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Board Of Directors

J.C. Bouvier
J.C. Bouvier has been a familiar face at the Woods Hole Film Festival under various hats, including Managing Director, for over 10 years. He is also no stranger to the film festival world at large, having cut his arts administration teeth under Nicole Guilleumet at the Sundance Film Festival in the mid-nineties. J.C. has traveled extensively in film post-production circles working for leading editing software and hardware companies like Media 100, BorisFX, EditShare and Avid Technology.  J.C. can be reached via his website at jcbouvier.com or via twitter @jcbouvier.

Mark Chester
Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. His photographs and/or feature stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. Chester’s book, No in America, is a collection of tongue-in-cheek photographs of no signs. He was the photographer for Charles Kuralt’s book, Dateline America, and his photographs are in permanent collections in the Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland, and San Francisco Museums, among others. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Chester is a Copley Artist member, and teaches at the Falmouth Artists Guild. His newest book is Twosomes (www.twosomes.net.) His freelance column, “In My Mind’s Eye” is published by Gatehouse Media newspapers on the Cape including the Falmouth Bulletin.

Hortense Gerardo
Hortense Gerardo is a writer and anthropologist. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally, including: LaMama Experimental Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the International Performance Art Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Nuit Blanche Festival in Toronto. Her award-winning feature-length screenplays include FOURHAND and DANCING IN EXILE. She is a Company One Theatre Playlab Unit Playwright (2018) and a New World Theatre Masterclass Playwright Fellow (2018). For more info see: www.hortensegerardo.com and follow her on Twitter: @hfgerardo.

Erich Horgan
Erich is the owner of Biological Sampling Systems, Inc., anoceanographic device maker based in North Falmouth, MA and a research associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Joshua Koopman
Joshua Koopman is a former active duty Army Captain. He studied theater extensively for years at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, as well as the Sandra Feinstein Gamm and Trinity Rep Studios in Rhode Island. After acting and producing short films in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts he co-produced and starred in “The Golden Scallop” opposite Game of Thrones’ James Cosmo, a feature length comedy about the fried seafood industry on Cape. In 2013 he was cast as a lead in UCLA’s groundbreaking television pilot “Doubleblind” which was directed by Rod Holcomb and produced by Beau Marks. Josh joined the cast of LA’s longest running theater production “Point Break Live!” and “Terminator Too: Judgment Play” under the direction of Punk Theater Impresario Thomas Blake. He is a member of Veterans in Film and Television, and is represented by the Andrew Wilson Agency.

Judy Laster, Treasurer
Judy is a policy attorney and the founder/director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, as well as a filmmaker.  She has been the Executive Director of the Festival for the past twenty years, leading it’s growth into the next generation and beyond. She and John Gamache are also co-producing the feature documentary film MADE HERE: REBUILDING AMERICA’S APPAREL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda

Alecia is an award-winning independent filmmaker and multi-media professional. She is the President of Women in Film and Video New England and owns her own film production company Good Natured Dog Productions. She works at WCAI as part time host for Weekend Edition and as Traffic Coordinator. In 2012 she was named one of the 40 under 40 by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine.

Joe Maiella
Founding member and past President of the Massachusetts Production Coalition.

Sandy Missakian
Sandy brings over 14 years of entertainment experience in finance, production, business development and business affairs. She provides management consultant and/or legal services to a variety of companies and individuals, including film funds, high net worth individuals, production companies, multi-platinum recording artists, talent management companies, multi-media companies and even an all natural juice brand distributed in over 4000+ stores nationwide.  In addition, Sandy has been producing and structuring financing for independent films through her Golden Child Pictures banner.

James Murray, President
Jim Murray previously owned and operated The Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge in Falmouth on Cape Cod, since 1995. Jim also served as Executive Chef for over a decade at the Waterfront Dining Room in Woods Hole and as banquet chef at The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Jim is also a talented musician and has been a member of the Raw Honey band since the mid 1970’s.

Beth Murphy
Beth Murphy is the founder of Principle Pictures, a Boston-based company dedicated to making documentary films that educate, inform and inspire, and Director at GroundTruth Films. Beth has led production crews to all corners of the world, often in war-torn or developing countries in order to focus on human rights and international issues. Partial filmography: What Tomorrow Brings 2016; The Peacemaker 2016; The List 2012; Beyond Belief 2009.

Jean-Paul Ouellette
Boston-based screenwriter and director.

Jay Sheehan
Originally from Cape Cod, Jay has a diverse background in media production and technology. His production sound company, Garrett Audio, has taken him across the Americas for location sound work. His work with the Emmy nominated production team of HIT AND RUN HISTORY has been featured on Rhode Island PBS and WGBH.org.

Hanumant Singh
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University; Associate Scientist, Deep Submergence Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Megan Sanchez-Warner

Megan is an Executive Producer of television with over 15 years’ experience producing top-rated non-fiction programs in the US and Canada. She has produced over 175 hours of programming ranging from immersive crime documentaries to hit reality series. Megan is also an educator, author and Climate Reality Leader.

Rachel Somer

After an initial career as a photo editor in NYC, Rachel became a co-owner of The Picture Cube, a stock photo agency in Boston. After selling the company, she spent 15 years as an Overseer at the ICA in Boston where she was an active member of the performance committee. Currently, she is helping WBUR create its first-in-the-nation environmental vertical.


Maria Agui Carter
Christy Scott Cashman
Mary Chiochios
Beth Colt
Chico Colvard
Kate Davis
Heidi Ewing
Rachel Grady
Jay Spain