Directors & Committees
Board of Director Candidates
Kalpana Biswas – Board Chair (Current)
Kalpana Biswas, who is President of Earthspring Media, LLC, is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Pittsburgh. Her current documentary project “Below the Radar,” features women filmmakers from conflict regions, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan–women helping to rebuild societies after periods of war and social turbulence. Kalpana has also worked as Locations Manager (“A New York Heartbeat”) and Research Coordinator (“A Shot Felt ’Round the World.”)
Prior to filmmaking, Kalpana was Co-founder of ReCombinant Partners, a strategy consulting agency in Pittsburgh, and Senior Research Executive at Prescott & Associates, a strategic marketing and research firm. Kalpana was President of American Marketing Association, Pittsburgh, and has an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Virginia Herdman – Board Vice-Chair (Current)
As Key Set/Construction and Rigging Nurse – I.A.T.S.E. –Local #489, Virginia has provided and coordinated medical care for cast and crew, and arranged for outside medical treatment and care on and off production hours. She is able to provide support medical personnel care (i.e. MD, RN, PN, PT, PM, EMT, massage and chiropractic) on and off set. She can also provide Emergency Treatment and First Aid to injured workers/staff and construction crews as needed, following all safety standards and protocols. Virginia is the owner of SPA 54 at 553 Clever Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15136.
Shirley Gaudette – Current
Shirley Gaudette is an established fundraiser and event planner. After eight years with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, she has just joined the Senator John Heinz History Center in the capacity of Membership Coordinator. She has been associated with Women in Film and Media since 2006 and has served as a board member for five years.
Marianne Skiba – Current
In her 20 years in Film and Television, Makeup Artist and native Pittsburgher, Marianne has been honored with 2 Emmy Awards and the Designing Women Award from New York Women in Film & Television. She served two terms on the Board of Governors of NATAS and helped create the High School Emmy program.
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.
Robin Rosemary Miller
Robin is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Northside Chamber of Commerce where she is responsible for the planning, execution and development of chamber activities. Prior to that, Robin was immersed in the film business in Pittsburgh and continues her relationships and interest in the business.
Jeannee has been in the film industry as a makeup professional on films, commercials, documentaries and industrial films in Pittsburgh amassing a fantastic resume of work including, Warrior, 10th & Wolfe, Inspector Gadget, Dogma and commercials too many to list.
Laurie has have 35 years of conference-planning experience, and is currently working on the Women In Film and Television International Summit. She also has extensive Web and social media experience and has developed websites and programs for clients including an event scheduling program.
Ellen Bishop has an MFA in poetry in addition to a doctorate in Philosophy with a specialization in Film and Cultural Studies. She taught Film and English Conversation, Composition, and Literature at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea from 1996–98 before returning to the University of Pittsburgh.