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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David Cress, President
Jacqueline Gault, 2nd V.P.
Dennis Gleason, Secretary/Treasurer
Dark Wing Productions
D.P., Documentary Filmmaker
Attorney at Law
Northwest Film Center
Erica Risberg, Portland Chapter Chair
Jamie Johnk, Clackamas Chapter Chair
Clackamas County Business & Economic Development
Jeff Johnston, MOPAN Chapter Chair
Interim Executive Director
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS:
Lisa Cicala, Past President
Membership Committee Chair
Membership Benefits & Recuitment Lead
OMPA Awards Lead
Nathaniel Applefield, Past Vice President
Government Affairs Committee Chair
Industry Standards & Practices Committee
James WilderHancock, Past President
Production Tracking Chair
Aaron Douglas Enterprises
Spraker.tv, Western Rep Associates
Member Communications Chair
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Chapter & Statewide Organizing
Industry Standards & Practices Committee
Portland Chapter Chair
Studio Bard LLC
Post Production Committee Board Lead
Interactive & Video Game Chair
Mt. Hood Community College
Mark Spencer Hotel
Talent Commitee Co-Chair
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:
Michael Ratozza (Entertainmet Attorney at Bullivant Houser Bailey)
Mike Ratoza practices Copyright and Trademark law at Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland. Mike's legal objectives are to assist clients to grow their business and protect their intellectual property assets. As a board member, Mike lends expertise and helps open opportunities for OMPA and OMPA members to reach the broader business community.
Dennis Noreen, Strategy Insurance
Dennis Noreen has been in the insurance business since 1996, specializing in company benefits. He is a huge fan of film, music, documentaries and other media (especially locally shot, recorded or produced). Dennis currently serves as president of a local adult developmentally challenged facility and has served on that board since 1999. Dennis has been active in OMPA since 2007 helping as an ambassador and sharing advice with regards to the association insurance program. He has spoken at many events including the OMPA health panel this past September. He volunteers and works in conjunction with OMPA on events to help to make sure they go smoothly. Being active in the community, he has helped spearhead relationships with government officials and other leaders.
Nathaniel Applefield (Political Campaign Manager)
Current Chair of OMPA’s Government Affairs Committee and Executive Director of AFTRA Portland Local. In 2004, Nathaniel started a career in political organizing and worked on 22 different campaigns across the country (mostly in Oregon) before taking a position with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists as National Representative for the Pacific Northwest in March of 2011. During the 2011 Oregon Legislative Session, Nathaniel put his political background and contacts to good use, lobbying on behalf of OPIF. Now, Nathaniel is working to build OMPA’s grassroots lobbying power around the state by forming a structure of leaders who will connect with their legislators in a meaningful and useful way.
Dave Spraker (Spraker.TV)
Dave runs the Portland office of Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), and brings a great perspective of equipment provision for television broadcasters as well as all areas of video and post production. Production by and for television stations is a very large part of Oregon's industry [approx. $300 million of the approx. $700 million annually (2007)] and OMPA will benefit from Dave's involvement with television broadcasters and the vendors who serve them. Dave's professional experience and personal demeanor are suited to help OMPA make further introductions to that aspect of the industry, and broaden OMPA's advocacy for media production in the state. Dave was a driving force behind the Cascade Mountain Video Show for 10 years. He has a degree in broadcasting from Washington State University, and has worked at television stations throughout the Northwest (including KGW for 8 years) prior to working at ABS.
Slater Dixon (Creative Director)
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.
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.