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2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

Alicia Pascual, President 

Alicia is a native Northern Californian and a 'can do anything' person. She is an actress, camera operator, camera assistant, writer, director, and producer. Having earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UNLV, she went on to work in biology and corporate finance but found where she truly belongs in film. Her diverse knowledge and strong work ethic were instrumental in her completing her full length documentary, various short films and music videos all while working on feature films, TV shows, commercials and corporate videos. In 2017, Alicia was selected WIFD PSA/Production chair where she filmed monthly WIFD events, produced the PSA benefiting Jonathan’s Place and developed the extremely successful WIFD member led “Production Boot Camp”. As President, she aims to improve the opportunities for members to learn, engage and grow in their careers. 

Contact Alicia at president@wifdallas.org.  


Connie Ferrara, Vice President

Connie received her B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and has been producing corporate media and independent films ever since. Her passion is to engage in projects that are thought provoking and create an emotional response in the hopes that, by doing so, the audience walks away wanting to find out more, to take some action, or to become an active participant. .Originally from Dallas, circumstances have taken her to other parts of the world, but her heart keeps bringing her back. She is honored to be a part of the WIFD organization and is looking forward to making friendships and creating opportunities in the Dallas community. 

Contact Connie at vp@wifdallas.org

Sara Salih, Secretary

Sara Rose Salih is an author, writer, director, video editor, and actress. She has a passion for comedy which is portrayed in her lighthearted middle grade fiction book Tales of a Sevie, and her YouTube character Sherrill CuCu, who is a celebrity psychic and expert. In addition to comedy she has a drive for inspiring women and helping heal trauma victims through spreading knowledge and creative work on the subject. Her latest film piece, Heal the Cause, focuses on healing the effects of trauma by first healing the initial cause. As secretary she is looking forward to serving on the board and connecting with other female filmmakers. 

Contact Sara at secretary@wifdallas.org

Heather Anderson, Treasurer

Heather brings 16 years experience from the Residential Real Estate world. She believes she holds a PhD from the School of Hard Knocks in which she earned successfully building two Real Estate companies in Dallas. Early in her career she accomplished many goals in closing over 1000 real estate transactions, investing more than 20,000 hours into her industry, building Residential Real Estate Rental Property Portfolios for herself and her clients, training and developing dozens of Real Estate Agents under her brokerages, holding 7 designations from the National and Texas Association of Realtors, graduating from 2 Leadership Programs, and creating proprietary systems, processes and curriculum for her own companies and the Collin County Association of Realtors with a membership base of 6000+. As Heather turned 40 in 2019, she decided it was time to spend more time on her passion of learning the Movie Business and after co-writing her first Feature Length Comedy, she accepted her first board position and co-created a Done is Better than Perfect Work Up group to help creators actually finish their started projects. Utilizing her vast entrepreneurial experience she hopes to add operational & creative value to her Board seat as Treasurer for WIFD. As a resident originally from DFW she understands the climate, geography and culture in a way that can help be a part of developing the most beneficial member-driven WIFD chapter yet.

Contact Heather at treasurer@wifdallas.org

Chairs

Melanie Yonks, WIFTI Liaison

Melanie Yonks has been in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Film & Video Production for over 30 years.  She is thrilled to represent WIFTI as one of eight board members serving the 40+ chapters of Women in Film and Television International. On the WIFDallas board since 2016, Melanie served as 2016 Chick Flicks Festival Chair, 2017 WIFDallas President, and loved serving on the 2015 Grants and Scholarships committee, as mentoring young filmmakers is near and dear to her heart.

Contact Melanie at WIFTI@wifdallas.org

Tiffany Volmer, Membership Chair

Tiffany Vollmer has been working as a producer, actress and makeup artist for the past 25 years. She is best know for her voice work as Bulma on the hit anime cartoon Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT from 1998-2008 with Funimation Productions. Currently, Tiffany is the author and Department Chair for the Acting for Media and Master Makeup Artistry degree programs at MediaTech Institute Dallas and Houston campuses.  She is also the Senior Faculty advisor for the student organization, MESH at MediaTech. Tiffany is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Women In Film Dallas 2020!  She is exited for the opportunity to share her talents and skills to support the organizations mission to “Empower.  Promote. Mentor.”

Contact Tiffany at membership@wifdallas.org

Cydney Cox, Grants and Scholarships Chair

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.

Contact Cydney at scholarships@wifdallas.org 


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