Drew Dennis, Executive Director
Drew comes to Out On Screen with an extensive background in social profit management. After studying business at the University of Western Ontario, Drew went on a date and fell in love with queer film. Sometimes life’s like that. Drew is particularly energized about film’s power as a tool for social justice. Drew is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves as co-chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to Vancouver City Council. Drew identifies as trans and skates the gender binary preferring neither pronoun.
Ross Johnstone, Director of Programs and HR
Ross Johnstone holds a degree in Arts and Cultural Studies from Simon Fraser University and he has been dedicated to Vancouver's non-profit arts sector for over ten years. In 2004, he developed the Out in Schools program. Ross is an active member of a variety of local organizations that support youth and provides diversity training to high school aged youth, post secondary students and organizations seeking to improve the diversity of their work culture. He is an experienced speaker and is a regular panellist for social justice-themed events. In 2011, Ross was selected by both OUTtv and GayVancouver.Net, as one of the top ten individuals "making a difference in our community."
Paul Crosby, Director of Partnerships & Marketing
Paul Crosby manages Out On Screen’s sponsor relationships and leads the marketing team of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Out in Schools. After completing a degree in Recreation and Sports Studies from the University of New Brunswick, he moved to Vancouver, launching his career at the International Triathlon Union. Paul is an active volunteer in his community, currently serving as Fundraising Co-Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Richmond Relay for Life event and an Activation Team volunteer with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Paul has worked with Out On Screen since 2009; he is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Shana Myara, Festival Programmer email@example.com
When Shana Myara was 19 years old, she founded Nanaimo’s Barefoot in the Park Festival after convincing her father to build an outdoor stage. More recently, Shana has revitalized arts presentations at The Roundhouse (co-curating The Memory Festival and SUSTENANCE: Feasting on Food and Culture, and more) and inspired thousands to try Bike to Work Week. She’s also an award-winning writer whose first film “Newcomers Swim Every Friday” was directed in 2012 by Meghna Haldar. Shana holds a Master of Fine Arts from UBC and is delighted to delve into queer stories every day— and to lead the programming of an exceptional festival that will bring us together, and into action.
Stephanie Shack, Donor Services Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
A self proclaimed cinophile, when not helping philanthropic people put their money to good use, Stephanie can be found immersed in the arts watching films, visiting art galleries, or listening to music. Stephanie is also a long time volunteer with a number of worthy causes including the BC SPCA, VOKRA, the Richmond Art Gallery, Volunteer Richmond's Senior Shopping Program and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. After attending UBC, Stephanie knew that making a positive impact in people’s lives was more than just a hobby. Prior to joining Out on Screen, Stephanie worked for a variety of not for profit organizations including the Alzheimer Society of BC, Junior Achievement of BC and Vancouver Foundation.
Jen Sung, Out in Schools Program Coordinator
Jen Sung is a lifelong queer-rights advocate and public speaker. She holds a degree in Women and Gender Studies from UBC, specializing in feminist pedagogy, queer theory and media literacy. Jen has been featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight and performed on PechaKucha Night at the Vogue Theatre. She has a penchant for all things colourful and believes everyone has the capacity to change the world through their own creative lenses. In her free time she can be found perusing the aisles of your local grocery store and buying avocados in bulk.
Logan Trudeau, Operations Coordinator email@example.com
Logan is a self-proclaimed geeky, gimpy, queerdoe volunteer-aholic. While he toiled away in the call centre industry for years, he balanced things out by volunteering. Logan continues to be a regular volunteer with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Pride in Art and the Cheaper Show. He came to Out On Screen through volunteering in the office.
Jo Shin, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Jo brings a diverse range of festival and queer experiences to Out on Screen. She has worked within the arts, not-for-profits and corporate organisations during her extensive travels, including Sydney Film Festival, Reykjavik Fashion Festival and UBS Pride Americas. Jo has obtained her Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (home), as well as International Business, through the Mountbatten Internship Programme, in NYC.
Theo Jakob, Programming Coordinator
Theo Jakob is consultant and community programmer who works in health-care, spirituality-based, academic and radical queer, Trans* and ally communities. Theo’s work often centres around policy, organizational development, sustainability, anti-oppression and accessibility, while working with diverse individuals and communities, including individuals with addictions and substance use histories, individuals of multiple and varying abilities, backgrounds, spiritualities and experiences. Theo is a male-passing/genderqueer trans boy who loves diving into communities and projects.
Mindy Abramowitz, Bookkeeper
Mindy is an accountant and controller for a range of arts groups and other small businesses in the Vancouver area. She graduated from the UBC with a BA in English and later earned a professional accounting designation from Certified General Accountants Association of BC. She is a member of Geist’s editorial board and Room’s editorial collective. She was Treasurer of the Board of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling in 2005-07 and now serves as Treasurer of Balcone Art Society and board member of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver.