February 14 - 18, 2016

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ReelAbilities 2015 Chair

Joanne Graf
Joanne Graf
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Honorary Committee

  • Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, JFS Disability Services Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Honorable George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America
  • Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
  • Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston
  • Steven B Schnee, Ph.D., Executive Director, MRMRA of Harris County
  • Lee Wunsch, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Advisory Committee

  • Joan Alexander, Founder, JFS Disability Services Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Connie Almeida, Ph.D., LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Barbara Boyett, CEO Avondale House
  • Linda Burger, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Houston
  • Ana Calvo, Director of Transition Services VAST Academy
  • Kelli Cohen Fein, M.D., Physician, Chair, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Britney Cooks, Speech & Language Pathologist Assistant, MRMRA of Harris County
  • Marla Matz Feldman, D.D.S., ReelAbilities 2014 Co-Chair
  • Stewart Feldman, ReelAbilities 2014 Co-Chair
  • Todd Curry, Houston Airport System
  • Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Susan Fordice, President and CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Chuck French, Manager, Adaptive Sports & Recreation, Houston Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Debrah Hall, Ph.D., Head of School and Institute, The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences
  • Marilyn Hassid, Assistant Executive Director, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Community Member
  • Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Eddie Jessie, Program Manager, MRMRA of Harris County; Commissioner, Houston Commission on Disabilities
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force
  • Morton Katz, Ph.D., Psychologist, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Mary Lampe, Executive Director, SW Alternate Media Project
  • Eric Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-Chair
  • Isabelle Mayer, ReelAbilities 2013 Co-Chair
  • Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBUG: iOS Blind Users Group
  • Joshua Starnes, President, Houston Film Critics Society
  • Amy Rahmani, Arts and Culture Program Coordinator, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Trish Rigdon, Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Society
  • Sara Speer Selber, Principal, Project Management Team
  • Jay Stiteley, Division Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Dept. of Neighborhoods
  • Karen Strupp, Ph.D., Psychologist

Festival Coordination

  • Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities Coordinator

Film Selection Committee

  • Linda Burger, Chief Executive Officer, JFS
  • Deborah Domning, Ph.D., Special Education Administration
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Vikki Evans, Real Estate Agent, Martha Turner Properties
  • Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities Coordinator/Event Coordinator, JFS
  • Amy Feldman, Public Policy Intern, Center for Houston's Future
  • Marla Matz Feldman, D.D.S., 2014 ReelAbilities Co-Chair
  • Cody Francisco, Manager, Marketing & Outreach Services, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force
  • Barbara Marcus, Chief Executive Officer, Marcus Personnel
  • Renee Margolin, Volunteer, JFS & Celebration Company
  • Lauren Mielziner, ReelAbilities Consultant
  • Ana Shah, Customer Service Manger, Dessert Gallery
  • Bryant Shaw, Ph. D., Director, The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic
  • Teri Wathen, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist, DARS

Core Planning Committee

  • Marla Matz Feldman, D.D.S., ReelAbilities 2014 Co-Chair
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disabilities Task Force

Sullivan Group, Team

  • Clare Jackson
  • Alyssa Aboloff, Project Chair
  • Jordan Lewis
  • Hilary Baars
  • Dene Williams

Special Projects

Art of Celebration

  • Nicole Longnecker, Owner, Nicole Longnecker Gallery
  • Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
  • Steven Rosenbloom
  • Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company

Family Workshops

  • Rachel Kosoy
  • Easter Seals Greater Houston
  • The ARC: Greater Houston Chapter

ReelEducation & Collaborating Partnership Outreach

  • Barbara Baliff
  • Adrianne Berger
  • Tirza Block
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss
  • Tzivia Weiss

Venue Liasons

  • Rebecca Barvin, The Council on Alcohol & Drugs Houston
  • Hossein Farshchi, Edwards Grand Palace 24 & RPX
  • Bunmi Gaidi, Arts Educator, Children's Museum of Houston
  • Marian Luntz, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Julia McGowen, Museum of Health & Medical Science
  • Amy Rahmani, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Evan Wildstein, Asia Society

Media Assistance

  • Steve Bunin, Sports Media Advisor
  • Ray Cortez, Owner, AJ MAX Productions
  • Brad Deutser, CEO & President, Yaffe|Deutser
  • Allie Danziger, Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Lynne Dowell, Media Relations, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • David Garcia and team, LD Systems
  • Jenny Gustafson, Account Manager, Integrate Agency
  • Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
  • Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald Voice
  • Lynda Sanders, President, Strategic Marketing Solutions Company, Inc.
  • Sara Selber Speer, Principal, The Project Management Team
  • Susan Thomas, MPH, Marketing & Communications, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Tee Up for REEL

  • Jonathan Baliff, President & CEO, Bristow Group
  • Chip Earle, Bristow Group General Counsel
  • Shari Vermeulen, Bristow Group Consulting Project Manager
  • Bristow Group Legal, Audit, Marketing and Communications Teams


  • Sam Jacobson, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Andrews Kurth
  • Howard Spiegel, HR Consultant

Key Support

  • Nicole Taylor, Executive Assistant to CEO and CFO, Bristow Group
  • Ashley Jones, Executive Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Dept. of Neighborhoods

ReelAbilities: Houston Film Festival is presented to the City of Houston by Jewish Family Service and its Alexander Institute for Inclusion.