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Alan Teasley

Alan B. Teasley retired in 2006 after working for 31 years in the Durham Public Schools in a variety of roles--as a high school English and drama teacher, and as central office coordinator of secondary English, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages. He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in Duke University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program and Secondary Teacher Preparation Program, where he teaches courses in effective teaching strategies, methods of teaching English, and world literature. He holds BA, MAT, and PhD degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2003, Alan has volunteered as a member of the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where he estimates he has seen well over a thousand documentaries. He also serves on the boards of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Friends of the Durham County Library. His articles on using film in the classroom have appeared in English JournalThe Iowa English BulletinMedia and MethodsTelemedium, and The ALAN Review. With Ann Wilder he is the co-author of Reel Conversations: Reading Films with Young Adults (Heinemann Boynton/Cook, 1997), a book for middle and high school English teachers. With various colleagues, he has presented over twenty workshops on using media in the classroom at conferences hosted by such organizations as the National Council of Teachers of English, the North Carolina English Teachers Association, and the Annenberg School for Communication. 

Micah Gilmer
Vice President

Micah Gilmer is an expert in applied research and program design. He received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in 2009. He serves as Senior Partner with Frontline Solutions, a social change organization that provides consulting services primarily to government, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations. His current and recent projects include work for Open Society Foundations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Boston Foundation, and the Admiral Center. Gilmer's recent publications include "Momentum: Sustaining Efforts to Improve the Life Outcomes Among African-American Males" (Ford Foundation), "Family Matters" (ABFE), "Why We Can't Wait: A Case for Philanthropic Action" (Ford Foundation), and "Rebel Song: Soweto's Black Sunday Movement" (Transforming Anthropology). Gilmer is a former Morehead Scholar, and earned his undergraduate degree in African American and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors in 2003. He coaches football at Riverside High School in Durham, NC.

Peter Tompkins

Peter Tompkins is a graduate of the UNC School of Journalism, and has worked in advertising for 25 years at the News & Observer. He has served on several local boards over the years, including the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Durham, Inc. Peter lives in Durham with his wife Janene and their two children, and his hobbies include photography, baseball, backpacking, running, and going to the movies.

Dionne R. Greenlee

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.

Herb Amey is an award-winning journalist and educator. He worked as a reporter, designer, and editor at The Athens (Ohio) Messenger 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.

Vandana Dake was born in Delhi, India. She attended high school at St. Mary's School in Pune and earned a degree in architecture from Pune University BKPS College of Architecture in 1985. After graduating she practiced architecture with the Al Ghandi Group of Companies in Dubai from 1985-2000. In 1999 she relocated to the United States and began working with Alliance Architecture. Today she is a principal with the firm, providing architectural services on a national basis with an expertise in workplace design. At her initiative, Alliance Architecture opened offices in New Delhi, and in 2010 she led a team that won a prestigious international competition to design the International Convention Center in Moshi, India.  She and her partner John Warasila are deeply involved in downtown Durham development and revitalization, having bought and refurbished numerous commercial buildings. Vandana serves on the Boards of the Durham Arts Council and is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). Since 2010 she has been on the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas School at Duke University. Within the entrepreneurial community she has been actively involved in the funding and production of a documentary film about the Indian community in North Carolina, Remarkable Journey. She is also a founder and investor in Organic Transit, a Durham-based transportation start-up. Vandana is an active Rotarian and incoming president elect of The Downtown Durham Rotary.

Rick Igou is an attorney whose practice is focused on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law. He is active with the North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators and has served twice as its president. He is currently vice-chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and also serves on the board of the Dispute Settlement Center, North Carolina's first community mediation center, where he has been a volunteer mediator, coach, and trainer for nearly 25 years. He is an arbitrator for Durham County Judicial District 14 and also for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 2011 and 2012 Rick was a co-chair of the Good Spaces and New Places Theme Group for the Chapel Hill 2020 community-based comprehensive planning process.

Rick has been a disc jockey at UNC-Chapel Hill's student radio station WXYC since 1988, where he also hosted the bi-weekly news program "WXYC Reports" for several years. He has a deep interest and extensive background in food and wine, including work as the General Manager of Durham's Magnolia Grill and in the wine department at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.  Rick has a bachelor's degree in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He lives in Durham with his wife, Debra Lewis.

Alan Jacobs was a film student at the School of the Arts in the mid-1960s, but left early to take work as a documentary director, editor, and producer. He eventually received an MFA in 2004 in order to teach film at the university level. In the interim Jacobs was co-owner of Odeon Films, a New York independent production and distribution film company, and spent 15 years co-directing, co-producing, and editing documentaries. During these years he was actively involved in the civil rights movement (Alabama March), the anti-Vietnam War protests (Only the Beginning and Sir, My Men Refuse to Go), the feminist movement (Open for Children), and the national emerging wave of independent film and video. Jacobs was the executive director of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers (AIVF); a founding trustee of the Sundance Film Institute; and a board member of the American Film Institute and the Independent Feature Project.

Jacobs relocated to Los Angeles, where he developed and produced narrative films with a first-look deal at Sydney Pollack's company, Mirage Enterprises (Running Out with Walter Matthau and Ellen Burstyn). Once again an independent, his next production was a Hallmark Hall of Fame film (An American Story with Kathleen Quinlan, Brad Johnson, and Tom Sizemore). This was followed by a 10-year run of TV features, including A Call to Remember (Blythe Danner and Joe Mantegna). At the dawn of reality TV, Jacobs accepted a full-time position at Hallmark Entertainment, running the company's Los Angeles office and overseeing sales, development, and production. Before leaving Los Angeles for Chapel Hill, Jacobs worked for five years as an assistant professor at Cal State University, teaching documentary and Narrative Film Production, Screenwriting, and the History of European Cinema.

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 June of 2014, Eric assumed a new role at Trailblazer as Vice President of Post + Sound. In this role, Eric remains intimately involved with music and sound, but also oversees the continued growth of Trailblazer Studios as one of the premiere postproduction 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 a Principal with Olive and Olive, PA, an intellectual property law firm in Durham.  She received her JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and North Carolina.  With an undergraduate BFA degree in design from Howard University and work experience in television, advertising, corporate communications, and software development, in addition to her aw practice, Vedia brings a practical business orientation and creative perspective to counseling clients in trademark, copyright, licensing, technology, entertainment, arts, and promotions law matters. 

With a lifelong love of the arts, 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 NC ArtWorks.  A native of Brooklyn, NY, she worked for several years in Washington, DC and Chicago before settling in Durham, where she has lived for nearly 25 years.  She is married to Dr. Milton W. Richardson, a retired podiatrist and foot surgeon from Durham, and they have three sons.

Rishi Kotiya is a startup attorney with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, a law firm based in the Triangle with offices in Raleigh, NC and the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. He represents entrepreneurs, beginning with company startup and continuing through the acquisition or initial public offering stage. He was named to the Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List and was selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2014 and 2015.

Rishi graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a degree in Economics, and his undergraduate studies included one year at the London School of Economics. He earned his JD from the Emory University School of Law in 2009. While at Emory, he participated in a two-year multidisciplinary program through the law school and the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management that focused on the commercialization and funding of early stage technologies. Prior to attending law school, he spent one year in India on an Indicorps fellowship, during which time he helped design and implement a design and entrepreneurship program for rural artisans in Kutch, Gujarat.  Rishi lives in Raleigh with his wife Shailika.

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.  

Rhesa C. Rubin is a California attorney who recently relocated to North Carolina. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She was a partner in the California firm Flicker & Kerin LLP, where she represented parties in complex family law litigation, settled cases as a judge pro tempore for the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Division, and led divorce workshops for the San Mateo County Council on Women/ Family Law Services. Prior to finding her niche in the law, Rhesa was a writer (UCLA Daily Bruin, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Toronto Daily Sun) and had a radio show on UCLA Radio. Board positions have included the Palo Alto Bar Association, Stanford Arboretum Children's Center, and Durham Orange Women Attorneys (DOWA).  Rhesa is currently working on becoming a certified family mediator in the Triangle area and is a volunteer mediator with the Orange County Dispute Settlement Center and Wake County District Criminal Court.  Rhesa lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, five children, and one Vizsla named Tina.

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.  


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 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, and Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina have recently been broadcast on PBS in North Carolina.

Cynthia Hill is a North Carolina-based filmmaker whose works include the feature-length documentaries Tobacco Money Feeds My Family and The Guestworker, as well as various films documenting southern life and culture. In 2011, Hill completed an 18-part multi-media project on domestic violence called Survivor to Survivor, and continued post production work on the feature-length documentary Private Violence.  A native of Pink Hill, NC, Hill began her production career as an editor at GLC Productions, a New York City post-production facility whose clients included MTV, PBS, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, and many others.