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

Melanie Lentz-Janney has over 25 years’ experience in entertainment public relations, advertising and brand marketing and now focuses primarily on PR, social media & consultation services.

Prior to officially starting Doverwood Communications in 2004, Melanie spent years working at several prestigious advertising and PR firms. Her clients have included: Walt Disney World Resorts, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and Hard Rock Live. She has also worked on numerous publicity/promotional initiatives with entertainment companies such as Sony Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Screen Gems, Dimension Films and has handled the PR/social media needs for several film festivals in Florida & NY. She has spent the past few years producing/marketing her passion project, "An Affair of the Heart," an award-winning feature documentary about pop icon Rick Springfield and his devoted fans:

Melanie was the first Executive Director of Women in Film & TV - Florida and has been on the Board since 2005. She holds a dual membership with NYWIFT and is a member of Film Florida, Enzian Film Society and the Sundance Institute. She is thrilled to be the new President of WIFT-FL at such an exciting time for the organization.

Melanie works hard at finding a healthy balance in her life. In addition to work, she enjoys yoga, walking her golden retrievers, traveling with her husband, going to Tampa Bay Bucs games and being a mom to her 13 year old son, Drake.

Past President - Lyn Henderson, CMP
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Certified Meeting Planner

"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 debuting her new company, Blue Box Arts, Inc., based in Florida. BBA consults & connects people with projects, and also designs art & furniture, decorated with entertainment related items. 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 (24) and herself. Her son Casey (28) lives in Sarasota. Rounding out the family are two aging, but adorable Beagles Tory & Jake.

Vice President and Recording Secretary - Nancy McBride
ReelKasting, LLC

Nancy McBride has a natural gift for recognizing talent. It was no surprise years ago when from her own experience as a parent of gifted child actors she founded She soon became an authority, serving as an advocate for parents with kids in the industry. That lead her to the role she loves today, as a Casting Directing to both children and adults.

Nancy is now the go to Casting Director for everything from Film, Commercials, Infomercials, and Industry videos. Her clients have included the likes of: Campus Crusades, MTV, CMT, Bass Pro Shop, Super Nanny, NASA, ESPN, C Media/HBO Casting, Atlas Films/Dr. G Medical Examiner, Jordan Direct, and many more.

Nancy has served on numerous panels, and held workshops in the Film Industry. Nancy is highly respected among her piers for her ability to meet their needs above and beyond expectation. Nancy also brings to the any production a solid knowledge of actors unions, and the legal requirements for production. Nancy also Serves as Vice President of Women in Film and Television Florida Chapter as well as President of the Women in Film Sub Branch.

Treasurer - Dave Cole, CPA
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.

Rick Alexander
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. 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
Vice President Entertainment @ Hub International /Entertainment Industry Solutions


Carol provides insurance for the entertainment, commercial and personal needs of customers. Carol is a Broker, Agent & Consultant for the Entertainment niche and for over 30 yrs. as an Entertainment Insurance specialist. Carols career began in Philadelphia, moved to New York and now as a Florida Resident for 14 years. Carol works with the Entertainment/Media industry finding the best insurance solutions for Florida’s Film/TV Businesses; as well as Rental companies, Theaters and Studios. She can explain the insurance coverages and steer you in the right direction and not just sell you the lowest premium but the best coverages 24/7.

Carol’s Entertainment insurance career began in 1981 as VP & Manager of the Entertainment Division @ DeWitt Stern Group in New York. Carol partnered with Lon Worth Crow a Miami Agency, creating a business plan for DeWitt under DeWitt Stern Crow to expand to South Florida’s Entertainment Industry. The company dissolved and Carol formed DeWitt Stern of Florida in 2000 which allowed her to permanently relocate to Florida as Executive Vice President. She continued her insurance career as a New York Broker and Florida Licensed Insurance Agent specializing in Entertainment for Film, Television, Performing Arts Centers, & Theatre/Venues, saving FL businesses premium while creatively designing solutions to their insurance programs. While placing insurance for TV & Film clients in NY she now did the same in Florida & became active with the Film & TV clientele thru IFP, AICP, Film Florida and WIFT. After 21 +years she left Dewitt and opened an entertainment arm for Tanenbaum Harber as Director of Entertainment & Special Risks from 2003 until 2011. Tanenbaum Florida no longer wished to be supportive to the Entertainment industry so Carol left and for a brief period opened an entertainment division @ Insurance Office of America (IOA) December 2011 to June 2014 as VP of Entertainment.

In August 2014 Carol joined Hub International (Entertainment Industry Solutions) Division, as Vice President/Entertainment. HUB is the 8th largest Broker in the country, with a very large presence in the Entertainment Industry. Hub LA office places insurance for numerous large Features & Encino CA office places all other entertainment risks along with Carol in Florida. With an experienced entertainment team who understands the needs of the Film/TV, Entertainment client, allows Carol to be very competitive with the vast entertainment programs and markets Hub has available. We can place insurance for Features, Commercials, TV Specials, Theatre, Events, & ancillary businesses in the Entertainment Industry. Hub has offices strategically located in CA, FL, NY, TN & TX and Canada for Entertainment and 300 offices around the world for all lines of insurance, commercial or personal. Hubs' Entertainment Division is set up to provide solutions to the entertainment industry that no other firm can do. No matter the size, content or term we have you covered worldwide and can accommodate the tax incentive in any state including Canada.

Carol's entertainment background in Theater as a musical actress, singer, producer & performer of her own one-woman shows & commercials, helps lend her savvy to the Entertainment Industry’s need for protection and placing the proper insurance. She is still active in Theater placing insurance for Broadway, Off Broadway & Theatrical Tours and Theatres. Carol is a Board member of AICP; Member of Film Florida; Chairwoman of The Hurricane Task Force Committee of FF & Board member of WFT.

  Valerie Cisneros
Marketing Associate, Enzian Theater, Eden Bar & Florida Film Festival

Valerie Cisneros was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She attended Dr. Phillips High School, where she studied Drama for four years and developed a great appreciation for both the film and music industry. Upon entering college, she moved to Winter Park to attend Rollins College and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications in 2011. As an avid lover of the Arts, Valerie decided to pursue a career that encompassed both her talents and passions. Between her experience working in Marketing and her interests in all things cinema, she is a great fit as the Marketing Associate for Enzian, Eden Bar, & the Florida Film Festival.

Dale Gordon
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
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
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
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
Client Services, ProductionHUB

Kim works for, the online marketplace utilized by live event, corporate video, broadcast TV, digital media, and film production industry professionals and businesses. ProHUB connects those in need of production and post production services, facilities, or equipment with qualified freelancers and vendors for their projects.

Kim assists industry pros and companies with their ProductionHUB profiles and online advertising, substantially increasing their exposure in search results. She also helps those looking to hire crew and rent equipment to find the right people and vendors for their projects.

Kim travels around the country meeting face-to-face with clients; presenting her top ProHUB profile tips; and attending industry events and trade shows like NAB, Cine Gear, and CCW.

With a background in costume design and wardrobe styling for independent features, television commercials, and music videos in New York City and Orlando, Kim has firsthand experience working on the various aspects of pre-production and production.

Kim holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology & Classics from the University of Florida. (Go Gators!) She also has a Technical Certification in Theater & Entertainment Stage Technology.

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Liz Morgan
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.
Principal, No Budget Movie Company

Art Smith has over 30 years of film/TV 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: “Standing Ovation”, “Mysterious”, “Bad Girl Island, “Survivor Island”, "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. Serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Film/TV Florida.

Victoria Smith

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

Production Director, Palm Beach County Film And Television Commission

Christy Tricoli is the Production Director for the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission (FTC) where she assists the organization in fulfilling its mission to promote Palm Beach County as a filming destination. Ms. Tricoli is currently responsible for overseeing the FTC’s production department and establishing and managing ongoing relationships with public officials, local and national media and the general public. She expedites permitting requests and coordinates filming projects to ensure communication, continuity and public safety between all entities. She is also a contributing editor of the FTC’s monthly Focus on Film newsletter, a publication that puts the spotlight on the local film, television and still photography industries.

With a background working on set and in post-production, Christy has worked with production companies throughout Florida, including IDEAS, ION Media Networks, Home Shopping Network, Adrenaline Films, and several independent features. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a focus in Visual Studies from Duke University, and also studied at both the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She served as the Film Coordinator at the Metro Orlando Film Commission prior to her move south, and continues to serve as the Executive Administrator to state-wide entertainment production association Film Florida.

Jen Vargas
Multimedia Producer and Social Media Advocate

Jen Vargas is an award-winning filmMaker, voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Chapter and former Producer of Indie Cinema Showcase, a television show about Florida’s film industry. In addition, she is a Social Media early adopter, online influencer and founder of #Wearables4good; a passion project which utilizes the latest technology to help tell the stories of great people, communities and non-profit organizations.

In recognition of her efforts in connecting multimedia and technology with worthwhile causes, TechRepublic named 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, reknown as ‘the Oscars' of Social Media. Orlando Business Journal has also recognized Jen as one of "Central Florida’s Most Influential Twitter Accounts.”

An active member of the Online, Entertainment, and Digital communities, Jen was selected by Mayor Teresa Jacobs to be a Social Media Ambassador for her Orange County, Florida Technology and Social Media Workgroup. She also sits on several committees including: Film Florida, Orlando Tech Association and City of Orlando’s Community ThinkTank.

Currently, Jen is the Managing Editor of, one of Central Florida’s oldest, most trusted blogs.

Brooke Winfrey
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.