Board of Directors
Leilani Lattin Duke
Duke was the Founding Director of the J. Paul Getty Education Institute for the Arts and the Director of the Los Angeles Times’ Reading by 9 child literacy program. In addition, she was a Chairman and Trustee on the American Craft Council, and an Administrator at the National Endowment for the Arts, California Confederation of the Arts. She received her B.A. from Denison University and her M.A. from Syracuse University.
Susan A Grode
Partner and Co-Chair of Entertainment & Media
Practice Grode concentrates her law practice in entertainment, intellectual property, media licensing and merchandising law, counseling and representing domestic and international motion picture studios, film and television production and distribution companies and entrepreneurs, Video on Demand companies, digital and interactive game companies and distributors, as well as book and comic book publishing, toy and Internet content companies and theater and arts institutions. Grode is recognized as one of the leading authorities on domestic and international animation, having represented major motion picture and animation studios and creators of The Simpsons, Futurama, and SpongeBob, among many others.
Since 2005, Jecklin has been personal manager for composer/conductor Bright Sheng, whom she represented as part of her roster while president and owner of Jecklin Associates, an artist management and representation firm doing business worldwide from 1988 to 2004. From 1990 to 2004, she also served as assistant to the director of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, New York City, placing the winners of their international competition with presenting organizations throughout the U.S. In 1973, at the invitation of Deere & Co. and the Quad City Arts Council, she helped to found Visiting Artists Inc., an Iowa/Illinois multidisciplinary arts presenting organization, and served as its President and CEO until 1988.
Ann Ruhr Pifer
– Owner of The Grand Hand Gallery
– Chief Operating Officer, AdoptAClassroom.org
– B.A., Economics, Smith College
– M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins
Steven Poster, ASC
Poster is a cinematographer with over fifty film credits including Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2 and The Box. He is also a photographer. He is the President of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 of the I.A.T.S.E., a 6000-member national labor organization. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, a judge on its Nicholl Foundation Fellowship, and on its Public Presentation Committee. He is a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the oldest professional organization in the motion picture business, and was on the Board of the International Documentary Association.