Herb Amey, SDF Board President, is an award-winning journalist and educator. He worked as a reporter, designer, and editor at The Athens Messenger in Athens, Ohio for more than 31 years, including six years as managing editor. During this time he supervised internships by students from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and from 2004 to 2007 he was a full-time adjunct instructor at Ohio University, teaching News Reporting, News Editing, Information Gathering, Precision Language, and Introduction to Mass Communication. In the 1990s he was a volunteer with the Dairy Barn Arts Center, a community-based gallery, exhibit, and educational facility in Athens, and he served on the organization’s board from 2001-2006, including terms as secretary, vice president, and president. He and his wife, Jo Ann, a retired high school English teacher, moved to Durham in 2007. They are avid fans and supporters of Full Frame, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and other local arts organizations.

LaTosha Brown is an award-winning community organizer, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer and political strategist with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights.Ms. Brown is currently the CEO of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting business based in Atlanta, GA. She has served as a consultant and advisor for individual donors, various public foundations and private donors. She is a founding member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health and also served as fund’s first Executive Director. Under her leadership the Gulf Coast Fund gained national recognition, created strategic national partnerships and distributed over $6 million in re-granting dollars for community and coastal organizations in the gulf coast region. Ms. Brown has consulted, advised and/or served as a resource and expert on rural organizing and special programming to a variety of foundations such as the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Babcock Foundation, Black Belt Community Foundation, Friends of New Orleans, New World Foundation, Open Society Institute, Surdna Foundation, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Ibis Partners Investment Group and the Tides Foundation to name a few.

Kathy Carter grew up on a small tobacco farm in North Carolina, and developed a love of books and movies as a child (The Wizard of Oz was an annual favorite). Kathy attended Guilford College, a small Quaker liberal arts school in Greensboro. Postponing graduation to attend a semester abroad in London was one of the smartest things she has ever done, as it sparked a lifelong interest in travel. Kathy went on to obtain a science degree while at Guilford, and began her career working in clinical laboratories. She now manages data for clinical trials. Kathy’s interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and dog, volunteering for Preservation Durham, where she currently serves on the board, and attending movies (she particularly loves the Full Frame festival). Kathy also has a heartfelt commitment to volunteering as often as she can as a pharmacy assistant on medical mission trips to provide medical care to the Roma living in western Ukraine.

Cynthia Collins, SDF Board Secretary, is an attorney with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. and works out of both the Chapel Hill and Charlotte offices. Ms. Collins focuses her legal practice on advising public pension plans, foundations, universities, and other institutional investors and their boards. Cynthia’s experience includes structuring, advising on, and negotiating various investment agreements and providing advice on a broad range of general and corporate business matters including corporate governance, board policies, fiduciary duty, and regulatory compliance. Cynthia also serves as an Emeritus Board Member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and is a steering committee member of the American Bar Association’s Institutional Investor Committee. She has a JD degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is admitted to practice in Delaware, New York, and Texas. She earned her BA in Business and an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cynthia is a great lover of history and storytelling and looks forward to working with the Southern Documentary Fund as it cultivates the talents of independent filmmakers in the South and elsewhere who create films that bring the rich culture and history of our region to life.

Kathy Dole is a communications attorney and lifelong advocate for public radio and television. She served as the Vice President of National Affairs for National Public Radio, where she developed and implemented legislative and regulatory strategies, leading grassroots efforts in support of member stations and NPR’s public service mission. She regularly appeared before Congress and the FCC to educate decision makers on a range of evolving issues, including federal funding and programming content/bias, and managing congressional appropriations and oversight hearings. She advised the NPR president, executive board, board of advisors, and NPR member station managers on pending legislation and regulatory proposals, and facilitated team building and consensus among the leadership of national broadcasting organizations APTS, PBS, CPB, and NAB to address common issues and emerging problems. Kathy holds a BA from Drew University and a JD from American University, and between degrees she served as a legislative assistant to US Representatives Jim Courter and Millicent Fenwick. She currently volunteers with the Wake County Board of Elections, as a children’s advocate with the Wake County Guardian Ad Litem program, and is a Master Gardner in New Hanover and Wake Counties.

Peter Gilbert was Producer and Director of Photography of Hoop Dreams, which appeared on over 100 “top ten” lists for 1994 and has won numerous awards. Hoop Dreams has been selected into the National Film Archives and also selected the most important documentary film in history by the International Documentary Association. A distinguished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, narrative feature films, commercials, branding, and music video includes co-producing and co-directing the awardwinning film At The Death House Door, which has won numerous awards and was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Produced and Directed, With All Deliberate Speed, the first work in the new series “Discovery Docs” for the Discovery Network in 2004. The nationally-released film portrays the drama of the monumental Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that helped change the racial fabric of our country in 1954. With All Deliberate Speed was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy for Distinguished Work in Non-Fiction Film. There is No Place Like Home, a short film produced for Turner Classic Movies, has played at festivals worldwide including Cannes, Venice, and Tokyo. It has also been broadcast worldwide on TCM. Peter currently teaches filmmaking at Wake Forest University. He has been a member of Kartemquin Films for 30 years.

Marsha Gordon joined the film studies faculty at North Carolina State University in 2002.  She teaches courses and publishes research on the Hollywood studio system; Sam Fuller, Ida Lupino, and other independent filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s; and documentary and orphan films, especially of the educational variety. Dr. Gordon’s new book, Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies, will be published in February 2017 by Oxford University Press. She is also the co-editor, with Dr. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago), of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, a collection of essays that is under contract to Duke University Press. She is the author of Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age (2008), co-editor of Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States, (Oxford University Press, 2012), and former co-editor of The Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press), the Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Dr. Gordon has a monthly show, “Movies on the Radio,” with Laura Boyes & Frank Stasio, on 91.5/WUNC’s The State of Things.

Dionne Greenlee is a writer, freelance copy editor, educator, communications consultant, and audio documentarian. Her professional career includes more than 25 years of experience in multimedia, fundraising/development, research, and graphic design. She is a grant writer and special project manager for Durham County Library, and previously worked in continuing education for the Certificate Program in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Dionne serves as a member of Durham County Government’s Public Arts Strategic Planning Committee. Her past civic interests have included service on the board of The Bonjour Africa Malaria Project. She was invited to participate in an Imagining America research study, which united artists and scholars in dialogue regarding excellence in campus-community partnerships in the arts, humanities, and design.

Ricky Hurtado, SDF Board Vice President, is the Executive Director of the Scholars’ Latino Initiative (SLI). In this capacity, he works toward expanding equitable access to higher education for Latino students across North Carolina.  In general, his work focuses on advancing social and economic equity by applying a critical understanding of race, place, class, and gender. Throughout his personal and professional experiences, Ricky has worked to find the intersection of immigrant rights and racial justice issues in an effort to unite communities and mobilize support for programs and policies advancing equity.  Ricky earned his BS with Honors in Business Administration as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.  He is a proud resident of Durham and is always looking for ways to lift up the untold stories of the emerging Latino community, in the city and throughout the South.

Allison Inman is education and engagement director at Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit film center. Born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, she studied English, journalism and poetry at Tennessee Tech University in her hometown. She worked in public relations and communications consulting for a decade before finding her true passion in film engagement. A part-time publicity job at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver introduced her ITVS Community Cinema, a public documentary screening/discussion series, which she led in Denver, New Orleans, and eventually in Nashville. She was a national engagement consultant for ITVS for four years before building an education and engagement program at the Belcourt. There she creates and hosts discussions, seminars and performances around the theatre’s rich offering of new independent, documentary, repertory and foreign language films. And, with the Belcourt’s Mobile Movie Theatre, she brings art house films to schools and community centers, engaging youth and adults in the art of cinema and the deeply personal connections we all make through film. In 2010 she directed a short documentary, MUD ON THE STARS: STORIES FROM ELIA KAZAN’S WILD RIVER. It tells the stories of Bradley County Tennesseans who served as cast and crew for Kazan’s 1960 film, the first major motion picture shot in its entirety in Tennessee.

Eric Johnson founded his own company, Johnsound Productions, while a student in North Carolina State University’s School of Design. His early work included composing, writing, and recording jingles for local and regional clients, as well as studio production for artists seeking recording contracts. In 1988, Eric began to move away from producing artists and began to concentrate on music for advertising and soundtracks for non-broadcast corporate video and film projects. In January of 2003, Eric joined Trailblazer Studios to launch the music and sound department, providing custom music, sound design, and mixing for film, video, radio, television, theatrical, and multimedia presentations. In Eric’s role as VP of Sound + Engagement, he is intimately involved with Trailblazer’s music and sound efforts, but also works daily to help Trailblazer Studios become known one of the premiere content creation and post-production facilities in the region. Projects include commercials for Travelocity, Nationwide Insurance, Chevrolet, Sherwin Williams, and CBS Sports; television program production for Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, HBO, National Geographic, PBS, and DIY/HGTV; and ADR services for Paramount Pictures, Disney Channel, Columbia Pictures and NBC Universal.

Vedia Jones-Richardson is an attorney with Olive and Olive, PA, an intellectual property law firm in Durham, with a practice focused on trademark, copyright, licensing, technology, entertainment, arts, and promotions law matters. She also serves as an adjunct professor at NCCU School of Law, where she supervises the Trademark Legal Clinic. In addition to law practice, her professional career has included work in graphic design, communications, marketing and software development. She has a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and North Carolina; and earned a BFA degree in design from Howard University. Vedia has had a lifelong love of the arts, and a long-held belief in the power of communications and technology to change the world, which she brings to her work for the Southern Documentary Fund. In a similar vein, Vedia has served as president of the Durham Arts Council and as vice president of the Durham Cultural Master Plan Advisory Board, the Durham Library Foundation, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, and currently serves on the board of Triangle ArtWorks and as a founding member of InternetBar.org. She also has formerly served in the American Bar Association as chair of the Law Practice Division, and appointee to the Coordinating Committee on Legal Technology, the Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, the Standing Committee on Advertising and as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she worked for several years in Washington, DC and Chicago before settling in Durham, her husband’s home town, where they have raised three sons and have lived for over 25 years.

Kirsten Mullen is the founder of Artefactual [SAY “r-tuh-FAC-tu-al”], an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas to conduct short-term residencies. She was a member of the international Freelon Adjaye Bond concept development team that was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s commission to design and construct the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which opened September 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. A folklorist, Mullen worked to expand North Carolina’s Coastal Folklife Survey under the auspices of the North Carolina Arts Council; she has served as an ethnographer to the Durham Arts Council; and as a consultant to the North Carolina Museum of History on its “North Carolina Legends” and “Civil Rights” exhibition projects. A member of the Texas Folklife Resources board of directors for ten years and the former president of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, she was the director of The Conservation Fund/Resourceful Communities Program’s Tyrrell County (North Carolina) Folklife Project, which documents African American, Latin@, and maritime cultures, and she was a member of the faculty of the state arts council’s Community Folklife Documentation Institute, which trained non-professionals to collect and preserve evidence of the state’s African American music heritage. Her essays have appeared in museum catalogs; a wide range of historical publications including the North Carolina Historical Review, Tar Heel Junior Historian, Historic Preservation Magazine, American Legacy, and Topic (a State Department publication); and in popular media including Utne Reader, roots.com (with co-author William Darity, Jr.), USA Today, USA Weekend, News & Observer, Herald-Sun, Campus Voice Magazine, Tables, The Leader, Brightleaf, Americana, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Texas Architect, Muse Air Monthly, Black Enterprise, Durham Magazine, and Independent Weekly; and she has been a commentator for WUNC Public Radio. Her article, “Black Culture and History Matter,” which appeared in The American Prospect (Winter 2016), gives an account of the politics of funding black cultural institutions and uses the NMAAHC as a pivot.

Kemi Nonez is Director of Diversity and Admissions Counselor at Durham Academy, where she provides strategic leadership in the area of diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and cultural competency. Previously she worked in the area of wealth management, where she served as a client manager, small business banker, and financial specialist. Her passion for education can be seen in the boardroom, where she is a board trustee for Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham. Exploring cultures and taking in the arts are favorite pastimes. The personal narratives and southern stories told by some of the SDF filmmakers have moved and impressed her for years. Kemi looks forward to continually supporting SDF filmmakers and their craft.

Andie Rea is a designer/photographer/videographer driven by a natural curiosity, a passion for beauty, and a deep belief in the power of effective storytelling (see her work at andierea.com). Andie holds a degree in Digital Media with an emphasis in Video and Film from Greenville College. This education provided her with a creative foundation in a variety of digital mediums. Currently, Andie is the communications specialist for Duke University Chapel, developing fresh approaches to reach the Chapel’s diverse constituencies. She has taught English in South Korea and dabbles in hand-lettering and typeface design. When she’s not creating, Andie enjoys spending time with her husband and 1.5 year old daughter trying new foods and exploring Durham. A proud Midwesterner at heart, Andie was raised in Kansas City—but has fallen in love with the history, culture, and charm of the south.

Amy Salo, SDF Board Treasurer, was born and raised in Charlotte, and moved to the Triangle to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010. She graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2014, married her high school sweetheart two weeks later, and settled in Durham to continue her career as Business Director of Student U while completing the Duke Nonprofit Management certificate program. Working at Student U has been a perfect combination of her passions: maintaining and overseeing the highest quality of business and fundraising operations, and doing so for an organization actively engaged in seeking a more equitable world. Outside of work, Amy commits her time to the Durham community through volunteering at the Durham County Jail, serving as a Guardian ad Litem for the Durham County foster care system, and teaching personal finance classes. The rest of Amy’s time is spent either playing tennis, enjoying weekend trips within North Carolina, or working with her husband on their new house in the Hayti neighborhood.

Ellen Stolzman has a long history in the marketing of entertainment products. After receiving an MBA from Wharton she joined CBS, where she spent nearly 10 years engaged in worldwide marketing for American pop, rock, jazz, country, and R&B artists and their recordings; the other half of her time was spent working with classical soloists, orchestras, and opera singers in the U.S. She worked closely with artists, producing music videos, arranging personal appearances and tours, and working with television, radio, and retail distribution channels. She joined Simon & Schuster to launch their books on cassette and home-video businesses, and then moved to HBO Video, where she worked for almost 10 years. At HBO she marketed all types of programming, specializing in non-feature film programs such as documentaries, music, sports, and educational. With P&L responsibility for this sector, she evaluated programming, negotiated rights, executed contracts, and created innovative marketing strategies and campaigns to achieve awareness of and distribution for niche products in niche markets, building the sector into a fast-growing and profitable business area. Ellen became a resident of Chapel Hill a few years ago when her husband took a position in Research Triangle Park.

Co-Founders

Dr. Steven Channing brings a wide range of experiences as an historian, author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Over the past two decades his documentaries have explored many American stories, from The Lost Colony to the nationally broadcast February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. His Durham: A Self-Portrait was broadcast on Fox50, while Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund, Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina, and Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina have regularly been screened on UNC Television. He is currently completing Remarkable Journey: The Voices of Asian Indians in North Carolina.

Cynthia Hill is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose credits as a producer/director include the feature-length documentaries Tobacco Money Feeds My Family, The Guestworker, February One, and Private Violence, as well as the PBS series A Chef’s Life. Her projects are often accompanied by community outreach campaigns that provide a forum for viewers to initiate dialogue and become actively involved; the 18-part multi-media project Survivor to Survivor offers resources and educational tools for victims and others. A native of Pink Hill, NC, Hill began her production career as an editor at GLC Productions in New York City, but telling stories that are grounded in a sense of place led her back South, and she now makes her home in Durham, NC.

Past Board Members (Emeritus Board)

  • John Biewen
  • Eric Boggs
  • Rebecca Cerese
  • Vandana Dake
  • Kenny Dalsheimer
  • Dawn Dreyer
  • Vivian Bowman Edwards
  • Micah Gilmer
  • Bonnie Gordon
  • Titus Brooks Heagins
  • Rick Igou
  • Alan Jacobs
  • Elisabeth Haviland James
  • Allegra Jordan
  • Rishi Kotiya
  • Malinda Lowery
  • Beverly Meeks
  • Scott Misner
  • Rhesa C. Rubin
  • Chloe Seymore
  • Alan Teasley
  • Peter Tompkins
  • Tom Whiteside
  • Judy Van Wyk