Laura is also the co-founder of the GI Film Festival, a non-profit organization and the nation’s only military film festival. The mission of the festival is to preserve the stories of our men and women in uniform through film and television.
Films screened by the GI Film Festival have gone on to win Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and air on Showtime, HBO, PBS, and the Military Channel as well as gain DVD and theatrical distribution deals.
Laura has also served the nation for over 18 years as an Army Officer in the US Army and US Army Reserves serving in Korea, Turkey, Bosnia, Germany, Colorado, Maryland, DC, and Virginia where she earned many distinguished awards. From 2006-2008 Laura was selected to be the subject of a national recruitment media campaign for the US Army reserve.
Laura also has a history of volunteering with multiple organizations including Girls State and Junior Achievement. She served on former Congressman Tom Davis’ staff in Virginia to help nominate candidates for the military academies. She also created and teaches a leadership class for at-risk high school girls. Laura’s organization Not Too Young to Care brings awareness to ending sex trafficking. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and English Literature from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Film and TV credits include executive producing a series on the Discovery Military Channel, executive producing a feature documentary that aired on AXS TV and producing a series for The Pentagon Channel.
In recognition for his creative work, Millett is the co-recipient of the 2010 American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award previously presented to the late Tim Russert, Tom Brokaw, Lou Dobbs and the late Jack Valenti, to name a few. On behalf of the GI Film Festival, Millett also accepted the 2012 Carlton Sherwood Media Award from the National Blind Veterans Foundation and the 2007 George Washington Valley Forge Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation.
Millett is the Executive Producer of a weekly television series currently airing on The Pentagon Channel (TPC), which is broadcast to every military base worldwide, inside the Pentagon, and to 34 million homes via cable/satellite television. Millett is also the Executive Producer of a primetime television series that aired on the Discovery Network’s Military Channel in 2010. Through the GI Film Group, Millett has numerous projects in various stages of development.
As a communications and media professional, Millett has advised a variety of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit start-ups. Millett’s media campaigns have earned coverage from virtually every major news outlet worldwide, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal andThe Guardian, to name a few.
As a spokesperson Millett conducted hundreds of interviews on national radio and television programs from Dennis Miller to NPR’s To the Point to Fox and Friends, while his written work has appeared in numerous top publications, including The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and the Baltimore Sun. Millett previously served as Director of Communications the nation’s largest government watchdog organization.
Millett also previously worked for The Leadership Institute, an organization that trains young people for success in politics and the media. Millett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Political Psychology. Millett also studied theater and acting privately with Anthony Abeson and at HB Studios in New York.
He is currently VP of Development for the GI Film Festival, a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization which is the only film festival in the world dedicated to honoring the American military, veterans and their families through film and television. He previously was the Director of Veterans Affairs at Armedzilla/TakingPoint, a social networking website for the military and veterans.
From 2001-2009, Mr. Selnick was an appointee in the Bush Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs. From 2004-2009 he served as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In this role he was responsible for the management and operations of the Center and was the VA liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. From 2001-2004 he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary and Associate Dean, VA Learning University. In this role he was responsible for providing program and operational oversight of VA Learning University.
From 1999-2001, Mr. Selnick was the Director of Training and a member of the Executive Committee for Lindora Medical Clinics. In this role, he was responsible for all company training and development.
From 1993-1997, Mr. Selnick joined FHP International where he joined the corporate FHP University staff and became Manager, Health Care Delivery/University Administration and a Senior Consultant. From 1997-1999, Mr. Selnick was Manager, Corporate Training, Education and Development for PacifiCare Health Systems. He left PacifiCare Health Systems in 1999 to join Lindora Medical Clinics.
Mr. Selnick is an Air Force veteran who served on active duty from 1985-1992 and attained the rank of Captain. As an Education and Training officer, he was in charge of various Air Force education and training programs, and assigned to Air Training Command and Space Command. His final assignment in 1992 was as Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Mr. Selnick has been very active in veteran’s issues and joined the Jewish War Veterans in 1994. Since that time he has taken various leadership positions and is the Past Department Commander of the Department of California. Darin is also a member of the American Legion, AMVETS, Air Force Association and National Association of Uniformed Services.