Chesapeake Film Festival Announces Additions

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) is delighted to announce six new members to its Board of Directors. These directors, all Talbot County residents, take their seats in preparation for the 2019 Chesapeake Film Festival. The new board members bring fresh ideas and collaborations that are expected to increase CFF’s local and national outreach. Their experiences also add to CFF’s bench of marketing and fundraising capabilities.

Current board member, Jennifer Schultz, will be assuming the role of Executive Director of CFF starting in 2019. In her new role, she will oversee development, operations and communications for the organization.

The Chesapeake Film Festival will be held in October 2019. More information can be found at

Wendy Jo Avey

Wendy Jo Avey has extensive experience in volunteer work and recruitment; donor relations; social media and blog editing; radio reporting and producing; professional voiceover work; and event planning.

Presently, Wendy is the Director of Christian Education at St. Marks UMC in Easton, Maryland. She has been the Store Manager for Talbots in Queenstown, MD, L.L. Bean in Hagerstown, Maryland and Assistant Store Manager for the Disney Store in Frederick, Maryland. She was the Inventory Supervisor from 2001-2013 at Macy’s Distribution.

Wendy has had marketing experience from 2008-2010 as the Brand Ambassador/Fiskars Brands, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. In this capacity, she was the author and moderator for an international consumer driven website focusing on products for paper crafting, sewing and gardening tools. She produced and edited content for Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. Her work was recognized in various publications including Fast Company Magazine and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Wendy earned an A.A. in Communications at Hagerstown Community College and interned at Walt Disney World in Florida. She also interned at WARX/WARK Radio Stations in Hagerstown, Maryland. Out of 5,000 employees, she was awarded the Make Magic Customer Engagement Award by Macy’s Distribution in 2013. In 2005, she was named the very first School Mentor of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Washington County, Maryland.

Karen M. Footner

Karen M. Footner formed her consulting business in 2000 following several years of employment for nonprofit organizations, primarily in Baltimore City. Her areas of specialization include foundation, government and corporate relations; grant writing; event planning and promotion; individual and corporate annual giving campaigns; capital campaigns; and corporate identity programs.

Some of Karen’s clients included the Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy; the Walters Art Museum; the Lyric Opera House; the Peale Center for Baltimore History & Architecture; the Woman’s Industrial Exchange; the Garrett Jacobs Mansion; the Endowment Fund; the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts; the National Electronics Museum; Second Chance and The Megaphone Project.

Karen was the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation from 2000-2017. Before starting her business, Karen was the Director of Resource Development for the Community Law Center from 1996-1999 and developed and implemented fundraising strategies nearly doubling the organization’s annual operating budget. She has served as business development and marketing coordinator for two Baltimore law firms and established the market research department for Baltimore medical publisher Williams & Wilkins.

Karen earned a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1981 (currently Attorney Emeritus).  She earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a management certificate from the Goucher College Management Institute. Her board memberships include Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.

Karen will be serving as the CFF Chair, Development Committee starting in 2019.   

Margaret Peck Iovino

 Margaret has 13 years’ experience as a top seller in an 18-county media market with a total audience of 172,000. She has served businesses, ad agencies and organizations located in Easton, Maryland and Caroline County. She has received multiple sales and ad concept awards.

In September 2018, Margaret joined Forever Media Inc.’s Midshore Division, whose regional radio stations WCEI and WINX serve Maryland’s Eastern Shore as well as parts of the Western Shore and Delaware. Margaret works with businesses and organizations in the region as a Sr. Account Representative to help them reach the Midshore audience. From 2006-2018, Margaret was the Sr. Account Executive for APG Media of the Chesapeake where she increased sales by 300% for Caroline County businesses. She grew the territory to $600,000 level at its peak and brought in revenues for the company, helping it grow. Her product range included 5 daily subscription newspapers, 10 subscription weekly newspapers, 5 military publications, 8 magazines and 3 digital news sites. She worked with customers on branding, and in determining frequency and size of their campaigns.

In 2015, Margaret won the Highest Producer Award given by the President’s Club, the MCCD Best of Category: Multi-Media and First Prize, Small Print.

Previously, Margaret worked in communications at the White House in Washington, DC.

Liza Moore Ledford

Liza Moore Ledford spent over twelve years in the studio system of Los Angeles starting with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment at Universal Pictures, moving to Sr. VP of Hogan-Moorhouse Pictures at Sony Studios. Liza took her passion for story development and strong Hollywood relationships to create her boutique management and independent entertainment company, Northstar. Currently Liza continues to develop film and TV projects with her industry contacts and discovers new talent.

Immediately following her graduation from Ithaca College, Liza moved to Los Angeles to join her brother, Chris Moore, in the movie business. Liza landed her first job at Amblin Entertainment. There, her dedication and hard work were instrumental in her quick climb in rank, becoming a development executive. During this time, she worked on numerous noteworthy film projects, including The Bridges of Madison County, How to Make An American Quilt, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Little Rascals and Casper. She consulted on Good Will Hunting and co-produced Ben Affleck’s directorial debut short film.

Liza added the role of Production Liaison for the movie Twister to her list of responsibilities at Amblin. Working on Twister ignited her passion for producing that propelled her to leave Amblin to produce her own film, Kissing A Fool, for Universal. To continue working in that role, she then teamed up with the talented writer/director’s PJ Hogan and Jocelyn Moorhouse at Sony Studios. As their Senior VP of Production, Liza was responsible for developing and producing all projects for the company.

Currently, Liza is the Executive Director of the Oxford Community Center. She was on the board of CFF from 2007 until 2011 when she became CFFs Executive Director. In 2012, she started working for the Avalon Foundation and by 2013 she started her own consulting business linking filmmakers to Hollywood as well as providing marketing and promotion for many Talbot county businesses. Liza returns as a board member to support CFFs vision for utilizing film and moving images to connect our common humanity.

Philip D. Morrison

Philip D. Morrison is a retired international tax lawyer.  He is a board member of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown, chairing their Compliance Committee, and is a volunteer for ShoreRivers for which he regularly tests the waters of the Miles River and Cox Creek. He is a member of the Chevy Chase Club, the Metropolitan Club of Washington, and a dinner discussion group “Salt and Pepper.”

Phillip Morris

Phil has over 35 years of experience as a corporate tax lawyer, most recently as a part-time consultant to AIG and of counsel to the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He retired as a principal from Deloitte Tax LLP in 2014, where he led Deloitte’s U.S. international tax quality control effort.  In that position he chaired the international tax opinions committee, provided tax planning and compliance advice to clients, directed training on international tax issues and acted as a liaison with the federal government.  Prior to Deloitte, Phil was a partner at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. From 1989 to 1992, Phil served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s international tax counsel, the U.S. government’s chief legal advisor on international tax matters (including international tax legislation and regulations), chief negotiator of tax treaties and director of the Office of International Tax Counsel.   Earlier in his career, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the Senate’s committee responsible for all tax legislation, under the chairmanship of Bob Dole.

Phil received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude) in 1977 and his A.B. (magna cum laude) from Princeton University in 1973 where he majored in English and also earned a “certificate” in American Studies.  He was Salutatorian of the St. Albans School class of 1969.

Phil will be serving on the CFF Board of Directors as the Board Secretary.

Julie Patterson 

Julie is a digital and print designer; business owner; and education initiative co-founder with experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations to improve branding, marketability and outreach through a multi-platform approach while achieving individual organizations’ missions and goals.

From 2001 to the present, Julie is the digital and print media designer for various industries, responsible for all aspects of business management including finance, client support and deliverables. She manages multi-platform based projects and collaborates with industry professionals to create impactful branding and marketing materials.

Since 2013, Julie has worked with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and was the co-founder of The Gills Club, the STEM-based education initiative connecting international female marine scientists working in the field with girls ages 6-14 to promote conservation awareness and encourage leadership. She has successfully partnered with New England Aquarium for Gills Club Symposium by bringing speakers from National Geographic, NOAA, and various international research laboratories for a 3-day event comprised of panel discussions, research presentations and hands-on experiments for Gills Club members.

Julie’s professional affiliations include the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Graphic Artists Guild. Julie has a BA in Art from Salisbury University.

Jennifer Schultz

Jennifer has had more than thirty years in various cinema and retail management roles, including general operations; personnel management; payroll management and budgeting; inventory control; vendor/contractor management; customer service and community outreach.

Currently, Jennifer is the Area Manager of Triton Entertainment Services, LLC (affiliate of Flagship Premium Cinemas) where she oversees management of Easton and Cambridge Premier Cinemas and operations at Island Theatre in Chincoteague, Virginia. From 2011-2017, she has been the General Manager of the Easton Premier Cinemas and has mentored and trained management and staff at the Cambridge Premier Cinema. From 2010-2011, she was the Manager of the Easton Premier Cinema and assisted the General Manager with daily operations. Before that time, she was the General Manager at Crown Annapolis Harbour Center 9 and a Manager at all three Annapolis locations of Crown Theatres, Inc. (formerly Apex Cinemas, KB Theatres and Reel Entertainment).

After serving on the CFF Board of Trustees since June 2017, Jennifer will be the Executive Director of CFF starting in January 2019.

Left to Right, Front Row: Karen Footner, Liza Ledford, and Wendy Jo Avey. Left to Right, Back Row: Jennifer Schultz, Margaret Iovino and Julie Patterson.
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