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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
  • Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
  • Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization
  • Joanne Graff, Chair, ReelAbilities 2016
  • Avital Ingber, President and CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
  • Jerry Ashworth, Interim CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Steven B. Schnee, Ph.D., 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

  • Jerry Ashworth, Interim CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services Fort Bend County Texas
  • Todd Curry, Municipal Affairs Executive Houston Airport System
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Dee Dee Dochen, DDD Marketing Communications
  • Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, Chair, ReelAbilities 2014
  • Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach Baylor College of Medicine
  • Susan Fordice, President & CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager Houston Parks and Recreation Dept: Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities 2016
  • Marilyn Hassid, Assistant Executive Director Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Natalie Hausman-Weiss, The Woods Project
  • Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Attending Physician, Brain Injury and Stroke Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder The Sullivan Group
  • Eddie Jessie, Community Resource Specialist The Harris Center for Mental Health
  • Carl Josehart, Community Volunteer TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Marian Luntz, Film Curator, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Eric Mayer, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2013
  • Isabelle Mayer, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2013
  • Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
  • Susan Farb Morris, President, Susan Farb Public Relations
  • Amy Rahmani, Assistant Director, Arts & Culture, Film Get Cultured, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Sara Speer Selber, Principal, The Project Management Team
  • Joshua Starnes, Houston Film Critics Society
  • Maria Town, Director, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Film Selection Committee

  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS
  • Mayra Cantu, Lead Volunteer, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Max Castillo, JFS ReelAbilities Coordinator, JFS
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Julie Deering, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • Justin Deutsch, Administrative Assistant, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
  • Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Deborah Domning, Ph.D., Community Member, Special Education Administration
  • Joseph Dowdall, Intern, JFS
  • Vikki Evans, Chair, ReelAbilities 2017, 2018
  • Jess Faerman, Office Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • Susan Farb Morris, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2018
  • Marla Feldman, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2014
  • Cody Francisco Deafness Resource Specialist, MasterWord Services
  • Joanne Graf, Chair, ReelAbilities 2016
  • Andrea Holzband, Speech Pathologist, Inclusion Committee-Congregation Beth Israel
  • Cathy Jankovic, Media Producer, Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Eve Lapin, Chair, JFS Disability Services
  • Katherine Mack, Director of Human Resources, FLUOR
  • Grant Manier, Grant's Eco Art
  • Barbara Marcus, Owner, Marcus Personnel
  • Renee Margolin, volunteer, JFS
  • Isabelle Mayer, Co-Chair, ReelAbilities 2013
  • Angel Ponce, Customer Service Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • George Powers, Disability Rights Lawyer TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Susan Reichenthal, Community Volunteer, JFS
  • Ana Shah, Community Member, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Kara Smith, Therapist, JFS
  • Hilary Szczepanski, Physical Therapist TIRR Memorial Herman
  • Teri Wathen, Volunteer, JFS
  • Tina Williams, Ms. Wheelchair Texas

Festival Production

  • Tynesha Brown, Manager of Corporate Sponsorships, JFS
  • Marie Bryant, The Captioning Company
  • Max Castillo, JFS ReelAbilities Coordinator, JFS
  • Rachel 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, Lead Producer
  • Hilary Baars, Producer
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder
  • Jordan Lewis, Producer

Special Projects

  • Dee Dee Dochen, Chair, ReelMusic 2018
  • Geri Druckman, Web Development Specialist-Accessibility/Usability
  • Cody Francisco, Senior Advisor, MasterWord Services
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Attending Physician, Brain Injury and Stroke Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Audrey Lhemann, Novum Energy
  • Brandon Lack, Visiting Artist, The Center for Art and Photography at Celebration Company
  • Paolo Mimbella, M.D., Academic Chief Resident UTHealth
  • Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
  • Pam Reingold, Gallery Manager, Celebration Company
  • Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
  • Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company

ReelEducation & Speakers Outreach

  • Adrianne Berger, Volunteer, JFS
  • Judy Blake, Disability Leadership Network of Houston Family to Family Network
  • Max Castillo, ReelEducation Coordinator, JFS
  • 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!
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • Peggy Turner, Adaptive Sports Coordinator TIRR Memorial Hermann

Venue Liasons

  • Nida Alavi, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy Development and Special Learning Needs Children's Museum of Houston
  • Hossein Farshchi, GM, Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX
  • Stephen Love, Hanover Montrose
  • Lauren MacQueen, White Oak Music Hall
  • Lisa Williams, Children's Museum of Houston

Media Assistance

  • Mary Adler, VP Operations, Integrate Agency
  • Cristina Calderon, PR Account Executive Integrate Agency
  • Allie Danziger Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Jillian Goltzman, Account Supervisor, Integrate Agency
  • Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
  • Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald Voice
  • Susan Thomas, MPH, Marketing & Communications TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Glenn Willey, Manager of Communications/Media TIRR Memorial Hermann

ReelWorkplace

  • Laura Alter, Liaison, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion

Key Support

  • Tynesha Brown, Manager of Corporate Sponsorships, JFS
  • Joy Kaplan, President, JFS Board of Directors
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • Tonya Slone, Executive Coordinator TIRR Memorial Hermann