The Team that 'Makes this so'
From left to right: Chris Martin, Tech Czar ~ Raman Stika, Film Wrangler ~ Victoria O'Donnell, Administrator
Barbara Henthorn, Marketing ~ Janette Force, Executive Director ~ Steve Goff, Festival Production
Deborah Pederson Bookkeeper ~ (Mark Saran Photographer)
Janette Force, Executive Director
Janette has been passionate about art since she organized her neighborhood circus at age 6. Following her study at WSU she settled in Port Townsend in 1977. Force has worked in small business management for nearly 30 yrs, 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, Administraor
Victoria first volunteered for the Port Townsend Film Festival in 2009 when our little town's celebration of film and filmmaker's captured her heart. Since early childhood, Oscar-night was an annual celebration for Victoria & her Mom. Victoria says "Working to support the PT Film Institute's mission of promoting & celebrating independent film feels like coming home!" This year she joins our staff as Administrative Manager and adds her expertise in corporate management, information technology and client service to our dynamic team.
Not yet a local, Deborah has been a Port Townsendite for almost thirty years. Semi-retirement has brought her the revelation that she should have gotten involved in the cultural, civic, and political life of her town and county a long time ago! She has a lot of fun and learns stuff every day doing several part-time jobs and lots of volunteer work. Hanging out in the Baker Block with the Crew is a blast, and she gets teased only occasionally for asking for More Detail about PTFI's revenue and expenditures.
Steve Goff, Festival Production
Steve and his wife Janet made their first trip to Port Townsend in 1994. They knew then Port Townsend would be their home someday and in 2005 their dream became a reality. After 18 years in retail management and working as an educator, Steve's desire to make a difference in peoples lives led him to work for a Labor Union for the next 20 years. Films and movies have always been a passion of Steve's. After attending his first P.T. Film Festival Steve was hooked and joined us as a volunteer. This year Steve has become our Festival Production Manager.
Barbara Henthorn, Marketing
Barbara was a new resident of Port Townsend when she enthusiastically signed up to volunteer in the PTFI office in February 2011. By the end of the 2011 Festival she was hooked on the whole wonderful concept and beliefs of the Institute and said "yes" when they asked her to be 'on staff' and job share, addressing marketing and sponsorships.
Raman Stika, Film Wrangler
Raman has morphed from commercial interior display designer to cabinet maker to finish carpenter. His theatrical career ranges from third reporter on the right in high school to his current role as "Pop-Pop" to four forgiveably upstaging grandchildren. He is (at times) a bestselling author at Amazon with children's and young adult non-fiction.