Peter Rogers joins the Board of the Wally Russell Foundation

The Board of Directors of the Wally Russell Foundation is pleased to announce that Peter Rogers has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of the Wally Russell Foundation.

Peter started his career as a lighting designer in Canada prior to joining Strand Lighting Canada as their sales manager. He met Wally shortly after joining the company and interacted with him there and on a number of occasions throughout both of their careers. He moved to Los Angeles to take over sales for Strand North America in the mid 80’s and eventually managed their sales and marketing globally. After the acquisition of Strand Lighting by Philips he went on to become the Global Marketing Director for all of Philips entertainment brands coordinating activities between Color Kinetics, Philips Lamps, Strand Lighting, Vari-Lite, and Selecon.

After retiring from Philips he has gone on to work with a leading manufacturer’s agent – Forman and Associates and continues to work closely many Philips brands.

Peter will be assisting the Board as they move forward with their initiative to create an annual seminar at the Los Angeles Opera and the Canadian Opera intended as an educational outreach to undergraduate and graduate students in Theatre/Performing Arts to show students in depth how Grand Opera is created and actually produced. The first Wally Russell Foundation/Los Angeles Opera Seminar is scheduled for spring of 2017. Please contact the Wally Russell Foundation website or on Facebook for any questions or more details.

“We are grateful that Peter has accepted the challenge of Board membership for the Wally Russell Fund”, commented Tom Folsom, Chairman of the Board. “We are starting our 25th year of operation and we need a competent fresh look at our activities, fund-raising, and outreach programs.”

Van Rommel joins the Board of the Wally Russell Foundation

Van Rommel

The Board of Directors of the Wally Russell Foundation is pleased to announce that Van Rommel has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of the Wally Russell Foundation.

Van Rommel is Director of Business Development for Pathway Connectivity, a leading provider of innovative controls, data distribution and interface products for the audio, lighting and video production industry.

Van began his career as a lighting designer and production manager in the entertainment industry for theater, dance, opera, television, film, concert and special event productions. Prior to joining Pathway, Van led regional and national sales and business development efforts for Vari-Lite and then for Strand Lighting.

Notable concert productions included tours by Waylon Jennings, REO Speedwagon, Poco and Poco/Graham Nash/Dave Mason. Television productions included live-to-air news, sports and entertainment events for ABC, NBC, ESPN, MSG and Univision. Special events included numerous presidential appearances, the 1987 Papal visit to San Antonio, the 1990 Houston G7 Summit, Kawaski Motors dealer shows and Buick national sales meetings.

Van has coordinated the design, delivery and installation of large-scale advanced lighting technology installations to Broadway shows, convention and meeting facilities, cruise ships, casino entertainment venues and performing arts centers.

“We are grateful that Van has accepted the challenge of Board membership for the Wally Russell Fund”, commented Tom Folsom, Chairman of the Board. “We are starting our 25th year of operation and we need a competent, fresh look at our activities, fund-raising, and outreach programs.”