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Laura Jean CroninLaura Jean is a producer and director at B47 Studios in Seattle where she has shepherded projects such as Parent CRAFT, an online training course teaching parents how to reach their substance use/abuse teens, and has created messaging for go-to non-profits such as Technology Alliance, Beecher’s Foundation, Foundation for Healthy Generations, and more. We won’t go so far as to say there’s the scent of celluloid about her, but Laura Jean,…she’s a filmmaker’s filmmaker. There’s the creative part - she’s written, directed and produced an array of award-winning short films that played in festivals worldwide: John Gill, 2000, Block Party, Leave It, Free Parking, Arthur and One Night; there’s the managing part - she was Production Manager for five seasons of the Emmy Award-winning PBS show Biz Kid$, and 1st AD on the local hit broadcast show The 206 and the short film The Maury Island Incident. Then there’s the mentoring part -  Laura Jean teaches video production skills to kids and teens at Reel Grrls. Alittle more about Laura Jean: during her doctoral studies she specialized in Cultural Criticism. She taught Italian for six years and English Composition, History of Film, and Film Analysis for four, and her artwork has been exhibited throughout Washington.

A been-there, done-that resume in a professional, can-do package: that’s Laura Jean. Email:

ERIN FRISBIE, Vice President

Erin FrisbieAs a fresh Seattle transplant by way of Arizona, Erin is thrilled to bring her passion for production to the local filmmaking community. With a “Jill-of-all-trades” approach to film production, she has built her career around the idea of “loving what you do, to never work a day in your life.” Erin is an analytical data-driven producer with a creative edge. She has enthusiastically tackled production roles running the gamut from scenic carpentry for the NFL Experience, to producing a spoof reality dating show starring Joan Rivers. Erin specializes in docu-style brand identity videos and in developing creative content for brand integration. She has produced custom video campaigns for Mercedes Benz, P&G, International Paper, P.F. Chang’s, and Microsoft. Her tenacious attention to detail and creative approach to storytelling has been celebrated with two Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for “Homergency,” a charitable home makeover show she produced and co-directed for Erin currently is a Producer and Business Operations Manager for Cultivator Labs. Her whatever-it-takes attitude towards production often means simultaneously assuming roles of Line Producer, Production Manager, 1st AD, or Production Designer in addition to her primary role as Producer. Erin’s style of filmmaking is truly an equal marriage of the left and the right brain. Email Erin at


Ilona Rossman HoIlona Rossman Ho is an Emmy Award-winning producer and independent filmmaker in Seattle. Active in the local film community, Ilona is on the advisory board of Reel Grrls, mentors young women filmmakers, as well as being a member of the board of Women in Film Seattle. Her production company, Canine Productions, offers a wide range of producer services for the independent filmmaker from concept development to distribution, with a focus on promoting women filmmakers -- writers, directors and producers -- and advocating for strong female protagonists. Canine Productions is proud to sponsor the Emerging Director award and the Best Comedy award at the Post Alley Film Festival, a female-centric shorts festival co-sponsored by women in Film Seattle; and the Mary Shelley Award at the Austin Other Worlds Film Festival.
Ilona holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and worked in the software industry for 15 years before returning to the arts. Follow Ilona on twitter @caninefilms and @ilonaho.

Ilona’s favorite woman in film is writer/producer Shonda Rhimes. “She inspires me to work hard and not be afraid to learn on the job,” says Ilona, who thought it would be a fun idea for the board to share this tidbit about some of the women in film we admire.

JOANNE ORT, Treasurer

Joanne OrtJoanne is a forward-thinking Certified Public Accountant with expertise providing financial advice, accounting, payroll and tax planning services to creative clients in the film and entertainment industry. Joanne’s credits include feature films Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, and Sold, and the documentary Console Wars as well as the 2015 Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab project Strowlers. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Joanne received her Master's degree in Accounting and her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, has over 20 years experience providing business consulting, accounting, and tax services to closely held businesses and individuals, and she is pleased to be on the board of Women in Film Seattle with a group of incredibly talented and inspiring women.

VIRGINIA BERTA BOGERT, President Emerita, WIF Web Site Editor, Community Liaison

Virginia BogertVirginia has directed, written, edited, produced award-winning media for nearly three decades, from features, shorts, and commercials, to corporate, documentaries, and television. Her company Laughing Dog Pictures, focuses on citizenry and the Arts. Her many credits include the award-winning Healing a Soldier's Heart for public television; KCTS Presents the Flys; the multiple Emmy-winner Pike Place Market: Soul of a City; international commercials, the documentary Fields of Plenty, and Telly award-winning programs that tour internationally via Experience Music Project museum. Her short, The Delivery won Best Short at Port Townsend Film Festival, an Accolade, is on Official Best of the Fest, and screens inflight on Alaska Airlines. Her short Tootie Pie premiered at Seattle International Film Festival, screens at Langston Hughes Art Center, Tacoma Art Museum, and on PBS. Virginia was supervising producer for SIFF's Fly Films; she created countless Microsoft case studies, was a field producer for Today Show and Food Channel, and created NEA documentaries for WA Arts Commission (American Masterworks). Her PSA for the UN with Artis the Spoonman distributed world-wide, and a short doc is on web MTV. Virginia holds an NYU BA in English, MA in Media Ecology/Communications, and Certification in Educational TV from SUNY. She's been a member of WIF Seattle since its 1990 inception and president for eight. She curates Post Alley Film Festival, which spotlights women filmmakers; she teaches documentary filmmaking and is an advisor at University of Washington and Seattle Film Institute. Along with the president's duties, Virginia handles WIF's website and community relations.  She is currently working on a documentary for Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and is developing a TV series. Email:

Virginia has long admired Jane Campion. She lists The Piano as one of her top ten. New Zealand born Campion is the first woman to win a Palme d'Or and only the second ever to be nominated for the best director Oscar. "Filmmaking is not about whether you're a man or a woman…but women are going to tell different stories – there would be many more stories in the world if women were making more films." – J. Campion

ISABELLA PRICE, The Second Tuesday (TST) Chair

Tari WhiteIsabella is originally from the Pacific Northwest and has happily returned to us. She works at Seattlle's exciting On the Boards, Performing Arts Center. Among her many talents, Izzy is a freelance stylist and costumer with a decade of experience as a seamstress as well. Izzy's clients include Book-It Repertory Theater Touring Company and the producers of the Youtube series 100 Years of Beauty. Check out her July 2016 Episode (# 22 Puerto Rico). Isabella is also an avid horror film fan and genre filmmaker. Following that passion, she's made short films and hosted panels at Seattle's 2016 Crypticon. Her Black Representation in Horror panel was the first in Crypticon history to be all women of color. We are looking forward to Izzy's recent short film and more great panel discussions at The Second Tuesday, like July 's TST Diversity: Access and Inclusion, moderated by Izzy.

TST Committee Member : Kris Keppeler

TRACEY SHRIER, Membership Chair

Tari WhiteAfter graduating from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, producer Tracey Shrier began working on local productions as well as Hollywood films that came to her town. Shortly after, she made the big move to Los Angeles to further her career and to gain more production experience. Since then, Tracey has worked on numerous feature films, shorts, corporate videos, music videos, and PSA’s for worthy causes. In addition to working on films, Tracey’s love for filmmaking extended to work with film festivals where she has served on selection committees and worked as Executive Assistant to the director of Dances With Films. Now that Tracey is back in Seattle, she serves on the Board of Directors for Women In Film, co-administrates Post Alley Film Festival, and continues to produce for companies in Seattle, as well as being an active voice in the Seattle film community.

Membership Committee: Christina Brown, Hannah Brown, Jamie Scott, Jasmin Nagel, Leslie McMichael, and Courtney Bailey.

Workshop Committee Member: Zarya Bintz

BETH FARNHAM, Communications Chair

Beth FarnhamIn the past 15 years Beth has worked to support filmmakers and nonprofits in the Seattle and San Francisco area. Her emphasis has been on fundraising, marketing, client communications, media production, event and production management, Beth's career has a diverse background that began in stage and costume design, she then moved into supporting all aspects of film and special event production. She has worked in marketing and communication roles for non-profit organizations such as the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, and UMO Ensemble in the Northwest. Beth has worked on the IFP/Seattle Program Advisory Board as well as several board development teams for local nonprofits. A favorite role at the Film Arts Foundation was curating, managing and promoting a monthly documentary screening series at the YBCA called "True Stories."

Beth's experience has recently focused on producing and directing for a wide variety of organizations and companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, T-Mobile, University of Washington, Gigantic Planet, The Workshop, AK Productions, MRY, Byrd Productions, Film Arts Foundation, Creative Media Alliance, The Space Needle, Cornish College of the Arts, The Ronald McDonald House Charities, SCCA, and Swedish medical. When not working on corporate or fundraising projects, Beth makes time to work directly with short and feature filmmakers by providing UPM, Production and Location Management services. She recently wrapped production in Ellensburg on Second Nature, a feature film directed by WIF member Michael Cross and producer Susan LaSalle.

STEFANIE MALONE,Youth Community Outreach and Education

Stefanie MaloneStefanie is an award-winning producer and currently the director of NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth). NFFTY is the world's largest film festival for emerging directors, with a film festival and year-round programming, as well as an original content production arm. As Executive Producer of NFFTY Creative Projects, Stefanie has overseen award-winning projects for clients such as Expedia, vitaminwater® and more. Stefanie also boasts a long history with PBS, having worked for KCTS (Seattle) and WETA (Washington DC). During her Public Broadcasting tenure, Stefanie led national and local multimedia projects, which included television productions, web content and community engagement strategies. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting Fellowship. In her free time, Stefanie produces and directs documentary films.

A filmmaker Stefanie admires: Barbara Kopple is probably one of the reasons that I fell in love with documentary films. Her commitment to telling the story of the struggling coal miners in Kentucky in the 1970s (in the Oscar-winning film Harlan Country, U.S.A.) won my heart, and underscored the impact that film can have. She's a brilliant storyteller with a continuing commitment to her art.


Diana FairbankDiana Fairbank, a Chicago native, chose Seattle as her home twenty-five years ago. She spent the first half of her life as a theater actress, playwright and director throughout school and in college, and as part of the Steppenwolf Theatre family. At age 25, the city bus she was traveling in was stuck by a truck, breaking her neck. After recovering, Diana focused on writing and producing, then worked for Telluride Film Festival. She arrived in Seattle in 1992 and worked as a writer/producer for various production companies, and also wrote screenplay adaptations. Seven years ago, Diana won a scholarship to TheFilmSchool's Summer Intensive and joined Women in Film. Since then, her short films Floating, and Intensity is the Alchemy of Manifestation have been shown at WIF member showcases. Her experimental film Political Lipstick was recently screened at Seattle Film Collective.

Diana has done voiceover work for years but recently returned to acting and had the pleasure of working on the new season of "Twin Peaks: The Return," as actress/stunt driver; and working local independent film and TV commercials. Four years ago, Diana evolved her web development business to focus on live streaming video and has since pioneered work in that field. She is diving headfirst into the world of Cinematic VR, shooting 360 video, working with performance artists Zepto Space and I AM HALO and legendary animator Bruce Bickford. Diana is Co-Founder and Executive Director of SIXR, Simulated Immersive eXperimental Realities, which sponsors 48-Hour VR Challenges ( SIXR is now a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide VR content creation education to the widest possible array of voices. She is elated to find her parallel tracks of art and technology converging in this new art form. Diana is passionate about promoting diversity in the Seattle film community and in the VR space, and about bringing more alternative story-tellers to Women in Film. Diana's 360 Video Portfolio can be found at: | |

LISA B. HAMMOND, WIF Workshop/Seminar Chair

Susan LasalleLisa is a photo stylist, set decorator and art director for film and print. Her career highlights include Sundance and #FilmedInWA incentivized favorites Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Megan Griffith’s The Off Hours, and SY-FY network’s Z-Nation, along with indie favorites Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots and Matt Lillard’s Fat Kid Rules the World.  

Lisa is a member of Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) as well as being an active board member of Local 488 International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) and a representative trustee of Western Washington Theatrical Training (WWTT) which focuses on continued education and training for professionals in the film and theater industry. 

As a mentor with WIF and Workshop Committee Chair, she looks forward to developing opportunities for education and activism in the filmmaking community.
Lisa is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz, a former docent for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and a former volunteer for Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Lisa’s work can be referenced at
She also enjoys listening to birds, planting trees on her adopted tiny section of I5, floating on rivers and cooking paella.


SUSAN LASALLE, WIF Seattle Professional Grant Administrator

Susan LasalleSusan is a producer and a DGA UPM (Directors Guild of America unit production manager). Highlights of her career include the Academy Award winning documentary Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Your Environment. She produced the New York Film Festival award winner It's Your Choice: The Facts about Smoking (Discovery Channel); Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle Award winner Full Disclosure (iTunes), director Virginia Bogert's heralded short film Tootie Pie, and director Sue Corcoran's feature film Ira Finkelstein's Christmas starring Elliott Gould and David DeLuise (available on VOD). Susan produced Mark Titus' feature documentary The Breach, about the plight of wild salmon, which screens globally and won Best Foreign Documentary at Galway Film Festival in Ireland. Susan just finished primary production of Second Nature, a feature film by Michael Cross, shot in Ellensburg, WA fall 2015. Susan is a graduate of Evergreen College, a past board member of Women In Film Seattle, a former volunteer for Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and a longtime board member of Corporate Accountability International, an organization that works to protect human rights, public health, and the environment from corporate greed and abuse with many global successes under its belt.