Mark Saran, President
Mark is a seasoned psychotherapist and professional photographer, based in Port Townsend and Seattle. Mark engages intensely with adolescents and adults, and relishes the humor and creative process that informs both his art and his work with people. His work with PTFF dates back to 2002 and he has been capturing our magic on film ever since.
Jane Champion, Vice President
Jane pursued a degree in Film Studies and Production, launching a lifelong career in film and video. From TV News Videographer and Editor for an ABC affiliate to Chief Producer in the corporate world, Jane has produced hundreds of promotional, educational and documentary programs. She is owner of Champion Video Productions in Port Townsend where she serves as Chief Producer, Videographer and Editor.
Jeff Youde, Secretary
Jeff's career as a professional educator has taken him to rural Arizona, upstate New York, India, Thailand and to Poland as a Peace Corps volunteer. As a teacher and administrator with Jefferson County’s Quilcene School District, he has introduced Quilcene students to PTFF filmmakers and their films. Jeff believes that partnerships between PTFF and schools are critical, providing local students with the artistic inspiration and technological knowledge to be savvy media consumers. He is currently a PHD candidate in Educational Policy. He moved to Jefferson County in 2001 to attend the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, and lives with his wife Kristin in a house they built in Port Townsend.
Kris Becker, Board Treasurer
Kris has worked in nonprofit fundraising and management since 2001, and currently serves as Executive Director of Jumping Mouse, a nonprofit healing center for young children. In 2013, she completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at University of Washington, and in 2015 she was named by peers to a list of admired leaders in a study by the Statewide Capacity Collaborative. Prior to moving to Port Townsend, Kris worked as a translator, an English teacher, and a school librarian.
A graduate of Willamette University (Bachelor of Arts in English) and Syracuse University (Master of Fine Arts in creative writing), Kris enjoys stories, poems, gardening, and traveling.
Loretta Libby Atkins
"Fifteen or twenty years ago on many occasions, I would wake up in the morning and say to Martha, I was in that community again. Then we came to Port Townsend, because of the rocks and the poetry; and unbeknownst to us at the time, this was in fact the community I had been dreaming about. PTFF embodies so many of the stellar qualities of this community and my special interest is in encouraging young film makers to consider Port Townsend and the film festival as a home base."
Judy moved to Port Townsend with her partner, Woody in 2008. She retired from 30 years of global peace and justice ministry. She received her M.Div. at Iliff School of Theology in Colorado and her doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA. She has two grown children, Andy and Jordan. She loves film, her garden and travel. Her life is filled with gratitude and wonder!
Steve is the founder of Quadrant 45 Law and serves Of Counsel to Bracepoint Law, where he works with business, intellectual property, and entertainment industry clients. He serves on the IndieFlix Advisory Board, teaches at University of Washington (screenwriting) and Seattle Film Institute (producing). Steve is also a feature film screenwriter and producer with EKE Pictures. His feature films and short films have been featured at PTFF over the years.
Keven is the founder of Windridge Solutions, a marketing and business development firm based in Chimacum, WA. He served as Managing Director of Centrum, the nonprofit arts foundation located in Fort Worden State Park, and was Director of Business Development for Signal Consulting, Inc. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Hamline University, and plays a mean ukulele.
Rocky graduated from the University of Southern California's Department of Cinema in 1976. In 1992 he helped to restore and re-open the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend's National Historic District. The Rose had closed its doors in 1958. At the time of its restoration, the theatre was recognized by the Department Archaeology and Historic Preservation as the last surviving nickelodeon in Washington State. Rocky helped launch the PTFF, has brought opera, ballet and theatre simulcasts, and silent films accompanied by live music to Port Townsend, and is a co-founder of the School of Athens Lecture Series.
Kris is a freelance writer and editor. After earning her MFA at Eastern Washington University, she taught English, literature, and creative writing at EWU and Spokane Falls Community College, as well as in private and nonprofit workshops. Over the years, she’s been an active volunteer in a number of organizations, including the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Services for the Blind, and Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat and Wellness Center. She shares her life in Port Townsend with her husband, fellow writer and film-aficionado Paul, and their border collie Stella, who’s responsible for rousting her humans out of doors for a healthy dose of natural wonder each day.
Carol moved to Port Townsend in 1990, and has been involved in the Film Festival since the inaugural event in 2000. Carol has been active in the community, serving on city committees and active in many local nonprofit organizations. She served on the board of Main Street for eight years and three years as President & co-founder of Jefferson County Community Foundation, serving two board terms. She continues her involvement, as Ambassador and Advisor. In her spare time, Carol can usually be found dabbling in something creative, from small projects like writing and painting, to large remodeling projects.
After graduating from college with a Liberal Arts degree, Nancy began her working life in Advertising/Marketing at a small ad agency in Los Angeles. From there she worked her way up the corporate ladder and after a 36-year career, retired as a Senior Vice President/Director of Broadcast at Initiative Media, the media planning and buying arm of a global communications company, Interpublic Group (IPG). Clients included Hyundai/Kia, Jack in the Box, Home Depot, Taco Bell, Lionsgate Films, Qwest Communications, and Miramax Films. Nancy also served on the Board of Director’s of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and contributed to the orchestra’s marketing and audience development efforts. Relocating with her family in 2011 to Port Townsend (including her adorable Havanese pups), she is enjoying all the treasures of the Pacific Northwest including the Film Festival.
Jessica is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Everett, WA. She has helped individuals make generational financial decisions since 1984. Her commitment to the arts has included terms on the boards of the City of Everett Cultural Commission, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, The Schack Art Center of Snohomish Co, the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner and now PTFF. She and her husband, artist James Arrabito, have two grown daughters and have divided their time between Everett and Port Townsend since 1999.
Rafael grew up in Sequim, WA, attending the University of Washington and Wake Forest School of Law. After law school, Rafael moved back to the most beautiful place on earth, the Olympic Peninsula. He quickly learned that as a lawyer he could help more than just his clients – he could help the community in general. He currently serves on the Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Attorneys board and the Washington State Association For Justice Judiciary and Editorial Committees. He also coaches the Port Townsend High School Mock Trial team. Besides loving his community, he loves running, the slow- food movement, the Seahawks and PTFF.
Karen Gates Hildt
Glenda Hultman Geerloffs