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

Zoe Cohen has over six years of experience working in video production, primarily as an editor and camerawoman. As Senior Production Lead at ON24 in San Francisco she shot and edited corporate videos and webinars for clients including IBM, SAP and VMWare. While working at ITVS she edited introductions for documentaries aired on PBS’ Independent Lens. Throughout her career Zoe has worked as a freelancer for PG&E, MTV and various other companies. Zoe received her BA at Clark University in Screen Studies and Studio Art.

Zoe Cohen

Managing Director

Before joining Light House Studio, Brooks Wellmon worked in communications and development for the Institute for Advance 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

Amanda McMillen graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Arts Administration. She has worked with organizations such as Red Light Management and the Music Resource Center here in Charlottesville, and has spent time volunteering in Tanzania teaching English and marketing skills to artists of an arts market co-op. In her spare time, she assists the Charlottesville Arts & Economic Impact Survey project with PCA, hosts house shows with friends for touring musicians, and attempts to learn bluegrass mandolin tunes.

Amanda McMillen

Program Coordinator & Vinegar Hill Theatre Outreach

Photos courtesy of Ashley Cox 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, 
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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