Cheryl Jenkins :: President
Cheryl Jenkins is the CEO and principal and founding partner of Atlanta-based Production Accounting and Crew Services, International (PACS). Based in Atlanta, GA PACS services film and television production sets across the world with clients including NBC/Universal, New Line Television, VH-1, BET, Fox and many more.
Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University. She got her start in the industry as an assistant accountant on UPN’s breakaway hit “Moesha” starring Brandy Norwood. Beyond her role as president of the Atlanta chapter of Women in Television and Film, she taught the first scheduling and budgeting workshop at the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta and served as a judge and panelist at the SONscreen Film Festival in Simi Valley, California.
Yvette Caslin :: Treasurer
Atlanta-bred Yvette Caslin is SVP of strategy and development for Rolling Out Magazine’s parent company Steed Media Group. Yvette serves not only as editress, multimedia journalist and fashion critic, but she also oversees Steed Media Group’s publications, websites, event activation and marketing and business development activities for all aspects of the brand including print, digital and ancillary products.
Yvette also works with House of Beauty, a ministry for women and children, ACE, a multicultural portal for artists of color in entertainment, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also an aspiring documentarian.
Yvette earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of West Georgia and Master of Science at Georgia State University. An avid reader and workout queen, Yvette has a daughter, Brandi, and granddaughter Paris Grace, and resides in Stone Mountain, GA.
Board of Directors
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Kristy Clabaugh is a Certified Public Accountant and the Firm Business Development Coordinator at Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, PC. Kristy has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and working with owners in the entertainment and hospitality industry, small and mid-size businesses, as well as high net-worth individuals. Kristy joined WHT in 2013 from an international public accounting firm where she worked with clients to minimize federal and state taxes as well as to settle disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities. Today, Kristy specializes in the film & entertainment hospitality industry, offering comfort letter issuance, film tax credit placement, and tax filing preparation services.
Leslie Hochsztein is an Enterprise Application Engineering Specialist at GE Digital where she works on front-end development for General Electric internal applications. She was previously web developer at Superlux, a design studio dedicated to the moving image. Before she transitioned to web development, she was an Account Executive at Allied Integrated Marketing, a film and entertainment publicity and promotions agency. Leslie worked primarily with movie studio clients including Disney, Focus Features, and CBS Films to promote their films leading up to theatrical release. Leslie graduated from Emory University with a degree in Art History and Journalism.
Kate McArdle spent the first twenty years of her career working as a producer and creative executive in both theatrical feature films and TV in Los Angeles. She started her career in the story department of Columbia Pictures and subsequently worked for Tri-Star pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Productions, Lorimar/WB Television, Michael Douglas films, Fox studios and the USA Cable Network. Kate recently accepted the position as Director of Film Workforce Development for the newly minted Georgia Film Academy. As director, she is in charge of helping Georgians train for jobs on productions shooting in Georgia and is helping to build the above the line culture by working with local writers, producers and directors to partner on independent projects.
Lisa Moore is the principal of her own entertainment and intellectual property boutique law practice, The Moore Firm, LLC. Ms. Moore currently represents clients throughout the entertainment industry including actors, screenwriters, managers, directors, production companies, musicians and composers, visual artists and galleries, clothing designers, authors and writers, magazines, among others. She also works with Fortune 500 companies and celebrities on contracts, licensing, copyright, trademark, First Amendment issues and all other legal aspects of the art, entertainment, intellectual property, film, television, music and literary publishing businesses.
After matriculating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Moore continued on to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law. She served as past chair of the Entertainment Section for the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Moore has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law where she taught Entertainment Law and Visual Arts and the Law, as well as at Georgia State University where she taught Copyright Law as an adjunct. She lectures frequently around the country on music, copyright, art law, film, television, literary publishing, new technology and new media issues.
She is a frequent lecturer and contributor to various law reviews, entertainment journals and related publications. She has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and accolades for her entertainment practice, including being named one of 13 lawyers under 40 On The Rise in 2011 in Georgia by the Fulton County Daily Report.
Kathilynn Phillips is a writer/director/producer/filmmaker whose works have screened to many thousands in the U.S., Europe and Asian Pacific. Her latest feature film, “Chasing the White Dragon”, has won several awards and received international distribution. Ms. Phillips has also been the recipient of multiple other awards for writing, producing and directing film, including those from Academy Award-qualifying film festivals. She was a semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars). She currently has a family film, a PG-13 thriller and a streaming digital series in development.
Kathy “Kat” Pomey is a Sales Manager/Location Consultant at the Georgia World Congress Center. Pomey’s responsibilities include proposing and selling venue space to clients in 15 different market segments. The majority of her clientele are involved in the entertainment industry. She works to bring in and accommodate the filming of movies, television, and commercials, as well as live concerts, dance competitions, and talent shows. Pomey graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and received Paralegal Certification from Emory University. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Shellie Schmals is all over the Atlanta arts scene, from her current position as Film Programming Manager with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to her involvement with local artists and galleries. Shellie is an improv actress and comedy producer at Relapse Theatre and co-founder of Minette Magnifique, Creative Loafing’s pick for 2013 Best Burlesque Troupe. Currently, Shellie fills her creative world as founder and emcee of Roxie Roz – a 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll burlesque troupe. In addition to beginning her term on the WIFTA Board of Directors, Shellie is active in Georgia Production Partnership and coordinates an annual fundraiser for Bullseye Rescue, aptly named “Pit Bulls and Poodle Skirts”.
LaRonda Sutton is an entertainment industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in all aspects of film, television, music, and new digital media. Sutton is the Owner/Principal of Film City, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to advising city, county, and state government officials and policy makers on the long-term economic benefits of being film and entertainment friendly. Film City is also a permit facilitation company assisting film productions with their on-location needs throughout the state of Georgia. Prior to founding Film City, Sutton was the founding director of the Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment for the City of Atlanta. She established the new executive office during Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration in July 2013.
Tammi Jones Tanaka :: Social Media Director
Tammi Jones Tanaka is an event producer, writer, on-camera host, and actor. An Honors graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Tammi is best known for her role as Caroline Gooden in the Miramax film Hav Plenty. During her New York days, she was a film correspondent for New York Central on Metro TV, and an interviewer/host for the IFP Gotham Awards on Bravo Network. Now an Atlanta resident, Tammi has resumed her acting career and plans to continue event producing. She is represented by Houghton Talent.
Melisha Childs :: Reel Focus Blog Editor
Melisha Childs is an author, writer, men’s fashion consultant, and real estate agent in training. After self-publishing her first book, The Vital Sacrifice, she had a burning desire to see the book made into a film and decided to learn more about film making and screenwriting. Although she is still on her journey to stardom in the world of film, her desire for success in the industry has put her in contact with many local and national members of the film community. She has served as blog editor for the past two years Women in Film and Television Atlanta and has been a member for GPP for a year. Melisha earned her Bachelor’s degree in history from Spelman College and her MBA with a concentration in project management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is also the owner of her own freelance writing and publishing company, Lactrodectus Entertainment, LLC.
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