Staff, Board, and Ambassadors


Robert Clasen


Robert Clasen is a retired Media and Entertainment executive whose career has included President and CEO of Comcast Cable and later Comcast International, CEO of Starz Entertainment, Division President at McCaw Cellular, and Executive VP of US Operations for Rogers Communications. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Colorado Creative Industries Council.

Suzanne Sell

Vice Chair

Starz Entertainment, Denver, CO

As Senior Vice President of Research at Starz, Suzanne Sell directs audience measurement, program research, and consumer research for the Starz premium television networks. As a researcher, television consultant, editor/publisher, and writer/producer, she has spent more than 30 years helping to build audiences and strategies for media businesses across the United States and internationally.

Michael Day


Michael Day is retired from Norwest Corporation, an international energy and environmental consulting company, where he specialized in groundwater resource management and sustainable unconventional energy development, working on projects worldwide.  He was a founder of the company, president of the Water Resources Group for 30 years, and served on the Board of Directors.  He has been retained with Norwest as a mentor, technical advisor, and marketing specialist.  Mike has been an Executive Producer member of the Denver Film Society and a Patron of the Denver Film Festival for many years.  He has co-produced an independent feature-length film that enjoyed success on the film festival circuit and is currently involved in several independent film projects.

Jack McGuire, CPA


GHP Horwath, P.C.

Jack McGuire is a Senior Manager at GHP Horwath, P.C., a member firm of Crowe Horwath International.  Jack has over eighteen years of accounting and auditing experience, including not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting.

Andra Zeppelin

Denver Eater

Andra Zeppelin is a food and lifestyle writer in Denver, Colorado. A Romanian native, Andra moved to Denver in 2001. Here, she finished college and completed a law degree at the University of Colorado, but phased the practice of law out in favor of food writing when she became the editor at Eater Denver. Andra lives in RiNo with her husband, two daughters, and a Persian cat. In her free time, she makes butter from scratch, devours food magazines, and scouts the city for the best desserts.

David Thomson

With 25 years in real estate development experience, Thomson was selected in the Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Denver Business Journal for many years and then the 40 under 40, Denver Business Journal in 2002. Thomson was responsible for bringing the likes of GE, Arrow Electronics and NBH to Colorado as the Global Business Development Director for Governor Hickenlooper. Thomson has been associated with large scale development projects that include, base village of Winter Park Ski Resort, base village of River Run of Keystone Ski Resort, The Riverfront Park in Denver and Cordillera in Vail Colorado. As COO and a partner to East West Partners, Thomson was responsible for bringing the Riverfront Park Community to Denver. Thomson serves on various boards including President of The Nathan Yip Foundation, The Winter Park Ski Resort Trust, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, The Burns Society DU Real Estate School and various others. Thomson is a graduate of The University of Denver and Thunderbird University. Thomson enjoys the outdoors of Colorado with his sons and is an active skier and runner.

Deborah Park


Deborah Park is a seasoned PR and marketing professional with experience in tourism, entertainment, and consumer products. Prior to joining TURNER, a leading travel and lifestyle creative agency based in New York City, Chicago and Denver, Deborah held senior-level positions at VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, Universal Studios Hollywood and at entertainment-based PR agencies in Los Angeles. Deborah has a masters in marketing from the University of Colorado, Denver and degrees in journalism and studio arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Joe Megyesy

A Denver-area native and veteran political operative, Joe Megyesy assists a variety of clients in realizing their public policy goals through strategic communications initiatives. Via his firm JAM Communications, Megyesy has conceived and executed successful campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. His recent work includes organizing conservatives to support both marijuana legalization and gay marriage.

A lifelong cineaste and Coloradan, Megyesy is as comfortable in a dark movie theater as he is in the backcountry.

Joey Porcelli

Freelance writer Joey Porcelli is the author of two dining guides and co-author of Take30: The First Three Decades of the Denver International Film Festival. She writes magazine articles, restaurant reviews, screenplays, and is working on her first novel.

Porcelli teaches memoir writing at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities in Colorado and has worked as newsletter editor for the Denver Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture, and Film, the Lower Downtown District, Inc., and Historic Denver.

John Dee

Placewise Media

As the president of Placewise Media, John Dee applies his expertise in marketing and digital solutions to the shopping center industry. Under his guidance, Placewise has grown to be the leading provider of interactive, mobile and social media solutions to shopping center industry. Placewise has built the Shoptopia Network, a nationwide advertising network of mall shoppers. Prior to Placewise, John was the VP of Sales and Business Development at Ricochet Networks and VP of Product Marketing at KN Energy where he developed and launched the nation’s’ first bundled consumer services including telephone, television and mobile. Additionally, John was an integral part of the marketing team at MCI, pioneering the company’s commercial Internet rollout as Regional Manager of Internet Marketing. John attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and is fluent in French, Spanish, German, and Arabic.

Julie Mordecai

The Complete Non Profit
Julie Mordecai owns and operates the Complete Non Profit, which provides resources for non-profits in Colorado and New Mexico. She has been involved professionally in the non-profit sector for 12 years and as a volunteer for over 24 years. She is working on her M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership at Adams State University.

Kevin Teng

Kevin Teng is an attorney with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where he focuses his practice in the area of asset management and securities law.  He works regularly with investment advisers, registered as well as private fund complexes, broker-dealers, and public plan investors.  He is a former managing editor of the Boston University International Law Journal.  Prior to joining the legal profession, Kevin studied and taught at Northwestern University and at the Universität Mannheim in Germany.  He is also a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado.

Lauren Handler

Lauren Handler is a Colorado native and a Principal in Handler/Silva Management – a management company that  oversees various business interests, trust interests, and real estate holdings.  In addition, she has been working in the healthcare industry in a patient advocate role for over 10 years.

Leslie Horna

Greenhouse Partners

Leslie Horna is a marketing communications leader with over 16 years experience in creative branding, strategic partnerships, event planning, measurement & evaluation, media relations, interactive media, reputation management, and writing within non-profit, government, corporate in-house, and agency teams.  Originally from North Carolina, Leslie has been in Denver over 15 years and is actively involved with local art events and organizations.

Mary Lee Beauregard

Mary Lee worked for the University of Colorado as Director of Public Affairs for a number of years. When she retired from the University, she was elected to serve on the University of Colorado Foundation Board. She chaired the board for two years and finished her chairmanship in November, 2012.

Natalie West

Natalie West is an attorney at the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP. A commercial litigator, she has considerable experience in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust and unfair competition, trade secrets, employment, and intellectual property. She obtained her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX.

Polly Loewy

Polly Loewy is a retired US Congress health policy consultant and hospital administrator. Polly has volunteered in public schools and with other education philanthropies during the last eighteen years in Denver. Polly’s husband is John Loewy and her birthday is June 17

Richard Rhodes

RNR Creative Enterprises, CEO
Richard is the chief executive and chief creative officer of RNR Creative Enterprises ( with more than a decade and a half of experience providing branding and strategic solutions for various business sectors as well as the community. During this span he has fostered professional relationships with some of today’s leading experts, consultants, organizations and business leaders and collaborates with them and others to offer a comprehensive approach to offering solutions.

Ron Henderson

Ron Henderson is the co-founder of the Denver Film Society / Denver International Film Festival. He retired in in 2007, on the occasion of DFS’ 30th anniversary. For the past five years, he has served as a senior program consultant for the Starz Denver Film Festival. Ron is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the University of Colorado’s Distinguished Community Service Award, and the festival’s John Cassavetes Award. A former book editor at the Macmillan Company in New York, he is author of two books on film.

Todd Lemley

Todd Lemley has been an executive, consultant and entrepreneur in multiple industries, mostly engaged with enterprises during significant growth or transition periods. He has lived on three continents and been significantly involved in fund raising activity spanning institutional, venture, private, angel and crowdfunding projects. Todd is also a film writer/producer. The first feature he lead produced, SHUTTLE, played in theaters across the country and was distributed worldwide.

Donald Zuckerman

In May 2011, Donald Zuckerman was appointed Director of Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media by Governor John Hickenlooper. In 2011, Donald Zuckerman executive produced Freaky Deaky, based upon the Elmore Leonard novel, as adapted and directed by Charlie Matthau. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2009, Donald Zuckerman executive produced Casino Jack, directed by George Hickenlooper, and starring Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz. The film was released theatrically by ATO Pictures, with home entertainment handled by Fox. In 2008, Donald Zuckerman produced Beer for My Horses, directed by Michael Salomon, and starring Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Claire Forlani and Tom Skerritt. Roadside Attractions released the film in theaters, and Lionsgate has foreign sales.

AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia currently stars as the young Carrie Bradshaw in the CW’s The Carrie Diaries, based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. The series, now in its second season, is a prequel to Sex and the City, and follows the character of Carrie Bradshaw during her high school years as she ventures to New York City to become a writer in the 1980s. Robb has previously starred in such films including The Space Between, Race To Witch Mountain, Jumper, The Reaping, A West Texas Children’s Story, Because of Winn Dixie, Spy School and the highly rated TV movie Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. Revered for her stand-out performances in the films Soul Surfer, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sleepwalking, Robb has performed under the tutelage of directors Tim Burton, Doug Liman, Stephen Hopkins and Wayne Wang. She most recently co-starred in the motion picture The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will next be seen on the big screen in Khumba, set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jérôme Pischella

Jérôme Pischella has been Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Denver, Colorado since July 2014, overseeing Canadian interests in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana. Jérôme has over 17 years of experience working with Canadian exporters and innovators. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, he worked for 7 years with Export Development Canada, most notably as a Small Business specialist. Jérôme holds a BA in International Commerce from ESCM (Poitiers, France) and a MA in International Business Analysis from Leicester University, UK.

Daniel Junge

Daniel Junge is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker (and two-time nominee). His first feature-length film, CHIEFS, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent feature, IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on over 50 broadcasters worldwide including PBS and the BBC. THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, his third feature film, won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival before broadcasting on HBO and earning a 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Journalism. Junge’s film THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2010. His most recent film, SAVING FACE, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Mike Fries

President and CEO, Liberty Global

A 28-year veteran of the cable and media industry, Mike Fries has been President and CEO of Liberty Global since 2005. Under his leadership, Liberty Global has grown into the largest international cable company in the world. Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team which launched the company’s international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He sits on the board of Liberty Global, CableLabs® and the Cable Center, is a Cable Television Pioneer and an active Telecom Governor of the World Economic Forum. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, U.S. National Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honored by 5280 Magazine’s Top of the Town Awards, Reader’s Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013).

Zee Ferrufino

A distinguished leader within the Denver business and Hispanic communities and an accomplished businessman, Zee Ferrufino embodies the spirit of the “American Dream”. Throughout his distinguished career as an entrepreneur, Zee Ferrufino has played a leading role within the community. He owned his first business, Denver Fine Furniture, for more than 25 years. During that time Mr. Ferrufino continued to add additional business interests such as Denver Music Distributing and Colorado Latin Promotions to his portfolio. As owner and CEO of KNBO Spanish Radio 1280-AM in Denver, he is able to reach out to more than 500,000 Hispanics in the greater Metro Denver area. He also owns 1490-AM in Colorado Springs and 1480-AM in Pueblo.

Jeffrey Donovan

Jeffrey Donovan has appeared in numerous Oscar-nominated Films, Emmy-nominated TV, as well as Tony Award winning Broadway shows. He starred in the hugely successful Burn Notice for 7 Seasons and will appear in the upcoming films “Welcome to Harmony” and “Sicario” as well as the 2nd Season of “Fargo”. He’s on the Board of Directors for the Family Reach Foundation. He currently resides in Colorado with his wife and children.

Donna Dewey

Donna Dewey is an Academy Award winning filmmaker who has been writing, producing and directing documentaries, commercials and theatrical films for over twenty years. Ms. Dewey’s documentary, A Story of Healing, filmed in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. In addition, her films have won top prizes at Tribeca in New York, SXSW in Austin, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Jacksonville, Aspen and many others. She was named 2000 Colorado Businesswoman of the Year, is a 2004 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, has served on the Colorado Governor’s Film Commission Advisory Board, and was appointed by then Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to serve as Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Ellie Caulkins

Opera Colorado – Lifetime Honorary Chairman of the Board

Graland Country Day School – Life Trustee

Metropolitan Opera of New York City – Board member

University of Colorado Foundation – Board member

Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Foundation-former board member

Tom Bower

Tom Bower’s career spans motion pictures, television and theatre. A busy character actor, he has appeared in more than 60 feature films, but is perhaps most recognized for his role as Marvin, the janitor who helps John McClane defeat the terrorists, in the blockbuster “Die Hard 2.” Bower’s additional film credits include “Out of the Furnace,” “Crazy Heart,” “Garner, Iowa,” “In Embryo,” “Cantuckee,” “Stars,” “Angry Little God,” “As You Like It,” “The Killer Inside Me,” “Appaloosa,” “The Hills Have Eyes,” “North Country,” “The Badge,” “High Crimes,” “The Laramie Project,” “Hearts in Atlantis,” “The Million Dollar Hotel,” “The Negotiator,” “Nixon,” “Georgia,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Raising Cain,” “True Believer,” “Distant Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.”

Andrew Rodgers

Executive Director


Britta Erickson

Festival Director

Brit Withey

Artistic Director

Patrick O’Brien

Director of Development

Gina Cuomo

Sie FilmCenter General Manager

Suzanne Yuzer

Membership & Individual Giving Manager

Brendon Lenzi

Development Coordinator

JoAnna Cintron

Marketing Manager

Kevin Smith

Corporate Sponsorship Manager

Alison Greenberg

Advancement Director

Jennifer LaGraff

Senior Development Manager – Partnerships & Events

Ernie Quiroz

SFC Programming Manager

Kelly Klemmer

Development Coordinator - Memberships & Donors

Matthew Campbell