Festival Leadership

To accomplish our mission, ReelAbilities Houston is led by a visionary group of community leaders from diverse backgrounds and education. Their commitment and passion help guide the Festival to make the greatest impact possible.

Festival Chairs

Festival Co-Chair
Diana Codispoti
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Festival Chair
Eve Lapin
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Festival Chair
Marcy Margolis
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Festival Co-Chair
Michael McCulloch
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ReelAbilities Houston is able to provide free events and programs because of generous supporters. Become a Friend of the Festival today.
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Festival Committees and Production

Rhonda Abbott

Rhonda Abbott
Rhonda Abbott
Senior Vice President & CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
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Joan Alexander

Joan Alexander
Joan Alexander
Founder, JFS Houston Disability Services
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Stanford Alexander

Stanford Alexander
Stanford Alexander
Founder, JFS Houston Disability Services
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Gabe Cazares

Gabe Cazares
Gabe Cazares
Director, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
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Dee Dee Dochen

Dee Dee Dochen
Dee Dee Dochen
Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2019, 2020
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Lex Frieden

Lex Frieden
Lex Frieden
Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann, ILRU
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Abbie Kamin

Abbie Kamin
Abbie Kamin
Council Member, District C, Houston City Council
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Maria Town

Maria Town
Maria Town
President and CEO, AAPD
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Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor, City of Houston
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Christine Adair

Director of Rehabilitation Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Christine Adair
Director of Rehabilitation Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann
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Daniel Alexander

Director, Kehillah High
Daniel Alexander
Director, Kehillah High
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Martha Barvin

Community Volunteer
Martha Barvin
Community Volunteer
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Adrianne Berger

Community Volunteer
Adrianne Berger
Community Volunteer
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David Berger

M.D.
David Berger
M.D.
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Gina Carroll

Director, Lazarus Energy Enrichment Program
Gina Carroll
Director, Lazarus Energy Enrichment Program
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Jen Carroll

Filmmaker
Jen Carroll
Filmmaker
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Alex Chau

Administrative Associate, MOPD
Alex Chau
Administrative Associate, MOPD
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Justin Deutsch

Program Coordinator, Houston Congregation for Reform Judiasm
Justin Deutsch
Program Coordinator, Houston Congregation for Reform Judiasm
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Matthew Dickens

Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability
Matthew Dickens
Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability
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Vikki Evans

Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
Vikki Evans
Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2017, 2018
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Karen Feld

LCSW
Karen Feld
LCSW
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Marla Feldman, DDS

Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2014
Marla Feldman, DDS
Co-Chair, ReelAbilities Houston 2014
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Gittel Francis, LMSW

Community Intervention Specialist, JFS Houston
Gittel Francis, LMSW
Community Intervention Specialist, JFS Houston
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Jennifer Greenberg

Independent Marketer Editor and Community Volunteer
Jennifer Greenberg
Independent Marketer Editor and Community Volunteer
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Marilyn Levitch Hassid

Community Volunteer
Marilyn Levitch Hassid
Community Volunteer
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Ivy Ickes, LCSW, CPRP

Senior Psychotherapist, JFS Houston
Ivy Ickes, LCSW, CPRP
Senior Psychotherapist, JFS Houston
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Cathy Jankovic

Parkinson's Disease Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Cathy Jankovic
Parkinson's Disease Center, Baylor College of Medicine
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Diane Kaminsky

Community Volunteer
Diane Kaminsky
Community Volunteer
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Joy Kaplan

Immediate Past President, JFS Houston
Joy Kaplan
Immediate Past President, JFS Houston
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Michael Krieger

Community Volunteer
Michael Krieger
Community Volunteer
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Alec Lapin

Analyst, J.P. Morgan
Alec Lapin
Analyst, J.P. Morgan
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Jason Raschen

Film Producer
Jason Raschen
Film Producer
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Aaron Ruiz

Community Volunteer
Aaron Ruiz
Community Volunteer
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Lisa Sailor

Community Advocate
Lisa Sailor
Community Advocate
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Kara Smith, LCSW

EMDR & Psychotherapy
Kara Smith, LCSW
EMDR & Psychotherapy
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Steve Vetrano

Chief Executive Officer, Avondale House
Steve Vetrano
Chief Executive Officer, Avondale House
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Teri Wathen

Hearing Loss Advocate
Teri Wathen
Hearing Loss Advocate
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Julie Welch

Director of Rehabilitation, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Julie Welch
Director of Rehabilitation, TIRR Memorial Hermann
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Tina Williams

Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2012
Tina Williams
Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2012
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Tynesha Brown

Diversity Initatives & Donor Relations Coordinator, JFS
Tynesha Brown
Diversity Initatives & Donor Relations Coordinator, JFS
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Rachel W. Davis

Chief Development Officer, JFS Houston
Rachel W. Davis
Chief Development Officer, JFS Houston
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Melanie Cole Goldberg

Volunteer Coordinator, JFS Houston
Melanie Cole Goldberg
Volunteer Coordinator, JFS Houston
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Lynae Novominsky

Manager of Corporate and Community Relations, JFS Houston
Lynae Novominsky
Manager of Corporate and Community Relations, JFS Houston
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Andie Palagi

ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator, JFS Houston
Andie Palagi
ReelAbilities Houston Coordinator, JFS Houston
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Samara Rosen

Art Director, Celebration Company
Samara Rosen
Art Director, Celebration Company
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Jamie Weiner, LCSW

Manger of Disability Services and the Alexander Institute
Jamie Weiner, LCSW
Manger of Disability Services and the Alexander Institute
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Get in Touch

Whether you are interested in becoming a volunteer, want to suggest a film for future Festivals, or have recommendations on how we can better provide access to the arts for all, we want to hear from you!