Board of Directors

Francesca Bitonti - President

Fran became a part of the VOS family during her first production, Legends of Broadway, in 1998. She is passionate about performing but felt a strong desire to contribute to the Society in other ways. She was elected to the Board in 2004 and is still here. She continues to balance her passion of performing with that of promoting the growth and sustainability of this wonderful arts organization!

Doug Crockett - Vice President

Doug has been involved with VOS as an actor since moving to Victoria in 2011. He joined the Board soon after and held the positions of Marketing and Future Shows chairs. As a retired Hollywood publicist, he is always happy to share his knowledge and experience.

Janet Hender - Treasurer

Janet Hender has been an enthusiastic member of VOS since 2005, joining the company to
Stage Manage “Oklahoma”. She has been involved in all but three productions since then. First
elected to the Board in 2009, Janet is proud to be part of the progressive evolution of the

David Brillinger - Assistant Treasurer

David served as president of VOS from 1989-1991. Past president from 1991-1995 and then 16 years as treasurer. Since handing over the reigns to Janet Hender he has been assistant treasurer for the past 6 years providing as much support as required. David is currently taken over the historian portfolio as he has a natural gift of remembering the names and years of each VOS production.

Meg Walmsley - Assistant Secretary

Meg has been involved with VOS in backstage and production team roles since 2014, and joined the Board as Assistant Secretary in September 2017. She brings to the Board a commitment to community involvement, a love of musical theatre, and a professional background in strategic planning, change management and process improvement. Meg works for the provincial public service helping people adapt to technology and process changes, and in her free time she walks her dog, volunteers at community athletic events and plays video games.

Jane Milliken - Secretary

Jane rekindled her long dormant involvement in Edmonton musical theatre by joining VOS in 2008.  Since then, she appeared onstage in two shows, but now seems to have found her niche doing make-up and painting sets.  A former nurse and now a retired faculty member from the School of Nursing at UVIC, she enjoys the freedom to devote more time to her family, gardening, exercise, reading for fun (not work), and travelling whenever possible.

Ashley King - Member-at-Large

Ashley loves performing, but also enjoys planning and organizing. Being on the VOS board is a perfect fit.

Robert McDonald - Member-at-Large

Robert followed 2 of his children into the world of Musical Theatre. First as a performer, then helping out back-stage, and now as a Stage Manager and Board member. Born and raised in Victoria, Robert is a local business owner, married and a father of 3 with the youngest 2 performing in several local musicals. Being involved along with family is a great joy!

Sue Pyke - Member-at-Large

Sue has been involved with VOS for several years. Her first production was Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and was active on the Board of Directors until she took a break to raise her children and participate in activities they enjoyed.  Sue works full-time at DND and brings her skills in administration and business planning to the board, as well as her belief that the arts are a critical part of our community.

Darren Rathgaber - Member-at-Large

In 2004, Darren appeared in his first production with VOS, and been coming back ever since.  2016 marked his first voyage to the production side of things first as a Producer, and now as a Member at Large on the executive board.  The VOS family is an amazing group of people and Darren is honoured to playing a part of bringing musical theatre to Victoria.

John Roebuck - Member-at-Large

John has over 40 years of theatre experience, and has been involved with more than 100 productions as an actor, musician, writer, producer, director, stage manager, and stage crew.  For VOS, he directed “Anything Goes” (1999) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (2003) and appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, A Christmas Carol, Evita, Annie, and Sunset Boulevard.