LondonFuse is a not for profit arts organization located in London, Ontario. Our volunteer board of directors are the backbone of our organization, giving strength to our mission and supporting our staff and contributors’ pursuit to promote arts and culture in London, Ontario and beyond.
Katie Wilhelm, Board President/Chair
Katie is an original founder of LondonFuse New Media Collective. She served as the original Board Secretary in 2012 and was elected as Board President in 2015.
Katie is a creative strategist and community builder with a background in business and design. She has been involved in London’s arts communities professionally since 2009 and is a Certified Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers.
Katie is a proud band member of the Chippewas of Nawash first nation.
Pilar Santiago, Human Resources
Pilar Santiago has been a member of the LondonFuse Board of Directors since April 2017.
She is a proud graduate of King’s University College, Western University with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, with a specialization in Human Resource Management.
The decision to join Board of Directors of LondonFuse came from Pilar’s desire to become more involved in the human resources side of a not for profit that is supporting London’s Arts and Culture scene.
Pilar is the Talent Development Coordinator at London Economic Development Corporation. She helps develop and deliver talent acquisition services by working closely and collaboratively with client companies in key sectors, and non-profit agencies in London’s employment eco-system.
In her spare time, Pilar enjoys going to the gym, and eating too much pizza.
Courtney Snippe, Secretary
Courtney is so excited to join the Board of Directors for LondonFuse (or “the Fuse” as she likes to call it)!
She’s one of those girls that are sassy and classy with her particular brand of snip snap flair. With her she brings several years of marketing, sales, and social media experience of which will be integral to progress moving forward.
She has been lucky to experience a lot of what London has to offer. However, “the Fuse” gave her a new appreciation for the young, talented people here, those who dare to be different and dare to step outside of the conventional by sharing their message and craft.
It all started when Courtney joined us as part of the Job Creation Partnership which opened up so many doors for both parties. Now, she hopes to provide this organization with guidance that becomes growth and is looking forward to working with this amazing group!
Sammy Roach, Marketing Director
Sammy Roach first became enamoured of LondonFuse after coming across a random Weekend Guide. She jumped at the chance to become a volunteer contributor, joining the team in November 2015. Since then, she has contributed articles and photos covering subjects from comics to cat shows. In 2016, she became the cartoonist for the Short Fuse publication, contributing her comic strip, Tiny Whales.
In her day job, Sammy is a producer and editor with web.isod.es, a story studio in London that crafts authentic stories for social and interactive experiences. She is proud to have played a part in sharing the stories of incredible local organizations, including Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Mission Services of London, and the London Community Foundation, among others.
Sammy also volunteers with committees at Museum London, CrazyTalk, and is a Zine Fiend. In her spare time, Sammy doodles, journals, makes tea lattes, and watches a whole lot of TV. She also loves meeting fellow creative and community-minded folk, so don’t hesitate to find her somewhere on the internet or even in real life and have a chat!
Laura Thorne, Fundraising Director
Laura Thorne has been a member of the LondonFuse Board of Directors since September 2018.
A recovering librarian and current communications professional, Laura brings a depth of experience in research, writing, and marketing to the Board. She is excited to provide additional support in fundraising and development for LondonFuse so it can continue making London more awesome.
Laura has volunteered as a contributor with Fuse since April 2018 and loves to shine the spotlight on local organizations and businesses through her contributions.
Laura is often found drinking coffee and walking her dog, Winston, around her ‘hood in Old South.
Sophie Koehn, Treasurer
Sophie Koehn has been Treasurer for the London Fuse board since September 2018. She studies film and business management at Huron University College, and loves check out the arts scene in London. In her spare time, she can be found producing musicals, watching old Hollywood films, and discovering new ways to incorporate her exchange to New Zealand into casual conversation.
She’s excited to work with Fuse and keep those finances in order!