OMPA programs are run by committees under the board's direction and the OMPA board also has fiscal and policy oversight of OMPA. Board members are elected to 2-year terms from votes cast by OMPA membership or are nominated and voted on to the OMPA board to fill a vacancy. OMPA's Individual and Firm members get one vote each in the OMPA Board elections. The candidate slate is prepared by a Nominating Committee and the slate is confirmed by the OMPA board. An Elections Committee oversees the voting process. New and returning OMPA board members are installed each year at the Annual Meeting.
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Michael Bard, President
Studio Bard LLC
Directory Chair of Listings vetting and organization
Post Production Committee
Annual Meeting Chair
Lisa Cicala, Vice President
Membership Committee Chair
Membership Benefits & Recuitment Lead
OMPA Awards Lead
Nathaniel Applefield, Secretary/Treasurer
Government Affairs Committee Chair
Industry Standards & Practices Committee
Production Tracking Chair
Mark Spencer Hotel
Fundraising and Finance Lead
Dark Wing Productions
Oregon's Got Talent Chair
Directory Chair of Search Engine Optimization
Directory Mobile Application Development Lead
Aaron Douglas Enterprises
Directory Chair of Print Distribution
Golf Attendee Ambassador
Health Initiatives Chair
Talent Commitee co-Chair
PR, Sponsorship & Advertising project lead
Northwest Film Finance Chair Emeritus
Interactive & Video Game Chair
Spraker.tv, Western Rep Associates
Member Communications Chair
Mt. Hood Community College
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Chapter & Statewide Organizing
Industry Standards & Practices Committee
Mentorship / Student Chapter
Tom McFadden, Executive Director
Member and Public Communications
Jessica Beer, Administrative Manager
Directory Listings Management
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS:
Online Directory Delvelopment Chair
Scholarship Committee co-Chair
Actors in Action
Treasurer, Talent Committee Founding Chair
Kathleen Lopez Production Services
Government Affairs and Business Development Founding Chair
KTO Studio, Dawson Media Group
Education & Scholarship Chair
BOARD MEMBER & STAFF BIOS:
Slater Dixon (Creative Director at Funnelbox Production Studios)
Slater Dixon is a film & video creative with award-winning shorts television commercial and over 20 feature film credits, including Sundance Award winners and Academy Award qualifiers. Slater is a partner in MoPix, a film distribution platform with a focus on creating the “post DVD experience" that seeks to define what the movie experience can be, particularly on tablet devices. MoPix is a privately held company that has secured early seed funding from Wieden and Kennedy’s PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) as well as San Francisco based - 500 Startups. Slater has been a presenter at OMPA's Northwest Film Finance program.
Aaron Douglas (Aaron Douglas Enterprises)
Aaron Douglas is an independent filmmaker/producer (Monster Camp, Freedom State, The Man You Had in Mind, Veer). Aaron is a former member of the board of the Hollywood Theatre where he helped lead fundraising efforts via Oscar Night America. Aaron has 15 years’ experience in marketing professional services and also worked for a year at the State of Oregon Film office while enrolled at the Art Institute. Today he is marketing director at HFO Investment Real Estate, a multifamily real estate brokerage. Aaron is a former recipient of OMPA’s Media Arts Education award. He is currently on the Board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and an ambassador with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Dave Spacek (Mark Spencer Hotel)
Dave Spacek is Director of Sales & Marketing at the Mark Spencer Hotel, which is noted for its commitment to Portland’s culture of the arts, and is a regular supporter of OMPA. The Mark Spencer is affiliated with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, a business group that has been supportive of OMPA’s legislative agenda.
Lisa Cicala (MercyCorps)
Lisa currently serves as OMPA’s Vice President and also is the chair of OMPA’s Membership Committee. Lisa brings to the table many years of Production Management and Editorial experience and is currently a producer and editor at MercyCorps. She offers a unique perspective on OMPA after working as the Executive Assistant for two years and attending numerous meetings and events.
James WilderHancock (LAIKA, WilderHancock Productions)
James has served as OMPA’s Board President, and has overseen OMPA's event production, including several in the series of Northwest Film Financing seminars, which teach marketing, distribution and financing to Oregon producers. James has also been an active member of OMPA Government Affairs/Business Development committee, where he researched and wrote the first draft of the indigenous-OPIF bill. He is a founding member of the Oregon Producers Alliance and is a member of IATSE local 488.
Stefan Henry-Biskup (Co-founder & VP/Creative Director, Liquid Development)
Stefan offers a bridge between traditional production and video games. Liquid Development has participated in production on many of the top-rated video games over the last decade and continues to be a world class production resource to this growing industry. Stefan co-founded Liquid Development and moved the company to Portland in 2002. Liquid joined OMPA with the interest of becoming more involved with the broader production community of Portland. Stefan has been a speaker at the annual Game Developer’s Conference, a panel member on education and gaming careers, and has has traveled to Japan and Taiwan as a presenter in 3D production and game technology. He has also served as a member of the curriculum advisory committee at AI Portland, and Liquid Development regularly hosts job shadow programs for area high school students. Stefan graduated from Fresno State Univerity with a BFA in Sculpture.
Christopher Toyne (Actor/Producer)
Christopher has been involved with OMPA since throwing his hat in with Oregon five years ago, and he was quickly adopted by the independent producers community for his experience, leadership and keen study of the business of producing. Christopher has been instrumental in producing OMPA's Northwest Film Finance seminars, and serves as chair of OMPA’s Talent Committee. Christopher is a Founding Director, 1st and 3rd Treasurer of BAFTA/LA; a former Council member of ATAS; a former Board Member of the Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival; a founding guest Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival for Mayor Sonny Bono and Artistic Director of The British & the Oscar Film Festival, Orange County for AMPAS.
Tom McFadden (OMPA Executive Director)
Tom McFadden is a media producer and entertainment professional with experience in broadcast television and radio, Internet, print and events. McFadden was OMPA's Executive Assistant, worked as a fundraiser for the Oregon Symphony and The Bear Deluxe Magazine, produced and sold for Clear Channel Radio's AM620 KPOJ, promotional events and the launch of Clear Channel's website and web-streaming platforms. He has held positions with California Homes Magazine, Orange County Annual, The Rocket Magazine, Insomnia Television, and on a number of independent film productions. His work as a musician includes scoring original music for the rock opera Larry and as music director of the Bobwhite Big Band in Portland, Oregon. McFadden received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Oberlin College and studied business at Portland State University.