Information about our Board of Directors can be found here.
Founding Director of Programming
Brian joined the JBFC as the Founding Programming Director in 2001, which followed several years in an advisory capacity assisting the planning and development of the theaters. He designed the programming template that presents over 400 films annually to include special events, new releases, documentary, foreign-language, retrospective films, as well as thematic series, under one roof. He has worked for over 30 years in the New York cinema arts scene—building, programming, and operating art houses. He also serves on juries at film festivals including SXSW and Full Frame. He is partially deaf and a classically trained pianist.
Giancarlo started working at the JBFC as house staff and a teaching assistant in 2013 and joined the management team in 2015. He's a cinema studies major at SUNY Purchase. Before working at the Burns he was a development intern at Leopard Films, as well as a Production Assistant on several web series and feature films. During his free time Giancarlo enjoys watching movies and buying his girlfriend chocolate ice cream.
Dominick joined the JBFC in May 2008, following seven years as General Manager of NYC’s Film Forum. Since 2011, he has served as an advisor to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. As a producer his credits include Another Telepathic Thing and I’m Carolyn Parker, both directed by Jonathan Demme, and Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda (Tony Award nomination). He has served as a grant panelist for NEA, NYSCA, ArtsWestchester, and CEC/ArtsLink.
Customer Service Assistant
Tara began her time with the JBFC as House Manager in 2012 and joined the Membership team in 2016. She earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase, where she studied opera. Tara has also worked as Director of Ticketing Services at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. In her spare time she tries to attend as many live concerts as she can and being a connoisseur of music she is constantly striving to make the best mix playlist.
Kathy began at the Burns as an education volunteer, then worked in development, and has been a film programmer since 2004. She organizes annual series including FrameWorks, Jazz Sessions, and Dance on Film, and has curated JBFC’s classic French and contemporary German series. She has served on juries at the Berlin Film Festival and the Venice International Short Film Festival. Kathy is a graduate of Smith College and received her master’s in art history from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.
Assistant House Manager
Natalie began her tenure at the JBFC in 2010, and in 2015, joined the management team. More than most things, she loves chocolate. As she attends Columbia University in New York, the JBFC provides Natalie with a home to nurture her love for cinema. She thinks 30 Rock is just the best. Natalie is arachnophobic. She has a mean cat named Lola. She wouldn’t be anywhere without Charles, her hairstylist.
See Hear Feel Film Faculty
Linda was an educator in the Yonkers Public School system for 32 years. As communications/media enrichment coordinator, she designed and implemented a curriculum for the gifted and talented elementary program. Upon her retirement in 2002 she began volunteering with JBFC education programs and currently serves as a session leader for See Hear Feel Film. She acts as board advisor on the Rivertowns Arts Council.
Jeffrey joined the JBFC family in 2012, and despite rumors, is not a starting player for the Utah Jazz. In addition to being a House Manager, Jeffrey attends SUNY Purchase College, where he studies art history and screenwriting/playwriting, too. More than you, he really loves the film Boyhood. He eats a lot of sushi. He credits his love for film in large part to his photographer grandpa. He’s been told he’s hopelessly romantic.
Theresa began her career as a film professor in the UK and has since worked with the Families First nonprofit educational center, developed curriculum materials for the American Museum of the Moving Image, and consulted for Witness. Theresa has a deep interest in teaching, inspiring, and mobilizing students to create media that advances social change. She has taught Reel Change, Reel Change for Nonprofits, Expanding the View, and the Summer Teachers Institute at the Lab.
Barbara De George
See Hear Feel Film Faculty
Barbara taught elementary school in the Mount Vernon City School District for 30 years. In addition to her work in the classroom, she designed and implemented new humanities and multicultural education curricula. She was a member of the Strategic Planning Professional Development Committee and Mentoring Committee. Barbara has won many awards, including the Mosaic Award for excellence in Multicultural Education and the Community Service Award from the city of Mount Vernon. She has been a session leader for See Hear Feel Film since 2004.
Savanna joined the JBFC Equipment team in May 2015. She creates branded commercial videos and enjoys filming and photographing weddings on the side. After earning an internship with a multi-media organization as a freshman in high school Savanna has been professionally immersed in the industry since. She has helped create content for The United Nations, HBO, the United Arab Emirates, and the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Edie joined the JBFC as executive director in May 2014. Previously, she worked with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and was Director of Education at New York’s New Victory Theater, where under her direction, its education programs were honored with the Americans for the Arts award for Arts Education. She also spent several years in Ireland, where she worked as an education officer with Graffiti Theatre Company, founded UnReel, an international film festival for young people, developed scripts for children’s film and television, and served as an Associate Artist for Education and Outreach at The Abbey Theatre. Edie holds an MA and PhD from NYU’s Program in Educational Theatre.
Technical Director, Media Arts Lab
Justin received a BS in Film from Boston University, where he focused on cinematography. After working in production and post-production, he joined the Jacob Burns Film Center in 2012 as part-time Equipment Staff. He is currently the Technical Director at the Media Arts Lab, part of JBFC Production, and part-time faculty. Working at the JBFC allows him to share his interest and experience in many aspects of filmmaking and media creation.
Derek holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, as well as a B.M. in Music Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory. A passion for volunteer work, education, and creative media brought him in contact with Oberlin's Apollo Outreach Initiative, where he fell in love with media literacy education and discovered the Jacob Burns Film Center where he teaches Digital Storytelling and Experiments in Media. Outside of the classroom he pursues freelance video work, plays music, and studies Kafka.
Director of Industry Engagement and Special Programs
Gina joined the programming team in February 2011. Prior to the JBFC, she was an Associate Producer at NFL Films and received an Emmy for her work on Inside the NFL. Tired of saying the word “football” every day, she moved to Los Angeles where she spent time in development hell before moving back east to produce the award-winning Off-broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Gina loves good stories and the incredible people who create them.
Director of Operations
Kendra has worked with the Jacob Burns Film Center Theater Staff since 2008. Prior to joining the JBFC, Kendra worked Off-Broadway with Playwrights Horizons and with ABC Television in the East Coast Primetime Casting Office. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Syracuse University, and a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase. In her free time, she enjoys live theater and music, traveling, being outdoors, and cooking at home.
Director of Development
Judy joined the JBFC as Director of Development in December 2001. Prior to this, she raised money for a number of nonprofits, including New York City Ballet, Caramoor, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Judy holds a B.A. in Communications from The College of Wooster. A Pleasantville resident, Judy loves books, crossword puzzles, film, and theater. Judy and her husband, Tom, have two daughters and a four-legged son (a black lab).
Manager of Theater Operations
Sara joined the JBFC’s house management team in 2010. Prior to that she was a volunteer for the JBFC’s Minds in Motion program, as well as a teaching assistant for various classes held at the Media Arts Lab. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from the School of Visual Arts. Sara is a classically trained pianist who enjoys creating motion graphics and watching movies in her spare time.
Focus on Nature Project Consultant
Thomas Frankie is the Chief Strategist at Think to Lead LLC, a leadership consulting firm. He spent the last 7 years at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo headquarters where he coordinated professional development programming for local, national, and international teachers and graduate students. His work in schools, informal science institutions and universities across the country was instrumental in helping WCS become the largest provider of teacher training focusing on environmental science in the world.
Victoria joined the Art Department in January 2015. She graduated from the City College of NY with a B.F.A. in Electronic Design and Multimedia. Victoria started her career working for Jessica Weber Design, a NYC design firm specializing in the not-for-profits sector, where she worked with clients like The American Museum of Natural History, Musicians Foundation, and the New York City Police Foundation.
Lead Content Producer
Sean joined the JBFC staff in 2010. He is a documentary filmmaker and his first film, Brothers of the Black List, screened at festivals including DOC NYC, Dallas International Film Festival, and DocuWest. In 2014, Sean served as a co-organizer of TEDxSingSing, one of the first TEDx events held inside a maximum security prison. Sean lives with his wife and two dogs. He thinks it’s weird to write in the third person.
Allison joined the JBFC’s development department in 2016. She holds a BA from Bard College in Art History and Classical Studies; before coming to the Burns, she worked for German performance artist Nadja Marcin and collaborative art duo ChanSchatz. When she’s not at work, you can find Allison googling cute pictures of Danny DeVito.
Elizabeth joined the startup staff at the JBFC before the theater opened in June of 2001. Prior to joining the JBFC, she worked at a variety of places including Eileen Fisher, Otowi Trading Company, and WW Norton. Elizabeth has a BA in comparative literature from Harvard. She enjoys working for a nonprofit—combining a love of the arts and helping foster shared experiences. She has fond memories of seeing movies at the old Rome theater!
Front of House Manager
Aarti has been a House Manager at the JBFC since 2010. Her interest in film began early, growing up in a video store owned by her parents. From being in the store every day after school to eventually running it, regular customers gave her the nickname "Little Miss Videophile." Outside of work Aarti enjoys making artwork and costumes and playing with her son, who aspires to be a kung fu superhero when he grows up.
Karen Sloe Goodman
Karen has programmed films at the JBFC since 2008 for annual series including "Focus on Nature," "Greenhouse Documentary Series" and "Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries." She has produced, directed, and edited short documentaries, and holds an MA in Cinema Studies and an MFA in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Karen is also a jewelry designer and goldsmith, and a proud member of the Shovel Ready String Band.
Adjunct Faculty / Seeing Stories Curriculum Designer
Bill is an award-winning storyteller, author, musician, and educator. He is the author of Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy. He is the Director of Expressive Arts at the Episcopal School (NYC) and the Director of the Summer Arts Institute at Manhattanville College. He collaborated with the JBFC to create a curriculum for Seeing Stories, which uses storytelling and media to foster early literacy, and is teaching Family Tales.
Paige Grand Pre
Education Communications Associate
Paige is a writer and filmmaker with a background in international relations and nonprofit work. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Certificate in Screenwriting from NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Paige has written both feature and short films, served as a producer and production assistant on shorts and web series, and maintains a film criticism and analysis blog entitled Not Suitable for All Audiences.
Jesse has been with the JBFC since 2003. He has worked as a House Manager and Projectionist before becoming Technical Director. He has a degree in Broadcast Production from the University of Colorado. When not at the Burns he is likely to be found traveling, eating Mexican food, or at the beach.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Gina joined the JBFC in November 2016. She received her BA in English and Theater from the University of Vermont, and worked for many years in administration and sales for entertainment and theater companies before beginning her career as an educator after receiving her MS in Adolescent Ed. from Mercy College. She is excited to combine her love for education, the arts, and philanthropic work in this positon. In her spare time Gina loves testing out new cheese-based dishes on her ever hungry husband, and is generally obsessed with her dog, Junior BaconCheeseburger.
Diane is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and experienced educator. She has taught for over ten years at the secondary and post-secondary level, and has both a M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking and a M.A. in Education. In addition to teaching, she works as a consultant and a freelance producer. She currently teaches Documentary Filmmaking and Creators' Co-op workshop, Editing: The Assembly.
Possessing a passion for both food and film, Imani received her BFA in photography from Purchase College, and then graduated to the non-profit world at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She is a native of Washington, D.C. and, naturally, an avid Kung-fu film fanatic and cheese connoisseur.
Nancy has worked as a production manager, assistant director, and line producer for feature, television and documentary films. Her production list includes the independent film, Valley Girl, and the critically acclaimed IFC/Sundance film, Starting Out in the Evening. In the early years of digital cinema, Nancy headed up feature film development at InDigEnt, the groundbreaking production company. Nancy joined the faculty of Jacob Burns Film Center in 2009. This is her sixth year teaching And the Oscar® Goes To…
Since joining the JBFC in 2006 Andrew has been a film print coordinator, projectionist, and now curates several series for the JBFC as a film programmer. He holds a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Purchase College, where he is now an adjunct professor at the School of Film and Media Studies; he teaches at Westchester Community College as well. He hosts the popular We Hate Movies podcast, and has produced two feature films with his comedy arts collective, Private Cabin. Andrew once sold a Snickers bar to Gene Shalit.
Director of Education
Emily has overseen the JBFC education programs since their inception in 2001. She has consulted for non-profit film centers on the development of their school programs, and has presented at many national education and literacy conferences. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University’s School of Education. Emily graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English Language and a focus in Film Studies and received an M.A. in Education, Communication, and Technology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.
Online Services Manager
Sam joined the JBFC in 2012 as the Online Services Manager. Working at the JBFC blends his interest in all things tech with a passion for community-supported media and education. In his free time, Sam is working on the forefront of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, building experimental apps and hardware solutions. He also likes Mexican food.
Susan joined the JBFC in 2002 as its first in-house designer. She was assigned an old desk and sent off to buy the company’s first Apple computer. Susan graduated as a design major from UCLA and worked in a tiny advertising agency in California. She happily moved back East for a job at Harper’s Bazaar. Susan continued in publishing, designing for Ms. and Sassy, eventually running a design firm with a childhood friend.
John C. Koch is an independent filmmaker and photographer with a B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has produced two original feature films, Je ne sais quoi and The Seducer, and is currently at work on a third, Stalemate, to be released in 2014. He is the founder of Cinema Revolution Society, an organization dedicated to promoting film and film studies. He worked for Apple as a software trainer for four years and is an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X. He currently teaches Adobe Premiere Pro.
Alex Kononenko started at the JBFC as part of the House Staff for the theater in 2014, and was promoted to House Manager in 2016. While working at the JBFC he gets to combine his past experience in customer service with his love for movies. He is currently enrolled at BMCC in downtown Manhattan pursuing a field in nursing. In his free time, Alex likes to play basketball.
Adam Lamas is a writer, director, actor and voice-over artist. As a filmmaker his credits include Cry Havoc and Empty Rooms and he has voiced several villains in the World of Warcraft online roleplaying game. He has taught at the JBFC's Summer @ the Lab since 2010.
Sarah Lempke O'Hare
Manager of School Programs
With a background in oboe performance and arts administration, Sarah has worked in a number of arts administrative capacities at various orchestras, music festivals, museums and arts education organizations. Sarah graduated from the University of Louisville School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and minor in Business Administration and also holds a Master of Arts Administration and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Gregory Lewis is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, with a B.A. in Media Arts. He works as a creative developer in the field of media production and is a freelance photographer. He has worked on two feature films, Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, as well as various short films. In addition to experience with Minds in Motion, he teaches A Taste of Animation.
Registrar/Administrative Director of Education
Ann joined the JBFC’s Education Department in 2009 as Registrar, overseeing registration and scheduling for public courses at the newly opened Media Arts Lab, before taking on the additional role of Administrative Director of Education. Ann is able to combine her background in accounting, conference organization, event planning, and administration management in her work at the JBFC. Ann has lived in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, working for nonprofit and corporate organizations.
Senior Faculty/Program and Curriculum Developer/Camp Director
Aaron specializes in teaching people of all ages how to tell stories though video, animation, and photography. Having trained with master storyteller Bill Gordh, oral storytelling forms the backbone of his early childhood work, with students as young as four. Aaron blends folktales from around the world with technology in student’s hands to create new work. In 2009 Aaron became the Director of the JBFC summer camp. He has also worked behind the scenes as a film projectionist.
Tim joined the Jacob Burns Film Center as a projectionist in March of 2016. Tim has worked in the theater business since 2010 after graduating from Providence College with a minor in film studies. In his free time Tim enjoys hiking, music, video games, and poker, and is currently on a quest to becoming a master Pokemon trainer.
Equipment Staff & Production
Kervin joined the JBFC Production and Equipment team in 2012. After receiving his degree in Digital Filmmaking he worked with renowned director Jonathan Demme, which increased his passion for the field. Kervin's work has since expanded from music videos to short films and even art installations.
Erica is the most recent addition to the JBFC Art Department. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz, where she created a website and promotional materials for the Farm-to-Table local food movement in Dutchess County as her senior thesis project. Prior to joining the JBFC Erica did design work for non-profits through Mark and Phil (now Digital Empire). She enjoys all things cats, online subscription boxes, and Halloween.
Jesse joined the JBFC in October 2007 as a Projectionist. Since then he has also worked as a House Manager and as the first Film & Media Coordinator/Booth Manager.Now as Lead Projectionist, Jesse ensures 400+ films a year are being screened at the highest standard. With Jesse’s 20 years of experience his attention to detail is a welcomed asset to the film center.
Manager of Theater Operations
Chris has worked at the JBFC since 2007. He studied Fine Arts and psychology at Caldwell University. A Pleasantville lifer, Chris came to this theater in the eighties when it was the Rome Theater. The first film he saw here was Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn. He can be seen compulsively doodling at any given time.
Assistant House Manager
Noelle, a Pleasantville native, joined the JBFC House Staff in 2012, became a Teaching Assistant, and is now an Assistant House Manager. While pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts at Purchase College, she was heavily involved in the campus newspaper and literary magazine. Noelle enjoys working at the Burns because it allows her to combine a few of her great loves: storytelling and cinema. Meeting Ryan Gosling at fourteen years old didn't hurt either.
Rob is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and film scholar. After majoring in film at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, he earned his M.F.A. in writing and directing from NYU. His feature-length screenplays include the kidnapping comedy Bus 12, a ghost story entitled Dead Born, and the comic drama Side Tracks. Now based in Pleasantville, NY, Rob continues writing features and teaches screenwriting at NYU. He teaches The Art of the Short Screenplay and screenwriting courses for the Creators’ Co-Op at the Lab.
Greg is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a freelance illustrator, author, and educator. His illustrations have appeared in educational books, magazines, and newspapers, and on posters and t-shirts. He is the coauthor and illustrator of a humor book for parents. He teaches traditional art classes for kids from preschool to college and is an instructor with Minds in Motion, KidToons, Advanced Animation, and A Taste of Animation.
Deirdre joined the JBFC Finance Department in October 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from New York University and a MBA in Finance from SUNY New Paltz and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining JBFC, she worked in a variety of financial management roles across several industries with responsibilities for audit, tax, financial reporting, budgeting and financial analysis. She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, walking on the beach and traditional Irish music and dance.
Faculty/JBFC Kids Curator
Owing her early passion for watching films to the Jacob Burns, Emily’s appetite for film stuck during college, leading her to a B.A. in Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase. Since 2010, Emily has been a JBFC educator who loves teaching, filmmaking, and exposing young viewers to films they never would have seen. She is currently earning her Masters in Educational Studies at Manhattanville College. Somehow, Emily still finds time to travel and dance!
Genevieve joined the JBFC’s development department in October 2015. A Pleasantville native, she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a degree in English and Art History, focusing on Western movies and American mythology. At the JBFC, Gen combines her love of writing with her interest in the storytelling power of film and visual media in American history. Outside of work, she is currently wrapping up her third novel.
Technologist, Media Arts Lab
Russ graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Cinema. Working as a Technologist for the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab, Russell researches and implements new technologies, including camera systems and production workflow, and develops technical workshops and interactive installations. With over a decade of professional photographic experience, Russell continues to explore image making through still photography as well as cinematography on independent features and web series, including the award-winning Pioneer One.
Abby joined the JBFC as a volunteer in April 2001. She then retired from Westchester County government after 21 years in the Public Affairs Office and in various County departments handling marketing and public relations and came on board as a JBFC staff member. Abby is surrounded by a much younger and very technically savvy group of people and loves every minute of her workday and the many nights she spends at the JBFC theater.
Film & Media Coordinator/Booth Manager
After working for the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, RI for seven years, Andrew began working for the JBFC in 2009. His interest in film can find its origins in his love for literature and physics, and how both employ the use of narrative to convey a compelling idea. He can sometimes be seen at the theater teaching the trade to his four year old son, who has begun to refer to himself as “Daddy’s Projectionist.”
Office Manager/Human Resources Associate
With a background in marketing and finance, Julia thought that volunteering at the new theater promoted in her gym newsletter might be worthwhile and fun. Good Move! That was back in June of 2001, and Julia has worn many hats since that time. Currently she is the HR Administrator. Julia feels privileged to be part of this ever-evolving, dynamic organization and still feels it’s worthwhile and fun.
Saidah joined the JBFC programming department in 2015. Before starting with the Burns she was a Projects Manager for a small independent documentary production company. She got her start volunteering with local film festivals in her (majestic) home state of Delaware and subsequently earned a degree in Media Culture and Communications from NYU. Outside of her work, she continues to volunteer and staff festivals in her free time.
Anne Marie Santoro
Adjunct Faculty / See Hear Feel Film Curriculum Designer
Anne Marie is an award-winning program designer, writer, and producer of educational media and national projects that nourish the best in the human spirit. With 30 years of experience, she has developed a national reputation as an author and educator whose curricula bring communities together. As founder and president of From the Heart Communications, she teaches See Hear Feel Film, as well as The Power of Story I, II, and III. She created the professional development course, Teaching and Technology in the Digital Age.
Faculty/Assistant Camp Director
Brandon graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication. While attending RPI he interned at IBM in the Software Division. He has also designed and scored independent video games as well as being an accomplished freelance writer. He currently teaches Experiments, Adventures and Projects in media, as well as working with the JBFC’s summer program, Summer @ the Lab.
Matt joined the JBFC as a member of the house staff in 2011, working as the theater’s AV Technician. He has since gone on to become a projectionist. He also worked at Pleasantville’s Village Bookstore for a year and a half. In his free time, Matt is a video game enthusiast, and is pursuing a career as a writer, currently working on his second screenplay.
Director of Curriculum
Brady joined the JBFC's education department in September 2005. He holds an M.Ed in Art Education and studied film and photography at Ithaca College as an undergrad. Brady has worked on short films, features, and commercials. He has also taught in classrooms and currently leads the curriculum design for JBFC’s education programs. When he can find time Brady continues to make things: snapping photos, working with his hands, or podcasting with his twin brother.
Sarah joined the JBFC marketing team in January 2016. She holds a master’s in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Frames. Sarah has volunteered with several film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival. She has an irrational love for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, an uncontrollable book buying addiction, and an unhealthy attachment to soccer team Real Madrid.
Joe is an award-winning media designer whose work has been featured on television, in print, and at venues around the country. He has developed more than 40 children’s software titles, written 35 children’s books, and lectured widely on animation theory and visual intelligence. He created the JBFC’s Minds in Motion program for fourth graders and has guided the production of more than 300 animated short films in that program. He teaches A Taste of Animation at the Lab.
After getting his BA at Boston College, Darrel studied screenwriting at New York Film Academy. If memory serves, his screenplays included a lot of music from The Cure and Radiohead. Darrel’s perfect movie would be a musical coming-of-age story where a con artist forms a band and if he ever had to air guitar for his life, he would perform The Eagles’ One of These Nights (though he otherwise doesn’t love The Eagles.) He enjoys the links and the slopes but can always just curl up with a good audiobook.
Special Events Manager
Melissa joined the JBFC’s Development Department in 2011. As the special events manager she coordinates and manages all fundraising events. While not at the JBFC, Melissa enjoys trying new vegetarian recipes, binge watching Bravo reality shows, and saying hello to every dog she sees.
Reweina graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Mass Media and Communications. As an adjunct faculty member, she has lead Editing: Cut it Out, part of Creators' Co-op for high school students, and taught as a specialist at the JBFC's Summer @ The Lab. Prior to teaching, Reweina produced a short film as a Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow. She works as an assistant editor in Westchester County and New York City.
Membership & Marketing Associate
Nicole joined the JBFC in 2014. Previously, she worked at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and interned at Figment and Toadlily Press, and is excited to be able to bring her local and arts nonprofit experience to the JBFC. When not at work, you can find her watching Stallone movies, drawing, or hanging out with her fat cat, Princess.
Mike joined the JBFC Equipment team in March 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Arts and Music Production, and has 10 years experience in audio engineering. Prior to working at the Burns, Mike worked for Mercy College’s Recording Arts program where he served as an assistant studio manager, teaching assistant, studio musician, and audio engineer. He suffers from severe impulse buying, pouring funds into concert tickets, vinyl, video games, and comics.
Director of Communications and Marketing
Denise, a public relations and marketing professional with more than 25 years experience in various industries/sectors including nonprofit, publishing, and entertainment, joined the JBFC in 2004 as Marketing Director. Previously, Denise worked for The Vitamin Shoppe, Scholastic Inc., and MTV Networks’ Nickelodeon. A classic movie fan, her DVR is set record every Montgomery Clift, Bette Davis, and Cary Grant film that airs.
Director of Creative Culture Initiative/Senior Curriculum Developer
Sean received his M.F.A. from Hunter College in Integrated Media Arts and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from SUNY Purchase, where he is now a faculty member. Professionally, he is a Lead Creative in the Private Cabin Collective and the director of the digital team, Brinkman, at the Upright Citizens Brigade. At the Lab, Sean leads fellowships, co-leads Creators’ Co-op, and will co-lead the Creative Culture, a community for emerging and professional makers.
Michael C. Williams
Mike is best known for his role in The Blair Witch Project. He can also be seen in such films as The Objective and Altered and has guest-starred on two Law and Order series as well as Without a Trace. He has been teaching acting to youth since 2004. He holds a B.A. in theater and has recently completed his M.A. in school counseling. Mike works as a guidance counselor at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in Yorktown Heights and teaches Acting for the Camera at the JBFC.
See Hear Feel Film Faculty
Nancy Woolf, who holds a M.A. in elementary education, volunteered with See Hear Feel Film and Minds in Motion for many years. She has taught See Hear Feel Film since 2009.
Marketing Manager & Digital Media Specialist
Lori joined the JBFC’s marketing team in 2012. Prior to working at the Burns she interned for the Mental Health Association of Westchester and the Boston Museum of Science. Working at the JBFC she gets to combine her experience with nonprofits with her obsessive love of film. In her free time, Lori enjoys binge-watching, sketch writing, and mountain climbing.