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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Board of Directors

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 contributors’ pursuit to promote arts and culture in London, Ontario and beyond.

Laura Thorne, President and Chair

Laura Thorne - LondonFuse Board President and Chair

Laura Thorne is a recovering librarian and current communications professional who brings a depth of experience in research, writing, and marketing to the Board. She is excited to provide leadership and support 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 through Woodfield.

Sammy Orlowski, Vice-President & Editorial Director 

Sammy Roach - LondonFuse Board Vice-President and Marketing Director

Sammy Orlowski 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 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. 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!

Oshi Rathnayake, Sales Director 

Oshi RathnayakeOshi Rathnayake is a non-native Londoner who has marked the Forest City as her home. She got involved with LondonFUSE straight out of University to find a community of creatives and grow as a writer. 

She looks to highlight the already existing treasures of this city. 

You can find her either picking up a new hobby (scuba diving and martial arts right now) or enjoying silent inspiration at one of our local museums.

Melissa Parker, Fundraising Director 

Melissa Parker - LondonFuse Board Fundraising Director

Melissa Parker has been a member of the LondonFuse Board of Directors since September 2019.

Melissa is a fundraising and communications specialist with experience in the not for profit, education, health care and finance industries.

Melissa grew up in London and is excited to help LondonFuse create a hub for culture in our wonderful city.

Kyle Ledermann, IT Director 

Kyle Ledermann is a Graphic Designer and Web Developer who brings a variety of skills to the LondonFuse team. Although the latest board member to join, he first got involved with LondonFuse in 2014 when it was time to revamp the website into what it has become today. He looks forward to bringing new features to the website, participating in projects that excel LondonFuse’s online presence and overall working with the wonderful people that make LondonFuse so awesome.

Kyle runs a small business in London that focuses on helping small to medium-sized businesses get online, promote themselves and to develop a strong brand/marketing strategy. When he is not busy with work; he enjoys playing baseball in London’s hardball league, going on hikes, and learning new skills.

Beth Milne, Volunteer Director 

Beth Milne joined LondonFuse in July 2020, looking to build community and share her passion for the Forest City on a larger scale. Beth is a communications professional and has called London home since moving here to attend Western University’s Media, Information and Technoculture program in 2005.  She is a creative problem-solver, passionate about health and fitness and a strong supporter of all things local. Beth enjoys exploring local markets and trails, often with her trusty sidekick Jasper, the Goldendoodle, by her side.

Beth is excited to highlight community opportunities and the local businesses and organizations that contribute to London’s eclectic arts, culture, music and culinary scene and looks forward to supporting and building meaningful connections with LondonFuse’s passionate team of contributors!

Johnathan Rizack, Treasurer  

Johnathan Rizack is a new addition to LondonFuse as a Treasurer. He is an accounting and finance graduate with experience in banking and investments. He is eager to help LondonFuse shine bright on and off paper.

You can find him drinking coffee, tea, or cappuccino in London. So don’t be shy to say hi when you see him.

Taylor Holden, Partnerships Director

Taylor Holden is a born and raised, “never lived anywhere else” Londoner. A music maker at heart, she loves all things rock and roll. You’ll find her watching/playing a live show or teaching at London Girls Rock Camp – maybe at the library and always with a warm drink. A lover of vibrant city streets and the protected bike lanes that come with them.
After admiring London Fuse for years, she joined the board as the Partnership Director. She’s passionate about collaborating to create a more inclusive arts community. Let’s be pals! Photo by Will Agnew.

Erin Briggs, Marketing Director

Erin is a born and raised Londoner who loves all things Forest City. She loves to promote the city and all the amazing things in it with her podcast London’s Pretty Cool and is excited to bring that passion to LondonFuse as the Marketing Director.

You can likely find her in the crowd at a show, shopping at the markets or enjoying a beer from a local brewery.