Board and Staff

Board Members

Photo of Paul Tomlinson

Treasurer

Paul began volunteering at the 2015 Home County Music & Art Festival, assisting in the Beergarden.  He joined the Board of Directors in November of that year and was elected Treasurer, a position he has held since.

Paul had a 30+ year career working on the Western campus, first with Student Services and then with the undergraduate student government (USC).  He held senior management positions in each organization, managing business and service operations and numerous projects.

Paul Mills playing guitar and singing into microphone

Chair

Paul Mills, a musician, musical arranger and record producer/engineer has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for close to fifty years. He has produced over two hundred albums working with artists such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes.

He is the past President of Folk Music Ontario and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Recently Paul was named as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Deb Wiltshire

Board Secretary

Deb joined the Board in 2013 after volunteering with the festival for two years.

After retiring from a career in health care in varied leadership roles, she turned her interests to volunteering and volunteer management.

Her roles on the Board include the Planning and Governance committee, Finance committee and Chair of the Operations Committee.

Elizabeth Hicks

Board Member

Liz Hicks is a graduate of Fanshawe College's Recreation Leadership Program.  She retired after 29 years as Program Coordinator at Childreach Parent Child Resource Centre in July 2015.  

Having supported Home County as a volunteer for over 40 years she took on the role as Coordinator of Home County's Curated Art and Craft Vendors.  After attending monthly HC Board meetings for one year as Craft Coordinator, Liz joined the Board where she also participates on Operations, Marketing and Board Recruitment Committees.

 

Chuck Reid

Board Member

Chuck Reid joined Home County after a ‘by chance’ introduction to the Home County Board where he was
captured by the passion exhibited by this dedicated group of Volunteers. Chuck is now in his third term on the Board.

As an occasional songwriter and sometimes singer, his involvement with Home County has helped re-awaken his need for creative expression through words and music.

Having survived 40 years as a Technical Specialist in large-scale computing environments, Chuck now better spends his time gardening, fishing and golfing.

Vince McNeil

Board Member

Vincent McNeil is a poet, writer, actor, visual artist, and teacher with 40+ years experience in the arts. 
 

Through his company Airtight Music Management, he participated in the folk music scene as a Booking Agent, Artist manager and Music Concert Series Promoter. 
 

Vincent is a past Board member of the Eaglewood Folk Festival. Most recently, he is the owner/operator of a corporate Communication & Presentation training company, Intuitive Dynamics Training, and also runs Breakout Improv, a theatre skills training company.

Amanda Lynn Stubley

Board Member

Amanda Lynn Stubley is a London musician and radio DJ.

She performs solo and with The Heartaches Stringband, and hosts For The Folk Wednesdays at 8:30 pm on 94.9 CHRW. Amanda Lynn holds a masters degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina.

She also enjoys gardening, canoeing and home canning.

photo of Jenny Rensby

Board Member

Jenny has been a long time supporter of Home County. She is currently Site Coordinator for the festival. Jenny is CFO of her own exploration company as well as a business manager for several other small businesses.  She brings many years of administrative and financial experience. 

 

Jenny is also a recent Fanshawe College graduate in Recreation & Leisure Services, specializing in Special Event Planning, as well as a local singer/songwriter who has hosted several musical events and open mics in the city. 

Aleena Needham

Board Member

Born and raised in London, Aleena is passionate about supporting London's local arts community. She has held positions of volunteer leadership on school councils as well as other initiatives within London's North East community. In her own artistic endeavours, she has appeared in original, collaboratively written plays at London's Fringe Festival and organized concerts in the backyard of her home which she shares with her husband Bill and their two sons, Lennon and Fletcher. As the Volunteer Coordinator for a large non-profit agency in her professional life, Aleena…

Jennifer Quick

Board Member

Having practised locally as a commercial litigation, professional liability, and insolvency lawyer since 2001, Jennifer is now enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Ivey Business School and looks forward to her venture into the arts with the Home County board.

 

Jennifer is currently a Board member for Art for AIDS International. She is also a team member on the Ivey EMBA 2018 Team Fundraiser in support of Women’s Education and a long-standing member of the London Lawyers Feed The Hungry Committee.

Michael Del Vecchio

Board Member

Michael has been actively involved in the London music community as a musician, promoter, and artist manager for the past six years. Prior to that, he was a graduate student in the History department at Western University.

Home County Music and Arts Festival provides a unique intersection of his passions for music, heritage, and community.  Michael recently completed a 3-year term as Acting Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for LondonFuse New Media Collective and is excited about this opportunity to continue his personal commitment to volunteerism.

Staff Members

Sharon Lechner

Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator

Sharon Lechner is our Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator.

Sharon has a very strong background in fundraising from her former role as CEO of the Elgin-St. Thomas United Way and other management roles in the not-for-profit sector.

She started the United Way Stair Climb in London in 1995 and her own event planning and fundraising business in 2011. Sharon is passionate about fundraising and event planning.

Sharon comes from a very musical family and has enjoyed working with Home County since 2016.

Tim Fraser headshot

Artistic Director

Tim Fraser was the Founder of Murdoch Entertainment, an artist management and entertainment booking agency located in London, Ontario.

A graduate of Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program, Tim spent several years at Canada's oldest iindependent folk label, True North Records as the Digital Marketing Manager.

Today, Tim is an agent with Degy Entertainment, an active board member on several notable Canadian music organizations, and has served as a guest on panels at industry events. 

Photo of Martha Zimmerman

Administrator

Martha Zimmerman is a life-long Londoner who has loved Home County since the early 1980s.  She is a local actor and director, working on a degree in Theatre Studies at Western. 

Martha has been with Home County since 2016, and enjoys her role as office administrator and bookkeeper.