2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TIFFANY VOLLMER, PRESIDENT
Tiffany Vollmer has been working in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years. She is best known 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. She continues to work professionally on both sides of the camera, stage and microphone as an actress and in all aspects of production. Her favorite role in life began in 2015 as she became a mother with the birth of her only child and daughter MaryElla. Currently, Tiffany is the author and Department Chair for the Acting for Media and Master Makeup Artistry Applied Arts degrees at MediaTech Institute in Dallas, Texas.
Tiffany served as the President of Women In Film Dallas 2021 and is honored to continue on as President in 2022. WIFD is an organization that since 1985 has been integral in supporting Women’s rights and equal pay in an often times male dominated industry. She is excited for the opportunity to share her talents and skills to give back to the industry she loves through WIFD and their mission to “Empower. Promote. Mentor.”
GAIL CRONAUER, 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.
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SHARON GARRISON, TREASURER
A devoted member of WIFD, Sharon is an actor, acting coach, director and producer based in Dallas. She began by performing in the music industry, singing on local TV when she was only five years old, had a top-10 recording on the Dot Label in the 1960s and toured with an all-girl rock band before settling down to focus on acting and teaching. Sharon holds a BFA in Theatre/TV (Minor in Business) and a MS in Media Studies from Texas Christian University.
A member of Actors Equity, SAG and AFTRA since 1975, she serves on the DFW SAG-AFTRA local board and chairs their ProACT Conservatory program, developing training, panel discussions and mixers for professional actors throughout Texas. A regional theater actor for many years, Sharon turned to the film and TV industry, pursuing work in a variety of markets across the country. Considered a pioneer in the field, she strives to raise the quality, opportunities and SUCCESS of self-taped auditions. In 2013, she was invited to present a SAG Foundation YouTube workshop on preparing virtual auditions.
Her TV work includes recurring roles in the NBC series, Game of Silence, Del Shores’ Sordid Lives the Series and a 4-year stint as Judge Amelia Sanders on the Lifetime TV series, Drop Dead Diva. On TV, Sharon appeared in TNT’s Claws, AMC’s Preacher. and American Horror Story. Recent films include Bomb City, A Very Sordid Wedding, Midnight Specialand Pitch Perfect 2, plus a number of Lifetime and FX films! A certified drama teacher, Sharon has taught film studies, acting and drama classes for several north Texas colleges, Dallas ISD, Casa Manana Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater and WaterTower Theater.
Sharon continues expanding her ever-evolving creative tribe and states: “Your tribe provides both emotional support and creative inspiration when you need it!” Sharon along with husband, Bill Mervis, have produced several award-winning short films through their small production company, Velvet Ribbon Entertainment.
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ERIN NICOLE PARISI, SECRETARY
Erin Nicole Parisi is an award winning, Emmy nominated producer, director, production designer, and writer. She was born in Chicago and raised in Texas. She is the co-founder of Kinetigraf Entertainment, a digital media company based in Dallas.
Erin has worked for film festivals since 2009 and has served as the director of several film festivals, including Best of Fest and Dallas VideoFest. She served on the Board of Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals, and currently serves on the Boards of Women in Film Dallas and the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. She is a member of the Dallas Producers Association, Texas Media Production Alliance, and the National Press Photographers Association.
Erin is a lover of life and seeker of knowledge. She enjoys going on all types of adventures. Erin is a philanthropist at her core who deeply values giving back to her community. She has been honored for her charity work by the City of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News, and received the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation’s ExtraordinaryIs Community Impact Award. Always an optimist and romantic, her life mottos are the “golden rule” and “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
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ABBEY KILLIN, MEMBERSHIP CHAIRS
Abbey Killin is a professional actress, producer, and singer/songwriter, active in the Film/TV, music, & theatre industry since 2006. She loves dogs, collecting cool rocks (from new places traveled), and inviting people into her work.
Abbey went to Collin College where she received the Wendy Brantley Memorial Scholarship for Most Promising Incoming Theatre Student. There, she studied Film & Television under an incredible working film-actress (and now Vice President of WIFD), Gail Cronauer. She learned an immense amount from her teaching and direction after being cast as Emily Webb in Our Town her Freshman Year, then Jill/Lisa/Debbie in The Heidi Chronicles her Sophomore Year, working with different characters. Since then, she’s booked a film called “A Good Man” where she won Best Actress at Salt House Creative’s Independent Film Festival! She’s also booked commercials and print work, notably for WinStar, Tractor Supply, Karbach Brewing, Visit Dallas and more. She enjoys keeping up the work by attending workshops and practicing at home.
When she’s not on-screen, she works behind the camera filling various roles for a 4K Video production company. She is passionate about writing scripts for businesses and helping people connect further with their audience. Abbey is thrilled for the opportunity to be a Co-chair member of WIFD and work alongside amazing women in their ventures to grow opportunities for women’s careers in DFW and expand the film community!
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TIEHNA HARE, GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS CHAIR
Tiehna Hare is 48 years young and a native of Oregon, with a 29 year background in Freight Transportation (Truck Driver). She was featured in the (WIT Magazine) for hitting the 1 million mile mark for miles driven. She has found that her role in life is to bring overwhelming motivating energy to those who crave it.
Tiehna exercises skills in communication, leadership and team building. Her efforts to seek out the purpose and her individual calling, has been answered during her recent return back to college. With her new life of education and personal improvements, she is ready to enter the realm of film making, by helping others realize their time to evolve. She believes that being open-minded and focused, has proven to be the most effective and motivational tools in her life.
Her loves in life are, God first, herself, her husband and her family, but really she says her animals are first. She enjoys downtown living and Happy Hours. Her greatest enjoyment is found by doing whatever it takes to maintain positive energy to achieve one common goal, happiness.
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ALICIA PASCUAL & CONNIE FERRARA,
TOPAZ FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTORS
Alicia and Connie, former WIFD President and Vice President respectively, are proud to serve as the Topaz Film Festival Directors for the fourth 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 Awards. In 2020, they took the festival virtual, expanding the festival’s reach globally. They celebrated the 20th Annual Topaz Film Festival during 2021 with a hybrid festival, featuring 1 week of in-person & virtual events followed by 1 week of virtual screenings. Alicia and Connie are excited to head the Topaz Festival in 2022 and look forward to sharing the amazing works of women from around the world.
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ZALIKA THOMAS, SOCIAL WIF COMMITTEE
With a love of film and music, Model/Actor Zalika "Zstar" Thomas' passion for the arts became a business. At the age of 14 years old she picked up a camera. It was not until her early adulthood she began her runway/actor career. After working in the market for over a decade she decided to work behind the scenes. She began directing/producing in Dallas, Los Angeles, Austin and Atlanta Since then she has produced reality shows, music videos, music festivals and an array of grand openings. She currently owns a studio in Downtown Dallas called Zstarrock Productions.
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LAUREN STEWARD, SOCIAL MEDIA
Lauren Steward serves as WIFD’s social media chair. Lauren was a film student at Baylor University where she interned at a local TV station while studying production and communication. After graduation life took her in a different path, and she pursued jobs in advertising and college advising. Now married with two teenagers, she is looking to get back into the industry. Lauren volunteered at this year’s Topaz Film Festival, and most recently worked on the set of WIFD’s PSA production as 2nd Assistant Director. She has an interest in script supervision, but is excited for any opportunity to learn on set and support the talented female filmmakers she has met through WIFD!
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