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 has over eight 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 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

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

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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