Staff

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Manon Banta
Founder and Executive Director

A graduate of Louisiana State University (BA), and American Conservatory Theatre (MFA), in San Francisco, where she performed with many Bay Area theater companies. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she directed a short documentary on the world of thoroughbred horse racing, Probable Odds, filmed during the 2003 Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita Race Track. She has worked as a Field Producer for the Associated Press at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, a Red Carpet Interviewer for the AFI Film Festival and Line Producer for several short films. As Director of Educational Outreach of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, Manon designed standards-based curriculum, connecting early cinema to modern filmmaking, to promote digital literacy among at-risk youth and is a founding member of the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance (LADLA), a collaboration of youth arts program and technology access providers, education advocates and funders engaged in a community-wide plan for digital media/learning innovation for Los Angeles children ages 5-18. In 2013, Ms. Banta was one of 10 non-profit leaders chosen by Los Angeles Social Venture Partners to deliver a 3-minute fast pitch showcasing the innovative approach MFC uses to change the social fabric of under-resourced communities. Manon received a scholarship to Stanford University Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Non Profit Leadership in 2015.

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.