Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Dr. Penelope Ironstone

Penelope IronstonePenelope Ironstone received her PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto in 2001 and completed her MA in Comparative Literary Studies (1993) and BA in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (1991) from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Penelope Ironstone is the current president of the Canadian Communication Association and the book review editor for the Canadian Journal of Communication. Penelope Ironstone is actively involved in a number of programs at Laurier, including being a past coordinator of the Cultural Studies Program, and past director of the MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory.

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Simone Panziera OAA + BArch MArch 

Simone PanzieraSimone graduated from the Pratt Institute NY Combined Bachelor/Masters Program in Architecture in 1992, preceded by a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in 1990. Tenured with a resume of work from a broad range of award-winning Canadian and American firms, Simone founded thinkform architecture + interiors in 2007, bringing his diverse array of skills and experiences back to the Southern Ontario market. Simone has designed all manner of projects ranging from 26 gate airports and multi-storey buildings to boutique cafes and heritage building restorations. With 20+ years of experience, Simone imparts a uniquely artistic insight to both public and private sector projects of all sizes and scopes

Stephanie Rozek – Sound engineer, technology, music

Stephanie Rozek

Stephanie is a writer, composer and entrepreneur living in Waterloo Region. She was classically trained in voice and piano, and has performed as a solo artist, with bands (pop/rock, jazz) and numerous world-class choral groups. She composes both choral and popular music. She holds a BASc in electrical engineering as well as a diploma in audio recording, and is interested in work that brings art and technology together.

At present she leads Hackademy, a social venture teaching technology to youth and promoting diversity in tech; runs a freelance marketing and communications business; and is a founding member of The Bright Spot, a supportive community space where arts and business intersect. She is an active volunteer in her community and was the recipient of a Waterloo Region 40 under 40 award in 2013. She has been nominated for a Woman of Waterloo award (2012) and as a K-W Oktoberfest Woman of the Year (2014)