Staff & Board

Our Team

Deanna has worked extensively in film. As head of production for Cinesite Europe she successfully completed special effects work for films including Harry Potter I and II, Bond XX Die Another Day and Tomb Raider. Early in her career, Deanna produced numerous television commercials for major US clients. Her awards include Addys, a Clio and numerous medals from the International Film and TV Festival of New York. Before becoming Light House’s staff Executive Director in September 2009, she was a board member and mentor for three years.

Deanna Gould

Executive Director
deanna@lighthousestudio.org

Joe has 13 years of experience as an educator and program director as well as his BFA in acting. He played a critical role in the NY Children’s Museum of the Arts, where he developed and directed the Media Lab department. Joe also excelled as head of the art department and artists in residence program at Nord Anglia International School New York. In recent years, he has traveled to Sri Lanka where he used stop-motion animation to foster collaboration between teenagers from disparate parts of the country. He does a pretty mean cricket chirp.

Joe Vena

Program Director
joe@lighthousestudio.org

Before joining Light House Studio, Brooks worked in communications and development for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Virginia. She moved to Charlottesville in 2007 after years of teaching English, selling antiques, and raising babies in Berlin, Berkeley, and Washington D.C. In addition to her work at Light House, she serves on the board of New City Arts Initiative. Brooks received her BA in English literature from Davidson College.

Brooks Wellmon

Giving Director
brooks@lighthousestudio.org

Cecilia graduated from Furman University with a BM in vocal performance. She toured extensively with the Furman Singers and Chamber Choir, performed in fully-staged and orchestrated productions, and studied music abroad in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte. Her summers have been spent as a counselor and head staff member at Camp Greystone, where she developed a passion for mentoring middle and high school–aged students. With a keen interest in writing, Cecilia is a regular blogger for several nonprofits and an aspiring songwriter.

Cecilia Glenn

Program Coordinator & Vinegar Hill Theatre Outreach
cecilia@lighthousestudio.org

Aaron came on board with Light House Studio after working for several years as the Director of Media at SB2W Summer Camp. While in college, Aaron was an award winning scriptwriter for a business presentation competition named Enactus, co-founded a men’s chorale group, produced original music, and was a 3 time NCAA D2 Qualifier and Academic All-American in the long jump. Now, his background in film, business marketing, creative scriptwriting, and investing in the lives of students are well served in his position as Lead Mentor at Light House Studio.

Aaron McGinnis


Photos courtesy of Brittany Fan Photography.

Board of Directors

Rachel Brozenske, Chair
Larry Becker
Katharine Birdsall
Josiah Black
Olivia Branch
Catherine Brown
Katie Cowen
Deanna Gould
Juan Granados
Stuart Greer Ellis
John McAllister
Sarah Gray Parrish

Advisory Board

Shannon Worrell, Founding Director
Pati Cunningham, National Education Consultant
Temple Fennell
, Co-founder of ATO Pictures
Jack Fisk, 
Oscar-Nominated Production Designer
Nicole Kassell
, Film and Television Director
Will Kerner, 
Photojournalist
Paul Wagner, 
Oscar-Winning Director
Fenton Williams, 
Lighting Designer and Founder of Filament Productions

 

Mentors, Past & Present

 

Paul Wagner, Richard Herskowitz, Shannon Worrell, Thadd McQuade,
Laura Parsons, Nicole Kassell, Will May, Catherine Dee, Tom DeCuir, Temple Fennell, Jen Fariello,
Erik Adolphson, Grier Dill, Cassandra Barnett, Daniel Bloomberg, Alexandria Searls, Nora Brookfield,
Will Kerner, Richard Needham, Dave Ackerman, Sidney Griffin, Geoff Luck, Johnny St. Ours, Eric Hurt,
Sasha Solodukhina, Luke Tilghman, Dave Brown, Meredith Curtin, Ross Bollinger, Bernard Hankins,
Rom Alejandro, MA Sullivan, Harold Folley, Gretel Truong, Mara Cox, Dan Hennicke, Jordan Taylor,
Greg Kelly, Bremen Donovan, Joe Babarsky, William Cassell, Keira Hart, Mary Pumphrey, Evan Parter,
Nathaniel Turner, Giles Sherwood, Goran Kajan, Deanna Gould, Sam Baker, Mac Marshall,
Adam Brock, Billy Hunt, Mark Farmwald, Marcello Rollando, Maya Drake, Rebekah Brooks,
Vashti Harrison, Keaton Monger, Clarence Green, Joe Ruckert, Aidan Keith-Hynes,
Reid Hildebrand, Charlotte Cherry, Zach Keifer, Taylor Gist,
Wendy Brown, Taka Suzuki, Anna Hogg, Jonah Tobias, Greg Brozenske.

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