Board Members

The Nevada Women’s Film Festival (NWFFest) is a project of the Nevada Women’s Film Collective, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Nikki Corda
Nikki Corda | Executive Director & Founder

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. Besides working on NWFFest year-round, Nikki teaches a variety of film and English classes at the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College, and is a free-lance writer for Story Terrace. She holds a B.S in film from Boston University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College.

 

Danette Tull
Danette Tull | Board of Directors

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 Levner
Brett Levner | Board of Directors

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 Associate Professor of Film at UNLV.  She directed, The Track, a feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas.

Heather Addison
Dr. Heather Addison | Board of Directors

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 Meuris | Board of Directors

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.

Michelle Patrick | Board of Directors

Michelle Patrick oversees the Community Arts Development programming through the Nevada Arts Council, State of Nevada. Originally from New York City, Michelle also serves as a board member for the Las Vegas Arts District, and as a grants reader for the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the past decade, Patrick has worked at the intersections of theater, dance, film, arts programming and public speaking. She is also an Actress, Director and Voice Over Artist. Patrick’s experience comes from a varied background that includes the city of Las Vegas, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Sundance Film Festival. 

 

esther gabriel
Esther Gabriel | Board of Directors

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.

Kelsie Stacy | Board of Directors

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 previously worked as a content manager for an independent film studio and network website, and has also appeared set as a production assistant.