Staff

Manon Banta
Founder and Executive Director

Jean Balest
MFC Instructor

Cassandra Pugliese
MFC Instructor

Jovanna Sanchez
MFC Instructor

Tomas Del Razo
MFC Instructor

Jeff Hohimer
MFC Instructor & Driver


Board of Directors

Heather Goodwillie
Board President

Heather has served on the Board of Directors of the Conservatory Dance Association, as well as President and Chairman of the membership committee for the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles. Her love and passion for movement and storytelling led her into a career in film, where she has worked for that past 16 years in post-production for feature and television. At her company, Sixteen19, Heather is the Director of Mobile Services, managing the movement and overseeing the installation of Avid editing equipment worldwide for films shot on location, from Reykjavik to Dubai, and everywhere in between.

Tanya M. Diggs
Vice President

Tanya is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in leading teams for both advertising agencies and internal corporate marketing. Her experience spans across multiple industries in Strategic and Integrated Marketing, Alliances and Partnership Marketing and Business Development. Currently she is a marketing consultant. Her primary role is to develop business plans and strategies focusing on creating new revenue streams by generating sales, excitement and brand affinity with targeted general market and multicultural consumers.  As an Account Director at Walton Isaacson, she led a team of media directors, strategists and account management personnel who were responsible for developing multicultural marketing efforts for the Lexus brand. Ms. Diggs has held senior level marketing positions with Sony Electronics, Honeywell Aerospace, AT&T, Gateway Computers, and start-up companies.

 

 

 

Marie Stein
Treasurer

Through her company Ferly Roamer Inc., Marie is a consultant to the financial services industry, providing advisory services relating to corporate governance and other internal control best practices. She is also a mediator, providing mediation services for California Lawyers for the Arts and for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and is a youth peer mediation trainer and facilitator with the Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles. Throughout her career in banking and finance, Marie has maintained a commitment to the arts and community, demonstrated through volunteer and committee chair roles with the Junior League of Pasadena, Kidspace Children’s Museum, and the Tournament of Roses, among others.

Kara Mondino, MNA
Secretary

Kara has worked in the nonprofit field for over 10 years, and is passionate about igniting social change by telling untold stories. She has been collaborating with the Mobile Film Classroom for over 5 years and has seen first-hand the power of the program. With the knowledge Kara has learned from her Bachelor's degree in Film Production as well as her Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration, she is dedicated to helping the MFC expand to give more young people a way to tell their stories.