2017 Board of Directors
Owner of MDHY Communications, Melanie Yonks has been in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Film & Video Production for well over 20 years. While her background includes work on features, commercials and industrial videos and even a music video, it is her work in strategic corporate communications that Melanie feels is her strongest asset. She enjoys film and video production immensely and loves working on projects that give back to the community. Melanie views her greatest accomplishments as her 26 year marriage to her wonderful husband Michael, and her two daughters, one of whom is also a filmmaker. Melanie loved serving as the 2016 WIFD Chick Flicks Chair and is excited to work with so many talented women as president in 2017.
As a writer/director/producer, Jeanette Johnson-Greenwood founded Headline Mentors & Performing Arts. In 2009. Jeanette is working on her most recent project “Gabrielle-The MOVIE”. She was honored to be nominated 2015 Playwright of the Year at the DPI Playwrights Annual Awards Gala hosted in the beautiful River Walk Wyndam Hotel San Antonio, TX. Jeanette Greenwood is also an active DUAL MEMBER of New York Women in Film & Television.
Sarah Adams, Co-Secretary
Sarah Adams is a Dallas born and Denton based actress, improviser and Twilight Zone fanatic. Though she's always been a performer (just ask her parents) her acting career began in earnest in 2011, and since then, she's been featured in numerous national television commercials including Capital One, Doritos, Verizon, and Progressive. She's also appeared in a number of independent films including the award winning short film The Mink Catcher (2016 Telluride Film Festival, SXSW 2016, DIFF 2016). In addition to her work on the screen, Sarah takes the stage weekly at Dallas Comedy House performing with the house troupe - Photobomb - and has showcased at a number of improv festivals. While Sarah's time is spent either performing, teaching, or hanging out at the Dallas Comedy House, she's also producing her own work. Her producing credits include Sarah's original digital series Supporting Roles (2015 Austin Film Festival & 2016 HollyWeb Festival) which is currently streaming its completed first season. Writing credits include: The Service Elevator, Girl Ghost Getters, Me Myself & Time, My Friend Algebra, Puppet & Me and like, tons of digital shorts. Her dogs think she is hilarious. She is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
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Maggie Rieth Austin, Co-Secretary
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Maggie is a Texan by choice and a writer, actress, performer by trade. She began performing and writing comedy in 2011 at Dallas Comedy House (DCH). A proud graduate of DCH's Training Center, she now serves as the Training Center Director for the theater, as well as an instructor and regular performer. She has showcased at Del Close Marathon, Austin Sketch Fest, Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Other World's Film Festival, Short. Sweet. Film Festival, and can be seen performing regularly at Dallas Comedy House. In addition to performing improv and sketch comedy, Maggie has been showcased at the Getting It: Storytelling showcase with her original stories Huevos Rancheros, Spin Class, and The Tooth Fairy. Her stage writing credits include: How Santa Got His Groove Back, Magic by Death, Power to the Peephole, and Various Artists. Her screen writing credits include: The Service Elevator, Girl Ghost Getters, Me Myself & Time, My Friend Algebra, Puppet & Me, and too many digital shorts to count.
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Catrina M. Craft, Treasurer and Corporate Membership Chair
Catrina M Craft is a CPA and the CEO of Craft Entertainment CFO. Her clients have included animation and production companies, independent film makers, actors, musicians, directors, media personalities, and tour/event production companies. Catrina shares with the Entertainment Industry her knowledge of accounting and tax strategies and has been featured on WFAA 8 News, CW33 News, AOL On, Dallas Morning News, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and the Michael Baisden Show. Catrina is Treasurer of Women in Film Dallas, Dallas Producers Association, and is the CPA for Texas Association of Motion Media Professional.
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Jo Lorio, Vice Treasurer
Originally from east Texas, Jo is an actor, singer, and licensed attorney with experience in film, TV, broadcast, and anime. She also holds a BBA in Accounting. She is represented by The Agency Dallas, and has extensive experience in martial arts, holding a black belt in Hapkido. Jo is very excited to be a part of the 2017 WIFD board, and is looking forward to a great year with the group.
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Linda Leonard, Grants & Scholarships Chair
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Director, Choreographer, On Camera Coach, Casting Assistant and Teacher - Industry professional for over 40 years, Linda holds a BFA in Theatre (Marian College), Associate Degrees in Dance and Psychology (Butler University) and is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and has worked in all capacities of the industry in theatre, film, TV, anime and broadcast over the years. Linda resides in Dallas currently and works most frequently in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and in LA and NYC whenever possible. Linda is represented by The Horne Agency and teaches privately, for KD College and Conservatory, JPAS, and Page Parkes Dallas.
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Niloo Jalilvand, Flicks by Chicks Chair / FxCF Festival Director
Niloo Jalilvand is a multimedia artist who has shown her work at the MAC, Dallas Contemporary, 500 X, The Kettle, Aurora and more. She spent her childhood in Iran, as a child of celebrated actors. She earned her B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Studio Arts from Texas A&M and M.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, she is both the Mathematics Chair and Film and Video Arts Director at Booker T. Washington HSPVA. Niloo is the founder of The Pegasus Film Festival which supports, promotes, and inspires young filmmakers in Texas to produce impactful works in cinema. Most recently she is in co-production with her son, Cyrus Stowe, on her first feature documentary about their walkabout in Iran in 2015.
Geenah is a freelance producer and assistant director with experience in commercial, television, short, and feature film production. After earning her degrees in Film and Media Arts and Journalism from SMU she spent a year producing commercials, non-scripted television pilots and talk shows for Dallas-based indie film company Dreamfly Productions and Los Angeles based non-scripted production company Ten East Ten West Productions. Since then she's pursued her passion for narrative film through freelancing. Geenah is the co-founder of the apparel brand More Feminist Comedy Please, and co-owner of It's Gonna Be Fine Productions.
Megan St.Cin, General Membership Chair
Megan St.Cin was born and raised in Millsap, Texas. She decided a change of pace is what was needed from a small country town to a big city. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of 2016 with a BFA in Film/Video and a minor in Business. While there, she produced several student films and a couple of independent films. Megan also won the award for Outstanding Graduating Senior voted on by the film faculty. Megan currently works at Prairie Pictures under the direction of Martin Lisius as Creative Assistant. From fixing camera equipment to reading through contracts, Martin has her do it all. One of her works, Selfie, was featured in an online blog called Klaus At Gunpoint. Editor in Chief, Christopher Garcia, said, “my personal favorite part, the restraint shown by director Megan St.Cin in not taking this into the realm of titillation.”
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Born and raised around DFW, Jacqueline Gibbs has always had a passion for filmmaking. In 2012, she earned an Associate’s of Applied Arts in Motion Picture Production at KD Conservatory. Within a month, she landed her first job at a television network and has grown into a social media maven. Managing all social accounts for two television networks, a radio station, two television shows, and a verified celebrity, she is constantly thinking outside of the box to create engaging content. In the film world, she has had success with casting, assistant directing and coordinating. Known for her keen eye for detail, she excels in planning and management. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and spending time with her toddler.
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Cydney Cox, Programs Chair
Cydney is a Texas-raised filmmaker originally from San Antonio. A double major in Film & Media Arts and Psychology from Southern Methodist University, she developed an affection for film making back in high school while attending a magnet program. She is drawn to the communal nature of film and is dedicated to being a part of the process in any way shape or form. While continuing to contribute to the film community of the DFW area, Cydney is attending the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue her MFA.
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Alicia Pascual, PSA/Production Chair
Alicia was born and raised in Northern California and received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UNLV in 2012. She previously worked in biology and corporate finance, but it wasn’t until she started working in film that she discovered this is where she truly belongs. Her diverse knowledge and fantastic work ethic have proven to be extremely valuable on the various projects she’s had the privilege to work on. Alicia is a 'can do anything' person. She is an actress, comedian, camera assistant, cinematographer, editor and lover of God. In 2016 she completed her own full length documentary and short film, while working on the sets of feature films, TV shows, commercials and corporate videos.
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