Ted G. Decker – Executive Producer; Director/Curator/Co-Founder of Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art
Ted holds an M.A. in Art History from Arizona State University and has curated and guest curated local, national and international contemporary art exhibits and authored several publications about contemporary art. He teaches college Art History and Art Marketing and maintains a business presence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in Phoenix. His curatorial mission is to build bridges between people through cultural initiatives in the Visual Arts.
Vicki Stouffer – Senior Director of Fund Development
Accomplished in leading comprehensive development campaigns utilizing her interdisciplinary expertise in fundraising, sales and marketing. Vicki provides fundraising and marketing strategies as Managing Director of VLS Consulting Group. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 1998 from the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence, and she was nominated as Arts Advocate for the Arts & Business Council Awards in 2008.
Suzanne D. Johnson - Writer/Director/Producer
Proficient at research, budget preparation and project management, for many years Suzanne helmed AZanne Productions Inc., an award-winning broadcast production company where she produced TV commercials; corporate, marketing and industrial campaigns; independent films; community service videos; and documentaries. Suzanne’s growing interest in creativity led to further exploration of the process from emotive vision to valued results and she founded and led Gnosis Ltd. for 12 years, a non-profit with the mission to seek and share the knowledge of our collective creative experience. A professional collaboration with Penelope Price led to the formation of Suzanne’s third production entity, Odyssey Film LLC, and the PBS airing of two documentaries.
Dr. Penelope Price – Writer/Editor
Penelope is the founding director of The Film School@Scottsdale Community College where she is still a faculty member. She has developed and is currently teaching a documentary course called “Lights, Camera, Activism: Documentaries for Social Change.” As a longtime independent filmmaker, she has produced award-winning documentary films shot in El Salvador, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and Guatemala. In 2012 she partnered with Suzanne Johnson to form Odyssey Film LLC and their work has been broadcast on PBS.
Brad White – Cinematographer
Brad is the owner and Director of Photography of Square Pictures Inc., a full service digital HD Media Production Company. Services include pre-production, field and studio production, graphics and animation, writing, post production and delivery.Square Pictures has worked in over 60 countries during the past 25 years, has received numerous awards including a National Emmy Nomination, and has a solid broadcast client base including National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the History Channel and the Travel Channel.
Dr. Neal Lester – Humanities Advisor
Dr. Lester is a professor of English at Arizona State University (ASU) for African American literature and culture. He earned his B.A. in English from State University of West Georgia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University. He’s published on and taught African American literature, drama and folklore, images in cinema, and interracial intimacies in American culture, and has received extensive recognition for his commitment to teaching. Dr. Lester served as Associate Vice President for Humanities and Arts in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU, where his role was to promote and integrate humanities research throughout the university, an extension of the award-winning university- wide Project Humanities initiative he began in August 2010 and continues to direct.
Christine Cassano - Social Media Consultant
Christine is a mixed media artist and self-employed graphic designer offering design, printing and marketing services ranging from collateral (logos, business cards, brochures, and letterhead) to brand identity, social media platforms and website content. Her portfolio includes clients such as Fennemore Craig; 180 Degrees Design Build; Benedetto Torgenson, PLC; Get Your PHX; 180 Degrees Automotive; and Festoon. Christine holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia.
Amelia Miholca – Fund Development Coordinator
Amelia has an M.A. in Art History and B.A. in Painting from Arizona State University. Her specialization is modern art, with an interest in Eastern European, post-socialist and post-colonial art. Her Master’s thesis examined the primitive influence on Brancusi’s sculptures. She recently completed a curatorial internship with the ASU Art Museum and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in the fall.
Perry Allen – Film Coordinator
Perry teaches film/video at Arizona School for the Arts and Temple Chai, and coordinates the Phoenix Art Museum’s film program. He studied film and electronic arts in the Hudson Valley, and served as artist-in-residence at the Gershwin Hotel in New York and Whiskeytown National Park in California. In 2012, the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded him the Distinguished Merit Project Grant for his digital animation loop, Town of Product. His work has been widely exhibited in Phoenix. His recent work explores web-based engagement platforms.