Board Of Directors

  • Elizabeth Snow – President
    Elizabeth is an active volunteer board member with a deep interest in the arts. She is thrilled to have been elected to the board of the Firehall Theatre Society. She has been on the board of the Eastside Culture Crawl since 2011 and served as Chair since 2012. Previously she has also served on such community arts boards as the Contemporary Arts Society of Vancouver, Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the YVR Art Foundation and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. She is retired from a career with the federal government. She has a BA from UBC and an MA from UofT.


  • Jonathan Hanvelt – Past President

Jonathan Hanvelt - Board website
Jonathan is a Vancouver-based lawyer, practicing labour and employment law and general civil litigation. While a lawyer by trade, Jonathan comes to the Firehall as an avid fan of the theatre and a deep desire to be involved in it. This desire previously led to him working at Bard on the Beach, sitting on the Board of Horned Moon Productions, and launching a short-lived and entirely unspectacular career as a high school actor. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in sociology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria. He also currently sits on the Board of PEDAL, a local cycling organization.



  • Jo Swann Treasurer
    Jo is an avid theatre and arts supporter, and a recent retiree from a lifetime career in Information Technology. For her last 24 working years, Jo was co-owner and Vice President of a software development company in Richmond BC, responsible for Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Software Implementation. She also held positions in marketing, software development, and product management. Jo has a BA in Art History from UBC and an MBA from the Executive MBA program at SFU.


  • Jessica de Boer – Director at Large

Jessica offers 10 years of experience in client service, strategic planning and implementation in the communication industry, often working on complex projects with national and international stakeholders.

She currently works as a Senior Director at leading global communications agency, Edelman. At Edelman, she has worked with international brands including Samsung, Telstra (Australian telco), Dubai Tourism, TELUS, Audi, and PayPal.

Prior to joining Edelman, Jess worked at an award-winning independent Sydney agency where she executed special events, product launches, brand awareness programs, digital promotions and media relations campaigns for a diverse group of clients in the FMCG and travel sectors, including Air New Zealand and P&G.

Jess is an Australian-citizen currently working in Vancouver. She studied communications majoring in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney.


  • Molly Martin – Director at Large
  • Lindsay Chan – Director at Large
  • Erin Windross – Director at Large


  • Jennifer Fong – Director at Large

Jenn Fong is an Analyst at WATSON, a board governance consultancy firm. There she provides writing, research, and analytical support and is an integral member of governance evaluations and board reviews for clients of all sectors. She brings her understanding of the dynamics that arise within different governance frameworks and leading practices to the Firehall Arts Centre.

Prior to working at WATSON, Jenn completed her Masters of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and worked for the Ontario Public Service. There she managed grant programs, engaged with stakeholders and oversaw project delivery for the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Jenn also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia.


  • Karen Marler – Director at Large

Karen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, studied architecture at the Architectural Association in the UK, and graduated with her professional degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010 and a Cascadia Green Building Council Fellow in 2014, and is a former member of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. Karen is a frequent guest critic and thesis advisor for the UBC School of Architecture and has presented HCMA’s work to numerous educational institutions and professional associations.

She has been instrumental in the growth of our practice which employs over 90 individuals and has offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton.  Currently, she oversees the financial unit of the practice while being responsible for the delivery of institutional and private sector projects.

HCMA’s work encompasses a broad range of project types, including recreation, education, civic, residential, and cultural. The firm believes that better buildings, created by leveraging the power of design, contribute to better, stronger and healthier communities. This dedication to design excellence has been recognized by several Canadian Governor General Awards, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards, and Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence.


  • Donna Spencer – Ex-Officio