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, television, and entertainment industry.  Board members hold offices, as well as chair committees.

Officers


Nancy McBride - President (nancy@womeninfilmfl.org)

Reel Kasting Productions, 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 the largest parent network of child talent. 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 peers for her ability to meet their needs above and beyond expectation. Nancy also brings to any production a solid knowledge of actors; unions, and the legal requirements for production. Nancy also serves as the Director of WIFT- US President's Support Group.



Jennelle Jordan - Vice President (jennelle@womeninfilmfl.org)

Orlando Branch

Producer / Production Manager

Jennelle is a dynamic and driven production professional specializing in the development and execution of creative content, including television programs, commercials, and corporate advertising, as well as live event production and management.  She has been working in the entertainment industry for over 16 years, producing 244 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files. She also has extensive experience in the commercial genre, working with diverse clients to evolve and grow both their business and brand.

Working on a wide range of projects, from television, commercials, corporate, music, and web videos, to production and on-site management of live events, Jennelle's talents lie in organization and planning, getting to know the intricacies of each different production and personnel she works with. Her goal is to create visually and emotionally compelling content with as seamless a pre-production and production process as possible.  Jennelle is also a production manager at ProductionHUB.com, helping clients connect with the most highly recommended vendors and production partners.



Dave Cole, CPA - Treasurer (dave@womeninfilmfl.org)
Orlando Branch

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.



Art Smith Jr. - Recording Secretary (art@womeninfilmfl.org)
Orlando Branch
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," "Fools Gold", "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 TV & Filmk Projects. 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 and NAPTE.

Board Members


Sheri Taylor (sheri@womeninfilmfl.org)

Melbourne Branch Chair

Owner, Infinity Box Productions

Sheri is WIFT-FL's Melbourne Branch Coordinator/Chair.

Sheri is an award winning producer / actress / creative consultant / graphic designer / assistant director/ marketing, promotion & events professional & more.  She's known for work on films including: "Between Waves", "Blood Initiate," "Believe Then See," USA's "Graceland," and Tru TV's "Body of Evidence." 

Visit www.InfinityBoxProductions.com



  Alexa Sheehan (alexa@womeninfilmfl.org)

  Daytona Beach Branch Chair

Owner, Harbordashery Productions, LLC

Alexa Sheehan is a recent transplant to Florida after almost 20 years in Los Angeles working in the industry and its myriad media content.   A member of the Director’s Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and a board member of both Women in Film and Television- Florida and Film Florida, she hopes to parlay her experience in Hollywood filmmaking to create and to bring big projects to Florida and shake up the industry here.

She and her husband, an Union Assistant Property Master, created HarborDashery Productions which is a local production company in New Smyrna Beach filming commercial and other media projects for local businesses and schools.  She was a judge in the last year’s 48 Hour Film Festival in Orlando, this year’s Hub on Canal Student Film Festival, and has sat on numerous panels to help educate the new regime of filmmakers, and to share stories of her experience.




Melissa McNerney (melissa@womeninfilmfl.org)
Tampa Bay Branch Chair
Actress / Producer
Melissa is a full-time actress and producer out of Tampa, FL. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Melissa began working in film and television while living in New York after graduating with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Her acting work includes roles on The Good Wife and All My Children, various roles in independent films, as well as dozens of commercials. Toggling between working in front of and behind the camera, Melissa has had the joy of working with companies including Tribeca Film Festival, Paramount Vantage, British Vogue and many others. Her producing work spans from feature and short films to theatre and editorial.                                                           


Carol Bressi-Cilona (carol@womeninfilmfl.org) 

South Florida Branch Chair

VP, Entertainment @ Hub International/Entertainment Industry Solutions

      Carol is Vice President of Entertainment at HUB International. Carol is an entertainment insurance
      expert with 30+ years experience providing insurance solutions for film and TV production
      companies and related businesses such as rental houses and post production facilities.
      
      Carol is committed to the entertainment industry and proven ability to design competitive
      insurance programs as evidenced by long-standing relationships with production executives,
      filmmakers, and business owners. In addition to her insurance background, Carol is a thespian,
      singer and producer with a life-long passion for the performing arts. Carol and HUB also work on
      Theatrical Productions, Theatres, Venues and All Commercial and Personal Lines of insurance.
      HUB International is the 7th Largest Insurance Broker in the Country with 470 offices around the
      globe allowing Carol to provide annual and short term insurance on a worldwide basis at very
      competitive rates and work with all incentives as needed. Carol will consult with you on what
      insurance coverages are needed and is familiar with most of the film requirements of the film
      commissioners in Florida and around the USA to help you obtain the proper permit for shooting and
      protection of risk.
    
      Carol is an active Board member of AICP, member of Film Florida ,the Chairwoman of The Hurricane

      Task Force Committee of Film Florida and Board member of Women in Film and TV of Florida.




Bobbi Hill (bobbi@womeninfilmfl.org)

        Clearwater Branch Chair

Casting Agent/Bobbi Hill Casting

Bobbi Hill began her professional journey in the early 60s in Las Vegas meeting celebrities such as Dolly Parton, Wayne Newton, Billy Eckstine, Connie Frances, etc.  Vegas led to working out of LA for several yearsfollowed by a wonderful time in Alaska, and finally settling in Florida with a wealth of industry experience.

She has enjoyed years of success in the entertainment business and finally producing films. Last year, Bobbi and Bill Tosh started their own Christian Production Company First Fruits Productions and are in the early stages of their first feature film called Just Like You.

Bobbi Hill Casting has always been a  full-service casting agent, with 36 years of experience in Florida alone. She has cast for many TV shows, films, commercials, and live and theater productions. Bobbis professional goal has always been to breathe life into the script, and blow the clients away with the best actors. Nothing less will do! She is also a very hands-on, old school casting director and will always be available, even on set.

Awards and accolades include Best Casting of a TV Pilot and a recipient of the Crystal Reel Award 1996.  Bobbi is director of the Clearwater Branch of WIFT - FL, Board Director of the Tampa Bay Film Society member of the Sunscreen Film Clw/St. Pete Society, and a lifetime member of Whos, Who. She will continue to do her best, always providing best and being the best person she can be.


Lindsey Fuller Sandrin (lindsey@womeninfilmfl.org)
Orlando Branch

Director, Orlando Film Commission

Lindsey grew up in the commercial production industry, working for her dad and uncle, both of whom are Film Florida Legends. Orlando-born and Cleveland, OH-raised, Lindsey graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Communications and found her way back to central Florida. After a brief five-year stint in the advertising industry, Lindsey came running back to the production world by way of the Orlando Film Commission, following in the steps of her cousin and previous President of both WIFT-FL and Film Florida, Jen Pennypacker.

At the Orlando Film Commission, Lindsey oversees all daily functions including film permitting, the locations and crew + support services databases and all incoming requests for filming in the region. She maintains strong relationships with all community partners to ensure all permitting is completed efficiently and with public and crew safety at the forefront. She also works to market the region to larger projects to ensure they understand “The Other Half” of Orlando – all of the amazing assets that lie outside of the walls of the theme parks. By assisting in location scouting, recommending accommodations and spreading the word about the amazing production community that calls Orlando home, Lindsey works to bring larger projects to the region and ensure productions of all sizes receive first-rate service.



Rick Alexander (rick@womeninfilmfl.org)
Orlando Branch
Owner, Maverick Audio, LLC.

Rick has been involved with just about all aspects of audio. Majored in Mass Communications.

Mixed live sound in Louisville, KY at the local PBS station and then started touring in the Gospel Christian music industry. Worked with producer Johnnie Wilder Jr, of the pop group Heatwave, which sold over 15 million albums and garnered three Grammy nominations. Johnnie created Shalonda productions, a small independent distribution and built a home 24 track recording studio. Rick worked as a recording engineer in Dayton, OH and toured with Johnnie and his band Straight Company.

In 1994 Rick moved to Orlando to take class at Full Sail and received two AS degrees, all while freelancing for WMFE PBS and mixing concerts at The Embassy concert hall/night club representing Dynatec Sound Company. National and regional bands performed there including Collective Soul, Creed, Robert Palmer, GWAR, and Edgar Winter.

Still freelancing in broadcasting, AV, commercials, and various networks.  Have worked for NBC/ MSMBC, CBS, CNN, Disney, Adrenaline Films, Universal Studios, Starz: Magic City as boom/utility for two seasons, USA: Graceland boom/utility last four episodes, TruTV, The Golf Channel, etc.



Larry Haber (larry@womeninfilmfl.org)
Orlando Branch
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.



Vivian Treves (vivian@womeninfilmfl.org)

South Florida Branch

President, Treves Network/European Film & TV Representatives, Inc.

Vivian Treves, Pres. of The Treves Network/European Film & TV Reps., Inc. is a native New Yorker of Italian background with an MBA in Arts Admin. from UCLA.  Vivian began her career as an AP For RAI, the natl TV of Italy, where she made a number of docs on politics, medicine, history, music, and the entertainment field. She refined her skills in business as VP of several family-owned companies, as well as serving for two years as the NY Office Coordinator for the Dino DeLaurentiis Corp.

In the early 1980's she directed her expertise to the corporate world. Her projects included work for AMEX, GTE, and AT&T. Ms. Treves has lived and worked both in Europe and in the US, and has filmed in South America, Asia, and Australia. Her clients have included Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Paramount Comms, Warner Bros., MK 2 Productions, RAI, Canale 5, Samuel Goldwyn Co., Dino De Laurentiis Corp., and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Treves has acted in many capacities in film.

As an interpreter she worked on 7 US features with Maestro Ennio Morricone, including “The Untouchables” and ‘Bugsy”. She co-produced a commercial for Chef Boyardee directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. She acted as Coordinator and Representative for Giancarlo Giannini inventor/actor for his musical jacket used in “Toys”. Ms. Treves was co-translator for the Italian subtitles of “21 Grams”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Romance and Cigarettes” for the Venice Film Festival. As a writer, Ms. Treves has written about culture and the arts for several European magazines. She has also published a book of poems about CFS/ME, entitled “In the Shadow of the Eclipse”.

She is co-author of “Allegra’s Apple Tree”, one of a series of children’s books about diversity called Alphabet Kids. Vivian Treves joined NYWIFT in 1980 and served on its Board from 1993-1996. She moved to West Palm Beach in 2013 and has served on the WIFT Florida Board for several years.


       Victoria Jorgensen (victoria@womeninfilmfl.org)

       Tampa Bay Branch

         Producer/Director A Movie Productions

Victoria Jorgensen is an award-winning Tampa based filmmaker, writer and film festival organizer. She has attended the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals annually since 1999 returning to Tampa with programming suggestions for local area film festivals. Her films have shown at festivals around the world including a three woman show, “formato”, at Museuda Imagem R Do Som, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.



Lee Bigelow Davis (lee@womeninfilmfl.org)
        Orlando Branch
Script Supervisor/Writer, I.A.T.S.E. Local 161
Lee joined the board in 2019 and enjoys connecting with friends, old and new, through WIFT. Though a native of Seattle, WA, Lee spent her formative years in the suburbs of Philadelphia. At Temple University her internship advisor recommended “a little public affairs show” broadcasting out of NPR affiliate WUHY-FM. Any doubts about whether an internship in radio was the smart choice were soon dissipated when that “little show” turned out to be “Fresh Air” hosted by Terry Gross. Lee became their first intern and was tasked with compiling excerpts from archived interviews in an effort to pitch the magazine interview show for national syndication. After three years at a CBS affiliate in central PA where she wrote ad copy and produced a public affairs program, Lee pivoted to freelance film production. Meeting the script supervisor on an ABC After School Special was a game changer. She immediately began training and not long after cutting her teeth on local indie films and TV commercials she joined the industry labor union IATSE/Local 161. Since 1994 her resume reflects mostly one hour scripted drama series for broadcast/cable networks and streaming services including “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “Ugly Betty”, “Blue Bloods”, “House of Cards”, “The Code” and “The Right Stuff.” Lee is a member of the WIFT Writers Group as well as the Florida Writers Association in which whose newsletter she has been published. Inspired by other WIFT members who are writers, Lee is rediscovering her passion for the craft as it has become a daily practice.


Becky Yettaw (becky@womeninfilmfl.org)

       Tampa Bay Branch

         Producer/Director - B. Stellar Productions

Becky Yettaw, was born in Stuttgart Germany in 1971. She traveled the globe until settling inTampa, Florida at age fifteen. Becky’s gifts captivated Gail Anne Hurd who immediately employed Becky as her Assistant to the Producer and protégé during filming of “The Punisher” (2004). Since then, Becky has directed, produced, casted, and assisted with, over 25 films and shorts.

Becky’s passion for creating characters to whom an audience feels connection with permeates\her work. A leading film producer in Tampa for fifteen years and counting, Becky, founder and owner of B. Stellar Productions, believes in giving back to her community. Amidst her own ventures, she produced The Tampa Natives Show - as highlighted by the Tampa Tribune – currently being archived by the University of South Florida. More recently, Becky lent her talents to The Center for Girls through which she coaches film production to girls aged 11-14. The young girls direct their own movies, under Becky’s guidance and encouragement gaining empowerment and confidence.

Becky is a driving force in the Tampa film industry. She has served on multiple levels of film leadership including documentaries, script writing, commercials, and philanthropic work – much of which remains veiled by her modest nature.


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