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Friday, May 29, 2020

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.

Sammy Roach, Vice-President & Marketing Director 

Sammy Roach - LondonFuse Board Vice-President and 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 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.

Katie Wilhelm, Ex-Officio

Katie Wilhelm - LondonFuse Board Past President

Katie Wilhelm is an original founder of LondonFuse New Media Collective. Katie served as the original Board Secretary in 2012 and was elected as Board President in 2015.

Katie is a graphic designer and marketer and can be reached at www.katiewilhelm.ca. Katie is a proud member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.