The Board of Awkward Stage Productions (ASP) is made up of a diverse group of innovative, courageous people dedicated to ASP’s mission:
To deliver high-quality, inclusive, relevant theatre programming, excite audiences, and provide young and emerging artists with rewarding performance and production opportunities and mentorship.
BARBARA GOBIS – President and Chair
Having worked for the past 25 years as an executive, consultant and agent of change, Barbara’s specialty is leading large-scale change initiatives within health care.
Currently Barbara is the Director, Pharmacists Clinic – UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Executive Coach, UBC Academic leadership Development Program; and Organizational Coach, Coaching@UBC. Prior to joining UBC, Barbara held leadership roles at the BC Ministry of Health, Network Healthcare and Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. Barbara comes from a family of performers and understands the vital role the arts play in the development of healthy young people, communities and societies. Selected recognition includes: Top 40 Under 40 (BC Business), 5 x recipient of the Commitment to Care award (Rogers Media), Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award (BC Pharmacy Association), and BC Patient Quality and Safety Council award for Patient Care. A pharmacist by training, Barbara attributes much of her success as a health care executive to the skills she developed through her exposure to the arts.
BARBARA GRANTHAM – Vice President and Vice Chair
Barbara Grantham was appointed President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in 2013. A long-time Vancouver resident, Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a successful senior executive and consultant in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors in BC and nationally. She has held executive positions with the Vancouver Foundation, Streetohome Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Barbara also has extensive experience as a senior consultant, excelling in strategic planning, organizational assessment, project management, board governance, financial sustainability, and public policy issues. Barbara is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the largest ‘on the ground’ social service organization in BC. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of Imagine Canada. Barbara holds a BA degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University.
NOONY SANTOS PALETTA – Secretary
Noony is a Registered Dietitian and nutritional consultant. She graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Dietetics, from the University of British Columbia and has practiced in a variety of settings including Royal Columbian Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Cedarview Lodge, The College of Dietitian’s of BC, False Creek Urgent Care Centre, and BC Children’s Hospital. Noony has been at the UBC Family Practice for 15 years, providing one-on-one nutrition counselling to patients and acting as a resource for UBC Medical Residents. Noony is also co-founder and consultant for iUBER wellness. Noony has a diverse range of interests from outdoor activities to travel, to going on adventures with her family, and supporting the arts. The Awkward Stage Board is delighted that Noony has chosen to bring her infectious energy and fresh perspectives to the organization.
MARIANNE WYNE – treasurer
Marianne is a Senior Consultant for Eclipse’s Business Process Solution practice, where she leverages 20 years of experience in optimizing businesses and managing organizational change. Marianne has diverse experience in multiple industries. Her unique mix of positivity, collaboration, strategic approaches and her pro-active orientation have helped her rally people and catalyze positive change throughout her career. Marianne has been involved in volunteer and Board work for a number of years and has an interest in the performing arts. Her skill set is a tremendous asset on the Awkward Stage Board.
LEAH RINGWALD – Director – Marketing and Publicity
Spending half her life in Ontario and time exploring the world, Leah returned to British Columbia in 2011 and is proud to call it home once again. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western University as well as a Book and Magazine Publishing Certificate from Centennial College. Currently in a senior administrative role with the City of Richmond, Leah’s career has included publicity with Random House of Canada, teaching English as a second language, roles with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and public-facing roles that enable her to interact with people from all walks of life. Outside of work she spends as much time as possible performing in musicals and plays, gardening and traveling. Leah has had many impactful mentors throughout her life and is grateful that Awkward Stage Productions mentors young people and provides them with space to learn, explore and grow as individuals and artists.
TRACY DEFOE – Past Chair (ex-officio)
Tracy Defoe is an adult educator, mostly so she gets to stand up in front of small crowds of people and do her thing. Tracy wants Vancouver to be a creative hub for live theatre and music so sees Awkward Stage Productions as an important bridge to sustainability in Canada’s live theatre community. Where will the young ones learn? She invites you to join the company, or join the audience and supporters of live musical theatre in Vancouver at an Awkward Stage Production soon.