Board of Directors




Faith Dickinson, President: Faith started the Women In Film chapter in Pittsburgh when she moved back to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles. Since then, she is proud to say that the Pittsburgh Chapter has experienced wonderful achievements in helping women with their Opal Awards, PSA Program, International Summit, Scholarships, classes and workshops. Faith recently ended her six year term with Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) where she served as Secretary and co-chaired the International WIFTI Conference held in London.




Lauren Zito , Vice-President: Lauren is a graduate with a BFA 1992 from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and holds an MFA in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania and settled in Pittsburgh 20 years ago.  Upon touching down in the steel city, she immediately went to work at the Carnegie Museum of Art, planning, coordinating, and assisting with the development of nationally recognized exhibitions, art installations, and art handling. For the past 20 years Lauren has taught Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Multi-Media at several local universities.  She is currently a Multi-Media Video Production faculty member at Pittsburgh Technical College.  Lauren is also the owner and founder of Francis Rocks Productions, LLC which specializes in commercial, event, and dramatic video production in western Pennsylvania.



Erika Knox, Secretary: Erika is an artist, writer, and all around creative currently living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She is currently working in at Fred Rogers Productions as an Associate Producer in development. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communications media and a double minor in Theater and English with a concentration on Film Studies.  She loves Pittsburgh’s growing film community and is very excited to work on independent projects as a producer, assistant director, production designer and editor. Previously she worked for Steeltown Entertainment project where she oversaw independent film initiatives designed to foster independent filmmakers and stimulate creative projects in Pittsburgh.


MMMary Ann McBride-Tackett, Board Member: Mary Ann has been working in the entertainment industry for over a decade, first receiving her Bachelors in Cinema and Digital Arts from Point Park University with a concentration in screenwriting and directing. After graduating, Mary Ann worked freelance on studio feature films including “Adventureland” and “She’s Out of My League” doing everything from wardrobe to accounting. From there, Mary Ann was recruited to work for Entertainment Partners, the largest payroll company for the entertainment industry in the world. For over seven years, she served as the state rep for Pennsylvania and specialized in film tax incentives. Following her time with EP, Mary Ann worked as the Community Outreach Manager for Steeltown Entertainment Project, a non-profit serving the independent film community in Pittsburgh. There, she got to try her hand at producing and began to delve back into directing and writing, while also proudly leading the newly founded Diversity Initiative. Currently a freelancer once again, Mary Ann recently fulfilled her role as Assistant Director on a short film made up of an entirely female cast and crew! She is a proud wife and mom of two girls and two kitties. In her spare time, Mary Ann is a birth doula with Nurturing Family Doula Service and is a three-time gestational surrogate carrier. She is happy to be serving on the board of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh and is excited to help propel the voices of female filmmakers in Pittsburgh and beyond!


Untitled designHeidi Ward is a charismatic, Emmy® Award winning television content Producer and Coordinator. She has worked on over a dozen reality / docu-style shows for both National and Public television. Mrs.Ward lived in Los Angeles, CA for the majority of her career where she developed content and managed teams for companies such as: NBC, FOX, NETFLIX, E!, and LIFETIME. She specializes in culinary cooking shows and is humbled to have won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Programming for her efforts as a Segment Producer on NBC’s, “Naturally, Danny Seo.”

Recently, Mrs.Ward moved back to Pittsburgh, PA, where she lived prior to moving out west and built the foundation that shaped her early career. Heidi is grateful for less traffic, cleaner air, and more affordable living. She is currently the Director for non-credit, Community and Summer Programming at Point Park University, her alma mater. Heidi now lives in Greenfield, PA with her talented husband, Jon Ward, and there Boston Terrier, Howie. She is thrilled to be back in the charming city of Pittsburgh and offer her unique skillset to future dreamers and achievers. Her biggest motto? Throw kindness around like

Emily Stark, Treasurer   

Rita Gregory, Board Member