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Jenny Gomez

Chair
Jenny (she/her) is an independent film producer. Her award-winning films have played around the world in festivals from Cork to Aspen, and her feature film THE WEEK is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Jenny believes that filmmaking enriches lives and that students of all ages should have access to this essential and vital art form. When Jenny isn’t making movies, you can find her huffing and puffing up Fitch Mountain with her dog Annie, yelling at the top of her lungs at one of her teen sons’ sporting events, or making dinner with her husband Rick in the kitchen of their Healdsburg farmhouse.
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Hillary Kambour

Vice Chair
Hillary (she/her) is a retired trial and appellate attorney who spend most of her career representing abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Since moving to Dry Creek Valley in 2015, Hillary is busy in her garden, volunteering around the area, running, hiking, and biking, and trying to become proficient in Spanish. She lives with her husband Michael and their adorable Labrahula (really a mutt) Ziggy. Hillary’s first love was film. She spent her tweens holed up in a local theater watching classic films, her parenting years watching thrillers, and until COVID, never went more than a week or two without a movie theater experience. She loves movies —- but mostly loves to watch them on the big screen with the “ooohs” and “ahhhhs” of her fellow moviegoers around her.
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Ann Elston

Secretary
Ann (she/her) joined the board of AVFilm in 2019. She and her husband, Larry Lossing, have practiced law together for 40 years, most of it in San Francisco. Now full-time in Sonoma County, Ann enjoys country living, spending days in the gardens and orchard. Education in all its forms and formats, including film, has always been a very high priority for her. She lived part-time in desperately poor Niger in the early 2000s where she saw first-hand that video could be an effective tool to educate a mostly illiterate community. Ann serves on the HR committee, a good assignment for an almost retired lawyer who specialized in employment law.
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Jeanne Kearns

Treasurer
Jeanne (she/her) is a non-profit professional with nearly two decades of development and leadership experience. As Executive Director for the American Heart Association, she currently leads the organization’s North Bay efforts to achieve health equity for all through transformative partnerships with local businesses and volunteers. An actor and classic film buff in her youth, Jeanne has always had a passion for the arts. She earned her BA in Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara and her early career includes development roles with San Francisco Film Society, California Film Institute and Stanford Jazz Workshop. When Jeanne is not building powerful partnerships and solving problems with creativity, strategy, and passion in service of the community, she enjoys swimming, cooking, travel, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
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Sue Campbell

Sue (she/her) joined the AVFilm Board in 2019 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Board Recruitment & Development Committee. She spent her career as a healthcare management consultant, initially for Accenture and then at Kaiser Permanente. She has also served on numerous non-profit Boards. Sue is passionate about film, having volunteered and then worked for the Mill Valley Film Festival for a number of years. She also attends film festivals regularly, including Mill Valley, San Francisco, Sundance, Telluride, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Toronto, and Cannes. Besides film, she loves reading, hiking, and traveling, as well as her husband John and her dog Rodeo.
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Michiko Conklin

Michiko (she/her) is currently the Vice Chair of the City of Healdsburg Parks and Recreation Commission. She is on the Arts and Culture Master Plan Committee as well as the Saggio Hills Park Naming Committee and a member of the Creative Leadership Team. Of course, since she lives in Healdsburg, she and her husband had a vineyard (now sold!), for which she was the CMO (read: accounts payable). Her real career was spent in marketing, primarily with advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco, as well as with several start-ups. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she also has an undergraduate degree in architecture from Yale, with a secondary focus in art history. She has been on the Boards of several museums: Museum of Sonoma County, Randall Museum in SF and with the Modern Art Council at SFMOMA. She spends her days obsessively making lists of films to watch (and actually watching some of them!), reading The New York Times and running.
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John Cooper

John Cooper is currently the Director Emeritus of the Sundance Film Festival stepping aside from his post as director after 11 yrs. From 2010 to 2020 he oversaw ALL aspects of annual Sundance Film Festival in addition to expanding exhibition ventures to Sundance Film Festival: London and Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong.

Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989. In the early years, he created the short film program at the festival but soon transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films. He moved from programmer to senior programmer to eventually Director of Programming before being named Director in 2010. He has also worked extensively with the Sundance Institute’s online projects and garnered 2 Webby awards. He lead content production for a number of years to broaden reach of Sundance programs and for three years co-produced the live broadcast of the Sundance Festival Awards show with Sundance Channel. He originated a partnership with UCLA Film and Television Archive to help preserve independent works and orphan films and most recently created the Sundance Ignite Program to better serve film enthusiasts between the ages of 18-25.

Other work includes guest curator and juror at major festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as programming director of Outfest held annually in Los Angeles in July and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors. In 2019 he was added to the Variety 500 of The Most Powerful People Working In The Global Media Business Today. He has won multiple awards for his work supporting diversity in the film community from Outfest, Blackhouse Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. In 2020 he was accepted into the Academy of Motion Pictures. He is currently co hosting and producing a podcast The Film That Blew My Mind to launch September 2023.

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Jonathan Marlow

Jonathan Marlow (they/them) is an occasional curator, composer, cinematographer and intermittent film producer and filmmaker with a handful of award-winning shorts and feature-length projects to their credit. Prior to concurrent roles as Chief Strategy Officer of PROJECTR and Executive Director of PARACME, Marlow was (or continues-to-be) affiliated with numerous film festivals (including Telluride, Crossroads, Chicago Underground and Camera Obscura), film institutions (IFS [aka Flaherty Seminar], Canyon Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, Consolidated Works, San Francisco Cinematheque) and latter-day film distribution companies (notably Amazon, VUDU, Fandor, Kanopy and others). In addition to Marlow’s articles and interviews for numerous print and online publications, they are known to frequently host screenings throughout the world showcasing remarkable films which tend to be generally unavailable elsewhere.
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Lisa Rhodes

A native to the Golden State, Lisa (she/her) has lived and worked in both SoCal and NorCal, devoting much of her volunteer efforts to celebrating and promoting her cherished Hispanic culture and community. She was a long-time Board Member of MANA de San Diego, a national organization catering to the advancement of underprivileged Hispanic girls. She served on the board and led the chapter’s development effort via its signature annual fundraiser called “Brindis.” Now in Healdsburg, Lisa helped found Corazon Healdsburg, a grassroots organization dedicated to bridging the cultural and equity gap many North Sonoma County resident Latinos face. Responsible for the organization’s name (“heart” in Spanish, a language she speaks fluently), Lisa served on the Corazon Board for six years. More recently, she’s gotten involved with local organizations Reach For Home and Latinos Unidos. And passionate about the arts in all forms, she now serves on the Alexander Valley Film Board. Lisa calls Healdsburg her forever home, sharing an 1890s Queen Anne she restored over several years with her husband, Michael, a practicing attorney. Lisa has several other historical renovations currently underway in town. As she likes to say, “It’s important to invest in our community’s future in ways that make all of its residents feel equally at home.”
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Renn Rhodes

Renn (he/him) is a retired chief financial officer, having served in that role for over 30 years in several international equipment leasing businesses. In that role, he traveled the world, visited offices in more than 15 countries on a regular basis, and raised substantial financing for equipment purchases. He has a BA in economics, an MBA in accounting and is a lapsed CPA.

Since retiring, he has served on several non-profit boards, including five years on the finance and buildings and grounds committees of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the last two years as their treasurer. For several years he also mentored business start-up hopefuls through a program run by the Small Business Administration called SCORE. He and his husband, Marty Roberts, purchased property in the Dry Creek Valley in 1997 and have spent considerable time in the Healdsburg area since then, more or less relocating full time in 2020. In 2021 they moved into Healdsburg and are enjoying becoming more involved in the community.

Renn has been a movie fan for his whole life, starting with the 25 cent Saturday-afternoon double-features at the Rialto Theater, and is looking forward to helping bring that magic back to everyone with our new film center. He and Marty enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and hanging out on Maui.

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Randy Schai

Randall (he/his) is an attorney focusing on social justice issues. Having served as a "big-law" associate and partner for over 30 years, Randall's practice is now oriented towards the pro bono representation of undocumented migrants in asylum and related matters. Randall, his wife Sarah, and their two exuberant dogs, enjoy the glorious North County sunsets, the wonderful wine and myriad recreational opportunities in the area! Randall is also a (bad) guitar player in a rock band, relying on the ability of volume to disguise a lack of talent. Some of you may hear him from time to time (followed by shouts to turn it down!). Randall and Sarah split their time between Oakland and Cloverdale (Asti). Randall also serves as AVFilm's legal counsel.
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Jeffrey Schlesinger

Jeffrey (he/him) is currently the Founder and CEO of Former Bros. Media LLC. Founded in January 2022, the company provides strategic advice to a variety of media clients including Canal Plus, Dick Wolf Productions , Archie Comics/Studios, and Genius Brands. He additionally is an investor and advisor to several early stage "entertainment-tech" companies including Vuulr, Meta Media and Open Sesame.

For the prior 8 years Jeff was President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, overseeing the sale of all films and television programming from Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner Broadcasting to broadcast networks, pay tv services, cable networks, satellite broadcasters, and streaming services around the world. Prior to that position he was President of International Television Distribution at Warner Bros. since 1994. He was at the company for 37 years, joining Telepictures in 1983 and rising through the ranks through 5 successive mergers including Lorimar, Time, Turner, AOL and AT&T. In this last position, he oversaw a global sales organization, as well as 26 production companies in 14 countries acquired under his leadership. He helped create and sat on the Boards of several joint venture pay tv film services including HBO Latin America, HBO Asia, and The Movie Network in Australia. Prior to joining Warner Bros. Jeff worked in the international division of Universal Television, Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street) and as the National Sales Manager for Astral Television in Canada. After graduating from the film school at New York University, he worked as a film editor for independent producers and the long running CBS new program "60 Minutes".

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Jade Weymouth

Jade (she/her) has a Bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a near-complete Master's degree in Ethnic Studies. After founding a non-profit called fundakid, which ensured all youth access to high-quality programs and educational experiences, she worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin, serving children and their families in Northern Sonoma County. There, Jade led a 20-person team overseeing 500+ youth, three school districts, and several stakeholders and community members. In tandem, she earned her Master's in Organization Development from Sonoma State. As the Executive Director of La Familia Sana, she works to implement the organization's core values of grassroots advocacy, empowerment, and education. Joining the AVFilm Board of Directors is the next step in ensuring that Cloverdale and Geyserville families have access to state-of-the-art programming and education.

Founding Board Members

AVFilm owes sincere and ongoing gratitude to the founding members whose generous and extensive contributions helped launch and shepherd the organization. Thank you for your service!

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TOD HILL, EMERITUS

(served 2014-2019)
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NANCY DALWIN, EMERITUS

(served 2014-2019)
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RENAY FANELLI, EMERITUS

(served 2015-2020)
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JENNESS BREWER, EMERITUS

(served 2015-2020)
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JOE DOBBINS, EMERITUS

(served 2015-2020)
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DIANNE VERNON, EMERITUS

(served 2015-2020)

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