2018 - 2019 Board of Directors

Executive Board

Jody Lichtor, President

Jody’s experience in the film industry began in 1994 as a wardrobe assistant on a Sears Shoes commercial. She worked as a PA and wardrobe/prop stylist, production coordinator, manager on commercials, corporate videos, television series and feature films in an effort to find her own unique niche in the business. Eventually as a result of being hired as a food and prop stylist, that became her position for hire. She has served on the MN WIFT Board since 2008, four of those years as Vice-President and previously chaired the Communications Committee overseeing the MN WIFT newsletter and e-blasts. After a year sabbatical, she rejoined the board energized and currently serves as President.

Melissa Martin, Vice President

Melissa is a Freelance Makeup Artist in Corporate, Commercial, Film & TV, as well as the Director of Education at Faces Etc. of MN, media makeup school. She trained and worked in London, and returned to MN in 2008. In 2018, Melissa was hired as the Vice President of Service Delivery for Real Style Squad, an On Demand Beauty App. She hopes to continue to help peers and Faces Alumni, offering this opportunity to book private clients when they aren’t busy in media. Melissa has been a MN WIFT board member since 2011 and currently serves as Vice President. Melissa is a mentor in the community (industry) and hopes to help grow this amazing organization.

Beth Peloff, Treasurer

Beth is a video maker and teacher who works in both documentary and animation. Her films have screened at film festivals both locally and nationally. She co-owns the production company Green Jeans Media, which creates videos for non-profit clients. She has previous experience as a bookkeeper and always appreciates a good spreadsheet. She has been on the MN WIFT board since 2015, most recently serving as Secretary.

Christopher Powers, Secretary

Christopher is a software engineer and filmmaker. He joined the Minneapolis/St. Paul filmmaking community in 2007, where he works as an assistant director and producer on feature films, short films, music videos and documentaries. Chris joined the MN WIFT Board in 2016.

Board Members

Deborah Fiscus

Deborah has been costuming actors for nearly 20 years, a former clothing designer, she cut into the business the old fashioned way, by working on horror movies in Wisconsin. From there she has kept her foot in the Feature Film world as well as costuming and styling commercials, TV shows and music videos. She loves the collaboration with the Directors and the Art Department, scrambling for the perfect pieces to bring the project’s look to fruition. Deborah was the Costume Designer for “Detective Fiction” a 2003 Sundance Film selection directed by Minneapolis’s own Patrick Coyle. She recently finished Costume Designing Patrick’s second film ” Into Temptation”.

Nancy Ford

Founder and owner of Repair Lair, a fix-it and consignment outfit. The 58-year old, no-BS owner has held down a mixed bag of jobs in the outdoors over the years, including a wilderness therapy instructor in Idaho, an ice-core driller in Antarctica, a bike messenger in Boston. Her motto: Spend less on gear, more on beer.

“If I can’t fix it, I’ll tell you who can.”

  Julie Anne Koehnen

 After getting her degree from LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Koehnen pursued her passion for filmmaking by writing, producing, acting and directing short films, and had her full length feature RAISING THE DEAD (a.k.a. DON’T TELL) successfully produced by Peer Oppenheimer Productions starring Alison Eastwood. Koehnen recently left her editing career in Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking and screenwriting full time. She is currently developing and writing the television series SUMMIT AVENUE inspired by the Empire builder, James J. Hill and is in post production on her short film MASTER SERVANT.

JoJo Liebeler

For over two decades, JoJo has worked in front of and behind the camera in television and video. She’s a nationally recognized home-building and construction expert who’s hosted four different television series. Behind the scenes, she’s a Telly Award winning writer/producer with a flair for simplifying complex concepts.

Dawn Urich

Is a craft service specialist in the Minneapolis production community since 1997. Since then, her work includes craft on commercials, feeding crews on smaller film projects as well as day playing on major motion pictures. She was also the co-creator of Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in 2002, located in Nordeast Minneapolis. Lately she has also added Black Car service to her endeavors as the owner/operator of DAU Transportation. Dawn has been a MN WIFT Board member for more than 5 years, most recently serving as Treasurer. She looks forward to continuing to support Minnesota Women in Film & Television.

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