2018 Board of Directors


Melanie Yonks, President

Melanie Yonks has been in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Film & Video Production for over 30 years. She is thrilled to be working on the festival side for EARTHxFilm as the Education and Outreach Manager. While her background includes work on features, commercials and industrial videos and 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 27-year marriage to her wonderful husband Michael, and her two daughters, one of whom is also a filmmaker. Melanie loved serving on the 2015 Grants and Scholarships committee, as mentoring young filmmakers is near and dear to her heart. She served as the 2016 WIFD Chick Flicks Chair and is excited to serve with such a talented and dedicated board in her second term as President.

Contact Melanie at president@wifdallas.org

Alicia Pascual, Vice President 


Alicia is a native Northern Californian and a 'can do anything' person. She is an actress, camera operator, camera assistant, writer, director, and producer. Having earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UNLV, she went on to work in biology and corporate finance but found where she truly belongs in film. Her diverse knowledge and strong work ethic were instrumental in her completing her full length documentary, various short films and music videos all while working on feature films, TV shows, commercials and corporate videos. In 2017, Alicia was selected WIFD PSA/Production chair where she filmed monthly WIFD events, produced the PSA benefiting Jonathan’s Place and developed the extremely successful WIFD member led “Production Boot Camp”. As Vice President, she aims to improve the opportunities for members to learn, engage and grow in their careers.

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Megan St. Cin, Co-Secretary


Having been born and raised in Millsap, Texas, Megan St.Cin decided a change of pace was needed. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Film/Video and a minor in Business. While there, she produced several award-winning student films and a couple of independent films. Megan was also the film faculty's selection as Outstanding Graduating Senior. Currently, she is an Associate Producer at Invodo Dallas. 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.”  

Contact Megan at secretary@wifdallas.org

Christine Copeland, Co-Secretary

Christine was born in Texas and grew up all over the state. She has a B.S. in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. Her passions are editing, coloring and graphics and her upbeat, "can do" attitude help to keep up morale on set and during lengthy editing sessions. She has edited shorts, television, features and generously donated her skills to WIFD promotional videos. Christine currently freelances as a film editor and is an Assistant Editor on Texas Flip n' Move, airing on HGTV and DIY networks. Her goal is to one day edit for Discovery Channel's Shark Week.


Contact at secretary@wifdallas.org

Lisha Brock, Treasurer


Lisha joined WIFD in 2007 and boasts her membership has resulted in lasting friendships, being a part of important programming and helping others. Lisha has served as president, film festival chair (and committee member), 30th anniversary chair, and communications coordinator. Lisha is an advocate for women’s right and a firm believer in WIFD’s mission to empower, promote and mentor women in the industry. Lisha began her career in entertainment as a professional actor which led to dabbling in writing, producing and directing. She received her degree in RTF from UT Austin and is a graduate of Leadership Texas. Currently, she is director of Locals Administration with SAG-AFTRA and looks forward to serving WIFD members in overseeing the organization’s finances.

Contact Lisha at treasurer@wifdallas.org


Sharie Vance, Grants & Scholarships

Sharie Vance is a freelance video producer and production designer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Fine Arts in documentary film production from the University of North Texas. She has directed two documentary films, several music videos and was the sound recordist for a documentary shot in India in 2015. Her film, Finding Faulkner, won best student documentary at Thin Line FilmFest in 2015. Her career includes more than 20 years of administrative experience in a variety of industries. She currently teaches at North Lake College where she started her career as a Video Tech student. A native Texas, her main research interests are artists, music, subcultures and feminism.

Contact Sharie at scholarships@wifdallas.org

Niloo Jalilvand, Flicks by Chicks

Niloo Jalilvand is a mathematician and 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, a child of celebrated actors. This upbringing fostered her abiding love for cinema. At age 10 she attended boarding school in London and later moved to the United States, earning her B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Studio Arts from Texas A&M and later an M.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, she’s Assistant Academic Director and the Film and Video Arts Director at nationally recognized Booker T. Washington HSPVA, producing her students' short films and winning multiple film festival awards nationwide. Jalilvand is the founder of The Pegasus Film Festival and on the board of directors for the Video Association of Dallas, the advisory board of Dallas Film Society, and Sheed Persian Film Festival.

Contact Niloo at flicksbychicks@gmail.org

Micaela Dartson, Membership

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Micaela Dartson Hicken fell in love with writing while working on her elementary school newspaper, The Crusader. Her hopes to double-major in English and Pre-Medicine were thwarted when science lab times conflicted with English courses. She majored in Biology, minored in Chemistry and earned her B.S. at Xavier University. Micaela has a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University, completed her residency in Detroit and currently practices in Dallas. She created A Little Texas Entertainment Company and is owner of Two Chix Flix. Under those umbrellas she writes books and screenplays, produces films and music videos and has three projects in pre-production. WIth her identical twin sister and sorority sisters, Micaela has created Not Your Mama's Fifty, a women's empowerment campaign. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Dallas Screenwriters Association and board member of the McKinney, Texas YMCA.

Contact Micaela at membership@wifdallas.org

Cydney Cox, Programs

Cydney is a Texas-raised filmmaker who earned her B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 2014 with a double major in Film & Media Arts and Psychology. Her background includes working as a festival coordinator and film programmer, film camp teacher, production freelancer, and college instructor. She has screened her work in film festivals across the US and received awards for her short films. She works as a producer, assistant director, and script supervisor on diverse productions and is the CEO of Red Road Media House. While continuing to contribute to the film community of the DFW area, Cydney is finishing up her MFA at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Contact Cydney at programs@wifdallas.org

Nancy Giles, PSA/Production


Nancy has been working in the TX Film Industry since 2008. She has assisted with many aspects of WIFD throughout the years and is excited to join the 2018 Board of Directors. She loves chocolate and brisket. She is currently a Productions Coordinator with Abernathy Media Productions. 

Contact Nancy at psa@wifdallas.org

Andrea Newham, Special Projects

Andrea Rodriguez Newham is a Marketing Producer for WFAA, Dallas-Fort Worth’s ABC Affiliate. While she considers editing her main craft, she is also a stellar writer, photographer and producer. Her favorite place to be is on set during large commercial shoots helping out wherever needed. Recently she and the WFAA Marketing team won a 2017 Lone Star Emmy┬« Award for their work on the Thanks Delkus campaign. Andrea was born and raised in Houston, TX and is a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1998. She lives in Dallas with her husband and 2 sons, her greatest productions of all time.

Contact Andrea at psa@wifdallas.org

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