Board of Directors




Lauren Zito  – Board 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.


Patty Ricci – Board Secretary – A native Pittsburgher, Patty has had a love for the arts since she saw her first musical at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Fascination with the arts eventually led to her getting a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her professional background is mostly based in the tech field, with forays into writing, where she worked for over 20 years creating and updating web pages, keeping social media accounts, leading teams as a project manager, a product manager and strategist.  She also volunteered with various arts organizations and continued to be an avid arts supporter during that time.

Moving back to Pittsburgh almost six years ago, she began re-learning the city and was taken with the wealth of arts available for a city of its size.  Wanting to get involved with the thriving local arts community, she started looking for opportunities to do so. She is happy to have found Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh where she can combine her strong passion and fascination for the arts with the professional skills she has cultivated in writing, tech and social media.

EmilyEmily Stark,  –  Board Treasurer – Emily previously served as the WIFM Executive Director where she worked diligently with the Board of Directors to executive their good work.  Emily has been working in the film industry for over five years and is currently serving in the payroll department of several films in town.




Caroline CollinsCaroline Collins is an actor, writer, producer and director. She has appeared in films and television shows such as Adventureland and Since I Don’t Have YouOutsiders on WGN America and NBC Universal’s Gone. She has written and produced several short movies including the award-winning romantic comedy Lightheaded, which she also acted in. Happy Birthday to Me, which she directed, won the 2016 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Festival’s best film and four other awards.  Caroline is vice president of Carnegie Screenwriters and on the board of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh. She is also associate director of Film Pittsburgh.


shirleyShirley Gaudette previously served on the Board of Directors during our start up and is welcomed back with open arms.  Currently, Shirley is working with the Heinz History Center as their Membership Manager and previously worked with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as Manager of events.




Daisy Jade is a SAG-AFTRA actress, model, TV personality, & host with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Recent appearances include Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’, Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’, Lifetime’s ‘Faith Under Fire’, and CBS’s ‘$1’. You can also see her in numerous commercials/campaigns, including PA Lottery, Rivers Casino, Penn State, Huffy Bikes, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. She is the on-air talent for Pittsburgh’s CW (WPCW-TV), and she hosts/produces/edits “The CW Buzz”, which gives viewers updates on the CW & local events. Other past industry roles include Director, Production Coordinator, Talent Agent, Casting Assistant, Stand-in, Stage Manager, and Personal Assistant to Tyler Perry. She is also the founder of Glam Life Events & Entertainment, which handles event planning/entertainment coordination, as well as Glam Life Getaways, which manages short-term vacation rentals.

Daisy received a scholarship for a BA in Theater Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, along with a Film Studies Certificate from Pittsburgh FIlmmakers and a Teaching Certificate for Theater Arts. In addition WIFM, she is also a proud member of PAFIA and Pittsburgh Young Professionals. Her mission is to help promote the thriving entertainment industry here in PA, and continues to mentor through private coaching or as an Industry Panelist.


Erika Knox, – 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 –  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!


Faith Dickinson – Executive Director – Faith is the Founder of Women In Film Pittsburgh and also served as a Board member.  She is extremely excited about the coming year for Women In Film and looks forward to the new programming for our members and the community.  She began in the industry as an actor in Pittsburgh and while in living in Los Angeles, was involved in the Women In Film LA PSA Program which produced a PSA for a non-profit organization that helped women and children.  Faith became a co-chair of the PSA Committee and gained experience as an Associate Director and Producer.



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