About Us

Our Story

Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us." -- Robert Redford, President and Founder

As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive.

Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1981 to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film. That year, ten emerging filmmakers were invited to Sundance Resort in the mountains of Utah, where they worked with leading writers, directors, and actors to develop their original independent projects.

Today, our staff of 150 employees works from offices in Park City, Los Angeles, and New York City to provide 24 residential labs, grants exceeding $2.5 million, and ongoing mentorships that support more than 350 artists each year. Each January, our Sundance Film Festival introduces a global audience to groundbreaking work and emerging talent in independent film. More than 50 other public programs connect artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling.

Our Mission

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

Our Vision

We believe that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.

Board of Trustees

Robert Redford, President and Founder

Robert Redford is somewhat of an anomaly in the entertainment industry. Though he has been world-famous for some 30 years, he remains a highly private individual. He is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression. His passion remains to make films of substance and social/cultural relevance, as well as to encourage others to express themselves through the arts.

He is recognized the world over for the roles he has played and the projects he has directed or produced throughout a distinguished stage and film career. Believing that it is the unexpected and uncommon, which ultimately enlivens the cultural ecology of a society, Redford has nurtured more than a generation of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Harvard Business Review observed, “Sundance has become to Hollywood what Silicon Valley has been to the high-tech industry.” His life-long passion for nature and issues of justice has resulted in Redford being widely acknowledged as a highly effective and dedicated political and environmental activist.

Pat Mitchell, Chairman of the Board

Pat Mitchell is the president and chief executive officer of the Paley Center for Media which she led through the transition of renaming (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), with centers in New York and Los Angeles. Mitchell further evolved the 30 year old institution’s mission to be a center for all things media, with public programs and forums for media executives that use the lens to better understand the past, explore the present, and imagine the future.

Prior to her tenure at the museum, she was the chief executive officer at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Mitchell rejuvenated the National Program Service and oversaw the development of many new projects including a new primetime documentary series, the launch of a new channel for children, the first public media and commercial partnership, and the digital conversion of the 352 public television stations. She also established the PBS Foundation to provide an endowment to support and sustain public service media.

From 1990-2000, Mitchell was an executive in charge of original productions for Ted Turner’s cable networks, overseeing as executive producer more than 400 hours of documentaries and specials a year. During her tenure as president of Turner Original Productions and CNN Productions, the programs produced under her direction were awarded 37 Emmy Awards, 5 Peabody Awards, and 2 Academy Award nominations.

In the mid-'80s, Mitchell founded and ran an independent production company specializing in programs produced for and about women. She was the first American woman to host, produce, and own a national television series, Woman to Woman, which was nationally syndicated and won the Emmy for Best Talk program in 1984.

As well as serving as the chair of the Sundance Institute Board, Mitchell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council; a founding president of Mikhail Gorbachev’s global environmental organization, Global Green USA; an adviser to the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Harvard University; a member of the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees; and on the corporate board of AOL.

She is married to Atlanta businessman Scott Seydel, and together they have six children and eight grandchildren.

Sean Bailey

Sean Bailey is President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures. Upcoming titles include Tim Burton's Frankenweenie; Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams; and The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Studios in 2010, Bailey produced Disney's TRON: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski, starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, developing it in tandem with other media ranging from the Grammy-nominated, RIAA Gold-certified soundtrack by Daft Punk to a multi-platform video game and an upcoming Disney XD television series.

In 2008, he founded Idealogy, Inc., with a focus on the evolution and future of creative content, developing high-quality stories that can live across media. Bailey worked as a writer-producer under an exclusive deal with ABC Studios from 2004 to 2008, during which time he continued in his capacity as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, the production company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore. While at LivePlanet, he executive-produced the innovative LivePlanet/HBO/Miramax series Project Greenlight, nominated for three Emmy Awards, and co-created the LivePlanet/ABC series Push, Nevada with Affleck.

A 20-year industry veteran, Bailey has created, packaged and developed film, television and new media concepts for Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, New Line Cinema, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., all major television networks, MSN and Yahoo. His feature film producing credits include Miramax's Gone, Baby, Gone, directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and Amy Ryan; Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage; The Core; and Best Laid Plans. His screenplay Solace, co-written by Ted Griffin, is in preproduction at New Line Cinema. Bailey's first job as a producer in the entertainment industry was developing the game show Debt for Buena Vista Television, which aired on Lifetime from 1996-1998.

Kenneth Cole

As a renowned American designer and humanitarian, Kenneth Cole believes that “it is great to be known for your shoes but even better to be recognized for your soul”.

A business that began 20+ years ago out of the back of a 40 foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion. With worldwide distribution of his lifestyle brand, Kenneth Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. As chairman to the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and a founding board member to the homeless organization HELP USA, Kenneth Cole has made it his business to fuse fashion with social action. Kenneth is also a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

He resides in Westchester, New York, with his wife Maria Cuomo Cole and their three daughters.

Ava DuVernay

Ava is a filmmaker, marketer and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director prize for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere (US Dramatic Competition).

Previously, she formed the DuVernay Agency, now known as DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. The award-winning marketing and publicity firm has provided strategy and execution for more than 100 film and TV projects by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.

Ava participated as a mentee in the inaugural year of Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative mentorship program, and was a mentor at FFP’s 2013 Screenwriters Intensive. Ava is based in Los Angeles.

Rob Epstein

Rob is a film director, producer, writer and editor. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature for the films The Times of Harvey Milk, which premiered at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. He recently transitioned from non-fiction documentaries into scripted narratives, producing the biopics HOWL (2010) and Lovelace (2013), both of which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

Rob was a FFP Lab fellow with the film Howl and participated as an Advisor at the 2012 Composers + Documentary Lab. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Outfest Achievement Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is based in San Francisco, where he is a professor of film at California College of the Arts

Jack Ferraro

Jack M. Ferraro retired in January 2000 from Neuberger & Berman, L.L.C., where he spent 21 years as a money manager of individual and institutional accounts and became a general partner in 1983. Prior to joining Neuberger, Mr. Ferraro was a portfolio manager at the Banca Del Gottardo in Lugano, Switzerland, and a securities analyst with Oppenheimer and Co. in New York and London.

Ferraro sits on Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management's Advisory Council and was president of the Johnson School Alumni Association for several years. He also serves on the Boards of the Johnson School's Parker Center and of the Cayuga MBA Fund. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Hackley School from 1985-2009 and as its president from 1990-2000. He received the Hackley School Medal of Honor, the school’s highest award, in 2000 and was made an honorary alumnus of the School in 2003. He was named to the school's Honorary Board of Trustees in 2009. Mr. Ferraro and his wife Marianne endowed the Ferraro Family Chair in the Arts at the Hackley School. While residing in the New York area, Jack also served on the Blair Academy Board of Trustees from 1994-2000 and as a Trustee of the Neuberger Museum of Art from 1996-2000.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferraro became full time residents of Utah in 2000, dividing their time between Park City and St. George. In addition to his involvement with Sundance Institute, Mr. Ferraro served on the Board of Park City’s National Ability Center ("NAC") from 2002-2008 and as its president in 2004. He was also a member of the Utah Symphony and Opera’s Deer Valley Music Festival's Advisory Council from 2003-2008.

From 2004-2010, Mr. Ferraro served on the Board of Directors of the BMP Sunstone Corporation, a Chinese pharmaceutical company listed on the NASDAQ, where he was a member of the executive, audit, and finance committees.

Jeanne Donovan Fisher

Jeanne Donovan Fisher is a producer, investor, and philanthropist living in New York City. Fisher is president of True Love Productions, a theater and film production company in New York that she formed in 2001. Prior to the producing venture, Fisher’s professional background was in strategic communications. From 1992 until 1998, she was a managing director and founding partner of Citigate SVC, a public relations consulting firm in New York. Before joining SVC, she was vice president and director of corporate communications at Morgan Stanley. She served as the company’s primary spokesperson, oversaw its communications on a worldwide basis, and was responsible for Morgan Stanley's public relations, media relations, advertising, and editorial services functions.

Fisher is an active philanthropist who serves on the boards of Sundance Institute, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Environmental Defense Fund, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard (chair), and the American Fund for the Tate Modern. She also supports numerous other nonprofit institutions, particularly in the areas of arts and education.

Fisher was born in Boston and grew up in Hudson, Ohio. Her interests include theater, film, 20th century art and design, fiction, golf, and champagne. She is the wife of the late Richard B. Fisher, former chairman and chief executive of Morgan Stanley.

Robert J. Frankenberg

Bob Frankenberg is the owner of NetVentures, a management consulting firm focused on the high tech industry. Prior to its sale in 2004, Frankenberg chaired Kinzan, a leading provider of Internet services platforms. From April 1994 to August 1996, Frankenberg was the chairman/CEO of Novell, the world’s largest networking software company. Prior to Novell, Frankenberg was the corporate vice president and group general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Information Products Group, responsible for HP’s personal computer, server, networking, office software, calculator, and consumer product lines.

Frankenberg serves as a member of the board of directors of public companies National Semiconductor and Nuance Communications, as well as startup companies Veracity Networks, Digital Bridge, and Sylvan Source. He has served on the Utah Advisory board of the Sundance Institute since 1994 before becoming a Sundance Institute Trustee. He is chairman of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the San Jose State University Advisory, Stanford Business School Alumni, America Online (AOL), Daw Technologies, Electroglas, Encanto Networks, Extended Systems, Kinzan, PowerQuest, Starlight Networks, Wall Data, and Placer Rehabilitation Industries boards.

Frankenberg is a 1974 Phi Kappa Phi/Tau Beta Pi, summa cum laude computer engineering graduate of San Jose State University. He is a SEP graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was recently inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He and Linda, his wife of 40 years, live in Alpine, Utah.

Cindy Harrell Horn

Cindy Harrell Horn is an advocate for education, public health, and the environment. She has worked with the UCLA School of Public Health in California and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico in their new effort to combat emerging infectious diseases. She has also helped secure bipartisan funding and support for the UCLA/LANL High Speed, High Volume Laboratory Network.

Horn is a cofounder and member of the Board of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit organization created to inspire and coordinate an entertainment industry response to global environmental crises. Horn was a founding trustee of Heal the Bay and The Archer School for Girls. She has also served as a board member for The Coalition for Clean Air, Tree People, The Natural Step, the Center for Environmental Education, the UCLA School of Public Health, and is a member of the Painting Conservatory Council for the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1991 she was appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, William Reilly, to serve on the National Education Advisory Council and was awarded the State of California Legislative Woman of the Year. Horn has been honored by American Oceans Campaign, Heal the Bay, The Archer School for Girls, EMA, and the UCLA School of Public Health. Horn and her husband Alan reside in Los Angeles.

Sheila C. Johnson

Ms. Johnson is CEO of Salamander Hospitality, where she oversees a portfolio of properties including Innisbrook Resort in Innisbrook, FL, Woodlands Inn in Summerville, SC, and Salamander Resort & Spa, currently being constructed in Middleburg, VA. As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, she is the first African-American woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Capitals (NHL).

Johnson is a partner in both ProJet Aviation, specializing in aviation consulting and charter services and Mistral, the makers of fine bath, body and home products. Johnson is a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET). As a film producer, her projects include Kicking It, A Powerful Noise and Ella Es el Matador. Her latest film, The Other City, is about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Washington DC.

In 2006, Johnson was named global ambassador for CARE. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design, and on the boards for the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Americans for the Arts, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Tiger Woods Foundation, Howard University and the University of Illinois Foundation.

An accomplished violinist, Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti is an actor and director whose work has appeared in TV, film, regional theatre, Broadway, and Off- Broadway. She earned her first Oscar nomination (and The NY Film Critics Award) for Swing Shift (1985) and won an Oscar 10 years later as a first-time director for her short film Lieberman in Love. In 1998 after multiple nominations, Lahti won both the Emmy and her second Golden Globe Award – the TV movie No Place Like Home was the first – for her portrayal of Dr. Kathryn Austin on Chicago Hope. Three years later her feature film directorial debut, My First Mister, opened the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

More recent television work includes roles on Law & Order: SVU, A&E’s The Cleaner, Studio 60, and Jack and Bobby, and her recent film work includes the upcoming Flying Lessons, Yonkers Joe, and Obsessed. Other film credits include Running On Empty (LA Film Critics Award), Housekeeping, and Just Between Friends. In 2009-2010, she starred on Broadway in God of Carnage. Other NY Stage credits include The Heidi Chronicles, Little Murders, (Obie Award), The Woods (Theatre World Award) and 3 Hotels (Drama Desk Nomination.) Regional theatre credits include Moon for the Misbegotten, Summer and Smoke, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She also starred in Wendy Wasserstein’s final play, Third, at the Geffen Playhouse.

Lyn Davis Lear

Lyn Davis Lear is a cofounder and member of the Board of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a nonprofit organization created to inspire and coordinate an entertainment industry response to the global environmental crisis. Formed in 1989, EMA educates and motivates members of the creative community to incorporate environmental themes and issues in television programming and films. In 2004, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Children's Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC).

In 2005, Lyn received the EMA Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award presented by the honorable Al Gore in recognition of her dedication to the environment. In 2008, Mrs. Lear received the Global Green 2008 Millennium Award for Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Sundance Institute.

Mrs. Lear holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is married to television writer and producer Norman Lear. She resides in Los Angeles, California, and is the mother of three children.

Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman is one of the most experienced executives in the modern media business. He was recently named Chairman of a new joint venture with Sony Pictures to make movies and television under the TriStar banner. He began as a pioneer in American independent film in the 1980s, and founded Fox Searchlight in 1994. During a subsequent 18-year run at 20th Century Fox, including 12 years as Chairman and CEO, the company consistently produced the highest profit margins of any major studio. Operating profits for 2012, his last year at Fox, were tops in the sector. Milestones during his tenure include the two biggest films in cinematic history, over $40 billion in worldwide box office, more than 150 Academy Award nominations, three Best Picture Oscars, and multiple Emmys.

Geoffrey K. Sands - Trustee Representative

Geoffrey Sands is a Director of McKinsey & Company and heads its Global Media, Entertainment and Information Practice in North America. He also co-leads McKinsey's Digital Marketing Practice. He has over 25 years of experience working with many of the leading marketing, media and entertainment companies. His clients span a wide range of businesses that include: newspaper, magazine and book publishing; broadcast and cable television; internet service providers; recorded music; filmed entertainment; professional publishing; business information services; education; marketing services; video games; consumer electronics; and sports.

Geoff serves on the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute, Thirteen/WNET and the Paley Center for Media. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Since 2004, he has been the Industry Advisor to the World Economic Forum's Media & Entertainment Governors' Meetings, and also serves as a member of the Forum's Council on the Future of Journalism.

Geoff received his BA and MBA from Yale University. He resides in Rye, NY with his wife and four children.

Nadine Schiff

Nadine began her career as a television journalist, becoming a national reporter for the Dan Rather CBS Evening News. Prior to that, she hosted her own Toronto talk show, Take 30, and reported for The Journal, the flgship news-magazine show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In the early nineties, Ms. Schiff was hired as VP of Michael Douglas' Sony-based Stonebridge Entertainment and produced films such as Made in America, Flatliners, The Wedding Dress and Live From Baghdad. For seven years, Ms. Schiff served on the Board of the Women's Conference headed by Maria Shriver and currently serves on the Board of The HELP Group. Nadine Schiff has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is married to Fred Rosen, former Chairman of Ticketmaster Inc. and has one son

Jim Swartz

Jim Swartz is a Partner and Founder of Accel Partners, a prominent global technology venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, CA, London, England, Bangalore, India and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Entering a fifth decade in venture capital and as a Director for over fifty successful companies, he has been closely involved as lead investor with the emergence of numerous industry pioneering technology companies. A long time industry leader, Jim is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and a 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics (he mostly remembers something about playing football) and holds a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, where he sponsors the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program and the James R. Swartz Leadership Scholarship.

He is Chairman of the Swartz Foundation and the Christian Center of Park City, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation (where he established the Borgen-Swartz Education Endowment), Trustee of the Sundance Institute and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Tepper School of Business. Jim led the establishment of the Deer Valley Music Festival as a Founder and the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard as Chairman of the Capital Campaign. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002. He is the recipient of a Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from its Tepper School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Western Governors University.

Jim is also an accomplished Grand Prix sailboat skipper. With the yacht Moneypenny, he won the 2006 Swan World Cup, the 2006 US IRC National Championship and the 2005 and 2007 Swan North American Championships. With the TP52 yacht Vesper he won the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series, the 2011 Queen’s Cup and Astor Cup of the New York Yacht Club, and the 2011 IRC East Coast, 2012 US IRC National, and 2013 West Coast Championships. In 2013, Vesper set all-time course records for the Round the Island races of the New York Yacht Club and the Edgartown Yacht Club.

Together with his wife Susan, Jim founded Impact Partners, a financing and advisory firm advancing independent cinema that addresses pressing social needs including Academy Award Winners Born Into Brothels (2005) and The Cove (2010) and numerous Academy Award Nominees and Sundance Award Winners.

Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international director. Her world premieres includeParty Peopleby Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Loveby Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of Godby Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsedby Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negroby Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Lightby Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtapeby Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges),Bus and Family Ties(Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival). Her other credits include California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Centerstage, Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. Liesl is Associate Director at Berkeley Rep, serves as a Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program focusing on its activities in East Africa and was recently made an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She was awarded the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

John E. Warnock

John E. Warnock is cochairman of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., a company he cofounded in 1982 with Charles Geschke. Dr. Warnock was President of Adobe for his first two years and chairman and CEO for his remaining 16 years at Adobe. Warnock has pioneered the development of graphics, publishing, Web, and electronic document technologies that have revolutionized the field of publishing and visual communication.

Warnock’s entrepreneurial success has been chronicled by leading business and computer industry publications, and he has received numerous awards for technical and managerial achievement. A partial list of awards includes: University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award (1995); Software Systems Award (1989, Association for Computing Machinery); Edwin H. Land Medal (2000, Optical Society of America); Bodley Medal (2003, Bodleian Library at Oxford University); Lovelace Medal (2004, British Computer Society); Medal of Achievement (2006, AeA); Computer Entrepreneur Award (2008, IEEE Computer Society); United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009).Warnock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Utah, the American Film Institute, and Nottingham University.

Warnock is a member of the board of directors of Adobe Systems Inc., Ebrary Inc., Mongonet Inc., and Salon Media Group. He is past chairman of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute and Sundance Institute.

Before cofounding Adobe Systems, Warnock was principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining Xerox, Warnock held positions at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, and the University of Utah.

Dr. Warnock holds eight patents, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Utah.

Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past decade, Jacki funds a variety of projects and organizations with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building and media. More recently, Jacki became the CEO of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for women and girls. With more than 180 women each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully centered the needs of women and girls in philanthropic giving. She also has written over 600 blog entries on her personal blog jackizehner.com and is a featured writer on many platforms including The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, LinkedIn and Bloomberg. Jacki regularly gives keynote addresses, including a TEDxWomen Talk on “Closing The Gender Gap.”

In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. She left that role in 2002 and has since had primarily a philanthropic focus. She currently serves on the Board of The Sundance Institute as well as the advisory boards of The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, The Pax Global Women’s Equality Fund, the Women Effect Investing Initiative of Criterion Ventures, The Shriver Report, The Women@Paley Initiative, The 2020 Women on Boards Board of Leaders, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council and Gamechanger, a feature film fund for female directors. She is a prior board member of many other organizations.

Jacki is a member of many philanthropic communities and networks including the International Women’s Forum, The Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board, The Women Donor’s Network, The Red Cross Tiffany Circle, and the United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Leadership Council. In honor of her work she has received many awards including most recently the Global Fund For Women's Philanthropy Award.

Jacki was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After living in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years, Jacki now lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband Greg and two children.

Walter L. Weisman, Chair Emeritus

Walter L. (Wally) Weisman is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sundance Institute. He began his career as a lawyer and is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Law School. He entered the health care field in 1969 and in 1972 joined American Medical International Inc., a hospital management company that owned and operated acute care hospitals across the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Weisman became the company’s chairman and later its chief executive officer in 1985.

Weisman is also a past chairman and now a life trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a senior trustee of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and a member of the Institute’s oversight committee for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Los Angeles), and Fresenius Medical Care (Frankfurt, Germany). Mr. Weisman lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sheila. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Glenn Close
Steven Haft 
George White

Utah Advisory Board

Donna Gruneich - Utah Advisory Board (UAB) Chair

Donna’s career focused on the financial industry. She worked for North Carolina National Bank from 1985 through 1987, trading stocks for the Trust Division. In 1987, she relocated to New York City and worked for Oppenheimer and Company as a Convertible Bond Sales/Trader. As a Vice President at Oppenheimer, she worked with large institutional clients including investment management companies, mutual funds, insurance companies and banks.

Donna left Wall Street after the birth of her first child. A joint decision with her husband, Kevin, Donna began to focus full-time on family and philanthropic giving—both in terms of time and expertise, as well as financially. With their family foundation, Donna and Kevin strive to be leaders in implementing social change with particular focus on the environment, quality education for all children, and improving the plight of women and children worldwide.

Donna is passionate about education and choice in education, and was Chairman in the process of combining two local independent schools, Park City Academy and The Colby School, into one successful, sustainable school—The Park City Day School. Donna is past Chairman of the Board at Park City Academy and a founding trustee of the Park City Day School Board. The bulk of her work on both boards centered on long-term sustainability, finance and governance. She is currently on the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at The Waterford School in Salt Lake City and is a past board member of the Park City Institute (formerly known as the Park City Performing Arts Foundation).

Donna and Kevin are members of Impact Partners, which brings together philanthropists and filmmakers so that, together, they can create films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite lasting social change. The goal is to provide the opportunity to participate in financing documentaries and independent films that will generate positive financial and social outcomes. Donna has been involved with films such as Children Of InventionNo Impact ManSecrecy, and the Oscar-winning films The Cove and Freeheld.

The Gruneich’s are active supporters of The University of Iowa and The University of Utah. Their foundation supported the implementation of the Iowa Edge program. This program provides transition and academic support for minorities and first generation college students. Prior to the program the retention rate for these students approximately half that of their peers. Since the implementation of the Iowa Edge, the retention rate has increased to a rate above that of the university as a whole. The Gruneich’s also underwrote the 2011 launch of The University of Iowa Philanthropic Studies program, one of the few such programs in the nation, which has the objective of preparing students for key executive roles in major philanthropic organizations and/or providing the basis for life-long commitment to philanthropy. They have also supported the athletics program at the University of Utah.

Donna’s role on the Sundance Utah Advisory Board is Chair of the Development Committee. She takes a leadership role in the planning and execution of the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night event and fundraiser for the Sundance Institute, An Artist at the Table. She also works locally to promote the Sundance Institute’s Filmmaker Labs and create a broader base of financial supporters in the Park City area.

After having a second home in Park City for over eight years, the Gruneich’s moved to Park City from Connecticut permanently in 2005. Their children Anna and Alex attend The Waterford School, and Allison attends The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson is the Managing Partner and Founder of REES Capital, an angel investment and advising firm that works in close collaboration with entrepreneurs to drive company growth and maximize equity value through strategic direction and influence.

Amy is also an author and serves as a weekly contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post.

Prior to founding REES Capital, Amy Rees Anderson was formerly the founder and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. Amy led all aspects of MediConnect's business, including a worldwide workforce of over 1,000 employees. Under her direction, the company achieved over 1500 percent growth. In March 2012, Amy successfully led MediConnect to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK) for over $377 million.

Amy is an active Angel Investor and she recently founded the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on helping educate and mentor entrepreneurs.

Amy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc. magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications as a result of her many accomplishments. She is an in-demand public speaker and respected mentor, and she does entrepreneurship lectures at a number of universities.

Amy has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards honoring her sharp business acumen and her company's growth and success which include being named CEO of the Year by Utah Business Magazine as well as being a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Amy currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including: Sundance Institute's Advisory Board; Chair of the Utah State Motion Picture Advisory Committee; Utah Capital Investment Corporation Board; Huntsman Cancer Foundation Executive Council; Utah Technology Council's Board of Trustees (UTC); the NACD Board Utah Chapter; the South Davis Community Hospital Board of Directors; the Leonardo Board; The Hale Center Theater Board; University of Utah National Advisory board for David Eccles School of Business, Center for Medical Innovation, and Technology Commercialization Board; UVU National Advisory Council; Brigham Young University Founder's Board; and the USU Clark Entrepreneur Founders Board.

Amy attended Brigham Young University. She and her husband reside in Sandy, Utah and have two children attending college.

Susan Bramble

Susan Bramble was born and raised in Provo, Utah. Her father was a teacher at Provo High School. Her mother taught at Oakridge which was a school for physically and mentally challenged children. She attended schools in the Provo School District graduating from Provo High School. After graduation she attended Brigham Young University where she met her husband, Curt Bramble. She has six children, six grandchildren and one more on the way in January. All of her children have chosen Utah for their homes and so they enjoy regular family “get-togethers” for no reason.

Her family believes that a family that plays together stays together. They love running, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing (water and snow), etc. They spend many weeks at Lake Powell each summer and participate in many of the races (marathons, etc.) along the Wasatch front each year. They have a vigorous travel schedule due to her husband and his employment.

Being very involved in the community has been a focus for her family. They believe that a community is stronger and more vibrant if you take an active role where you live. Following this principle, Susan has held the following roles within her community:

  • PTA President and board member in every school my children have attended.
  • City PTA Board Member
  • Substitute Teacher for Edgemont Elementary School
  • Organized fund raisers for many soccer, basketball and extra-curricular events
  • Chair of the Provo Cable Board
  • Secretary, Utah County Republican Party
  • Legislative 48 Vice-Chair, Utah County Republican Party
  • Miss Provo Scholarship Pageant Board Member
  • Many leadership positions in her church
Andy Cier

Andy Cier has served as Datamark’s Vice President, Client Solutions, since the end of 2009. Datamark is an advertising and marketing firm that specializes in attracting students for colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions across the country.

Andy’s previous career experience includes his positions as a marketing consultant, marketing director, and former Partner and General Manager of Riester, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Salt Lake, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Prior to Riester, Andy had his own production company that specialized in TV commercials and longer-format marketing films. His advertising career began with writer/producer/director positions in agencies in Baltimore, and with J Walter Thompson in Denver.

Andy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Theatre, with an emphasis in Film and Video Production.

Having attended the US Film and Video Festival -- and then the Sundance Film Festival -- for the last thirty years, Andy is a long-time supporter of Sundance and the voices of independent film.

Susan Fredston-Hermann

Susan Fredston-Hermann, a native of New York, moved full-time to Utah in 2008, after traveling back and forth for 20 years. Prior to making Utah her home, she lived on four continents and traveled extensively.

Susan is passionate about education, about access to educational opportunities, and about the arts. She has taught and conducted research in the USA, Mexico, Ivory Coast, and Brazil. Among other accomplishments, she organized and facilitated a parenting group at Sarah Lawrence College's Early Childhood Center, and consulted for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, where she helped connect families of gifted children with relevant resources and opportunities. She is an expert on alternative education, and homeschooled her five children for over a decade, creating a curriculum and program that combined the best of mainstream and innovative strategies in education.

Susan and her husband founded F-H International in 1989, which manages alternative investments in global emerging markets. Susan is primarily involved in strategic investment decisions and in corporate and organizational directives.

She has served on the boards of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance (New York City), and the National Ability Center in Park City, which provides recreational and educational opportunities to individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. She was a member of the Park City Leadership Class of 2009. She has been a member of the Sundance Institute's Utah Advisory Board since 2009, active on the community, government, and development committees.

She studied Latin American politics and history at Cornell University as an undergraduate, and at Oxford University as a doctoral student. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a lifelong "student" of world politics, human rights, and social justice.

Susan is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and skier. She and her husband Eric live in Old Town, and can be found on the trails with their two Bernese mountain dogs. She and Eric have five adult children and two granddaughters.

Nancy Garrison

Ms. Levitin is the President and CEO of Levitin Group, the largest training and consulting group in the resort development industry worldwide. Shari has over 28 years of expertise and is recognized as one of the most insightful and talented entrepreneurs in the industry.

Levitin Group was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies, and Shari was named by Developments Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in the Resort Industry. Today, she and her team offer considerable expertise in corporate sales, management and leadership, and the development of custom training programs. Her client list includes such brands as: Hilton, Hyatt, Jaguar, Club Mahindra, RCI, Prudential Real Estate, Four Seasons and Canyon Ranch. Many companies have attributed tens of millions of dollars of ROI to the Levitin Group training system. Levitin Group was selected by the American Resort Development Association to create “Partnership Strategies,” the certified industry standard training for ethical sales practices for the entire resort industry. The Levitin Group training programs are available both live and online, and Levitin Group content has been translated into seven languages and has been distributed on five continents.

Shari is an author and motivational speaker and presents internationally for hotel conferences, women’s groups and non-profit organizations. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and mentor at the University of Utah School of Entrepreneurship. She is a Trustee member of the American Resort Development Association, where she serves as a member of both the Meetings Committee and Consumer-Centric Task Force. She contributes time and financial resources to Park City Performing Arts, Temple Har Shalom, the National Ability Center and Christel House. Shari is a frequent speaker and mentor at The University of Utah School of Entrepreneurship.

Shari is currently leading a project with Christel House, a worldwide charitable organization that serves over 4000 students and communities, to create educational online content for under-privileged children to optimize their potential and achieve productive, self-sufficient lives.

She is married to Lee Gerstein and is a new full time stepmother to 9-year-old Tyler Gerstein, who attends the Nueva School in Hillsborough California. Together they spend time between homes in Woodside, CA and Park City, UT, and actively enjoy hiking, diving, yoga, climbing, travelling and skiing.

Naja Lockwood

Naja currently serves as board member of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to relocating to Utah, Naja was an Arts Commissioner for the City of San Francisco. She was the first Vietnamese-American to be sworn into that position and served under the administrations of Mayor Willie Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Her responsibilities as an Arts commissioner included educational and community outreach. Naja also was a Trustee for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. During her tenure at the Asian Art Museum, she served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. In addition, Naja served on the boards of the Northern California Music & Art Culture Center and the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center of Northern California. Naja was the founder of NajaArts, an Asian art gallery and acquisition consultancy that specialized in traditional and contemporary Vietnamese paintings and ceramics.

Born in Vietnam, Naja immigrated to the United States, with her family in April 1975, during the fall of Saigon. She graduated from Boston University in 1991, where she was a Jacob Hiatt Academic Scholar, with a BA in philosophy and political science. Upon graduation, she received a National Fellowship from Georgetown University to study at Hanoi University. Naja was the first Vietnamese American sponsored by a US university to return to Vietnam as part of a cultural exchange. Upon returning from Vietnam, Naja worked as an analyst in New York for Fieldstone Private Capital Group and subsequently enrolled at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, earning an MBA in 1997. After graduation, she worked in London as Director of Corporate Development for Central European Media Enterprises, an international media and telecommunications company, and in San Francisco as Principal, at Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm.

Naja remains active with the Massachusetts chapter of Catholic Charities, the organization that was responsible for the relocation of her parents, brother and sister to the United States. With Catholic Charities, she is focused on enabling recent arrivals to the United States to successfully start a new life. Naja resides in Park City, Utah with her husband and three children.

Claudia McMullin

Claudia McMullin is currently Chair of the Summit County Council after having been elected to a second term in 2012. After 10 years practicing law with in NYC with Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Claudia quit her job, sold her apartment and moved to Park City in 1999. Claudia continues to practice law on a limited basis. After graduating from Leadership Class 8 in 2002, Claudia was a Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner for 5 years prior to running for office in 2008. Claudia’s community involvement includes having served on various local nonprofit boards (in addition to the Sundance UAB) as well a 2 year stint as Executive Director of our local animal rescue organization, Friends of Animals Utah. Claudia is also the Business Development Director for her husband’s company, Wasatch Composite Analysis.

Claudia met her husband, Tim Douglas, in Park City in 2002. Tim was her first date on Match.com and they got married in 2003. Claudia has 3 stepsons, two grandchildren, and two rescue dogs – Hugo and Ruby.

Coleen Reardon

Coleen Reardon has been employed at Deer Valley Resort for the last nineteen years. Most of her tenure at the resort has been spent serving in her current position as the Director of Marketing. Prior to her current position, she was the Communications Manager for the resort.

As Director of Marketing, Ms. Reardon is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing and communications efforts for the resort including the public relations, international, tour and travel, web, digital, mobile and event departments. She monitored the logistics and production as Deer Valley Resort became an official Olympic venue, hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games alpine slalom and freestyle mogul and aerial events, the 2003 Freestyle FIS World Championships, the U.S. Ski Team’s 1999 Nationals and 2001 Gold Cup competitions in addition to annual World Cup Freestyle events. In 2011, Deer Valley Resort once again hosted the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Deer Valley is the first resort in North America to have been awarded the honor of hosting a World Championship event twice.

Ms. Reardon is a member of Ski Utah’s marketing committee and serves on the Utah Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival and the Board of the Youth Sports Alliance. In 2001, she served as President of the PCCB Board of Directors and in June 2010 finished another term serving on the PCCB’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Coleen is also a past Board Member for the former Summit Institute which was a Park City based non-profit arts and humanities organization and served on the Executive Committee of the Park City Jazz Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Park City Women’s Business Network and in 2012 received a Utah Business SAMMY award.

Before joining the Deer Valley team, Coleen worked for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for fifteen years where she served as the Director of Public Relations as well as the Director of Entertainment and Special Events. She is a native of California who resides in Park City, Utah.

Ross Romero

Ross I. Romero was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ross attended Utah public schools and was active in several community organizations prior to serving in the Utah Legislature.

Ross graduated from Highland High School, Salt Lake City (1989). He attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (1993), and then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (1996). Ross practiced law in Salt Lake City for ten years. In 2003, Ross became a shareholder at Jones, Waldo, Holbrook and McDonough, P.C. Beginning in October of 2007, through today, Ross went to work for Zions Bank as a Vice President, Corporate Sales Resource Officer.

In 2004, Ross was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives (Salt Lake City). In 2006, he was elected to the Utah State Senate (Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County). He has been the Senate Minority Whip since 2008. Ross was Senate Minority Leader from 2010-2012. Ross is currently a candidate for the State Senate.

Ross is married to Cecilia M. Romero. They have a son, Marcus, and a daughter, Marcela.

Julie Spielberg-Senet

Julie has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as an entertainment attorney and motion picture studio executive. She has worked in all aspects of theatrical business and legal affairs, including representing individuals, start-ups and motion picture studios, in house as legal counsel and business affairs. During the course of her career, Julie supervised complex rights acquisitions, negotiated and managed a multitude of theatrical motion picture productions, production activities, talent agreements, multi-picture arrangements, term deals and financing agreements. Julie’s practice also encompasses business, and she worked at law firms in Los Angeles before she moved to her in house positions at Universal Pictures as Vice President Legal Affairs and MGM Pictures as Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs. Julie moved to Park City, Utah on a full time basis after she fell in love with the area. She now divides her time between enjoying the outdoors, non profit work and business and legal endeavors and is currently of counsel to the law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City. Ms. Spielberg-Senet will also be teaching an entertainment law class this spring at the College of Law at University of Utah.

Rob Slettom

Rob Slettom moved to Park City, Utah in 1972 from St. Paul Minnesota. His love of skiing and the mountains has kept him in Utah ever since. Rob is the owner and founder of Identity properties, a Park City lodging and property management firm, established in 1980.

He and Identity Properties were instrumental in the startup of and formation of many properties in Park City including the Silver King Hotel, the Resort Center Lodge and Inn and the New Park Hotel. Through the years Rob has served on numerous Boards including multiple terms and Presidency of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Park City Area Lodging Association, and the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition (now a recognized organization on Capitol Hill advocating support for funding statewide tourism marketing). The love of skiing has led him to many terms on the Board of Ski Utah and the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association.

Awards include 2004 recipient of “Profession Citizen of the Year” by the Park City Rotary and the 2009 recipient of the “Community Leadership Award” by Leadership Park City. Rob and his wife Faye, along with Identity Properties, continue to be a major contributors and sponsors of the arts including the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the Egyptian Theatre and the Sundance Film Festival.

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the John A. Moran Eye Center, where she oversees fundraising, marketing, communications, community relations, media relations and government relations. She serves on the senior management team and has been instrumental in advancing the Center as a lead institution in research, clinical care and international ophthalmology.

Previously, Jenny served as an At-Large Member of the Salt Lake County Council from 2005-2010. During her term, she passed stronger ethics laws and supported arts advancement and funding. She served as Vice Chair of the formation committee of the Jordan River Commission and advanced open space preservation and environmental initiatives. She passed legislation which provided domestic partner health benefits. In addition, she served as Minority Leader of the Council in 2007, on the Board of the Unified Fire Authority, and as a Salt Lake County representative on the regional Council of Governments (COG).

Jenny is currently the Producer of a documentary film titled, THE GRAND RESCUE, which is based on a harrowing three day rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton in 1967.

Earlier in Jenny’s career, she served as a Director of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games’ staff and volunteer effort, as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton, and with the Sundance Institute/Sundance Group.

Her current community and board assignments include the Jordan River Commission, Governor Herbert’s Realignment and Efficiency Committee, the Utah Museum of Fine Art and the Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1998.

Jenny and her husband, Trell Rohovit, live in Salt Lake City with their two children, Zach (9) and Max (6).

Jacki Zehner

Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past decade, Jacki funds a variety of projects and organizations with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building and media. More recently, Jacki became the CEO of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for women and girls. With more than 180 women each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully centered the needs of women and girls in philanthropic giving. She also has written over 600 blog entries on her personal blog www.jackizehner.com and is a featured writer on many platforms including The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, LinkedIn and Bloomberg. Jacki regularly gives keynote addresses, including a TEDxWomen Talk on “Closing The Gender Gap”.

In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. She left that role in 2002 and has since had primarily a philanthropic focus. She currently serves on the Board of The Sundance Institute, Thirty Percent Coalition and the Christian Center of Park City as well as the advisory boards of The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, The Pax Global Women’s Equality Fund, the Women Effect Investing Initiative of Criterion Ventures, The Shriver Report, The Women@Paley Initiative, The 2020 Women on Boards Board of Leaders, Catalytic Women, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council and Gamechanger, a feature film fund for female directors. She is a prior board member of many other organizations.

Jacki is a member of many philanthropic communities and networks including the International Women’s Forum, The Women Donor’s Network, The Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board, The Red Cross’s Tiffany Circle, The Utah Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle and The United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Leadership Council. In honor of her work she has received many awards including most recently the Global Fund for Women's Philanthropy Award.

Jacki was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After living in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years, Jacki now lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband Greg and two children.

Diane Foster - Ex-Officio

Diane is the City Manager for Park City. Prior to joining the City, Diane worked in the private sector for twenty two years, primarily in high tech. For eight of those years she managed to mix high tech with ski industry as the VP of Marketing Services for American Skiing Company. Diane holds a BA from Bates College, MBA from the University of Cambridge in the UK and an MPA at the University of Utah.

Diane served as a local Planning Commissioner for five years; as VP of the Board of Directors Park City's NPR radio station, KPCW; is a member and has served on the Board for the Park City Rotary Club and is past board President for Recycle Utah.

Diane and her husband Hutch, along with avalanche search dog Calamity Jane, avalanche dog program flunk out Murphy and cat Princess Buttercup, live in a net zero energy home in Wanship, Utah at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Diane enjoys all forms of snow sliding (tele, alpine, skate & snowboard) and trail running.

Margaret (Margo) Lasecke-Jacobs - Members Emeritus

Margaret was approved by the Governor and Senate to serve on the 15 member Utah Governor’s Office of Economic (GOED) board for a four year term beginning October, 2013.

Since 2007, Margaret has served on the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board. She was Chairwoman of that Board in 2010 and 2011 and continues to serve in a board chair emeritus status and on the development committee.

Before becoming Park City residents in 2008, Margaret, a native Californian, and her husband Ken, called the San Francisco Bay Area their primary residence.

In California, Margaret ran worldwide public relations and global marketing for Oracle Corporation from June 1993 to June 2000. She formed a marketing and public relations consulting practice after leaving Oracle. As a consultant, Margaret worked with Silver Lake Partners (SLP), a recognized leader in US-based private equity, leveraged buyout and growth capital investments where she counseled a handful of SLP companies on their marketing strategy.

From 1987 to 1993, she was part of the senior management team at Fujitsu America, where she managed marketing, advertising and public relations. Early in her career, as one of the youngest vice presidents at the internationally respected public relations firm, Ogilvy & Mather (formerly Dudley Anderson & Yutzy), Margaret managed a range of technology and consumer products clients. Immediately after graduating from San Jose State University in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration, Margaret worked for Atari Corporation, a Time Warner subsidiary.

In California, highlights of Margaret’s non-profit communications consulting efforts included:

  • Positive Coaching Alliance (national youth sports organization, based at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA) -- Board Member
  • Stanford School of Medicine, Stem Cell Research Effort -- Formed and led Communications Advisory Board (played active role in highlighting stem cell science in 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign)
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Silicon Valley based support organization for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- participated in ‘all-star’ marketing strategy committee.

Also in Park City, Margaret served on the board of The Colony homeowners’ association for six years, holding the Office of President in 2009.

Margaret enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jamie, who lives/works in the San Francisco Bay Area and her husband Ken, who retired from Oracle, after a nearly 30 year career there. The Jacobs’ spend their free time on international travel, skiing, snow shoeing, scuba diving and cycling.

Tina Lewis - Members Emeritus

ina Stahlke Lewis became involved with Sundance when, as the Community Affairs Director for the Park City Chamber Bureau in 1980, she was asked to assist in moving the U.S. Film and Video Festival to Park City and to serve as a member of the board. She is the longest-serving member of the Sundance Institute Utah Board of Advisors and has been the co-chair and chair. Lewis was the director of the State of Utah International Business Development Office, producing 90 international events during the Olympic Winter Games and conducting 12 worldwide trade missions post Olympics. She had been co-chair of Utah’s Olympic Delegation. Lewis lectured for the University of Utah’s Global Business Program and Utah State University’s International Business Seminars and was appointed to the District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. She received the World Trade Association’s Award for excellence in international business.

A 40-year resident of Park City, Lewis served on the City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Planning Commission. She was a founder of the Historic District Commission, Library Board, and Parks and Recreation Board and a member of the team that wrote the Historic District Guidelines, Park City Master Plan, and Parks Master Plan. Lewis was the founder of the Park City Museum, the Kimball Art Guild and Friends of the Library and she chaired the restoration of City Hall, Marsac School and Miner’s Hospital. She organized the nationally televised “Book Brigade” and developed the Park City logo. At the Chamber Bureau, Lewis spearheaded many iconic Park City events such as Taste of Park City, Snowflaker’s Ball and Autumn Aloft. She was director of the Park City Arts Festival and chair of the Centennial Commission. She coordinated conferences for the National Governors and the Western Governor’s Policy Office that Governor Scott Matheson held in Park City. She is a regular contributor to Park City Magazine.

Lewis is an authority on sewing, embroidery and quilting. She was a contributing editor of Creative Needle magazine and a fashion coordinator for McCall’s Pattern Company and Seventeen Magazine. Her designs and articles appear regularly in national sewing and quilting magazines. She teaches at needlework conferences and creates special projects for private clients.

Lewis has served on numerous boards including Park City Chamber, Utah Symphony, Utah Library Commission, KPCW Radio, Utah Heritage Foundation, Rowland Hall School, Utahns for Choice, Spy Hop Productions, Ft. Douglas Heritage Commons, World Trade Association, Kimball Art Center, and University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture. A National Trust for Historic Preservation board member, Lewis chaired the Trust’s National Board of Advisors. She was the chair of the opening of the restored Salt Lake City & County Building and is the author of a children’s book about the building. She was honored with Utah Heritage Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in historic preservation, received honors from the Utah Humanities Council, and was a Peace House “Many Women, Many Voices” honoree. Lewis was named Park City’s “Citizen of the Year” and “Utah’s Renaissance Woman.”

Rory Murphy - Members Emeritus

Rory Murphy lives in Park City with his two children and niece. He grew up in Vermont and was an Army Paratrooper in Alaska and with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. He is a Disabled American Veteran. He has an MBA from the University of Utah and a BS from UVM. From 1992 to 2003, Rory was the Vice-President of Real Estate Development for UPCMC, a NYSE-listed company that was the predecessor-in-interest to Talisker Corp. where he developed over $500 MM in real estate assets for UPCMC and led the transition team to privatize and sell the company to Talisker. In 2003, along with partner, George Bryan, he purchased the property and developed what would become Silver Star at Park City, a $140 MM ski resort development that won multiple awards, including the Project of the Year from Utah Housing Coalition, Project of the Year from the Utah Heritage Foundation and the Good Karma Award from the Park City Council. Sundance’s headquarters are located at the Silver Star at Park City project. He has served on the Park City Planning Commission, the Summit County Judicial Selection Committee, the Wasatch County Roads Commission, the Park City Soils Commission as well as numerous HOA Boards. He is a Rotarian and spends a week annually in Guatemala working on water systems for remote villages. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Park City Historic Society, the Spiro Arts, the Sundance Utah Advisory Board, the Mountain Trails Foundation, the University of Utah Hospital Foundation and others. He has coached youth lacrosse for over 12 years. He currently is a partner in 820 Park Avenue, LLC and is an advisor to the Florence Gillmor Estate.

Director's Advisory Group

Sean Bailey - Trustee Representative

Sean is President of Production at Walt Disney Studios, where he oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production. Previously, he founded Idealogy, Inc., focusing on the evolution and future of creative content, and served as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, a production company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore.

Jason Blum

Jason is a film producer and in 2000 created Blumhouse Productions, where he produced Paranormal Activity and other films following the model of inexpensive movies with mass audience appeal. He was formerly co-head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Miramax Films, Executive Vice President of Arrow Entertainment and Producing Director of the Malaparte Theater Company

Jason Hirschhorn

Jason is an entrepreneur most comfortable at the intersection between entertainment and technology. He is CEO of his first venture, Mischief New Media, and was formerly Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks, President of Sling Media, most recently Co-President of MySpace. He serves on the Board of Directors of MGM.

Andrew Jarecki

Andrew is an American filmmaker, musician, and entrepreneur. He is best known for Capturing the Friedmans, which won eighteen international prizes including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the New York Film Critics Circle award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Moviefone.

Chris Kelly

Chris is an American entrepreneur, politician, and lawyer. Until March 16, 2010, he was the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook. Kelly ran for Attorney General of California in the 2010 election.

Blake Krikorian

Blake is a co-founder & former CEO of Sling Media, a consumer electronics company that builds the Slingbox and was bought by Echostar in 2007. He started his career at General Magic, co-founded Philips Mobile Computing Group and later served as SVP, Metis Associates, an information technology consulting firm and incubator of core technology companies. He was involved in the creation of Metis’ first incubated company, Mainbrace Corporation, and served as the company’s President for 2 years.

Geoffrey Sands

Geoff is McKinsey & Co.’s Director of Media & Entertainment for North America, and co-leads the Digital Marketing Practice in North America. He is on the Board of Directors for Sundance Institute, Thirteen/WNET and the Paley Center for Media, and is Chairman of the Board of PBS.

Lauren Zalaznick

Lauren is Chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, overseeing Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Telemundo, mun2 and the joint ventures Sprout and TV One. She also runs the digital properties DailyCandy, Fandango, iVillage, Television Without Pity and the Integrated Media Group. She is a member of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s MediaNYC2020 Council, a Trustee of the Brown University Corporation, and sits on the Brown University Women’s Leadership Council and Creative Arts Council.


Keri Putnam - Executive Director

Keri Putnam oversees all programs of the global nonprofit Sundance Institute, including the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Film Festival, Film Music Program, Theatre Program, and Native American and Indigenous Program. She is also responsible for expanding the Institute's international work, initiating strategic partnerships, and growing the Institute's annual operating budget. In addition, Putnam leads Institute initiatives to provide independent filmmakers with access to digital distribution through the Artist Services program and to identify and lessen roadblocks for women in the independent sector via the Women Filmmakers Initiative.

Before joining Sundance Institute, Putnam served as president of production for Miramax Films, the Walt Disney Company's specialty film division. Prior to joining Miramax, Putnam was executive vice president, HBO Films, responsible for the development and production of films for both the cable network and for theatrical release.

A graduate of Harvard, Putnam studied theatre and began her career working for Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, the ART, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Jennifer Arceneaux - Director, External Relations

Jennifer Arceneaux oversees the Institute’s development, marketing, and public relations departments and directs the strategic alignment of Sundance Institute’s external relations efforts. She reports directly to Executive Director Keri Putnam and also works closely with the Institute’s Leadership and Board of Trustees.

Arceneaux previously served as Director of Development for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). During her seven-year tenure at MOCA, Arceneaux cultivated philanthropic relationships and fostered the careers of artists and curators in the Los Angeles art community. Arceneaux also launched the successful MOCA NOW communications and development campaign to increase grassroots engagement in fundraising and create transparent communication with MOCA members and patrons. The campaign evolved into the MOCA NEW initiative raising more than $70 million in operating and endowment support. Prior to joining MOCA, Arceneaux served as Director of Development at the Accelerated School in Los Angeles where she executed a $60 million capital campaign for a new campus and community center. Her professional experience spans over ten years working with non-profits and community-based arts organizations including RAND Corporation, Inner-City Arts, CityLife, A.R.T.S. Inc., The Housing Rights Center and more recently in a board and advisory capacity with the Watts House Project, and LAXART.

She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from California State University at Fullerton and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California School of Policy Planning and Development

John Cooper - Director, Sundance Film Festival

John Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989 and assumed the role of Festival Director in April of 2009 after serving as the Sundance Film Festival's Director of Programming since 2003.

His early work in theater, ranging from performance to design, took him to New York City. By chance, he volunteered at the Institute's Summer Labs in 1989 and fell in love with the process and energy of Sundance. He returned to California to become part of the Festival programming team, which at that time consisted of two people. In the Festival's early years, Cooper created the short film program and quickly transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films.

In recent years, he took the lead in developing the Institute's online presence, which has garnered two Webby Awards. As Festival Director, he oversees creative direction of the Festival and has final decision on all films and events.

Other work includes guest curator or juror at major film festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as Programming Director of Outfest, a Los Angeles festival held annually in July, and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors.

Dave Ginsberg, Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer of the Sundance Institute, Dave Ginsberg is responsible for their technology-related resources, workflow and staff in areas including production, exhibition, and IT services. He has more than two decades of experience in editing and implementing enabling technologies for leaders in the post production and broadcast industries including Warner Bros., Disney and Fox.

He is an expert in state-of-the-art post-production, editing/compositing technologies and workflow methodologies and has worked directly with major industry players such as Apple and Avid to advance technology in these areas.

Dave has designed leading edge HD edit facilities, hierarchical approval, digital distribution and archival management solutions that optimize processes transparently and with only a small amount of user training required. This has saved the companies he has worked with many millions of dollars.

Peter Golub - Director, Film Music Program

Peter Golub has directed the Sundance Film Music Program since 1999. Under his leadership the Program has held two annual Labs at the Sundance Resort where composers work on their own under the mentorship of leading film composers and also in collaboration both with Fellows from the Sundance Feature Film and Documentary Programs.

Golub's own recent film scores include: Countdown to Zero (Participant Films); Frozen River (nominated for two Academy Awards); The Great Debaters (co-composed with James Newton Howard); Outrage; I.O.U.S.A.; and Wordplay, among many more.

Golub, also a pianist, received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music. His numerous concert works have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He has also been active as a composer for the theatre. Golub serves on the Board of the American Music Center.

Philip Himberg - Artistic Director, Theatre Program

Since 1997, Philip has guided all aspects of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, including the Sundance Institute Theatre Laboratory, and satellite residency programs in Massachusetts, Wyoming and Florida. Under his aegis, the program has grown into providing year-round support for theatre artists in a variety of settings, including an exchange in East Africa with artists of that region.

Himberg’s most recent play, Paper Dolls, had its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2013. He is co-author and director of Carry It On, a solo play for singer and actor Maureen McGovern, which played at Two Rivers Theatre, Red Bank NJ, the Huntington Theatre in Boston, Arena Stage, Washington DC and Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York. Other directing credits include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Some Men at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Elegies by William Finn at the Canon Theatre, LA, and Flora The Red Menace Reprise in LA.

Himberg received his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Oberlin College. He was co-artistic director of Playwrights Horizons in New York during the theatre’s most formative years. He is a recipient of a TCG/NEA Artistic Directors Fellowship, which brought him to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Himberg currently serves as President of the Board of Directors at Theatre Communications Group. He has taught at the Tisch School at NYU and is a visiting consultant at the Yale Drama School. Himberg is a published essayist (“Family Albums” in Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys) and licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. He lives in New York and is the father of Fanny Rose Ballantine-Himberg.

Laurie Hopkins - Co-Managing Director, Administration

Laurie Hopkins joined Sundance Institute in 2006 and was recently Director of Budgeting and Administration, where she oversaw the Institute’s annual operating budget, as well as foundation and government grant analysis. She has 15 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, having worked for Powdr Corporation, First Security Corporation in Salt Lake City, and the Office of Policy and Analysis, FCA, in Washington, D.C. Hopkins is Treasurer of the Summit County Public Arts Advisory Board and is a former Grand County Travel Council chair.

Tabitha Jackson - Director, Documentary Film Program

With over 20 years experience in the field, Tabitha Jackson is an award-winning commissioning editor and producer of documentary and non-fiction work. Jackson brings to her new role extensive experience in producing nonfiction work for multiple platforms, arts advocacy and outreach, building creative partnerships and team management.

Jackson recently served as Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4 Television based in London, where she supported and championed the independent and alternative voice, and sought to find fresh and innovative ways of storytelling. Prior to this role, Jackson held the position of Editor, More 4 at Channel 4 where she ran the day-to-day operations for the UK’s sixth largest digital channel including running the two key areas of original programming True Stories and More 4 Arts.

While at Channel 4, commissions included: Mark Cousins’ magisterial 15 part series "The Story of Film", Clio Barnard’s formally innovative verbatim cinema doc "The Arbor", Bart Layton’s documentary "The Imposter", and the forthcoming Nick Cave film, "20,000 Days on Earth".

Jackson’s commissions have been recognized with numerous awards including BAFTA Awards for The Imposter and Chosen, and Academy Award nominations for Burma VJ and Which Way Home. She has also received awards for her own work including a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson worked as an independent producer making films in both the UK and US about identity, social justice and history.

Sarah Pearce - Co-Managing Director, Operations & Utah Community Relations

Sarah Pearce has supervised and led Festival operations for more than 13 years. For two years she served on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for the State of Utah and currently serves on the Park City Chamber Board. She has also been a consultant to CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Sundance Preserve.

N. Bird Runningwater - Director, Native American and Indigenous Program

Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such as Four Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Shímásání, and Drunktown’s Finest. Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and Australia, which have spawned such projects as The Strength Of Water (New Zealand), Samson And Delilah (Australia), and Bran Nue Dae (Australia).

Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization of a Rockefeller family member. He served as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater currently serves as a patron to the imagineNative Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto.

Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Michelle Satter - Director, Feature Film Program

Michelle Satter is the founding director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, which was the inaugural program of the Institute. As the Feature Film Program director, she has provided year-round and in-depth support to groundbreaking and award-winning filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. She also spearheaded the Institute's international work in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East as well as the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award celebrating 100 years of cinematic history.

In 1989, Satter coproduced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriters Journey. She is currently one of the producers on the film adaptation of Isabel Allende’s international bestseller Eva Luna. Prior to Sundance Institute, Satter lived in Boston and was director of public relations/marketing at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and a partner and program director of ArtiCulture, Inc., where she produced hundreds of performing arts events throughout the Boston area. She has served on the Boards of the Independent Feature Project, MAISHA, and Equinoxe. Most recently, Satter was recognized with the Women in Film Business Leadership Award and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award.

Sundance Institute Staff


Robert Redford - President
Keri Putnam - Executive Director
Laurie Hopkins - Co-Managing Director, Administration
Sarah Pearce - Co-Managing Director, Operations & Utah Community Relations


Joseph Beyer - Director, Digital Initiatives
Chris Horton - Director, #ArtistServices: Creative Distribution
Missy Laney - Coordinator, #ArtistServices

Documentary Film Program

Tabitha Jackson - Director, Documentary Film Program & Fund
Rahdi Taylor - Film Fund Director, Documentary Film Program
Richard Ray Perez - Producer, Creative Partnerships, Documentary Film Program
Kristin Feeley - Labs and Artist Support Director, Documentary Film Program
Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs - Film Fund Coordinator, Documentary Film Program
Velissa Robinson - Film Fund Coordinator, Documentary Film Program
Bruni Burres - Senior Consultant, Documentary Film Program
Wendy Levy - Senior Consultant, Documentary Film Program
John Cardellino - Labs and Artist Support Coordinator, Documentary Film Program
Maria Clement - Assistant, Documentary Film Program

Feature Film Program

Michelle Satter - Founding Director, Feature Film Program
Ilyse McKimmie - Labs Director, Feature Film Program
Paul Federbush - International Director, Feature Film Program
Anne Lai - Creative Producing Initiatives Director, Feature Film Program
Cristen Aery - Coordinator, Feature Film Program 
Matthew Takata - Manager, Feature Film Program, International
Rachel Chanoff - Feature Film Program Consultant
Rebecca Windsor - Manager, Creative Producing Initiatives
Shira Rockowitz - Manager, Feature Film Program
Jennifer Goyne Blake - Senior Manager, Episodic Story Lab

Film Music program

Peter Golub - Director, Film Music Program 
Jarom Rowland - Manager, Film Music Program

Film Forward

Meredith Lavitt - Director, Film Forward Initiative
Jacqueline Carlson - Manager, Film Forward Initiative
Bethany Clarke - Manager, Film Forward Initiative
Hanna Bowens - Assistant, Film Forward Initiative

Diversity & Women's Initiative

Caroline Libresco - Director, Special Programs and Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
June Kim - Coordinator, Special Programs: Catalyst & Women's Initiative
N. Bird Runningwater - Director, Native American & Indigenous Program 
Moira Griffin - Manager, Diversity Initiative

Native American and Indigenous Program

N. Bird Runningwater - Director, Native American and Indigenous Program
Maya Solis - Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Program

New Frontier

Kamal Sinclair- Co-Director, New Frontier (Lab Programs)
Shari Frilot - Co-Director, New Frontier (Festival) and Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Ruthie Doyle - Coordinator, New Frontier

Sundance Film Festival & Public Programming

Public Programming
John Cooper – Director, Sundance Film Festival 
Trevor Groth – Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival
David Courier – Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Shari Frilot – Co–Director, New Frontier (Festival) and Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Caroline Libresco – Director, Special Programs and Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Mike Plante – Senior Programmer, Short Film
Kim Yutani – Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Charlie Reff – Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
John Nein – Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival & Collection
Heidi Zwicker – Associate Programmer, International Film & Collection Manager
Hussain Currimboy – Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Adam Montgomery – Senior Manager, Programming Department
Toby Brooks – Assistant to the Director, Sundance Film Festival and Coordinator for Public Programming
Rebecca Katz – Assistant to Director of Programming

Sundance Industry Office and Alumni Relations
Rosie Wong – Associate Director, Industry and Alumni Relations
Kate Schlauch – Manager, Sundance Industry Office and Alumni

Festival Operations
Tina Graham – Associate Director of Operations
Meredith Potter – Manager, Festival Operations
Melissa Bowers – Manager, Volunteer Program
Kenzie Coulson – Senior Manager, Accommodations & Transportation
Allison Bowman – Manager, Festival Logistics
Jacqueline Landry – Senior Manager, Theatre Operations
Sarah Simonds – Manager, Theatre Operations 
Linda Pfafflin – Associate Director, Ticketing & Customer Service
Heidi Bruce – Manager, Ticketing Operations
David Sabour – Manager, Ticketing Systems
Kirsten Chalker – Senior Manager, Film Office
Jacqueline Miller – Manager, Database Operations
Leah Langan – Coordinator, Operations and Utah Advisory Board

Theatre Program

Philip Himberg - Artistic Director, Theatre Program
Christopher Hibma - Producing Director, Theatre Program
Deborah Asiimwe - Specialist, Sundance East Africa
Ignacia Delgado - Literary Manager, Theatre Program
Iyvon Edebiri - Producing Coordinator, Theatre Program

Utah Community

Kara Cody - Senior Manager, Utah Community Program

External Relations

Jennifer Arceneaux - Director, External Relations 
Josie McGuinn - Assistant Director, Events
Meredith Wicks - Manager, Events
Camellia Rowland - Manager, Festival Events
Christine Benjamin - Assistant to Director, External Relations

Individual Giving
Laura Shumate - Assistant Director, Individual Giving 
Emily Eichhorn-Nye - Membership Coordinator
Elizabeth O'Malley - Manager, Individual Giving
Darien Turner - Development Analyst
Matthew Hemsley - Assistant Director, Individual Giving

Corporate Development
Katie Kennedy - Director, Corporate Development 
Robert Dick - Associate Director, Corporate Development
Stephanie Terifay Bediee - Associate Director, Corporate Development 
Christina Martin - Senior Manager, Corporate Development
Lauren Brady - Coordinator, Corporate Development
Jason Storbeck - Coordinator, Corporate Development

Foundation Giving
Elizabeth Greenway - Director, Foundation and Government Giving
Andrew Eastwick - Grants Manager

Marketing and Creative Services
Jessica Buzzard - Director, Marketing
Jess Kantor - Associate Director, Marketing
Michelle Matthews - Senior Graphic Designer
Angela Long, Senior Manager, Marketing 
Nate von Zumwalt - Editorial Manager
Luis Silva - Content Coordinator
Siobhan Doheny - Marketing Coordinator
Tanya De Angelis - Associate Director, Archives and Collection
Andrew Rabkin - Assistant Archivist
Megan Lynch - Graphic Designer 
Jared Hurst - Web Specialist
Kirby Yardley - Web Coordinator

Media Relations
Sarah Eaton - Director, Media Relations
Casey De La Rosa - Associate Director, Media Relations
Elizabeth Latenser - Manager, Media Relations
Emel Shaikh - Coordinator, Media Relations

Administration and Operations

Executive Director's Office
Michelle Skinner - Manager, Board Relations and Executive Director's Office
Marie Nguyen - Coordinator, Executive Director’s Office

Reception and Office Administration
Morgan Everett - Coordinator, Administration
Todd Croak-Falen - Coordinator, Office Administration
Mary Mittler - Reception and Office Administration
Desiree Nash - Reception and Office Administration
Michael Driscoll - Reception and Office Administration
Corey Field, Esq - Outside Counsel

Lab Operations
Eva Rinaldi - Director, Program Operations
Jen Barnett - Manager, Program Operations: Guest Relations
Jenny Stamenson - Manager, Program Operations: Accommodations and Meals

Human Resources

Bethany Adamek - Assistant Director, Human Resources
Carolina Perez - Senior Manager, Human Resources 
Dani Baum - Employment Manager
Ashley Castro - Coordinator, Human Resources


Brooke McAffee - Chief Financial Officer
Michelle Anderson - Director, Accounting
Ligita Henry - Assistant Controller
Alexis Jallad - Associate Director of Budget
Joni Aoki - Budget Analyst
Ryan Hamilton - Accounting Manager
Katrina Fiebig - Manager, Merchandise Program
Penelope Sullivan - Accounting Coordinator

Technology Services

David Ginsberg - Chief Technology Officer
Justin Simmons - Associate Director, Systems & Network Administration
Holden Payne - Director, Technical Exhibition and Production
John Stevenson - Senior Manager, Production
Rebecca Gaster - Senior Systems Administrator
Adam Smith - Network Administrator
Paul Tarmina - Project Manager, Web and Database Development 
John Jennings - Senior Web and Database Developer
Chris Zulliger - Database Analyst
Jessica Hobbs - Coordinator, Technology Services
Jason Del Rio - Manager, Helpdesk
Nate Pennington - Coordinator, Helpdesk
Brandon Lake - Coordinator, Helpdesk
Sean Berrett - Coordinator, Helpdesk
Frank Cautela - Coordinator, Help Desk

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