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.


Officers


President - Nancy McBride

nancy@womeninfilmfl.org


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 KidKasting.com. 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.




Past President - Melanie Lentz-Janney

melanie@womeninfilmfl.org


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: www.RickSpringfieldDoc.com.

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.



Rebecca Hodges - Vice President

rebecca@womeninfilmfl.org

Orlando Branch

Producer/Director/Editor at IDEAS Orlando

Rebecca Hodges was born and raised in Massachusetts. After graduating high school,  e 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.



Treasurer - Dave Cole, CPA
David@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.
Art@womeninfilmfl.org
Orlando Branch
Recording Secretary
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


Rick Alexander
Rick@womeninfilmfl.org
Orlando Branch
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
Miami/South Florida Branch
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 WIFT.



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.



Lindsey Fuller Sandrin
lindsey@womeninfilmfl.org
Orlando Branch

Associate Director of Film and Digital Media, 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 with Monster Media, Lindsey came running back to the production world by way of the Orlando Film Commission. There, she oversees any and all film permitting within the Orlando region, working to keep the city's long-standing history of commercial production alive.

She and her Canadian husband live in Orlando with their three crazy pups.


Christy Andreoni 
christy@womeninfilmfl.org
Miami/South Florida Branch

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.



Jennelle Jordan

Jennelle@womeninfilmfl.org

  Orlando Branch

Producer / Production Manager

Jennelle has been working in the entertainment industry for over 12 years, producing 244 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files.  Having worked many years in the true crime genre, her passions lie in interacting with and interviewing real people, bringing their stories to life.  Across 7 seasons Jennelle brought production quality of the show to a level unprecedented for the genre, reaching an audience in over 142 countries worldwide.  As a result of these advancements, Forensic Files is now one of the longest running and most successful true crime series to date.

She also has extensive experience in the commercial genre, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500, to non-profits, helping to evolve and grow both their business and brand.  She's led diverse projects from brand redesign and development, to internal corporate communications and commercials, to experience design and event production.

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.  It is that organization that ensures projects come in on time and under budget, exceeding client expectations.  Her problem-solving skills excel both in the production office and on set, with an ability to creatively execute both quickly and effectively.

 


Garvin Smith

Garvin@womeninfilmfl.org

        Orlando Branch

Starrshots Studios, Inc.

Orlando Event Photographers/EnVogue Publishing/Orlando Actors Headshots

Mr. Smith is an accomplished, award winning industry veteran whose career spans more than fifty years as a Executive Producer, Creative Director, Industry Consultant, Commercial Photographer, and Fine Artist.

Mr. Smith is CEO StarrShots Studios, Inc. and its subsidiaries, founded in 1937, studio provides Media Production Services to the Film, Television & Print Industries. Past and current company clients include the  International and National levels of Advertising, Motion Picture, Television and Publishing Industries, Government Agencies at the national, State and local levels. Clients have included Fashion Houses, Beauty/Cosmetic product manufacturers, Calendar Publishers, Fashion Merchandisers and Magazine Publishers.

As a Director/Master Photographer, Mr. Smith has provided specialized services to Hollywood Studios, Stars, Clio nominees and award winning talents of Stage, Screen, Television and Recording industries. They have utilized his talents and expertise to enhance their image development and career marketing campaigns.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the George Washington University, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC majoring in Photography and Graphic Design.



Vivian Treves

Vivian@womeninfilmfl.org

        Miami/South Florida Branch

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

Vivian Treves, President of The Treves Network/ European Film & TV Representatives, Inc. is a native New Yorker of Italian background. She attended Pembroke college(Brown University from 1968-1970) and then transferred to Sarah Lawrence college where she received her BA in 1972. In 1974 she received an MBA in Arts Administration from UCLA. 

Ms. Treves began her career as an associate producer for RAI where she made a number of documentaries on politics, medicine, history, music, and the entertainment field. She refined her skills in business as Vice President of several family-owned companies, as well as serving for two years as the                 New York Office Coordinator for the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation. 

In the early 1980's she directed her expertise to the corporate world. Her projects included work for American Express, GTE, and AT&T. 

In the 1990's Ms. Treves came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as ME. Her work      activities stopped due to the illness. Ms. Treves devoted her time to further understanding of the illness by serving as a national spokesperson in the U.S and abroad. As she recovered she continued her consulting work. 

Ms. Treves has lived and worked both in Europe and in the United States, and has filmed in South America, Asia, and Australia. As an artist liaison/interpreter, Ms. Treves has served as special assistant, international liaison involved in meetings, screenings, promotional tours, scripts and interviews in office, in the studio, and on location in the U.S. and in Europe. In the past, clients included Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Paramount Communications, Warner Bros., MK 2 Productions, RAI, Canale 5, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Dino De Laurentiis Corp., Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Ms. Treves has acted in many capacities in film. As an interpreter she worked on seven 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. Some of her best jobs and friends came out of her association with the organization. She is delighted to join WIFT Florida and to continue her association with the best networking group there is.

Vivian lives in West Palm Beach with her  beloved 14 year old daughter, Allegra.

 

 



Rose Rosen, CSA

Rose@womeninfilmfl.org

         Tampa Bay Branch

Casting Director/Casting by Rose Rosen


Rose Rosen CSA, consistently rated among Florida's most distinguished casting directors, provides talent for reality TV shows, movies, commercials and print campaigns nationwide. Ms. Rosen's 25-year track record earned her membership in the prestigious Casting Society of America and the respect of countless aspiring actors for furthering their careers. Ms. Rosen herself credits her work casting Edward Scissorhands for advancing her own industry credentials. Beyond the Tim Burton classic, additional credits include Cowboy U, Bridezillas and numerous other television commercials for clients such as Century 21, Canon, Nationwide Insurance, Publisher’s Clearing House and Corona Beer, to name a few

Known as having a keen eye for culling talent from varied sources, Ms. Rosen is also noted for using customized software enabling her to showcase candidates from multiple agents in a single, high tech transmission to clients from Los Angeles to New York and throughout Florida. Ms. Rosen takes great pride in her tireless work ethic, vast personal connections and remarkable ability to manifest client's needs into human form.



     



       Jill Donnellan

       Jill@womeninfilmfl.org

       Jacksonville Branch

Owner | Hollywood Acting Studio

Jill Donnellan has been teaching acting in Hollywood for over 25 years and has been in show business for over 35 years. Starting out in New York studying theatre at NYU, AADA, and then with Stella Adler, she performed in  numerous off  Broadway plays.  Realizing that her dream was ultimately to work in T.V. & Film, she headed to Hollywood California and worked consistently in commercials and films.  In 1993 she opened up her own acting studio in Los Angeles and was committed to bringing the best on camera acting workshops to her students. Over the years she has taught thousands of up and coming actors both at her private studio and in workshops across the country and the world.

 

Jill has also coached top Hollywood stars on set for NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, DISNEY, NICKELODEON and top movie production studios such as SONY, PARAMOUNT, UNIVERSAL and DREAMWORKS.  She has worked with such names as TOM CRUISE, JONATHAN LIPNICKI, NICHOLAS CAGE, THE OLSEN TWINS, SELENA GOMEZ, KEITH ROBINSON, MICHELLE TRACTENBERG, JEFF FOXWORTHY, BILL ENGVALL, ZACHARY GORDON, EMMA ROBERTS, ERIC ROBERTS, EDDIE MURPHY, RENEE ZELLWEGER, JANE FONDA, LINDSEY LOHAN, TOM HANKS, BEYONCE, JENNIFER HUDSON, WILL ESTES, JAY LENO and HILLARY DUFF to mention a few.


 



     Alexa Sheehan

      Alexa@womeninfilmfl.org

       Daytona Beach Branch

       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.

 


 


       Victoria Jorgensen

       Victoria@womeninfilmfl.org

       Tampa Bay Branch

          President / A Media Marketing

 

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.



         
  Mike Madden mike@womeninfilmfl.org
  Jacksonville Branch       


     

  Multimedia producer with over 15 years of experience producing a wide range of video, animation and         marketing  projects covering a diverse array of media. Work has appeared on ESPN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and  numerous local broadcasting outlets nationwide. Work has also appeared on several websites including NFLShop.com, Maxim.com, and Yahoo.com

Multimedia Production Manager - Fanatics, LLC  - May 2015 – Present

Current role expands on previous position with a greater emphasis on creative development and heading up projects between departments as well as with partners outside the company.

Additional core responsibilities include a greater role in social media, web-based advertising and public relations material. Projects include web pre-rolls, PR b-roll packages, corporate explainers, sales presentations, social media videos, in-arena/in-stadium animations, sizzle reels, training material and event production.



 


   


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