BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LISA B. HAMMOND, President
Lisa is a production designer, photo stylist and set decorator for film and print productions. 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 board member of IATSE Local 488 and Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee, and a union trustee of Western Washington Theatrical Training (WWTT) and organization that focuses on continued education and training for professionals in the film and theater industry. Lisa collaborates with peers to develop more opportunities for education, promotion and activism in the Seattle filmmaking community. She is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz, a former docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and a volunteer for Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). She enjoys listening to birds and her partner spin music; reforesting her adopted section of I-5, floating on rivers, and cooking paella. Lisa’s work can be referenced at www.lisabhammond.com
ERIN FRISBIE, Vice President
As 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 SheKnows.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KRIS KEPPELER, Secretary
Kris Keppeler is a narrator, actor, writer, voice actor, and funny story junkie. Visit her IMDB page for stage and screen credits. She’s impersonated a cat, a prince, a princess, a witch, a madwoman, and a president with her voice and narrated/produced over 30 audiobooks. She loves to write and narrate funny stories. Tune into her podcast, Does This Happen to You? for narrations about our daily anomalies, http://kriskkaria.podbean.com/.
JOANNE ORT, Treasurer
Joanne 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.
HEATHER SHELINI ALABADO, TST Chair
Heather is a commercial live-action and animation director with a background in advertising and post-production. She’s worked all over the US in big and mid-sized markets and has landed in Seattle where she currently is the Creative Director at .COLOR. Her portfolio consists of TV spots, branded content, and things she finds funny. Her late nights are often spent creating super short animated GIFS and trying to write a short bio. Her work has been featured on AdWeek, NiceType, IDN Magazine, Ads of the World, Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival, Giphy (visualnumnums). Client shortlist includes Neuro Drinks, Bleacher Report, TVLand, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Century Link, Essential Phones, Symantec, Vitamix, Express Brands. She is currently talking with her hands. To see how Heather specializes, check out www.heatshe.com
VIRGINIA BERTA BOGERT, President Emerita, Community Liaison
Virginia has directed, written, edited, and 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 human rights issues, citizenry, and the Arts, for non-profit organizations. Her many credits include award-winning documentaries for Public Television, international commercials, and programs for MoPop during her tenure as Director of Film and Media. Her comedic short, The Delivery, a SIFF Fly Film, won Best Short recognition, an Accolade Award, and screens on Alaska Airlines. Her dramatic short Tootie Pie premiered at Seattle International Film Festival, screened at Langston Hughes Art Center, Tacoma Art Museum, and on PBS. Virginia was a Seattle International Film Festival juror and a supervising producer for SIFF's Fly Films. She has created countless Microsoft case studies, videos for MTV web, was a field producer for Today Show and Food Channel, and created National Endowment for the Arts documentaries for WA State Arts Commission (American Masterworks). Her PSA for the United Nations was distributed world-wide. Virginia holds a BA in English from NYU, a Masters in Media Ecology/Communications - Cinema Studies from NYU, and Certification in Educational TV from SUNY. She's been a member of Women in Film Seattle since its 1990 inception and president for ten years. She co-founded and is the director of Post Alley Film Festival postalleyfilmfestival.com, a female-centric shorts film fest. Virginia also teaches documentary filmmaking and is an advisor at University of Washington and Seattle Film Institute. Email: email@example.com
Virginia sites The Piano to be one of her top ten favorite narrative films by virtue of its unique vision and lyrical story telling through a woman's lens. New Zealand born Jane Campion is the first woman to win a Palme d'Or and the second to be nominated for a 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
STEFANIE MALONE, Communications Chair
Stefanie is an Emmy®, ADDY® and Telly award-winning producer with over 15 years of developing projects for PBS and producing for companies such as Amazon, Expedia, vitaminwater®, Volvo, Microsoft and KIND. During her Public Broadcasting tenure, Stefanie developed multimedia initiatives, led impact and engagement campaigns, and produced and directed programs for broadcast, including work for Ken Burns, Ric Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Stefanie also served as the Executive Director the acclaimed film festival NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), the world's largest film festival for emerging directors. NFFTY's offerings included a film festival and year-round programming. During her tenure, NFFTY launched a 360/VR festival, a Young Women in Film Initiative and an original content production arm. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting Fellowship. Stefanie's true passion is documentary film (www.lindleyfilms.com) and her films have screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Rooftop Films NYC, on Alaska Airlines and National Geographic. In her free time she continues to volunteer her time with NFFTY. Stefanie's LinkedIn // Website
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.
TRACEY SHRIER, Membership Chair
After 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.
Ex-Officio, Committee Members
SUSAN LASALLE, WIF Seattle Professional Grant Administrator
Susan 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.