James Ong, Board Chair
James Ong is a proud producer of art and culture in Vancouver having worked alongside the City's finest and most talented. He's most proud of his work with Spygirl, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Out in Schools, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Winterruption, 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and Vancouver Summer Live. With contributions ranging from production to performance and strategy to structure, having a good time while doing good work is key. James is currently a piano teacher, Production Manger at Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, and Board Chair at the Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society.
Steve Mulligan, Director at Large
Steve is an Inner City Project Teacher with the Vancouver School Board. In his former role as the VSB Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant, he worked very closely with Out in Schools to bring queer film and discussion into schools, and initiated the revision of the school board’s LGBTQ policy to address the needs of gender variant and transgender students. When not focusing on school issues Steve can be found on the soccer field, trying to keep up with his daughter on a bike/snowboard, or planning travel adventures for his family.
Melinda Johnston, Director at Large
Melinda works in communications, marketing and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. She is an author, and doer of various creative activities. As such, queer art and artists are among her favourite things. She is very excited to join the board of Out On Screen.
Dwayne Launt, Director at Large
Dwayne grew up watching Bruce Lee, Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies in a small town outside Halifax. After studying film production at Concordia University he worked in Vancouver's film industry for more than a decade. A few years ago he left movie-making behind for a new career as a realtor so that he could have time for other things—like being part of Out On Screen's board.
Lori MacIntosh, Director at Large
Lori is an educator, dog lover and media enthusiast. Prior to returning to Vancouver to complete her graduate work in Educational Studies, Lori lived and worked in Chicago and Seattle as a IT procurement manager, IT project manager, and HIV outreach coordinator/ curriculum writer. She credits her current love of teaching to this circuitous career path. Having worked with and developed an abiding love for Out in Schools, Lori looks forward to life as an Out On Screen Board Member.
Catherine Wong, Director at Large
Catherine Wong a criminal defence lawyer at Martin + Associates. She is inspired by the work of Out On Screen and is honoured to be a member of the Board of Directors.
Su Yon Sohn, Director at Large
Jeff Sodowsky, Director at Large
Having started as a professional dancer, Jeff Sodowsky has been in the cultural community for more than thirty years. At home on stage as well as behind the scenes, Jeff currently serves as Vancouver Opera's Chief Development Officer. His prior appointments include serving as the Executive Director for Opera Cleveland, Education and Development Specialist for American Ballet Theatre, and Director of Finance for a US Congressional campaign. Jeff currently volunteers as a Vice-President for the local chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and previously served as the lead coordinator for building five houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Dean Malone, Director at Large
Dean is a long-time fan of the Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools and is thrilled to be a member of the Out on Screen board. Dean is the owner of a home health care company focused on the LGBTQ community. Dean is also active in our community as the chair of the Fillmore Family Foundation and has been involved with several social profit organizations in Vancouver.
Gwen Haworth, Director at Large
Gwen’s secret ambition is to form a queer, pangender, darkwave, electro pop band. Until she goes on tour, she’ll happily embrace her alter ego as a freelance filmmaker, educator at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Prism, frontline worker at Raincity Housing & Support Society, and volunteer at the All Genders Wellness Centre.
Cynnie Woodward, Director at Large
Cynnie Woodward is an involved Vancouverite. She has participated in a number of organizations including Vancouver International Writers Festival and Leadership Vancouver. Cynnie is thrilled to be part of the board of OOS, and involved with such an interesting and diverse group of friends.
Andre Velasquez, Treasurer
Andre is a Senior Accountant at Smythe Ratcliffe with several years experience providing assurance, taxation and advisory services to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations and private companies. He is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors and finds himself continually inspired by the work of Out in Schools.