Directors & Committees
Board of Directors
Roxana Gilani is a native Ohioan, and resident of Pittsburgh for the past five years. Roxana graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a degree in Film, History, and Sociology. During that time, she worked for the Athens International Film + Video Festival for three years researching films, organizing programs, producing online and print marketing, and coordinating ticket sales. In addition; she helped open and run the historic Athena Cinema in uptown Athens, Ohio, acquired by Ohio University in 2008. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2010; Roxana has worked in the construction and interior design, e-commerce retail, and non-profit arts management sectors, specializing in administration. Roxana is a staunch supporter of her favorite local cinemas: Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, Hollywood Theater in Dormont, The Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill, and The Oaks in Oakmont.
Cynthia Fernandez Nixon
Paula Gregg joined the WIFM board in 2014. Paula has over 20 years experience in the industry in a wide range of roles on film sets, from craft services to acting and producing, most notably as a producer on “Dirty Lies”, with executive producer Catherine Hardwicke and directed by Jamie Marshall and as co-producer of “Christmas in Compton” and the documentary “The Fix”, which aired on ESPN’s Thirty On Thirty series. She produced the first PSA for the state of Pennsylvania which helped to secure the state’s film tax incentive. Paula currently sits on the Executive Board of IATSE Local 489 and is a member of PaFIA.
Rita Gregory Sheard has been a member of the performing arts community for more than 30 years. As early as the age of 5 she appeared in a children’s television show on KDKA. In her adult years she has performed on stage winning several awards for her portrayal as Rose in August Wilson’s FENCES and the one woman show, NO CHILD, portraying 16 characters ranging in age from a 16 year old student to an 80 year old janitor. Other stage credits include, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, FLYING WEST and SEVEN GUITARS. She has appeared in several films including ABDUCTION, SONNY DAYS, MY BLOODY VALENTINE and the television series, THOSE WHO KILL and THREE RIVERS. She recently completed filming on a project for Lifetime Television titled, CLEVELAND ABDUCTION, THE MICHELLE KNIGHT STORY. Some commercial credits include, Allegheny Health System, The Pennsylvania Lottery, T-Mobile, Coke-A-Cola, Safe Auto Insurance and Time Warner Cable. Rita is the former Musical Theater Director for the Falk School, where she created 10 years of magic with middle school students on the stage.
Jeannee is a professional makeup artist and Journeyman at IATSE Locals 798 and 209. Jeannee has worked on films, TV series, commercials, and live shows with some of the top artists in the industry and with a large array of celebrities and notable public figures, including four presidents. Jeannee was one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Film Office and served as president of Pittsburgh Film Workers for ten years. She has worked on many notable projects, such as the first Academy Awards parties honoring many in the industry and helped develop the first Free Film Directory to showcase Pittsburgh’s many locations. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Women In Film, she is currently on the board of PaFIA, which educates politicians and the public in the importance of the film tax credit to keep projects coming to Pennsylvania, and The Valley Wide Credit Union. Most of all, she’s honored to be the mother of three children.
Jessica got her start in Pittsburgh co-managing youth media literacy programs after finishing dual degrees in Film & Video Production and Applied French & Marketing at Penn State where she interned at WPSU. Jessica has worked on several independent and studio film productions, enjoys volunteering for local film festivals, working with kids and teens to use media and video responsibly and fighting the good fight. Jessica thinks that being Co-Production Manager of the WIFM Hair Peace PSA is one of the best jobs out there, and the pay isn’t bad either.