Board of Directors
An account executive at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, one of the world’s leading music management companies since 2005, Taryn has worked with Frank Bumstead’s team since 2007, helping businesses and individuals accomplish their financial goals.
Taryn has been a member of the Junior League of Nashville for the past four years. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taryn is enthusiastic about bringing diverse cultural experiences to Nashville.
Courtney Ross is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she oversees all economic development activities in the 10-county Nashville region.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Ross served as an associate for Applied Marketing Sciences and previously held a position with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce as director of corporate recruitment.
Prior to living in Austin, Ms. Ross served as the Assistant Director at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Her responsibilities included recruiting biotech companies to the city’s first biotech research park.
Ms. Ross began her Economic Development career with the State of Tennessee as the Deputy Director for the Film and Music Commission, recruiting in the film and music industry to the state.
Ms. Ross is a native of Memphis, TN and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. Courtney and her husband Jason and their two children, Jake and Ellie, reside in Nashville.
Natasha Corrieri is a bank officer and client relationship specialist for ServisFirst Bank, where she strengthens and establishes new relationships within the community. She has opened a new loan production office, achieved top three in sales ranking, was a top producing assistant manager and led a team to earn the highest evaluation for risk audit. She has continuously exceeded goals and been recognized for continued customer service excellence.
Stephanie Mundy Self is a partner in the entertainment business management firm, Farris, Self & Moore, LLC. Her clients include high profile recording artists and actors, international touring corporations, and newly discovered talent. She is a specialist in risk management research and analysis, tour and merchandise settlement audits for domestic and foreign concerts, and payroll and HR management for companies with 125 or more employees.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she was the commencement National Anthem soloist. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.
Shannon Casey is an agent in the music department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), based in Nashville, TN. CAA’s music department has earned the ‘Agency of the Year’ award by Pollstar for the past eleven years. CAA represents the most creative artists working in music, film, television, theater, sports, games and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients worldwide.
Since joining the agency in 1993, Casey has been instrumental in directing the agency’s activities in Fair and Festival booking while specializing in all major client activity in the Northwest and Southwest territories. Casey provides strategic insight for all clients in the Music Department including Country, Rock, Comedy, and Contemporary Christian. She has been directly involved with CAA clients Tim McGraw, Barbara Mandrell, Kristian Bush, Holly Williams, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and STYX.
Casey is a graduate of Belmont University. On behalf of the CAA Foundation, she coordinates the Nashville office’s long standing commitment to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and The PENCIL Foundation. She is also an active volunteer and concert committee member at Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe. Casey is a member of Country Music Hall of Fame, NARAS, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
As a music supervisor Anastasia Brown has worked on projects with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Dove wins and nominations. Her credits include: The Americans, Footloose, August Rush, It’s Complicated, For the Love of Music, the Story of Nashville, Taken, The Darkest Hour, and the bio-pic, Billy. With many television appearances, she is an author and columnist for Nashville Lifestyles.
Yuri is President & CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, founder of La Noticia Newspaper and Y&K Entertainment, a film production and media consulting company. He served as the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2006.
Cunza is an active member of the Nashville Rotary Club, Sister Cities, District Energy System DES, Historic Nashville, Inc., and Nashville Cares. He was named to the 2009, ’10 and ‘11 “In Charge” list by the Nashville Post which cites business and community leaders ‘who are writing Music City’s success story’.
Originally from Puru, Cunza trained in acting at the International Theater Institute (ITI-UNESCO) and Peruvian Theater Center before moving to Nashville and completing a B.F.A in Film Directing from Watkins College of Art & Design in 2003.
Kelly is the immediate past president of the Nashville Film Festival and an internationally recognized intellectual property attorney with Frost Brown Todd. He has been named Lawyer of the Year by both Martindale Hubbell and Best Lawyers in American and as Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal. He authored the legal treatise Frey on Intellectual Property and is one of only 10 practicing attorneys in the world to have been selected as a Fellow in the World Technology Network (selected by peers from around the world for “work deemed most likely to be of long-term significance”) – other Fellows include such notables as Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group).
Kelly is passionate about indie films and represents indie filmmakers in development, production, and distribution of their projects. He serves as President of Movie City Films (a production company that has developed feature films from scripts and shorts first presented at the Nashville Film Festival) and as President of the Film Festival Consortium (a consortium of top film festivals across the US devoted to facilitating theatrical release of the best indie films from the festival circuit). He is Executive Producer for the new feature length documentary Eating You Alive, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and James Cameron (to be released 2016).
Steven Gaydos is Vice President and Executive Editor at Variety, where he is responsible for more than 250 reports a year in both Daily and Weekly Variety, producing territorial surveys, film and TV market reports, genre studies as well as business-oriented personality and corporate profiles. An editor with the magazine since 1994, Gaydos created and directs the “10 to Watch” program, the “Variety Critics Choice: Europe Now” official sidebar at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and many of the best known editorial feature franchises including “Variety Impact Reports,” “Hollywood’s New Leaders,” “Variety Creative Conscience Award” and many others. Prior to joining Variety, he worked in Hollywood and Europe as a screenwriter.
Bob owns Ground Zero, a video post-production company on Nashville’s Music Row, has been a member of the NaFF board since 2010. Ground Zero, founded in 1996, provides editorial, color correction, DVD BlueRay Authoring and animation services for the television, feature film and entertainment industries. His work can be seen in CMT’s “Crossroads”, Great American Country’s “Day Jobs” and on motion pictures such as “Facing The Giants”, “Jess & Moss”, “Super Zeroes” and “Blue Like Jazz”.
Previously he was general manager of StagePost. Jackson is a member of CMA and NARAS. He was educated at Temple University in Philadelphia. He believes the Film Festival is vital to Nashville because it is the premier platform for Tennessee film artists to exhibit and offers Nashville exposure to works from around the world.
Ken Levitan is the founder and co-president of Vector Management. Along with partner Jack Rovner, Levitan has played a role in the successful careers of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Bon Jovi and many more. Vector Recordings, a division of the management company, has released acclaimed records for many artists and launched Vector Eats, a culinary division. He is a co-producer of the annual Music City Food & Wine Festival and is an active member of multiple boards in both New York and Nashville. He has received two Grammy® Awards.
Tyler is a past president of the board and one of the principal attorneys at Graffam Middleton, a Nashville law association specializing in the music and entertainment industry. Tyler represents both artists and industry clients, creative matters concerning contract, intellectual property, and corporate law.
Overall, Tyler is an active participant and passionate advocate for the local music, film and art scene.
In addition to serving as President of the board for NaFF for two consecutive years, Tyler is the Chairperson of Arts Immersion, the fundraiser associated with the Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association, a volunteer member of Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, and a member of Women Rock for the Cure.
Originally from Atlanta, she earned her BS from Wake Forest University in 2000 and her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 2004. She practiced entertainment law in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Nashville in November 2006, and she is currently an active member of both the Georgia and Tennessee bar associations.
Brandyn Payne, is Vice President of Global Talent, Sitel Worldwide Corporation. Previously she was Director of Talent Management at Vanguard Health Systems. With expertise in building nationally-recognized employee cultures, she specializes in the development of executive visibility, events, company intranet, and social media strategy as well as voice and cadence for internal communications. Formerly, she was Director of Colleague Development, Communications and Culture at Healthways, Inc.
Ms. Payne earned her degrees at Vanderbilt University, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and Harding University.
In December of 2011 Governor Bill Haslam named Bob Raines executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. Since he joined the TFEMC in 2002, he has successfully negotiated Tennessee-based film, television and music projects and has represented the state across the country and around the world.
In addition to his work with the Nashville Film Festival, he works with other state wide organizations which include Film Nashville- FILMCOM, Nashville Screenwriters Conference, International Black Film Festival, City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture and the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival.
Raines holds a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is accredited with the International Association for Management Education. Raines is an avid sailor and traveler.
Jim is Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc., a company that licenses music for use in films, television shows, advertising, and games. He has been an executive at Sony Music Publishing and Arista Records as well as a musician, songwriter and producer.
Scherer has been involved with music elements of the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals and brings an understanding of the importance of preserving the communal experience. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, was in the 1996 class of Leadership Music, and is a popular moderator and panelist for music and film events.
Dawn Solér is Senior Vice President, TV Music, at ABC Studios where she is responsible for all music at ABC Studios and oversees the music content for shows such as “Nashville,” “Blackish’” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal” and “Quantico.” She worked closely with composer Alan Menken and executive producer Dan Fogelman as the music supervisor on the musical series, “Galavant.” She is founder of the ABC Music Lounge and has produced the on-air music specials, “Nashville: On The Record I, II and III.”
Before ABC, Ms. Solér had her own company, Working Music, where she created several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including “Now And Then,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Don Juan De Marco,” which garnered both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.
Other projects she completed include “Being John Malkovich,” “Princess Diaries I & II,” “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Disney’s “Enchanted,” which garnered three Academy Award and one Grammy nominations, before making her leap from features to television.
In 2015, Ms. Solér was on Billboard’s list of TV’s Top Music Power Players as well as on their Women in Music list (2015 & 2010). Also in 2015, she was honored in Variety’s Women in Power issue, and was on Imagen’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos list. In 2014, ABC’s music department was named Best Music Department by the Music Supervisor’s Guild.
Ms. Solér writes a blog about empowerment on her The 40 Plus Girl site, is completing a book “The Be A Girl Principals” with her partner Anastasia Brown, and also does speaking engagements on the subject.
Ms. Solér lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Sterling of 19 years, their eleven-year-old daughter, Irene, three dogs and 23 chickens and thrives on gardening, cooking, entertaining.
Cynthia Tyler is Director of the Office of Licensure, Tennessee Department of Mental Health. She served as the Legal Divison Chair (2007-2009) of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. She also served on the President’s Task for on Criminal Justice and Mental Health.
She is a member of the National Association of Certified Fraud Investigators and is active in the Nashville public service and arts communities. Cynthia has served as on the WPLN Community Advisory Board and as a Grants Panel member of the Nashville Arts Commission.
A long-term NaFF boardmember, Ms. Tyler provides a voice for the public not otherwise affiliated with the film, music or entertainment business.
Spencer Wiggins is Vice President of Community and Customer Relations for Accelerated Learning Solutions, Inc., where he has worked since 2003. Wiggins has a broad background in media and technology, having held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for New York Times Regional Media Group and Director of Human Resources and Recruiting for Dell Computer Corporation.
He has been a commissioner of the Tennessee State University, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. In addition to many other community positions, he has been a member of the board of the Tennessee State University Foundation, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
Bonnie Horton Willoughby is Sr. Integrations Producer at the Emmy Award Winning “Ellen DeGeneres Show” where she has worked for the last 6 years. Willoughby has 10+ years experience in brand partnerships, television production, talent booking, special events, and public relations.
Bonnie started her career on CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider”. She broke into the film industry at Warner Bros. through their Theatrical Marketing division.
During her time at Ellen, Bonnie secured talent bookings for TV, Film, and Sports. Some of her most notable TV and Film bookings include the cast of NBC’s “The Voice”, Diane Keaton, Jessica Alba, Neil Patrick Harris, Tom Hanks, the cast of Disney’s “The Avengers” including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
Bonnie is now using her experience to generate revenue for “The Ellen Show” through branded entertainment, producing both brand sponsorships and integrations. Some of Bonnie’s most recognizable clients include Mercedes Benz, Visa Checkout, Dreamworks Animation, Wells Fargo, CoverGirl, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ford Motor Company, and Nordstrom.
Bonnie is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a BA degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting.
As past president of the Nashville Film Festival (2005-2006), Bret is a video producer with credits at Great American Country (GAC) in Nashville where he produced the Top 20 Country Countdown, numerous specials for the network, and most recently the Noteworthy At The Opry series. He is co-founder of High Five Entertainment, where he produced a wide variety of music specials for HBO, PBS, NBC, CBS, Speed, TNN, CMT, GMC, etc.
Wolcott is a member of the CMA, ACM, Leadership Music 2007 (the best class ever), The Frist Center and the Belcourt Theater. He won a Dove Award in 1969. He is a graduate of the University Of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences majoring in film production.
He is passionate about the Film Festival, saying, “It is one of few arts organizations that has something for everyone in the community, and, most importantly, makes a positive impact on the community.”
Julia Bonner is the president & founder of Pierce Public Relations (PPR) and a national entertainment publicist who works with celebrities and global brands to accomplish their business goals through strategic PR programs.
Prior to founding PPR, Julia was a publicist at Ferencomm, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in television program publicity and is known for its creation of successful multi-platform PR campaigns that support award-winning cable, broadcast and syndicated series. Most recently, she led the Nashville office of Adam Friedman Associates, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in corporate media relations, investor relations, branding, social media and crisis communications.
Julia holds a M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Tennessee.