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. Since then, she has been involved in 26 productions, either as a Stage Manager or Production Manager. She was first elected to the board in 2009 and has served as Treasurer for 8 years. Longevity seems to be a theme. Janet has worked 17 years for a local account firm – Feil & Co., CPA, CGA Ltd.

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.

David Brillinger - Past President

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.

Jennifer Sanders - Member-at-Large

Jennifer has been involved with VOS since she played Gretel in the Sound of Music when she was 8 years old. She has been dancing, singing & acting ever since. Jennifer has choreographed, co-directed and performed in many VOS shows over the years. Some of her professional credits include; member of the Alberta Ballet Co., actress with Citadel Theater, choreographer at Belfry Theater, Director of Musical Theater with the Courtenay Youth Music Center &  Artistic Director of the Butchart Gardens Summer Stage Show.

Jennifer enjoys donating her time and expertise to the PACE Musical Theater Program in Sooke School District #62.

Ashley King - Member-at-Large

Ashley (she/her) has been involved with VOS since her first show in 2002, but was an audience member prior to that, dating back to 1991. Ashley loves performing, but also enjoys planning and organizing. She is an avid traveller, with a goal to visit each continent. A government worker by day, Ashley thrives in the creative theatre environment. When not on stage in a production, she can be found behind the scenes – painting sets, organizing props, helping with costume quick changes, or doing hair and makeup. Ashley has been a VOS board member since 2015.

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.