2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TIFFANY VOLLMER, PRESIDENT
Tiffany Vollmer has been working in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years.
She began working in makeup while on an acting scholarship at The University of North Texas. As an undergrad she ran the makeup department and created an internship/apprenticeship program for other aspiring artists.
Leadership has always been Tiffany’s strong suit. An overachiever in college, she held office in several campus organizations. Her Senior year she was elected President of University Players, and was named Ambassador to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science.
After graduating from the University of North Texas in 1998 with a double major in Design and Performance, she quickly got to work doing anything and everything she could to get on set.
Tiffany produced her first film “Placebo” in 2007 as a partner in T-Squared Productions, which was awarded a double showing at AFI Dallas. She founded and performed with the Transient Theatre Collective as well as performed and did makeup with the HUB Theatre in Deep Ellum, Texas. She has worked consistently over the past 20 years with Flipside Creative/Torque Films as makeup, wardrobe, art, and 1st A.D. shooting music videos, commercials and PSA’s for the big ad agencies and fortune 500 companies in and around the Texas region.
Working in television, Tiffany did casting for popular reality shows that were popping up everywhere due to the writer’s strike in L.A., which led to traveling with shows such as “Renovate My Family”, and the Speed Channel’s “Pinks” and “Pinks All Out” as a coordinator and 1st A.D.
While working on the feature film “Killer Within” as a wardrobe assistant in Dallas, she had the opportunity to get back to the theatre as a wig swing for the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Movin Out”. Her love for theatre and NYC, opened the door to another opportunity as the makeup designer for the World Premier of Traum Novella which played in the West Village.
Throughout all of her adventures, she is best known for her voice acting work as the leading role of Bulma on the hit anime cartoon Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT where she worked from 1998-2008 with Funimation Productions.
From 2011-2019 Tiffany made a life changing decision and moved to New Orleans La. where she added Makeup Artist for Royalty at Mardi Gras, wife and mother to her credits while spending 8 years making movies with Backyard Shed Films, Killer Kowalski Productions, T- Squared Productions, working as stylist and video producer for blues singer Olga Munding and working in theatre as a director/ co-producer with Theatre Lab NOLA.
Currently, Tiffany is back in Texas working as the Author and Program Director for the Acting for Media and Master Makeup Artistry degree programs at MediaTech Institute.
Ms. Vollmer continues to work in the industry on both sides of the stage, camera and microphone as a freelance actress, acting coach, producer and makeup artist. She can also be spotted and heard doing live appearances and podcasts all over the world for her work as a Pop Icon in Anime.
While in quarantine, and serving on the BOD for Women in Film Dallas, even a global pandemic wasn’t able to stop her from being proactive! Tiffany achieved her Covid Compliance Officer training to the benefit of the WIFD PSA project for The Promise House where she was able to donate her time and skills to provide a safe work environment as well as the voiceover for this very important project.
From her love of film, television, theatre and generally all things creative, Tiffany is honored to represent the wonderful people in this organization, Women In Film Dallas, as President for 2021. Tiffany’s goal as President is to continue the legacy of the brilliant, amazing women who have pioneered and trail blazed this journey before her.
GAIL CRONAUR, VICE PRESIDENT
Gail is a long-standing member of WIFD, having served on the Grants and Scholarships Committee and was a presenter at the 2019 WIF Expo. She led the theatre program at Collin College where she taught acting for stage and film and directed plays after holding positions at Webster College, Illinois State U., UW-Green Bay and Southern MethodistU.
She has performed off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Gail is a certified National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA) instructor.
She has been honored by the USA Film Festival for her work onscreen and most recently received stellar reviews as Mabel Blanche in The Vast of Night.
She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association, Women in Film/Video and is the current VP of WIFD. She specializes in helping actors and non-actors utilize the Chekhov technique regardless of their previous training and experience.
She currently teaches classes and coaches online. www.gailcronauer.com, #gailcronauer, @gailcronauer.
CYDNEY COX, TREASURER
Cydney is a Texas-raised filmmaker who earned her B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 2014 with a double major in Film & Media Arts and Psychology.
Her background includes working as a festival coordinator and film programmer, film camp teacher, production freelancer, and college instructor. She has screened her work in film festivals across the US and received awards for her short films.
She works as a producer, assistant director, and script supervisor on diverse productions and is the CEO of Red Road Media House.
While continuing to contribute to the film community of the DFW area, Cydney is finishing up her MFA at the University of Texas at Arlington.
CRISTAL GIVENS, SECRETARY
Cristal's intro to music in 1976 was through a blue portable record player and stack of hand-me-down record albums. Consequentially, her love affair hit TILT during the 70s and 80s, the best era of music in her humble opinion.
An official career in the field of music began in the late 80s and early 90s, working retail at Sound Warehouse. Soon after, she was hired at RED (Relativity Entertainment Distribution) as an account service rep which then led to handling tour support and new release promotion as an independent consultant and publicist. Clients included artists and labels such as Ani DiFranco / Righteous Babe, Capricorn, Pointblank / Virgin, Blue Thumb, Metal Blade and Osmose Productions.
By the middle 90s, the digital revolution had arrived and her first love had a rival. Cristal's fascination with digital technology was to be her new passion for the next 15+ years, working with amazing clients, building cutting edge websites, mobile apps, corporate intranets and co-creating the digital agency, Content Pilot.
Music called her back in 2014 and since then she has been honing her vast experience and skills, helping aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs through artist development workshops, business masterclasses and private strategic brand consultation. She is additionally blessed to mentor and work with the some of the best young talent in Texas, through MediaTech Institute, where she developed and currently instructs a cutting-edge curriculum for the Business of Music while also performing the role of Director of Brand and Strategic Marketing for the school.
She is very excited to be working with a wonderful group of women as Secretary of the Women In Film - Dallas, 2021 Board of Directors. As one of our objectives, she is anxious to begin revamping the WIFDallas.org website to strengthen our commitment to empowering, promoting and mentoring the women in our community!
MONIKA WATKINS, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Monika Watkins was born in Atlanta, GA. Her independent and artistic spirit caused her to take up creative arts at a young age, which grew into a love of capturing and sharing moments through photojournalism and documentaries. She continued these artistic endeavors through college where she earned a B.A.in Radio, Television & Film at the University of North Texas.
Now a professional producer based in Dallas, TX, Monika has contributed to the production of several TV shows. She has also produced award-winning documentaries focusing on black history that have screened in film festivals across the country including Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, Chicago International, Pan African Film Festival, and the International DocuFest in Atlanta.
Her television work has aired on a number of networks including Showtime, Reelz, HGTV, and ASPiRe and spans a wide range of subjects such as a comedy special for the legendary Paul Mooney to a gospel music competition show called, “How Sweet the Sound” with Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child. She is presently producing and directing an animated film on famed Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist Dabney Montgomery.
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS CHAIR
Tonya McMillion is the Discipline Lead for the Video Production Department at Collin College in Plano, Texas. Tonya teaches classes such as digital video, screenwriting, editing, production, and portfolio.
Prior to starting her educational career, she worked for ABC Sports, FOX Sports, FOX Sports NFL Europe, and HuskerVision. She also worked as a news producer for Omaha, Nebraska’s FOX affiliate, and as a corporate producer for Creighton University.
Contact Tonya at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICIA PASCUAL & CONNIE FERRARA,
TOPAZ FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM DIRECTORS
Alicia and Connie, former WIFD President and Vice President respectively, are proud to serve as the Topaz Film Festival Directors for the third year.
In 2019, they expanded the festival from a single day event to a multi-day event by incorporating more short film blocks, feature films and the WIFD membership showcase. Notably, that year they brought back the coveted Topaz Award presented to Angie Harmon, Rising Star Award presented to Kim Matula and the Gratitude award presented to the late Stephen Chudej.
In 2020, they took the festival virtual, expanding the festival’s reach globally.
They are excited to celebrate the 20th Annual Topaz Film Festival during 2021 and look forward to sharing the amazing works of women from around the world.