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Members: Vote for OMPA's 2021 Board of Directors

OMPA's Board of Directors provides key leadership and insight for the organization.
| By Sarah Domine

OMPA's Board of Directors provides key leadership and insight for the organization. They are industry representatives elected by OMPA Pro & Student members annually.

The voting deadline is Tuesday, December 22, at Noon PT.

Voting Guidelines

  • Only OMPA Pro & Student members may vote.
  • Vote for a maximum of 11 board members.
  • Include write-in candidates in your total vote count.
  • If you vote for more than 11 people, your ballot will be disqualified.

Nominees

These 15 people were officially nominated by our community. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the candidates before casting your vote.

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Patty Brebner (she/her/hers)

BIO & CANDIDATE STATEMENT

  • Executive Producer, W+K Studios/JOINT, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Based in: Portland

BIO

I have almost 30 years of experience in the industry and this community. I am currently the Director of W+K Studios and Joint, which are Wieden + Kennedy's production and post studios.

I have recruited and retained talent from around the world, who've made this community their home, and am passionate about and invested in the entire Oregon production ecosystem.

In addition to my background in production, I have branding and communication expertise, as well as business acumen and experience. I am familiar with AICP and most major advertiser production playbooks, as well as the entertainment union rules and protocols.

I'm an entrepreneur at heart, and look forward to applying that resourcefulness to advocating for the community.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Why are you interested in serving on OMPA's Board of Directors? What’s your past involvement with OMPA?

This would be my 3rd term on the board! The first term felt like orientation—getting a sense of the community makeup and how OMPA was serving that community and industry; as well as learning the fundamentals of how the organization operated. Term two was identifying areas of growth and sustainability, and implementing action towards modernizing the organization. Year two of term two—2020—was disruptive, but ultimately forced focus on priorities. I feel we have evolved and engaged the board; but there is still a lot of work to be done.

  • Sustainable memberships -- widening our base to be more inclusive; and widening our membership and services to reflect emerging tech, immersive and digital media and arts.
  • Modernizing our platform -- the website. This will allow us to make various services; and analyze data that enables us to better serve the community and increase the value of a membership.
  • DEI -- engage a partner who can help provide necessary tools and training to our community to ensure our underserved are elevated and promoted. Provide tools to people in power so they can be active allies and accomplices, to ensure we remain an equitable community.
  • Ensure Advocacy is evergreen and grassroots, not just during key legislative years.

I'm passionate and committed to the mission of OMPA and serving the community. I will work hard, and feel so much of what was started this year isn't finished; and would love to follow through; and know I have the energy, commitment and vision to support bringing it to life.

What is your vision for OMPA and the community at large? How do you see yourself contributing to this vision?

An equitable organization that advocates for every facet of digital and media arts. For a freelance and small business based industry, we provide the necessary tools and glue that others find in large companies. We provide resources, consulting, camaraderie. OMPA needs to ensure we have an equitable, green and sustainable industry that pays a fair living wage and attracts the world's best (and weirdest) talent and projects.

Ensure that OMPA is an advocate, working with politicians, the community and other stakeholders, to ensure a healthy and robust; clean and fair work environment for all.


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cdavid cottrill (he/him/his)

BIO & CANDIDATE STATEMENT

  • Freelance Property Master; Business Agent, IATSE Local #488
  • Based in: Portland

BIO

I am a 30 plus year Property Master in the Entertainment Industry. I currently serve as the Business Agent for IATSE Local 488, Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest. My goals with Board Membership on OMPA aligns with my vision for IATSE 488 in creating a culture of inclusion and transparent action on behalf of the membership, and focusing work on bettering the lives for all who depend on our industry for their livelihood.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Why are you interested in serving on OMPA's Board of Directors? What’s your past involvement with OMPA?

  • Continuing to build the capacity of the organization while shoring up the finances to make OMPA sustainable.
  • Continue to build Advocacy efforts to support the Digital Media ecosystem and support efforts to increase size and scope of OPIF in order to attract more productions
  • To increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry through creation of a D-OPIF (Diversity Oregon Production Incentive Fund) and continuing the development and growth of the Oregon Media Pathways Program.

What is your vision for OMPA and the community at large? How do you see yourself contributing to this vision?

The more we work as a collective the better gains for everyone that may be attained. So my vision is creating a sustainable ecosystem where local and state governments participate with industry stakeholders to create offices and funding streams which regard and effectively promote our work as they support other major industries with support for workforce and economic development.


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Sommer Martin (she/her/hers)

BIO & CANDIDATE STATEMENT

  • Director of Downtown Marketing, Portland Business Alliance
  • Based in: Portland

BIO

I am the Director of Downtown Marketing at the Portland Business Alliance, where I develop and manage seasonal marketing campaigns designed to promote downtown attractions, businesses, amenities, events, experiences, and parking garages and parking validation within the City of Portland’s designated market area.

Before joining the Alliance, I was the Communications Manager at The Street Trust. I have over 15 years of non-profit experience ranging from education, retail, healthcare, affordable housing, and transportation. I also serve as a contractor for non-profits such as Albina Vision Trust and Camp ELSO to develop communications platforms and strategic communications plans.

My most recent project, Another Day, was funded through a RACC grant, in addition to hosting a crowdfunding event to cover the cost of marketing efforts and film festivals.

I have a BS in Mass Communications + Theater from Tennessee State University and an MS in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. I enjoy directing and producing films, writing feature-length screenplays (horror), and volunteering for numerous humanitarian efforts in my free time.

This winter, I am launching my own production company that will center on hiring BIPoC crew members and telling our stories through a horror lens.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Why are you interested in serving on OMPA's Board of Directors? What’s your past involvement with OMPA?

I am interested in becoming a board member for OMPA because I am in a moment in my life where I feel fearless. I have a conviction for using my voice and my experience as a native Portland filmmaker to help influence decisions that could support creatives to reach their dreams. This can look like access to funding, affinity groups, marketing, access to my network of creatives, and my overarching goal of making Portland the film Mecca of the Pacific Northwest.

I have been involved with OMPA this year as one of the newest members of the Diversity Committee.

What is your vision for OMPA and the community at large? How do you see yourself contributing to this vision?

My vision for OMPA is to be the epicenter of what's new and now happening in Oregon and be a place where filmmakers want to come to OMPA to get all of the pertinent production information. I want to see OMPA be a household name. So much so, people who aren't in film will know what is going on over at OMPA because it's just that good at disseminating information. I see myself using my platform and my connections to the BIPoC community to enter OMPA into conversations and inspire BIPoC filmmakers within Oregon and worldwide to want to be part of this network of creatives.


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Noah Stanik (he/him/his)

BIO & CANDIDATE STATEMENT

  • Director of Production—Global Brand Creative, Nike
  • Based in: Portland

BIO

I've spent my entire career in production and currently work at Nike as a Director of Production in Global Brand Creative.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Why are you interested in serving on OMPA's Board of Directors? What’s your past involvement with OMPA?

I've been on the board for the past 4 years. This 4th year of that span has proven to be the most pivotal and has served to clarify the role of OMPA in our industry and community, and directed the change necessary to evolve and grow. I'm eager to continue to support through this evolution and push the mission forward.

What is your vision for OMPA and the community at large? How do you see yourself contributing to this vision?

My vision for OMPA is that it fully deliver on the mission of the org to create and sustain a thriving and equitable business and creative environment. OMPA is poised to lead the industry in a new era of diversification and inclusion in the industry, and grow the industry beyond the traditional scope. I'm eager to continue as an active and engaged board member to continue the momentum that has been established this past year.



The voting deadline is Tuesday, December 22, at Noon PT.

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