The Team that 'Makes this so'
From Left to Right, top row: Owen Rowe (Film Wrangler), Sana Gomes (Program Editor), Victoria O'Donnell (Director of Operations),
Marla Tangen (Volunteer Coordinator) Deborah Pedersen (Retiring Bookkeeper) Jan Haliday (Director of Development), Joanne Vermillion (Bookkeeper)
Front Row: Steve Goff (Festival Operations) Terry Tennesen (Graphic Design), Janette Force (Executive Director),
Kendra Golden (Guest Services), Chris Martin (Tech Csar)
Janette Force, Executive Director
Janette has been passionate about art since she organized her neighborhood circus at age 6. Following studies at Washington State University, she settled in Port Townsend in 1977 with her husband and two sons. Force has worked in small business management for nearly 30 years, as well as creating theatrical experiences for schools and community. She brought her skills in event planning to Port Townsend Film Festival in 2003, managing Special Events until the Board of Directors tapped her for Executive Director in 2009.
Victoria O'Donnell, Director of Operations
Victoria first volunteered for the Port Townsend Film Festival in 2009 when our celebration of film and filmmakers captured her heart. Since early childhood, Oscar-night was an annual celebration for Victoria with her Mom. "Working to support the PT Film Festival’s mission of promoting & celebrating independent film feels like coming home," she says. Victoria’s expertise in corporate management, information technology and client service is invaluable.
Jan Halliday, Director of Development
Jan Halliday is a longtime published writer covering the west coast of North America (from Barrow, AK to LaPaz, Mexico). She first saw Port Townsend, at the age of nine, clinging to the helm of her dad’s sailboat in a squall off Point Hudson. Safely ashore, she walked alone through downtown, squinting up at the Baker Block Building where she now works in our fourth floor office. Prescience? We think so. As development director, she finds unique ways to engage our beloved sponsors and donors in our yearlong block party.
Jane Julian, Director of Programming
Jane fell in love with movies in the back seat of a 55 Chevy at the drive-in theatre watching BEN HUR with her parents and siblings. From there it was one magical picture after another. After moving to Durango, Colorado in 1991), she was a founder of the Durango Film Society (1994) which eventually morphed into the Durango Film Festival, where she was the programming director, among many other roles.
After befriending Rocky Friedman and Linda Yakush at the Telluride Film Festival, she finally made it out to Port Townsend in 2008 and loved the festival they had created. In 2009 Jane was asked to step in as Programming Director and the rest is history!
Joanne Vermilion, Bookkeeper
Since returning to the US from Germany, Joanne has worked as a self-employed accountant for non-profits. Joanne’s clients have included Seattle’s Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, OlyCap, Tacoma’s TACID, and now, PTFF. Joanne has multiple degrees–in accounting, technology and in telephone installation, a perfect fit for us. She’s lived all over the world, as an Air Force officer’s daughter. She lives in Port Townsend and is the mother of five children.
Sana Gomes, Program Editor
Sana has a passion for filmmaking and studied at the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil where she earned her degree in Cinema. She worked as a camera assistant in her native country before traveling the world. In 2012 she moved to Port Townsend where she's been working at PTFF as Writer, Press Secretary, Projectionist and Program Editor. In 2014, Sana's short film "Love Me" premiered at Post Alley Film Festival & Sedona Film Festival.
Steve Goff, Festival Production Manager
After 18 years in retail management and working as an educator, Steve's desire to make a difference in people’s lives led him to work for a Labor Union for the next 20 years. After attending his first Port Townsend Film Festival, Steve was hooked (we love when that happens) and joined us as a volunteer. He and his wife, Janet, who also works with PTFF as an extraordinary party planner, moved to Port Townsend in 2005 following their dream, and our dream team became a reality.
Owen Rowe, Film Wrangler
Owen Rowe has engineered digital fonts, written home-study course materials for hoteliers, performed as a voice actor, and taught Italian. Now he stays out of trouble by writing and translating (and editing and reviewing) fiction, and stays in trouble by helping arts organizations manage their data & wrangling films for PTFF.
Terry Tennesen, Graphic Designer
Terry grew up in Bremerton, WA but never really grew up. He attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design but was mis-diagnosed. Today he lives here in Port Townsend where he is the featured character in a cartoon world he is drawing daily.