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Leadership

Reel Abilities 2018 Chairs

Image of Dee Dee Dochen and Susan Farb Morris
Photography by Chris Gillette

Susan Farb Morris
Chair ReelAbilities 2019

Susan Farb Morris, 2019 ReelAbilities Chair and 2018 Co-Chair, has been a fan of the event since its inception, first as a film, gallery and concert-goer. A Houston-based public relations consultant for more than 30 years, she has handled the media relations for such citywide festivals as the Bayou City Arts Festival and Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston Moores School of Music for the past eight years, in addition to handling PR for such nonprofit organizations as Houston Chapter of Hadassah, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, Beth Yeshurun Day School, the Housing Corporation of Greater Houston and Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston's "An Evening with Kinky Friedman."

Farb Morris has served on the board of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC), where she chaired the Houston Jewish Book & Arts Festival, one of the largest Jewish book fairs in the U.S., and stewarded the ERJCC Arts & Culture Steering Committee for three years. The native Houstonian has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, where she co-chaired its citywide Super Sunday phone-a-thon for two years. She currently serves on the board of Jewish Family Service and on the Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund at Congregation Emanu El.

Dee Dee Dochen
Co-Chair ReelAbilities 2019

Dee Dee Dochen, principal of DDD Marketing Communications since 1995, is a Senior Fellow (Class XXXII) of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter and serves as a board member of ALF-National. She is also a board member of Jewish Family Service (JFS), advisory board member and security committee vice-chair of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and marketing committee member for Miller Outdoor Theatre. Past board chair of The River Performing and Visual Arts Center before it merged with TUTS, she is also a vocalist who sings with local jazz musicians and with the Shabbatones at Congregation Emanu El. Dochen served as the chair of ReelMusic for the 2018 ReelAbilities Festival.

Honorary Committee

  • Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, JFS Disability Services
  • Jerry Ashworth, SVP and CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Jonathan Baliff, President and CEO, Bristow Group
  • Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
  • Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
  • Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization
  • Avital Ingber, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
  • Steven B. Schnee<, Ph.D., Retired Executive Director, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Maria Town, Director, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston

Advisory Committee

  • Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services Fort Bend County Texas
  • Judy Blake, Program Coordinator, Family to Family Network
  • Todd Curry, Chief Municipal Affairs Officer, Houston Airport System
  • Rachel W. Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Dee Dee Dochen, Co-Chair ReelAbilities Houston 2019
  • Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2014
  • Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Dept.: Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2016
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss, Executive Director, The Woods Project
  • Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas McGovern Medical School; Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder, The Sullivan Group
  • Eddie Jessie, Program Contract and Compliance Manager, The Harris Center for Mental Health
  • Carl Josehart, COO, JFS
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Sakina Lanig, Community Aide, Harris County Commissioner Precinct One
  • Marian Luntz, Film Curator, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Eric Mayer, Founding Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2013
  • Isabelle Mayer, Founding Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2013
  • Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
  • Susan Farb Morris, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2018, 2019
  • Amy Rahmani, Arts & Culture Director, ERJCC
  • Sara Speer Selber, Principal, The Project Management Team
  • Joshua Starnes, President, Houston Film Critics Society

Film Selection Committee

  • Rhonda Abbott, AVP of Clinical Operations, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Christine Adair, Director of Rehabilitation Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann-Greater Heights
  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS
  • Allie Danziger, President and Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Jennifer Deutsch, School Board Vice Chair, Beth Yeshurun Day School
  • Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Dee Dee Dochen, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2019
  • Deborah Domning, Ph.D., Community Member, Special Education Administrationv
  • Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
  • Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Susan Farb Morris, Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2018, 2019
  • Karen Feld, LCSW
  • Jennifer Greenberg, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • Cathy Jankovic, Media Producer, Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Michael Krieger, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • Eve Lapin, Chair, JFS Disability Services
  • Sandra Lloyd, Director of Business Development, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Katherine Mack, Senior Director of HR Operations, FLUOR
  • Renee Margolin, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • George Powers, Disability Rights Lawyer, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Kara Smith, LCSW, EMDR & Psychotherapy
  • Steve Vetrano, CEO, Avondale House
  • Rebecca A. Weiner, Educational Consultant
  • Julie Welch, Rehabilitation Manager, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Tina Williams, Ms. Wheelchair Texas, 2012

Festival Production

  • Andie Palagi, ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator, JFS
  • Tynesha Brown, Manager of Corporate Sponsorships, JFS
  • Marie Bryant, Owner, The Captioning Company
  • Rachel W. Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Mary Hanks, Audio Describer
  • LD Systems, Audio/Visual Production
  • Lynae Novominsky, Volunteer Coordinator, JFS
  • Chris Ramirez, Film Coordinator/Producer

Sullivan Group, Team

  • Alyssa Aboloff, Sullivan ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator
  • Hilary Baars, Producer
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder
  • Jordan Lewis, VP and Executive Producer

Special Projects

  • Carmina Alvarez, Novum Energy
  • Wayne Dorris, Senior Consultant, People-People
  • Cody Francisco, Senior Advisor, MasterWord Services
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas McGovern Medical School; Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Sue Moraska, Director, VAST Academy
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Ezra Roy, Visiting Artist, The Center for Art and Photography at Celebration Company
  • Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
  • Pam Reingold, Gallery Manager, Celebration Company
  • Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
  • Tonya Slone, Executive Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Nicole Taylor, Facilities Manager, Bristow Group
  • Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company

ReelEducation & Speakers Outreach

  • Adrianne Berger, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • Chad Biery, Criminal Defense Paralegal Specialist, Law Offices of Lisa Shapiro
  • Meena Dhanjal Outlaw, Author
  • Matt Dickens, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Access Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Ricky Harris, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Enrique Oliu, Film Star, Henry O!
  • Ariella Perlman, Flutist
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Peggy Turner, Adaptive Sports Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermannn

Venue Liasons

  • Vandolyn Esparza, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy Development and Special Learning Needs, Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Hossein Farshchi, GM, Edwards Greenway
  • Ric Hodgin, Director of Operations, A.D. Players
  • Lauren MacQueen, White Oak Music Hall
  • Lisa Williams, Children’s Museum of Houston

Media Assistance

  • Mary Adler, VP Operations, Integrate Agency
  • Cristina Calderon, Senior Account Executive, Integrate Agency
  • Allie Danziger, President and Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Rachel Nieto, Account Director, Integrate Agency
  • Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
  • Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald-Voice
  • Lindsey Scott, Social Media Coordinator, Integrate Agency
  • Susan Thomas, Internal Communications Manager, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Jade Waddy, Physician Liaison, TIRR Memorial Hermann

ReelWorkplace

  • Laura Alter, Liaison, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion

ReelMusic

  • Dee Dee Dochen, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2019
  • Michael Kahn, Executive Senior Partner, Lucas Group
  • Jennifer Greenberg, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • David Greiss, Patron Services Associate, Stages Repertory Theatre
  • Joel Luks, Principal, Director of Content Marketing, The CKP Group
  • Benjy Hershorn, Branch Leader, CMTA Houston
  • Sandra Wicoff, CEO, Target Hunger
  • Heidi Massin, CEO, Massin Consulting Services
  • Maegan Murrow, Senior Music Therapist, TIRR Memorial Hermann