Board of Directors

Women in Film & Television-Florida (WIFT-FL) is a volunteer organization run by an active Board of Directors, elected by the membership. The women and men who serve on the board come from all disciplines within the film and television industry. Board members hold offices as well as chair committees.

 

President - Lyn Henderson, CMP

lyn@womeninfilmfl.org
Producer/Project Manager, WOW-Works International, Inc.


"Book 'em, Lynnie!" ... has been her motto, since residing in New York City prior to her Florida move.

She was one of the original staff members of ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," working every facet from Producer's Assistant to Talent Coordinator. Other NY-based stints include Talent Coordinator for Lifetime's "Attitudes;" NBC's "Nightmusic;" "The Tom Cottle Show," a booking agent for premier jazz, big band acts; a club date booker for the summer 'shed' season; and, a booker of music acts and speakers for the convention trade industry.

Currently, she is working on various projects for the acclaimed international production company WOW-Works, based in Florida.

Lyn also works part time for the Orlando Magic and Amway Center, and is a committee member of the Hope & Help Center’s Headdress Ball, and MPI.

A mass communications graduate of Boston’s Emerson College, Lyn resides in Orlando, where she has painted every wall multicolored or with a large graphic design. The eclectic house has a band rehearsal room, art studio, and many art pieces (paintings, furniture, collage, ceramics, and multimedia projects) designed by both her son Cody (23) and herself. Her son Casey (27) lives in Sarasota. Rounding out the family are two aging, but adorable Beagles Tory & Jake.


Vice President and Recording Secretary - Nancy McBride

nancy@womeninfilmfl.org
ReelKasting, LLC

Nancy McBride is the owner of ReelKasting, LLC, which is a full casting service company. ReelKasting works with all budget levels to insure that production is successful.

This past year our company has worked with MTV and "Waves of Grace" feature film with Annika Marks. We helped in casting game shows, over 15 corporate videos and 40 infomercials that air on national networks and HSN.  How can we make your production successful?

ReelKasting also produces Florida's Cast and Crew weekly newsletter that reaches over 2,000 adult actors, models, hosts and stunt personnel along with local crew. For no budget independent and student films, the company offers this service for free to post and to receive. This newsletter helps educate, as well as keeps Florida's cast and crew updated on things going on. This also helps when productions come in and need to find our local talent very quickly.


Treasurer - Dave Cole, CPA

david@womeninfilmfl.org
Managing Tax Partner


David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has been practicing public account for over 10 years. David's experience is in tax compliance, tax planning and accounting consulting for small and start-up businesses as well as individual taxes. He has been a member of the FICPA since 1999 and is a certified QuickBooks pro advisor. David is also a member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the financial advisor to the Central Florida Film Festival.


Immediate Past President - Sheena Fowler

sheena@womeninfilmfl.org
Orlando Film Commissioner, Metro Orlando EDC

As the Orlando Film Commissioner and Director of Film & Digital Media for the Metro Orlando Film Commission, Sheena is charged with marketing the region as a premier production location as well as a hub for digital production ranging including animation and gaming. She proactively works to attract outside productions to Metro Orlando, as well as support the existing indigenous infrastructure.

Prior to joining the EDC, Sheena worked in the public relations department of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District where she was responsible for the organization, promotion and implementation of special events. She also previously worked as the associate producer for Orlando’s WMFE Public Broadcasting station. As associate producer, she helped produce several award-winning local television programs including This Week and The Arts Connection. Sheena also has experience in commercial production with Go Film, Transition Productions, iNEXTv.com, Swanson Production Partners and Warner Brothers.

Sheena also serves as the Chair of the Film Commission Council for the state association Film Florida.

 
BOARD MEMBERS
 
Rick Alexander
maverickaudio@aol.com
Owner, Maverick Audio, LLC

Rick has been involved with just about all aspects of audio. Mixing live sound at Harding University in an auditorium size of over 3000 seats. Majored in Mass Communications.

Mixed live sound in Louisville, Ky at the local PBS station. Kentucky Center for the Recording Arts doing monitors. Started part time touring which lead to a full time touring in the Black Gospel Christian music industry. Straight Company signed with Benson Records in Nashville. Assisted them in a recording studio (Refraze studio) with and industry professional producer, Johnnie Wilder Jr, of the pop group HEATWAVE of CBS records which sold over 15 million albums and three Grammy nominations. Johnnie left HEATWAVE do to and accident the left him as a quadriplegic. Johnnie created Shalonda productions a small independent distribution and built a home 24 track recording studio. Shalondainc.com. He offered a Rick a full time position as mixing/recording engineer in Dayton, OH. to tour with Johnnie/Straight Company.

In 1994 Rick moved to Orlando, Florida to take class at Full Sail to receive two AS degrees. Audio, Video/Film. While freelancing for WMFE PBS, mixing concerts at The Embassy concert hall/night club representing Dynatec Sound Company. National and regional bands performed there. Such as Collective Soul, Creed, Robert Palmer, GWAR, Edgar Winter. Rated the best sound system in Orlando for two years.

Still freelancing in broadcasting, AV, commercials, various networks: NBC/MSMBC,CBS,CNN, Disney broadcast group, Adrenaline Films, Universal Studios, Starz: Magic City as boom/utility for two seasons, USA Graceland boom/utility last for episodes, Rob Schneider Real Rob: sound mixer 8 episodes, TruTV(Fremantle Media) Shaq Uploaded sound mixer two seasons, The Golf Channel: studio A1,A2,ENG., Discovery Channel, Travel Channel. Lion TV, Go Convergence: Shark, Ninja infomercials, IDEAS, NPR DC, EA Sports, Nickelodeon, Lock Head Martin (Space X) Boeing launches for Television Mobile Resources etc.

Still currently serving for Orange County Public Schools for Orlando Tech since 2007. Florida Motion Pictures Association as Executive VP 2011-13. Won Three Crystal Reel awards. One for judge’s choice. One Bronze Telly.


Carol Bressi-Cilona
carol@womeninfilmfl.org
Vice President Entertainment @ Hub International /Entertainment Industry Solutions

 

Carol provides entertainment & commercial insurance as a Broker, Agent & Consultant and has done so for over 30 yrs. as a Entertainment Insurance specialist. Carols career began in Philadelphia, then moved to New York and now as a Florida Resident for over 14 years working hard with prospects and clients in finding the best insurance premiums and programs for Florida Film and TV businesses; as well as Rental companies, Theaters and Studios. She will explain the coverages and steer you in the right direction and not just sell you the lowest premium but the best coverages and be there for you 24/7.

Her entertainment insurance background began as Vice President of Entertainment at DeWitt Stern Group in New York, where she initiated and developed the Entertainment & Leisure Division making them synonymous with Broadway, as the “Broadway” brokers. Carol then strategically partnered with Lon Worth Crow a Miami Agency creating a business plan for DeWitt which briefly became DeWitt Stern Crow to help expand DeWitt's horizons bringing her experise here to provide insurance for South Florida’s Entertainment Industry. She believed Florida was the next “Hollywood” and still does. The company then dissolved DeWitt Stern Crow and with Carols influence helped form DeWitt Stern of Florida which allowed her to permanently relocate to Florida as the Executive Vice President where she continued her success as now not only a New York Broker but a Florida Licensed Insurance Agent. Working with Theatres, Performing Arts Centers and Playhouses saving these businesse lots of premium while she creatively designed solutions to their insurance programs. While she always placed insurance for TV and Film clients in NY being in FLorida now allowed her to be more active with the Film & TV clientele thru IFP, AICP, and Film Florida. After 21 +years she departed DeWitt and opened a entertainment arm for Tanenbaum Harber working in tandem with their NY Entertainment office as Director of Entertainment & Special Risks from 2003 until 2011. While Tanenbaum Harber beacame part of another conglomerate in New York, the Florida Tanenbaum no longer wished to remain supportive to the Entertainment industry and she was offered to come aboard Insurance Office OF America (IOA). So in December of 2011 she joined IOA to open a Entertainment Division working in concert with their Sports and Leisure group, and their other offices as the Vice President of Entertainment Risks. While IOA is a large insurance agency it did not offer the right supportive for Entertainment and the specific needs of the Entertainment industry, so Carol departed IOA as of June 2014. As of August 2014 Carol is now back with a Broker who has a Large Entertainment Division, and has joined Hub International as Vice President of Entertainment part of their very successful Entertainment divisoin and Team. Hub is one of the largest brokers in the country with offices stratigically located in CA, NY, FL for entertainment and all over the world including London and Brazil to mention a few. Hubs' Entertainment Division is set up to provide solutions to the entertainment industry that no other firm can do with the various direct markets and programs and seasoned entertainment specialists today that will help Carol Offer the Entire East Coast the best insurance programs currently offered on the west Coast.With Hub's strong presence in Film, Television, Events and Music and the ancillary businesses to Entertainment and Carols Experitise in insurance in entertianment, commercial, personal and employee beneifts, as well as her emphasis on Film and Theater this will benefit Florida & East Coast Film industry. There is no project to small or large for Carol and Hub. We are here to help and support this industry as your insurance counselor and buyer and member of all the associations. With over 125 physical offices and 250 satelite offices Hub can satisfy all your insurable exposures and needs of every business.

Carol's background in Dinner & Off Broadway theaters as a musical actress and singer, while producing & performing in her own one-woman shows and working on a commercial or two, helps lend her savvy to the Entertainment Industry’s need for protection and placing the proper insurance portfolio. She is still active with the theater and entertainment industry behind the scenes placing insurance for Broadway, off Broadway and Theatrical Tours, Venues, Theaters, Film/TV, & Ancillary businesses in the Industry here in FL and throughout the USA.

Carol is a Board member of AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers); Member of Film Florida; and Chairwoman of The Hurricane Task Force Committee of Florida, working with FL Film Commissioners and the film community on up-to-date changes for the state with regard to hurricanes and insurance. She is also a member of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and proud to be a Board member of Women in Film & TV.


Dale Gordon
dgordon@tampaedc.com
Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commissioner

Dale Gordon is the Executive Director of the Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission. As the “Film Commissioner”, Dale is charged with marketing the Tampa Bay area as a premier destination for film and digital media production.

Prior to joining the THFDMC, Dale served as the Director of Film and Digital Media Development for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission from 2001 through 2009, and as Vice President of Women in Film and Television Florida from 2008 to 2009.

She is a 1999 graduate of the University of South Florida and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Tampa, Full Sail University and the University of Central Florida.


Larry Haber
larry@womeninfilmfl.org
Entertainment Attorney, Law Offices of Lawrence Haber

Lawrence Haber has been a practicing attorney for 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted primarily to entertainment law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of legal, business and union matters in the entertainment industry, including the production, distribution and sales of long and short form film and television programming, and the negotiating and drafting of agreements for financing, production, and distribution of such programming. His clients also include software, website, design and graphics companies.

He represents production companies, talent, and producers in all phases of development and production in all types of media worldwide. His legal experience is grounded in intellectual property, corporate, general business and transactional law. He was an in-house attorney at both Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World for over seven years, with his last four years at Disney focused exclusively as Director of Business Affairs for original television programming. Among other projects while at Disney, he packaged, negotiated and sold worldwide rights for two episodic television series.


Amanda Harvey
amandah@makeuponhand.com
Owner, Makeup on Hand

Amanda Harvey, professional makeup artist and owner of Makeup On Hand (MOH), began her career with M.A.C. Cosmetics in her senior year of high school.  She trained with many talented makeup artists throughout the years. Throughout her 10-year career with M.A.C., she successfully held titles such as events liaison with M.A.C. PRO Orlando, key makeup artist for Winter Park Fashion Week, assistant retail manager and brand ambassador for the M.A.C. Aids Fund.  This event was the year’s most impactful charitable event for M.A.C. that raised more revenue than any previous event to-date.  All proceeds were donated to Orlando’s Hope and Help Center.  Amanda also chartered opportunities in Miami, San Francisco, LA and NYC, alongside M.A.C. senior artists and event producers.

Amanda Harvey has a long history of being actively involved in philanthropic endeavors which inspired her to create MOH, an organic on-location makeup company for brides, fashion events and production. Amanda started her career in the performing arts at five years old dancing in the studio, musical theatre and always entertaining.  Amanda embarked on opportunities working in the entertainment industry and was selected to be a cast member on the hit reality TV show “Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” on CMT and VH1. Performing brought her to life and makeup is now her performance.

MOH’s roots began with her love for charity, fashion and organic living. MOH has garnered the attention from wedding magazines, national conventions and cable networks to produce makeup for television personalities.

Peace. Love. Makeup.


Rebecca Hodges
rhodges@ideasorlando.com
Producer/Director/Editor at IDEAS Orlando

Rebecca Hodges was born and raised in Massachusetts. After graduating high school, she ventured out to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on a scholarship as an undecided undergrad. It was there that she discovered her love for cinema and made the choice to move to Orlando, Florida, where she enrolled in the Film Program at Full Sail University.

Rebecca co-directed her 35mm thesis short film as well as an independent short with several of her peers. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Film and moving both award winning shorts through the festival circuit, she began an internship at IDEAS in Orlando, which later evolved into a full time job as the Assistant Editor. Eager to develop her productions skills, Rebecca spent a month working as an AC at the 2013 Sundance Institute Directors Lab. While at Sundance she was able to gain valuable insight into the world of directing, work with award winning industry professionals, and harness her own creativity for future projects.

Rebecca is now a Producer/Director/Editor at IDEAS and is striving to write and direct her first feature film. In her free time she continues to explore her artistry through photography, painting, drawing, singing and dancing.


Kim Karel
kim@womeninfilmfl.org
Client Services, ProductionHUB

As Client Services for ProductionHUB.com, Kim works with production industry professionals on a daily basis. She loves speaking with them, learning about what they’re doing and what they want to do, and figuring out how to help them best promote their professional video and film production services. She’s been in their shoes before, having worked in the film industry for 8 years freelancing as a costume designer /wardrobe stylist for independent feature films, television commercials, and music video productions in Central Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland.

Born and raised in Florida, Kim moved back to Orlando recently after living in New York City for almost five years. In NYC, Kim did wardrobe work on various film and commercial shoots, oftentimes working with the same group of amazing filmmakers over and over again. While in New York, Kim worked for three and a half years as Creative Services / Account Manager for a boutique graphic design firm known for its award-winning DVD packaging design and marketing collateral for clients HBO, BBC, National Geographic, and ESPN on film and TV titles including" The Sopranos," "30 Rock," "La Vie En Rose," "Entourage," "Carnivale," "Rome," and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Kim graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Anthropology & Classics. She later received a Technical Certificate in Theater & Entertainment Stage Technology from Valencia College, and has had coursework in lighting, sound, prop construction, stage / set building, special effects makeup, and scene painting.


Karen LeBlanc
karenleblanc@cfl.rr.com; www.karenleblanc.tv
Multimedia Content Producer & TV Host

Karen LeBlanc is a Multimedia Content Producer and TV Host with a strong background in Design Journalism and Television Production/Hosting. Karen is a design writer/blogger and host – a trusted voice and resource in the worlds of architecture, design, home fashion and lifestyle. Karen is host of "The Design Tourist" airing on The Design Network where she travels the globe in search of unique design finds and brilliant design minds.

As a content provider for online, broadband and television clients, Karen creates original lifestyle programming. She is the writer, producer and host of the series, "Inside Design Minds” airing on Orange TV and Vision TV and the homebuilding series “Trade Secrets.”

Her blog HouseSpiration.com and her contributions as a design writer for magazines and websites track the latest trends and tastemakers in art, architecture, design, fashion and home interiors.

As a professional actress and TV Host/Spokesperson, Karen has appeared in numerous TV commercials and shows. Educated as a journalist, Karen originally started in the media industry in television news where she worked as an anchor for ABC and CBS affiliates in Louisiana and later for Televisa in Mexico.


Melanie Lentz-Janney
melanie@womeninfilmfl.org
Chief Engagement Officer, Doverwood Communications, Inc.
Executive Producer/Producer/Partner, Yellow Rick Road Productions, LLC

Having lived in what she refers to as the "triangle of the entertainment world" (New York City, L.A., and Orlando), Melanie Lentz-Janney has 25 years' hands-on experience in entertainment public relations, advertising and brand marketing

Melanie graduated from Pepperdine University where she studied marketing and advertising. She was one of the pioneers of the “Hollywood East” movement in the early 1990s and consciously chose for her home base to be in Central Florida. Melanie has spent the past couple years producing/marketing her own passion project, an award-winning feature documentary about Rick Springfield and his wildly devoted fans titled “An Affair of the Heart”. The film opened theatrically in NY, aired on EPIX, and is now available on DVD/BluRay (www.rickspringfielddoc.com).

Prior to starting her own agency in 2002 (www.doverwood.com), Melanie spent over 10 years working at several of Central Florida's most prestigious advertising and PR firms with clients such as Walt Disney World Resorts and Hard Rock Live. She has also worked on various publicity/WOM initiatives with Sony Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Screen Gems, Dimension Films, VH-1, MTV, and A&E.

In 2010, she decided to put her focus more into producing/collaborating on independent projects and writing. She has several projects in the works including a feature film, a documentary, a book and a screenplay.

Melanie was the first Executive Director of WIFT-FL and has been involved with the organization since 2001. The Orlando Business Journal has recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential Business People” in Central Florida and she was a featured subject on the Growing Bolder Network. She is quick to apply her marketing savvy to projects/individuals that are making a difference and need guidance/exposure. She loves her career, but her biggest joy in life is being a mom.


Liz Morgan
liz@womeninfilmfl.org
Liz Morgan PR

Liz Morgan PR is a boutique public relations firm, where clients receive the level of expertise of a seasoned agency, but deal directly with the agency's founder and owner, Liz Morgan.

Liz Morgan is a creative, award-winning public relations professional with more than 20 years experience in media relations, communications strategy and event planning.

Liz Morgan PR was launched in 2000. Her clients have included Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Feld Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, NFL Alumni, Inc., Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta), The Vestcor Companies, Film Florida, Biscotti's Café, bb's (upscale restaurant), JuneBug Films (San Francisco), TigerLily Media, Throwing Stars (independent film), Random House (media tours for authors), The First Tee of Jacksonville, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Goodwill of North Florida, HabiJax, The Clara White Mission, Jacksonville Home & Patio Show, Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show, Southern Women's Show (Birmingham, Jacksonville, Nashville, Orlando, Memphis and Savannah) UNF Fine Arts Center, Pet Doctors of America, First Guaranty Bank, Jacksonville Federal Credit Union, Kuhn Flowers, Jacksonville Film Festival, Connecticut Film Festival, Orlando Home Show, QuiltFest of Jacksonville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Northeast Florida AIDS Network, JAXPORT (Celebrity Cruise Lines launch), Jacksonville International Boat Show, Buca di Beppo (grand opening) and Floor and Décor Outlets of America (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville).

In addition to media relations and communications strategy, Liz Morgan PR has specific areas of expertise in special event planning and coordination. From organizing conferences for the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta to galas for the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Liz Morgan PR is a proven special event planner who can execute and oversee events for 10 or 10,000 people.

Throughout her career, Liz has believed in giving back to the community in which she loves to work and play. Her pro-bono work has included Jacksonville Film Festival (board member), UNF Fine Arts Center (board member), Child Cancer Center (board member), The First Tee of Jacksonville, The Clara White Mission, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, North Florida School and JCCI.

Liz graduated from Jacksonville University in 1990 with a B.A. in Communications.

Art Smith, Jr.
art@womeninfilmfl.org
Principal, No Budget Movie Company

Art Smith has over 25 years of film experience. As owner of his own production company, No Budget Movie Company, Art coaches new screenwriters and helps to produce their films at a low budget. He can credit teaching and mentoring over 300 individuals currently working in the television or film industry.

Art's resume includes: "The Session," "Misguided," "Three," "Fashion News Live," "Mother's Day," "Ocean City," "Who Goes There?," "Didn’t Say Goodbye," "Super Mario Brothers," "Good Morning Vietnam," "Causalities of War," "Soldier Boy’s," "Angel Heart," "Snake Eyes," "Devil's Own," "Sweet Liberty," "Anger Management," and more. He is a member of American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences TV, Independent Feature Project, Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers, Audio Engineering Society and the National Assoc. of Broadcasters.


Victoria Smith
v.a.smith88@gmail.com

Facility & Production Coordinator – Universal Studios Florida Production Group

Victoria Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida where she received a degree in Telecommunications with a specialization in production. While attending UF Victoria was Associate Producer for a documentary that aired on WUFT-TV, the PBS affiliate of North Central Florida.

Born and raised in Florida, when returning back to Orlando after graduating she began freelance editing for a political website before joining the Production Group at Universal Orlando Resort.

She is currently the Production/Facilities Coordinator with the Production Group at Universal Orlando. While being there she has had the opportunity to oversee numerous projects ranging from still shoots, commercials and television shows.


Christy Tricoli
christy.marie.tricoli@gmail.com

Interim Film Coordinator, Metro Orlando Film Commission

Christy Tricoli was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She ventured off to North Carolina to attend Duke University in 2007, where she majored in Cultural Anthropology with a focus in Visual Studies. After graduating, she returned to Orlando to begin her career in television and film production. Her very first foot in the door was through joining WIFT-FL, where she discovered invaluable internship opportunities that brought her to the next level in her career.

Christy has worked as a freelancer and on staff with production companies throughout Florida, including IDEAS Orlando, ION Media Networks, HSN, Adrenaline Films, Future Media Concepts, and several independent features. She now serves as the Film Coordinator for Film Orlando, a division of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. Coupling this work with her position as the administrative support to Film Florida, Christy has focused her passion on advocating for production in Florida.


Jen Vargas
jen.vargas@gmail.com
Multimedia Producer, Social Media Advocate and Google Glass Explorer

Jen Vargas is an award-winning filmMaker and Producer of Indie Cinema Showcase, a television program all about Florida's film industry. She is also a longtime advocate of Social Media and founder of #Glass4good; a passion project which utilizes the latest technology to help tell the story of great people, communities and non-profit organizations.

In recognition for her efforts in connecting technology with worthwhile causes, TechRepublic recognized Jen as one of their 2013 "Tech Heroes" alongside the likes of Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook and Amy Parnell from LinkedIn. She was nominated as both a “Tech Heroine” by Carpathia Hosting and a "#KeepGoodGoing Finalist" at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards, which is widely considered the 'Oscars' of Social Media. Orlando Business Journal recognized Jen as one of "Central Florida’s Most Influential Twitter Accounts," and in 2014, was selected by Mayor Teresa Jacobs to be a Social Media Ambassador for her Orange County, Florida Technology and Social Media Workgroup.

Jen has been an invited filmMaker and guest speaker at many conferences including; Starlite Film Festival, Social Media Week, Orlando Maker Faire, Otronicon, FamiLAB, Melbourne Makerspace, CoLab Orlando, Google I/O Extended Orlando, IDEAS Orlando, and has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, Central Florida Future, Orlando Weekly and ABC News.

An active member of the Online, Entertainment, and Digital communities, Jen currently sits on several Film Florida committees and is a voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Chapter. In her spare time, she donates her Social Media Savvy to causes close to her heart; Enzian Theater’s monthly FilmSlam, Libby's Legacy Ellen's Walk with the Angels and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orlando and Relay For Life of Hunter's Creek.


Morgan Vidakovich
morganvi@gmail.com
Marketing and Development Director, Enzian Theater

Morgan Vidakovich has over 10 years’ experience working in sales and marketing in non-profit arts and humanities and international retail. In her current role as Marketing and Development Director for Enzian Theater, she is responsible for building strategic marketing and development plans to grow the theater’s year-round and festival audiences. She plans to build audiences and support by focusing on branding, content, and using an out-the-box approach to marketing.

Prior to Enzian Theater, Morgan was the Assistant Director for Marketing at Sundance Institute. There, she oversaw marketing plans for the Sundance Film Festival and the inaugural NEXT WEEKEND festival in Los Angeles. She worked with creative and digital teams to create robust campaigns, experimenting with a variety of marketing channels to build and execute marketing plans with limited resources and delivering results.

She has also held positions with Coach International and the Amelia Island Museum of History and has a BS in Marketing from University of Illinois and MBA from Nova Southeastern University.


Brooke Winfrey
brooke@womeninfilmfl.org
Production Assistant/Production Coordinator

An award-winning videographer, she has over five years directorial, editorial, and production experience. She graduated from the Florida Institute of Recording Sound & Technology.

Brooke's passion for film and video started in her early teens. At 15, she was recognized by Sony Music as having the most outstanding music video submitted in a national contest featuring MTV's Cheyenne Kimball. This and her other videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Her creative pursuits have also taken her to Los Angeles where she has directed R&B popstar Usher in a music video and worked on a short film starring Laura Prepon. Her list of other video projects and collaborations include pro skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler, pop-punk band, We The Kings, Animal Planet, and Proctor & Gamble.

Currently, Brooke is focusing on her path of pursuing a professional career in the industry as a Producer/Editor. She continues to happily work hard as a Production Assistant on higher budget projects in hopes of learning from the pros. So far she has had the privilege of working with networks such as Discovery, Animal Planet, Spike TV, ABC and more.


 
JUNIOR BOARD MEMBER
 
Élan Jackson
Valencia College-Digital Media/Mobile Journalism

As an enthusiastic consumer of all things media, with a passion for community activism, Élan is excited to have her interests converge by joining the WIFT-FL Board!

She is fortunate to have had some remarkable experiences to begin building her media resume. She attended NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in Mt. Laurel, NJ as an intern for renowned broadcaster and television host, James "J.B." Brown. Élan was also a sideline reporter for "Walt Disney's Pro-Soccer Classic" at ESPN Wide World of Sports and "Disney's Soccer Showcase." She currently hosts, "MyiZonOrlando" an entertainment news show for iZonOrlando.com.

Élan has previously served her community as a member of the WMFE "90.7FM" Community Advisory Board, the Central Florida Partnership's Young Professionals Advisory Council "YPAC", and on the Steering Committee for Heart of Florida United Way's "Emerging Leaders". She is a member of the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists (CFABJ) and regularly attends board meetings for: Valencia College, University of Central Florida (UCF), and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Élan is honored and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of WIFT-FL for 2014-2015.) Jackson said, “This is as a wonderful opportunity to observe the inner workings of the industry, while learning from the top professionals in the area.”

Élan's vision is to use her Board involvement to act as an ambassador for outreach into the diverse communities around Central Florida.

 
PAST PRESIDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
 
Past President - Jennifer Pennypacker
jen@womeninfilmfl.org
Director Marketing, Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Jennifer serves as the Director of Marketing for the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

Prior to her current position Jennifer served as the Director of Film & Digital Media Development, also known worldwide in the industry as the Metro Orlando Film & Entertainment Commission. She proactively worked to attract outside productions to Metro Orlando, as well as support the existing indigenous production infrastructure.

Prior to working at the EDC, Jennifer was a freelance production coordinator and production manager in the commercial and music video market. She worked on music videos for country music singer Alan Jackson and various commercials including “Sea-Doo”, “Suzuki” and “Ford”. Jennifer left the Film Commission in 1999 after accepting a position with Showtime Networks in Los Angeles. During her two and a half year tenure as a production executive with Showtime, she oversaw the day-to-day production of original programming, which included feature films and network television series. In 2001, she returned home to Orlando and returned to the EDC as Director of Project Development.

Jennifer is currently serving on the Past President Advisory Council for WIFT-FL. In addition, she is actively involved with the Florida Hospital Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Give Kids the World and was a mentor for Howard Middle School.

 
Past President - Katrinka VanDeventer
katrinka@womeninfilmfl.org

Client Services Manager, Universal Studios Florida Production Group
 

As Client Services Manager for the Universal Studios Florida Production Group, Katrinka VanDeventer oversees the needs of clients, who produce film, television, music videos, print and commercial projects. Her ‘territory’ includes the company’s Broadcast Studios, Sound Stages, more than 100 Back Lot locations and the details of services for the producer’s building 22A. With a degree in Film and Television from the Universal of Central Florida, Katrinka set out to pursue a career in her own community. During her eight years at the Metro Orlando Film Commission, her credits included “Superboy,” “Problem Child 2,” “Rosewood,” and “From the Earth to the Moon”.

In today’s market, informed producers want to know if we can flood our backlot (we can and did for the musical group CREED), how we control sound within the park (a simple push of a button) and how long it will take to get a production company up and running (about an hour!)”, says Katrinka.

Katrinka has become a liaison to the state film community, serves on the Past President Advisory Council of Women In Film and considers her ongoing passion for classic movies her indulgence.

   
Robin Cohen
robin@womeninfilmfl.org
Freelance Producer/Line Producer

Launching her 20-year career in the New York Marketplace, three-time Emmy®-nominated, Robin Cohen is currently a freelance Producer in Orlando, Florida; although she proudly hails from New Jesey and is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University. While Robin's primary career focus has been behind the scenes in television production, she has also worked as an on-camera newscaster producing her own radio and television segments.

Since relocating to Florida 16 years ago, Robin has held various roles as Line Producer, Production Manager and Production Coordinator working for shows broadcast on networks such as ABC, NBC, CMT, Bravo, MTV, Nickelodeon, The Travel Channel, Disney, Animal Planet and Comedy Central. In addition to nine consecutive years producing various elements of the Emmy®-award winning Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, Robin has worked on commercials for Dairy Queen, T-Mobile, Mazda, Kia and Gillette. She has also been an integral part of the productions of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire? – Live from Disney MGM Studios," “The Rosie O’Donnell Show – Live from DCA,” “40th Pillsbury Bake-Off” live telecast and the ESPY Awards Red Carpet Show. Her musical production experience has afforded her the opportunity to work multiple years with ABC’s Summer Jam concert series as well as Aaron Carter’s tour which was prepped in the Florida area.

Robin has been a member of Women in Film for the past ten years and has served as President in 2011. Her mission is to see all the fantastic talented crew in Florida work together to create a “best in class” freelance production crew that will draw business to the state and give the major markets a run for their money; always wanting to make sure that everyone who comes to Orlando for a project has an amazing crew and a wonderful experience.

When she’s not busy at work Robin likes to cook, work in her yard, watch television, shop and spend time with her dogs. She is a great entertainer who has been known to whip up a gourmet meal, while concocting the complimentary beverage. In addition, she provides the comedic entertainment for the guests in her Orlando home shared with her longtime partner, Emmy®-nominated Editor Chad Anness, and their dogs Ozzie & Lolita.

   
Robin “K” Wright
robink@womeninfilmfl.org
President, Storyteller Entertainment, Inc.

Robin started her career in the entertainment industry 15 years ago promoting and traveling with numerous top 40 and mainstream rock bands. During this time she was introduced to the film industry while working on music videos and sound tracks for feature films.

Returning to central Florida in 2001, Robin worked as executive vice president for an independent film studio. Traveling both nationally and internationally, she not only promoted the studio but also the State of Florida, as a one-stop shop for all production needs.

Becoming a member of Film Florida in 2004 and the organizations Industry Council Chairperson in 2007, she worked with members and other state organizations creating a unified force to lobby in Tallahassee for increased funding of the state’s film incentive to keep Florida a competitive force.

A current board member for the Orlando Film Festival, Robin has maintained a strong commitment to the independent film community and has been involved with several film festivals throughout the state.

As president of Storyteller Entertainment, Inc., and an active member of the film community, Robin continues to work on the growth and development of the film and television industry in the State of Florida.