Devorah Moos Hankin
Devorah is a film and television producer who develops media at the nexus of entertainment and social change. A UCLA graduate, Devorah began her career with Film Producer, Bruce Gilbert (Coming Home, China Syndrome, 9 to 5) where she was attracted to the idea that movies could evoke social change. She served as Vice President of Production at Imagine Entertainment where she Associate Produced the My Girl films. Devorah went on to helm Barry Kemp’s Bungalow 78 Productions and Co-produced award-winning feature films including Patch Adams and Catch Me If You Can. Most recently, Hankin was a Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Television. Devorah is a non-profit leader who provided professional consulting services to many agencies and served as CEO of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.
Janna Bodek Harris
For the last seven years Janna Bodek Harris has served on the board of the Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s philanthropic, cultural and educational club that gives college scholarships to men and women and grants funding to non-profits that help women and their children. During her seven years on the board, (first as Director of Programs for four years and currently as Vice President) she has played an instrumental role in: broadening and increasing programming; creating a social service department with hands-on projects to serve the non-profits that the Ebell funds; bringing in many younger members and doubling membership; developing a strategic plan; establishing a 501©3 Ebell Friends nonprofit; and embarking on a 125th Anniversary fundraising Campaign. She was a stay-at home mother of two, served on the boards of or volunteered for numerous organizations and schools including The Children’s Nature Institute, The Friends of the Academy of Music (at Hamilton High School) and Wilshire Blvd. Temple. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Mary Curtis is a Silicon Valley woman. She’s the Founder/CEO of the award winning Ad/PR Agency PACIFICO, an arts and education board advocate, an Angel to hi-tech startups and is currently grateful for two adult daughters, a loving husband and a newly published poetry chapbook. She’s a moving target.
BOARD SECRETARY / CO-FOUNDER / PRODUCING DIRECTOR
Courtney is Look What She Did!’s Producing Director and a freelance writer and producer based out of Echo Park, Los Angeles. She moved west after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill and begin her career with the award-winning production team at Imaginary Forces. These days she works as a graphics producer at the NFL Network and enjoys making cool stuff with a wide range of clients and friends in her spare time.
Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer/director of theater, film and television. She has written and directed plays for some of America’s most daring theaters, winning the PEN Award for Drama twice. She wrote the films Female Perversions and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. Additionally, she has written and directed for some of the most respected shows on television including American Crime, The Good Wife, Boss, Numb3rs, ER and The West Wing. In 2002 she was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.
CO-FOUNDER / LEAD EDITOR / DIRECTOR
Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union but has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty Dancing, NYPD Blue, Primal Fear, Damages and Nashville. She has also been a television director and teaches editing at The American Film Institute. She is the mother of two daughters who never cease to make her proud.
Cathy Lewis Edgerton
Cathy is a seasoned media executive with over 20 years’ experience in the content distribution side of the business. Cathy has represented and negotiated multi –platform deals on behalf of some of the world’s largest programmers and content creators including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike as well as other Viacom Networks. Cathy serves on the Board of Directors for the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and Southern California’s Women in Cable Board. When she’s not pitching content, Cathy enjoys her time at home in the backyard, swimming, listening to music and grilling with her husband, kids and their beloved pit – mastiff rescue, Hamilton. Look for Cathy’s dog rescue farm when she retires!
Rose was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has raised two children. After completing her Masters Degree in the US she moved to Paris and studied at the Sorbonne and earned a second Masters Degree. In 1997 she joined the faculty at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose where she has served as lead French Instructor and peer Educational Technology Instructor. During her time at Mitty she has also had fellowships at Microsoft and Silicon Valley Bank. Rose is a recognized leader in educational technology and has been a presenter at the Exam Soft Educational Assessment Conference in Denver and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and she is also a private EdTech consultant.
Julie has a background in strategic planning, business development and marketing, and currently mentors mid-career professionals. She also lectures on contemporary issues from a Jungian perspective.
Arleen Sorkin has enjoyed a career as an actress, television host, writer and producer. She began her career as a sketch comedian with the all-female comedy troupe The High Heeled Women in New York City, where she was “discovered” by NBC and signed to a development deal. Sorkin went on to write for several television and animated comedies, and met her husband, fellow writer Christopher Lloyd (Frasier, Modern Family). Sorkin co-wrote the feature film Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston and co-created and co-executive produced the NBC sitcom Fired Up, starring Leah Reminiand Sharon Lawrence. Sorkin has co-produced two comedy specials for HBO, one starring Paul Reiser and the other starring Carrie Fisher, Lauren Hutton, Griffin Dunne, and herself. Sorkin produced the documentary feature film Bhutto, which premiered at Sundance in 2010. She also co-produced the off-Broadway play RFK, which won the Outer Circle Award. While she now focuses on writing and producing, Sorkin still makes the occasional guest appearance as an actress and continues to provide the voice of “Harley Quinn,” one of the most popular villainesses in the DC Comics universe.
As a writer, Sorkin has several feature and television projects in various stages of development. Her proudest achievement is that she helped her retired dentist father realize his lifelong dream of selling an idea in Hollywood. At 86, he received a co-producer credit on the Emmy-award winning HBO movie Something the Lord Made.
Arleen serves the board of National Breast Cancer Coalition and supports many non-profit organizations.