Don Jensen was appointed Chair by Gov. Jay Inslee in August 2013. Previously he served as treasurer of Washington Filmworks. He is the owner of Alpha Cine Labs in Seattle, Washington. Jensen has 40 years experience in film and video production and post production. Jensen worked with a group of Washington companies to develop and pass the Motion Picture Competitiveness legislation in 2006.
Juan Mas has been entrenched in the indie film world for over 25 years and is a seasoned producer and director of television, film, and theater. He is experienced in a wide range of budgets and has produced film abroad and all over the United States.
A longtime resident of Spokane, Mas is actively involved with the city’s Film, Theater, Music, and Art scenes through his company Purple Crayon Pictures. He’s a founding member of the Spokane Film Project and 50 Hour Slam Film Festival, and serves on the advisory board for the Spokane Falls Community College Photography/Video department. Mas is an avid advocate for the development of the arts in Spokane and Washington State, but most importantly, he is the proud father of 3 amazing children.
Kim Bennett is the President & CEO of Visit Vancouver USA. Bennett has more than 21years experience in developing and managing economic development agencies, including establishment of the Vancouver USA regional tourism office.
Bennett previously served on the Washington State Tourism Commission under Governor Gregoire. She currently serves on the Washington Tourism Alliance as a Board member representing Southwest Washington; the DMA West Association Board as an Officer and the Washington State Destination Marketing Organization as a board member since 1999.
Abby Dylan began her professional career Off Broadway at the famed Circle Repertory Theatre, where she performed in numerous productions by writers including Lanford Wilson and Eric Overmeyer, and acted on the Soap Operas “Another World” and “One Life to Live”. After moving to Seattle, Abby worked at theatres including the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Intiman Playhouse, and could be seen in a variety of local industrial, TV and Film productions. Abby’s recent film and television work includes “Moving”, written and directed by Megan Griffiths with Lynn Shelton, and the feature “BFE”, which screened at the Champs D’eLysses Film Festival. Currently, she can be seen as “Jess Reilly” on the NBC series “GRIMM”. Abby is an elected member of the National SAG/AFTRA Board where she serves as the National Chairman of the SAGIndie Committee and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Committee. She is also a Director of the SAG Foundation Board. Abby received a BFA from the Professional Actor’s Training Program and Southern Methodist University.
Alan Nay started World Famous in 2005 after spending a decade editing and creative directing commercials and films with some of the best creative studios in the country. World Famous is a commercial production company in Seattle known for producing national work that blends art with commerce. Winners of multiple Best in Show and Judges’ Choice awards at both the Seattle and Utah ADDYs, as well as two Silver Pencils at the One Show in New York, World Famous has also been voted “Best Place to Work” by Seattle Met, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Business Magazine, and Seattle Magazine. Stories about creative projects and the culture of World Famous have been featured in Communication Arts Magazine, the Today Show, and Vice. An advocate for the creative community and culture, Nay serves as Commissioner on the Mayor’s Economic Development Commission.
Megan Ouellette has led Alaska Airline’s local, state and federal government affairs activities from the company’s Seattle headquarters since 2007, having started in the Washington DC office in 2005 as Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Ouellette was responsible for air transportation and homeland security issues for the congressional staff of former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt. An attorney, she previously worked in the law offices of Winterbauer & Diamond PLLC, Seattle. A member of the Washington State Bar Association, Ouellette earned a Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law. She also studied international and comparative law at Trinity College, Dublin, and received a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in political science from the University of Washington.
Greg Smith currently works as a Key Grip on feature films, television commercials and video productions. As a 20 year veteran of the local film industry he has seen the business adapt many times to the evolving economic climate and production priorities. Greg also serves as the president of IATSE Local 488 which represents many of the crafts employed in the region’s film industry. A lifelong resident of Washington State, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications.
Norma Jean Straw has produced, written and directed for over 100 episodes of nationally broadcast TV. She has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Series – BizKids(PBS) and Hip Hop Harry (Discovery Kids). BizKids was nominated for a total of 15 Emmy’s in it’s 65 episode run, earning two. She also produced independent feature film EVERGREEN, shot entirely on location in Washington State. EVERGREEN premiered in dramatic competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was nationally released in 122 theaters through a direct distribution partnership with AMC Theaters. In her current roll at B47 Studios she develops original serialized video content for multiple platforms. She also writes, directs and produces commercial and corporate projects for B47’s clients. In 2014 she directed B47’s original short film FRESH PAIR which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival as part of the Fly Film program. Prior to joining B47 Studios, she spent 2 years working on the Hollywood studio lot of Paramount Pictures developing original TV series for various broadcast networks.
Sherrye Wyatt serves as the Film Liaison for Island County, as well as Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism. Previously, she spent several years directing communications programs within the Northwest cider and wine industries. Before that, she helped create, and then managed for several years, a charitable foundation serving Washington’s tree fruit industry. Prior to that she lived in Washington, D.C. where she was director of public affairs for an international trade association representing North American export grain companies (NAEGA).