Battaglia Co-Executive Produced the feature film entitled “Kill Theory”, originally entitled “Last Resort”, directed by Chris Moore (Producer on “Good Will Hunting”, “Best Laid Plans”, “Reindeer Games”, “American Pie 1 & 2” and “Project Greenlight” for Miramax). The film is being produced by Benderspink and Element Films and has received distribution through Lionsgate (“3:10 to Yuma”, “Saw” 1, 2 & 3″) on no less than 1,200 screens nationwide.
Blink Entertainment is a newly formed motion picture production and financing company formed by Battaglia which is seeking over $300 million in equity capital and debt financing, for the purposes of financing 3-4 pictures per year with budgets generally between $15 – $25 million.
As a television producer, Battaglia produced “The Mint Jubilee” (mintjubilee.org), an enormous charity event which raises money for cancer patients while providing financial resources to scientists, cancer centers and hospitals that are committed to finding cures or controls for cancer.
This non-profit organization was started by Battaglia in memory of his mother Nancy Van Cleve Battaglia, who he lost to cancer in 1993. During the time in which he served as Host and Producer of the show, it became a world class event that attracted high profiled celebrities, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and had been televised worldwide in over 130 countries and over 200 million homes. As an actor, Matt has acted in over 60 television shows and 10 motion pictures.
Before joining Magellan, Braham served in a number of executive roles in healthcare, communications and crisis management, including positions at Cox Communications and Marsh & McLennan. During his time at Marsh & McLennan, Braham acted as chief marketing officer of the newly formed Marsh Crisis Consulting organization created in response to 9/11.
Most recently, Braham served as Chief of Staff and Head of Strategy and Innovation and Head of Member Engagement and Digital Assets for Aetna’s Medicare division. Focused on operational execution and enhancements, he championed several strategic initiatives including the design of a new member engagement strategy, the creation of business contingency plans, and the transformation of Aetna Medicare’s web-based enrollment capabilities.
Braham began his career as an officer, Harrier jet pilot and advanced jet flight instructor for the United States Marine Corps. Braham earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University, and has served on multiple boards, including the strategy committee at Christopher Newport University’s Luter School of Business, the executive committee at the Virginia Air and Space Center, and the USO, Hampton Roads Chapter.
Currently, Sheila is the Chief Operating Officer of The Hill Newspaper, a paper that report on the US Congress. Prior to joining The Hill in 1997, she was the Director of Finance at the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, Texas. Additionally, Sheila spent 7 years at Grant Thornton, a national CPA firm, where she was an audit manager. She graduated with honors in accounting from the University of Colorado.
Sheila is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Military Families Association, a nonprofit organization that is the voice for military families and the Washington Press Club Foundation. Additionally she is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Discovery’s Military Channel, ThanksUSA, The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Blue Star Families.
She and her husband have two sons, Sean, and Ryan and five grandchildren Jackson, Conor, Reilly, Declan and Lakin.
Mr. Chatfield became the 11th Director of Selective Service on November 29, 2004, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was directly responsible to the President for the management of the Selective Service System.
Mr. Chatfield, of Texas, brought to that position more than 30 years of experience working with the executive and legislative branches of the Federal government.
He commenced public service with the Doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 through 1979, and performed in several appointed positions of increasing responsibility from 1980 through 1987 in the Reagan Administration. He served on the staff of the Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense; as a Regional Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board; Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Personnel Management; Assistant to the Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Special Assistant for Congressional Liaison in the Department of the Interior; and Staff Advisor to the Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission.
From 1987 until his appointment with the Selective Service, he was engaged in governmental affairs consulting. In 1989, he and former Congressman Tom Kindness established Kindness & Chatfield Associates, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm.
Director Chatfield attended Union College, majoring in political science and criminal justice, and continued studies at American University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with 35 years of active duty and reserve service.
Since leaving public office in May 2009, Mr. Chatfield has re-engaged in the field of public affairs and government relations consulting. The main focus of his practice is in the field of advancing effective health care protocols, specifically dealing with our nation’s wounded warrior population.
GI Film Festival 2010 will be held May 12-16 at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC. Visit www.gifilmfestival.com for more information.
With three decades of military service supporting and serving wounded warriors in the United States Army and as a civilian, writer, Frances A. Cheever (Army Nurse Corps, Ret.) a certified trauma nurse and prior mobilization chief provides mentoring on the resources, programs and support readily available for our Service men and Women, Veterans and their Families all of which can easily be entwined within story lines to help inform, educate and give hiring opportunities. Her insightful and unique perspective influence collaborative productions, such as “My VA Experience” with her son, Jason Cheever, placing among the GI Film Festivals and CVA top five winners.
She understands personally how incredibly powerful the entertainment platform is, how effective storytelling can transform opinions, inspire action, sway minds – and even change hearts. Her experiences lend itself to articulating the most delicate nuance of the multitude of story lines, character, location, and relationships that fill the pages of her screenplays. Frances is passionate for the stories of our American Heroes and the stories by our American heroes to be told to help Bridge the Gap between Generations of Warriors. Because of GIFF’s shared passion and commitment Frances works hard to champion the work being done at GIFF. Leave them with a conversation…
She presently works at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical center on the Wounded Warrior in patient unit where she has the amazing opportunity to work with and care for generations of America’s Heroes. She states “I couldn’t script their stories better if I tried.”
Frances is painted in famed muralist Kent Twitchells “Freedom of Assembly” life-size mural located in the lobby of the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles, California. She is also a member of Veterans in Film & Television (VFTLA.org)
Cohen also has significant experience in creating strategic alliances with iTunes, Twitter, Facebook and many other third party promotional partners.
Cohen is currently an Executive Consultant at Twentieth Century Fox’s theatrical marketing department, where he’s working on pictures such as Life of Pi, and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In 2009, Cohen formed Cohen Marketing and Consulting, a consulting company with clients that include Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, a leading digital marketing company DBA West/PartnersHub, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Home
Entertainment, Hedge Fund Manager Anthony Scaramucci and GK Films, where he oversaw the worldwide theatrical marketing campaign for In the Land of Blood and Honey, directed by Angelina Jolie, with whom Cohen also worked for as a marketing advisor.
From 2001 through 2009, Cohen served as Vice President of National Publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures Marketing, where he developed and executed high impact campaigns for some of the studio’s most profitable films to date including the Harry Potter franchise, 300, Watchmen, Terminator 3,
Terminator Salvation and Superman Returns. Cohen also developed a number of highly successful award campaigns for critically acclaimed films including Happy Feet, Michael Clayton and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.
During his tenure with Warner Bros., he oversaw the launch of 8-10 major motion pictures each year. Cohen was responsible for all aspects of a film’s pre and post release strategy, including digital initiatives, consumer and trade branding, publicity and promotions. Cohen directly supervised a 17
member team who reported to him from Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.
He handled planning, implementing and executing each wave of the publicity campaign including long lead and fast breaking press, premieres, stunts, press days, junkets and post release publicity.
Cohen worked closely with filmmakers, talent, studio executives, promotional partners and licensees to create innovative and engaging launch activities that successfully targeted consumers.
Beyond traditional press and new media opportunities, Cohen created a number of added-value media initiatives and unique third party promotional tie-ins with Apple, the National Hockey League, Chuck Liddell, ABC Television and Roche Pharmaceuticals.
Before joining Warner Bros., Cohen was Executive Director of National Publicity for Disney’s Buena Vista Pictures. He played an integral part in the national publicity and marketing campaigns for a number of highly successful films including Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Pearl Harbor, Tarzan, Armageddon, 102 Dalmatians and Fantasia 2000.
Prior to Cohen’s studio positions, he was a film Segment Producer for the entertainment news program, Extra.
Cohen began his career in entertainment marketing in Phoenix, Arizona as a Publicity and Promotions Coordinator at Barclay Communications, a leading Public Relations firm. He worked on a wide range of field promotions for films such as Unforgiven, Batman Returns, Reservoir Dogs, Terminator 2, Beauty and the Beast and The Crying Game.
In this capacity he was responsible for formulating and implementing White House strategy on the President’s legislative priorities. He also advised the Vice President, the Cabinet, and senior Administration officials on all aspects of legislative relations with the US Congress.
Prior to joining the White House, Brian was a partner at the government affairs subsidiary of Ernst & Young, Washington Council. There he represented and managed Fortune 200 clients on a variety of legislative and strategic initiatives in such diverse areas as electronic commerce, privacy, corporate taxation, financial services, and telecommunications.
Before joining Ernst & Young Washington Council, Brian was a Vice President at Bank of America, responsible for national government affairs.
Amblin, Universal, Fox, HBO, NBC and many more climbing up from a production assistant to writer, producer and director.
He currently is at Universal Digital Services working with feature film and television product for Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
For the Department of Defense, he has sheperded groups through active theaters of operation across The Middle East. His lifelong respect and admiration for our nation’s military only magnified with these firsthand experiences in the field with all of our Armed Forces.
His goals with the NBCUniversal Veterans Network and the Got Your Six campaign aim to deeply impact our military, past, present and future, and their families in the ways most needed. Changing the national mindset of what it means to be a Veteran and the incredible assets they are- trained, motivated and highly qualified to lead, contribute and uphold and grow our nation’s great heritage.
In the last 20-plus years, Captain Dye has appeared in more than 60 movies and television programs, including Saving Private Ryan and The Great Raid and Platoon. Moreover, as the founder and principal of Warriors, Inc., Captain Dye also provides technical advisory services to the entertainment industry worldwide, including performer training, research, planning, staging and on-set advisory for directors and other key production personnel.
Jonathan is the Director/Producer of the award-winning documentary, Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good, featuring Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise, Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, and many more. For this film, Jonathan received the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award given annually to a filmmaker whose work honors American veterans or their families.
Reflecting Lamplight’s goal to bring attention to important causes, Jonathan wrote and directed a series of PSAs addressing military suicide prevention featuring Hollywood celebrities such as Gary Sinise, Tom Selleck, Patricia Heaton, Angie Harmon, Katharine McPhee, and more.
A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division with 12 years of military service, Jonathan is on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival. He received his B.S.A. and M.S.A. from Ohio University, was a radio sports broadcaster, and as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships with the World Wrestling Federation, Jonathan produced and directed television segments and commercials appearing on ESPN, USA Network, and the WWF Syndicated Network.
With more than eighteen years of senior level experience in both federal and state government and the entertainment industry, Todd has developed an extensive network of federal, state and local relationships throughout the country. The Flournoy Group combines this network, substantive expertise, and supplemental resources drawn from a roster of specialized partner consultants, to develop and execute comprehensive advocacy strategies specifically tailored for each client’s specific needs to achieve optimal results.
The Flournoy Group helps entertainment industry clients strategically navigate the complexities of the political arena in Washington, D.C. as well as those at the state and local level to leverage their creative talent for maximum issue awareness and impact.
Building on the experience and extensive relationships of its principal, The Flournoy Group provides the strategic connection necessary to understand, navigate and most effectively harness the power at the nexus of Hollywood and Washington. The counsel and advocacy provided complements and enhances an entertainment client’s existing agent, manager, and publicist relationships to deliver maximum results in the political and public policy arena. The Flournoy Group represents its clients before The White House, Congress, Federal Agencies and state and local bodies.
The Flournoy Group represents the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in its federal advocacy and public policy in Washington and serves as a strategic consulting partner on entertainment industry and government relations to the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), the pioneering non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders in the entertainment industry to provide information, awareness and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large through accurate depictions of issues presented in entertainment productions. The Flournoy Group also serves in an advisory capacity to the Impact Film and Arts Fund and the GI Film Festival and is a partner of the Artists and Athletes Alliance.
Prior to the Flournoy Group LLC, Todd served as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Federal Affairs and Policy for the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (“MPAA”) where he handled a wide variety of federal policy matters relating to all aspects of the motion picture industry and served as a principal liaison to all federal agencies on all matters affecting member company film production issues including immigration, regulatory compliance and outreach. He previously worked in MPAA’s State Legislative Affairs division, managing state legislative issues affecting the film industry and developing relationships with key state executives and legislative leaders in all fifty states.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Todd worked at a senior level as a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration, as a senior staff member of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a Congressional staff member.
Mr. Flournoy is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Flournoy earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
In 2004 Hogan co-founded Paradox Pictures in a partnership with the Newhouse publishing family (Conde Naste). Hogan operates all aspects of the business from production to film sales. Paradox Pictures raised the financing and produced (or executive produced) multiple projects including the features: Memory, Afghan Knights, Murder World, Let The Game Begin, 1 Out Of 7 and Half Past Dead, along with the television projects: Lightning Strikes, Hammer of The Gods, Ghost Town and Bunyan for NBC Universal -SyFy Channel. Paradox Pictures has also established deals in the past with Sony Pictures, MGM and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Furthermore, Paradox Pictures also established a production service branch, which is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The branch is involved with an array of US based production companies, including Kickstart Productions and Arc Entertainment. Hogan is represented by the William Morris Endeavor talent agency.
In 2009, Hogan established an equity fund that would operate like a bond company and assist un-bonded productions that had gone over budget. This division of Hogan’s company took control
of 10 feature films and supervised the completion of those films through re-shoots, post production, and supervision of sales (domestic and foreign).
Hogan has strong relationships in the financing world with organizations and private equity, including The Allen & Company, JP Morgan Chase, and the Royal Bank of Canada. To date Hogan has raised and managed over $55 million dollars for the projects he funded and produced. In 2010, Hogan was invited by the Lieutenant Governor of Montana to be on an advisory board to establish a film tax incentive in order to attract film and TV projects to the Big Sky state. In 2014, Hogan was tasked to do the same for the Chairmen of the House of Delegates in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
More recently, Hogan has served as the Executive Producer for “Field of Lost Shoes,” a 2014-released Civil War drama featuring Tom Skerritt, David Arquette and Jason Isaacs. Hogan is also the Executive Producer for the upcoming “Don Peyote” starring Anne Hathaway, and the Kevin Smith-directed comedy “Yoga Hosers” starring Johnny Depp.
Hogan is not afraid to get his hands dirty including producing two documentaries on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan for the DOD, and was embedded with combat forces. From those contacts and experiences he has established extraordinary relationships with US Army Special Forces and Navy Special Warfare (SEALS) units. Hogan was invited to be an attendee in a think tank in Washington, DC that was relative to the US Military in 2009 regarding media and Department of Defense interaction. In 2012, Hogan was honored by the 3rd Special Forces Commanding General with the
Civilian Patriotic Service Citation.
Hogan is an experienced pilot and is actively involved in the aviation community. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School AMP program (AMP-186) and a graduate of Rocky Mountain College (which is located in his hometown, Billings, MT). In 2008, Hogan was honored with an Honorary Doctorate from Rocky Mountain College for his ongoing commitment to the school. But most importantly, Hogan remains a devoted father to his two sons, Jett (12) and Reef (10).
She has held several key positions since joining the Administration, from December 2010- December 2011 she served as the Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and the Principal Deputy under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). Her responsibilities included providing advice and assistance on the development of an implementation strategy for Personnel and Readiness for organizational efficiency; providing leadership, strategic thinking and advice on approaches and opportunities to support Veterans, Wounded Warrior III and Injured Programs. She established close and effective relationships throughout the Department of Defense (DoD), Joint Staff, Secretaries of Military and Directors of Defense Agencies and conducts numerous complex and high special assignments of high level subjects critical to DoD. She was selected for a special detail to the United States Office of Personnel Management in support of the President’s Veteran’s Employment Initiative and the First Lady’s Military Families Initiative.
From July 2009 until December 2010 she was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison. In that capacity she was responsible for the management of the Department of Defense staffing, recruitment, vetting and clearance process for political sensitive positions, boards and commission appointments. She was the Principal DoD contact with the Presidential Personnel Office, White House Military Office and the Principal DoD liaison for the White House Political Affairs Office, the White House Intergovernmental Affairs and the President’s Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jones conducted special projects as determined by the Offices of the President, Vice President, First Lady and other White House Agencies. Additionally she conducted the final review and approval of all OSD, Defense Agency, Army, Navy and Air Force headquarters level consultants and expert actions.
In her military career, she was the 9th Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the Army Reserve from October 2002 through August 2006. She retired on March 1, 2007 after 25 years of service in both the active and reserve component.
She distinguished herself as being the first woman selected as class president at the United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 48), the first woman to serve as a division CSM, and culminating as the first woman to serve as the CSM of any of the Army’s Components, Active or Reserve. Prior to her retirement, she held the highest Noncommissioned Officer position of any woman in the Army.
A career Soldier, Ms. Jones held many positions of leadership responsibility from squad leader, section leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. She has served during every major contingency operation including – Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Joint Endeavor , Nobel Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She toured extensively throughout Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Uzbekistan.
Ms. Jones has been featured in multiple newspapers and magazines around the world, including Ebony, Jet and was highlighted in Essence Magazine’s Anniversary Edition as 1 of 35 of the World’s Most Remarkable Women. She has appeared on the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Show, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Steve Harvey Morning Show and numerous radio stations. Additionally, she has served as a panelist at several universities across the nation and at the “Women Shaping the World Summit” in New York City. Ms. Jones is continuously invited as a keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies, the military and numerous diverse civilian and non-profit organizations.
She is the 2005 recipient of the NAACP Meritorious Service Award, the only enlisted service member to receive the award in the NAACP history. She was selected to serve as a panelist in 2010 for the Major League Baseball’s Annual Civil Rights Panel and was honored by the Atlanta City Council for Women’s Equality Day. In 2009, she received both the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc., Spirit of Democracy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ford Foundation’s Freedom’s Sister Award, and the Fullwood Foundation’s President’s Award and is the 2011 recipient of the National Congress of Black Women’s “Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award”. She was selected to speak at the Democratic National Convention and served as a surrogate speaker, throughout the country, during the Presidential campaign for then Senator Barack Obama.
She continues to serve the community, youth and the elderly as a motivational speaker for both the civilian community and the Army’s Planning For life Program- speaking to over 45,000 middle and high school students in the U.S. and abroad from 2007-2009. She is a facilitator for the Family Leadership Institute- conducting workshops to help parents become leaders in their homes. Additionally, she is a principle agent for the Army’s H3 Program (Healing Helping Hiring Wounded Warriors), and continues to be an advocate and speaker for the military. She is President and CEO of The Bones Theory Group, L.L.C.
Some of her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Parachutist Badge, German Army Forces Airborne Wings, and Royal Thai Airborne Wings.
Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University, a constituent Institution of the University of North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management and International Relations.
In 2004, as the Special Operations Forces Liaison Officer for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), LtCol Kopelman was deployed to Iraq to train the Iraqi Special Forces (the SSF). In October, he was assigned as the liaison officer to an Iraqi Army battalion, and they entered Fallujah in November to battle insurgents for control of the city. Subsequently, LtCol Kopelman served as the I MEF liaison officer to a joint special operations task force and as a liaison officer to the Iraqi border forces – the Desert Wolves – at the Syrian and Jordanian borders.
Speaking to audiences about his experience in Iraq , he also addresses his journey of leadership, and his perspectives on current world events, terrorism, and how politics will affect Iraq and the world. Additionally, Kopelman is well-versed on the effects of PTSD and the resultant casualties of this debilitating and insidious disease. He speaks to these issues, as well as the increasing rates of suicide, substance abuse and homelessness among our veterans and what can be done to help them, and has become an advocate for these causes.
LtCol Kopelman is the San Diego NBC-TV affiliate’s military expert and appears frequently on television to discuss breaking stories, events and issues of importance to the military and veterans. He has authored two books, The New York Times and international bestselling memoir, “From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava”; and “From Baghdad to America : Life Lessons From a Dog NamedLava.” LtCol Kopelman is a sought-after radio and television guest, and has appeared on and co-hosted shows on both terrestrial and satellite radio. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Virtual Reality Medical Center , a San Diego-based company with offices in Los Angeles and Palo Alto , CA , that has been using simulation technologies to treat returning combat veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) via graded exposure therapy. LtCol Kopelman previously served on the board of directors of the Enduring Freedom Killed in Action Fund. He received his undergraduate degree from
the University of Miami , Coral Gables , Florida . LtCol Kopelman is a competitive bicyclist, racing for the UC Cyclery/JW Floors team in San Diego . He and his wife, an anthropologist, are avid surfers who live happily in San Diego with their children and pets.
Most recently, Naresh served as President for Media, Creative Services and Global Sales at Reliance Mediaworks, a film and entertainment Services Company and a member of the Reliance Group. The Reliance Group has a comprehensive presence in Film and Media Services, Productions, Sales, Distribution and Exhibition with operations across 78 cities and towns in India and internationally in the United Kingdom and the United States. The Group has major investments in the Entertainment Industry in the US, with DreamWorks and IM Global being the key initiatives.
Naresh also held the position of CEO at Prime Focus and Pixion, two very large Media Services companies with presence across multiple states in India and countries around the world.
As Director of Business Development for Ideal Systems, Naresh had the opportunity to work with an Industry Leading technology company in Asia Pacific, providing innovative solutions to all sectors including Broadcasting, Telecom, and Enterprise.
In 1987 he left the Artillery to become a Public Affairs officer in Ottawa. His four-year posting in the Canada’s capital city, he received formal Public Affairs training at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana, conducted by the United States Defense Information School.
From 1991 to 1994, he was posted to the Department of National Defence Public Affairs Atlantic regional office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During this time he served a six-month peacekeeping deployment in 1992 with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia under the command of Major-General Lewis MacKenzie and a six-week deployment in 1994 off the coast of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Adriatic Sea aboard the destroyer HMCS Iroquois.
In the summer of 1994, Doug was appointed Director Army Public Affairs for Land Force Western Area which encompasses all Canadian army units from Marathon, Ont. to Vancouver Island. During this posting he completed a second deployment in the Former Yugoslavia as director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Contingent. He also directed media operations during the 1997 Flood of the Century in southern Manitoba, and directed Public Affairs operations at the 1999 Pan Am Games.
In 2001, exactly nine weeks before September 11th, he arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado to become Deputy Director of NORAD Public Affairs. Highlights included witnessing the attacks from inside Cheyenne Mountain on 9/11, leading NORAD Public Affairs activities during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and at the G-8 Summit in Georgia in June 2004 and running NORAD’s Santa Tracking Program — a story in itself.
In 2005, he repatriated to Canada for only a few short months only to return to the States to become the Canadian Forces Public Affairs Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. During his six years at the only Embassy between the White House and the Capitol, Doug was actively involved in hosting numerous events for American and Canadian wounded and injured troops.
In 2009, Doug hosted a screening of “Brothers at War” by Jake Rademacher, launching his close relationship with the GI Film Festival.
Doug maintains his ties with the military serving as a Reserve lieutenant-colonel in Public Affairs and provides executive consulting services to American and Canadian organizations and corporations.
True to his Canadian roots, Doug loves ice-skating, but gets injured every time he plays hockey.
Mrs. Myers has won multiple awards for her humanitarian work, and in recognition of her volunteer service, she was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in February, 2006. Mrs. Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kansas State University and has served as an educator in secondary school and adult education, and helped to promote a children’s safety program with a national organization.
Currently, Dr. Patton is Vice President of Corporate Outreach for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, headquartered in Fairfax, VA. AFCEA International is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge in the field of communications, IT, intelligence, global and homeland security.
In addition to serving on the GI Film Festival’s Military Advisory Committee, Dr. Patton is a member of the National Intelligence University Board of Visitors, and is actively involved with a number of other public service and nonprofit organizations.
Other television credits include guest-starring roles in NBC-TV’s “Heroes, “Suddenly Susan,” and FOX-TV’s “Wild Oats.” Her stage credits include “Cereal,” “Charlie’s Aunt,” “As You Like It,” “Merchant of Venice,” “Amadeus,” “Godspell,” “Talking With,” “Hamlet,” “South Pacific” and “Hay Fever.”
In addition to her successful acting career, Karri is a passionate supporter of our men and women in uniform. She just finished her 6th USO tour and has had the privilege of visiting our troops in Baghdad , Balad, Tikrit , Kuwait , Bagram, Kandahar , Uzbeckistan and South Korea . Karri has also visited our nation’s wounded warriors at Walter Reid Military hospital in Washington DC.
She directed and co-wrote a comedy revue that featured both children and adult actors, Accompanied By Adults at The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood , that featured. Ms. Rhoads was also a Segment Producer for ABC’s America’s Funniest People, finding comedic talent all over the United States . She was on staff at The New York Film Academy at Universal Studios. Separately, her Los Angeles Comedy Troupe for kids and teens was praised by New Times Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Rhoads now teaches acting in Washington DC , and she also recently wrote two short films. One is a comedic parody entitled Candidate 2008: The Constituencies. The other is a drama called After Once Upon A Time which was produced by Shenandoah Creek Productions.
At 12, she made her feature film debut in Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You.” She continued acting in independent films with famed directors Hal Hartley in Henry Fool and Martin Davidson in “Looking for an Echo.”
Before heading West, Romano made her Broadway debut in the musical “Parade” by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown originating the role of Mary Phagan. Shortly after, Romano became the first person to act in three Disney Channel projects simultaneously. Supplementing her work on series “Even Stevens,” where she co‐starred with Shia LaBeouf, she starred in Disney’s “Cadet Kelly” alongside Hilary Duff, and voice acted as the title animated character in “Kim Possible.” Romano’s voice was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and the show inspired an adventure ride at Disney’s Epcot, as well as two Disney Channel movies:“Kim Possible: So the Drama” and “Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time.”
She was the voice of Yuffie Kisaragi in the English version of “Final Fantasy VII Advent Children,” as well as in the Disney/Square game “Kingdom Hearts” and has continued success as a voice over actor on shows like “Family Guy” and “The Penguins of Madagascar” and films like “Casper’s Scare School.”
Romano continued her relationship with Disney ABC Television Group by starring in movies for ABC Family like “Campus Confidential,” “Taking Five,” “The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold,” and “The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream.”
Various other TV appearances include MTV’s “Kaya,” CW’s “Joan of Arcadia” and “Summerland,” and TNT’s “HawthoRNe.”
On February 17, 2004, Romano began a 31‐week run of playing Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway. She left the production after raising ticket attendance from 30% to 99%. Romano later returned to Broadway and starred in “Avenue Q,” in which she puppet‐mastered ‘Kate Monster’ and ‘Lucy the Slut’. She continues being involved in the theater community with lending her talents to an off–‐ Broadway production of “White’s Lies” along‐side Betty Buckley, and most recently the lead role in an industry reading of “SCARY MUSICAL.”
Romano penned a novel, Grace’s Turn, published by Hyperion, which received accolades by The New York Public Library as the 2007 Teenage Book of the Year. She is currently in talks for a new young adult novel. Romano’s recently completed 3 feature films ‐ “Loosies” (IFC), “Mirrors II” (20th Cent. FOX) and “Infected” (Universal) while continuing her BA at Columbia University with a double major in Film and Women’s Studies. Romano has recently branched off into directing and created a production company. To date, she’s produced and directed two short films, and a music video, which has over a million views on YouTube and was selected in the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. She aims on attending AFI as a directing fellow in August 2013 and is in pre–‐production to direct her first feature in Indonesia.
At the GI Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2012,Christy received the ‘GI Spirit Award’ due to her work as a leading member of the Ambassadors of Hollywood Support Tour. Ms. Romano is known for extensive traveling through Afghanistan in support for the U.S. Armed Forces. Previous award recipients include actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Joe Mantegna and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Rosenstock oversees the evaluation and execution strategic M&A transactions and overall corporate strategy. Recent transactions include the formation of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network (a multi-platform joint venture between Harpo and Discovery) and the acquisition of digital media company HowStuffWorks.
Prior to Discovery, Rosenstock oversaw U.S. M&A at Sony Corporation of America. While at Sony, Rosenstock advised on nearly $10 billion in transactions including the merger creating Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the acquisition (with partners) of legendary film studio MGM, and the acquisition of Famous Music, Viacom’s music publishing company.
Previously, Rosenstock was an investment banker to the media and entertainment industry — most recently at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Rosenstock is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.
Mark played Brad Chase on David E. Kelley’s revered BOSTON LEGAL for which he received the SAG Award nomination three years in a row for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a comedy. He teamed with David E. Kelley on HARRY’S LAW opposite Kathy Bates for NBC and can most recently be seen in the ABC series BODY OF PROOF.
Mark also starred in the J.J. Abrams drama FRINGE, and in the McG produced HUMAN TARGET.
Other notable work in television includes Mike White’s PASADENA, John Well’s ER, Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz’s ONCE AND AGAIN, and Joel Wyman’s KEEN EDDIE.
He recently completed shooting the feature STOLEN for director Simon West opposite Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, and Malin Ackerman.
Mark is a graduate at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
CSM Womack has served from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major in the Infantry. Additionally, he has served as a Drill Sergeant, a Relief Commander and Sergeant of the Guard, at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and as a Senior Ranger Instructor. All of his assignments as Command Sergeant Major were in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell , Kentucky . Battalion CSM for 2-327 Infantry; CSM for the First Brigade Combat Team, Commandant of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Non Commissioned Officers Academy and Acting Division Command Sergeant Major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
His deployment experience includes most recently Iraq , Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major; Kosovo, Operation Joint Guardian, where he served as the Task Force Command Sergeant Major for Task Force 2-327 “No Slack”; the Republic of Haiti , Operation Uphold Democracy.
CSM Womack retired after 29 plus years of active duty on 30 June 2006. He has two sons, Christian 14 and Julian 11.