Board and Staff

Board Members

photo of Leigh-Anne Fraser

Chair

Born in London and raised in the Ottawa Area, Leigh-Anne Fraser has balanced her passion for writing, art and photography with a commitment to help others most in need in throughout her life, both locally and internationally. Her artwork has found its way to Australia, South America, Africa and Europe.

Leigh-Anne has been a long-time supporter of Home County Music & Art Festival.  She has worked in the non-profit industry for twenty-eight years, and is currently a finance coordinator with Mission Services of London.

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.

photo of Sara Lanthier

Secretary

Sara grew up in London and returned three years ago to raise her son in the city.  She is a passionate supporter of the arts and is looking forward to being an active  Board Member at Home County. Sara works as a digital account manager helping clients produce the best experience for their customers.

 
Having been taught early the importance of volunteerism, Sara has been actively volunteering for years with not-for-profits across North America. Since moving back to London, she’s been singing the city’s praises about the music scene and looks forward to merging…

Ahmed Bakare

Board Member

Ahmed hails from Lagos, Nigeria, and is an Engineer and certified Project Management Professional.  He is a lover of all genres of Music, Art, and enjoys reading and writing for leisure.  He recently migrated to London, ON, and looks to spread his love for Music and Art through the Home County Folk League.

Andrew Ganter

Board Member

Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Andrew is a Digital Marketing Specialist who leverages data-driven insights to elevate brands and enhance customer experiences.

Andrew is a graduate of the Business Management program at Western University and holds a certificate in Digital Marketing from McMaster University. 

He has extensive experience working on non-profit events in Sarnia, such as The Festival of Good Things, The Sarnia Art Walk, and The Run of Exploding Colour.

Andrew has a passion for Canadian indie music and a devotion to community building.

Stephanie Joselyn-Fogarty

Board Member

Stephanie has lived in London most of her life and is a graduate of Western University and a retired Social Worker. As a Social Worker, she enjoyed helping to foster healthy communities and healthy people. In recent years, she has worked at being a textile artisan.  Stephanie likes to give back to her community through volunteer work; she has previous experience on other not-for-profit Boards of Directors here in London, committee work with the City of London, and presently with Victim Services Middlesex London.

Stephanie has always…

Photo of Gary Krakower

Director

Gary and his family moved to London from Toronto in early 2013, and they have attended and supported the Home County Music & Art Festival every year since then.  


Gary has an MBA from the University of Toronto and is currently completing the  Photography program at Fanshawe College. After a 5-year career at George Weston Ltd, Gary travelled the world to source, import and introduce new products to Canada. Gary transitioned his business into a digital enterprise in 2005, and he currently provides investment capital and management services to other local start-up…

Bassam Lazar

Board Member

 

Bassam Lazar is a real estate and business lawyer who tries to find time to genuinely give back. Along with raising little Sofia and Rosa with his wife, Bassam keeps an ear to the pulse of the community, looking to do what he can. 

Bassam and his family arrived in 1993 as government sponsored refugees. Other than attending law school in Windsor, Bassam has largely spent his life in London. 

Bassam enjoys the thrill of running his own practice, connecting with friends who inspire him…

photo of Karen Murdoch

Director

Karen has been living in London, Ontario, for 21 years. She is a graduate and current student of Fanshawe College, and works as an Educational  Assistant in schools in London and area.  


While living in London, Karen, has volunteered for several Community Agencies: Hutton  House, The Boys and Girls Club, L’ACF0, Dale Brain Injury, The London Food Bank,  The Southwestern Epilepsy Support Center, and for her current Church.  She has assisted with music, arts and drama programs, fitness programs, French, and many group events.  She has…

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.

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. 

Staff Members

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

Office Administrator

Martha Zimmerman is a life-long Londoner who has loved Home County since the early 1980s.  She is a local actor and director and a recent graduate of the Theatre Studies program at Western (2020). 

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