Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder
Bob Feinberg is Vice President & General Counsel of WNET, the premier public media provider of the New York City metropolitan area and parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN, NJTV, and WLIW21. He has practiced media law for nearly 20 years and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School since 1991, where he has taught media law, criminal law and legal writing. Bob earned his J.D. from NYU School of Law and his A.B. from Cornell University. He lives with his wife and two children in Montclair, New Jersey.
Tom Hall, Executive Director
Previously, Hall held the positions of Director, Artistic Director and Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, FL (2004- 2014) and Programming Director at newportFILM in Newport, RI (2009-2011). In addition, Hall was Programmer for The Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, MA (2002-2005) as well as a former Director of New Media for Bravo and The Independent Film Channel (1997-2000). He has also worked as an event producer (2012) and Industry and Guest Services liaison (2002-2003) at The Hamptons International Film Festival. Hall is also one of the founding Executive Committee members of the Film Festival Forum, a non-profit program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), and is a founding nominating member of the Cinema Eye Honors Documentary Film Awards. In January of 2010, Hall was named one of Spring Board Media’s 20 under 40 in Film. Hall has directed short films for Bob Mould’s Carnival of Light and Sound Tour and was an inaugural member of the indieWIRE blogging community with his blog The Back Row Manifesto, which is now a standalone website, as well as a contributor to Hammer To Nail and Filmmaker Magazine. Raised in Flint, MI, Hall is a graduate of the University of Michigan (’94) and resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two sons.
Meredith Ladov, Managing Director
Meredith began volunteering with MFF in 2010 before taking the position of General Manager in March, 2011. Prior to that, she was actively involved in the Montclair Public Schools and ran a home-based business for several years. She began her career in the Marketing and Advertising industry in both production and account management capacities. Meredith graduated with a BA from Ithaca College in 1990, is married with two children and has resided in Montclair for 20 years.
Aran Roche, Director of Development
Aran has been working with MFF on grants and sponsorship since spring 2011 before stepping up as Director of Development in July 2014. Her professional consulting business, Smart Grants Fundraising specializes in securing new sources of corporate, foundation and government for arts and cultural organizations. She has 15 years of expertise in fundraising for the arts and developing comprehensive fundraising plans for nonprofit organizations, including past posts at the Montclair Art Museum, Triton Museum of Art and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She is an accomplished grant writer with a strong background in with program and budget development and evaluation. Aran holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in French and Art History from Lafayette College. She has called Montclair home since 2002, where she resides with her husband and son.
Board of Directors
Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board; VP & General Counsel of WNET
Evelyn Colbert, Vice-Chairman of the Board; Community Leader
Brian Clarkson, Treasurer of the Board
Warren Ross, Secretary of the Board; Partner, Ross & Co. Insurance
Rennie Ackerman, Marketing Executive
Steve Adubato, Broadcaster, Author, Motivational Speaker
Dr. Frank Barnes, Jr., O.D., Optometric Physician, Drs. Barnes & Carter, L.L.C.
Luke Parker Bowles, Head of Production, Story Mining & Supply Co.
Sarah Glaymon Barrack, Attorney
Daniel Battsek, President, Cohen Media Group
Dr. Susan V. Bershad, MD, Director of Adolescent Dermatology, Mount Sinai
Bobbi Brown, CEO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Rose Cali, Education Philanthropist; Trustee, Montclair State University
Kelly Coogan Swanson, Marketing Strategist
Jeff Cooperman, Managing Producer, The Colbert Report
Radika Eccles, President, Rhadi Living
Conrad Fink, President/Director, This Is TV
Matthew Frankel, Exec. Dir. for Startegic Partnerships at Montclair State University
Marci Gruber, Producer, Mind’s Eye Productions
Beth Hart, Community Leader
Lisa Ingersoll, Marketing Strategist
James Johnson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Marcia Marley, Founder and President, BlueWaveNJ
JoAnn McCullough, Executive Director, IMANI
Shelley Phillips, Board Member, President, HOMECorp
Alex R. Picou, Managing Director, JP Morgan Private Banking
Lynn Selassie, Community Leader
Adaora Udoji, Interim President, News Deeply
Claire Walls, Community Leader