children.  He has known Elektra for about 14 years. He is a former singer with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir. He has sat on several boards in the Vancouver area and brings with him expertise in the area of governance, among other things. .

Heather Wood

Heather Wood is a professional arts administrator with more than 20 years’ experience. She has devoted her career to developing and managing a number of arts organizations including the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Royal Canadian College of Organists; Debut Atlantic and CBC Radio. Her past experience has provided her with skills in board development, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and international touring.  She has been recognized for her exceptional organizational and managerial skills and also for her integrity and warmth. 

Heather began her career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Music department, where she managed its three national competitions: for Young Performers; Young Composers; and Amateur Choirs. For 18 years, Heather was General Manager of the internationally renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus, where she developed a highly successful partnership with its Founder/Artistic Director, Jean Ashworth Bartle. She was instrumental in guiding the organization as a leading choral organization on the world stage. In her tenure, the choir undertook 19 national and international tours throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Prior to joining the TCC, Heather was Director of Debut Atlantic, a chamber music concert series presented throughout Atlantic Canada, co-sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio and local community presenters.

From 2008, Heather has been involved with the performing arts scene in Vancouver, working first with Music in the Morning; then as a board member of Turning Point Ensemble and as supporter of a number of choirs and other performing arts organizations. In 2010 she was a member of the  2010 Winter Olympics Concierge Team assisting athletes, dignitaries and the public throughout the Games. Following the Winter Olympics, she gained her Property Management License from the UBC Sauder School of Business and worked in the luxury furnished rental business for eight years

Jerome Mayaud

‘Jerome is the Lead Data Scientist at Spare Labs, a Vancouver-based startup that helps cities to set up on-demand transit systems. Prior to this, Jerome was as a postdoctoral fellow at UBC, where he studied inequality and homelessness in cities. Originating from France but spending most of his life in the UK, he has worked in sustainability consultancy, broadcasting, and the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology. Although he has only been in Vancouver for a couple of years, he already calls this wonderful city home, and is passionate about the heady mix of outdoors and culture that it offers.’