Nikki spent her early career in feature film development in Los Angeles, with stints at Twentieth Century Fox and Michael Douglas’s company at Paramount. She began producing and writing independently with the award-winning documentary, Urban Rescuers, and continues to follow her passion for nonfiction film with her business, Life-Portraits. Nikki has taught a variety of film/video classes at the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College. She holds a B.S. in Film from Boston University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College.
Executive Committee & Board Members
Danette is the Film Resource Coordinator for the Nevada Film Office. The Nevada Film Office markets the state’s diverse locations and promotes Nevada as a premier destination for productions. Danette’s work focuses primarily in the area of Public and Community relations; however, her passion for the local community keeps her involved in all aspects of the operations. Working closely with major productions, Danette directly has a hand in films, television series, and commercials featuring Las Vegas and Nevada, driving economic benefits, tourism and promoting our state. She holds an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in Foreign Languages from UC, Riverside.
Brett graduated with honors from NYU and got her start at MTV where she worked her way up from intern to producer. Brett attended Columbia University’s graduate film program. She became the first woman to win the Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award in 2004, with her film Being Reel. Brett is an Assistant Professor of Film at UNLV. She most recently directed, The Track, a feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas.
Shirley is a Professor of History at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, teaching American History and Nevada History. She’s a graduate of Colorado Mesa University and earned her M.A. at UNLV. Shirley served for five years as co-chair of the Women’s Alliance at CSN and has a passionate interest in furthering its mission to help create a diverse society where the contributions of all are celebrated and recognized. This commitment to celebration drew her to the Nevada Women’s Film Collective and the NWFFest, where that diversity is embraced.
Dr. Heather Addison joined the Department of Film at UNLV as Chair in 2016. She is a film scholar who has taught a broad range of courses in film history, criticism, and theory. She studies Hollywood's relationship to American culture, and has published her work in a large number of peer-reviewed journals. Her books include Hollywood and the Rise of Physical Culture (Routledge, 2003) and Motherhood Misconceived: Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films (SUNY, 2010), a collection of essays co-edited with Elaine Roth and Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly.
Jo holds an MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media from University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA in Animation from Concordia University in Montreal. Jo is an animator by trade and her personal films have screened and won awards at hundreds of film festivals worldwide. In 2014, Jo moved from Canada to Las Vegas, to build the new animation program at Nevada State College, where she currently teaches animation, editing, and drawing. In her spare time, Jo goes adventuring and fights dragons for fun.
After graduating UNLV’s Film Program, Esther began her career producing a long-running pay-per-view promotional series in Toronto, and started a broadcast licensing company with her husband. Later in Los Angeles, she worked as an editor and handled the post production on many documentaries and films, including Everything will be Alright and A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. In 2013 Esther and her husband moved back to Las Vegas to open the production facility Mission Control Studio.
Born and raised in Vegas, Kelsie's interest in film began at an early age; her long time favorites are Interview with the Vampire and The Mask. She studied both film and English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2015. Kelsie currently works for an independent film studio where she specializes in marketing, DVD authoring, and video on demand. She has also worked on set as a production assistant.
Kourtenaye Monroe is a singer, actor, and film production assistant. She graduated the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School, attended UNLV on the Millennium Scholarship as well as a Vocal Scholarship, and completed her Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree at Boston University on a Theatre Arts Performance Scholarship.
Kourtenaye is pleased to support Nevada Veterans & Caretakers, having sung the National Anthem for the UNLV Veteran Students Commencement Ceremony Spring 2018, and for the kickoff event to "Operation Battle Born," Nevada Veteran/s Memorial Walk 2018. She is excited to continue her work as production assistant on major films, TV shows and award screenings based in Las Vegas, and proud to assist multiple film festivals, arts & culture events and media promoting human connection and life-enriching experiences.