LINDA LEONG SUM (PRESIDENT): Linda is an active arts volunteer and board member, previously serving on the boards of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Magee Music Society. She is also a regular performer, and has appeared on stage for Fighting Chance, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Applause! Musicals, The Lawyer Show, The Broadway Chorus and Richmond Gateway Theatre. A former lawyer, Linda runs a consulting business, conducting respectful workplace investigations and training, and advising on employment equity and diversity issues.
MARK RAYTER (VICE-PRESIDENT): Mark initially supported Fighting Chance as a volunteer at the box office and enthusiastic audience member. He subsequently joined the Board as member-at-large and after a year of mentorship, happily assumed the role of Vice-President. Recently he attended the 2014-2015 Community Theatre Coalition Nomination Announcements, at which he proudly accepted the certificates on behalf of Fighting Chance. Mark is looking forward to an exciting season of six musicals.
KELLY RAYTER (TREASURER): Kelly has served on the Board of Fighting Chance since 2011. She was immediately appointed Treasurer, no doubt based on her extensive experience in that capacity on a number of community and non-profit boards. She gave up the dream of chartered accountancy and lion taming (because she did not have the hat) after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in commerce, and became a lawyer instead. Kelly currently practices law as in-house counsel for a large local government, where she advises on a wide range of complex issues including governance, enforcement, finance and privacy. A lover of the Arts, her first stage role was as a Munchkin. In red leotards. And a green satin skirt and vest. It was the 70’s. She prays no photos remain. An amateur singer of some note (not always the same one), she remembers the words to every song she has ever heard. Show tunes. Classic metal. Gangsta rap. She is grateful to be able to bring her disparate interests and talents to Fighting Chance, whose purpose is to provide opportunities for new and young artists who have the courage to pursue their dreams.
COURTNEY HADDIX (SECRETARY): Courtney has been a fan of the performing arts since she was a kid. In her off time you would find her taking voice lessons twice a week, trying every type of dance imaginable (emphasis on the trying part) and spending her summers doing musical theatre camps. While she grew away from performing herself, her love of the arts has never dwindled. Courtney joined the board in 2015 following a chance meeting with Artistic Director Ryan Mooney. She currently works as the Sales Manager with Tourism Richmond and can be found volunteering, travelling and doing happy hour tours around the city in her spare time.
BARRY FORWARD (DIRECTOR AT LARGE): Barry has been a fan and supporter of Fighting Chance Productions since he stumbled upon the Company’s production of RENT at Presentation House. He will do just about anything to see locally produced live theatre including joining the Board of Directors. Barry is an elected school trustee in North Vancouver, a senior consultant with Right Management, an executive coach and career strategist, and is committed to providing young people opportunities to pursue their passions.
TEVIA JEFFRIES (DIRECTOR AT LARGE):
MICHAEL JENKINS (DIRECTOR AT LARGE): Michael has been a supporter of fighting chance productions since 2008. He is food and beverage manager at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. He is a devoted husband and father of two young girls. Michael feels this coming season of Fighting Chance Productions is a very exciting opportunity to show Vancouver the range of talent this company had to offer.
GORDON MANTLE (DIRECTOR AT LARGE): I was born very young, which is just as well because I was quite small. I am now old and am quite large. In between however, my life has been immensely enriched by being involved in the performing arts. I’ve sung, danced, acted, done panto falls, made props, produced, directed, held up a shaky set, pinned an actor into her costume with 2 minutes to go, photographed, written about (well, you get the idea) almost 100 shows. I am very excited to be to be working with the amazing Ryan Mooney and this superb company.
KELSEY MOONEY (DIRECTOR AT LARGE):
RYAN MOONEY (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include Murder Ballad, Cats, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Rent and The Laramie Project for Fighting Chance, Boeing-Boeing, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and Noises Off for the White Rock Players’ Club and Facing East at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in Parfumerie and Lend Me a Tenor (Metro Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner).